TheRapidsNerd wrote:Ok, I have to ask. Did anybody try the waffles while in Belgium? Seriously...
When I finally attempted to hunt down a waffle, no one was making one! It wasn't until we got to our TPR buffet at Bobbejaanland that I spotted a lone waffle sitting in a tray. I snagged it and heated it up.
Didn't satisfy my sweet tooth though. It was saying "Uh uh. Where's the custard and cream filled goodies?" It would be days until it said "That's it! That's it!"
^I had some pretty good apple-filled goodies at a few of the parks.
Chapter 4: The Wild, Wild Weirdness—Bobbejaanland
I just don’t know what to make of Bobbejaanland. Don’t get me wrong. I love the place, but it left me quite befuddled—in a good way. After all, what can you make of a park where
1. Indiana has Mayan ruins and waterfalls;
2. The shooting of Mexicans, women, and, well, just about anybody is not only allowed, but also encouraged; and
3. Darwin’s theory inspires a roller coaster.
Yes, I knew that European parks would be “eccentric” by American standards, but Bobbejaanland tops them all, I think. Everybody needs to visit this place. If Walibi Belgium is roughly equal to Fuji-Q, then Bobbejaanland might be Europe’s Mitsui Greenland—a cool mix of the weird and the wacky.
As for the coasters, here how they shake out:
Evolution—I’m going out on a limb here, but I think this is the park’s best coaster. Why? Because it sums up the eccentricity of the whole place. Think of it as the Enchanted Tiki Room meets Space Mountain. You board the longest coaster train I’ve ever seen (50 cars, as I recall) and head up the longest, circular lift ever (around a “volcano”), while catchy techno/jungle music plays and jungle scenes are projected on the roof. The TPR takeover of this ride, with the whole crew “dancing” up the lifthill, was one of the highlights of the whole trip. But what about airtime and laterals and stuff? Bah! This ride fulfills the main requirement of any park attraction: Is the damn thing any fun at all?
Typhoon—This is a good, solid Eurofighter with a compact layout. Not as good as Oakwood’s Speed, but lots of fun.
Dreamcatcher—Hey, I have a great idea! Let’s use Native American mysticism as a theme for a Vekoma suspended coaster! A pretty good ride, if not up to the level of Chessington’s Vampire.
Speedy Bob—This very wild mouse reminded me of Chessington’s Rattlesnake. It’s rough, not heavily braked, and kind of scary, but I liked it. Nice western themeing, too.
I don’t think there was anything at this park that I disliked; then again, I didn’t ride the “George Foreman Grill” version of an Enterprise. But who could hate the El Paso Special (one of the best shooters ever, even if it doesn’t keep score), the 4D haunted-house flick (from a cat’s point of view), the bizarre Desperado (another strange shooter), and the Indiana River (which has nothing to do with Indiana)? Who could not love Bobbejaanland?
Someone whose soul has been sucked away, perhaps.
It was a bit gloomy and rainy that day, so many of my photos came out a bit dark. Enjoy, I hope.
"Through this portal, 'Weird' has sex with 'Wacky,' who gives birth to 'WTF.'"
"Hi there! I'm an alien tree! Hang around long enough, and I'll ram my ovipositer down your throat and lay eggs in your chest."
First, up, a bit of ERT on Typhoon. The park gave us ERT on a wide variety of rides, which was pretty dang cool.
Yep--looks like a Eurofighter, alright.
Unless I miss my guess, this is the "What the hell is that?" element.
We even had ERT on this alien torture device. I passed.
"Hey, this isn't so bad."
"OK, it just got a little worse."
"OH MY GOD IN HEAVEN, WHY?" (Actually, I think Rich liked this ride.)
Hmm--looks like this cowpoke's got a bad case of "yerpies."
Sorry--gotta decontaminate the mechanical bull on account of the yerpies outbreak.
And now a touching tribute to our proud Native Americans.
"Hmm--not sure why I'm here. But it's a living."
"Actually, this ride symbolizes my people's mystic, Manicheean ties to . . . oh, I'm fulla crap! Sorry--got nothin' here."
You have to cut through a building and past a Splash Battle ride to find the entrance to [R]Evolution.
By the time we finished riding, this bird and monkey had evolved to a higher state of consciousness and written a script for "Hamlet."
"Bob, I didn't lay a finger on your daughter! I swear!"
"Psst! Bob! He's lying, and we think he has the 'yerpies'!"
I pity the poor guy who opened a Denny's in this town. His customer base is shrinking daily.
'Ai, yi, yi-yi! I'm the Bobbejaanland Bandito!"
Rich has flashbacks to the 'George Foremen Grill' ride, and tries to kill himself to stop the pain.
Santa Spaghetti Menu--the ticket.
Santa Spaghetti Menu--the reality. (Pretty good, actually.)
"Ooo! What's that up there?"
"Pretty birdie with bananas!" By the time the TPR takeover was done, this bird and bunch of bananas had evolved to a higher plane of existence, metamorphosed into an ethereal state, and sold their story to the Sci-Fi Channel.
And it begins! The epic conflict between Kristie "Dublin Deuce" Hoffman and Melanie "funkybadger" Bitner! Yes, it's a Bobbejaanland Hardcore Puppet Match!
Just for the hell of it, Larry and I checked out the chair swings.
And one last look at Typhoon as we head out for Toverland. Thanks for a great day, Bobbejaanland!
^ Is that why I still suck something awful at that game? No, I just pull the trigger like every other Chuck, Rich and Larry. And I still fail. Boo! Maybe if I could hear the directions in English just ONCE!
Fun TR Chuck! Every update is a little better than the next! Keep 'em coming!
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