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Postby etienne82ita » Fri Jul 01, 2005 1:34 pm

Oh my God!! You were here in Italy and You leave it without say me hallo or invited me??? :cry: :cry:
You are my Family eheheheh i hope when and if you come back in italy you call me ...A day with you guys is for me all...You are the best ... continue so!!! :P

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Postby Homey G. » Fri Jul 01, 2005 2:12 pm

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Postby BDG » Fri Jul 01, 2005 2:18 pm

That's probably Luigi from that Gotti show. :lol:

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Postby robbalvey » Fri Jul 01, 2005 2:41 pm

Europe Trip Day Sixteen: Credit Whoring at Walibi Rhone-Alpes and Nigloland!

Today was our "credit whore" day. Basically, we had a LONG drive from Gardaland and Disneyland Paris and when mapping out the trip we looked at ways to break up the drive.

Being that we have Walibi passes, we noticed that, if we routed our journey in such a way, we could almost pass right by two Walibi parks, Rhone-Alpes and Lorraine as well as Nigloland.

Credits that help break up a long drive? Sure!!! :lol:

Everyone had told us that Rhone-Alpes was pretty crappy and that we shouldn't even bother, but we figured since we had to drive right by it, and it was basically free, why not?

Well, everyone was right! The place was pretty crappy, but it was also pretty entertaining!

All I will say is that you HAVE to download the "Abnormal Boomerang" video! And I really want to know if anyone has EVER seen another Vekoma Boomernag do what this one does! Just download the video and you'll see! =)

The had a Boomerang, a Zamperla Wild Mouse, and a Tivoli kiddie coaster. Yeah...quite a quality selection of coasters, eh? :wink:

And on top of it, the park itself was pretty sad. Most of the rides looked like they were built out in a field with little thought put into path ways, landscaping, or anything. The lake that runs through the park looked more like a malaria infested swamp. Overall, we spent less than an hour, got our credits, and continued the drive.

BUT we did take away from the park the VERY entertaining "Abnormal Boomerang!" Basically, it acted more like a Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop! Just watch the video and you'll see.

Onto Nigloland!

We had about a 4 hour drive in between the two parks and we got to Nigloland with about 3 hours left in their operating day. At first, we thought they might have been closed since absolutely NO ONE was in the rows of parking! Turns out they had a very small lot 'up front' which kind of looked like the "Marketplace Parking" on Grand Avenue at Knott's. And not even all those spaces were full.

If we saw 50 other people in the park today, I'd be surprised!

Arriving at this park we were expecting another "Let's credit whore our way through this crap hole and get out of here" but what we found was actually a pretty nice park!

Let's check out the coaster line up: Powered Mack Mine Train, Schwarzkopf City Jet, Wacky Worm, Indoor Mack Coaster, and....drum roll please....a Pinfari Inverted Coaster....YES! A looping, invcrted Pinfari! Does it get any better than that? :D

Oddly enough...the ride was just fine!!! :shock: If you have been on a Pinfari looping anything, you know how :shock: :shock: :shock: we were when the ride was totally smooth, and we didn't get jolted or bashed ONCE!

Did we luck out or is the ride always like this???

The rest of the park was very nice. Good landscaping, fun coasters, some good dark rides, well themed flat rides, a few 'interesting' signs (check out the photos) and overall it was really "cute."

The indoor Mack coaster was great! It reminded me a LOT of Euro-Sat at Europa Park. It used the same trains, same sprial lift system, and had the same violent, but amazing quality to it!

Elissa's favorite ride was the rodent themed 'outdoor dark ride', which I kind of get the feeling was the reason we came to this park in the first place. :wink:

They also had a haunted house dark ride, which was another one of Europe's "Bench: The Ride" systems. I think it's so funny that people have joked for years about "Bench: The Ride" to the point where I don't even remember the origin, but now that I've seen all these dark rides that litterally have a bench attached to a ride vehicle, I wonder if this is where it started!

Anyway, overall we had a great day of credit whoring and finding a little gem in Nigloland!

