Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby DoubleDown » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:29 pm

WOW what a great trip report!

I have been to this park with my brother and we absolutely fell in LOVE with it!

Your photos are great and kind of really give a good "feel" of how the park actually is. Anyone notice how the "sea of concrete" is lacking at this park? I wish some of the chains out here in America would take notice! Instead of concrete, plant some FU**ING trees! Make a small pond! People do not go to theme parks JUST for coasters, and this park is a great testament to that.

Just a question, when I went there about 5 years ago, they had this awesome policy with their cups. You buy a drink with a cup, but you don't dispose it, if you bring it back you get some actual money back, and they reuse it. I just thought that was a fantastic idea to avoid trash, to avoid litter, and over-using. Do they still do that?

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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:05 pm

DoubleDown wrote:Your photos are great and kind of really give a good "feel" of how the park actually is. Anyone notice how the "sea of concrete" is lacking at this park? I wish some of the chains out here in America would take notice! Instead of concrete, plant some FU**ING trees! Make a small pond! People do not go to theme parks JUST for coasters, and this park is a great testament to that.


Thank you! It is indeed a very natural park, hence why it is called Tivoli Gardens and not Tivoli Concrete, I guess ;) But you are absolutely right about the fact that people don't go to parks only for the coasters, at least for me. Of course, the coasters are a major factor, but I'd much rather have a very natural park with a few less coasters than a 'concrete' park that has coasters on the parking lot. Also, most of the people weren't even there for the rides, they were just relaxing in the park's beautiful gardens. And I can't blame them at all!

DoubleDown wrote:Just a question, when I went there about 5 years ago, they had this awesome policy with their cups. You buy a drink with a cup, but you don't dispose it, if you bring it back you get some actual money back, and they reuse it. I just thought that was a fantastic idea to avoid trash, to avoid litter, and over-using. Do they still do that?


Yes, they still do that! And it is indeed an awesome way to avoid waste. Another reason why this park is awesome!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby wmay » Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:43 am

I live a 10 min walk from this park. Every night in the summer at 11.30 I hear the fireworks as if they were in my kitchen. Anyway, I love Tivoli. It rarely feels crowded even though it's a popular park and it's located right in the city centre. Great trip report!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:00 am

wmay wrote:I live a 10 min walk from this park. Every night in the summer at 11.30 I hear the fireworks as if they were in my kitchen. Anyway, I love Tivoli. It rarely feels crowded even though it's a popular park and it's located right in the city centre. Great trip report!


The fireworks were indeed very loud. And for it being in the middle of a big city, I was wondering what the people living near the park would think about that. But it is indeed a very lovely park!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:26 am

Great report! I always love seeing photos of Tivoli since the park's landscaping looks so nice. I'm always impressed by how compact Daemonen is and that first elevated section reminds me of Great Bear.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:35 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! I always love seeing photos of Tivoli since the park's landscaping looks so nice. I'm always impressed by how compact Daemonen is and that first elevated section reminds me of Great Bear.


Thank you! And yes, Dæmonen is a very compact ride, but lots of fun. And the helix before the drop is definitely unique.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:34 am

Bakken - June 2017

Hello everyone!

June 28th and 29th 2017, I went for my first ever time to Copenhagen to visit Tivoli Gardens and Bakken. I spent the first day in Tivoli Gardens, and the second day in Bakken.

On June 29th I visited Bakken, the oldest amusement park in the world. It is located on the edge of Copenhagen. The park does not charge an entrance fee, but like Tivoli Gardens, you have to buy individual ride tickets. You can also buy a wristband with access to all the attractions. The wooded area and many access roads provide a free and open atmosphere that I had never experienced before at a theme park. Queues were pretty much non existent that day, which led to numerous rerides (and that's something we all want). Overall, I had a brilliant time at one of the most unique parks in Europe.

Sadly, Tornado (the Intamin Spinning Coaster) was closed during my visit. It is a shame, because I was really looking forward to riding this insane coaster. But that is how it goes sometimes, so we dealt with it and enjoyed the rest of Bakken!

Rutschebanen (6,5/10)
One of the oldest coasters in Europe, and it's still awesome! Definitely not as good as Rutschebanen at Tivoli, but still better than some of the newer woodies. The airtime was great, especially considering its age. One downside, you got braked fairly hard before every drop. And I am sure that if that wasn't the case, the airtime would be insane. Don't get me wrong, it was still great, but nothing compared to Rutschebanen at Tivoli. Also, it was surprisingly smooth. There was not really any theming, though.

