Edit/comment: Sorry, I'm new in this part of the forum and I don't see the rules for "Ask Alvey". – Normally I would delete my answer, but I think it helps a little bit or give some nice ideas for the trip. – Sorry!
Perilous Chris wrote:Days 1 - 2: Travel from Lax to Amsterdam, and rent a car
Day 3, 4 and 5: Walibi Holland, Toverland, Efteling, and maybe Bobbejaanland
Day 6: Drive to Phantasialand, half day at the park
Day 7: Phantasialand
Day 8: Drive to Europa Park, half day at the park
Day 9: Europa Park
Day 10: Holiday Park
Day 11: Drive to Frankfurt airport, fly to Hamburg
Day 11: Rent a car, Heide Park
Day 12: Hansa Park
Day 13: Drive to Djurs Sommerland area
Day 14: Djurs Sommerland
Day 15: Maybe Skara Sommerland, Legoland
Day 16 - 17: Drive to Hamburg airport, fly back
1. Do the drives look relatively reasonable, or would it be better to use public transportation?
2. One park I would love to visit is Liesberg. However, it does not seem practical, without adding extra time. Is there anyway to fit that one in?
3. In shoes, I am a tiny bit above 6'4." This past summer I was height checked for Ride of Steel at SFNE, and was fine. I noticed many parks have maximum height limits. Should I be concerned?
4. I may try to add Tripsdrill, and Klotten. Is anything else recommended?
Hey Chris, greetings from Germany. I have some personal problems with this plan, but I try to get what you want.
First, the Questions:
1. 90% of all parks don't have a good connection to public transport. So you will need a rental car. (And you will love the "Autobahn"
2. Book a flight from Hamburg to Göteborg (Liseberg), daily for about 40-60$ and flight back to Amsterdam for cheaper flights to LAX or you flight to Stockholm and visit Gröna Lund, in booth parks you don't need a rental car, they have great opening times and have some of the best coasters in the world. (And from Stockholm there are also some flights so LAX.)
3. In European high you are 194/195cm. Some rides have these as maximum limit (or 196), but in the most coasters it will fit in. It's more for the people over 2m (6'6).
4. Klotten is nice, but not special. And the streets are not the best. – But Tripsdrill is an European Classic. Old, small, family owned. Four coasters and three special and nice one (first Gerstlauer coaster and the first Infinity-Coaster, also the Mammut-Woodie).
The route: The point is: Europe looks small, but you need time for parks, hotels and the route. I don't get in the list of your parks if you want to count all the coasters or want to enjoy the parks with all there views, theming and landscaping. I've done all of your wish-list-parks except from Bobbejaanland (to do 2017 with Movie Park/Slagharen-season pass).
First Park: BeNeLux:
Days 1 - 2: Travel from Lax to Amsterdam, rent a car, visit Duinrell and go to hotel
3: Walibi Holland and try to get the new Gerstlauer at Slagharen (and you will have some Jetlag)
4: Drievliet and drive to Efteling, half day with night time!
5: Efteling half day, afternoon at Bobbejaanland
6: Toverland and Movie Park Germany
7: Phantasialand (On-Site to use the evening for counts!, special hotel opening of klugheim)
8: Holiday Park, drive to EP
9: Europa-Park (On-site!)
10: EP 2nd day (morning opening for hotel guests)
11: Tripdrill and flight from stuttgart to Hamburg or Hannover
*) When the flights are in some stupid times, you can make: Day 10: Half day EP, 3h drive to Tripsdrill and 3-4h in the park for main attractions and flight in the evening/night. So you can safe one more day but its possible to miss something in EP.
12: I recommend a flight to hannover because you will drive better to Heide Park (see map)
Then you want to drive through hole Denmark. Of course, Djurs and Farup are very nice (DON'T DO LEGO! JUST NO! (The old Lego charme is gone away, Merlin ruined it totally!))
14: Djurs / 15: Farup (you can combine it with Tivoli Friheden, five special coasters and the worlds only really free free fall, because the park opens very long) /16: going back to hamburg (or doing lego) and flight back.
But why you don't:
A) Drive with the car over the famous Fehmarn-Belt to Bon-Bon-Land (Park Reunides Season Card inkl.; Day 14; or: 13 with half day at Hansa-Park) and to Kopenhagen with Bakken and Tivoli Kopenhagen (Day 14 or 15, booth long open into the night) and flight from there for one day to Göteborg or flight back to Amsterdam. (see map down)
B) Flying from Stuttgart to Hamburg and have no one-way-car-rental, and flying from hamburg to Göteborg (and Oslo?), back to Amsterdam.
I hope i can help a little bit. GoogleMaps make it really easy to plan the routes. The times are good calculated.
I think you will need one season passes for a little bit of saving some money: Park Reunides: Free: Slagharen, Movie Park, Bobbejaanland, BonBon-Land; 50%: Efteling and 25%: Toverland
PHL and EP will be in the Hotel entry and the most of the other parks doesn't have any great discounts/benefits for one-day-visits.