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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:55 pm

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


Preach. ;)

Great start Chuck. Looking forward to more of that tour we did.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:02 pm

We're not done with Europe just yet. Not by a long shot.
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Phantasialand offered a number of great attractions, in addition to the Dragon Bar at the Hotel Ling Bao. I liked Black Mamba a lot. The theming really makes this ride.
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Silbermine was like Pirates of the Caribbean, only with Mexicans. Alas, it is gone now.
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But you can still see King Kong attack a PT boat on the Hollywood Tour boat ride.
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Tripsdrill had a winery to go along with its coasters and other attractions, . . .
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. . . such as this death conveyance.
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Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park is still in my top ten. What a great ride!
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Sigh! Remember when this wench flashed you in Burg Falkenstein? She doesn't anymore.
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Europa Park had my favorite hotel of the trip--the Colosseo.
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Spaceship Eurosat.
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Euro Mir has the catchiest theme music of any coaster ever built. It will stick in your head for days, nay, weeks afterward!
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Here's a peek at the old Piraten in Batavia. I wonder if this pig-wrestling buccaneer will be back in the rebuilt, post-fire version?
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Geisterschloss was a great Haunted Mansion knockoff.
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Walygator had the worst coaster since Movie Park's Bandit . . .
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. . . but, hey, Fatal Bazooka!
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We ended the trip with a few days at Paris Disney.
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I think there was some sort of special event going on, so the castle was decorated with Disney and Pixar characters--very nice.
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I understand that their version of Space Mountain is much better now. Someday, I'll find out.
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I liked the walk-through Nautilus tour in Discoveryland. Kinda wish DisneySea had it, too.
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Phantom Manor was a unique version of the Haunted Mansion, with some extra gore--nicely done.
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Walt Disney Studios was a bit better than I'd expected, but it was the weakest Disney park I'd ever visited.
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Whoa! Are we back in California?
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Behold the last remaining Catastrophe Canyon.
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Crush's Coaster was fun, but that line . . . sheesh!
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When in Paris, watch out for Geppetto. He's a bit of a perv! That's all for now.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:11 pm

Oh man, several good looking European parks!

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:16 pm

Great stuff, Chuck. Yeah, the queue for Crush's Coaster was bizzarely long.
And boring. Until you got in the show building, itself. But still. Tres long.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:38 pm

Great report!

With the new trains, Paris's Hyperspace Mountain was enjoyable for me. But I totally see how that would have been brutal with the old OSTRs since it definitely jostles you around.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:35 pm

^ I went thru riding Space Mountain in DisneyParis on several visits: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2015....
It seemed to hurt like heck, every time I had those over-the-shoulder-restraints....<sigh> I believe
the initial riding, in 2002 was the best.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:02 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report!

With the new trains, Paris's Hyperspace Mountain was enjoyable for me. But I totally see how that would have been brutal with the old OSTRs since it definitely jostles you around.


I'm willing to give it another chance with the new trains. Vekoma has even made Boomerangs bearable with those.

Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:25 pm

Scandi 2009

Ah, Scandinavia! Can you not smell the salt air, salmon, and pickled herring? Do you not hear the battle cry of the Vikings? Let's go back to 2009 and the region that gave us Epcot's Maelstrom, er, Frozen Ever After.

Yes, vee haf passed zis way before, and vill pass zis way again (as the narrator of Epcot's Maelstrom might've put it). This trip started in Denmark and took us to parks in Sweden, Finland, and Norway (with a bit of time in Germany, as I recall).

You'll recall that we had previously visited Tusenfryd and Liseberg, but the remaining parks were all new to me. It was great to finally see the acutal Tivoli Gardens after experiencing the Japanese version. But the Japanese parks had nothing on the Scandinavian parks when it came to sheer weirdness.

We started in beautiful Copenhagen.

