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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:39 pm
by SharkTums
^Pretty sure the hotel has already even been announced in the long term plan!

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:50 pm
by cfc
Robin Hood Goes Untamed: Walibi Holland

Walibi Holland is a park that’s gone through a lot of changes over the years. It started out as an educational/agricultural park (Flevohof), which went bankrupt. The Walibi Group took over in the early 1990s, and developed it into Walibi Fievo and built the first-ever Satan’s Looping Coaster, El Condor. Then Premier took over and transformed the place into Six Flags Holland, which explains why it has a big Intamin coaster named . . .

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The park was sold once again and reverted back to Walibi. It’s been improving pretty steadily since then, too, and now boasts three of the best coasters in Europe (El Condor aside).

And what ride is now the park’s biggest star? The Coaster Formerly Known as Robin Hood: Untamed! Yes, RMC has worked its magic again, taking an old Vekoma woodie that was, well, OK on its best day and building a crazy air-time machine on the same footprint. It has all the RMC touchstones, such as the weird ride to the lift hill, the crazy inversions, and an insane double-down. It throws you around like a rag doll, and you’ll love every minute of it. Even the theming is cool--sort of a hippy music festival/post-apocalypse look.

The park’s other two top coasters, Goliath and Lost Gravity, are still great, and I’m rather fond of Xpress (or “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Unboxed”). They even did a nice job theming a Boomerang (if you like that sort of thing).

Robb set up some great filming/ERT sessions on the top-three coasters, and the park treated us really well. Thanks for the best day at Walibi yet!

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:44 pm
by cfc
One more look at a great day at Walibi. My thanks to Robb, Elissa, and the park for making it so.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:47 pm
by SharkTums
Did we seriously ever figure out what the actual theme of that ride is!?!? I don't care because the ride is awesome and the 'theme' works, but I would love to know what was going through the designers minds when creating it...wait a minute, I figured it out...They went to the NeuroGen attraction first, and then came up with that craziness!

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:55 pm
by cfc
SharkTums wrote:Did we seriously ever figure out what the actual theme of that ride is!?!? I don't care because the ride is awesome and the 'theme' works, but I would love to know what was going through the designers minds when creating it...wait a minute, I figured it out...They went to the NeuroGen attraction first, and then came up with that craziness!


I accept this hypothesis. It would certainly explain the whole "fever dream" atmosphere of Untamed.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:34 pm
by larrygator
SharkTums wrote: I figured it out...They went to the NeuroGen attraction first, and then came up with that craziness!


Yes, that must be it. You know I'll be writing about NeuroGen shortly, since no one else braved the line to find the excellence.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:43 pm
by SharkTums
larrygator wrote:
SharkTums wrote: I figured it out...They went to the NeuroGen attraction first, and then came up with that craziness!


Yes, that must be it. You know I'll be writing about NeuroGen shortly, since no one else braved the line to get raped in the butt.


FIXED!

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:27 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Thank you for describing Untamed's theme perfectly. All the theming in this park is strange, but it just works.

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:56 am
by cfc
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! Thank you for describing Untamed's theme perfectly. All the theming in this park is strange, but it just works.


Thank you. One has to give Walibi points for original thinking with how they themed Untamed, Lost Gravity, Speed of Sound (the Boomerang), and XPress.

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:58 am
by jedimaster1227
Wacky theming aside, I really do appreciate just how much Walibi has invested in its parks to make them their own thing compared to feeling like Six Flags' old European parks. Their recent investments really show that they're serious about keeping these parks vibrant and revisit-friendly!

Thank you for sharing all of these great photos! I'm living vicariously through all of these TPR Europe reports! =)