On to some photos and be sure to download that Abnormal Boomerang video!
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When the entrance to Walibi Rhone-Alpes consisted of a small fence that you couldn't even see and a couple of umbrellas, not even a turnstile, we knew this wasn't going to be a candidate for "best park of the trip!" ;)
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It was cold and raining, so we helped keep Elissa warm with her fantasies of a three-some. Although somehow I get the feeling her fantasy didn't include some fat guy and a jew! :o
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"Welcome to Walibi Rhone-Alpes....On the left we have random rides ploped down into a field where you need to navigate through nature to get to them...."
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"...on the right we have the milaria infested lake. Swim at your own risk!"
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"Here we have our Vekoma Boomerang, except that it thinks it's a Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop."
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Dan and Dave are doing thier best to stay dry. Luckily the rain didn't last too long.
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This Boomerang is doing something I've never seen any other Boomerang do. Download the video to find out!
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Ahh, a Zamperla Wild Mouse....thanks Mark! =)
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The French made Dave ride alone.
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"Damn, My seat is wet....oh...wait...now I've found a good use for my park map!"
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Yes, we are indeed credit whores!!!!
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Nigloalnd ended up being a really nice little park!
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"Wait...I'm confused...I thought this park was going to suck??? It actually looks like it has a decent amount of stuff!"
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Nice landscaping and "cute" theming was all over this park.
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Inside this building houses a Mack enclosed coaster similar to Europa's Euro-Sat.
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"It's amazing, but I hate it!!!" =)
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This looks a lot like the new re-do of Disneyland's Space Mountain...hmm...I wonder if it took Nigloland three years to do this? ;)
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Here is one for you Schwarzkopf fans!
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The Rodent Themed Dark Ride is probably the reason Elissa wanted to come here!
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The Pinfari Inverted "Bat Coaster." It just looks like hot death, doesn't it?
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But oddly enough, this ride was completely smooth and almost fun!
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Yes, we are STILL credit whoring our way around France! =)
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They had a "Dinosaur Walk Thru" attraction. Totally random, and totally weird. We loved it!!! =)
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"Bench: The Ride." What is it with Europe dark rides with them bolting a park bench to a ride vehicle???
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Dan loved Bench: The Ride!!! (It actually was a very good dark ride!)
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BEST. SIGN. EVER!!!!! (this was outside the General Store in the western themed area!)
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"Abnormal Boomerang!" Here is the video of the Boomerang that thinks it's a Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop. Has anyone else seen a Vekoma Boomerang that does this???
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Postby robbalvey » Fri Jul 01, 2005 2:55 pm

Ok, I added the video to the trip report. Check it out.

I forgot to mention that what you see in the video clip is NOT a roll back! It was doing this for EVERY ride cycle!!!

Enjoy! =)

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Postby roeterich » Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:19 pm

Thanks for the new update and all the great new photos. Of course I directly downloaded the "Abnormal Boomerang" video and all I can say is:
Okay it isn't that screwed up^^ It isn't really normal either but I didn't found it very special :lol:
What do you expect from an old Vekoma it's no real surprise that the brakes don't work properly after a few years :wink:

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Postby Paul » Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:20 pm

Robb, as far as the "back up the spike" after the backwards part goes, both Great Escape's Boomerang and Six Flags New England's Flashback have the train come all the way out of the station and up the spike (Great Escape's train didn't come all the way out of the station until about two years ago)...but the thing that I've never seen before is the part you mentioned...how it went back into the boomerang. Usually it goes back onto the spike, then is stopped a few times to get it back into the station normally. It would be cool to sit in the front car of that boomerang, though...almost a 7th inversion!

And that Pinfari Inverted coaster looks frightening...it looks to me like an SLC from lower depths of hell!

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Postby Hattuchili » Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:21 pm

Hey Robb,
nice pictures! Walibi Rhone-Alpes looks so bad.
The video was funny and the "Abnormal Boomerang" thing is really scary! :shock: I have never seen this before!
However, great update again!

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Postby robbalvey » Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:27 pm

Every Boomerang I've ever been on (At least 30 of them) has gone a *little* bit out of the station on the return, maybe 10 feet or so at the most, but this is the first time I've ever seen one go almost all the way back up the back spike, and then back into the boomerang again!

At the point that it goes BACK into the station for the very last time is what I'm used to a normal Boomerang doing on the return run.

That's why it's different and weird!

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Postby nemesis-storm » Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:33 pm

Just watched the clip
All I can say is WTF! I never seen a boomerang do that before.

It might make the ride better :shock:

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