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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:00 am

^Megan's Spider-man keychain might have gone missing one morning while waiting to for the group in Osaka, and Sarah and me were the prime suspects in the investigation :lol:

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:14 am

Chuck,

Thanks for all the great Japan pictures. I started reading my own report again for a nostalgia trip but this is one step better, seeing new pictures and perspective.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:15 am

Blue Turbo wrote:^Megan's Spider-man keychain might have gone missing one morning while waiting to for the group in Osaka, and Sarah and me were the prime suspects in the investigation :lol:


"Hurry, Watson! The game's afoot!"

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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:18 am

Ugh, such a great trip even with the country trying to kill us multiple times!

And you used the word 'dicey' (which that day certainly was!) so I can't wait for Dan or Joey to see it!

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:33 am

I'd forgotten until now that an aftershock shut down some of the rides at Disney for a bit, too. I never even felt it--just heard about it afterward.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:41 pm

Great look back at a great trip! Thanks for sharing your photos Chuck.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:46 pm

Europe 2019

I've enjoyed taking you on this nostalgia trip, but we've reached the end--for now, at least. I'm not taking you that far back in time for this last leg--just a year ago in the Netherlands, where RMC has extended its domination; Belgium, where Gerstlauer did some impressive work; Poland, where Vekoma has come on strong; and Sweden, where B&M shows that it still has a trick or two up its sleeve.

So, let's look back at parks big and small, old and new--not to mention eccentric (or just plain weird). But first,

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. . . how about some tasty poffertjes? You can get this with marijuana and chocolate in Amsterdam, you know. I settled for strawberries, whipped cream, and Nutella.
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Ah, Amsterdam! A unique, beautiful city of art and canals, good food and beer. But remember . . .
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. . . what happens in Amsterdam, stays in Amsterdam.
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Our "pre-trip" park this year was Bobbejaanland, which has changed a lot since my last visit.
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Fury is a unique Gerstlauer creation in which riders can choose to ride forward or backward. (The latter was fun and very intense, but I prefer going forward.)
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Efteling has also changed a lot since my last visit. Baron is a good, well themed Dive Machine, but for my money, . . .
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. . . Symbolica is the best ride at Efteling.
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This trackless dark ride rivals the work of Disney and Universal.
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Yes, more poffertjes. Don't judge.
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Joris en de Draak was a pleasant surprise--one of the best coasters GCI has built (IMHO), with some clever theming.
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Another pleasant surprise: Toverland's Fenix is the best of the B&M Wing coasters.
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I love this new section of the park. Merlin's cave under the Fenix station is very cool.
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Troy has held up pretty well, too.
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RMC is now rocking what used to be Robin Hood at Walibi Holland. This ride is amazing--better than Steel Vengeance (at least to me).
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XPress is a bit clunky but fun.
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And whether it's green or blue, Goliath is still great.
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From Robb's rider cam--one of the few on-ride photos of me that I like.
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And now, an interlude before we fly to Poland. Drievilet's Formule X is still a great little launched coaster.
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And they still have the mysterious pig-cat!
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Duinrell is a nice park in a beautiful setting.
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It's sort of like a summer camp with rides.
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I liked Energylandia's Hyperion, but it wasn't the best ride in this Polish version of Six Flags.
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Formula was the real star of this park--a fun launch and plenty of air time. Well done, Vekoma!
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Zadra wasn't quite ready for prime time while we were there, but it looked great.
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Legendia's Lech Coaster was a another triumph for Vekoma.
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I grayed out a bit on this ride, too.
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This was surprisingly decent for an "off-brand" double looper.
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I really liked Valkyria at Liseberg--a better dive coaster than Efteling's Baron and Cedar Point's Valrayvn.
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Helix was fun, too--great views of the city from this ride.
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Liseberbanan was sporting shiny new trains . . .
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. . . and Balder remained great.
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"Welcome to Kolmarden. I am your host, Mike Meercat. May I offer you a refreshing beverage?"
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Wildfire . . . well, what more needs to be said?
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"Yep--best not to talk Wildfire to death, pal. Just enjoy it. Want some leaves?"
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Meanwhile, back at Grona Lund . . . you guys OK up there?
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Twister gives new meaning to "eccentric." What a crazy layout this ride has.
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Decided to skip Insane this trip, but I'd like to ride the park's new B&M Invert someday.
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The last beer of the trip--that's all.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:14 pm

Awesome look at ....well, everything Chuck! I miss a lot of the stuff and places you visited, last year.
Thanks for a quick look-see, at what it was all about. :smile:

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:17 pm

Ugh, I should not have read this while hungry...all those poffertjes!!!!

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:27 pm

Meerkats, giraffes, and ... pig-cats? Europe really does has a bit of everything.

You've got me missing Symbolica, Lech Coaster, and Untamed. Here's hoping we all get back there soon!
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