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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:03 pm

Steve - Look at it this way, with my awesome travel skills I made it to two different airports in two hours

Chuck - Yes, I'm a pizza snub and wouldn't go near the pizza cone

Eric/Melissa - I didn't know the laser/water/fire show existed until I stumbled upon it when trying to get one last ride on Ramses

Lou - Yes, I fail for not pointing out the Condor, it was semi hidden and hard to see behind some trees. Then I double failed in having to ride one alone at the last park of the trip. And thanks for saving all my dull pictures.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Louise » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:30 pm

larrygator wrote:Lou - Yes, I fail for not pointing out the Condor, it was semi hidden and hard to see behind some trees. Then I double failed in having to ride one alone at the last park of the trip. And thanks for saving all my dull pictures.


I would totally have got on a plane and flown to Hungary or wherever the hell you were to ride a Condor with you! It must be love! :lol:

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Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:56 pm

^Damn, I should have called you. If only I had a working cell phone.

On the morning of June 29th we boarded a bus for Mirabilandia. Like many on the group I was very impressed with the theming and beauty of the park. Robb and Elissa arranged for V-Pass' for the Group. This Lo-Q system serves like a Gold Q-Bot but instead of a merge point before the queue gates, you board right on the rides directly in front of the people that expect to be on that same ride.

The park has a great 1-2 coaster punch in Katun and iSpeed. Katun is now my second favorite invert after Nemesis, I know others on the trip are in agreement on this. Another very memorable ride at the park was the Splash Battle that was akin to having a water balloon fight with someone from 10 feet away.

Unfortunately some OCD riddled participants conquered the park too quickly and in a group vote resoundly elected to leave the park an hour early and go back to Gardaland a little earlier. While Gardaland is a nice park, Mirabilandia is far superior and I can't imagine any coaster enthusiasts having more fun in 60 minutes Gardaland than another 60 minutes riding iSpeed or Katun. :?r

Enough editorializing and on to the pictures.
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As I said earlier we had these things, but we had to break off into groups of four and there were 10 people in our group.
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At this point TPToomuchhair tried to take charge in finding two additional people to increase our group to a multiple of four. But I realized that Dave's strategy of approaching groups of three people to find two people to join us was not going to work.
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So even though Divv is clearly the leader of the Brit Crew, I made the free agent pick-up of the trip by signing Cory and Dominique to the Brit Crew. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the two of them, so this will such to suffice.
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Somehow I reverted back to my old ways of not taking pictures of coasters. So I present two nerds taking a picture of my #2 invert, Katun. Even though we had the V-Pass' we also had ERT on Katun before the park opened.
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This coaster is as good as its' sign.
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I concede this is not as good as World of Color.
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Elissa jokingly admitted bad parenting skills, allowing Kristen to ride this rough mouse. But in reality, Elissa is a fantastic mom.
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While the rest of else rode Ghostville, Scaredy Steve played "bag lady."
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The Music Express has a personality disorder and thinks it is a caterpillar. You can see the canopy in the background.
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Proud Mary keep on burnin'
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Robb decides to graze in a field while checking his iPhone.
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I'm not grazing.
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I'm surveying my kingdom!
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This duck has a yellow bill, it is not a beak.
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Don't worry KT, it's not the real Statue of Liberty.
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and these are not real Space Shuttles.
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Crooked station for the powered coaster.
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European parks have a penchant for theming spinning tea cups to cannibal cauldrons.
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Dinosaur egg monorail was cool.
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Someone mentioned that this ride gave good airtime but I didn't ride.
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"Main street" area and site of the fateful vote to leave early. Sorry for the lack of quality photos this go around.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby ginzo » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:22 pm

larrygator wrote:Unfortunately some OCD riddled participants conquered the park too quickly and in a group vote resoundly elected to leave the park an hour early and go back to Gardaland a little earlier.


I agree 100%. Because there was so much to do, our group didn't even make it back to Katun! At no other point on the trip were we to have such easy access to coasters of that caliber (Katun & iSpeed). Though I imagine many of the people who voted to leave were not among those who went back into Gardaland.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:04 pm

People voted to leave to return to Gardaland?

Great TR Larry! I have to say, Italy in the summer for parks -- a very brave thing! It's usually Dante's Inferno temperatures.

Italian water parks are quite something if you've ever had the chance to visit one. A must in the summer if not at the beach or islands.

Looking forward to seeing the rest and especially the solo pics!

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Postby DerekRx » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:51 pm

Hooray, I'm a nerd again! Full circle has been achieved! Great stuff so far, Larry. I'm loving how my biggest debate right now is with myself as to which is better, Katun or iSpeed. They're both just so amazing in their own ways!!
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby ginzo » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:26 am

rollin_n_coastin wrote:People voted to leave to return to Gardaland?


We were staying at the Gardaland Hotel, which was really nice and had great A/C, a bar, etc. The bus dropped some people off at the park, but the rest of the people went back to the hotel. I imagine the heat, jet lag, and the like played into the decision to leave Mirabilandia early. But, really, I'm a huge wimp about heat and it wasn't that hot.
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Postby larrygator » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:30 am

Jason - My plan was to hit up the water park, but Movieland Studios was better than expected and most rides had a 30 minute wait.

Derek - thanks for the heads up in your PM. iSpeed surprised me because I hadn't read any reviews before I rode it.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Moose » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:53 am

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larrygator wrote:Lou - Yes, I fail for not pointing out the Condor, it was semi hidden and hard to see behind some trees. Then I double failed in having to ride one alone at the last park of the trip. And thanks for saving all my dull pictures.


I would totally have got on a plane and flown to Hungary or wherever the hell you were to ride a Condor with you! It must be love! :lol:


That Condor (at Vidampark) is the only themepark ride to ever make me actually hurl. I have never ridden one since.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:55 pm

You can all stop holding your breathe, the next installment is here.

The bus pulled up to Movieland Studios in the morning and I had full intentions of hanging out at the park for 60-90 minutes and then heading to the waterpark. However, the park had some unique rides and when coupled with less than stellar operations I needed more than 90 minutes and decided to spend the whole day at the park.

Horror House was one of the longest walk throughs I've ever done, U571 is the oddest (and wettest) simulator and Magma 2 Studio Tour is something you'll never see in America.

In the end I'm sort of glad that Cobra never opened at Connyland or else I would have missed most of this park.
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I figure it is about time that I started a post with a proper park entrance sign.
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Do you want to know what everyone is standing around looking at? Well they are all just trying to stand in the only shaded place area outside the park entrance.
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This shows an example of the park's less than efficient operations.
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Powered Coaster - Whoop - De - f'n - Do
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Erik - I was amused in watching the World Cup finals as the commentator was a former Dutch player who pronounced this word the same as you when referring to Paul the Octopuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuus
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Not only did they serve me the worst pizza ever, they are using Tom Wopat's image without his permission. My mom's cousin's ex-wife's brother golfs with Tom's former nanny's father.
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Magma 2 presented by Lou!
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The Brontojet was not ready for us to ride, but that's OK, all's well.
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I love the detail that went into the theming of the dinosaur themed flume.
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The parks has about a half dozen famous cars from film and movies. However, if you read the plaques on the cars it is clear these models never appeared on film.
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Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
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On the Magma2 Tour the driver takes this ramp way too fast to ever be allowed in America.
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No silly, it's not really toxic, it's just water.
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What's that white thing I see from the monorail?
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Oh it's the simulator where you sit in an unstable environment and get sprayed with a garden hose.
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Nuns just want to have fun!
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