All right. Time for the next update of the trip. Todays park was my favorite park of the Italy Portion of the trip and a general favorite of mine. Mirabilandia. I loved this place. Ok, lets state the obvious reason first. Katun and Ispeed are amazing. Seriously, these are two of the greatest coasters ever and they're both right here for you to enjoy in Mirabilandia. Katun is a good old fashioned forceful B&M. It ranks up there with Montu as one of my favorite B&M Inverted Coasters. And Ispeed, good god. This ride is amazing. Good Launch. Great Airtime. Great Laterals. Insane Heartline Rolls. It's definitely in my Top 5.
But on top of that, its just a really good park. They have a wide variety of rides to enjoy, a really good water coaster thats a lot of fun and really helpful in the Italian Heat, and its just got a lot to do. I found it to be a great park and would highly recommend it to anyone in Italy. Not only will you love Katun and Ispeed, but the rest of the park is really good as well. Anyways, onto the photos.
All right. Time for us to hit the best park in Italy. Mirabilandia.
I'm definetly hoping we'll get on Divertical today. Though rides that literally just opened a few days ago tend not to be so reliable.
Welcome to Mirabilandia. Home to two of the best coasters on the planet.
Both of which, we have ERT on!!!! =)
Yes please. I would love a half hour of ERT on Katun.
Yeah. The theming on this ride is awesome.
And yeah. Just as expected, Katun is freaking amazing!!!!
Its practically an Italian Montu. A great ride and it managed to make it on my Top 10 Steel Coasters List.
And now we come to the other star attraction of the park.
"This ride is so good I delibrately planned it out as my 150th credit!!!!" (Coincidentally, Ispeed just happened to turn out to be my 300th credit. I just never bothered posting a sign or doing any nerdy thing. And yes, it really was an unplanned coincidence!!! I'm not lying!!!! I swear!!!!!!)
THIS RIDE IS AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!
Ispeed not only made it onto my Top 10 Steel Coasters List, but it made it into the Top 5.
Do not underestimate this airtime hill. You get some SERIOUS ejector air here.
And this heartline spin? Expect some of the most insane whipping on any ride. =)
All right. Time to start the credit whoring.
"Dude, we were just riding two Top 10 Coasters. Riding anything else at this point would pretty much be considered credit whoring."
Though by kiddy coaster standards, it was fun.
There is a very interesting story behind the theming of these drop towers.
They opened up in the 90s and it was called the Twin Towers. However, they immedietly changed that after 9/11.
So they decided to retheme it to Space Shuttle Columbia. =)
Time for the next credit.
Oh joy. Its a wild mouse.
Dude!!! This thing is truely crazy!!! It literally tried to beat the crap out of you!!! And I liked that about it.
Oh yeah. Let me talk about the V-Pass Wristband. Best Flashpass Option ever. You just show the wristband and you immedietly get on the ride. And they have it for all of the rides here!!!! =)
Are you guys suffering from Heat Stroke? Cause you do realize that this is NOT a credit.
It was a fun ride. But it was not a credit.
"Hey!!! We don't take kindly to your kind around here!!!"
Hey. While we're here. Lets take another ride on Katun. Why? How about because its freaking awesome!!!
"Water Water Everywhere. We're gonna get wet."
Well, since we're already wet and its like 100 degrees outside and we don't have to wait in line, lets check out their rapids ride.
Those water cannons would be a lot more fun if it was cold outside today.
Really? There's an issue with swinging the boats!!!? Well, its only a matter of time before some dumbass learns how to swing the Roaring Rapids boats and I'll have to end up yelling at them about it.
These types of rides are always more fun witht the cover.
Dammit!!! Master Thai broke down and they're evacuating it. Not sure if we're gonna be able to get it in today.
Hmm. I wonder what Phobia could be?
Dude!!! Its a year round haunted house. Yeah, its an upcharge!!! But who cares!!! Lets try it out!!!
It was actually a really great haunted house. Though a funny thing about haunted houses in Europe is the fact that you all have to go through it in a conga line. =/
Why can't we have more lunches like this in American Theme Parks?
