Most of you probably don't know me, but I'm from Brazil (the far far away land) and I'm a huge coaster enthusiast. I usually travel the world to ride coasters, and this year I decided to do something crazy: Go to Europe by myself, rent a car in Amsterdam and drive 5800km (aprox 3600 miles) and visit 20 parks and 4 kermis in 14 days!
Did I make it? Yes, I did, and it was amazing. I used old TPR trip reports as a guide to witch parks to visit, and ended up visiting the following: Amsterdam Dungeon, Movie Park Germany, Plopsa Indoor Hasselt, Walibi Belgium, Efteling, Walibi Holland, Wunderland Kalkar, Toverland, Bobbejaanland, Phantasialand, Klotten, Europa-Park, Tripsdrill, Holiday-Park, Hamburg Dungeon, Hansa Park, Heide Park, Plopsa Indoor Coevorden and Slagharen. And I also visit 4 kermis: Amsterdam Ordorp, Aachen Ocher Bend, Frankfurt Dippemess and Hamburg DOM.Day 1: Amsterdam Dungeon and Amsterdam OsdorpDay 2: Movie Park GermanyDay 3: Plopsa Indoor Hasselt and Walibi BelgiumDay 4: EftelingDay 5: Walibi Holland and Wunderland KalkarDay 6: Toverland and BobbejaanlandDay 7: Phantasialand and Aachen Ocher BendDay 8: Wild und Freizeitpark Klotten and Frankfurt DippemessDay 9: Europa-ParkDay 10: Tripsdrill and Holiday ParkDay 11: Freizeitland Geiselwind and Freizeipark PlohnDay 12: Hamburg Dungeon and Hansa ParkDay 13: Heide Park and Hamburg DOMDay 14: Plopsa Indoor Coevorden and SlagharenDay 1: Amsterdam Dungeons and Amsterdam Osdorp
My plane landed in Amsterdam at 13:30 and I drove directly to the Dungeon, as my english tour was scheduled to begin at 15:30. Driving and parking in Amsterdam was actually pretty easy, considering that everyone rides a bike. The tour started on time, and I had no idea of what to expect. The only thing I knew was that they had a credit (a Mack coaster) at the end. The whole tour was pretty good, I was really frighted at some points, but the coaster was a little bit disapointing. It's too short, and doesn't do anything different. At least I got a credit.
I left the Dungeon and drove to Osdorp, where there was a small kermis going on. They only had a few rides, and It was raining, but I got some good pictures.Day 2: Movie Park GermanyLesson number one: Season Passes can save you a lot of money!
So, the first thing I did when I arrived at Movie Park was to purchase my season pass. Not only I could enter for free in ALL Parques Reunidos' parks in Europe with the season pass, but I would also receive a 50% discount on Efteling, Holiday Park, all the Plopsas, Slagharen, Toverland and Walibi Holland. All for just 89 Euros!
Movei Park is really cute. That's the word. Cute. Like a small, less crowded Universal Studios.
First I headed to the "kiddies" area of the park and rode the small coasters. Everything is really well themed there, one of the cutest kiddies areas I visited in the whole world. Then I headed to the other side of the park, the one that locates Van Helsing's Factory (that I discovered later, was the least fun Gerstlauer bobsled in Europe), MP Express and Bandit.
Bandit is a RCCA coaster, the same company that built Montezum at Hopi Hari (the worst woden coaster I've ever ridden), so I was expecting nothing but pain. But against all odds, Bandit was really good, wasn't bumpy at all and had some decent air times.
The last coaster of the day was MP Express.
Well, I live in South America, and we have 3 SLCs here: Raptor, the one at Fantasilandia, amazing for a SLC, really smooth. The one at Parque de La Costa (El Desafio) is the second worst SLC ever buit, and Firewhip, at BCW, is for sure a creation of the devil. So I had no idea if MP Express was more like Raptor, or more like Firewhip. Thank god, it was better than Raptor, and I can say now, after 7 SLCs, that MP Express is probably the best SLC ever built.