Amazing Report Chuck! I loved how you had the amazing theme music in the beginning because I turned that on and then read the report. I'm really bummed I haven't had the chance to experience this wonderfully themed park but hopefully whenever I make it out there, it will still be as awesome as it has looked in the past several years and won't go down a crappy rabbit hole like some Cedar Fair Parks *cough* Knott's *cough*.
Jimmy "I've always loved the Chuck photo captions" Bo
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cfc wrote:Part 4: Fall at Europa Park ........................... This holiday isn’t as big a deal in Europe as it is in the United States; Phantasialand, for example, doesn’t recognize it at all. Europa, however, has embraced All Hallows Eve and puts on its own haunt, complete with scare zones and mazes. This year’s version is Traumatica, a post-apocalyptic story in which five factions are fighting for dominion over the Earth:
Shadows (vampires who rule the world) Ghouls (reject vampires who feast on the dead and work for the Shadows) The Pack (werewolf bikers who work for the Shadows) The Fallen (insane human beings who want to be Shadows themselves) The Resistance (humans fighting for their piece of the world)
OMG. Are you sure this story wasn't patterned after our administration in Wash. DC?! (Thank goodness for The Resistance faction.)
Great report as always, Chuck. I miss Europa Park -- and I've never BEEN there! So many needs....so little time....
Excellent report! Had me laughing all the way through. Really glad the group took the time for Neuschwanstein; visiting a European castle or palace is always an unforgettable experience (been to Versailles and Wawel in Krakow myself). Your connection to the King Ludwig story seems to have made it special for you.
It was a fairly long haul from Europa Park to Phantasialand, but we had a good place for a rest stop: Holiday Park, where we had ERT on Sky Scream (a Premier “Sky Rocket II”) and Expedition GeForce (an Intamin legend in its own time). They even cooked dinner for us, which was particularly noteworthy because the park wasn’t open that day.
Yes, we literally had the place to ourselves. As for GeForce, it was running as great as ever, with crazy ejector air and outrageous speed; in other words, it was running like GeForce. This is noteworthy because the ride didn’t even have a chance to “warm up” before we got there.
What a great evening! My thanks to the folks at Holiday Park, and Robb and Elissa, for setting all this up. Next stop, Phantasialand--and Taron.
“Welcome to Holiday Park! Watch out for the ghost who wants to brain you with a pumpkin!”
“As you can see, he has plenty of ammo.”
Walking under the remains of Super Wirbel sent a shiver down my spine. The memory of that ride is evil.
Never trust a used-car saleman--particularly if he is a zombie.
The queue for Sky Scream is a permanent “haunt” maze.
Be careful! The ghost of Super Wirbel may linger somewhere in the mist!
As we all know, bottles and blue light are terrifying.
If this guy doesn’t make you think twice about riding, nothing will.
Take this warning to heart. Either run like hell, or end up in hell.
Anyone who’s ever watched the “Ren and Stimpy Show” knows that doing so will lead to your meeting Satan--IN HELL!
I like Sky Scream.
It seems to have a bit more “kick” than Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for our main event!
Now entering the arena, it has a maximum speed of 74.6 miles per hour . . .
. . . 4,000 feet of twisted steel and sex appeal . . .
. . . and still reigning Intamin World Champion, . . .
I give you, Expedition GeForce!
Whacha gonna do, when Expedition GeForce runs wild on you?
All must ride GeForce at least once in their lifetime. Off to Phantasialand!
In the rocky walls and rustic village of Klugheim, Phantasialand has built a themed environment to match the best work of Disney and Universal. The detail in the buildings, rocks, and landscaping is impressive and provides an excellent setting for Klugheim’s two coasters: Taron (a launched Intamin) and Raik (a Vekoma “Family Boomerang” that runs inside Taron). I have only two very minor complaints about Klugheim: 1) It might be bit too intricate (that is, finding your way from Taron to Raik is a bit of challenge as you wander up and down a variety of paths between the two coasters) and 2) I’m not entirely sure what the “back story” of this new section is. That being said, it looks great.
As for Taron, I liked it quite a bit. There are two nice pops of ejector air, and a bit of floater air before you hit the final brakes, and the launches are fun. Like Black Mamba (the park’s B&M invert), Taron is much enhanced by its beautiful setting. However, it’s not on the same level as Cedar Point’s Maverick (which is in my top five); I also prefer Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa to Taron. But the Phantasialand ride is a cut above Alton Towers’ Rita and Heide Park’s Desert Race, when it comes to Intamin launched coasters. Our hotel-guest ERT session that evening was fun, too.
As for Raik, it’s a nice family shuttle, but nothing special--aside from its setting. But it is a bit disorienting when you see it running backward as you zip forward on Taron (a great “what the hell?” moment).
So, let’s have a look at Taron and a bit more of Phantasialand (especially Hollywood Tour, a ride that I find hilarious). My photos of Taron aren’t perfect thanks to 1) my middling skills as photographer, 2) the speed at which the trains move, and 3) the gray, rainy weather.
Taron isn’t exactly GeForce, but it’s still a lot of fun.
Here’s where resort guests wait for their after-hours Taron/Raik ERT.
Welcome to Klugheim, where the number-one industry seems to be rocks . . .
. . . and unusual ways to transport them.
I will accept both theming and hair time.
Oh my god! That man in the red jacket is going to be killed!
The people of Klugheim ("Klugheimers"?) appear to like "twistiness."
It was a bit of a challenge getting decent photos on such a rainy day.
But these riders look happy. Blurry, but happy.
This is the only photo I have of Raik in operation.
Cool-looking trains, though.
Mystery Castle blends in pretty well with Klugheim.
The area is well lit, too.
We shall now bid Klugheim farewell.
Just documenting that Bob took his first ride on Chiapas--in the rain.
Phantasialand’s new “steam punk” section should be pretty cool . . .
. . . but I have some reservations about the Vekoma launched flying coaster. (That being said, I was concerned about Sting Ray in China, but ended up liking it.)
Winjas is still great, even if it makes mee feel queasier as I get older.
This outrageously blurry photo may give you a clue as to the source my queasiness.
Ah, Hollywood Tour, where the Great Movie Ride . . .
. . . Meets the Pirates of the Caribbean, Who Are Not in Batavia.
Or is it more like It’s a Small World . . .
. . . with Something that Vaguely Resembles a Shark?
On September 30, 2017 . . .
. . . my parents’ old shag carpet became sentient.
When salt shakers go rogue.
Man has fled underseas to escape the horror of the sentient shag carpet and rogue salt shakers. This was in the first draft of a “20,000 Leagues” reboot, but Disney rejected it.
They rejected this proposed radical remake of “The Ugly Dachshund,” too.
Mystery Castle looks great from the outside . . .
. . . but I think they need a new cleaning service.
And so, let us bid a fond farewell to Phantasialand and the Hotel Ling Bao, which I'm sure had better maid service than Mystery Castle. On to Dusseldorf, Slagharen, and Movie Park--later.
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