Stunning pictures as always Hanno. It seemed like just a few months ago that I had seen a model of this coaster in the IAPPA video and now it's the real thing! Another great reason for me to visit this great park some day.
So today the ride was open for a few hours for a group of fans. I was lucky enough to be able to join them for this event which gave me the opportunity to take more pictures. More pictures is always good (i've been told) and this time there will be more rider pictures.
I do hope you like them and feel free to comment
First things first (aka this morning) More theming was added to the ride
and other work was still being done
those are some giant letters
Flash forward a couple of hours and something like 300 fans are ready to ride
those letters add a nice touch (i think)
They might look a little different tomorrow.. or not..
it adds to the look
you should go this way to ride.. (letters tomorrow on the shield?)
(german) story time
first train with riders today
there will be a lot of pictures of happy riders today
it's a nice location for pictures
here's some zoom use
owh my hair..
maybe tomorrow with a boat?!?!?
fun for all ages
looks like some laterals..
the sun decided to show up after all today
mind the gap (or hole or whatever comes to mind)
attempting artsy and orange
more random folks
owh boy (it's first drop time)
almost at the end
picking up more speed
end of the fly through
more first drop fun
turn turn turn
hmm, not precisely what i had in mind..
and there is the sun again
this time with a train
todays special guests
lots and lots of joy
and for the fun of it they got to ride again
yup, looks like a fun ride
just because it's pretty
and just because it's pretty and we have a train
right before the onride photo point
ok, this could be interesting..
now that's a different view indeed
where's that boat when you need it ;)
and this should about complete the overview ;)
zooming in just a bit
yup, looks like fun
here they go
hands up if you like this ride
the home stretch
time for another crossing
ok, time to go. That's it for today. The park will be open tomorrow.. so hopefully i'll be able to get some ride interaction pictures tomorrow
More awesome shots and these really made me appreciate how beautiful the trains are. Could be the best looking Millennium Flyers I've ever seen. Mega-bonus points for putting the Wodan logo on the back car, too.
All I can say is "HOLY CRAP!" Is this not the best, most themed, most awesome, most insane looking GCI out there? Can anyone name a better one? Seriously? I can not wait to get off my fat butt and get out to Europa Park and try this ride out. Of course, that's not happening anytime soon but I can still dream. Looks like Europa has got one amazing new ride on their hands.
Jimmy "Way to go Europa!" Bo
Do not believe this post!
90% of the time, I am sarcastic all the time...it's science!
really nice pics from today... tomorrow i will add a offride and some other video shots from the queue! so a short coaster review:
Was a nice day and after half an hour wait we got onto the ride. The queue is really nice themed. You walk along a (very long) gangway with nicely added lamps and really intresting theming. On many parts of the queue you walk directly under the lifthill and the first drop which is really impressive. Then you walk through the indoor queue which is like hanno said, very well themed,too. Very less light and really nice atmosphere...
The whole in a wall which hanno showed is a smoke screen were a 3D-Hammer is projected and the surrounding building construction start to shake earthquake like (animactronic), which many people shocked the first time (us too ) - Here a video (sorry a little bit shaky, but you can see the nice effects and the building shaking at the end):
Then you walk through some more nicely themed scenes and arrive in the station.
One of my favourite little details of the ride-theming was that the statues in station startet to turn the head in the direction in which the train was leaving and when the train was gone they looked in the direction from which the trains arrives... awesome!!! Here a short Video:
So to the ride... after leaving the station it gets a little bit speed to get first turn with a wrong banking! Especially in the last car i was really suprised about it. Then up the Lifthill (fire was off) and down the first hill has nice air, especially in the last row. The rest of the ride is just like hanno said a fast chain of curves through which you ride with some decent speed and some pops of air on some points. What i liked most is the sometimes little bit weird banking and the nice unpredictable strange bumps in curves -a lot of fun and gives a nice turblent ride feeling. So overall not in my top ten for airtime but definitly in the top 10 for fun and theming on a woody and a all ages family friendly funride. First ride in the second row was fun, the next two times i get a ride in the last row which really added a little bit more fun to it, so ride it in the back if you were introduced so(no own "choose a row"). And talking to the chief spokesman he told the ride will get faster and faster overtime, can't wait to ride it on my next visit in one month again. Overall it is a really great addition... the only problem of this day was operation speed, which was in my opinion a big letdown. With 300-400 people on the ride and two trains running, operations were really slow and you moved very slow in the queue for EuropaPark standards. But i think they tested a lot and today they trained the workers very well, so maybe after some weeks and with three trains running they will get the operations as fast as we were used to
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