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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:53 am
by jynx242
Awesome report Chuck! Thanks for sharing with us.

David

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:03 am
by A.J.
cfc wrote:TPR people are sick puppies who like to ride it backward. I fear to guess how this fits into their personal lives.

I have exactly zero regrets from skipping the backwards rides.

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:19 am
by ernierocker
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!

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:27 am
by cfc
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.

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:50 am
by Erik Johnson
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.

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:37 am
by cfc
^It looks like he was photo-shopped into it. It amused me, too, when I was sorting through the photos. :lol:

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:41 pm
by PKI Jizzman
cfc wrote:^It looks like he was photo-shopped into it. It amused me, too, when I was sorting through the photos. :lol:


You just got a lot of great candid shots, Chuck :lol: Great report! Really enjoying it.

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:08 pm
by cfc
Whimsy, with a Bit of an Edge: Efteling

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.

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:10 pm
by cfc
OK, rise and shine! Time for the ERT/filming sessions! Thanks for setting all this up, Robb and Elissa.

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

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:00 pm
by cfc
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.