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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:12 am

Nigloland - August 2017

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August 7th and 8th 2017, I went to France for my first ever time to Walygator Parc and Nigloland. I spent the first day in Walygator Parc and the second day in Nigloland.

On August 8th, I visited Nigloland. I heard some great reviews from this park, but I always try to keep my expectations as low as possible, to avoid disappointment. And wow, this park is absolutely gorgeous! It has some good theming, and I really loved the atmosphere in the park. Of course, the main reason I visited this park was because of Alpina Blitz, the Mack Mega Coaster. It is clearly the best ride in the park, but Nigloland has much more to offer. New for last year was a 100 meter (328 ft) tall drop tower, that is located in a medieval castle. The weather forecast for the day was pretty bad with lots of rain and high winds. But it did not rain one bit. it was cloudy for most of the day, but in the afternoon even the sun came out. This resulted in very low crowds, and thus also in low queue times. Almost every ride was a walk-on, except for Alpina Blitz with a 10 minute wait.

Alpina Blitz (9/10)
Alpina Blitz is clearly the best coaster in France. It is packed with airtime, and the awesome trains make it even better. Like all Mack Mega Coasters, it is also very re-rideable! I liked it more in the front seat, where you get ejector airtime all the way. Whereas the back seat gives you more very strong floater. Also, I greyed out about four of my nine rides during the high force turn after the first drop, which was something I had never experienced before. Like almost every ride at the park, it is nicely themed. It did have a bit of a rattle though, which was a bit surprising. But apart from that, Alpina Blitz is just butter smooth. Overall, it is a fantastic coaster and I would rank it just outside of my top 10!

Schlitt'Express (5/10)
This has to be the smoothest Wild Mouse I have ever been on! These coasters are always lots of fun. It is now my second favourite Wild Mouse, after Matterhorn Blitz at Europa-Park.

Bobsleigh (4,5/10)
Bobsleigh is a Schwarzkopf Boblsed which holds up really well. There was more force than I expected, which is great. On top of that, it was well themed.

Spatiale Expérience (4,5/10)
Spatiale Expérience is a really fun “Eurosat-style” indoor coaster. It is not as rough as Eurosat, but not much smoother either. It has some very nice theming, though.

Gold Mine Train (3,5/10)
It is one of the best Mack Powered Coasters I have done (and I have done quite a few now). Once again, it has some very nice theming. There even is a little indoor section that I didn't expect. Also, it interacts very well with the park's log flume. And I got 3 cycles instead of the usual 2, thanks to the awesome operator! It is a very fun ride, but not quite my cup of tea.

Chenille (1/10)
Just your standard Wacky Worm, nothing special. Although this one gives you 4(!!) cycles.

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Welcome to Nigloland!

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It is the park's 30th anniversary.

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First impressions: what a beautiful park.

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Great views as soon as you enter the park.

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All aboard the Nigloland train.

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First, we'll head of to the Canadian Village.

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Just cruising around.

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Pirate ship thingy.

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What a great and relaxing atmosphere this park has. I love it!

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You can take a Canadian boat ride around the lake.

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Are you brave enough to encounter the Grizzli?

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It was a very busy day at the park..

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Time for a ride on the park's log flume. Just a one drop special, this one.

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Great theming in the station.

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Next up was Gold Mine Train.

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It interacts beautifully with the log flume.

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I love little areas like this.

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Anyone for a ride on the antique cars?

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What a beautiful park it is.

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Grand Prix is much like Autopia at Disneyland Paris, but without the massive queue.

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Both hands on the wheel, please. Thank you.

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Yes, they have an African Boat ride at Nigloland.

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Who doesn't like a relaxing boat ride?

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No questions, please..

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Which one is taller?

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Just a random flying dragon..

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It is time for the park's massive 100 meter (328 ft) tall drop tower!

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Ow, that looks smaller than I expected..

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Okay, that is more like it!

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Donjon de l'Extrême, which means The Keep Of the Extreme.

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It only has lap bars! Awesome!

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That guy in the middle seems to love it a bit too much, I guess..

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Plummeting down at 115 kph (72 mph) in just 3 secondes.

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The park's Dark Ride.

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It is time for a meeting in the air on Air Meeting.

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I really like these kind of rides.

