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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby chadster » Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:43 am

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:00 pm

Settling in to my hotel in Augsburg the previous night was key to me being able to cover two parks in one day. I caught a train at 8:16 from Augsburg to Gunzburg and then took a 10-15 ride on the clearly marked Shuttle bus for Legoland Deutschland. I could already tell at 8AM that is was going to be a very hot and humid day.

I had never been to a Legoland park before July of 2009 and I have now visited all 4 of them. Although the parks are not duplicates of each other they are all very similar and deliver the same experience. Best enjoyed by pre-teens or in a larger group. This park has the longest and fastest of Legoland's "Dragon" coasters. The log flume type ride is also a reversing kind, so my strategy of staying dry by sitting in the back did not work well. Luckily, the higher temperatures dried me out farily quickly.

My gameplan was to spend 2.5 hours in the park, and that 2.5 hours was sufficient time to ride everything at the park and take plenty of pictures.
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This is the train station at Gunzburg.
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While at the train station I grabbed a vanilla drink and a pretzel for breakfast and waited for the bus.
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The clearly marked Legoland bus was ready to leave right on time at 9:40.
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Victory is mine.
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1st ride of the day is Project X Test Strecke
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Lego Vinsanity stills plays for the Raptors.
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Looks like the same 3D/4D movies as other Legoland parks.
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Always a popular Legoland ride on a hot day.
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A kid's playground
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A boobless Rockin' Tug. Even without boobs it sounds dirty.
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Make it an Intamin Mega-Lite.
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Not exactly a log flume
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But you can see one reversal area.
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Which occurs right before a dinosaur spits on your boat.
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NOTED!
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The Tret-o-Mobil (Sky Cycle) was a nice way to see the park from above.
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As was the Aussichtsturm
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I have no sleeves
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The kiddie coaster from above.
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You get a sense of how long Feuerdrache is from above, the dark ride section of the coaster is in the castle building on the right.
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Hi, Wes!
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Not a Wacky Worm! Not a credit! Not even for Jeff Johnson.
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I have not had to resort to Duct Tape yet. The sneakers only need to hold out for 4 more days.
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The Legoland Express bearing down on me.
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They call him Eagle Eye, don't f with him.
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FAIL!
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When jaundice sets in
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Another kid's playground area
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Even with a bad hangover, this is my favorite Legoland ride.
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I think I've seen these two trying to sneak into every Legoland park.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:39 pm

^Very cool! Can't wait to go in September. Although I think this will be KT's first Legoland where she can't get any credits. :(

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:10 pm

SharkTums wrote:^Very cool! Can't wait to go in September. Although I think this will be KT's first Legoland where she can't get any credits. :(


What's really odd is that neither my park map or the website list minimum heights for any rides. Although on the website when you click on the smaller coaster (Drachenjagd) the following appears "This is an ideal alternative for those too small - or afraid - to ride Fire Dragon."
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:59 pm

Logistically this was the toughest day of the trip with six train segments and two bus segments to fit in both parks.

Also, the walk from the train station to Skyline was 20 minutes through a cornfield. While not a very stressful walk, the time did need to be factored in to trip planning.

The second park of the day was Skyline Park. Skyline Park was intriguing for me from a coaster standpoint because: I had never ride one of these sad and pathetic butterfly coasters before, it has a Maurer Sohne coaster in the middle of nowhere and another coaster is the unique Caripro Gyroflyer.

What surprised me is how spread out the rides all from each other and that dense brush surrounds the pathways at the park. Also, although Hanno had featured many of their "do it yourself" rides in a previous Photo TR, the sheer number of them caught me off guard.
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Do you see the Ferris wheel on the left? That's my destination from the train station, walking along the dirt path on the right.
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I'm halfway there and an amusement park arises out of the corn fields.
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I'm a sweaty mess but I made it. Did I mention this is the one day that I could not leave my bags in a train station in storagelockers so that 1.5 mile walk in 90 degree + weather was with about 20 pounds on my back.
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First I'm going to show you all the do it yourself rides, like this swing.
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Just a rope to swing on aimlessly.
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Something to make you dizzy
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and dizzier
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and dizzier
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and dizzier
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These random looking bicycle pedals serve a purpose.
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They power the Tetrakarussell
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They really do have coasters here.
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There's the Sky Wheel which had minor mechanical problems when I rode.
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A better overview of the Schwarkopf from the Ferris Wheel.
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The 3rd non-sad and pathetic coaster.
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With funky cars.
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and for all you sad and pathetic folks
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This ladies' job is to start the Butterfly Coasters once you are seated.
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Butterfly POV, I think this was the one on the right. My view from the one on the left was exactly the same. Unlike Boardwalk Bullet, I don't think time of day, temperature, weather or phase of the moon affect performance.
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If you are only here for the coasters or pictures of self operated ice cream machines, then turn back now. There will be no more in this post.
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I did not realize there was a Bayern Curve in the park.
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As member Tezee just informed me via PM, Sky Twister came from Heide Park's "Huss Land".
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The BobKart broke when I was next in line.
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I never made it to the drop tower. It is hard to see from the rest of the park, I never found and entrance and I forgot about it.
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They got one of these whatchyamacallit's that would make a fast food enthuseast from Washington cream his pants.
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and they have one of these "thingamajigs" also. It ran an extremely intense cycle, I did not care for a second ride.
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New for 2010, spinning raft ride with an elevator lift.
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Elevator Lift Powers activate
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Form of "water"
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Form of a "goat"
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There's plenty of other interesting stuff at the park, like this rocking ship.
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Climbing Tower without escape slides????????
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More spinny things.
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Pedal Cars
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Nautic Jet Boat Jump. Just like with the Butterfly coaster there was a ride op available to assist on this slow day at the park.
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One last interestingthing at the park was these tables that looked like miniature mini-golf holes on stilts.
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Since Google is my friend I found out that it is a game called Pit Pat and played with pool sticks. A combination of pool and mini golf, if I was there with others i would have tried it out.
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You see that building way the hell in the background. Neither do I, but that's the train station.
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Derek - Are these hops? If so I'm walking through a Bavarian hop field.
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Never mind. I just googled it, and it's only barley.
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The Rammingen Bayern is a rockin' train station as you can see.
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But there are ostrich in a nearby pen.
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When I got to Munich I checked in to my hotel then walked around looking for a place to eat. But fund only topless clubs, casinos and pizza being made by Arabs so I ended up back at the Munich Bahnhof with some brats and a pretzel.
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And watched the Dutch march into the World Cup Finals. Tomorrow, I embark for Austria.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Hhappy » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:30 pm

Nice update Larry :)
I'm also happy to see that Skyline has added some more rides (and other do it yourself stuff) since my last visit.
Great place and i really hope they continue to do well
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Tezee » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:33 pm

Nice TR. The table-mini-golf is very comical. I didn´t know that there is a bayern curve. Thank you

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:44 pm

^Hanno - I know the Wet n Wild Rafting was installed after your visit, was the Bayern Curve there on your last visit
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Hhappy » Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:05 pm

i do remember seeing a Bayern Curve there, i even think i have a picture of it.
i don't remember the rocking boat or climbing tower though..
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby DerekRx » Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:10 pm

Sweet stuff so far, happy to see Skyline getting more rides from my planned visit in 2006. You've found one component of German beer, Larry so good job! However, hops look like little tiny green pinecones and grown on vines which can be raised to grow like bushes.
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These are hops
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Hops on a vine
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Hops on my leg
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