Photo TR: Divv's European Adventure

A look back at TPR's Europe Trip. Final Disney updates: Pg20
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Postby Divv3k » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:19 am

DAY 6:
HEIDE PARK

Our visit to Heide Park started with us arriving at our second resort hotel of the trip - the brand new Hotel Port Royal. This place was awesome! Not only was the hotel cool but they also treated us to a great buffet "snack" when we arrived! After our snack a few of us went down to the bar. Upon asking what time they closed we were told that they'd stay open as long as we were around. Needless to say we were kicked out in the early hours of the morning when it became apparent we wouldn't leave! LOL!

Onto the park itself. What a beautiful place. It really looks amazing and has a really good line up of rides. Case in point - Colossos. I was really looking forward to this since Balder and El Toro are my top two coasters. Whilst Colossos wasn't quite as good as those two it really delivered airtime filled ride after airtime filled ride.

Desert Race didn't seem quite as good as Rita for me but that could have just been the horrible rain that battered my face as I rode. It was still a fun ride and even the Vekomas weren't too bad.

All I think the park is lacking is a real kickass dark ride, if they get that it would be one of my favourite parks in the world. Still the park is amazing without it, with multiple versions of the same ride and green and white colour schemes on everything it scores major points with Divv.

Oh, I can't forget to add one of my favourite memories from the trip:

So there's five minutes til the bus leaves Heide Park and Steve and I are running back to the hotel after a fruitless search for a souvenir shop.

When we get to the hotel exit we find that there's this huge gate blocking our way which is locked. This is when Steve decides to start panicking and shaking the gates whilst shouting "HELP! HELP!". Some random German looked at him blankly then pointed out the buzzer right next to us. It was hilarious. I've never seen Steve look so panicked!

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Our visit to Heide starts at the brand new Hotel Port Royal.
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Fudgey would have LOVED this place!
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The room we had looked amazing!
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Look at the lights on the walls. Everything was themed!
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Into the bar and Ben, being a guy who knows exactly what he wants ordered a Desperado. This is EXACTLY what you wanted, right Ben?
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This is the group who closed out yet another bar on the trip!
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After a few hours sleep we head out into Heide park.
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Our morning starts out with some ERT on Desert Race, the Rita clone.
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Riding in the rain HURTS! LOL!
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This one threw me at first since it's not green and white!
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It's fun ride but I find it strange that I much prefer Rita despite them both being the same layout.
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Of course the big draw of the morning is the massive Intamin woodie!
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What an awesome ride!
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Seriously amazing (as I knew it would be)!
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This was "just a Vekoma" and it wasn't that bad!
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Maybe the other Vekoma death machines made this one seem better than it was but I was surprised!
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Or maybe Arrow just had nothing to do with this one.
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Heide had a fun Bobsled. Of course it sported the fantastic combination of green supports and white track.
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What's that lurking behind the trees?
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That's some more European death! Erik liked this one so much that he was stroking the custom gold wheels. (Seriously!)
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It was just a Vekoma!
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What a kickass drop tower this was! All parks should convert their spare observation towers into drop towers!
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Everyone follow the bear's lead!
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The new kiddie coaster was one of the longest lines of the day! Unsurprisingly there were a few TPR members in front of us!
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Is it just me or is this Statue of Liberty a bit short and stumpy?
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It's powered, it doesn't count, but it was still fun!
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Still wanting to justify our two hour wait for the rapids in Walibi Belgium we elected to ride these ones too.
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It was worth it for these issues we had with the line jumpers in the queue!
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They got past us in the end but that didn't stop us antagonising them for a good long time!
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Green and white rides collide!
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It's tough to even tell which ride is which!
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Hi Fudgey! Do you like orange ones?
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Whilst I wouldn't ride any of them the colour scheme on the flat rides was definitely Divv approved! You wouldn't see a whole land of blue rides would you?
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Hey look it's our line jumping friends! Lets wind them up some more!
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Mission accomplished!
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Schnitzel was lunch for the day. My first experience with it too. I have to say I really liked it!
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We finished out the day with more Colossos.
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The ride was even better in the afternoon!
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Europe needs more Intamin wooden goodness.
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Everyone enjoys an airtime filled ride.
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We all approved of Colossos!
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What an awesome day we had at Heide Park! Really it is one of the best parks in Europe.

Next up is quite an ill-fated night...

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Postby thrillerman1 » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:31 am

10 minutes later and I am still rolling about the "panicked Steve" bit! :lmao:

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Postby Speeddeamon128 » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:01 am

Awesome update! I thought Intamin rocket coasters didn't run in the rain?
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Postby SharkTums » Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:13 am

^Only in stupid America! :?r

We've ridden:

- Stealth
- Zaturn
- Kanonen
- Desert Race
- Speed Monster
- Rita
- Sky Car

All in various degrees of light rain, to heavy downpour.

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Postby larrygator » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:46 pm

^^^No one pointed out the red button to a panicked Larry. I think I was with Craig (StealthFan) or Ginzo and had to walk around the whole hotel when the gate was locked.
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Postby cfc » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:53 pm

^I remember being a bit confused about how to get out of the park to the bus, too.

Heide was great--especially Colossos, Desert Race, and the bobsled (my favorite bobsled of trip, as I recall).
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Postby SteveC » Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:19 pm

thrillerman1 wrote:10 minutes later and I am still rolling about the "panicked Steve" bit! :lmao:


well excuse me for panicking - but hey.....I have form when it comes to the TPR bus, and it wasn't one I wanted to repeat. Trust me, Incredible Hulk style those metal gates were about to be de-hinged. It was in fairness a massive PANIC ATTACK, I was sweating it big time. Oh well, great memories (now I can look back and laugh of course).

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Postby Divv3k » Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:57 pm

DAY 6 - Part 2:
DRAGON BAR!

This is a night I remember little of but have heard much about. Basically we'd been looking forward to the Dragon Bar at Phantasialand the whole trip and when we got there we felt we had to make the most of it. After countless beers we decided to try some kind of new drink. I seem to remember Lou suggesting a Zombie, and well, as soon as she mentioned it Steve had ordered up two for us! That's about the last thing I remember. Which is fine since nothing else of note happened anyway...

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Steve and I are enjoying our Zombies! Looks like Jes has had enough already!
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Lou's looking all innocent when it was really her that would have been responsible for any things that would have followed. Luckily no incidents followed.
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I'd love to see Jes' corresponding photo from this!
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Steve's finishing off his Zombie in the early hours of the morning. Looks like he's enjoying it!
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What a great night we had! Well what I can remember of it at least!
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Looking quite good at 3:35am! I'll be fine tomorrow!

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Postby OldJJman » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:15 pm

Divv3k wrote:...Steve had ordered up two for us! That's about the last thing I remember. Which is fine since nothing else of note happened anyway...


Yeah. Right.

Luckily no incidents followed.


And you're somehow sticking to that story?!?!? :lmao:

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Postby Louise » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:26 pm

So who gets the privilege of telling the story of what happened to Divv later that evening? I think it should be Steve as he was the only one to witness the beginning of it... or else Erik, as he was the victim... Some of us escaped to bed immediately after those photos were taken and missed all the, erm... expulsion of fluids. :?r :lolr:

I would like to point out that I did not suggest they order Zombies. I believe my exact words were "do not under any circumstances order the Zombies". They did the exact opposite of what I told them, and it led to trouble. Listen to your sober friend, drunkards!

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