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And suddenly, we are in Las Vegas.

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JukeBox is themed after a.. Well, a JukeBox.

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What a lovely area!

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There is also a Statue of Liberty in France.

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Believe it or not, but there is a massive coaster in this building.

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Flying apples, only at Nigloland.

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The real reason why we got here.

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Slowly climbing its lift hill.

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It is Alpina Blitz!

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In my opninion, the best coaster in France!

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Hands up if you love the Blitz!

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Don't scream too loud, mate.

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Hairtime!

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Alpina Blitz rising towards the sun (somewhere behind the clouds)..

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The area around the coaster had (once again) a very nice atmosphere.

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Aaaand into the brakes.

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Happy riders in front of the park's Ferris Wheel.

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Rising out of the trees.

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Floater in the back, ejector in the front!

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Even more airtime!

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You can get real close and personal with Alpina Blitz.

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Threatening clouds, but that doesn't stop the Alpine Expedition.

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This ride is just awesome!

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It's such an impressive coaster to look at.

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Going full speed.

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The exit of the ride goes right over the lift hill. This is excellent for those lift hill enthusiasts out there!

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Airtime filled from start to finish! More of these please, Mack!

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This is where gravity takes over.

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Flying high on the Blitz!

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Who doesn't love some gorgeous Mack curves?

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Get ready to grey out!

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It is such a beauty!

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Some close up airtime.

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The first drop is great!

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It is time for a ride on the tractors.

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The park's giant Ferris Wheel.

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Sadly, no beer today..

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Schlitt'Express has to be the smoothest Wild Mouse I done!

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These rides are always lots of fun.

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Wacky Worm!

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Hold your horses.

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Next up, Bobsleigh.

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Going up its Spiral Lift.

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It was a fun ride.

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Welcome to yet another Dino walkthrough.

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T-Rex hates push ups..

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It is a nice little attraction, nothing too special.

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One last look at Alpine Blitz to end this report.


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby TheoB » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:26 am

JordyC wrote:Image


This is amazing you took a photo of people on the third row breaking the park rules :lmao: the rows are only meant to be for 2 people not 3!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:59 am

TheoB wrote:This is amazing you took a photo of people on the third row breaking the park rules :lmao: the rows are only meant to be for 2 people not 3!


Well noticed! I did not notice that myself. I guess it is not really breaking the park rules.. Because if it was they wouldn't have dispatched the train, right?
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:20 am

Great photos and review! I was interested to hear how Mack's version of the Mega Lite turned out and glad to hear it's a home run.

It's also cool to see another one of those Funtime drop towers. I thought Dollywood had the first for some reason and didn't realize there were others.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby Philrad71 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:40 pm

Nice report!

Nigloland looks like a beautiful park and the Mack "mega-lite" and the (crazily high) drop tower look like tons of fun!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:44 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great photos and review! I was interested to hear how Mack's version of the Mega Lite turned out and glad to hear it's a home run.


Thanks! Indeed, Alpina Blitz is a fantastic coaster. Granted, I haven't ridden the Intamin version yet. But if it is anything close to Mack's version, then I am sure it will be another superb ride!

Philrad71 wrote:Nice report!

Nigloland looks like a beautiful park and the Mack "mega-lite" and the (crazily high) drop tower look like tons of fun!


Thank you! Nigloland is a very beautiful park, much more beautiful than I expected it to be. Yes, they are a lot of fun! Alpina Blitz and Donjon de l'Extrême are clearly the best rides in the park.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby cfc » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:13 am

This park is more extensive than I thought, yet we don't hear much about it on TPR. Thanks for the report and the photos.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby coasterer22 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:24 am

cfc wrote:This park is more extensive than I thought, yet we don't hear much about it on TPR. Thanks for the report and the photos.


Exactly what I was thinking when I read this report. Great collection of rides and adorably well themed for a park you don't here about too often. Nice report and awesome photos!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:31 am

Wow, Nigloland looks fantastic! Glad you had a good time there, and I'm especially glad you shared it with us. I didn't know much about Nigloland previously, but it definitely looks like the sort of place I would really love. Thanks!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby ObeyTheShihTzu! » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:13 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your pix and info on a park that I knew very little about. :idea:
And kudos to you for a very artistically angled shot of the giant Ferris Wheel!

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