Day 5: Walibi Holland and Wunderland Kalkar
After visitirng Walibi Belgium (one of my favourite parks in Europe), I was expecting a lot from Walibi Holland. Afterall, they have the most well themed boomerang coaster in the world, an "outdoor" rock' n' roller coaster and Goliath.
My first ride of the day was Speed Of Sound. A really, really, really well themed boomerang, with on-board audio system and the new Vekoma restraints that worked very well for this kind of ride. For sure, the best boomerang I've ever ridden.
Next it was time for some credit whoring: Rattlesnake, a zierer tivoli coaster themed after a giant snake on the desert. The whole wild west area of the park was really nice, with a Huss frisbee that was not open that day (I read somewhere that Tomahawk struggles with a lot of technical problems, but the park still keeps the ride because it is very popular). By the way, the one at Walibi Belgium was working just fine on the day of my visit.
After a brief lunch at the Mexican plaza, I decided to face another SLC: El Condor. What is wrong with painting the SLCs, for God's sake? This is the third green and white SLC I've seen. And the third worst one, too. It's not as bad as Firewhip or El Desafio, but it's not as good as Raptor, MP Express or Limit either. It's more like an average SLC, I guess.
The last 3 credits were the ones I was most looking forward to: Robin Hood, Goliath and Xpress.
Robin Hood is the second of the 3 wooden coasters Vekoma has ever built. And since I really liked Loup-Garou, I was expecting a good ride on Robin Hood. And it is, indeed, a nice wooden coaster. It was a little bit slow (probably because of the weather and the fact that it was it's first weekend after a long winter), but anyway, it is a good coaster.
Goliath. What can I say about Goliath? First of all, when I hear the name Goliath, I think about SFMM's Goliath, something you can see from far far away, something that doesn't fit on your picture. That's not the case here. I was really disapointed when I saw Goliath. "Is that it? Where's the rest of it?". And the fact that it is hidden in an "alley" didn't help either. But Goliath proves the theory that size doesn't matter. I had a blast ridding Goliath. There are lots of air time and an incredible turn after the first two drops. Too bad it's too short. And since the waiting time was just about 5 minutes, I rode it again, and again, and again.
The last ride of the day was Xpress. Someone told me it was SBNO. I checked RCDB and it was SBNO indeed. So I was really happy when I saw it open that day. I'm not sure what happened to it, or for how long it hasn't been running, but I was glad it's open again. It's cool to ride an outdoor Rock' n' Roller Coaster.
Walibi Holland is not as beatiful as Walibi Belgium, but it has better rides, for sure.Wunderland Kalkar:
Wunderland Kalkar is a one hour drive from Walibi Holland (about 110km or 68 miles). So i left Walibi around 15:00 and arrived at Wunderland at 16:00. Lucky me, the entrance fee after 16:00 is just 9 Euros, witch means free food + nice park for just 9 Euros!
Wunderland Kalkar got a little bit famous in Brazil after it was featured on the 20:00 news here. (Link to that video: http://g1.globo.com/jornal-nacional/noticia/2011/09/usina-nuclear-inacabada-e-transformada-em-parque-de-diversoes.html
That being said, I only knew 2 things about Wunderland Kalkar: It was built on an old nuclear power plant, and they offered free food!
The park is built in a very nice, very calm neighborhood. The parking is free, and they offer free coffee, sodas, juice, french fries and Ice Cream. Amazing!
The park is actually pretty nice. They have a powered coaster that wasn't open that day, a lot of nice rides like a disk'o and a water ride, and of course, the famous starfyer inside the cooling tower.
As I entered the cooling tower I thought: "Nice, they have a drop tower and a star flyer on the same ride". It turns out that it is not a drop tower, just an wierd way of enjoying the view for the ones that are afraid of starflyers. The starflyer ride is amazing, you can see the park and the rivers that surround the area. It is a must go, even for the ones that are not really into theme parks.
The park is very clean, very colorful and the french fries and the ice cream were not bad. I would definitely recommend Wunderland Kalkar for anyone visiting that part of Europe.