I'm not getting the smiley...Do I know the poster? Yes, it is 2009. We moved to Holland on January 2, 2009, and a couple of weeks later, the great Leon S. of TPR Tokyo Trip 2008 picked us up at Breda Station and drove us to Bruhl, home of Phantasialand!
Gardaland... Firstly, where is that located? More importantly, I have a roller coaster book from, eh, 2008. It mentions the idea of a screaming squirrel prototype. I'm assuming the coaster shown in the picture is the final product of the screaming squirrel? Like a wild mouse that flips you upside down.
Taylor Finn wrote:Gardaland... Firstly, where is that located? More importantly, I have a roller coaster book from, eh, 2008. It mentions the idea of a screaming squirrel prototype. I'm assuming the coaster shown in the picture is the final product of the screaming squirrel? Like a wild mouse that flips you upside down.
Gardaland is in Castelnuovo del Garda in northern Italy, right here on a Google map, approximately equidistant from Milano and Bologna. We flew into Bologna so that we could go from Mirabilandia (in Ravenna) to catch our return flight.
Yes, that was the Screaming Squirrel prototype, named Sequoia Adventure, and if you look at the Flamingo Land picture, that is the current generation of that coaster, Mumbo Jumbo, which is S&S Power's El Loco model. Indiana Beach has one called Steel Hawg.
Unfortunately, both types are lacking, IMHO. The Screaming Squirrel was braked so much that you're spending a lot of time hanging upside down. Quite slow. The new version has some of the same problems: a bit too slow and upside-down hang time embeds the restraints into your shoulders. But it is a nifty ride nonetheless, just not my cup of tea. Sequoia Adventure is definitely nice to look at, with every round support painted to look like a giant California redwood.
Incidentally, there's a fantastic review of Mumbo Jumbo in First Drop Magazine.
larrygator wrote:Nice Martin - now just waiting for another Photo TR to read your opinions about Wiener Prater.
I could have sworn that I did a Wiener Prater report but I can't find it so I guess I didn't! Prater was okay...we loved the scenic railway and the nature park and the atmosphere and the food. But the park is definitely run down. The Zamperla flying was down because of the accident but we couldn't find any physical evidence of the accident even though 3 people were injured. I'm having deja vu because I thought I wrote about all this already.
Anyway, thanks for looking Larry. This 69 photo thing took a long time.
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