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Photo TR: Eric's European Theme Park Journey

Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:14 pm

Through a wonderful surprise turn of events this last spring at work I was able to sign up for the recent Europe 2010 TPR trip. My 10 day trip consisted of travel through 5 different European countries including the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and The Neitherlands. We visited 7 beautiful theme parks, a tradional German Fair, rode over 35 new roller coasters and most importantly got to catch up with some old friends and meet some new fun-fantastic ones. The trip was an absolute blast! Thanks again to Robb & Elissa for organizing another memorable trip! Here is part one of my trip. I met up on the last day of the UK TPR tour at Thorpe Park. Had a fantastic day that included ERT on Saw: The Ride and Nemesis Inferno. Onto the photos. Enjoy!

Day 1: London
Day 2: Thorpe Park
Day 3: Gardaland
Day 4: Gardaland & Mirabilandia
Day 5: Movieland Studios & A Drive Through The Swiss Alps
Day 6 & 7: Hotel Colosseo at the Europa Resort & Europa Park
Day 7: The Wurzburg Fair
Day 7 & 8: Hotel Matamba at Phantasialand & Phantasialand
Day 9: Efteling
Day 9: Farewell Dinner & Final Trip Thoughts!
Arrival day in London.
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It was a lot warmer in London than I had expected.
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Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery.
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I took in a matinee show in Leicester Square.
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I love London, it was good to visit again.
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The next day, I joined up with the TPR UK tour at Thorpe Park.
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First ride of the day: Saw: The Ride, a new credit for me since visiting the park on the TPR UK tour in 2006.
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I'm not a big fan of the Saw movies, but this ride was doe well. Good theming and a few unexpected surprises.
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The second part of the ride was a little rough, but I find that most of the Eurofighters I have ridden in the past are kind of rough.
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More of Saw: The Ride.
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The theming continued through the exit.
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Disturbing, but keeping with the theme.
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The park's new haunted house, Saw: Alive! I thought was a very well done haunted house. I didn't expect the actors to actually touch you!
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One of my favorite rides in the park, Vortex. I could ride this all day!
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Teacup ride.
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Jon and Ben on Nemesis Inferno.
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Nemesis Inferno to me is a pretty good inverted coaster.
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Since it was pretty hot out, we wished the rapids ride had gotten us wet.
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Colossus, the park's 10 looper coaster.
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I must be getting old, but Colossus felt a little rougher than I remember when riding in 2006.
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Stealth, the park's rocket coaster.
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Stealth's coaster cars are pretty cool looking.
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Our fun Thorpe Park group for the day.
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After our day at Thorpe, we headed to dinner at Wagamama in Windsor.
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We were able to get a culture credit since Windsor Castle was located across the street from the restaurant.
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It was great to see old friends and make new ones. That's it for tonight. Next up: Day 1 of the Europe Tour in Italy. Stay tuned!
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Last edited by live2tell75 on Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:23 am.

Re: Photo TR: Eric's European Theme Park Journey

Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:43 pm

After 2 fun days in London, I joined the group flight to Milan, Italy to start the official Europe tour. After a early morning of travel we arrived in Italy and headed over to the Gardaland Resort. Once arriving to our gorgeous hotel, we were treated to a fantastic reception hosted by fellow TPR member, Bruno. It was a great way to start the trip, a big thanks Bruno! After the reception we headed out to the park.

