Revolution had a sister ride in Opryland called Chaos. The ride was pretty crap by the end with all of the effects broken but seeing Revolution brings back fond memories of my childhood. Great report so far Chuck!
ernierocker wrote:Revolution had a sister ride in Opryland called Chaos. The ride was pretty crap by the end with all of the effects broken but seeing Revolution brings back fond memories of my childhood. Great report so far Chuck!
Revolution's lighting and projection effects all seemed to be working. It's a goofy ride, but still fun.
Some of those indoor queue photos started to remind me of the Kong: Skull Island queue at IOA. I found it hilarious that at the end of those series of photos was that King Kong ride. I am probably the only one dorkishly enough to find that funny. Looking forward to the rest.
Once upon a time, there were seven little goats, who lived with their mother in an adorable cottage in the woods. One day, mother left her kids at home alone while she went to market, admonishing them not to let any strangers into the house while she was away. So, of course, the little darlings opened the door to a well-dressed wolf, who gobbled them up. But the wolf made a crucial mistake. He left one alive. What happened when mother returned and found that only one of her kids had survived?
Let’s just say, blood begat blood!
Wasn’t that adorable? If Quentin Tarantino worked for Disney, this is the movie he would make.
“The Wolf and the Seven Kids" is just one of the tales depicted in the Fairytale Forest at Efteling, a huge, beautiful Dutch theme park. It’s tempting to call Efteling “Disney’s Fantasyland on Steroids,” as the whole park is dedicated to fantasy and fairy tales. But unlike Disney, Efteling doesn’t “sanitize” the old stories. As with the story above, many of the events depicted in Efteling’s Fairytale Forest are “grimm,” indeed, with endings that are not always happy. This park sticks close to its European roots.
Efteling was another park I’d last visited in 2008, and I was looking forward to going back. Much had changed since then, with big new attractions, such as Baron (a heavily themed B&M Dive Machine), Joras en de Draak (a racing/dueling GCI woodie), and Symbolica (a trackless dark ride). Even the park’s old Vekoma loopscrew, Python, had been completely rebuilt. The park’s take on “It’s a Small World,” Carnival Festival, had received a make-over to remove some its, shall we say, potentially offensive elements.
And it was time to say good bye to the park’s old Intamin Bobsled, which is appropriately named Bob. This was its last season.
How did the new rides stack up? Pretty well. For me, the biggest hit was Symbolica--a “Disney-level,” trackless dark ride with great animatronics, excellent music, and plenty of surprises. The basic story is that you’ve been invited to a reception for a king, but the court jester (using a magic scepter) hijacks your group. Much magical mayhem ensues.
One unique feature of Symbolica is that you can choose your adventure by following the path of Heroes, Treasure, or Music. Each tour offers a unique room with an interactive game, along with a few other surprises. There is one caveat: If you’re in the single-rider line, you don’t get to choose (just fill an empty seat). I rode the path of Heroes with Larry and Ryan the first time--and two other times when we used the single-rider line. Oh, well--I did ride the Treasure car once, but missed out on Music.
Some in our group compared Symbolica to Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s good to see a park outside of Disney using trackless-dark-ride technology so well.
Efteling is Epcot huge, but tougher to navigate (it just sprawls out everywhere). That being said, it’s a fun place to explore. Let’s go in and have a look around. Let me know if you see any of the coasters. They’re surprisingly elusive.
Don't worry, We have tonight and all day tomorrow to check the place out.
The Efteling Hotel resembles a “floating castle.” It doesn’t “float” high enough to be seen from inside the park, unless you’re on the flying island.
Your story begins here . . . well, after you check in, lug your bags to your room, use the toilet (if necessary), etc.
Or perhaps your story begins and ends when you’re killed by this enormous bird. Oh, such whimsy in Efteling!
The rooms had these cute board games, which were sort of like scavenger hunts. Note item 2 regarding the red shoes.
Found ‘em. One of the game’s spaces required you to dance like an elf. I think the group that closed the hotel bar that night would’ve rocked that stunt.
The hotel guest entrance isn’t as awe inspiring as the main park entrance, but it’s very handy.
Let the nightmares, er, whimsy begin!
Efteling is enormous and beautiful. But where are the coasters?
It was quite a hike to Baron.
While the ride itself is an OK B&M Dive Coaster, the “haunted mine/steam punk" theming is excellent.
From here, you plunge into a mist-filled tunnel, which feels refreshing on a hot day. Yet, the ghosts that protect the mine’s gold consider this a curse. Go figure.