HOLY CRAP!!!! DIVERTICAL IS OPEN!!! GET ON IT NOW BEFORE IT BLOWS UP!!!!
At first, Divertical just looks like a Pilgrims Plunge clone.
But upon a closer look, you can see that its a full water coaster and does indeed count as a credit. And its a fun ride for that matter. =)
All right. Lets check out their shooting dark ride, Reset.
Dude, between the destroyed Apocalypse New York City shooting dark ride and the World Trade Center themed Drop Tower, this park really must not like New York City.
Meh. I guess thats a good score for this ride. But then again, when have I ever been good at shooting dark rides?
Hell no!!! We are not leaving Mirabilandia without getting more rides in on Ispeed.
This really is the Maverick of Europe.
Dude!!! Its a log flume themed to cars!!!
Maybe cramming 5 of us into a boat wasn't such a smart idea.
So for the stunt show, they actually had Robb and Elissa partake in the craziness of the show!!! I would've loved to stay and see the show...
But Master Thai just opened back up and I had to get the credit before the bus left in an hour!!!
I really hope the credit whore inside me really appreciates this since I gave up watching what sounded like a great stunt show so I could get this sh*tty credit.
Ok, Master Thai was a peice of sh*t. But hey, we have Katun right next door to wash it out of our mouths. =)
Aww. I really don't want to leave. This park is awesome!!! =(
But hey. At least we're off to a really nice hotel.
I challenge you to one of the most extreme and powerful games on the planet. Air Hockey.
There, we tried what I consider to be my least favorite drink ever. Grappe, which is basically an Italian version of Moonshine. The look on Robb's face pretty much sums up my thoughts on the drink. Hope you enjoyed this update and Movieland Studios will be up soon.
All right. Time for the next park of the trip and man was this a crazy park. Movieland Studios is definitely a very interesting place. It, and its adjacent water park, Aqua land Studios are both extremely awesome and contain several crazy rides. The closest I can come to describe these parks is if you took Universal Studios Hollywood and Wild Rivers, put them next door to each other, upped the awesomeness by 100, and then both parks decided to just throw up their arms and say "F*CK SAFTEY AND F*CK COPYRIGHT LAWS!!!" That's the closest thing I can come up with, and even that doesn't fully capture the craziness of these parks.
Aside from being totally crazy, this park may not be huge on roller coasters, but it does feature several unique rides that can't easily be found at other parks. Stuff like a crazy Tram Tour, a Vekoma Wacky Flip, an Intamin 1st Generation Freefall, and probably the most insane water slide ever. Why talk any more about this park. Lets get on with the photos.
Oh yeah.If you haven't seen Robb's wipeout video, I highly recommend you check it out as this shows just how insane the slide is, plus I was on the wipeout tube.
Good morning Gardaland Hotel. Hows it going. =)
Today we're going to be at Movieland Studios.
Yeah. Here you can see all that this place and the water park have to offer.
All right, first off, we started out the day with our very own exclusive ride on Magma.
This is pretty much a knock off of the Tram Ride @ Universal Studios Hollywood.
Dude, this thing does so many insane things that the Tram Tour wouldn't even DREAM of doing.
All right, now we get our own exclusive ride on Hollywood Tower.
Gee, I wonder what ride they're hoping to imitate here? I've never seen font or signs like that anywhere before. =)
I really miss Freefall right now.
Intamin 1st Generation Freefalls are so rare and so hard to come by these days that getting on this was a real treat today.
I'm sure that they have all the rights to those characters right there.
After all that, they also gave us an exclusive ride on their only credit, Bronto Jet.
Much like Hollywood Tower, it was one of the last of its kind and very rare. So it was nice to get an exclusive ride on it.
Hey, they're really fun. I definetly wish they were at more parks.
Love the setting of Movieland Studios right along Lake Garda.
They also gave us exclusive rides on their psuedo credit, Bronto Ring so the pathetic people who count powered coasters wouldn't have to emberass themselves.
