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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:01 am
by cfc
Electerik wrote:Hey, is everybody cool if I just take Chuck's TR and repost it with my name on it?

Going through my photos now, and we have a lot of similar shots. It's almost like we went on the same trip!


Funny how that works.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:20 pm
by jedimaster1227
Seriously awesome start to this trip report Chuck! Looks like you had a great time in Amsterdam! Was there anything unique about The Amsterdam Dungeon compared to the others out there?

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:53 pm
by cfc
jedimaster1227 wrote:Seriously awesome start to this trip report Chuck! Looks like you had a great time in Amsterdam! Was there anything unique about The Amsterdam Dungeon compared to the others out there?


My only other Dungeon experience was Edinburgh, so I don't a have a large basis for comparison. The Amsterdam Dungeon had no "ride" of any kind (Edinburgh's had a boat ride through a vampire-infested cave). Like Edinburgh, this one did have a "trial," but also included a witch "burning." You got a free beer at the end, too.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:46 pm
by 805Andrew
Lots of good TRs already so shortly after the trip! Looking forward to reliving more of the trip through your eyes as well.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:20 pm
by A.J.
I'm actually kind of disappointed I didn't go inside Magna Plaza. Next time!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:18 pm
by cfc
Interlude to the Prelude: Bobbejaanland

I last visited Bobbejaanland with TPR in 2008. Here’s what the entrance looked like then, along with my first reaction to the park.

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“Through this portal, ‘Weird’ has sex with ‘Wacky,’ who gives birth to ‘WTF.’”

A lot has changed since 2008, when the park was an eccentric place with a “Wild West” town and other random attractions. Today, it’s an eccentric place that’s morphing into more of a theme park, with the addition of Adventure Valley (a sort of “Indiana Jones,” jungle-themed land) and the Land of Legends, which features both old (Typhoon) and new (Fury) attractions.

Land of Legends revolves around the elements of Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water (and is not to be confused with the soul group Earth, Wind, and Fire). Each attraction here has entrances branching off from a central plaza. It shakes out like this:

Typhoon, the park’s old Eurofighter, represents “Wind” (but not “Water,” even though typhoons have rain). The ride’s queue now sports a Griffon (sorry, BGW) pulling a coaster car behind it. Other than that, it’s the same ride that opened in 2004, but with a nicer color scheme--it’s still a good, forceful coaster (more on that later).

Fury, with its crazy launches and dragon statue, represents “Fire.” This Gerstlauer coaster is also the first to let riders vote on whether they want to be launched backward or forward. After riders vote by pressing a button, a turntable in the launch zone turns the car in the winning direction. This is an excellent, intense, air-time-filled ride. But a word of advice: After taking three consecutive rides on Typhoon, don’t be shocked if a backward ride on Fury messes you up for a while (especially if you’re me). That being said, I liked this ride quite a bit.

Sledgehammer, one of those pendulum/giant Frisbee type rides, represents “Earth.” Well, why not? (It’s a re-theme of a ride that was there in 2008.)

A kid’s play area, with interactive fountains and a sea serpent, represents “Water.” This seemed a bit anti-climatic, but at least all four elements were accounted for in the Land of Legends.

All in all, it was a good day at Bobbejaanland. Let’s wander around and see the old and new of this eccentric Belgian park.

Don’t worry--Oki Doki, the creepy clown coaster, and El Paso Special are still there.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:30 pm
by Nrthwnd
Great start for this park, Chuck! All I remember of this park (and 2008), is f-ing little buggers jumping the Pendulum attraction queue; riding one of my first (and sadly not last) face down flying flats...a Volares? Hated it.

Always looking forward to more from you. Oh, and a quick glance at this in a photo, made me incorrectly giggle.
Hey it "almost" looked that spelling, right? Right?

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:52 pm
by cfc
I'm glad to see you all survived the judgment of the "Who farted?" stone face. Time to move on.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:36 pm
by The Great Zo
Your report really brings out the odd mish-mash of the quality of theming at Bobbejaanland. I feel like that's something a lot of European parks have gone through as they modernize and become more serious (Phantasialand is a great example). Bobbejaanland is heading in the right direction for sure.

cfc wrote:(and is not to be confused with the soul group Earth, Wind, and Fire).


Honestly, I would have preferred that.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:55 am
by SharkTums
Can we just take another minute to appreciate Fury and hope that more get built? What a great ride with a cool concept!