Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Day 11 part 2: Duinrell
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby robbalvey » Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:01 pm

SharkTums wrote: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!

I think that is 100% exactly it. I will admit I do remember having a better time at Duinrell during our last visit, but then I went and looked at our photos and it wasn't much less crowded than our current visit:
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So is it just that our specific TPR audience is maybe a little "spoiled" and if a park doesn't have a skip the line pass or I can't get a filming session at a park next time we just won't included if the majority of the group is going to come away from it being miserable?

I'm not sure the answer to that...

I personally thought the park was super cute and I'm glad we went, but maybe this is one of those parks better visited by you and I during our own personal travels and not with a bigger group.

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

Not to mention one of the only "covered splashdown boats" I've seen outside of Japan!
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby The Great Zo » Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:21 pm

SharkTums wrote: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!

I really did miss the best part, didn't I? Poffertjes should be an automatic!

And we definitely made the right choice to go here -- pretty much any park is worth a few hours instead of just getting to the airport super early. Like I said in the TR, I think it's neat to get a chance to visit some of the quirky smaller parks -- for boat jumping(!) and other reasons -- even if Duinrell might not be my favorite of them.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:44 pm

Great report! The park looks to have a great setting in the woods and I never get tired of seeing boat jump photos.

Although the reason I originally heard of this park was for that bizarre, now-removed water slide (Fly Over) where you were sucked through a tube and had to hold your breath.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby julianus » Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:20 am

For me personally the main draw to duinrell is the indoor water park. The park itself ain't much and i feel like it caters more to the guests staying on the campgrounds than actually trying to attract one-day visitors. Its less a themepark with a campground and more a campground with some rides.

Schiphol during summertime is an absolute nightmare. Lelystad airport was actually being built for exactly that reason, but its unclear if it will ever open.

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

Postby The Great Zo » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:58 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Although the reason I originally heard of this park was for that bizarre, now-removed water slide (Fly Over) where you were sucked through a tube and had to hold your breath.


OK, I had to look that one up, and wow. Speaking of things you'd never see in the US! That's honestly pretty terrifying, but I'm not a fan of holding my breath at all.

julianus wrote:For me personally the main draw to duinrell is the indoor water park. The park itself ain't much and i feel like it caters more to the guests staying on the campgrounds than actually trying to attract one-day visitors. Its less a themepark with a campground and more a campground with some rides.


Yeah, this is a good point -- I can see this place as more of a weekend retreat, where you spend some time in the dry park, some time in the water park, and some time just relaxing. That's probably what they're going for and it obviously works really well for them.

The whole story of Lelystad Airport is really interesting. Like, perhaps it could one day serve as the Dutch focus for the low-cost carriers like Ryanair, freeing up space at Schiphol? Who knows if they'll ever actually build the place up for it though.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby A.J. » Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:07 pm

I absolutely loved Duinrell despite the crowds and not actually riding anything besides the Nautic Jet and the Alpine slide. It's all just so pretty.

I've got a bunch of photos of the rides and yes, I'm working on my own report again. Things just kind of got in the way.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby Electerik » Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:25 pm

robbalvey wrote:So is it just that our specific TPR audience is maybe a little "spoiled" and if a park doesn't have a skip the line pass or I can't get a filming session at a park next time we just won't included if the majority of the group is going to come away from it being miserable?


While it was my least favorite park of the trip, I'd still be willing to go back. And, sure, I guess that "perks" might've helped, but I think a bigger problem was that it was incredibly hot in a country that doesn't normally have to worry about that sort of thing.

Still, most of the people I talked to had a good time there. And I'm glad I saw it.

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Re: Day 11 Part 2: Duinrell

Postby 805Andrew » Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:06 am

The Great Zo wrote: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.