All right. After all our exclusive rides, we decided to hop onto U-571, or as I called it, Drowning: The Ride.
BRING IT ON!!!!!
Yeah. This ride is freaking insane.
Awesome!!! Another year round horror house. It was mostly confusing as I kept getting lost in the dark.
"Nonsense. You'll all be fine. Just get in a conga line and follow me." *evil laugh*
All right. Lets all hop on Tomb Raider.
Hmm. Just looks like an ordinary Top Spin.
Nope. Its actually a Vekoma Wacky Flip, which does way more crazy stuff than just a normal top spin.
All right. Time for lunch at the Rodeo Grill.
And with our lunch, we got unlimited soda, beer, and wine. Considering how rare unlimited drinks are in Europe and how hot it is in Italy, this was especially appreciated.
Yeah. This is a pretty good lunch.
And thank you for this free merchandise. I really like the Snowglobe you gave me. =)
"I'm just riding a Mechanical Bull while drinking a beer. Nothing can possibly go wrong here."
All right. Lets see how well I can do here.
Not bad. I'm hanging on for some time.
DAMMIT!!!! I'M DOWN!!!!
But hey. At least I got a good time.
Now its time to check out their water park, Aqualand Studios.
These weird spermish water drops welcome you to Aqualand Studios.
Here you can see construction on their newest slide. Black Hole.
Looks like its going to be a fun slide.
This is probabably a good thing for us to know.
But enough touring around. Its time for us to look at the star attraction and my favorite water slide of all time. Twin Peaks.
You first start out by going down this big steep drop.
Yeah. You gain a lot of speed right here.
This moment right here is seriously insane.
If the photos I took don't show how much airtime you can get on this slide, then take a look at this photo that Hanno took. That should really show the craziness of this slide (Like I said, Photo by Hanno).
But Twin Peaks isn't the only crazy waterslide they have here. They also have the Water Jump.
Yeah. You really make a BIG splash on the Water Jump.
It really reminded me of Bombay Blasters @ Wild Rivers, which was AWESOME!!
There's one last crazy slide for us to check out. Stuka's Boom. This looks like just an ordinary drop slide.
But nope. This one has a trap door, which makes it much more exciting.
All right. Now we're gonna see the Rambo Show.
TPR Members!!! You're all under arrest!!!!
"Once again, we at Movieland Studios would like remind everyone to please keep all sexual activities to yourselves. Please wait till you get to your hotel rooms to butt-f*ck each other. Thank you."
"This is all your fault. If it wasn't for your..." "Shut up before we get raped like the girl that was here earlier."
"Give me the TPR Members!!!!"
Yes. Having real explosions in the stunt show is a great idea. What could possibly go wrong!!? =)
Yes, the TPR Prisoners are behind that wall of water.
Yay!!! We didn't die!!!
Sorry about kidnapping you and arresting you. We hope this Frappachino makes up for all we put you through.
Thank you Rambo. Now we know that we are all destined to be famous Hollywood Actors someday.
Dude!!! Check out the Back to the Future Monorail!!!!
"I'm not lying!!! It really is a Back to the Future Monorail!!!"
OMG!!! We're going back in time!!! There's so many things I have to warn myself about!!!
Bronto Jet from the monorail.
Anyone want to get wet?
Ooh. Something unsafe. Must take picture.
All right. Time to check out Terminator 3D while we're still here.
This is the guy who's gonna save us all. We're f*cked.
Hmm. Not a bad score. Gardaland Photos will be up next.
All right. Time for the next park and the final park of the Italy portion of the trip. Gardaland. We actually had 2 days at this park as Robb got us 2 day tickets so we could go after our day at Movieland Studios since the park stayed open till 10:00 (which is not common in Europe). While this park didn't have the intense coasters of Mirabilandia or the general craziness of Movieland Studios right next door, I still found Gardaland to be a very nice park. It had a good selection of rides, including a B&M Wingrider. While these aren't the craziest rides out there, they certainly are a lot of fun. And the water effects on Raptor really do make a difference.
