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Photo TR: Bellewaerde

Postby zeirdo » Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:29 am

Second in my series of Trip reports: Bellewaerde. This park is about 50 km away from Plopsaland. This parks has nice theming, all though nowhere near Plopsland level. However, and this is a big however, there are some exotic animals here. Combining this with the fact that half the park is in the middle of a forest, you get a fun atmosphere. There are about 6 zones in the park and getting from one to the other can require 10 minute walks through a nice lane in the middle of a forest, so this park has a really mellow relaxed atmosphere.

2 credits: one of the first boomerangs and a kiddie coaster.

On to the pictures. It was a cloudy day, so the lighting is off in some of them. One third of the park is missing in these pics, because the lighting was just to freaking awful
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The swinging ship, in the Canadian Area, started the day for us.
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They have this old sqeaky flat ride in the same area
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Highlights of this area are the Niagara River, a nicely themed shoot the chute
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And a huss shot n drop called Screaming Eagle
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My girlfriend / life partner / future wife on the left, kid brother on the right, friend in the middle, checking their shoes before launch. We saw a shoe get catapulted away on an earlier launch.
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On the other side of the park, the Western and mexican side, there's a nice flume
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Los Piratas is a huge dark ride, which I found very impresse when I was 11, half my current age. Now it was all about the nostalgia.
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New for 2005 was the Huss Tople Tower. Pretty fun ride, but nothing spectacular.
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The bird was all like "I'm going to eat your young"
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Here comes the pain! Not! This ride was pretty smooth as far as Boomerangs go. Still loving Vekoma :P
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Train full of happy boomering riders whizzing through the station.
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To end, a nice little shot of the Boomerang.

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Postby Dark Vampire » Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:09 am

Thank you for the nice TR!
I have been there this year for the first time (7 January), in the winter.
Not all rides were open but I liked the park.
Never been to Plopsaland so i can't say which is more better but I think Bellewaerde, cause Plopsa is more for the little kids.

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Postby dandaman » Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:03 am

Pretty much the first time I've seen a "Canada land" outside of WS... :lol:
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Postby cfc » Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:09 am

dandaman wrote:Pretty much the first time I've seen a "Canada land" outside of WS... :lol:


And let's not forget Fort New France at BGW.

That picture of the Boomerang train whizzing by looks like something you'd see hanging in a contemporary art gallery, where men weaaring goatees and ponytails and women smoking clove cigarettes would stand around and look contemplative.

Thanks for the pics.
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Postby zeirdo » Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:29 am

I will now start growing a goatee.

The smoking not so much though.

I'll post either bobbejaanland or walibi wavre sometime soon, but the weekend is insanely busy.

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Postby BDG » Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:33 am

Not bad, but the photos don't do the park justice.
It's véry green, with alot of gardens and flowers in the summer.
And alot of animals, lions and tigers are what the park is known for. Great river rapids too.

I don't see that in your photos.

However, the park is getting old and boring due to the lack of new exciting rides.
We got a Topple Tower last year,which replaced an older swing ride. A step in the right direction, but next season we might get a rubbish Breakdance from the Dutch Walibi (formerly Six Flags Holland).

The park needs cleaning up, bigger animal areas, a new coaster (the newest one is an '84 Boomerang), a new darkride, new scenery for the tow boat ride, etc.

The park has so much potential...It could be a Belgian Chessington.


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