After a VERY rocky start in getting over (I was the last to arrive that night wasn't I?) after missing two flights (damn everyone who jinxed me by saying "don't miss you're flight!") and not knowing where the crap the hotel actually was I finally made it! Add to it that no one was there at the hotel when I got there as Elissa had gone off to McDonald's down the street and the people who went off to Parque de Atracciones had not returned yet, I was a bit worried that it was a sign of things to come. Luckily it wasn't!
The next day promised to be an early start as we were off to take the bullet train to Sevilla and Isla Mágica. I honestly had no idea what to expect from many of the parks on the trip and this was the first one to blow me away.
When we arrived we had to wait for Robb to contact the PR guy for the park and that gave a lot of us (mainly me who wasn't there the day before) to chat and get to know each other a little. When Robb got back he said that they were going to give us ERT on their two newest attractions, their new 4-D theatre and their new spinning, shooting, pirates-peeing-on-you dark ride, Captain Balas (AKA Captain balls) They actually showed us two movies, one was N-Wave studio's 12 and a half minute "Haunted House" in 4-D and the second was N-Wave Studio's 9 and a half minute (did it feel that long to anyone else?) "SOS Planet/ PandaVision"
Then we all headed over to El Jaguar, which is an extended SLC (AKA Bonus Helix!) I rode Lethal Weapon at Warner Bros. Movie World in Australia so i had some idea as to what to expect (the helix is the smoothest part...) and I liked it, I think I'm the PERFECT height for Arrows and Vekomas as they don't bother me as much as they do other people.
Other rides include a Zamperla Mega Disk'O, A very decent flume, a splash down, heat exhaustion, and an Indiana Jones type "adventure" ride ride with carts from the Flintstones, which was really well done for the park it was at.
On to some pics including LOU all wet!
This was our first impression of the park lead back to where the new attractions were.
I'm a Rock God, Give me some candy!"
"We want candy too!"
How about a little kiss.
Luickily the Camera of doom was not present
New for 2007 4-D
The themeing to the outside of Captain balls was amazing.
The park was built around this lake (The lake was built in the park?)
EL Jaguar, look out!
Chris really, really wanted to ride the llamas.
Lots of bush at this park, I guess they don't believe in trimming in Europe
They had some boats going out toward the front of the park and I think they have a big fountain night time show there too
Those Spaniards sure love them bulls. A lot of the smaller parks had a mechanical bull out for people to humiliate them selves on.
This look slike a postcard.
It also got you just enough wet to cool you down but not soak you (unless you just happened to be standing right on top of one of the little jets that pop up from underneath and go up your shorts...
Or you could go in this fountain and risk getting some sort of communicable disease from the locals.
Hector, those are some brilliant pictures.
I had no clue you had done so much just before getting to Europe, no wonder you looked so tired that first night we all found you in the lobby! I was tired just from our half day in Madrid.
So the next morning brought us to Parque de Atracciones Madrid and as it was my first visit, I got to hear a lot about the park from those who went the day before the trip started. Again, I was quite blown away with this park as it had one of the best photographic entrances to a park I've ever seen.
As always with the Alvey's, 'Tis much better to arrive early and entertain ourselves then to arrive late and piss off the park. So we had quite a bit of time to kill and again, it was chit chat and get to know yourselves more, and they let us in to stand around some more as we headed over to Abismo and Tarántula and chatted more as maintenence finished up their testing and Robb filmed Abismo a few times we got our rides in and headed over tarántula.
Abismo was my first (and only) Maurer Söhne X-car So I was terrified of the ride, more like the restraints and/ or getting stuck at the top of the lift. Luckily on the few rides I had on it they were all fantastic!
Tarántula was my second spinning coaster besides Exterminator at Kennywood and this totally blew me away! the ride had me giggling the whole way through and getting stopped on a block up there is quite disturbing if you just happen to be hanging on the side without a catwalk.
Other rides include Tornado which was pretty "meh" for being Intamin; the log flume with that stupid timed waterfall that decided fat people slowing down a log should get absolutely drenched (Yes, that was me...); the Jungle Cruise rip-off; Spanish Small world; an old shcool Frisbee which I prefer over the gaint's as long as it has a good program, and this one wasn't too bad; and of course Deperado, which I didn't win, but I wasn't the donkey. Then it was off to Zaragoza!
Damn it's early!
A few of us headed over to Tarántula hoping it would open with Abismo
This was so random
Swan lake this is not.
they got Abismo open first and Robb got his footage from the front.
I think there's a coaster in those supports somwhere
Evil to come later
Backside of Lou
Soaked from that damn log ride and not having any idea what kind of scrotal pain would be delivered.
I think Kyle's face sums up the ride.
Random Castle and Holidog clone
Lou's ready to ROCK! Are you?
I was a split second off from getting Dave in there too!
The sky cleared a bit and Abismo had a long line.
No missing feet today
Excuse me sir but the wires from your neck are showing.
"Man I have got to remember to stop eating those shrums"
^ Funny, I JUST noticed that yesterday as I was going through my un-edited photos.
Anyway, After a full half day running around one Parque de Atracciones it was off to another one very far away. The drive was pretty boring, but Robb had made a few DVDs featuring random shows (Family Guy and Robot Chicken!) and segments from previous TPR DVDs to help pass the time.
Once we finally got there, the entrance was less then stellar and it looked like a very tiny ghetto place. We all got our black VIP wristbands and they let us loose, most of us headed off to get the three credts the park had and other various random rides before having an AMAZING dinner (with wine and champagne) and running around with a buzz through the Mirror Maze.
The first ride up was Mina, which was a small Zamperla kiddie coaster and I had the extreme thrill of not having my lapbar locked at ALL on the ride. Then it was off to Moncayo which was a standard SDC Galaxi. We also rode Rameses (You can hear me screaming like a girl in the mini-updates video) Bouncy Bouncy (many praises from me here as well), their lame Top Spin (on "crazy" mode as the PR lady said they would run it, or something like that) and their Rapids ride. All in all I was more then impressed by the park in the town that was being built around it it seemed.
Another short drive over to our Hotel for the night and some time in the bar before being kicked out by the lady at the front desk it was off to Port Abentura the next day!
Very Plain *rimshot*
Little towns were along the way to dance for us so it wouldn't be too boring.
Random Castle... Rock... thingy
"Jolly jolly Jolly" was on the TV, who was paying attention to what was going out there.
It was very green
Wind Farm! They grow em good in Spain.
Welcome to Zaragoza, Pardon our dust as we make way for the actual city coming soon!
We made it!
The only actual coaster photo I have from PdAdZ as I forgot to take more pictures here.
mmmm best part of the meal (I'm not a big seafood or things STILL on the bone fan)
Poor flash, but Kyle and Lou look so serious
Chadlyr and Dave are the brave ones to go first (or did I miss some people and forget?)
Last Bouncy Bouncy ride I just missed :(
At the "bar" at the Holiday Inn exress. Kyle finds this pleasing lol.
I think this was during euchre
I love when people don't realize I'm taking pictures and don't have a chance to pose.
i think Ed just caught on as the Beer just hit my camera lol
I think this is when Chris challeneged Lou to get the awesome lighter Zaragoza gave to us that was given as a prize during trivia (right?)
Course it just looks like Chris' trying to force Lou's hands down his pants
A little Matrix action...
...and Lou has lost
The last pic I took before we hit Port Aventura! It was also around this time that Dave Thomas passed out the awesome Elissa Bingo cards. I wonder who won that...
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