Great reports of the California parks! I know how you feel about the original Haunted Mansion. I either hit it for Haunted Mansion Holiday or when it's under rehab to be converted back to the original.
Was not expecting to see a WCB TR in this, but am glad nonetheless! One of the things I miss about living in Arizona was how easy it was to fly to California for the weekend and do a WCB (one year I went just for the Knott's day because they are full of so much fun). WCB 2013 was my first TPR event and a few of the people I met that weekend are the reason I ended up doing the Mini New Hotness/East Coast trip the next year, so I will consider it as my gateway drug!
Most of the group started in Paris Disneyland (or just in Paris), but I couldn't meet them until they hit Amsterdam.
And that's where they found me--at the hotel, struggling against jet lag until the TPR bus arrived. I'm not sure how many times I dropped off, but I think the book I was reading hit the floor a few times that morning. But it was all worth it. Elissa arranged a great tour of some art museums, as well as the city, that day. Yes, there was a fair amount of culture among the Van Goghs and Rembrandts, with a touch of the Red Light District (well, it does have historical value, being in the oldest part of the city and all). That night, Derek took Dan, John, and I on a cultural tour of another sort, in which a number of fermented hoppy beverages were swigged down.
Yes, it was a great first day and night in Amsterdam, followed by plenty of parks from the Netherlands to Sweden.
Yes, Amsterdam is a beautiful city teeming with culture . . .
. . . and floating in beer. (This joint under the windmill was particularly good.)
Off to Walibi Holland for what has to be the most underrated coaster in Europe: Lost Gravity. Local enthusiasts have been downplaying this coaster, even though it's a great ride. I think the folks in this car share my opinion.
Goliath is anything but underrated, however.
Hmm--KT seems to be having some issues with the Nautic Jets at Potts Park.
I think I'll just ride the bunnies.
Heide Park has changed a lot since I last visited with TPR in '08. Krake was a nicely themed Dive Coaster in which you're swallowed then expelled rather rudely from a kraken.
Flug der Damonen was a nicely themed Wingrider. I like the demonic trains.
Back to Hansa Park, which boasts a great, truly scary coaster called Karnan.
Derek was so frightened by Karnan that he had to be tied up for his own protection.
Just get a load of how insane that ride looks! There's crazy airtime everywhere, too.
Van Helsing was the best ride at Movie Park.
Unfortunately, they still have Bandit--one of the worst things ever built.
This is probably the only decent picture I've ever taken of Phantasialand's best coaster--Winjas. But the dang thing is just so speedy and spinny!
Chiapas is my favorite flume ride behind Timber Mountain at Knott's and Disney's Splash Mountains.
Hmm--I don't recall Glinda the Good being a creepy hipster dude the last time I rode Hollywood Tour.
Premiere launched rides contiued to be all the rage! Seriously, how many of these rides have been built? Sky Scream has the added bonus of making the queue into a "haunt" maze.
I'm pleased to report that Expedition GeForce is an amazing as ever--especially when you get extra, extra ERT!
The Bell Rock is yet another great resort at Europa Park.
Blue Fire's loop is fun, but this Mack coaster saves its big thrill for the end. Watch out for that last inversion!
On the plus side, Wodan is a beautiful looking structure with a very nice "Valhalla" theme--and fire. On the other hand, it's not one of GCI's better coasters.
Arthur was a very cool dark ride. The ride system is essentially an inverted powered coaster. I think Disney or Universal could do some cool stuff with it, too.
"Ye set me heart aflame, ye brazen wench!" (What--too soon? I'm looking forward to riding the rebuilt Pirates of Batavia someday.)
I'd forgotten about this odd version of the "Jungle Cruise."
This is the first time I've ever see Europa after dark.
Yes, this park has been afforded more photos than the others. But, hey, it's Europa!
Welcome to Grona Lund in Stockholm! I like to say we flew in on this balloon, but that would be a lie.
Jetline continues to kick butt, as you can tell by these happy riders.
Insane still lives up to its name.
This woman really likes Grona Lund.
The walk-through tour of Bla Taget was very interesting.
Aw, who wants to adopt this poor kitty?
Yep--Grona Lund is a classic park that just keeps getting better.
Zoos in the U.S. will feature a kiddie coaster, if you're lucky. Kolmarden has Wildfire!
I think the hair of the girl in the sixth row sums up this ride pretty well.
The Sky Safari is great, too.
How often do you get to look down on giraffes?
Hurry up! You don't what to be late for the bus!
Looks like the tiger ordered in today.
Let's end with a bear playing ball. Be more like the bear, folks. That's all for now.
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