This is the best part of the ride. The rest is a bit shaky (little bit of ear boxing on the restraints).
The theming and landscaping make Baron stand out.
I’d love to see more rides like Symbolica at other parks.
OK, how many of you have been to parties like this? You’re sipping a nice glass of Hawaiian Punch . . .
. . . then realize that some clown has spiked it with LSD? (This is a great pre-show.)
So, what’s your pleasure: Music, Heroes, or Treasure?
Yes, like Gandalf, you’ll feel like you just smoked some of that Hobbit weed.
Universal should study this bit . . .
. . . to learn how giant-fish-and-water effects should be done.
There was some sort of “Heroes” interactive game here, but I’m not sure it worked.
I rode “Heroes" three times, and each time, the blue knight knocked the golden knight’s block off.
OK, shall we have pancakes for dinner . . .
. . . or poffertjes?
Peacocks prefer poffertjes.
Droomvlucht sums up Efteling perfectly. I have no idea what’s going on . . .
. . . but it has castles . . .
. . . and fairies and goblins and other sorts of magical stuff. But it’s still not a coaster credit.
Brad prepares himself for the exquisite terror of the park’s Vekoma Mad House.
Goats. Why did they have to ride goats?
Who’s in the portrait on the lower right? Sort of looks like Christopher Walken.
Welcome to Fata Morgana, or “Pirates of the Persian Gulf.”
“Back, lest I stick you with my pointy hat!”
Pirates of the Caribbean doesn’t have a scene involving dentistry. In your face, Disney!
OK, this ride suddenly became a bit more interesting than Pirates of the Caribbean.
Er, dude with the girded loins? We're trying to watch the belly dancers, so down in front!
Can you stand the horror of . . .
. . . exiting via the gift shop?
A puff or two on this should take the edge off the terror.
Here’s all you need to know about the lagoon show--it has fire and water, thus making it Mini-Illuminations, with giant spitting frogs.
Time for a beer in the hotel’s very pleasant bar. Leffe is a good Belgian ale. More to come.
Sometimes, I just lose track of how many photos I've taken. Thanks for being patient. Here's the last batch from Efteling, starting with a look at the Fairytale Forest, which is full of whimsy, sex, violence, and death! The look of the place reminds of the films of Terry Gilliam.
Please note the smoking regulations for Fairytale Forest.
“Gawd, I’d kill for a smoke right now, but I’m outside the ‘designated smoking area.’ It sucks to be me.”
“I can smoke to my heart’s content high above everyone.”
“You can smoke in my house, kiddies! Free cigarettes for everyone!”
“What the hell is this in front of the gingerbread house?” “It’s a lemonade fountain.” “OK, if you say so.”
This is, of course, “art,” and in no way objectionable.
“Oh, yes, I do appreciate art! Really, I do.”
“Pinocchio vs. Cthulhu” was a fairy tale that never made it to the U.S.
Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time . . . in Efteling.”
Remember, kids: Death is ever present! Pleasant dreams! Fairytale Forest is one of the park's oldest attractions, but still fun to visit. They add new stories each year, and many of the sets are interactive, with triggers that set off audio and physical effects.
The Efteling museum had all sorts of, er, delightful artifacts.
Here’s a map from when Efteling was more of a “city park" than a “theme park." You can see the Fairytale Forest (“Sprookjesbos”), along with the huge carousel building. They used to have tennis courts, too.
I want this on my front steps as a Halloween decoration.
There’s still a piece of the old Python at Efteling. Touch it to hear the moans of the tormented souls who endured the old coaster.
And now, Raveleijn, or Game of Thrones--Efteling Style.
The story has something to do with some queen who controls birds. I think.
She has her own team of bird “warriors,” I guess.
Oh no! The bad guys have stuffed the bird queen into a Dalek, or something, and sent her to another dimension!
This evil swordsman looks like a generic “goon" on the old Batman TV show. Maybe he works for the Penguin, too.
The horse will be fine, as long as he doesn’t break wind.
Uh oh! The horse farted and spawned a dragon!
The bird queen is safe! Hooray! We had a very good dinner in the restaurant that adjoins the theater.
This is the first time I’ve visited Efteling’s main entrance. It’s pretty impressive, especially after dark.
I like the path that runs by Draak. You get a much better look at the dragon here than you do from the coaster.
It was great to see the park at night. The Fata Morgana building looks beautiful.
Big day tomorrow, so back to the hotel we go. That’s all for now. Toverland is next!
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