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Day 6: Bobbejaanland

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:40 pm
by The Great Zo
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Day 6: Bobbejaanland

At long last! The theme park portion of this trip report has begun.

This was my second time at Bobbejaanland, having also visited with TPR in 2016. As would be the case with a lot of parks that I'd be making repeat visits to, the second time ended up being more enjoyable than the first. The weather was fantastic, and I took the day fairly easily -- skipping some of the coasters that I'd already been on in 2016, and instead spending time doing photography and riding the monorail and Ferris wheel. Our first time visitors had a rougher day trying to get through their credit runs -- the park was fairly crowded and several queues were moving very slowly, particularly for the coasters with VR. Nonetheless, everyone had a good time, and the park treated us well. They served us breakfast when we got in, and hooked us up with filming / ERT on Typhoon and Fury after the park closed.

Fury, new for 2019, was a coaster that might have slipped a little under the radar if not for TPR's coverage of it after our visit. If you haven't watched the incredibly fun video yet, do it! And bask in the power of being able to choose if you're going to launch through the course forwards or backwards!

OK, here are reviews of the rides, but since I didn't ride much this time, I'll caution that some of this is gonna be as best-as-I-can-recall from 2016.

Fury: Bobbejaanland's best ride by a very comfortable margin. Really, it's an outstanding example of how to pack a thrilling and fun ride into a small footprint -- for a very reasonable cost. Perfect fit for a smaller park like Bobbejaanland. Some of the elements are just weird, and there's a good mix of hangtime, airtime, and intensity. Oh, and you might get to go backwards!

Typhoon: Fluch von Novgorod is my favorite Eurofighter, but you know what ... depending on how I'm feeling about Mystery Mine on whichever day you ask me, Typhoon might be my second favorite. It's smooth, it's got some intense moments, and the inversions are fun. A solid ride that was the best in the park before Fury came along.

Dream Catcher: Sort of an endearingly weird swinging kiddie invert that's now been bogged down by VR.

Revolution / Mount Mara: Worth riding just for how bizarre it is -- a giant spiral up, a giant spiral down, and a 400-car long coaster train. Also bogged down by VR, though the VR was actually kind of fun from what I remember from 2016.

Oki Doki: A perfectly decent family coaster with a nice setting along the lake.

Speedy Bob: A perfectly decent wild mouse.

Bob Express: A perfectly decent powered coaster over the lake.

Naga Bay: Previously known as Dizz. A not-all-that-great Maurer spinner. Block brakes every 5 seconds. Wasn't upset to skip it this time around.

Sledgehammer: A big huge frisbee. Good ride, as most of these are.

Indiana River: A really wet but mostly fun indoor log flume.

Wildwaterbaan: A pretty typical outdoor flume, with some good interactions with the powered coaster.

The Forbidden Caves: An "immersion tunnel" simulator -- interesting idea, but thoroughly unconvincing.

The El Paso Special: Good lord, where do you begin with this. I guess I could try to review it objectively as a shooter, in which case I'd say it's an older attraction with some interestingly campy aesthetic detail and a below-average shooting/scoring system. But that really misses the boat on this ride, which is easily the most unseemly, irreverent take on the old west that I've ever seen in a theme park. This is one you just have to experience for yourself to really understand. I ain't gonna endorse it, but I did photograph it, and I'll try to keep the photo captions PG-13 as best I can. No promises.

Day 6: Bobbejaanland -- Pictures

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:40 pm
by The Great Zo
Pictures!

Day 6: Bobbejaanland -- Pictures continued

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:41 pm
by The Great Zo
More pictures!

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

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:40 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Thank you for allowing me to relive the El Paso Special in all its irreverent glory.

As for the rapids ride, did it still have the Ferris Wheel lift and drop in your first visit? I was fascinated to learn it used to have those elements before being removed.

