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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby SharkTums » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:23 pm

Another great trip down memory lane! It's crazy how many of those Japanese parks are now gone and how much some of them have changed. I'm ready to go back to Japan now please!

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Postby cfc » Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:09 am

^Me, too. I'm glad I got to visit Space World, and I'm a bit worried about Parque Espana.

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:07 am

Great report! That's a funky looking support structure on the corkscrews on the looper at Central Park.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby Taylor Finn » Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:35 am

So many parks in Japan that I wish I could have gone to/still wish to go to. But grateful I have at least visited some of what you noted. Love the brevity to this!

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Postby cfc » Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:57 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! That's a funky looking support structure on the corkscrews on the looper at Central Park.


That's because it's a funky Togo loopscrew.
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Postby bert425 » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:17 am

Fantastic update. . loving seeing all these pics.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby Dan » Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:55 pm

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One bonus photo--me sampling the awesome Texas Select! That's all for 2007 Japan. We will return.

CHUCK!! This is GREAT! You even got me to post... which is as unheard of as -- heck, I don't even know!!. I miss everyone. Except for Joey :lmao: I miss the trips! So many of my absolute favorite memories could end up in this thread!
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Postby cfc » Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:58 am

^Yes! Dan has surfaced! The amazing power of Texas Select! Wasn't that swill about $1.98 /six pack? :lmao:
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby Dan » Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:29 am

cfc wrote:^Yes! Dan has surfaced! The amazing power of Texas Select! Wasn't that swill about $1.98 /six pack? :lmao:

I don't remember! I just know we bought it as a joke -- we didn't expect anyone to actually drink it!

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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:34 pm

Europe 2008

Who's ready to fly into Paris for another great TPR trip?

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Yes we started and ended this tour in the City of Lights--a beautiful place with absolutely insane traffic. I got to climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, cruise on the Seine, and hobnob with the gargoyles of Notre Dame (where I also had the best ice-cream cone ever at a little place across the street from the famous church).

And, of course, we visited a lot pf parks of all different kinds in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. I learned a number of things about European theme parks during this trip, too. For example:

1. There are parks that can rival and, sometimes, top the Disney parks. Europa Park in Germany is the best park in Europe (and one of the best in the world).

2. Paris Disneyland is beautiful and has a number of good attractions (particularly Big Thunder Mountain and Phantom Manor). But it's not the best of the Magic Kingdoms. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed myself there immensely, but when it comes to customer service, it's no Tokyo Disney. That being said, I'm looking forward to visiting it again, someday.

3. Walt Disney Studios, while hardly a great park, was a bit better than I'd expected. Now that it's had a chance to grow a bit, I'd like to visit it again.

4. There are worse coasters than SLCs in the world: Movie Park's Bandit and Walygator's Ananconda, for instance.

5. The food at most European theme parks, particularly Europa, is much better than the park fare in the U.S.

6. Some of the quirkier European parks offer plenty of opportunities to hurt yourself. C'est la vie!

On to the photos. Like last time, I'm sticking to the two-photo rule, with a few exceptions.
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We kicked things off at Jardin d'Acclimatation, a beautiful little park in Paris. It had a few eccentric family coasters . . .
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. . . and a few opportunities to injure yourself. This pattern will repeat as the trip goes on.
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Next up was Parc Asterix, which offered some interesting views . . .
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. . . and one of the worst crimes ever committed against humanity. (Well, we probably deserve it.)
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Walibi Belgium was a bit "generic," but it did have some interesting merch, especially if you like ties that stare and smile.
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The park also an enclosed Schwarzkopf shuttle loop, which was pretty cool, and a great shooting dark ride with fire (Challenge of Tutankhamon).
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Let's not forget Adventure Parc near Walibi Belgium, . . .
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. . . where I learned I'm not all that adventurous.
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Remember, at Bobbejaanland, no one, but no one, messes with Speedy Bob's wheelbarrow!
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This was also my first "Bench: The Ride" experience (aka, El Paso Special).
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Toverland's Troy was one of my favorite coasters dueing that trip, . . .
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. . . even though the Trojan Horse killed me.
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Efteling was definitely a Disney-type park--with the size to match.
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Lots of great dark rides, as well as Pegasus, a family wooden coaster that has since been replaced.
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Someone want to get that dude a magazine? I think he's going to be there a while.
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Formule X at Drievilet was a great launched coaster. Maurer Shone redeemed itself with this ride.
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Why, we even had a hoedown to celebrate.
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This is park is no longer Walibi World (just Walibi or "Walibi Holland"). But Goliath is eternal (and awesome).
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But one mast take the good with the bad--in this case, El Condor, the first-ever SLC. It looks appropriately sinister in this photo.
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Heide's Colossos was a great Intamin woodie (ran really well in 2008).
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I like the Knott's Berry Farm vibe of the park's old log flume. Alas, it's gone now.
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Yes, I felt transported to Hollywood at Movie Park, . . .
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. . . especially when I beheld the animal perversions of the Ice Age boat ride.
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If you were going to injure yourself, Schlossbeck was a good place to do it.
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It's also had a rather puzzling castle full of odd dioramas. I felt I was in Japan for a moment. More to come.
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