I really enjoyed our day and half at Gardaland. The theming was a lot more extensive than I had thought it would be. Other than the park's very themed mine train coaster Mammut, the coasters were pretty average. But I was surprised how smooth the corkscrew was, which was a plus. The dark rides were great. The shooting dark ride was Universal quality themed. The Pirate Adventure boat ride was a fantastic way to cool off. I think this was our group's favorite attraction in the park. The park had a great mad house. I can't get enough of these type of rides. I just wish we had more of them in the states. Fuga Da Atlantide was highly themed water flume, that was fun. Another highlight was the Flying Island. I forgot how nice these type of rides are. We got some fantastic views of the Lake Garda region. Overall I was really impressed with the park. Onto the photos! Enjoy!
We made it to Italy and The Gardaland Resort!
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Welcome to the first of many gorgeous hotels of the trip, The Gardaland Hotel.
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Gardaland Hotel.
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The surrounding area was beautiful!
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Gardaland Hotel, home to the park's mascot, Prezzemolo.
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Gardaland Hotel.
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Gardaland Hotel.
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Gardaland Hotel.
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A view from our patio outside of our room.
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Prezzemolo and a princess were in the hotel to meet guests.
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A welcome reception for our group, organized by fellow TPR member, Bruno.
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After some snacks and a complimentary drink, Robb and Bruno go over the great perks that we had in-store at the park including front-of-the- line passes!
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On our walk to the park from the hotel.
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Main entrance plaza.
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The entrance was kind of a walk, but was very pretty.
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Gardaland entrance.
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The park was very well themed. I believe a magic show was housed in this castle.
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The Magic House, was a pretty good Mad House attraction. I think it was my favorite mad house on the trip.
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Ramses, a pretty elaborate shooting dark ride.
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The theming inside was top notch.
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Reminded me of Universal quality theming.
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Sequoia Adventure and Magic Mountain coasters.
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Sequoia Adventure wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but it doesn't really leave any kind of a good impression either.
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Joey enjoys a soft served gelato cone.
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I had to try one too. It was super yum-o!
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The pirate themed area of the park.
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Inside and below this ship lies a pretty cool pirate boat ride. It was so good our group road it 3 times!
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Our awesome group for the week.
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More top-notch pirate theming.
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The pirate themed restaurant was well done.
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The pirate themed restaurant was even home to this half naked guy!
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This has to be the longest wacky worm coaster in the world!
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Melissa and Renee enjoying the ride on the monorail.
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The log ride with the Sequoia Adventure and Magic Mountain coasters in the back round.
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The boys on the Colorado Boat Flume.
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The space-aged themed drop tower.
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A highlight of the park, the Flying Island ride.
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On the Flying Island we got some fantastic views of the park.
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And great views of Lake Garda and the surrounding area.
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Beautiful views.
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Awesome peeps.
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More park views.
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I really hope when Legoland Florida opens next year, the park will keep Cypress Garden's old Island in the Sky ride.
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Alfredo, Amy and Andrew are excited for the haunted house, Inferis. Too bad it wasn't that great.
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More theming.
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Dinner was a lot better than the traditional State's standard fried foods and burgers.
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Mammut was a fun mine train coaster.
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Once again another attraction with great theming.
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The Fuga Da Atlantide water ride was very Disney/Universal/Busch quality in theming.
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I present you "The Real World TPR Europe" season.
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More of Fuga Da Atlantide.
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On the ride you float between this sexy guy's legs!
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Fuga Da Atlantide
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The ride was great, just to bad you didn't get that wet. =(
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Fuga Da Atlantide does come to life at night.
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Fuga Da Atlantide at night.
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This area reminded me of Islands of Adventure.
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We spent the last few hours in the Fantasy Kingdom area. This area had a fun car ride that was themed through a farm.
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More of the Doremifarm car ride.
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Good times.
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The cute plane/monorail ride.
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Fantasy Kingdom theming.
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The Magic House.
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We ended the night with a surprise, the park's version of a night parade.
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It was a great way to end the night.
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On the way out of the park we saw these two royal figures. Next up Mirabilandia - stay tuned!
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Last edited by live2tell75 on Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:21 am.

Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:22 pm

Great photos so far Eric! I can't wait to see more. You are extremely lucky to be able to attend that trip. Keep the report coming and I can't wait to see your pictures.

Jimmy "Eric always has great Trip Reports" Bo

Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:29 pm

I feel like I am reliving the trip through your report and I love it! Awesome job and I can't wait for our Real World Reunion Special!

Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:59 am

I'm looking forward to more!

Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:58 am

I really like this different take on the update. Different views. Luv it. Keep it coming!!!!

Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:06 am

JimmyBo wrote:Great photos so far Eric! I can't wait to see more. You are extremely lucky to be able to attend that trip. Keep the report coming and I can't wait to see your pictures.

Jimmy "Eric always has great Trip Reports" Bo

Thanks Jimmy! I really didn't think I was going to be able to do this trip, so I am truly grateful for the opportunity to attend.
nursemelis374 wrote:I feel like I am reliving the trip through your report and I love it! Awesome job and I can't wait for our Real World Reunion Special!

Thanks Melissa - the reunion will be epic! :)

Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:50 pm

What a fun week - great TR! I've been a fan of the Houdini mad house at Six Flags and really enjoyed checking out the various mad houses in Europe. Too bad there aren't more here!

Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:18 pm

Great job of showing how nice Gardaland is, Eric.

Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:57 am

I didn`t know that Gardaland is soooo beautiful...one of the best places I`ve seen themingwise. Too bad they chose an SLC for being their "main" coaster. Would LOVE to visit the place though...

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