Photo TR: Eric's European Theme Park Journey

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

Postby themeparkman25 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:30 pm

After all these pictures and trip reports, it makes me wish we had more time at all the destinations. I didn't even have time to check out the pool, and I was quite looking forward to this pool and Gardaland's pool. Next time? Regardless, I really liked this hotel!

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

Postby live2tell75 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:01 pm

^ I really wanted to check out the Gardaland Hotel's pool too! I guess it gives another reason to come back someday! :b

When we arrived in Germany, we spent a day and a half at my favorite park of the trip, Europa Park. This park was gigantic! Featured gorgeous gardens and agazillion attractions all themed to many different European countries. I highly recommend this great park and resort. Words can't describe the awesomeness of this place so I'll let the photos do the talking!
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We have made it to one of my new all-time favorite parks and favorite park of the trip, Europa Park.
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Entrance plaza/German section of the park.
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Entrance plaza/German section of the park.
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Entrance plaza/German section of the park.
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Colorful arcade in the entrance plaza/German section of the park.
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Fountain in Germany.
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Monorail station.
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Monorail gliding through Germany.
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Europa Park really rivals in my opinion as being one of the most beautiful parks in the world!
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The first morning at Europa Park, we had ERT on the awesome Blue Fire coaster.
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Blue Fire features a small dark ride portion, then an incredible launch, multi inversions and lots of speed!
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I fell in love with this coaster that morning!
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Cameron and Renee were excited to ride Blue Fire too!
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Joey and Amy during ERT on Blue Fire.
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Blue Fire
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I miss you Blue Fire =(
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Along with Blue Fire, the park's newest attraction, Whale Adventures Splash Tours round out the Iceland section of the park.
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More gorgeous scenery!
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On the way to the park's wild mouse coaster.
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"The Real World TPR Europe" In line for the wild mouse coaster, Matterhorn-Blitz.
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Even the queue for the wild mouse had great theming!
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Lots of nice animated farm house scenes.
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Joey and Amy on Matterhorn-Blitz.
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More flowers!
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Another coaster credit, The Swiss Bob Run.
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Looks like Alfredo already won the bobsled race!
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Amy on the The Swiss Bob Run.
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Next up, another favorite coaster of the trip, the awesome Euro-Mir!
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Euro-Mir is this weird but amazing spinning coaster like no other I have ever ridden.
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The techno Euro-Mir song stays with you long after you get off the ride!
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I see you Blue Fire!
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The French area of the park.
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More of the gorgeous French area.
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Next up was Eurostat, the park's space themed indoor coaster in the dark. Another highlight of our time at Europa was on the second morning at the park, we had ERT with the lights on Eurostat, it was great!
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The queue for Eurostat was pretty trippy.
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The park even had a dinosaur themed ride named Universe of Energy. Sound familiar? It was actually pretty good.
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We grabbed lunch at a cheese counter.
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Even though the cheese shop/counter smelled absolutely gross, it was really good. And the best part was that they had ice for the drinks! =)
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Heading over to the Greek section. This area featured a Atlantis themed shooting dark ride.
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But the main draw for most people in the Greek section is Poseidon, a pretty good water coaster.
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Poseidon's entrance.
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Andrew and I in line for Poseidon.
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Loading area.
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Poseidon was fun, a little rough.
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Splash!
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Since it was really hot out, I wish we could have gotten more wet.
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Another awesome perk of our time at Europa was on the second morning we had unexpected ERT on Silver Star. It was great! Thanks again to Robb for aranging this fantastic surprise!
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Silver Star in the distance.
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Some of the group on SIlver Star.
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I know some people thought Silver Star wasn't that thrilling, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.
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The mine train coaster.
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The mine train coaster, Alpine Coaster "Enizian" was actually a lot of fun.
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The mine train coaster, Alpine Coaster "Enizian".
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An animated scene in Alpine Coaster Enizian's queue.
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A surprise of the mine train was the indoor section that traveled through "The World of Diamonds" walk through.
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The Flume traveling through the World of Diamonds.
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World of Diamonds featured a mining group of trolls.
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To exit the World of Diamonds, you walked through this underground street.
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Featuring lots of little buildings as Amy trys to explore.
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Lots of animated windows.
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The mine train and flume.
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Log Flume.
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Andrew as always, was overjoyed to have a slushie or ice cream.
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Re: Photo TR: Eric's TPR European Theme Park Journey

