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

PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:33 am
by coasterbill
Great report! That looks like an awesome coaster.

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

PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:36 am
by JordyC
coasterbill wrote:Great report! That looks like an awesome coaster.

Thank you! It is indeed a fantastic ride.

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:50 am
by JordyC
Phantasialand Wintertraum - November 2017

Hello everyone!

On November 27th 2017, I visited Phantasialand during their Wintertraum event. It was my first ever time at "the best winter event in Germany". Phantasialand is one of my favourite parks, and I was very excited to discover how they transformed the park into a winter wonderland.

Phantasialand is home to much more than just awesomely themed rides. During Wintertraum, this is no difference. Aside from all of the non-water rides and Chiapas being open (yes, you can ride the best log flume in Europe during winter!), there are awesome stage shows, a beautiful ice skating rink, a fantastic projection and fire show and to end the day a not-so-great dance show with some decent fireworks.

The crowds were very light, which resulted in a walk-on for every single ride. The longest I've waited that day was to enter the parking lot, because the woman in front of me didn't had cash with her to pay the parking ticket. Anyway, I was shocked that even Taron, that normally always has a bit of a queue during quiet days, was at most a station wait. But hey, you don't hear me complaining.

Because I had plenty of time, I decided to watch one of their Christmas stage shows; 5 vor Weihnachten (5 before Christmas). It is pretty much your standard storyline about everything going wrong during the preparations of Christmas. It was a good show, with some great acrobatics and a few funny moments. A Christmas angel was live singing during the show, and while I don't know much about singing, I could definitely tell that it did not sound like an angel.. But it was a good, solid performance.

It was not allowed to make any pictures from the shows, including the two outdoor shows Tiempo de Fuego and The Magic Rose - Spirit of Light. So, I apologize for the lack op photos from both shows. Words can't describe how good The Magic Rose - Spirit of Light was, but numbers can: 3/10. The story was incoherent and the dancing was just bad. The actors were waiting for applause a few times after their tricks, but it remained completely silent. The highlight of the show, and probably the only reason to watch it, was without a doubt the light show and the fireworks at the end. Honestly, it is just sad to see a show like this at a park like Phantasialand.

How disappointing The Magic Rose - Spirit of Light was, how fantastic Tiempo de Fuego was. Tiempo de Fuego is an amazing projection and fire show in the Mexican themed area with beautiful Chiapas in the foreground. The projections had a very good quality, but what made this show really stand out was the awesome fire show! Seriously, there was so much fire. And let's be honest, everybody loves fire. Tiempo de Fuego is definitely one of the best shows I have seen.

It is still one of my favourite parks -- Welcome in Phantasialand Wintertraum!

The whole park was decorated with this hand painted Christmas baubles.

The park's carousel is the first thing you see when you enter through the main entrance.

Das verrückte Hotel Tartüff is quite possibly the best funhouse I have done.

There were lots of different food options, and of course Glühwein.

I bet this will look gorgeous at night.

A little bit of F.L.Y. in the left.

More beautiful Christmas baubles.

I love things like this.

Maus au Chocolat is a great interactive dark ride. It has a good balance between screens and real theming. Operating the shooter is a serious workout, though.

I usually don't care about wave swingers, but this one has awesome fountains.

As you can see, it was really walking shoulder to shoulder that day.

I really like these photo points.

Rookburgh, coming 2018 or 2019? I am in the 2019 camp.

Even Santa is here! Who wants to ring his bell?

These Christmas baubles will light up at night.

Wuze Town, the home of the awesome Winja's.

You are welcomed by these three 'Christmas angels' when you enter Wuze Town.

Winja's Fear and Force are by far the best spinning coasters I have ridden.

I slightly prefer the Fear side, but they are both fantastic.

There is Christmas theming everywhere.

Phantasialand is such a beautiful park. They do random bits of theming with so much detail, and that is what makes this park so fantastic.

Someone lost a lot of Santa hats, I guess.

The least you can say about Hollywood Tour is that it is a unique dark ride. I still ride it once every visit, because you never know if it is going to be your last chance to ride. Same goes for Temple of the Nighthawk.

That is one big peacock!

I really love all the Christmas decorations. They put so much effort in it.

Santa says hi!

Phantasialand is also home to my favourite Top Spin: Talocan!

