Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaster)

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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby thrillgeek » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:04 am

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.
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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby Hhappy » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:28 am

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 ;)
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First things first (aka this morning) More theming was added to the ride
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and other work was still being done
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those are some giant letters
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Flash forward a couple of hours and something like 300 fans are ready to ride
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those letters add a nice touch (i think)
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They might look a little different tomorrow.. or not..
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it adds to the look
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you should go this way to ride.. (letters tomorrow on the shield?)
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beautifull curve
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(german) story time
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"old" dude
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first train with riders today
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there will be a lot of pictures of happy riders today
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it's a nice location for pictures
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here's some zoom use
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owh my hair..
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happy riders
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no train
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yes train
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maybe tomorrow with a boat?!?!?
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hairtime
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fun for all ages
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tunnel time
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looks like some laterals..
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funny faces
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the sun decided to show up after all today
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mind the gap (or hole or whatever comes to mind)
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aaarrggh
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(h)airtime
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attempting artsy and orange
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more random folks
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owh boy (it's first drop time)
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almost at the end
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picking up more speed
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end of the fly through
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more first drop fun
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"mama"
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turn turn turn
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hmm, not precisely what i had in mind..
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and there is the sun again
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this time with a train
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todays special guests
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lots and lots of joy
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and for the fun of it they got to ride again
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open up..
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yup, looks like a fun ride
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just because it's pretty
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and just because it's pretty and we have a train
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right before the onride photo point
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ok, this could be interesting..
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now that's a different view indeed
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where's that boat when you need it ;)
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overview
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more overview
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and this should about complete the overview ;)
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drop time
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zooming in just a bit
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yup, looks like fun
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something different
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here they go
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hands up if you like this ride
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the home stretch
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time for another crossing
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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
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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby SharkTums » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:51 am

Was the fire going today?

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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby BeemerBoy » Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:52 am

Nice work, Hanno.

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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby Hhappy » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:09 pm

SharkTums wrote:Was the fire going today?


I've seen them test the fire on top yesterday evening but i did not notice it today. It's not that big so it can be challenging to see when the sun is shining..
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fire as seen from my hotel room the day before
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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby RoCo » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:59 pm

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.
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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby DJeXeL » Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:36 pm

Ok now they are just being cocky. ;)
It keeps getting better and better with every update...........keep the photos coming!
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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby JimmyBo » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:27 pm

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.

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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby Jackie Chan » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:48 pm

Great stuff! Thanks for all the photos.
You must have a real good time over there. I can't wait to ride Wodan :b and bluefire again :lmao:

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Re: Photo TR: Wodan media day at Europa Park (new GCI coaste

Postby Kooky » Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:50 pm

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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