Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby cfc » Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:54 pm

Well, those toilets would certainly discourage anyone from lingering long enough to read People Magazine. I know that I'm going to experience a bit of "trip envy" as your TR continues, Divv.
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby TPDave » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:38 am

AnEscapeArtist wrote:A question though, does this Vekoma have 3 lift hills? You said it was good though, so I wondered if it messed with the pace of the ride?
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Yes it does. As I understand it, this was a standard Vekoma model with an extra section bolted onto it.

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We certainly do, it's currently only cost me a glass of wine which seems awfully cheap. If only Gardaland sold Jagerbombs Piers would have been paid in full!!
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby Steelinwood » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:46 pm

This park looks like it has a lot to offer, even if it isn't off the wall thrilling!
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby Divv3k » Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:09 am

Thanks for all the nice comments!

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PART TWO:
MIRABILANDIA

The second park on the itinerary was Mirabilandia. I had been wanting to visit this park for a long time, mainly because of Katun they added iSpeed and the park just looked even more interesting! Thankfully the park lived up to my expectations! It might bot be as aesthetically pleasing as Gardaland but it sure does have better rides. And I'm not saying the park isn't aesthetically pleasing either because it really is a very nice looking park!

Katun was the big attraction for me at this park, my expectations were high and wow, did it deliver! I'm not good at getting geeky and explaining in detail why I like certain coasters so much so let me just say that this is my favourite B&M invert after Nemesis. It's that good!

iSpeed isn't to be forgotten about either! The coaster it' most comparable to is Maverick at Cedar Point, it's just as good too, probably a little better in my view!

The rest of the park has a lot of cool attractions like a massive Ghost Train and a weird shooting dark ride themed to post-apocalyptic New York. This park also suffers from the Italian anomaly of water rides that don't get you wet! (Except for the Splash Battle, which was just awesome!)

Here's the photos!
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Woohoo, we’re at Mirabilandia!
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How about some ERT on Katun to wake us up? Yes please!
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Katun ERT rocks! Yes, yes it does.
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Now follows some geeky photos of the best coaster in Italy!
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It's like Montu, but better! They don’t make B&Ms quite like this any more!
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We all got many rides in this morning!
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Katun has one of those vertical loop things. It works pretty well.
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Yes, I do believe that is a Stargate that the ride goes through at the end…
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Steve liked Mirabilandia so much that he tried to make love to it.
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I think this photo more or less writes its own caption.
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Mirabilandia are awesome and offer the amazing Q-Bot system! They call it V-pass and they basically just herd you straight to the front of any line as soon as you show up with your Q-Bot. We hardly waited more than a few minutes for anything all day!
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Time for some Intamin sexiness…
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Take Maverick, add a hint of Stealth and you basically have iSpeed. The result is one really, really good ride!
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Erik gave the Intamin ride thumbs up. Don’t tell his boss!
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That’s right, we didn’t have to wait in any lines to ride iSpeed!
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Enjoy this photo, because unlike my usual self I really failed at getting many good iSpeed photos. Sorry!
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Leprotto Express is the park’s kiddie coaster, they really put a lot of effort into theming this!
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The park goes specifically out of their way to tell you that whisky is prohibited on this ride. This makes me sad.
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Yes, we’re all whores.
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For a kiddie coaster, this was pretty good!
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It’s 11am – also known in Italy as beer o’clock.
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CAUTION: OVERLORD AT WORK.
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Mirabilandia have taken a very creative approach with their log flume and themed it to a Colorado car wash.
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Although, in what seems to be in Italain log flume tradition this one doesn’t get you very wet! Was still pretty cool though!
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With the absolute sweltering heat of Italy I felt the time was finally right for me to pop my Splash Battle cherry. I’m glad I did – it was awesome!!! I’m looking forward to a few more Splash Battles on the US trips this summer!
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This is the crazy, crazy L&T Wild Mouse with pretty much zero height restriction! I think it was KidTums approved!
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Ghostville was a bit of a weird Ghost Train it was very long and had big open sections rather than little narrow corridors. It was a little different at least. Everybody rode it.
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Well, almost everybody.
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Lou asked me to take a photo of this tree for Jon. So Jon, here you go. Please tell Lou more about this tree. Thanks.
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Watch the low ceilings. This is seconds after Scottish Steve whacked his head right off the rock!
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Southern Steve and Brad. Father and Son reunited at last.
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Looks like these two are going undercover any second.
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We were running out of time but thanks to the awesome V-Pass we were able to just jump onto the rapids as we passed by.
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It was wetter than Gardaland’s but still was weirdly dry for such a hot country! I wasn’t complaining this time though as we had a bus ride coming up!
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The awesome V-Pass also meant we just had enough time to squeeze in a quick visit to post-apocalyptic New York.
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Yup, it’s a pretty nice area but it’s strangely stuck out on its own at the edge of the park. Reset itself was pretty cool, but I didn’t bother shooting. There was enough to look at without concentrating on hitting the targets.
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NOT the TPR bus.
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Mirabilandia really exceeded my expectations! I expected Katun and iSpeed to be good, but really they were both GREAT!

Add in an amazing Q-Bot system and its impossible not to have loads of fun at this place!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby Moose » Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:26 am

Lou asked me to take a photo of this tree for Jon. So Jon, here you go. Please tell Lou more about this tree. Thanks.


Um. Ok. Thanks Lou. It looks to be a deciduous tree, which would lose it's leaves in winter if there is a winter. It's pretty large which means it's probably fairly old. It's in an amusement park. That's pretty much all I got.
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby darkon » Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:35 am

Divv3k wrote:This park also suffers from the Italian anomaly of water rides that don't get you wet! (Except for the Splash Battle, which was just awesome!)


Did you miss Niagara? Cause that one is a lot wetter than the splash battle...

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby SuperSous » Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:10 pm

ispeed looks amazing!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby Louise » Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:35 pm

Moose wrote:
Lou asked me to take a photo of this tree for Jon. So Jon, here you go. Please tell Lou more about this tree. Thanks.


Um. Ok. Thanks Lou. It looks to be a deciduous tree, which would lose it's leaves in winter if there is a winter. It's pretty large which means it's probably fairly old. It's in an amusement park. That's pretty much all I got.


Disappointed!! It had amazingly beautiful very unusual leaves, though sadly (and this is not an insult to Divv's photography skills, which are rather fabulous) they did not translate as brilliantly to film as I might've liked! I wanted to identify it so I could publicly praise its awesomeness.

Cheers for all this Divv, brilliant report so far and tons of great photos for me to steal! I look FRIGHTENING in the flume photo, far too happy. The photo of Steve/Derek/Cameron/Larry on Katun is brilliant, and the one of me and Scottish being pregnant came out much better than expected! How the eff did Scottish hit his head on those rocks and Russ didn't?! I'm not sure if you realise this but Russ is tall...

Can't wait for part 3!

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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby larrygator » Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:16 pm

You don't have to wait for my Photo TR, although it is coming soon. Here is my response to Divv's photo in the Flying Island.
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Re: Photo TR: Divv's Italian Adventure

Postby DerekRx » Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:14 pm

Great stuff so far, Divv, looking forward to Studios.

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Is it just me, or does the baby appear to be breast feeding from Lou via straw? If Scottish was a little bit closer to the sign it couldn't looked like he was feeding the baby like a bird would
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