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Day 11 Part 1: Drievliet

Postby The Great Zo » Fri May 29, 2020 1:40 am

Monday, July 22, 2019
Day 11 Part 1: Drievliet

Our final day in the Netherlands had arrived.

(Well, actually we thought we'd be briefly returning to Amsterdam a few days later, but, uh, that didn't happen. Another story for another day.)

In the mean time, we had two small parks on our Monday agenda, and both were parks I'd never been to before. No more mixing old pictures into the TR -- everything here is fresh from a first-time visitor.

For our first park, we headed to The Hague to visit the small family park called Drievliet. When I say small, I mean it. Drievliet covers a surface area of about 0.04 square kilometers. As a point of comparison, Efteling and Walibi Holland are both about 0.50 square kilometers. Driveliet's a pretty tightly-packed park, crammed with fun rides mainly geared toward families and kids, along with a few unique attractions you can't find anywhere else.

We started the day with a Filming / ERT session on all three of the park's coasters -- Formule X, Kopermijn, and Twistrix. One thing that was nice about this filming session is that with the whole group together, I was able to get pictures of just about everybody, especially on Formule X and Twistrix. After we were done with filming, we had two hours of free time to check out the rest of the park. I had to move quickly to get on a few rides and still get the pictures I wanted, but I think I was mostly successful.

The park also gifted us bright red Drievliet zip-up hoodies, which was very nice of them.

I know I'm not the target audience for a park like Drievliet, but I really liked the place. They've got a great mix of attractions for the younger crowd, with some fun theming that the kids probably enjoy. They basically have zero room to expand, so I'm not sure how they're going to handle new additions, but their current formula is working pretty well.

Since there are only a few rides worth mentioning, I'll cover the reviews in the photo captions. Short versions: Formule X packs a lot into a tiny footprint, Kopermijn is everything you'd want (or not want) out of a wild mouse, and Twistrix was an unexpected hoot! Ha, see what I did there?

Be sure to check out the official TPR videos from Formule X and Kopermijn.

And now, pictures.
Before you can enter Drievliet, you must first cross the silver bridge of death.
OK, it's not really that dramatic -- the bridge crosses over a big freeway construction project, which will eventually link the A4/A13 interchange with The Hague's central district.

The road tunnel you can see in this picture is called the Victory Boogie Woogie Tunnel. I'm completely serious.
With that little bit of Dutch freeway knowledge imparted, we'll continue crossing the bridge...
...and make our arrival to Drievliet, with the skyline of The Hague in the background.
These buildings made a previous appearance several TR segments in the past, but now they've got theme park rides in the foreground.
You can tell from their branding that Drievliet is intended to be a family destination.
Here's your big photo spot at the front of the park -- get a picture with the Drievliet pelican, who's eating a fish, and standing on a cow. That pretty much covers all the bases, doesn't it?
A list of the park's attractions. The park was set to open at 10AM, but we were there an hour early for filming.
Oh, and free coffee!
Our first coaster was Formule X -- a launched Maurer X-Car coaster.
Some Formule X statistics, though knowing some Dutch would help.
A map of the layout -- it's small, but quite twisted.
The coaster looks pretty tall in a convex mirror.
Several TPR members exhibiting various degrees of "9AM ready-to-ride."
Now they all look alive! Except for Rector.
Green means go -- here's the launch track.
Hey! AJ! I just passed you in your trip report! Get back to work on it!
The evil sun made this picture not-so-good but I'm including it anyway.
Launches are always good for pictures.
Formule X is an interesting mix of elements -- quite heavy on hangtime and slow curves, but with a bit of airtime to mix in with the inversions.
It's not the world's most intense coaster, but this is a family park, so it's probably about as extreme as you'd want to go.
What I like most about Formule X is that it's a unique, creative use of a small footprint. There aren't that many X-Car coasters around.
Barry and Daniel launching like normal people. This will be an important distinction later.
Coming out of one of the inversions.
AJ and Ryan launch, while Robb films from the exit platform.
Up high on one of the curves.
Steve knows where the camera is.
Chuck's hanging on tight.
And yet, it's the other guys who look to be having a greater degree of difficulty.
I think these are my first pictures of Barry and Daniel doing "The Method."

The best way I can describe "The Method" is to intentionally ride a roller coaster in a manner that makes it as likely as possible to snap your spine in half.

They assure me it's fun, but I have my doubts.

(also, Barry's doing a far better job of it than Daniel.)
Formule X ERT continues.
Some people rode and rode again, but I loved the opportunity to get pictures of the whole group on the coaster.
Someone might have asked these guys to look as terrified as possible.

