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

PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 1:04 pm
by Electerik
I loved Drievliet. Was it objectively the best park on the trip? No, of course not. But it was a lot of fun, and I would be very happy to spend more time there. Small? Sure, but that didn't bother me because there was lots to do.

A few other random thoughts from the Esty and Smirik camp:

We're all over that first section of your trip report, which is weird because we tend to be where everyone else isn't.

Speaking of which, we're also in that overview photo of the tractor ride at the beginning of the second section!

I might very well have been the biggest fan of Kopermijn in our group. Which just serves to to once again demonstrate how unpredictable my tastes can be. But I don't mind getting LoCoSuMo-ed, as long as I'm not overly restrained (and remember that a lot of restraints fit me oddly) and I'm not being hit in the head.

That was a good theory on why Twistrix is themed to owls, and one could do worse than repeatedly listening to Fly By Night, but I was thinking of an even simpler explanation: Owls swivel their heads, and the cars are meant to look like owl heads.

I kept the Andrews straight by calling one Goldballs and then just being confused the rest of the time.

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

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 7:35 pm
by The Great Zo
Hilltopper39 wrote: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.


Thanks for reading, appreciate it!

larrygator wrote:I was actually smiling because Drievliet is possibly my favorite micro park. But thanks for continuing to promote NeuroGen.


Let's keep promoting it until someone builds one in the US!

cfc wrote:It did my heart good to know that the bizarre "singing barn" show still existed.


It's really a one-of-a-kind, and in my opinion would make a fantastic addition to the petting zoo at Cedar Point.

SharkTums wrote: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!


We always find ways to have a good time at places that aren't exactly built for us. And thanks!

Electerik wrote:We're all over that first section of your trip report, which is weird because we tend to be where everyone else isn't.

Speaking of which, we're also in that overview photo of the tractor ride at the beginning of the second section!


I didn't even notice you two were in the tractor ride photo! I see it now. That's really funny.

And that's why I loved the first part of this trip report. It's really the only chance I had on the entire trip to get pics of everybody in the group together. Like we're all one big happy slightly-dysfunctional family.

Blue Turbo wrote:
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


The first office I worked at, with a staff of 20, had four Davids. I don't know how that happens.

A.J. wrote:
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.


Electerik wrote:I kept the Andrews straight by calling one Goldballs and then just being confused the rest of the time.


I like Erik's idea better. Goldballs is now TPR canon.

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

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 10:36 pm
by larrygator
Regarding the Andrews, I referred to them as Andy (you), AJ, Andrew and with Rector I was usually just shaking my head.

I once coached a 5th-6th grade basketball team where 5 of the 10 kids were named Mike.

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

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:09 am
by DBru
Hate on The Method all you want; we're starting a movement, and it's gonna be HUGE! It took Formule X from a solid 7...to a 7.5!

Drievliet was a blast. 3 of the quickest hours on the trip, and so much fun basically having the park to ourselves for the first two of them. Despite being small, that park was PACKED with fun rides! It felt like something new and surprising was tucked into every corner. Also, I can't believe I'm just noticing this, but was the mini-breakdance themed to SHARKNADO?!

And why would I be offended that Drievliet's farm show features an animatronic clone of my Uncle Steve?

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

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:56 pm
by The Great Zo
DBru wrote:Also, I can't believe I'm just noticing this, but was the mini-breakdance themed to SHARKNADO?!


...it was, wasn't it? Or at least a kid-friendly version of Sharknado with less Tara Reid.

DBru wrote:And why would I be offended that Drievliet's farm show features an animatronic clone of my Uncle Steve?


Look, just tell your Brother Steve his banjo's out of tune.

Day 11 Part 2: Duinrell

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:19 pm
by The Great Zo
Monday, July 22, 2019
Day 11 Part 2: Duinrell


After a quick three hours at Drievliet, we got back on the bus and headed north to our second small park of the day: Duinrell.

Duinrell, named for the adjacent sand dunes, is located in Wassenar -- not far from the shore of the North Sea. Duinrell sits on an estate that has history dating back to the 1600s, and it is owned by the noble Van Zuylen van Nijevelt family. The park's mascot is a frog named Rick (Rick de Kikker), who you'll find stationed at trash cans around the park.

Duinrell is definitely sort of a unique property -- it's one part theme park, water park, playground, and campground. Though there's a vast array of cabins surrounding the park, there were also spots for tent camping inside the park -- just steps from the rides and restaurants. I definitely got the idea that the water park -- a big indoor/outdoor setup -- was one of the main draws during the warm summer season. On our visit, the dry park was quite crowded as well.

I definitely think that Duinrell is a park that I could have an enjoyable time at, under different circumstances. Unfortunately, our visit was marked by heavy crowds full of energetic kids and teenagers with no qualms about line jumping. This problem was exacerbated by the fact that there are really only a handful of full-size attractions, and operations on the rides were not particularly great. I know some of us were wondering if Duinrell might be sort of a Dutch Knoebels-lite, which is sort of a laughable notion in retrospect. Typically, comparing anything to Knoebels is going to result in disappointment. Duinrell doesn't have a standout attraction to really sell an enthusiast on a visit, and there are better parks in the Netherlands to credit whore at -- including Drievliet. On the other hand, I enjoyed Duinrell's setting, which is quite nice overall. You have water, you have dunes, and on a trees-per-square-inch measurement it might be the most forested park I've ever been to. Yep, even more than Knoebels or Efteling.

