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

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:12 am
by Canobie Coaster
Nice report! Both parks look really laid back.

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

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:48 pm
by ObeyTheShihTzu!
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Is it a CAT or a RAT? This question has baffled scientists and theologians alike for centuries.


It is a RAT dressed in a Cat costume for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Riddle solved!

Alice ;)

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:56 pm
by Electerik
You know, having never been to Drievliet before, and not having done any real researched, I just assumed that Formule X was the park's big new ride. In fact, I assumed that until just now when I read your update!

I really liked Drievliet. It was cute and interesting and fun. I would've called it the surprise of the trip, until we got to Legendia.

Duinrell, on the other hand...well, I was going to say, "is a park." But it's not really, is it?

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:58 pm
by cfc
“Happy Valley Poland”: Energylandia

Energylandia has the potential to be the greatest mini-golf course ever. That is, most of the park’s park’s theming looks like it was bought during a half-off sale from some company that specializes in making statues designed as obstacles for putt-putt golfers to circumvent in their quest for a free game.

OK, that’s a bit harsh. Energylandia is a good-sized, fairly new park in Poland that seems in quest of an identity. I didn’t know what to make of it. The park did have a nice “Scandinavian” section, and the new “Dragon Zone” (which was soft opening while we were there) looked pretty good, too. Hyperion, the big Intamin coaster out front, certainly looked impressive and boasted an elaborate, sci-fi themed queue. The new RMC, Zadra (not ready when we were there), should be excellent, and Formula, a new launched Vekoma coaster, was a great ride.

But then there’s the rest of the place--a visual cacophony of fiberglass dragons, demons, aliens, and giant flowers, not to mention a huge collection of kiddie coasters. This is what brought to mind the Chinese theme parks I’d visited with TPR on a past trip. But, in all fairness, the Happy Valley parks usually boasted more-defined themed areas (such as a “circus” or a “Wild West” town). Energylandia had “zones” (such as “Dragon Zone” or “Extreme Zone”), and it looks like they just slapped some random thing up wherever they had space.

Outside of the still-under-construction Zadra, there were three noteworthy coasters at Energylandia:

Hyperion--this huge Intamin coaster with a 270-foot first drop was, let’s say, a mixed bag. If you sat in the two inside seats, you could get a good ride with some crazy air. But the train rattled badly, and a ride in the outside, “wing” seats was uncomfortable, at best, and painful, at worst.

Formula--this launched Vekoma was the second-most pleasant surprise of the whole trip (the first-most pleasant would be the next day). The launch was nice and forceful, and the ride is smooth with air time to spare. Great work, Vekoma! You’ve come a long way from the SLC and the Boomerang.

Speed--this Intamin Water Coaster was the wettest ride ever this side of Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges. The coaster part of it was OK, but the finish! I was sitting in the back row on the right side. We hit the last splashdown, an enormous wave engulfed the front of the boat, and the back of the boat filled with water up to my knees. Er, was it supposed to do that? I thought the damn thing was going to sink for a moment, but the water drained out as we returned to the station. Check out Robb’s video if you don’t believe me.



Energylandia is also home to the worst shooting dark ride ever. I think it was named Monster Attack, and it was like a ride you’d see in a cheesy, made-for-TV horror movie in the 1980s. The operations were rather odd. There was no real “station,” and no sign of any ride ops. But a small vehicle did stop in front of Larry and me. Larry got in, and I had one foot in the vehicle and one on the platform when the thing dispatched. What the hell? We then rolled around a warehouse full of generic “alien” statues, with some light, sound, and fog effects and guns that may or may not have worked.

I guess I’ve rambled about Energylandia long enough. But I think I should end this narrative with something positive. Hmm . . . Formula was excellent, the new Dragon Zone looked nice, and the food there was pretty good.

Care to join me inside? It was pretty gloomy that day, so the photos are not as good as I’d like, but maybe it’s for the best. Who knows?

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:38 pm
by cfc
Yes, there's still more Energylandia to come!

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:01 pm
by Nrthwnd
That viking.....:lol: And cake is a great way to end a trip report, especially yours, Chuck.

Looking forward to how Legendia "turned your theme park feels on"....or not. :wink:

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:14 pm
by SharkTums
Really great, honest report! The park has a LOT of potential, it's just soooo odd!

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:18 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! There are so many weird things at this park. :lol:

I particularly like the automatic dispatching dark ride and the Cars ripoff.

But I really think they should just swap this sign with the Vekoma test seats out front.

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:18 am
by jynx242
Awesome report and pictures Chuck! I got quite a few chuckles reading it. Seems like a park in search of an identity and I hope they get it together. Also looks like a very large drop in "quality" between the amazing heavy hitter roller coasters and the kids coasters. Did any of them qualify as "family" rides?

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

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:20 am
by cfc
jynx242 wrote:Awesome report and pictures Chuck! I got quite a few chuckles reading it. Seems like a park in search of an identity and I hope they get it together. Also looks like a very large drop in "quality" between the amazing heavy hitter roller coasters and the kids coasters. Did any of them qualify as "family" rides?


The bat-themed Boomerang is probably the best of the small coasters and could be called a "family" ride. The dragon-themed Vekoma suspended coaster was OK, too. I think I would have swapped a few of those kiddie coasters for a decently themed Vekoma mine train, if I were running the place.