They're pretty good actors.
An exhilarating ride comes to an end.
What, no Method on the brake run?
Just a couple more from this coaster.
Thumbs up for an enjoyable Maurer ride!
Kopermijn is up next -- and as you can see, it's themed to crazy miners who haven't been to the dentist in a while.
Here's the queue and the ride station. Kopermijn is a Maurer wild mouse, and Maurer mice are known to be a little on the violent side.
A Kopermijn success story from Erik and Smisty -- or is that Smisty and Erik?
In a glowing review in Erik's TR, he said that Kopermijn was wild in the best way.

I thought it was a little too wild, but I admit I'm sort of over the whole "getting beat to hell on those unbanked hairpin turns" thing.
Another TPR car pulls into the station.
Twistrix is the final coaster at Drievliet.

In another TR, somebody challenged the reader to figure out why it's themed to owls. Well, "twist" is what the ride does, and "strix" refers to a mythological owl-like bird.

Unfortunately, this debunks my previous theory that the ride's designer had simply been listening to "Fly By Night" by Rush.
Like the other coasters at Drievilet, Twistrix is made by Maurer.

Unlike the other coasters at Drievliet, Twistrix is made up of a long train of two-seater cars, each of which can spin independently of the others.

To the best of my knowledge, Twistrix is a one-of-a-kind coaster, with no duplicates anywhere on the planet.
The official video from Twistrix hasn't been posted yet, but here's a behind-the-scenes view of its filming.

Given all the spinning, I have no idea how it's going to turn out.
Erik wants to know why there aren't more coasters like this elsewhere.
Ryan and Steve get twisted.
AJ and Ryan take a quick breather as the ride pulls into the station.
Chris and John head up the lift hill...
...and at the top of the lift, the spinning begins.
If this video ever gets posted, those who suffer from motion sickness may want to tune out.
The coaster's layout is quite simple -- it's basically just goes twice in a circle.
The fun comes once the cars begin to spin.
Checking in with Brad and Larry...
...while Daniel and Caroline share a laugh.
The spinning is totally random and uncontrolled.
Hi Smisty!
As the spinning intensifies, Steve hangs on tight...
One of the too-many-Andrews, keeping his head down.
Brace yourself, Daniel!
The corners are pretty tight, and usually they made the spinning more intense.
This may, in fact, be the most intense ride at Drievliet.
Not saying that Daniel was going to fly out if he didn't hold on, but stranger things have happened.
I think all the cars were spinning pretty good by this point.
Larry looks like he's still feeling that NeuroGen thing from the day before.
Twistrix was a surprise hit -- just a load of fun!
Probably about as much fun as you can have on a coaster with a booster wheel lift hill.
Really, I think the only spinning coaster I've done with TPR that was as fun as this one was -- and this is reaching way back -- the Jungle Twist coaster at the Texas State Fair Park in 2013. That was insane, and this was very close to it.
That was a fun first hour at Drievliet! Two hours to go, and plenty more to see.
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Day 11 Part 1: Drievliet (pictures)

