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Postby DerekRx » Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:16 pm

If you're getting here from the main page, you can also find non-coaster siteseeing in Frankfurt on page 1, as well as more Phantasialand on pages 10 and 11, and all the Oktoberfest goodies can be found on page 11 as well.

Phantasialand was simply awesome. With such elaborate theming, uniqueness to all the rides, and a pretty cool hotel, its definitely my kind of park and I really am looking forward to returning there in a few years. Onto the pictures which cannot do the park justice. First, getting to the park.
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From Frankfurt I took an ICE train to Koln
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Look at me, I'm having fun
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Look, its the real Rhine, not that imposter in Frankfurt! (and we didn't go over the river like 19 times like last time!)
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OMG, there it is! The real reason I came to Germany. Maybe I should skip Phantasialand and just spend 2 days at the Dom
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If Koln wants to put a boring coaster up there, I know of one
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Mmmmm, brewery
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From Koln I took another train to Bruhl. Here's its Schloss
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and finally, here we are at Hotel PhantASIA
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My single room was pretty elaborately themed and spacious, and the bed was a lot bigger than expected
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The view of the park from my window
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There's some coasters in there, and Epcot!
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The bathroom was pretty posh too
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The sink ruled!
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And Casey, save up your cash for the next TPR trip there, you'll be able to enjoy the shower
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The hotel even has a pool, both indoor and outdoor
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Cool, glass bottles of Lift apple soda!
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At one of the hotel restaurants I tried the Crispy Experience, lobster soup
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As well as some Slice by Slice, teriyakied beef
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At dusk, torches came on and the place looked pretty cool
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Postby DerekRx » Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:37 pm

Now for some park photos.
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Behold, the ride that will allegedly grope and fondle you if you're a boy under the age of 10
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Probably Vekoma's best coaster ever, and the best mine train outside of Disney
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The ride is like 20 helices all thrown together around a mountain, a fort, and some other random old west theming
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Watersplash!
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This cool looking pagoda houses a Vekoma Haunted Swing, themed to a wedding??? The mortal kombatish preshow was pretty entertaining though
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The park contains a double decker steam powered carousel that used to operate in Munich at Oktoberfest
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Temple of the Night Hawk was one seriously screwed up indoor coaster. Random music, a laser bird, and a 3rd lift that wasn't really needed.
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Finally I found Wuze Town, home of Winjas!
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What a Winja is, I do not know. But this sign sadly told me I would be missing out on one credit this trip
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I was fine though, because Fear was really awesome with some pretty unique things
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Round and round we go
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If you're into that sort of thing, the park has one of those living statue shows to watch from time to time
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ooooh, Schwarzkopf dark ride that is also a Jeff Johnson credit!
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The storyline is goofy. You get eaten by this dragon thing
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And then you end up in Arabia
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And then you see some dude fighting a dragon
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The main reason Elissa wants to go back to the park, spinny raft ride!
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It didn't make me nautious! =P
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As you can tell, its a really well kept park
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Hey, look Nicole, they have one of those rides that go in that motion
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And new for 2007 will be another fun ride, Talocan!
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Postby DerekRx » Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:48 pm

and now for the random weird darkride segment:
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So here's Geister Riksha, some Asian themed haunted mansion
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First you see some giant Asian Caseyfish
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and then the next scene is of dead people
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And then another some dude slaying a dragon scene
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and then more dead people
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and I have no idea whats going on
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and then there's Aligator wrestling???
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and Pirates of the Caribbean?? With a drunk monk??
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Now the ghosts and the Asians are mingling together
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And there's a chick with 3 heads and huge hands??
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And of course, hitchhiking Asian ghosts
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Ahhhh!!! He's going to follow me home
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And then some other random giant with heads in his stomach finishes off the ride. WTF?!
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Moving on, we get to Mystery Castle, home of an Intamin froghopper
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Once again, the queue is really nicely themed, and even had dudes jumping out at you
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See, I told you it was an Intamin froghopper
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Postby DerekRx » Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:07 pm

Oh yeah, and if you didn't know, this year Phantasialand added Black Mamba to its Africa section of the park. The ride was really trenched out, much like Nemesis, making it pretty cool. Sadly, the ride wasn't nearly as forceful as Nemesis or Batman, but its unique layout, use of tunnels, trenches, and extensive theming make for a really cool coaster. Its better than the newer B&Ms like Talon, Great Bear, and Silver Bullet, probably up there with Top Gun at Carowinds.
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New for 2006, Black Mamba, the biting ride
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The station is themed to a cave, with sound effects like bats and stuff. Oh, there's also a giant snake splitting each row
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Up the lift goes the train
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Hey look, its other members of BACT!
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Down the first drop (notice there's no nets here!)
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The coaster is pretty conceiled, but there's some good spots for shots
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Soon the coaster will go thru the loop
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Told ya!
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From here you can see not only my signature shot, but also some of the trenchyness
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Can't get enough of that vertical loop
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Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. But wait....does the walkway actually go THRU the loop!?!?
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Oh My God!
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Nowhere else will you ever get a shot of the top of the loop from inside the loop!!
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More trenches, tunnels, and a zero G roll
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Some nice whipping action in the roll
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And this waterfall turnaround was very much a reminder of Nemesis
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Followed by a flat spin
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So much theming in the queue that there was actually real vegetables growing in the gardens!
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After this flatspin it was pretty much just a whole lotta turns and tunnels, but still fun
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Especially with the great foot choppers!
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While not as intense as Nemesis, it still had some forces, with a really cool distorting layout and excellent theming. Go. Ride it!
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Dispatch, enjoy your ride.

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Postby dandaman » Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:41 pm

Holy schnikes!

Black Mamba looks freaking amazing! :shockr:

Oh, and glad you had your walkway loop penetration, too ;)
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Postby pvcoasterguy » Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:14 pm

Wow... that park looks really nice.

From the Winjas to the nicely themed rides to Black Mamba... everything looks so well-kept and enjoyable.

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Postby DarkStitch626 » Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:20 pm

Derek in reguards to your passing out situation...this is what it reminds me of.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzuXVC9hFFg this is rated G so no big deal. Its from Family Guy "Ladies and Gentleman the beer room"

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Postby Meteornotes » Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:55 pm

Great photos. Those dark rides at Phantasialand were indeed bizarre. Mary and I had a really good time making up a story for that ghost one. Plus it had alligator ninjas, which is just an awesome idea all on its own.

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Postby DarkStitch626 » Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:58 pm

Black Mamba looks simply put amazing..the inversions and the incline immulmen, that just looks great how close to the ground it gets.. :airtime: :airtimer: Thats something you won't see in California..haha ;)

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Postby JimmyBo » Wed Sep 27, 2006 8:43 pm

That's a nice looking shirt you wore to the park. Supporting Pizza Port...woot woot.
So whats the deal with passing out derek? Black Mamba just looks insane with all the tunnels and foot choppers...good stuff and glad to see you made it back.

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