From the Walls of Troy to the Fields of Avalon: Toverland
Back in 2008, Toverland was like a particularly good, eccentric FEC on steroids themed to elves and magic, with a touch of science fiction and ancient Greek history. The park was a large indoor/outdoor “playground” with some rides, including two big coasters, Troy and Booster Bike. I remember much mayhem as TPR members played on a bunch of “never in the U.S.” playground equipment. I think there were some minor injuries, but no deaths.
It was good then. It’s better now, with the addition of a water-play area named Port Laguna and Avalon, a realm dedicated to the days of King Arthur. Avalon boasts a B&M Wing Coaster named Fenix and Merlin’s Quest, a boat ride (along with shopping, dining, and some pretty gardens, of course).
I’m not a big fan of B&M Wing Coasters, but I enjoyed Fenix--from the beautiful theming in the queue and station to the ride itself. My big problem with most Wing Coasters is that they “meander” between their various elements, while the vest restraints squeeze the breath out of you like a python squashing its prey. But Fenix doesn’t waste a lot of time “meandering”; it shoots through its various inversions and other tricks quickly and provides some nice air time along the way. This is my favorite of the B&M Wing Coasters I’ve ridden.
Merlin’s Quest is not only a nice boat tour of Avalon, but also a very good dark ride through Merlin’s “treasure chamber.” He certainly had a lot of books, in addition to a mermaid, stashed in a very colorful cavern. Merlin’s underground river winds under the twisted tower of Fenix, which reminded me a bit of the tower the old wizard used in Disney’s “The Sword and the Stone.”
How about the rest of Toverland? Troy is still a fun, large GCI wooden coaster, and the Vekoma Booster Bike is still good. I liked how they rethemed the old Bobkarts, too. Looking good, Toverland.
Well, better get a move on. Robb has a filming session set up for Fenix, and we might be in for some rain later.
Good morning, everyone. Hello, Troy.
What is the name of this park? How do we get in? It is all a mystery!
I’m going to say . . . here?
Are we sure we’re at Toverland? I have no memory of this “Port Laguna.” I feel like Gandalf in the Mines of Moria!
Where the heck is Fenix? You think there’d be a sign or something.
Toverland went crazy making the queue look like a tunnel to a witch’s cave or something. I presume the witch is Morgana, being as this is Avalon and there’s also a ride about Merlin nearby.
Or maybe it’s themed to a political talk show?
Who is that mysterious spectre at the end of the hall . . . oh, it’s just Elissa. Never mind.
Nice station. Nice station to get cursed in!
My hat's off to B&M and Toverland--nice job!
I guess Brad and Steve liked it.
Riders on this train seem to like it.
Not so sure about Larry and Andrew.
“We’re following the leader! The leader! The leader!” (This is for all you fans of Disney's "Peter Pan.")
Oh, yeah--this spinning coaster was new to me, too.
This was, well, no Fenix, but it wasn't bad, either.
If you like Sierra Sidewinder, you’ll probably like Dwervelwind.
Is a troll is fishing from Jack Skellington’s head, or am I seeing things? Did Dwervelwind spin me a bit more than I thought?
We embarked on a journey, . . .
. . . which involved many perils, . . .
. . . to join the Greek armies at the gates of Troy!
Sheesh! You make one joke about Greeks bearing gifts . . . Agamemnon has no sense of humor.
Hmm . . . it was quite clever of mighty Agamemnon and crafty Odysseus . . .
. . . to build both a wooden horse and coaster . . .
. . . to distract and entertain the people of Troy while the Greeks looted and burned their city.
It’s not exactly “Tron,” but it is a Booster Bike.
This is Toos Express. It is an indoor Vekoma Junior Coaster themed to a train that was once named “Boomerang.” It should in no way be confused with a Vekoma Boomerang, despite once being named “Boomerang.” I hope this matter is now clear.
Before Universal had Diagon Alley, Toverland had Toverhuis.
Excellent photos! I had to unfortunately miss out on Toverland when we visited the Netherlands last year (it was either them or Efteling). Really looking forward to seeing how this park continues to grow!
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