Postby The Great Zo » Fri May 29, 2020 1:40 am

As happens quite often in these trip reports, I climbed a tower.
Looking down at Formule X and the back half of Driveliet.
A carouse and Ferris wheel in the distance.
Down below, a tractor ride through Old McDonald's farm.
Oh, as for the tower? It's a slide tower, and TPR is off to the races.
The competition is fierce...
...but Barry comes out on top!
And then I headed down myself, and there must be evidence of this since four different people are presently taking my picture.
Right next to the slide is Theeleut. That's a fancy way to say Teacups.
You can also get some cupcakes from the statue next to the ride!
"Lots of love from Drievliet"
We had three or four teacups going, with our groups sorted out by how much people felt like spinning.
I went for the "no spin" cup, but these guys were getting theirs cranking.
Larry's smiling because he's still thinking about NeuroGen.
The true teacup pros show us how it's done.
They really got that thing spinning.
Smile, if you're not too dizzy.
Up at the front of the park, there's a large wet-dry slide complex.
The lines weren't too long, so a few people went to ride, and I used it as another excuse to climb a tower.
That's Twistrix in the foreground, with Formule X behind it.
This is the first look at the ocean-themed area at the front of the park, which contains some play areas and several flat rides.
Say hi to the whale when you pass by on the park's small train.
We rode this one -- it's a breakdance called Draaikolk.
It might have actually been my first ride on a Breakdance, though I doubt this was among the more extreme examples of the ride type.
It seemed to be a hit with the families who rode.
Also, it's got a big tornado of fish in the middle, and that's pretty cool.
Here's the front of the slide tower -- there are three with straight drops, and one with an enclosed helix.
Splashing down at the bottom.
These two somehow managed to peel out, which I would call a skill.
If the last TPR slide race wasn't exciting enough, now we'll do it with water!
But wait! Barry and Ryan have taken an unfair head start.
Barry is celebrating, but deep down inside, he knows he's broken the rules.
Barry thinks he's about to win his second slide race in a row, but cheating's not gonna fly around here.
Keep screaming, but I'm declaring the two of you disqualified.
By default, that makes Daniel and AJ the winners. Congrats on your sorta-victory!
Drievliet's got an old-school haunted dark ride called Spookmuseum.
It's the one slightly-creepy attraction at Drievliet, but it's not particularly frightening inside.
"De Tijdreizigers" means "The Time Travelers." Not sure how well that theme carried through the ride, though.
Good luck, Ryan.
There are a few other small flat rides in the area.
Here's a little spinny pedaly flying thing. Sorry for the awful description.
Here's a kiddie drop tower.
Here's a horsey thing.
And next up -- the Drievliet monorail.
As monorails go, it's quite possibly the shortest track on one that I've ever seen.
Angelic art detail on the front of the monorail.
The first bit looks like this -- quite forested.
You'll get a view into the station of the park's powered coaster, which I haven't even mentioned yet.
There's another western-themed family ride down below.
We've got some swings here -- another classic park staple.
Finally, you'll get a brief view of Formule X -- and with they way they move people through that ride, you'll probably get to see it in action.
An elevated view of a Formule X inversion.
This is the first element right after the launch. Probably the most exciting part of the ride.
I spy an airtime hill!
That brings us back to the station. It's perhaps the world's only monorail short enough that they send you through the circuit twice.
The balloon-themed Ferris wheel towers over the back section of the park, and of course I had to give it a spin.
Here's the view of The Hague to the northwest. The canal is called the Haagse Trekvliet, and the flag in the foreground is that of the adjacent municipality of Rijswijk.
Several skyscrapers in The Hague are quite visible from here.
Some day I'll get back to this one and ascend to the observation tower, but for now, this little balloon Ferris wheel will have to do.
Another view of the canal, one of three canals that intersect near Drievliet -- the Haagse Trekvliet, the Delftsche Vliet, and the Vliet.

That adds up to three Vliets.

And the number three, in Dutch, is "Drie."

Put it all together, and now you know how the park got its name.
The previous day featured views of farmland and wind turbines. This time, I've got high rise buildings in an urban environment.
Church steeples -- often with green-tinted roofs -- are common.
Way off in the distance, you can see Rotterdam.
In the foreground, a return to Drievliet.
There's Kopermijn, with its tight corners and old mine theming.
The Spookmuseum haunts guests just below.
The kiddie drop tower was also nearby, but there's one more ride yet to come.
I take lots of log flume photos, but I don't often have a chance to get them from up high.
So, here are some Ferris wheel shots of Drievliet's log flume, Jungle River.
There were some people, like this kid, who were basically doing marathon runs on the flume.
It's basically a standard-issue fair circuit double-drop log flume, but they added some jungle theming and made it look nice.
Looks like I'm just in time to catch a few TPR riders on the flume.
It's a splash.
Caroline and Colin got themselves some water.
Caught Ryan on the flume also.

(we had two Ryans, but at that's not as bad as having four Andrews)
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Day 11 Part 1: Drievliet (more pictures)

Postby The Great Zo » Fri May 29, 2020 1:41 am

Down from the wheel for a closer look at the flume.
This is Jungle River. It's like a river ... in the jungle.
Two lift hills, and two drops -- one larger than the other.

Also, splash deflectors, for whatever purpose those serve.
No shortage of boats -- Duinrell's operations on the flume, and really on everything, were quite good.
I have more flume pictures than ideas for captions, but I'll do my best.
Yep, they have an on-ride photo option on the log flume!
A boat at the top.
A boat at the bottom.
Kicking up a splash.
A hilarious reaction.
Drievliet is fun for all ages!
This kid has the coolest grandparents.
Playing it up for the camera.
I did not ride the flume, but that was more for time purposes than a fear of getting soaked -- it did not seem to be unacceptably wet.
Not sure if this is the safest way to ride, but have at it.
Hide from the water!
"Disgust" isn't usually the expression I get in log flume pictures, but hey, why not.
This kid was on his 47th lap, and he wasn't done yet.
Another splashdown.
Yep, it's water.
Really only including this photo because of the weird patterns the water is making coming off of the log.
With all that theming, you really feel like you're in the jungle...
...and the jungle is a very scary place.
OK, time to finish the tour of the rest of the back of the park. There is a carousel.
It has a cat who has gone fishing.
Here's some kind of scrambler-type ride.
There's a play area themed to pirates, though it wasn't getting as much use as the play areas near the front of the park.
There are several things at Drievliet that I somehow missed, and only saw from other trip reports. There's a park museum, a 5D theater, and ... a donkey that poops out a coin or something.