None of the other coasters are that good (SLC, Loopscrew, Screaming "Pointless" Squirrel), but there is still a lot of cool things to check out at this park. They've got some really cool dark rides such as a Pirates of the Caribbean Knockoff thats in some ways, better than Pirates, and a totally fun dark ride about shooting Mummy Zombie Alien Terminator Robots in Ancient Egypt. But on top of that, there's just a lot to do at this park. You can tell that its trying to be the Disneyland of Italy, and while I wouldn't call Gardaland Disney Good, its still a very good park that I'd definitely recommend.
Oh, and here's a POV of that crazy dark ride with Mummy Terminators. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUjGAbR9sBM&list=UUaE-pwaJIYiDBmZev1SFtow&index=6[/youtube]
Ooh!!! They're passing out free Coke Zero Samples!!!
Hey. You can't go wrong with anything thats free. =)
Does that count as a credit?
After our day at Movieland Studios, we had two day tickets to Gardaland and the park was open till 11:00, so we decided to just hang out and get some stuff done.
Ooh!!! I see a roller coaster!!!!
Welcome to Gardaland.
Of course we're gonna hit this up first.
All right. So this was my first B&M Wingrider. What did I think?
Honestly, I was impressed. I was expecting a forceless ride. And while its not insane, its just a ton of fun.
Enjoy your ride on Raptor!!!
No need for Fastpass tonight. It looks like we're gonna be fine.
All right. Lets just get this out of the way as quickly as possible.
This is no ordinary SLC. This one has the BONUS HELIX!!!!!!! =)
Though in all seriousness, it wasn't that bad.
Damn. We're on a roll with Vekoma Rides tonight.
Hey. This was a really good mine train. And well themed as well.
Is that seriously the size of their drop tower?
Come on Gardaland!!!! This is puny!!!!
Well at least it has a cool themed line.
We decided to see the Ice Age show. It was cool, though it would've been better if I spoke Italian, or had any familiarity with the Ice Age Movies. For instance, I had no clue that the female wooly mammoth was pregnant until she went into labor and I was like "It looks like..." Boom. Baby Wooly Mammoth.
We decided to check out their shooting dark ride. Ramses.
This dark ride is awesome. Its like Mummy meets Terminator. See my POV up above and see for yourself.
WHO MISSED THE BUS!!!?
All right. We're up nice and early the next morning. For its time for...
ERT ON RAPTOR!!!!!!
Its no Kumba or anything, but its a ton of fun. Its very fun and very floaty with lots of hangtime. It almost reminds me of Hydra @ Dorney Park in a way, except with much better theming and it actually gets you more wet than the water rides.
Kick the sky!!!! Oops, wrong Raptor. Sorry Cedar Point.
Honestly, my only problem with this ride are the restraints. I was expecting just a rubber vest similar to that on Tatsu. But these things keep stapling you in, never giving you a chance to breathe.
Oh yeah. We also have ERT on Sequoia Adventure.
Umm, what exactly does this ride do?
Oh joy. That looks so thrilling.
It wouldn't even that bad if it weren't for all the trim brakes that make it crawl.
Hey, at least its a credit.
Oh yeah. And Gardaland gave us all these personalized key chains. Grazi Gardaland!!! Grazi!!!!
Time to get some nice ariel shots of Gardaland. =)
I love the setting of this park.
Thank you Fastpass!!!! Good bye Line!!!!
Its a fun water ride, but yeah. Its a water ride. NOT A CREDIT!!!!!
Ooh. Lets take a ride on their Monorail.
Ooh. Look at all the pretty lights.
I'm confused. Where am I again?
Ooh. They have a Vekoma Mad House in the kids area.
These things are all over Europe.
Hey. Nice looking kids area.
This is so politically correct. I'm sure that all those kids are proper representations of their cultures.