Postby live2tell75 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:46 pm

Europa Park Continued.
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We now head over to Portugal for Atlantica Supersplash.
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Animated scene in Atlantica's queue.
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The drop was pretty cool.
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Other than the drop and the little backwards part, I guess this and Journey to Atlantis at SWT aren't that exciting to me.
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The theming on Atlantic was nice, just wish there was more to the ride.
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Pirates in Batavia was a great Pirates knock off boat ride.
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Pirates in Batavia was well done, but I got to give it to Gardaland's Pirate boat ride for being my favorite.
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Real Worlders on Pirate's.
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The Jungle Rafts were nice.
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The Jungle Rafts featured a few animated village scenes.
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In the Italian section of the park.
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More gorgeous theming.
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Ghost Castle was the park's version of the Haunted Mansion.
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Ghost Castle was pretty elaborate. Am I the only one that swears they saw 3 KKK figures in one of the scenes during the ride?
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Ciao Bambimi is a cute small world like dark ride.
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Andrew met some new friends while in Russia.
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Riding "Bench the Ride".
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Actually it's called Sleigh Ride "Snowflake", a animated children's ride.
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Check out that slide!
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Car ride.
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On a relaxing boat cruise.
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This boat ride was very calming.
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The Puppet Boat Ride was nice.
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But featured creepy clowns!
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Alfredo and I survived the creepy puppet boat ride.
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As did Amy.
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More creepy puppets.
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I was surprised by how much the boats spun!
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Gorgeous!
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In England.
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Usually I don't care that much about riding bumper cars, but how cool are these!
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Football Scooter was awesome!
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These are the coolest themed bumper cars I have ever riden!
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We ended our day on the Fjord-Rafting river rapids ride in the Scandinavia section of the park.
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Fjord-Rafting river rapids ride - will Larry and Andrew get soaked on this ride?
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Or will this side of the boat get it?
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Actually none of us got too drenched.
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Unfortunately this concludes our stay at the Europa Park and Hotel Colesso. What an amazing time!
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Time to get back on the road. Next stop a traditional German Fair - stay tuned!

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

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:54 am

As always Eric, you've delivered another fantastic trip report. It is great to see so many familiar, friendly faces from the TPR trips, and truthfully, the report has only made my jealousy that you all did this trip even greater! But I guess there's always next time!

Keep up the great work with this awesome report, and hopefully we'll catch up state side sooner or later!
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Re: Photo TR: Eric's European Theme Park Journey

Postby SharkTums » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:17 am

Europa Park is awesome, despite what some terrible Brit Kids may try to tell you! ;)

Is it time to go back yet??

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

Postby cfc » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:22 am

SharkTums wrote:Europa Park is awesome, despite what some terrible Brit Kids may try to tell you! ;)

Is it time to go back yet??


Quoted for truth! I love this park! That walkthrough cave that interacts with the powered coaster and the log ride is one my favorite spots there.
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Re: Photo TR: Eric's European Theme Park Journey

Postby Godwyn » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:52 pm

SharkTums wrote:Europa Park is awesome, despite what some terrible Brit Kids may try to tell you! ;)



After looking at pictures, I can see why you loved it so much. The place looks beautiful. Nice trip report!
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Re: Photo TR: Eric's European Theme Park Journey

Postby TPDave » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:04 pm

Awesome TR Eric!!

Great pictures of a great park!

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

Postby Divv3k » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:24 pm

Fantastic photos of Europa Park, Eric! I'm so gutted I wasn't able to join you guys for this leg of the trip as it really is the most amazing park in Europe!

Looking forward to the next installment!

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

Postby nay » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:18 pm

Great photos, Eric! I absolutely loved Europa Park and it's definitely on my list of parks that I would visit again in the future.

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