Yep, kind of like the one at Efteling.

How did I miss the Drievliet Pooping Donkey? This is a great disappointment. Should TPR ever return to this park, we'll have to make it a priority.
I don't know much about the creepy-looking Griezelbus, but apparently it's from a horror film in which a school trip visits a demonic version of Drievliet.

I kind of want to find this film now.
Kopermijn was open for business, giving its herky-jerky rides to Drievliet guests.
Not many good spots for photos on Kopermijn, but I found a couple.
I guess it's not too rough for the younger crowd.
It's not the only Maurer mouse themed to a mine -- the truly awful Crazy Mine at Hansa Park is also a Maurer.
A side view of the run into the brakes.
Finally, I have arrived to the powered coaster, Dynamite Express.
Dynamite Express is a Mack powered coaster, so you know it'll be a good one.
Obviously it's a non-thrilling family attraction, but it's a nicely-designed fun ride.
A two-train shot with the monorail and Dynamite Express.
Heading back to the front of the park, and checking in one more time on Formule X.
This picture is shiny.
I saw lots of young kids riding Formule X. It's clearly not too intense for the family atmosphere.
Old McDonald's Tractor Ride!

As far as farm-themed rides go, this is remarkably cute.
On the other hand, there's also De Zingende Stal -- The Singing Stable.
I think this guy is Old McDonald, but I didn't ask him how old.
De Zingende Stal is definitely one of Drievliet's most distinctive attractions. Not every day you're at a theme park and run across a barn full of animatronic farm animals.
Here's how it works. Old McDonald sings his song, playing his banjo from his perch atop his rusted-out tractor.
The animals in the farm all have buttons in front of them. When you press the button, that animal starts singing the song along with Old McDonald.
So, if you've ever wanted to hear a horse sing, now you know where to go.
The chickens offered a particularly spirited rendition of the song.
Being from Kentucky, Daniel must have felt right at home.

(that's probably offensive)

(sorry, Daniel)
A final view of Twistrix, and all its spinny insanity.
Yep, still spinning.
Hey, they've even got one of those climbing hat things like at Toverland.

This one was overrun with children, so I wasn't about to give it a try.
There is also a pendulum ride near the front of the park.
It's a smaller model like you might find at a fair.
The octopus-themed Enterprise looked really nice.
I am not a fan of these, but I think some people from our group gave it a ride.
The front part of Drievliet had an outer space theme in the past, but it was re-made into an ocean theme several years ago. The whole section is really brightly colored and cute -- though maybe a little sparse on shade.
Several flying fish -- and one flying bird.
Saying a farewell to Formule X...
...and to The Hague's skyline, which towers behind it.
A final view of the skyline on our way out.
That was a quick 3 hours. I definitely like this park, especially for the target demographic.
"A day out at Drievliet, who wouldn't want that?"
Thanks for reading. We've got one more small park coming up in the next update!
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby Hilltopper39 » Fri May 29, 2020 5:29 am

These are the kind of parks I wish America had more of, if there was one of these close to my city I'd probably go there 20 times a year. Great pictures as always, really enjoyed following along with this so far.

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Re: Day 11 Part 1: Drievliet (pictures)

Postby Blue Turbo » Fri May 29, 2020 6:33 am

Looks like a really nice family park!

The Great Zo wrote:(we had two Ryans, but at that's not as bad as having four Andrews)

It's funny how this happens, especially with small groups. In undergrad, my upper level major classes (which had like 15-20 people) had 3 Jakes and I've been to aerial conditioning classes where half of the class is named Rachel

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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby A.J. » Fri May 29, 2020 7:01 am

The Great Zo wrote:(we had two Ryans, but at that's not as bad as having four Andrews)

Andy, A.J., Andrew, and... Goldberg.

Hey! AJ! I just passed you in your trip report! Get back to work on it!

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Postby larrygator » Fri May 29, 2020 11:23 pm

I was actually smiling because Drievliet is possibly my favorite micro park. But thanks for continuing to promote NeuroGen.
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Postby cfc » Sat May 30, 2020 5:08 am

Drievliet is a very enjoyable little park, and Formule X is a great little launched coaster. It did my heart good to know that the bizarre "singing barn" show still existed.

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Postby SharkTums » Sat May 30, 2020 10:20 am

I feel like this park really improved since our last visit in 2008. Sure it's not really meant for a group like ours but it was nice to see such a great family park with some fun rides. Formule X is underrated and a really great ride. Awesome photos as always!

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Postby Coasternerd3 » Sat May 30, 2020 12:20 pm

That flying bird/shark birdshark flat ride...
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