October 5, it was time for what seems to becoming a tradition : our autumn/halloween trip in Europe.
This year we headed to Northern Germany, hitting every park which would be open on weekdays that week.
Together with Hans, EB, Michael & Bart, we left Belgium/Holland quite early on Tuesday, heading to Fort Fun. The initial plan was arriving at Fort Fun at opening time, leave before 1 pm and visit Serengeti Park still the same day, but lots of construction works on the Autobahn made us arrive at Fort Fun only at 11 am. While we left already again at 130 pm, we passed Serengeti only at about 5 pm, which was too late. Luckily, we could spend some time at the park 2 days later, so eventually we didn't have to miss anything that was planned. Anyway, continue ranting about the road constructions, it seems the German government is investing a lot in roadconstructions, at least on the highways we drove on the first day. We even ended up in a traffic jam for about 2 hours on the highway very near to our hotel for the first 2 nights in Hamburg city, right next to the sinful mile, the Reperbahn. I also learned that my car isn't suitable to transport 5 adults. Sorry about that Hans, EB, Bart and especially Michael. Next autumn I may already drive a bigger car, or if not, we have to find another solution because I agree, only 4 people fit into my car.
Ok, having said the above, the rest of the trip, was awesome fun and I managed to finally relax after some stressful times. Thanks Hans, EB, Michael and Bart. I'll already start planning the trip for next fall.
On to the pictures of the first park : Fort Fun.
Arrived at our first park of the trip. Probably it's just me, but their flag reminds me of a western movie village. If other people think the same, I would say : well done Fort Fun !!
Hans' start of the trip :-)
As planned, every park on the trip was dead during our visit.
Every park had Halloween theming.
Crazy Washhouse = crazy attraction
Rent a horse. Yes, you read/see that right, you can rent a horse at the park.
First new credit of the trip.
This coaster probably has the weirdest waiting row I've ever seen.
Ready to ride
Here we go.
It was a nice little ride.
We all know what is inside now, but we all decided not to ride it.
Entance to what turned out to be THE ride of the trip.
On the lifthill, which kept on bringing you higher and higher, you had a good view on parts of the downhill track. This is going to be awesome.
Me. Behind me is Hans, behind Hans is EB, behind EB is ...
W T F was that ???
5 minutes later, daredevil Michael arrived.
It really rocks the hill.
It must have been about 20 years ago, since I last rode 1 of these. On this trip we would ride 2 different ones.
The rideop gave everybody 2 rides in a row. Thank you so much for that Mr Rideop.
To be honest, I expected it worse.
Michael isn't scared on double-8 coasters.
But is holding on tight when we are catching up speed.
See, I'm not scared.
I'm so organised. Forgot a logflume picture. As you can see, for the larger part, it's a terrainflumeride.
As Hans said, he didn't want to ride because he's dutch as there was an upcharge of 1 euro for this ride.
Well, if we would have known we wouldn't make it in time to Serengeti the same day, we would have ridden it. And we would have ridden the alpine slide at least another 5 times.
Michael was scared again. Bart too I think.
But again, he survived.
In danger again
But they all survived.
Not sure whether it is intended like it since it looks like needing a paintjob, but I really like this theming. End of part 1 of our Germany trip. Hope you like it.
Last edited by Groteslurf on Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:44 pm.
After a first great night at the Reperbahn, we drove to Hansapark the second day. No construction works nor traffic jams and the weather was better than we could ever had hoped for. It was almost summer again.
Hooray ! Arrived.
We got our Club TPR discount without a problem
Again and empty park
I was looking forward to this ride.
Except for the fact it is a Eurofighter, I didn't know anything about the ride.
The ride is great with some nice surprises.
The exit is a real maze.
Again Halloween theming
Not sure whether Larry still needs this : entrance of the drop/shoot tower.
Another seacredit for me : the Ostsee.
It is weird.
It doesn't even have a capacity of 100 persons per hour.
Strange, REALLY strange and weird.
Starflyer on steroids
It is insanely fast.
