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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:55 pm

I really REALLY miss Toverland. TROY! Thanks for all this stuff so far, Larry.
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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:15 am

Great reports! Before riding the bobkart at Toverland, my only prior bobkart was the one at Skyline and I thought it was pretty dull. The one at Toverland was fast and had the theming you mentioned.
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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby cfc » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:26 am

I liked what they did with the Bobkarts--a good way to "plus" an old attraction.
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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby larrygator » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:32 pm

Walibi Holland

Going into this trip, Walibi Holland was one of the parks I was looking most forward to because of the improvements since my last visit. Previously, there was the beloved Goliath surrounded by a subpar supporting coaster cast and an unimpressive flat ride collection.

Ten years later there was certainly a huge change in the coaster collection with the addition of Lost Gravity and Untamed and improvements to two other coasters. I definitely expected to have one of these new coasters dethrone Goliath as king of the park. They were both great and Untamed was my favorite coaster in the park. However, unbeknown to me the park had added a ground breaking VR simulator that no one talks about. I asked the person leading us on the coaster walk back about this building that said Neurogen Clinic. He started laughing as he tried to explain the ride, but what I got out of him was that the storyline revolves around you reliving your memories with a really trippy portion with you drinking and sampling drugs. Either this guy was completely lying or this could be a phenomenal experience. Since we had plenty of ERT on all three major coasters I figured I would give Neurogen a try if the line allowed.

I got into the a line at what was stated as a 20 minute wait with about 12 people ahead of me. After 5 minutes of not moving, "doctors" in lab coats started leading patients into the building about every 2 minutes. There was a second line that people started entering and apparently you can pay to reserve a spot in the line. I ended up waiting 35 minutes before entering. I entered a clinic waiting room and was asked to take a seat, while high tech ads from the TVs touted Neurogen's promise to increase brain capacity by at least 20%. I then proceeded to walk down a hallway through scanners that read and recorded my memories. At the end of the hallway I signed in and selected a background (Waterfall or Seaside). It turns out that it doesn't matter which one you choice.

Afterwards, a new doctor led my into an observation room where I sat in the simulator chair that looked like a real comfy dentist's chair. I was fitted with a VR headset and the action started.

SPOILER ALERT IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO WALIBI HOLLAND DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING

One computer voice talked about memory sequencing and memory bubbles floated across the screen, another computer voice implied that there might be an issues with memories being swapped. The visual then settles on one memory bubble.

Computer Voice: "Earliest memory, 4 months old"
I was lying on my back in a bassinet being rocked back a forced and this woman's head lower the me and says "Don't worry I won't let anything happen to you" I'm pretty sure they were pumping scents into the room, as it smelled like a nursery at the time. Instead of fading to black memory bubbles appear again.

Computer Voice: "Next memory, 4 years old"
Now I'm on a seesaw facing a boy. As I rise up in the air he gets this devilish grin and jumps off the seesaw at the bottom and I crash to the ground. I'm crying, the boys mother comes out to scold him and I have to take solace in the same lady from the first scene saying everything will be OK. I assume that is supposed to be the mother of whoever I swapped memories with because I sure don't recognize her. At this point I realize, I'm not even sure if I'm a boy or a girl. I never get to see a reflection of myself. Then the scene transitioned into another memory bubble.

Computer Voice: "Next Memory"
Now I'm standing in front of three boys who push me to the ground (I must be in middle school). As they mock me a young girl pushes through the boys yelling at them to stop and she tells me it will be OK. Then her face and body start morphing into a young lady.

We (myself and the young lady) are now standing and she as leading me into a night club. As we approach the bouncer some guy hands me some pills. We are dancing and my friend is approached by the guy that gave us the pills and they start dancing. I head to the bar and a big hairy bartender gives me four flaming shots. We head back to the dance floor and I watch as my friend is being groped by the pill pusher. Apparently someone is behind me dancing as I'm feeling hands on my back. Then the walls start to melt and there is a big man painted in gold dancing in front of me. Then I see four happy penguins dancing but they turn into 4 angry alligators. Then my friend yells "what was in those pills" as the screen fades, so I assume I passed out.

Now we are in the back of a taxi and my view is really fuzzy. My friend is frantic telling me to stay awake it will be OK and she starts yelling at the driver telling him to drive faster to the hospital. Then she reaches around him grabs the wheel and turns left as we are going over a bridge and we head right into the headlights of an upcoming truck. The crash violently jolts my chair and the screen goes dark, so I must be dead.

