It's time for that final update (aka the last day of the trip) I managed to spent a bit of time at Disneyland Paris with friends the next day.. but took hardly any pictures..
So let's end this trip report with Parc Asterix.
The place was packed.. and with packed i mean really really packed.. like 2,5 hour waiting time for Goudurix (which is just pain) and basically every other ride had a line overflowing into the paths.. The place was busy.. Thanks to some awesome wristbands (thank you Robb and Elissa for organising those) we managed to get on every single coaster (and other major ride) with time to spare.
The parks latest addition was Oz'Iris. The hype around this ride was just.. ehm insane.. but for whatever reason it just disappointed the day we got to visit the park.. i've never felt this much rattle on a B&M before.. and with rattle i'm also including headbanging (SLC like) in this case.. Something must have happened to the ride in the days before our visit.. or the hype was just too big.. i had read plenty of reports that the ride was fun/awesome etc.. but if i compare the ride i got the day we were there to the rides we got on Monster during this trip or even Black Mamba.. it just sucked. Walygator's Monster was awesome, even Black Mamba had more forces and was running better.
At some points in the ride (Oz'Iris) it felt like the ride would stall and barely make it around the elements (and track) and then there was that rattle.. Fingers crossed they fixed whatever was wrong with the ride that day and it's running better at this time.. but yeah.. not sure if i want to ride it again (any time soon)
Sometimes you get lucky and a ride is running awesome.. and sometimes it just ain't working... not much we can do about it..
But at least we stil have the pictures.
first stop of the day
it looks so pretty
entrance to this ride has been moved (and the ride renamed (i think))
why so pissed?
inside of the station looks pretty darn good
owh beep, looks like it's going to be crowded today
thanks Big Mike for the giant Ducky ;)
fun for the entire family
owh my... let's do something else first ;)
nice place to chill and relax
yeah.. guess we'll have to check this out..
scream if you regret getting on this ride
it does look pretty from this angle
so.... play with some balls or...
.. ride this coaster??
the answer is 24
it's only the first drop folks...
hang in there.. you're almost "home"
ok, time for a bit more of that new B&M called Oz'Iris
lovely color combination
loop de loop
so many small theming details in the areato look at
here they come
hmm, looks like somebody forgot something?
watch out for that pole
time to eat some bugs
turning turning and turning
just crossing the queue
blue skies always help ;)
enjoying the sunshine
yeah.. loop de loop
plenty of space to look at the ride.. although it's moving away most of the time..
that's a lot of fog
the line is still on the pathway
waiting for a bit more green
look behind you folks (and not at my camera) ;)
yeah, it looks pretty (in a way)
don't forget to get your onride picture..
top of the loop
hmm, gravity :)
owh wait.. there's that bright color again..
it does look pretty
and there goes the iphone (do you see it?)
darn green stuff
getting ready for the loop
something is missing...
make way for the train
this looks a bit different (compared to my previous visit)
taking a shower the easy way
time to leave.. maybe (one day) i'll be back.. maybe...
It's a shame to hear such negative reports on Oz Iris. While some of the newer B&M's are forceless and somewhat underwhelming I've never found a B&M anywhere that I found to be painful or un-rideable by any means. Even some of their older stand ups like Vortex and Iron Wolf seem to still be in decent shape. B&M, in my opinion, is one of the most consistent coaster companies around as far as smoothness and over all quality, so a review this bad of a brand new coaster is really odd. Hope they get it figured out, whatever it is, because it looks like a fantastic attraction.
OzIris looks great, but it rides like crap. Not only was it the usual forceless slow ride we've come to expect from modern B&M, but the rattle/shuffle was quite pronounced and bad, so much so that I had quite the headache after two rides. The hype on this ride was just overboard.
Parc Asterix that day was one of the busiest park days I've ever seen. And I cannot believe anyone would wait in line for Goudurix, let alone 2.5 hours!
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I didn't think OzIris was that bad. But there's the problem - for such a beautiful-looking and hyped coaster, it's a disappointment to only be able to say it's "not bad." I found the rattle to be only minor, but it was indeed the roughest B&M of the trip. The first drop in the back seat had a nice bit of air, and there was one more drop near the end of the ride with a pop of air. The positive G's just weren't there. The visuals and theming were top notch. It's a great addition to the park, and the public loved it, but I greatly preferred Black Mamba and Monster.
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