Honestly, I probably would have enjoyed Duinrell quite a bit if it weren't for the crowds, and if I could have taken the park at a calmer pace. Instead, with just three and a half hours, we all had to make some decisions about what to do and what to skip. I only got on three rides -- two coasters and a Gerstlauer Sky Fly -- and waited about a half hour for each. I actually skipped the third credit (a kiddie coaster) just because I didn't feel like being crowded in a queue with a bunch of loud kids for 20-30 minutes. That might be the first time I've just flat-out skipped a coaster out of disinterest. Should I turn in my Club TPR card? I also skipped the alpine slide, though the others who rode gave it only so-so reviews. I did get to one attraction (perhaps my favorite at the park) that I'm almost certain no other TPR person visited. It's the sort of too-obvious thing you'd expect to find in one of my trip reports, and it might have saved the visit.

In fact, with time running short, I never even got to take any pictures of -- or even see -- a few of the park's attractions. I missed the top spin. I missed the covered/uncovered splash boat, though Robb has it on video. I missed the poffertjes that Chuck mentioned in his TR, and this was the last chance on the trip to get any! I didn't even get to go through the park's walkthrough fairy tale forest / European landmark area. With that in mind, I sort of feel like this TR isn't quite a comprehensive report on the park. There are definitely some gaps to fill if I ever return to the place, which isn't a certainty to occur.

So, I hope you don't mind, but to make up for the lack of pictures of other rides, I'm just going to dump almost everything I have from the Nautic Jets. Want to see a bunch of TPR people doing boat jumping and looking funny? This trip report has you covered.

Day 11 Part 2: Duinrell pictures

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:19 pm
by The Great Zo
Welcome to Duinrell. Here's Rick the Frog.

Day 11 Part 2: Duinrell pictures continued

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:19 pm
by The Great Zo
I did have one ride left to get on...

Day 11 Part 3: Rhymes With Schiphol

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:20 pm
by The Great Zo
Monday, July 22, 2019
Day 11 Part 3: Rhymes With Schiphol


With Duinrell complete, our theme park adventures in the Netherlands (and Belgium) had come to a close. Here's a map to wrap it all up.

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That brought us back to the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where we had a flight to catch to our next destination.

It was not a great experience. Schiphol was very crowded. The wait to check in was insane. The security lines weren't quite as bad. The restaurants inside were very busy. It all just seemed very hectic.

If you take some liberties with the English pronunciation, you can come up with something that rhymes with Schiphol that more closely approximates our opinion of the place.

(and somehow, days later, it'd get worse...)

So, to continue the travelogue, a short photo set on our departure from the Netherlands.

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Barry and Daniel are ready to travel*

*after waiting for a half hour in the check-in line

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Behind security at Schiphol, in one of the main "lounge" areas.

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The airport was quite busy.

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Several TPR people tried to get dinner at this place, but I'm not sure if they ever succeeded. Sounds like service was a disaster.

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I wanted to do some photography so I split from the group, and found a decent burger place in the quieter area near the "Airport Park" on the second level.

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Schiphol's well known for its pre-security outdoor terrace, but it was closed due to renovation work. I did find this smaller outdoor area post-security.

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Not an expansive view, but you can see one of the piers that serves international flights.

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Whole bunch of big wide-body airplanes out there, from Turkish, Etihad, Air Mauritius, and of course KLM.

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I will certainly give the airport credit for having some spots with nice views of the airfield.

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I got to catch a few interesting planes, like this KLM 747.

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An Aeroflot A321.

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An ABC Pharma 747 -- I bet this plane is in heavy demand right now.

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And a view with some nice buildings in the background.

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As is so often the case at these European airports, we had ... a bus gate.

So here's a POV from the bus.

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We passed a whole bunch of other small KLM planes...

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...and arrived to ours.

It was not the first time I'd seen this airplane.

This KLM E190 (PH-EZZ) is the exact same plane I flew on when traveling from Gothenburg to Amsterdam at the end of my 2016 Europe trip. Pretty sure it's the first time I've ever been on the same plane twice!

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And so, we departed Schiphol...

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...high above the Dutch freeways.

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With a view of the reflection from the setting sun on the North Sea.

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Schiphol Airport's multitude of runways...

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...it looks so small from up here.

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Planes taxiing to take off behind us.

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A view of Amsterdam on the way out.

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The city center, the central station, and NEMO are all visible from up here.

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A wider view over the city.

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The port area closer to the sea.

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A flashback to the early part of the trip -- that's the Lelystad Airport and the Aviodrome museum, with the 747 on display at the left side.

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I know this picture is terrible, but that's Walibi Holland in the middle. You can kind of make out the Ferris wheel.

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And then, we arrived. Or, we have pryzloty'd.

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Welcome to Krakow for the first-ever TPR excursion to Poland!

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

PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:41 pm
by SharkTums
We have pryzloty'd indeed!

I know everyone hated Duinrell, but I really think we are all just spoiled. We're not used to going to crowded parks with no skip the line programs or special filming. The choice was to go here for a bit, or spend some more time at the horrid Schipol airport!

The park does have a lot of potential and had great poffertjes!