themeparkman25 wrote:Did the headless lady in Mystery Castle jump out and chase people around the room? Scared me!
No! We walked through the room pretty fast - I thought it was just a statue! After looking through other people's photos I now know see that she was indeed a live person! I'm like you, if that had happened to me, I would freaked out!
Our Europe tour closed with our last park day at Efteling in The Netherlands. Like the other European parks, Efteling was beautiful. The place was huge, lots of unique dark rides, coasters and atmosphere. We had ERT on the park's latest attraction, Joris en da Draak - dueling wooden coasters that had just opened a week before. I enjoyed both sides of the wooden coasters. Since they were new, they were very smooth, which is my kind of ride! The coasters feature a great animatronic dragon and a nicely themed station. We also had ERT on The FLying Dutchman. I actually really liked this water coaster type ride. The Flying Dutchman's station and queue were great. I enjoyed the small dark ride elements complete with fog, a storm and the large ship. I thought it was all pretty dramatic. If the inside dark ride portion could have been a little longer it would be perfect. Like the other parks on the trip I really enjoyed Efteling. It was a great way to end the trip. Onto the photos!
Our home for the night, The Efteling Hotel.
Park management welcomed us to the park and brought us to the coasters for ERT.
First up, ERT on The Flying Dutchman water coaster.
The queue building for Flying Dutchman was very well done.
More of the outside of the Flying Dutchman.
TIme for ERT on Joris en da Draak.
Tour members enjoying ERT on Joris en da Draak. Crazy red eyes - OMG how did a Cylon get on this ride!
On Joris en da Draak, the race is on to the finish line!
The station was complete with waving flags and cheers for the winning side and boos to the loosing side.
Joris en da Draak's queue featured a pretty cool looking vending machine.
All of the park's flat rides were well themed, like this pirate ship.
Surprise, surprise - another beautiful park!
Loved the large trees that filled the park.
Snack time! Melissa with some type of waffle goodie.
I have no idea what Alfredo was eating here? He said it was good though.
I joined Andrew for his last slushee of the trip.
Droomvlucht, the fairy-themed ride was a surprise of the day. I think we all really loved it.
I loved Droomvlucht's entrance.
After riding Droomvluch a couple of times, Melissa and Christine give their impressions of a fairy.
Villa Volta, another madhouse attraction.
Inside the pre-show of Villa Volta.
It was a fun madhouse, but I'm going to have to stick with "Magic House" at Gardaland as being my favorite madhouse of the trip.
Into the hedge maze.
I had always wanted to experience a hedge maze.
The excitement lasted just a few minutes, before long, I was tired and ready for the exit!
Cute spinning teacup ride where people are the items being cooked in a brew!
Had a great last lunch with the tour group and locals that came out for the TPR day at the park.
Vogel Rok, was a very cool indoor coaster in the dark, featuring lots of special effects.
"The Real World TPR Europe" conquers Vogel Roc!
The Carnaval Festival - It's A Small World like ride.
The ride featured a catchy song, that was hard to get out of your head!
In the storybook area.
With awesome Christine on the acorn monorail type ride.
More awesome people, Joey and Amy behind us.
Looking in front of us.
The park had a really nice 4-D movie called Panda Vision. From what I saw of it was well done (I fell aspleep through most of it). It was dark and air conditioned and the last day of the trip, we all were pretty tired
The park had brightly painted live birds, is this even legal? I guess it is in The Netherlands!
More of the storybook land.
Famous crapping donkey.
Inside this building housed a few neat attractions including a large miniature train display, a water fountain show and a very ornate old carousel.
The rather old but beautiful carousel.
We ended the day with a relaxing 20-minute boat cruise around the park.
On the boat ride.
On the boat ride.
Efteling like the other parks on the trip, was absolutely gorgeous! Next up, our last night. Stay tuned!
After our fun day at Efteling, we closed out the final night of the trip enjoying a fantastic group dinner and some good laughs hanging out in the hotel's bar area.
Thank you so much to Robb and Elissa for putting together another amazing trip, all of your hard work and organizing is greatly appreciated! To both of you, thank you for organizing with the parks the great ERTs and especially for everything at the Fair, that was such a highlight. I really never thought I would ever ride Olympia Looping in my life so thanks again for making this happen. All of the hotels on this trip were GORGEOUS! You picked some great ones for us to stay at. So you guys know these trips are a major high for me, so thank you! thank you! thank you!
To all the trip participants, it was great seeing old friends, and meeting all the new ones! Thanks to my Real World TPR Europe cast members - I love all of you!. Thanks so much for adopting me that first day at Gardaland. You guys made my trip! Melissa, Christine, Renee, Amy, Andrew (Drama Drew), Alfredo, Joey & Derek you guys are all awesome! I can't wait for many future "reunion specials"!
Derek - thank you so much for being our personal tour guide around Europa and Phantasialand, you were a gigantic help. Thanks to Larry for his informative not-to-miss dark rides and unique attractions guide, this helped everywhere we went! Frans, thanks for being a great roommate, it was nice getting to know you and I think Elissa did a great job matching us up! Morgan thanks for helping us with the translations at the fair, this helped ALOT! Bruno, thanks for the nice reception, and passes this was a great way to start the trip! Thanks to everyone else for the great conversations, even if we only shared a ride, a drink or a walk, it was great meeting all of you! I hope to see you all in the future! Please let me know if you are ever in the central Florida area I would love to meet up with you!
The Europe trip, like the other TPR trips I have done in the past was a tour full of great parks and sights but most importantly seeing awesome old friends and meeting fantastic new friends. The trips may seem like on the outside all about parks and coasters, but for me the trip is all about the memories made with a bunch of great people. At the last dinner Robb described a TPR trip like a summer camp for adults, I 100% agree! Thanks again to everyone!
Thank you so much to my The Real World TPR Europe cast members - You guys are awesome!
At the final dinner in Amsterdam.
Christine and Alfredo more awesome peeps I met on the trip.
I wish I could spent more time with Lou and Cameron - but it was good to see you both again!
This trip was amazing! I would do the exact trip over again! I really liked the pace of the Europe trip as compared to the Deep South trip, I felt like we had a lot more time to just hang out and have fun with each other. I also loved our group AKA "Real World Europe", we had so much fun and best of all, no drama and we got along so well! You can't ask for much more.
Eric, I feel so blessed to have met you. You are a wonderful person and so much fun to be around! I am glad we "found" you on that first day!
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