Photo TR: Hanno's start to the 2009 coaster season

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Photo TR: Hanno's start to the 2009 coaster season

Postby Hhappy » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:42 pm

Well what do you do during the off season? Plan your start of the 2009 season off coarse :)

In my case it started very wild.. but it looks like it's going to be even wilder for the rest of April (keep an eye on this topic for further updates ;-) )


After going skiing for a week in Austria it was coaster time. Since i was driving past Munich every year (while going to Austria) i noticed that Legoland Germany was along that route. Looking at TPR's Park Index i've also noticed that Skyline Park ain't far away either..

What's better to start the season with 2 parks in one day? More on that later.
So that was the Saturday (april 4th).. Since i'm know in the South of Germany.. i might as well drive a little further to check out Europa Park. After last years excellent experience during TPR's Europe Trip what could go wrong? And there's even a new coaster :-)

Since Blue Fire is the name of this new coaster and everybody's talking about it.. i'll change the normal update order.. and give you some of my picture of today from Blue Fire at Europa Park.

Hope you like them..

By the way.. to which ride in the US should one compare this ride? To me it feels like a Lighter version of Maverick with a fun launch. It has more freedom in the trains (don't worry about over the shoulder restraints) and more out-of-your-seat time (which is always a good thing).
Where Maverick goes so fast that you don't know what's up or down anymore Blue Fire has less elements but still provides one excellent punch (and no rattle)..

Blue Fire is one excellent addition to and already great coaster line up at Europa Park.

Picture time. The day started of being very clouded (hence the quality of the photo's) but at the end of the day... well.. you'll see.

Blue Fire Day 1: scroll down
Blue Fire Day2
Skyline Park
El Toro at Freizeitpark Plohn
Legoland Germany
Day 1 Europa Park
Anubis at Plopsaland Belgium (new Gerstlauer)
Saw the Ride at Thorpe Park
Day 2 Europa Park
Freizeitpark Plohn (Germany)
Plopsaland Belgium
Thorpe Park
Duinrell and Falcon
Hi Larry..
here's the entrance to the que area
theming of the area
i see track and a piece of the train
happy riders?
still trying to get in line..
Station building and storage place for the trains
It's a loop
watch out for that.. ehm..
Looks like some happy riders..
trying to find the "best" angles..
plenty of freedom for you arms and shoulders..
Blue Fire
don't worry.. i'll punch the ride..
that looks pretty high..
through a rock..
up side down
hmm.. too late..
afraid to get sick?
no worries.. it's Island (That is Iceland in German)
Plenty of room left on this board.. more to come?
looks nice..
from a distance...
ok, time to get a little closer again.. here's the "way in"
and there's your first look at this coaster once you get there..
looks like the light is a bit better..
This one came out nice..
is it fear or is it joy?
Nerd shot/close up
let's wait and see what's behind this door...
happy riders being launched
Another nerd shot
crappy station picture.. i'll try to get a better one tomorrow..
Back to what i'm better at.. we give you.. joy
I'm being launched on a rollercoaster and i'm afraid of??
i don't have a clue
time to go up
up side down.. owh yeah
There's a lot of things i can say now... but..
go go go
nerd shot..
Time to hit the brakes..
part of the new area..
the viewing area for the launch
and yes.. that's still the line for today..
enough close up's.. let's try to give an idea of how big this ride is..
and through the loop
on the main path into this area.. there's a nice fountain which sometimes feels like it's part of Yellowstone (or Iceland) and goes big/high..
so you might get wet when walking along this path
ok.. back to the coaster.. and it's viewing area
going through the rocks
I love this part of the ride.. just that feeling of being thrown out of your seat while being upside down..
time for some more close up's
as the british would say.. Jolly Jolly Jolly
you can see a difference here.. apparently there a heartbeat meter attached to the handles.. and this will be added to your onride video.. (or at least that's what i've heard today.. will double check tomorrow)
More happy riders..
something with trees..
Scream if you like it
and i'll leave you with this picture.. last person in line for the last ride of the day.. i love it
I'm dutch.. not much i can do about that
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Postby Franc » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:57 pm

This coaster seems really interesting!
The ride seems pretty smooth on Youtube. Doesn't seem to shake at all.
The trains look very good! Almost Futuristic.

Very good addition for Europa Park, which lacked in Intensity (referring to what I have heard over the years)

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Postby thrillerman1 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:10 pm

Incredibly sexy photos Hanno! I love the look of these trains. Thanks for sharing!

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Postby Reon » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:17 pm

Simply incredible!

The ride itself looks very Maverick-ish, which I like since Mav is one of my favorite steels right now. As for the restraints, all I can say is WOW! I really hope we get some of these in the USA...
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Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:35 pm

Great photo shoot, Hanno. The seat setup looks definitely different on this one.

The start of your coaster season is looking pretty good I'd say, lol.

Looking forward to more.

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Postby Philrad71 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:38 pm

Great photos! I really hope that I can make it to Europa Park when I visit Germany this fall.

I REALLY wish that Maverick would get this type of restraint on it's trains - last year the ride seemed a lot rougher with the rattling and continual hitting of my head against the OTSR's. I fear that it is only going to get worse once the ride gets older.

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Postby PKI Jizzman » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:55 pm

Looks like a B&M type seat mixed with Revolution's train mixed with the Mack restraint! Or whoever built this.

Looks like vveeerrrryyyyy low clearance in and out of those rocks. Great shots, Hanno!
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Postby Electerik » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:56 pm

Great reaction shots, as always, Hanno!

/So what's the German word for "island"? :P

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Postby UberBeavis » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:35 pm

Excellent photos, Hanno.

I can't wait to ride this.

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Postby coasterbuzz » Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:24 am

Electerik wrote:
/So what's the German word for "island"? :P

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