Europe 2016 - Robb & Elissa Traveling Around Riding Stuff

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Re: Europe 2016 - Robb & Elissa Traveling Around Riding Stuf

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:04 pm

^^ Sad to read about your not-so-great visit to Heide Park, Robb. I always hoped someday, I'd be able to
do a return visit to it, as it was a great experience during past visits. Now, I'm not so sure, with
what your reported. :sad:
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Postby RCT3Bross » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:36 pm

So sad to hear, it really sounds like the best time to visit is early in the season, or at least back in 2014 Easter time queue's where 30 min maximum. Here they should have used Q-bot. Hope this goes better for you guys in the continuation of this trip.
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Postby The Geek Mojo » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:28 am

Great TR so far. It would be super cool if we could see a map of Europe and the route taken on this awesome trip.

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Postby dchang11 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:47 am

Excellent trip report guys!!!

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Postby coasterbill » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:57 am

Great report. Krake is such a cute little dive coaster.

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Postby Samuel » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:13 am

Even factoring differences in cultural norms, the "shaggin wagons" turned me off. I'm not wildly offended by the concept -- I did get a chuckle, but in this particular context it looks symptomatic of the park disappointingly leaning away from the integrity and well-manicured qualities that Heide always seemed to exude. Has any park ever "gone for the teens" and had it made for a better qualitative experience for anyone at all? In my experience, tight-ship operations and a family focus often encourages civility, courteousness, & great overall days at parks, while sloppy operations and a teen crowd is a surefire recipe for frustration.

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Postby BDG » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:10 am

Samuel wrote:Even factoring differences in cultural norms, the "shaggin wagons" turned me off. I'm not wildly offended by the concept -- I did get a chuckle, but in this particular context it looks symptomatic of the park disappointingly leaning away from the integrity and well-manicured qualities that Heide always seemed to exude. Has any park ever "gone for the teens" and had it made for a better qualitative experience for anyone at all?

Every other family used to own one of those buses.
It's the German equivalent of an American park adding lake cabins.


Besides, what's the difference with Legoland's ?

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Or Europa-Park?

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I don't see the difference...

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All of them are nothing more than a unique, quirky way of spending the night at the park's campsite.

You do realize Robb was joking when he said you can rent them by the hour?
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Postby robbalvey » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:09 pm

The Geek Mojo wrote:Great TR so far. It would be super cool if we could see a map of Europe and the route taken on this awesome trip.

Great idea! Go ahead and make one! ;)

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Postby Philrad71 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:31 pm

coasterbill wrote:Great report. Krake is such a cute little dive coaster.


LOL....and with the 90 degree dive into the toothy octopus anus! :lol:
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Postby robbalvey » Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:48 pm

BDG wrote:Besides, what's the difference with Legoland's ?

kliebhan_heidehof_106.jpg


Or Europa-Park?

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I don't see the difference...

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The difference is that those other parks seem to target families for their campgrounds. Heide Park really seemed as though they were targeting young adults to come and have sex. There has always been a stigma of "getting it on in the backseat of the car" and this just seemed to embrace that. We saw several signs for advertising the VW's around the park, all of them had pictures of kids hooking up. None of them were all "bring your family to our nice campground."

Not that I have a problem with this. Hell, in my younger years I'd be happy to rent one out, too. I'm just saying it's another example how Heide Park seems to be drifting away from being a family oriented park and becoming the "Thorpe Park of Germany."

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