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

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:01 pm
by bert425
yay, and all hail, "Bench: the Ride"

I always love seeing pics of that.


as usual, fantastic pics, and it looks like y'all had absolutely perfect weather on this day.

thanks for sharing.

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

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:29 pm
by A.J.
Forbidden Caves was silly. I'm not afraid to say it.

Great continuation Andy, Fury was such a fun start to the trip.

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

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:39 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Great pictures of a beautiful park! Fury looks especially fantastic.

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

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:43 pm
by DBru
Ahh!! Time to relive the glory days!

Bobbejaanland was a perfect way to “ease into” the trip. A fun collection of coasters, including a genuinely good one, AND one in a box!!! Plus, a log flume in a box!!! Belgium just...gets me.

Glad you got to take pics from the Ferris wheel. I’m jealous I didn’t get to see those views in person, but they’re really gorgeous. I love how it’s nothing but forrest and farmland in the distance. Reminds me of home.

Next time we’re there we’ll have to try some shots of Panther Piss! (Don’t worry, I’ll take yours for you.)

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

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:53 am
by cfc
Great photos, as usual, Andy. While there have been a lot of changes at Bobbejaaland over the years, it's good that El Paso Special still exists (and was upgraded a bit).

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

PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:19 am
by The Great Zo
Gonna add to this report, because as promised, I've got some 2016 pics I'm gonna be sharing along the way with this TR. I don't have much from Bobbejaanland in 2016, since it was a busy day and the weather wasn't great, but here are a few.

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I was sad to learn that Bobbejaanland removed their wind turbine some time between 2016 and 2019. It lined up nicely with Typhoon. (photo from 2016)

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Ah well. There are plenty more wind turbines in the Benelux. (photo from 2016)

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Typhoon was one of our big ERT/filming sessions in 2016! We also rode/filmed on Dizz (now Naga Bay) and Revolution. (photo from 2016)

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Rode Sledeghammer in 2016. It was quite good. And since I only had one picture of it from 2019, here's two more. (photo from 2016)

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Frisbees are great. (photo from 2016)

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A look at the train on Revolution / Mount Mara, which is ... insanely long. (photo from 2016)

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Oh yeah, we braved King Kong in 2016! Stacy is afraid for her life! (photo from 2016)

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And I rode Oki Doki in 2016 also, so I got a better view of the front of the clown... (photo from 2016)

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...and the rear of the clown. (photo from 2016)

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Ah, best for last -- the 2016 day at Bobbejaanland (also the first official park on that trip) was my first experience with FEBO! Sadly I think the thing was empty when we walked by on this trip! (photo from 2016)


Canobie Coaster wrote:As for the rapids ride, did it still have the Ferris Wheel lift and drop in your first visit? I was fascinated to learn it used to have those elements before being removed.


So, best I can tell from my pictures, the wheel/drop were still physically there in 2016, but they had been bypassed with the current course that simply went under the drop hill. In 2019, the structure had been removed entirely.

cfc wrote:it's good that El Paso Special still exists (and was upgraded a bit).


I don't think I caught the upgrades, aside from maybe the flat-screen TV with the scores at the end, but I'm at least glad they are keeping this thing going. It's quite the ... artifact, I guess. :lmao:

DBru wrote:Next time we’re there we’ll have to try some shots of Panther Piss! (Don’t worry, I’ll take yours for you.)


Oh it's all yours! =)

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Great pictures of a beautiful park! Fury looks especially fantastic.


Thanks! And yes, it was. Real gem of a ride, and hope it's caught the notice of some smaller parks over here.

A.J. wrote:Forbidden Caves was silly. I'm not afraid to say it.


Oh, absolutely. And I do like the theme of the whole thing -- the queue is pretty nice, too. I skipped it this time, though, so I don't recall all the specifics.

bert425 wrote:as usual, fantastic pics, and it looks like y'all had absolutely perfect weather on this day.


My gift to the group after dealing with 5 days of junky weather on my own. ;)