Seems like these guys are enjoying their ride on the world's best Top Spin.

Talocan has the theming, but it also has FIRE!

Next, we are going Deep in Africa.

Seriously, these Christmas baubles are all over the place.

More Christmas decorations, even in Africa.

Next up, Black Mamba.

The 10 minute wait is actually the time it takes to walk to the station. It was a walk-on.

It has incredible theming, it has the G's and it waves through itself. All of this makes Black Mamba my favourite Invert!

Yes, you can walk through Black Mamba's loop.

Monster at Walygator Parc is probably more intense than Black Mamba, but Black Mamba is better in every other way.

The Jr. Immelmann is the only part during the ride where you can take a breath.

The corkscrews are also very snappy.

This is where the projection and fire show will take place tonight.

Even more Christmas baubles.

The Mexican themed area is my favourite area in the park, closely followed by Klugheim.

Chiapas finally got the entrance it deserved.

It is winter, it is cold and it is raining. But that doesn't stop me from riding the best log flume in Europe!

The only negative thing I can say about Chiapas are the uncomfortable lap bars.

Also, Chiapas theme song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Colorado Adventure is the park's mine train coaster.

Once again, it has fantastic theming. The ride itself is very long (that's a good thing), the indoor sections are pitch black (that's also a good thing) and it has some good airtime (that's a very good thing). It is my second favourite mine train, after BTM of course.

The Chinese themed area always looks beautiful.

Did I already mention that there are a lot of Christmas baubles around the park?

Mystery Castle is a fantastic indoor drop tower. And because it was a quiet day, I had the long cycle.

Can you guess where I am?

I am at Klugheim!

It was my first time experiencing Klugheim in the dark. And it looks even better at night than during daytime!

Raik is the park's Junior Boomerang. The ride itself is okay, but the theming is once again fantastic.

It is actually surprisingly forcefull for a family coaster.

Of course, the main star of Klugheim is Taron.

Taron has a bit of everything, and that is why I like it so much.

The rockwork is just insane!

I always had a hard time choosing my favourite between Taron and Helix (my numbers 2 and 3). But after riding Taron in the dark, I can now safely say that I prefer Taron over Helix, just slightly though. They both have a bit of everything, and that is why I like them so much.

There is a great variation in quick transitions and airtime.

Taron is intense, but not as intense as for example Black Mamba. But that makes it very rerideable.

Taron is very twisty!

Night falls over Klugheim.

Taron flies through Kornmüller.

In Klugheim, it is also Christmas.

All of Klugheim looks amazing.

I love the mystic feel of Klugheim.

You will fly past this waterfall after the second launch.

At night, Klugheim really has that mysterious feel to it.

The first launch is pretty powerful. But it is the second launch that will blow you away!

It looks stunning at night!

They also have this ice dragon, that spits fire out of his mouth every couple minutes.

Yes, we are still in Germany.

Everything looks so well done.

A sky full of stars.

Remember the Christmas baubles on the lake? This is what they look like at night.

Even Wuze Town looks fantastic with all the Christmas lights.

It is beautifully lit up at night.

I will end this report with this amazing view.

Thanks for reading!

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:41 am
by PKI Jizzman
Great photos! The holiday decorations live up to what you'd expect from Phantasialand.

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:35 am
by JordyC
PKI Jizzman wrote:Great photos! The holiday decorations live up to what you'd expect from Phantasialand.

Thanks! Yes, exactly. All of the decorations look fantastic, just like the park itself. Really my only complaint about the event is their big night time show. I hope they can sort it out before the Holidays kick in, or at least learn from it for next year.

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:48 am
by coasterbill
Great report!!!!

JordyC wrote:yes, you can ride the best log flume in Europe during winter!

You'll have to excuse me for a minute...

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:10 pm
by JordyC
^Thanks! And LOL, I am sure you will love Chiapas. I mean, it even has a disco party during the ride and an airtime hill :airtime:
And if you're going for their Wintertraum event, you can ride it all day long, because no one is riding Chiapas during winter :lol:

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

PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:16 pm
by larrygator
Great photos as usual

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

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:02 am
by JordyC
^Thank you! I really appreciate it.

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

PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:28 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Phantasialand is an amazing park.

I didn't get the chance to ride Taron in the dark (we left at sunset). I can see how that ride would be even better in the evening.