^If only someone had told me before I had went on! When I first shouted to Lou "Something just touched me!" I thought maybe it was my OWN hand that touched my neck! We soon discovered that was not the case!
Hansa is a very good park that's working on being even better--all starting with a new, operational, if not-quite-finished world-class ride in Fluch von Novgorod.
This park was the original home of Legoland, and it's steadily evolving as a theme park with an nice collection of rides and some impressive themed areas (to the Old West and Old Mexico). But Hansa's future plans are what will really make it stand out. The entire front of the park is going to be extensively rethemed from a sort of generic entry portal into a tribute to the great port cities of Europe. It's a huge project and should be awesome when it's finished.
Hansa's new ride will do (heck, is already doing) quite a bit to beef up their offerings.
Fluch von Novgorod-- This new, launched Eurofighter, which blasts off from, around, and through a cursed castle, is fully operational as a coaster, even though they're still putting on a lot of finishing touches, such as theming in the queue and what should be a very impressive dark-ride portion (akin to Mystery Mine at Dollywood). The ride is already great in its "unfinished" state, and I'd love to go back when all the elements are in place. Plenty of air and surprises on this one.
Nessie--Another nice, old looping Schwartzkopf. It's not exactly an airtime machine, but it whips around like the famous Scottish monster it's named for (complete with a crop into Nessie's mouth).
Rasender Roland--This is a better-than-average mine train that interacts with Nessie (right through the loop, as a matter of fact). It looks like you could "high five" the Schwarzkopf riders when they circle overhead.
Crazy Mine--For all you nuts who actually kind of like the "Rattlesnake" clones (like me), this ride is for you. Kind of rough, but very nicely themed (particularly the queue, which has its own "jug band").
The park boasts an excellent flume ride, a pretty good Mack splash boat ride (rather old school), and a decent spinning-raft ride, in addition to a respectable collection of flats. It could use a first-class ghost train (in addition to Fulch von Novgorod), but I really enjoyed myself. The park has a good vibe and is quite beautiful, too.
Here's a look at Hansa Park. Some of the pictures are a bit dark (it was a cloudy, drizzly day--but nothing compared to what was coming).
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We took a three-hour ferry ride from Denmark to Germany the night before.
"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp-drizzly November in my soul . . .
. . . then I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."
This was my favorite hotel of the trip until we got to Power Park.
Good eats, too.
Hansa Park has a pretty impressive gate.
"Really, when you take into account the evolution of most coaster braking systems . . ." Crickets chirping . . .
Once again, here's a park that treated us really well.
Behold the future!
"So this is what it's like to be Godzilla!"
After learning what it was like to be some stuntman in a rubber monster suit, it was time for some ERT on . . .
. . . the fully operational . . .
. . . if not-quite-finished Fulch von Novgorod.
"Damn Lowe's contractors! Never show up when they're supposed to!"
"At least the electrician's on the ball. Now if we could just finish the roof to keep the birds out."
"Whaddaya mean this sucker's not finished?"
"Looks pretty much done to me!"
"Hell, they got this twisty part done. So, what else do ya want?"
"Wainscotting? Pots of geraniums, maybe? I think it's fine the way it is."
"Yeah, I think they've took care of every detail. . . oh my freakin' god! they forgot about this wall . . . crap!"
When you exit Fulch, you can take the stairs, or the Cursed Blood-Red Slide of Death!
There is another surprise in the queue-if you take the wrong path. More to come, after I finish dinner.
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Back to Hansa Park.
And now, the not-so-spinny raft ride.
"What? Read the safety instructions to you? Do I look German, gringo?"
Yep--even the station for the raft ride is pretty nice. (U.S. parks take note.)
"OK, everyone--what does this ride need?"
"More spinning. And the Swedish Bikini Team."
"I think this ride needs to sit back, take a deep breath, and meditate on the nature of existence."
"You know what this park needs? A Boomerang!"
"Of course, there are some people who like to go both ways. Sick puppies, I call them."
"We're feeling a damp, drizzly November in our souls! Time to go to sea . . .
. . . or ride the El Paso Express."
Here's an old ride you don't see too often anymore.
Kind of "meh."
It did have this cool exit, though. You have to solve series of puzzles involving music and tones to get past the water obstacles.
Kind of tricky when you don't know much German. How's it coming, guys?
They did it! Or did they?
"Hmm--maybe we can just squeeze between these streams of water."
And now, a relaxing boat ride that illustrates the eternal Cycle of Nature.
Nature, for all its beauty, can be harsh and unyielding.
Witness, the case of this flower. Hang in there little flower!
But, no. The little flower must someday yield to the water, and be eaten by the frog. Such is the Cycle of Nature.
The frog will be eaten by the gnome--for that, too, is the Cycle of Nature.
Then this cannibal will kill the gnome with his blow gun, then eat him (except for the spleen, which he doesn't fancy). And this is the Cycle of Nature.
Eventually, the singing carnivorous tree will eat of the cannibal, die, fall over, rot, and provide food for the next little flower. Yes, the Cycle of Nature in all its glory! One more set of Hansa pics to come.
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