Same here. I actually liked Duinrell and didn't hate it or dislike like it like some people on the trip. This is a place where I could spend a weekend and just kick it and enjoy the water park (which looked really good) and walk around doing some rides and explore around like going to that view point you went to (which I didn't even know about until you snapped a picture of me on the alpine slide). Gearhart and I had a pretty good game plan for hitting up all the coasters that Andrew Goldberg went along with for the most of the time we were there. We went around counterclockwise and hit up all three coasters first starting with the Eurofighter. We waited 45 minutes for the Eurofighter and about 15-25 minutes each for the other two coasters. We were also able to do Wild Wings and the alpine slide and have lunch in between at La Place (which was pretty good although the most expensive counter service meal I had in NL). I also did the very tall slides and the Aqua Chute slide. I really wanted to do the boat jump but had to cut that out (I've done the one at Skyline Park in Germany though) and would have also wanted to do the covered splashdown boat but we decided to skip it to fit in Wild Wings and the alpine slide. I definitely could have spend a whole day here but a few hours here was better than no time at all here and being stuck at the crowded airport longer. You can tell I was having a good time here by the pictures you took of me.

Great pictures of Amsterdam from the air btw. I'm envious you were able to get a window seat on the right side of the plane.

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

I really did miss the best part, didn't I? Poffertjes should be an automatic!


I only had Poffertjes twice on this trip and this was one of them. I had two different styles of Poffertjes, traditional here and with cherries and cream toppings at Walibi and both were great. These were kind of messy but I ate them while walking and waiting in line for the alpine slide.

A.J. wrote:I absolutely loved Duinrell despite the crowds and not actually riding anything besides the Nautic Jet and the Alpine slide. It's all just so pretty.

I feel like it's a good park to just hang out at. I definitely get the camping aspect and why people would want to stay overnight here.
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Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2019 European Adventure with TPR

Postby DBru » Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:08 am

LOL! Andy, I’ve been excited for months to see your “aerial” photos of this park from the observation tower, knowing that no one else made it up there. Come to find out...it’s all trees! :lol: Regardless, it’s pretty cool to see how the park is engrossed in THAT much foliage.

I agree with all the previous sentiments: while Duinrell ranks lowest on my list of parks for the trip, I’m still glad we went and that I got to experience it. The boat jump was fun and Barry and I actually got to do the covered shoot-the-chutes, which was...an experience. Lol! I’d happily visit again on a breezy fall day when the kids are back in school. Of course, if I weren’t such a credit whore, maybe I wouldn’t have had to knock out that punk who kept cutting me in line for the kiddie coaster...

Also, that giant slide was HUGE!

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

Postby The Great Zo » Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:01 am

A.J. wrote:It's all just so pretty.


It is!

A.J. wrote:I've got a bunch of photos of the rides and yes, I'm working on my own report again. Things just kind of got in the way.


Excellent, excellent. My TR is really ride-thin and I'm looking forward to seeing more of what I missed.

805Andrew wrote:Great pictures of Amsterdam from the air btw. I'm envious you were able to get a window seat on the right side of the plane.


I think I had to barter for a window seat, but to whoever I bartered with, I'm not sure I ever paid up. :lmao:

805Andrew wrote:I only had Poffertjes twice on this trip and this was one of them. I had two different styles of Poffertjes, traditional here and with cherries and cream toppings at Walibi and both were great.

(sorry to troll you with this picture Andy)


UGH!!! :lmao:

DBru wrote:I agree with all the previous sentiments: while Duinrell ranks lowest on my list of parks for the trip, I’m still glad we went and that I got to experience it. The boat jump was fun and Barry and I actually got to do the covered shoot-the-chutes, which was...an experience. Lol! I’d happily visit again on a breezy fall day when the kids are back in school. Of course, if I weren’t such a credit whore, maybe I wouldn’t have had to knock out that punk who kept cutting me in line for the kiddie coaster...


Why you have to be so violent, Daniel? :angry:

I'm glad you got to do the boat thing! And I agree with your overall feelings on Duinrell, as with everyone else who's posted here about it. If i was maybe a little bit too harsh on the place, that's fair, I'll accept that, and maybe most of it was just the crowds. Definitely some good things to like about this park. I hope no one minds that, well, the park on the next segment of this TR isn't exactly going to get a glowing review ... though it'll definitely be funny! And then nothing but good from that point forward!

Oh, and I think you might have liked Duinrell even more if you didn't almost miss the bus because you couldn't find the exit. :lmao:
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