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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:21 pm
by larrygator
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! Sounds like Walibi Belgium has some nice dark rides.


I should have also stated that with the re-theming of rides since my last visit, there is a nice flow to the distinct sections of the park. Overall the park is above average for families with kids up to their early teenage years, but not a full day park for coaster enthusiasts.

805Andrew wrote:
The Great Zo wrote:Great start, Larry. Now that I've seen a lot of the Netherlands I hope to spend some time in Belgium in the future, so I'm enjoying the view of Ghent and looking forward to seeing Bruges.


Same here. I've dipped my toes in Belgium with Bobbejaanland so I would like to see more of what the country has to offer and especially Bruges. Looking forward to seeing more of your TR Larry.


I can't believe I almost skipped going to Bruges, as I was considering taking the train to Luxembourg City for a new country credit. Friends had told me Bruges is the best city in Europe to walk around, I hope my photos do it justice. I'm always hesitant to act too much like a tourist and even though it seemed as if everyone walking around Bruges was a tourist I was hesitant and didn't take nearly as many photos as I should have.

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:16 am
by SharkTums
I'm only here for the eventual trip report from the Walibi Holland VR experience!

NEUROGEN FOR LIFE!!!!!

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:58 am
by Electerik
SharkTums wrote:I'm only here for the eventual trip report from the Walibi Holland VR experience!


I feel like there's nothing Larry can tell me about that he hasn't already.

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:40 pm
by The Great Zo
I'm wondering why Walibi Holland didn't hire him on the spot as their new pitchman.

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:20 pm
by larrygator
Those of you itching to hear about NeuroGen again, and those who will hear for the first time will just have to wait, because while others are already talking about Holland in teir PTRs I still have three installments from Belgium.

Bellewaerde - an amusement park and zoo. It was easy to get to Ypres (Ieper) from Ghent by train, one train no connections, but the train station is a few miles from the the park. I know the bus I needed to take, but can not find anyplace to buy bus ticket around the tiny train station, therefore I was at the end off a very long line of day tripping families and teens. I serious wondered if we would all fit on the bus, I was the 103rd person and last to squeeze on to the bus. Any more people and someone would have had to train a top the train like in India. At the drive three attempts to close the doors to secure our safe passage, but since I entered through the side door, there was no way to pay the fare.

The bus runs every hour and arrived at the park for park opening. While there is nothing standout about Bellewaerde; there are quite a few combo amusement park/zoos in Europe, but this one has a larger number of rides. The park is fairly spread out in order to include the animal exhibits. Again it was an overcast day so while most of the Eastern United States was experiencing 100 degree weather it was 65 degrees and you will notice many people in the pictures wearing sweatshirts.

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:38 pm
by Electerik
This was my favorite thing part the park, Doodshoofdapen Singes Siamiris, but what the hell is it?


I was kind of hoping you were going to answer this question.

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:40 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
"Don't worry about the brakes. We ain't got none." :lol: Hey, if it's designed to run at full speed, as those mountain coasters usually are, it's fine. Would love to see one run like you've described.

This park looks fantastic, rides and aminals and all. Great photos!

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:06 pm
by larrygator
Plopsa de Panne

The next morning was my last day before riding the train up to Amsterdam for the TPR trip. On this day I visited Plopsa de Panne in the town of de Panne. I knew this park had built Heidi and Anubis over the past few years, but really never paid much attention to it. However, as I started looking into traveling around Belgium I realized this park had a little more to offer than just a kiddie park.

The park was easy to get to with the train station only 5 minutes from the entrance gate. The entrance plaza is spacious and gorgeous, the park is beautifully landscaped, the themed areas are very well done and I had my first encounter with poffertjes. Lines moved quickly for all the rides except the indoor dark ride and the Disco.

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:58 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great reports!

I didn't realize there was still an operating topple tower out there. I'm glad I rode the one at Marineland to say I've done one, but I don't remember it being all that good.

Disko coasters always seem to have long lines in my experience.

Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:37 pm
by larrygator
*I completely forgot Bellewaerde even had a topple tower. None of the are /were very good. I've never seen long lines for Disk-o (more than 3 cycles to ride before)