All right. Time for lunch. And yeah, they have a great selection at Gardaland. Oh, time for another America vs Europe Comparison. FANTA IS SO MUCH BETTER IN EUROPE!!! Seriously, American Fanta tastes like crap now. I refuse to drink it till I go back to Europe or somewhere else in the world. Now everyones told me that its because they use real sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup. And yeah, I'm sure they do that and that helps. But thats not just it. Because its a MUCH bigger difference than that. Its much bigger than when they do Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwbacks and use real sugar. I think someone once said that they use real orange juice in European Fanta. Now that I believe since it tastes so much orangier than in America.
Time for their kiddy coaster.
If you thought that this was just an ordinary Wacky Worm, you'd be mistaken.
Its actually a lot of fun and has a great layout. Great for a kiddy coaster.
Just one last credit for me to get at Gardaland. Magic Mountain. And its properly themed to SFMM, with all the ads in the station.
Hey. At least they're upselling a great product.
Definetly one of the better Loopscrews. Not too rough and actually had some decent airtime. I actually enjoyed it.
"Hey David!!! It's ok to eat me!!! I'm vegan!!!!"
Yeah. This wasn't one of the greatest log flumes or anything. But I had fun.
Um, yeah. This Spongebob Simulator was rough as hell.
Lets take another ride on Raptor. Because hey. Why not!!!!?
WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE!!!!
"We've got special plans for him at Guantanamo Bay. *evil laugh*"
Yeah. We did the hedge maze. Cause hey!!! Why not!!!
It can't be that hard.
Thanks for the ever-so-helpful advice. *rolls eyes*
We all made it out. Well, except for Colin who had to cheat to get out.
Hey, these are fun and they have a nice theme, but they're not gonna help you escape the Italian heat.
All right. Time to check out the parks Pirates of the Carribean knock off, Icorsari.
Dude!!! This thing was awesome!!! It was almost better than the real Pirates of the Carribean in some ways!!!
Hey look!!! Another totally family friendly moment to share with everyone!!!
Yeah. It goes under the sea. Its very strange in that way.
Speaking of really strange dark rides, lets hit up Ramses again!!!!
Grr!!! I'm the Mummy Terminator!!! I'm from the past but also from the future!!! So I guess that means I'm from the present I guess!!! Gimme a Pizza Party!!!!
Ooh. Look at the pretty lights.
Yeah. Space Vertigo has a funky fast pass door.
Come on Gardaland. This ride is so small that its nearly cliff jumpable!!! You can totally make it bigger!!!
Hey. We may have used up all our Raptor Fastpasses, but we can still get on thanks to the Single Riders Line.
Yeah. I'm pretty sure that night rides on Raptor is the best way to close out my fantastic visit to Gardaland and Italy in general. Switzerland & Walygator Photos will be posted soon.
All right. It's been a while since the last update of this Photo TR was done, and since I want to finish this before a year passes between the trip, I better get started now. So at this point, the TPR Italy Trip officially ended and now we are onto the TPR Europe Trip. We said good bye to a few friends from Italy and hello to a lot more coming in for the Europe Trip. For the first day of the trip, not too much happened since it was just a driving day. But hey, we drove through Switzerland, which is so beautiful that its the equivalent of literally driving through a post card. You look out the window, snap a picture, and now you have a great photograph. This goes on for hours until you reach France and it stops being beautiful. After reaching the hotel, we got to unpack and get a nice dinner from the hotel.
The next day was the first day of the Europe Trip where we got to go to ride roller coasters, and today we were going to be at two different parks. Walygator Parc and Holiday Park. Walygator wasn't originally on the itinerary, but Robb added it on so we could a couple more credits, which as a credit whore, I am always in favor of. Especially when one of them is a kickass Raptor clone. But yeah, aside from the Raptor clone, there isn't much here other than some crappy credits, a few generic flat rides, and the French Equivalent of Grizzly @ CGA, which while not as bad as I was anticipating, still seriously blew. After the few hours we had here, I was more than ready to move on and get to Holiday Park and ride Expedition Ge Force, but I was still glad we stopped for the credits, especially the Raptor clone which was awesome, so Thank you Robb & Elissa for squeezing this onto the itinerary. Now onto the photos.
