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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby cfc » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:46 am

Shall we send Joe a sympathy card for missing out on Olympia Looping? Hell, I should send myself a sympathy card. That day at the fair looked great.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby ParkTrips » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:24 am

^ I don't know, but that Joe person would probably be PISSED if he saw he was being fun of by Larry.

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:53 am

^^No you didn't miss out on anything. NO ONE has any fun at all at the fair. You would have needed to enjoy either coasters, food, beer or kitschiness to enjoy the fair. NO FUN was had. ;)

^We all know you are going to bail on the Octoberfest Trip to file papers or something.

We arrived at the Phantasialand's Matambe Hotel late at night, even though the bars were closed that didn't stop some people from using their Euros to purchase beer from the hotel vending machines.

I was more impressed with the rooms at the Matamba than at Phantasialand's Ling Bao. Phantasialand might not have the greatest coasters or highest quantity of rides but is extensively themed which many rides close to each other. Sometimes with the theming you don't even know how close you are to another attractions.

I was a little worried with being bored as this was my third trip to Phantasialand but I still had a great day. Who wouldn't with WInjas. This was also the first time in my three trips to Phantasialand that I had a more extensive Quick Pass, I was able to use it after ERT when the queues filled up.
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I know many have seen it before but here's the Matamba entrance.
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From inside the Matamba courtyard.
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The sink in one of the Matamba's public restrooms, I thought this was awesome. I know it's pathetic to be excited about a sink.
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Robb thinks he is riling up the crowd for Winjas ERT (and don't tell him this) but we are already pumped.
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Winjas - still as much fun as I remember. Extremely re-rideable
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Wolke's Luftpost is one of the new rides.
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If you see Anth smiling...
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It must be a water ride.
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There used to be a monorail here.
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I played "bag lady" while other rode Talocan.
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The carousel was moved closer to the entrance to the park creating an open courtyard area for a new show.
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Dave Thomas - this picture is for you
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The new monorail also was not ready for us.
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There was a different dragon in each kingdom in the park. This is Drago. Kroka was in Africa, Wang was in China, Schneck was in Germany, Quetzal was in Mexico and Phenie represented the Fantasy kingdom.
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Lou is quite excited about Wang.
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The Wakobato splash battle is purposely designed to not get you wet. WTF?
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Mystery Castle had more scare actors than I recall seeing previously.
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We spent about 30 minutes inside the Mystery Castle building during a thunderstorm.
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Here are some of the scare actors.
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and here is the ride.
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Another scare actor.
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In additional to water rides, scare actors who give Anth candy also make him smile.
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GIMME SOME CANDY!
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So for the last 20 minutes in the park I caught DRAAK'IUM, the spectacle with the 6 Dragons that Phantasialand is promoting to year. Here one of the participants enters the battle.
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In the end, the battle between three dragons was not a battle at all, but a dance off and acrobatic prowess where all the dragon kingdoms learned that teamwork and cooperation wins out.
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Not even any fire, only streamer cannons. LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lou, I got your Wang right here.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby cfc » Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:00 am

"Hello? Is this Moe's Tavern? I"m looking for a guy named 'Wang,' first name 'Lon.'"
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Louise » Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:21 pm

LOL Larry, this whole update was amazing, thanks!!!

Yay Phantasialand. I still just adore that park, even though as time passes I get more and more confused by my own adoration. Kinda like how I feel about Larry... :lol: This was a really great day.

I'm so glad you got a picture of Wang, after "I" (note: I actually did not care about finding Wang) spent the day chasing him!

Also YAY for the Hollywood Tour picture, which Dave needs to be notified of immediately as it was seriously taken just for him!


I'd also just like to point out that referring to Dominique and Cory as "quality free agents" in the German Fair update made me laugh out loud. I love those guys and that is a perfect description in so many ways! :lover:

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby nay » Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:57 pm

Ah, I couldn't remember who took the group photo of us in front of the Hollywood Tour sign! Yeah, that was an interesting ride.

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:40 am

Bad News: We are visiting the last park of the European Tour. An awesome job of planning and negotiations by Robb and Elissa made for another incredible vacation.

Good News: We are at an awesome park with ERT on a brand new dueling GCI woodie, our first wood coaster of the trip. Joris en de Draak is a typical GCI woodie, very solid throughout and a lot of fun with a dueling aspect.

We stayed on site at the Efteling Hotel which is built to resemble a floating castle. Efteling is a beautiful and expansive park. Sometimes it is a 5-10 walk before you get to a cluster of rides.

My apologies to anyone I didn't personally say good-bye to in the bar that night, I'm not a good-bye person.
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Hanno without a camera attached to his head, an unusual sight.
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The amazing Efteling Hotel.
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Noted
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Most people took one or two quick rides on Flying Dutchman before heading to Joris en de Draak ERT. Unlike our visit in 2008, all of the effects in the dark ride portion of the Flying Dutchman were working. On top of the magnificent queue and loading area, this greatly enhances the ride experience.
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It's the theming that counts
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This is the vending machine area in the queue.
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You can't have a dueling woodie without two lift hills.
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Ryan and Renee seemed to enjoy the last ride during ERT. Cameron is just being his typical grumpy self.
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Efteling's got boobs!
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The free agents are enjoying the Bobbahn.
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Site moderator gisco is appalled as all the young ones cut the line.



They are not really cutting the line, as that is unacceptbale behavior that TPR does not condone..
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What's that? Anth enjoying a water ride!
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I like fish!
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Cory needs a nap after eating too much at lunch, we convince to go on some mellow dark rides where he can continue napping.
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Lou makes some new friends. Not quite as funny as Elissa being molested by Orci or JimmyBo getting the same treatment as Isla Magica.
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A lot of buzz is in the air about Raveleijn, which is being built.
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A lot of us love Mad House, even though we don't understand the pre shows in foreign langauges, but at Villa Volta we get the back story.
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On Villa Volta, Cameron does the right thing, unlike his actions on Flying Dutchman. Russ also tries to levitate himself.
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The harmless looking carousel ran at Derby Racer type speeds.
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This is the entrance to Spookslot and it is not anywhere near as bad as Elissa will tell you. In this situation, it is perfectly acceptable to not listen to her opinion.
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To end out day at the park, our group took the train which offers unique views to some rides.
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Exclusive shot of Joris en de Draak's final brake run and lift hills.
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Last ride of the trip was reserved for Lou on the spinning cannibal cups. But I failed to take a good picture of thhat ride so hear is the mini himilaya ride.
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Bye everybody. Although the TPR portion of the tour has ended, I still have 6 more parks to bring you.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby smells_like_team_disney » Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:16 am

Great trip report, Larry! Some absolutely amazing pictures! I really can't think of one highlight to this trip, as there were many good times (ERT on Joris en de Draak definitely being one of them). And while I, too, wasn't able to say good bye to everyone, I look forward to meeting up with all of you on another trip! =)
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby nay » Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:27 pm

My only complaint about Spook Slot is that there were no seats! I was half-asleep and had no idea what was happening, but I'm glad we weren't yelled at in Dutch.

I wish someone had a photo of Steve in the Europa mad house!

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:12 pm

^I wish I had a picture of the woman sitting next to him not knowing what to think of him.
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