Raftride and IC/DC ;-)
I love these raftrides. No chance of getting soaked but the spinning is awesome.
Going down .....
You can buy cars inside.
We had a 'Duelling Dragons' experience in the loop. Very weird to see the people on the other train from upside down.
Great ride though.
Time for something weird ...
Here you go Larry.
Digging the grave
EB doing his excersises.
Didn't find the ridesign.
The weather was like in Italy. Oh wait, Italy. Great destination for a next fall trip.
Great park, great weather, great friends, great beer.
Some more random pics of our second parklap.
Michael wanted to destroy something.
"Hey Jim, I want you to spell something for me"
The covered lifthill doesn't really add something to the ride but it really make the ride a beauty.
This was a great little attraction
Hans made a new girlfriend. But since I drive a small car, we made him throw her back.
Time to head back to the hotel in Hamburg.
Last edited by Groteslurf on Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:45 pm.
After an awesome night at Hamburg, where we met up with some colleagues from work, drank a few beers at a very trendy place, had an excellent dinner at a Brauhouse, drank another few beesr in an Irish pub, saw the Hamburg city hall, found the Herbstrasse, drank a few other beers at a pub near the Herbstrasse, attended an amazing beat-party on the Reperbahn with all kind of beat music of the sixties, people dressed like the sixties, there even was a guy having Beatles-hair and we drank a lot of beers again ..... we drove in the morning to Hotel Port Royal @Heidepark where we would stay for the night after having visited Heidepark. So, after checking in, we were at Heidepark well before 10 am
Let's start with the B&M construction site
It's really huge
A lot of pieces waiting.
My god .... we are real nerds. Because you'll admit, there is in fact nothing to see on this pic excpet for a buldozer paving the place for a B&M. And still I'm posting the pic ;-)
Divemachine station ??
The gyro drop is still awesome.
Baby drop right next to the real stuff.
Go Norway Go Norway ...
Go Germany Go Germany ...
Time for some Vekoma fun
Well, this is probably one of the smoothest ones.
Great job on the extreme make over of the flatride section.
This could have been the best coaster on the trip. By far the best coaster....
if it would have run !!
But it was closed. I wanted to ride it at least 10 times that day :-(( On a positive note : this allowed us to visit the park we skipped 2 days earlier in the afternoon. More about that later.
Heidepark is beautiful
No idea how something like this is called.
Dessert race station
It's very obvious : EB is our leader.
Lego shop. We all love Lego. Especially since we know Renata, the german lady giving the backstage tours at Legoland California.
New credit for me.
We had a list of what Larry was missing for the index. Here you go Larry ;-)
Because Colossos wasn't operating, we decided to leave Heide Park by 2 pm, and we drove to Serengeti, the park we didn't have time for on day 1. Serengeti is only approx 30 kms from Heidepark so shortly after leaving Heide, we arrived at Serengeti.
I took a lot of pictures at the this park so it will be a 2 parts report.
First part of Serengeti is a safari with your own car. You could take the bus too, but there was a charge up for that, and we only had limited time to discover the complete park, so we raced through the safari part.
In fact the safari was the best one I have ever done.
The safari was also very very long
Lots of animals and with EB in the car, we actually had live on board audio, with all we needed to know about the animals.
I had the great idea to race through that water on the road .... but that one animal didn't want to move.
EB sits the all-weather seat.
Serengeti is a very green park.
Although Serengeti is divided in different parts, the actual parts weren't really clear to me. Here we were heading to Freizeitland and Affenland
Ghetto arcade. But I love places like this
Can't believe they actually want to kill this mousie.
The ride itself was awesome. Some hops at crazy speed.
2 of us
There are actually quite some rides at Serengeti. And the owners are doing their best to safari-theme the rides
There weren't too many other visitors in the park
The insect animatronics were totally awesome. Very well done. Almost the real stuff.
This was more or less the only attraction with a ridesign
Hey, other people !!
Rammen verboten : so these are just cars, no bumpercars
More kiddie rides
End of part I. Much more to come in part II
Last edited by Groteslurf on Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:46 am.
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