Then the screen comes back on and I see my friend trying to open the back door of the cab to let us out as the cab is filling with water. And just to make it authentic I'm being spritzed with water. Then all of a sudden the car is full and the screen fades to black, so I must be dead.

Then I start hearing beeping and medical talk and I see that I'm in an emergency room. Doctors and nurses are looking over me and I have a oxygen mask on. Then there is scrambling around as I flat line, but I can still see the action and someone cuts my shirt open to resuscitate me. Curiously I look down to see if I'm I have breasts but I can't see that in my view. I still have no idea what sex I am. Then the paddles of life shock me and resurrect me. And now the ride is finally over.


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No matter how much I tried to persuade others to ride this gem no one would follow me, so I went back to ride it again by myself. I guess riding Untamed 30 times instead of 29 times was better than the greatest experience of your life. Either that or I suspect people didn't believe me. So while I was again explaining the ride to trip participants prior to the Untamed line clearing for ERT a park employee heard my conversation and interjected saying how much so many employees liked Neurogen, because it is so different and odd. I felt vindicated but some said they still didn't believe it. Neither did I, that's why I did it twice.

Anyway, anyone who read all of that will now be subjected to crappy photos.
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So nice to arrive at an unopened park for ERT.
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The park is artsying up the main street area.
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Great for solving a system of equations using graphing (sorry for the math joke)
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Not a standard paint job for this car model.
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We rode this to start the day and debating the theme the rest of the day.
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Some settled on nature run wild, some fixated on untamed love, I was just glad the designers ideas were not tamed.
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We got a lot of pictures from restricted areas during the walk back tour.
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Including the giant infield (Bobbejaanland's Fury and Typhoon could probably both fit inside Untamed's layout)
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Recycled Track
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and the old train are used in the queue.
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Twisty
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If you saw a picture of us in front of the LOVE sign, this guy took the photo
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NERDS!!!!!!!
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My favorite piece of Untamed themeing
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I remember when this opened the locals weren't quite as impressed as those who traveled from afar to ride.
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I loved the ride really couldn't think of anything to complain about . I would rather ride this than a big, long coaster that has no forces.
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And the third great coaster at this park was one I rode before and it still runs great.
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It really carries its speed and then ejects you over the hills.
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Low to the ground on the turnaround
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I rode Speed of Sound to try the restraints, quite an improvement.
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Outdoor Rock n Roller coaster with special guest Hanno taking one of 5000 photos on that day. We also had EB join us at Walibi Holland. Hanno brought his camera, EB brought homemade candy and snacks for the group. EB > Hanno
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Hanno again, but on the left is the park employee who made my day and made my trip but ruined all future rides by introducing me to......
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NeuroGen - How can anyone not be intrigued by the building?
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The wording on this sign is just perfect. After experiencing the attraction's content it makes more sense why you must be over 13 years old to ride
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This is the real reason wait time can increase significantly. You can buy a ticket to cut the line and I think only 8 people can experience the ride at a time.
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Although I dogged the park's flat ride selection, Merlin's Magic Castle is a good madhouse, just ignore the graffiti.
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At lunch the park served Kroketten (and other stuff) I love Kroketten.
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While Dutch amusement park desserts may be just as unhealthy as funnel cakes one can dream otherwise. I do prefer my waffles without worms.
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The stupid fountain walked right in front of the ferris wheel as I snapped the shot. The fountains are so f'n rude in Holland.
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Speaking of f'n let's buy a t-shirt
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And just so your lady has a matching shirt.
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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby Canobie Coaster » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:08 pm

Great report!

I agree Neurogen was a very trippy experience. I went in expecting a bunch of jump scares, but it was more of a psychological WTF.
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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby bert425 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:28 pm

this has been a great TR Larry.

haven't really been commenting, but I've greatly enjoyed following along.
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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby larrygator » Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:19 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

I agree Neurogen was a very trippy experience. I went in expecting a bunch of jump scares, but it was more of a psychological WTF.



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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby SharkTums » Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:22 pm

YES!!! I've been waiting for this report!! LOLOLOL!!!!

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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby A.J. » Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:46 pm

Honestly, the best part of the whole day was Larry's completely serious recounting of the experience to all of us while we were waiting for the park to close. I'm still not sure if anyone actually believed what he was saying at the time.
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Re: Photo TR: Larrygator returns to Europe with TPR

Postby SharkTums » Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:53 pm

^At the time? I still don't believe it!

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