Made some last minute adjustment to my vacation to Europe so I could fit these 3 parks in with main goal of finally riding GeForce. All of the parks were on either their last day of operation before the winter break or day before last so I was really worried about some of the rides being closed etc but luckily I got all the credits from the 3 parks minus Xpress Platform 13.
This ended up being an absolute disaster. I added the GPS even though I had printed out directions, however, I got COMPLETELY lost. The GPS was in Dutch and I couldn’t figure out how to change the language. It took me 45 minutes to get more than 5 miles away from the Amsterdam airport because I kept missing turns and driving in circles. I was determined and finally found the highway and was on my way and successfully made my way to Walibi Holland.
Since their “Fright Nights” was still going on their were signs that directed everyone to a huge grass field that they were using for parking.
Also I thought it was very strange how none of the ticketing windows are open for Fright Nights and you HAVE to buy your tickets online or you have no way of entering the park. Luckily I knew this ahead of time.
When I got to the entrance they scanned my ticket and had a security screening which was more intense than HHN at USO minus the metal detectors. A Dutch lady literally searched everything in my wallet and through all of my stuff thoroughly followed by a ridiculously thorough frisking (Guess the sexual harassment laws are different in the Netherlands then back home where has to be guy frisking guy and women women). Regardless it was awesome!
I made my way straight to the back of the park to ride Goliath. Rode it twice with the plan of getting the rest of the credits and coming back to Goliath for more. It was absolutely amazing and I definitely thought it was significantly better than S:ROS/Bizarro which I have ridden a ton because I used to live in MA. The “Stengel Dive” is freaking awesome, both helixes are great, bunny hills at the end great, and the super tight turn into the break run is unlike anything I have ridden before and I loved it. They were running 1 train and it was a 3 train wait the whole time I was there until right before I left when it was getting to 5 or 6 train wait I am assuming because the Fright Nights crowd was rolling in.
Next I headed to Robin Hood. It was a walk on with 1 train. It was pretty rough but it was ok and I enjoyed it.
Next up: El Condor
not looking forward to this…Vekoma's first SLC prototype and should of been it's last!
On my way to get the Drako credit I passed the rapids ride which somehow was both open and had people riding it despite the 40 degree weather!
Also passed one of the haunted houses
Next was Speed of Sound. I don’t particular care for boomerangs but of all the one’s I have ridden this was the coolest with the enclosed tunnel on the way back and the blasting music inside.
Made my way to Xpress: Platform 13 and found it to be “down for mechanical problems”. Figured it would re-open so made my way back to Goliath and rode it 5 more times before heading back to front of the park to ride Xpress. Unfortanetly, it was still down and I was short on time needing to drive to Toverland so I couldn’t wait. Was really pissed because I wanted the last credit and don’t think I will be back any time soon
Next up Toverland! It was about 2.5 hours away plus some traffic that I hit so ended up being a little over 3 hours.
Next headed to Troy…
Troy was freakin’ awesome. Except for El Toro and Boulder Dash it’s the best woody I’ve ridden although admittedly I haven’t ridden most of the really good ones outside the US.
Next up – Booster Bike. This was my first Vekoma motor bike so didn’t know what to expect. It was ok. Also line was kind of long because all the kids apparently love this one and the crowd was basically all families with young kids.
Then it was on to Dwervelwind for the last credit. This was the longest line of the day and on top of that I ran into them adding another train right before I boarded which made it even longer. Took about 45 minutes in total. Fortunately I had a bunch of time to admire the awesome station. Pretty amazing for a spinning coaster…
While I have ridden Mystery Mine I have never seen them add additional cars so got to see the floor rise and the 2nd train come up which was really neat. Here are some shots of it in action:
Dwervelwind was fun as expected and I enjoyed it. By now I was really short on time and had to get to back to the airport so couldn’t go back to Troy and had to head to the car.
Had a pretty interesting experience exiting the parking lot as I didn’t know I needed a parking coin to make the gate open. I hit the help button and the women who answered told me I needed to back up and come back to pay. However, there was about 10 cars behind me so a couple seconds later she just opened the gate and I drove through. Foreigner parking discount obviously…
I drove back to the Amsterdam airport which was supposed to take about 1.5 hours but ran into more traffic and barely made it back in time to return the rental car and catch my plane to Frankfurt.
Spent the night in Frankfurt and headed to Holiday Park in the morning. Got no sleep I was so excited. Finally GeForce!!
I took the train from Frankurt Main to Mannheim and then onto Hassloch. ***Shot out to Jakizle for the help navigating the German railroads from his trip a few months ago.
I was planning on taking the Holiday Park express bus from Hassloch but missed Hassloch my first go around and by the time I got back from the next train stop it was already gone. Had no chance of finding a taxi as the Hassloch station is literally in the middle of nowhere. So did some walking and found a German Gym. Went inside to try and call a cab and no one spoke English except for one guy named “Claude”. He called a taxi for me and literally saved the day. Thanks Claude!
It was about a 10 minute cab ride and I was there.
Can’t really put it into words how good it was. Simply amazing and by far the best roller coaster I have ever been on. I thought it was so crazy how at the top of the lift hill you look around and it’s farmland and woods for as far as you can see. Middle of nowhere and such an amazing ride. And also how unassuming it is. Station so simple, not covered and the 2nd train basically in a tent behind the station. Really cool imo. Also liked how the ride ops walk back and forth stepping on the station at their leisure even when the cable lift is coming back down and how they give a simple “OK” and off you go.
Geforce was a 2 train wait. Rode it twice with the plan of getting the other two credits and marathoning it with as many rides as I could before I had to leave.
Next up, Sky Scream.
And finally Holly's Wilde Autofahrt which hurt like hell.
Then headed back to Geforce for more…
Waited for the front for my picture and then was running from getting off the ride back through the queue so I could get on every other train that was dispatched. It worked out well and except for getting unlucky a few times and missing the 1 or 2 empty seats per train. Ended up getting 14 rides in total before I had to leave.
Headed to the exit to pick up my backpack from the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo. It’s an automated machine, which has you enter your birthday to identify you. Apparently you also choose a color with your birthday so it’s unique. I missed this and frantically was entering my birthday and picking colors hoping to find a match. Green, Cyan, Blue….etc it was ridiculous and I was freaking out because my passport, money and all my stuff was in there. Finally got the right color and it opened thank god. Timing was bad for taking the express bus back to Hassloch so had them call me a cab at the information desk and headed back to the train to Frankfurt. The train ride back was much less eventful then the one there.
Made it back to the airport and it was on to the rest of my vacation. Had so much fun and hope I will be back to all of these parks sometime soon!