Walibi Holland is a park that’s gone through a lot of changes over the years. It started out as an educational/agricultural park (Flevohof), which went bankrupt. The Walibi Group took over in the early 1990s, and developed it into Walibi Fievo and built the first-ever Satan’s Looping Coaster, El Condor. Then Premier took over and transformed the place into Six Flags Holland, which explains why it has a big Intamin coaster named . . .
The park was sold once again and reverted back to Walibi. It’s been improving pretty steadily since then, too, and now boasts three of the best coasters in Europe (El Condor aside).
And what ride is now the park’s biggest star? The Coaster Formerly Known as Robin Hood: Untamed! Yes, RMC has worked its magic again, taking an old Vekoma woodie that was, well, OK on its best day and building a crazy air-time machine on the same footprint. It has all the RMC touchstones, such as the weird ride to the lift hill, the crazy inversions, and an insane double-down. It throws you around like a rag doll, and you’ll love every minute of it. Even the theming is cool--sort of a hippy music festival/post-apocalypse look.
The park’s other two top coasters, Goliath and Lost Gravity, are still great, and I’m rather fond of Xpress (or “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Unboxed”). They even did a nice job theming a Boomerang (if you like that sort of thing).
Robb set up some great filming/ERT sessions on the top-three coasters, and the park treated us really well. Thanks for the best day at Walibi yet!
Wait? How did Steve get here first? What’s he up to?
Oh, he’s scouting ahead and marking the trail to Untamed for us.
It’s both a car and a driving range--the ultimate in luxury!
It took us three days, hiking through the Wilderness to reach . . .
. . . the abandoned music festival site that was once Sherwood Forest.
Do not mistake the Untamed test seat for an outhouse.
The trains do look kind of trippy.
They took Verbolten’s “nature out of control” theme and ran with it.
I like how the trains look like giant bugs . . . oh, wait, that’s just the TPR members.
Yes, the train actually makes it up this thing.
Hmm--I guess the empty seat was mine.
Untamed is perfectly named.
Oh, man! I hate it when you really need to take a dump, but the last person forgot to mow the toilet.
I know, right? (Untamed had some of the most unusual theming ever.)
The answer to so many questions; particularly, “What do you want for lunch?”
Next up was Lost Gravity--the ride that looks like it has no right to be as great as it is.
One of Mack’s best creations.
I’d love to see other parks build rides like Lost Gravity. I think we have enough Dive Machines and Wing Coasters, thank you.
Are you breathless after mowing the toilet because someone neglected to do it? Try Toilets XPress--the Self-Mowing Commode! OK, there are bathrooms in this building along with the entrance to the XPress launched coaster. This sign has nothing to do with self-mowing toilets.
XPress gets points for including a classic horror movie poster in the queue.
The queue does give you a “weird feeling,” like “Dracula’s Daughter.”
This is where you wait for the train. Lights flash through the windows on the doors, and there are creepy subway noises.
Well, if you’re gonna operate a Vekoma Boomerang, at least jazz it up a bit and use the good trains and restraints, right? Heck, even I was OK with riding this one.
But there was no way I was riding El Condor, again.
I think the guy in the green shirt behind Larry is dead.
I salute this gentleman for his testicular fortitude and devotion to his charity. More to come!
Did we seriously ever figure out what the actual theme of that ride is!?!? I don't care because the ride is awesome and the 'theme' works, but I would love to know what was going through the designers minds when creating it...wait a minute, I figured it out...They went to the NeuroGen attraction first, and then came up with that craziness!
SharkTums wrote:Did we seriously ever figure out what the actual theme of that ride is!?!? I don't care because the ride is awesome and the 'theme' works, but I would love to know what was going through the designers minds when creating it...wait a minute, I figured it out...They went to the NeuroGen attraction first, and then came up with that craziness!
I accept this hypothesis. It would certainly explain the whole "fever dream" atmosphere of Untamed.
Wacky theming aside, I really do appreciate just how much Walibi has invested in its parks to make them their own thing compared to feeling like Six Flags' old European parks. Their recent investments really show that they're serious about keeping these parks vibrant and revisit-friendly!
Thank you for sharing all of these great photos! I'm living vicariously through all of these TPR Europe reports!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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