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Our hotel was a short walk to the classic Tivoli Gardens, although that isn't where we started.
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We started with Bon Bon Land, a magical realm devoted to cartoons and various bodily functions. Most of you will know this place as the home of the infamous Dog Fart Coaster.
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But did you know that it also has the largest, creepiest Santa Claus ever?
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It's easy to see why Walt Disney found Tivoli Gardens so inspiring. It's absolutely beautiful.
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Tivoli's Rutchbanen was the first of three old-school wooden coasters on this trip.
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But it was the only one to boast a former U.S. president as a brakeman.
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Daemonen was just cutest lil' old B&M coaster ever.
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Wait, who's that handing the brakes on Bakken's Rutchebanen? Oh my god, those poor people!
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Bakken was also the home of Tornado, one of Intamin's more insane creations, which is saying a lot.
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Hansa Park had a very impressive entrance.
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Fulch von Novgorod, a launched Eurofighter with a vertical lift, as well, was also pretty dang impressive.
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They opened the ride even though the theming, both inside and out, wasn't finished--and it was still a great ride.
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They also had a nice old Schwarzkopf--Nessie.
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Hmm--either it's pouring rain at Somerland Syd and everyone is wearing ponchos, or we've stumbled into a Klan meeting.
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The Klan-meeting theory doesn't seem so far-fetched now. This splash boat ride wins the award for the most politically incorrect ride ever.
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Yes, the rain continued at Legoland Billund.
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But that didn't stop everyone from riding this rather RTC-like coaster.
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I'm not saying that it rained a lot that day, but . . .
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At Farup Sommerland, you can pilot your own speedboat. No tracks here!
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Falken was a fun S&S wooden coaster.
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But Lynet is the park's star attraction.
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It was pouring when we hit Tivoli Friheden. Dropping into the net of their SCAD Tower was like plunging into a swimming pool!
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Mr. Big boasted authentic American cuisine--that is, a hot box full of fried everything!
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I didn't hit Tobu Zoo while TPR was in Japan in '07, so my first Intamin Mega-Lite was Piraten at Djurs Sommerland. It did not disappoint. And remember: Pirates don't say "whee," they say "arrr!"
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Who would've thought that my first sighting of a monkey water skiing behind a croc would be in Denmark? Funny little world, isn't it? More to come.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:57 pm

Vee vill now pass zis vay some more.
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I don't remember much about Tivoli Karolinelund, but it was nothing like Vegas.
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I sort of remember this guy, though.
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Tusenfryd in Norway is the home of some big rides, like Speed Monster . . .
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. . . and wee, little rides like Teeny Weeny.
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Welcome to LIseberg, which is having a very strange effect on Elissa. Must be some Swedish virus.
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My god! It's catching!
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Kanonen was a fun Intamin launched coaster, which has since been removed and replaced with a B&M.
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Look! Donald Trump is at Liseberg!
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Skara Sommerland is the only park with one of these bizarre S&S creations. It's an interesting ride.
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No waterpark for us on this chilly day, although we did get to experience Swedish Mexican food.
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Grona Lund's Insane does, indeed, look maniacal in this photo.
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I love how this park uses the space it has--all kinds of rides crammed in here.
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Here's a look at the old Spokhuset before Sally transformed it into House of Nightmares.
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Jetline is still my favorite coaster at Grona Lund.
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Power Park is Finland's northernmost theme park.
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It boasted a shockingly decent Boomerang (called Cobra).
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We loaded up this train with TPR's biggest guys and broke Thunderbird's speed record.
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These are go-karts? Looks more like NASCAR.
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Sarkanniemi features Tornado, an Intamin inverted coaster. Too bad more of these haven't been built.
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They also had this huge Intamin Half-Pipe.
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Linnanmaki in Helsinki was the last park of the trip--and our last old-school woodie with a brakeman. It was named Vuoristorata, which I guess is Finnish for "Rutchebanen."
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Kirnu was Insane's not-as-crazy cousin.
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My favorite attraction there was the dark ride--beware the wrath of the Lost Viking Skeleton of Linnanmaki!
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The sign says it all! That's it for now.
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Re: Chuck's TPR Shameless Nostalgia Trip Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 6:02 pm

I miss Scandi!
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