Well, the Italy portion of TPR's Mega Europe Trip has ended. Now I loved Italy and the Italy parks were all awesome. So its sad to leave. But hey. Look at the bright side. Now I get to check out all the awesome parks in Germany and France. But to say good bye to Italy, here's some photos of a beautiful Italian Town I drove by.
Ok. We are now in Switzerland. Now Switzerland isn't one of the official countries of the trip. Those would be Italy, Germany, and France. But we did drive through Switzerland. Now normally just because we drive through somewhere, that means jack-sh*t. But just being in Switzerland is amazing. Just driving through it is incredible and makes me happy. I mean look at that!!!
Bonus Stop at the Waterpark anyone? =)
No need for any movies or TV Shows to play on the bus. Just look out the window.
We decided to stop for lunch at this Rest Stop so we wouldn't starve and to just get out and enjoy Switzerland. Now for as much as I love Switzerland, theres one part I can't stand. HIGH PRICES!!!!! THIS COUNTRY IS SO FREAKING EXPENSIVE!! A plate of spaghetti and a coke cost me €19!! That's the equivelant of $23.35!!
Hey, the rest stop may have robbed me, but look!!! Such a beautiful view of the Alps!!!!
Its so green over here.
Can't stop taking photos of Switzerland!!! So f*cking beautiful!!!!
Every photo I take looks like it should be on a post card.
Ok. The beautys all gone. We must be in France now. Ok, its not terrible. It sure as hell beats driving through any of the Midwest States, but come on. We were just in Switzerland.
We have arrived at our hotel. And hey, it looks like a nice quaint little place.
They served us a really nice dinner which I really enjoyed.
Yes. I really did mix Coke and Wine. And it actually tasted really good. Think of a sort of slightly bitter Coke that has a strong wine flavored aftertaste (Nice photo-bomb BTW Patrick).
Something tells me that that stray cat is carrying some sort of diseases.
In preperation for us riding what is claimed as one of the worst woodies in the world, Anaconda, Terrance says a prayer for us hoping that it won't murder us.
YAY!!!! WE'RE AT A PARK!!! It's been over 24 hours, I'm starting to have withdrawls. =)
Big shock. The Space Shot and the Topple Tower are both closed.
Hey, you may hate us now for locking you in the phone booth, but you'll thank us when we all come back injured from Anaconda ERT.
Busy day I see.
All right. Lets go head into the park.
Eew. Another Malaria Lake.
Is that theming or did a plane really crash here?
All right. Time for us to get some ERT on the main coaster here. Monster.
Monster, which came from Expoland in Japan, is basically a Raptor clone. And Raptor is awesome, the only difference is that there are no mid course brakes here!!!! =)
Yeah. That makes it a really crazy ride!!! I loved it!!!
Now after that, we get ERT on one of the worst coasters of all time. Anaconda.
Keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't kill us.
"Somehow, I have a feeling that I'm going to be raped."
Well the good news is that Anaconda didn't kill us. The bad news, is that Anaconda, or as I like to call it, French Grizzly is one of the most boring coasters of all time. I swear to god, the continents are moving away from each other at faster speeds than this thing.
Hey. After Anaconda, this Wacky Worm is actually going to be thrilling.
Oh No!!! I just realized that this is the last Wacky Worm of the trip!!!! ='(
Time for us to get the last credit of the park, Space Comet.
Yeah. It sucks. But at least its not Anaconda.
The Terror House was not in the least way terrifying. But apparently the girls in front of us were scared, which made this a very funny experience.
With this closed, and the other two Topple Towers closed, this seems to be an extinct ride. While I'm not too bummed as the ride did look boring from videos, I did want to try it just because it was unique and it probably would've at least been interesting and somewhat fun.
Don't worry. I'm on a TPR Trip. I'm clearly happy. Holiday Park Photos will be up next. Thanks for reading and please leave your comments. =)
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