Also, the fact that there was absolutely no queue all day and that they were running 3 (!!) trains, is fantastic! I would love to see that at some other parks.

Mine Train Ulven (6/10)
This coaster was a surprise hit! It was so much fun. It makes me wonder why there aren't more of these. They are very smooth, and they have a really good pacing through the entire ride, without being too intense. It is definitely one of my favourite family coasters!

Vilde Mus (5/10)
Your standard Mack Wild Mouse, with some slight changes in the layout. It is my second favourite Wild Mouse (after Matterhorn Blitz at Europa-Park). Mostly because this one has some great theming, it is very smooth and it is barely braked.

Racing (3,5/10)
Racing was a fun classic coaster. It is actually quite an intense ride.

Mariehønen (2/10)
Although it is a standard Tivoli Coaster, this one was very different. The operator stops the train on the lift hill after a few laps, after which the booster wheels launch you over the top. It was very fun!

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Welcome to Bakken - the oldest amusement park in the world!

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Like Tivoli, this park is full with lovely restaurants.

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I love all the little buildings! And oh yeah, the woodie in the back too.

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These rides are a lot of fun.

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London Bus Stop. Weird, because there's a train next to it.

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Let's start with a ride on Mine Train Ulven.

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Going up the lift hill.

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What a very fun ride. It's one of my favourite family coasters!

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Hands up if you love Mine Train Ulven! No? Okay..

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Next up, Rodeo Banen.

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Start your engines!

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Why is this so funny to pronounce?

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Not too often you see some swans in the air.

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They also have this classic log flume. I really liked it!

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Some more beautiful Danish buildings.

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Lots of places to eat and relax at this park.

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Bakken is also home to multiple games. All very well themed.

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Someone fancy a ride through the jungle?

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Classic Tea Cup ride.

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It's time for Mariehønen.

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Back view.

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If all parks would operate their Tivoli's like they do at Bakken, I would ride it every time!

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Another well themed restaurant.

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Like almost every other park, Bakken also has Bumper Cars.

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Tornado. Unfortunately, I won't be riding it today.

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I don't speak Danish, but I know what this means.

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No Tornado-ing today.

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A closer look at the lift launch.

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Great theming, though!

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If you want to roll in the sky, Sky Roller is the place to be!

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They also have this awesome Fun House!

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Extreme is too extreme for me. No, thank you.

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Time for a ride on Vilde Mus!

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More sharp turns coming up.

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This one has magnetic brakes - thank God!

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There is also hardly any braking, which is awesome!

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De 'Empty' Mus

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This was an awesome S&S tower. Some of the best airtime I've ever had on one of these!

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Ready for a race?

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Number 7 for the win!

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What a great classic coaster!

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Don't even ask.

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Pirate ship thingy.

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This is one of my favorite flats in the world, and it has a very long circle. What more could you ask for?

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Pissoir, this way!

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Some more games.

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Another classic ride - a ghost train.

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It was packed in front of the stage! I am not even trying going to sit between them.

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Crazy Theatre. Nothing special, though.

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You can even go on a safari at Bakken!

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They also have a train that takes you around the park.

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I have got no idea what this is.

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Apparently, it is always Christmas at Bakken!

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What is this supposed to mean?

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Some beautiful paintings of Bakken.

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It's time for Rutschebanen!

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3 train operation + barely any people = empty trains

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Go home lift hill, you're drunk.

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Three train shot for y'all.

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Double down through the Scandinavian flags.

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It's a shame I wasn't able to experience this park at night, but I had a plane to catch.

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When life doesn't go right.. Go left!

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Airtime!

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What a classic, I loved it!

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My last photo at Bakken, which means the end of the trip.


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby cfc » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:51 am

I really enjoyed Bakken when I visited with TPR years ago. Any park that has Desperadoes is OK in my book, and their ghost train was lots of fun.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:02 am

cfc wrote:I really enjoyed Bakken when I visited with TPR years ago. Any park that has Desperadoes is OK in my book, and their ghost train was lots of fun.


Indeed, the ghost train was a lot of fun. I really like the feel of classic rides. Also, it was surprisingly well themed.
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1. Shambhala - PortAventura Park 2. Taron - Phantasialand 3. Helix - Liseberg 4. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park 5. Schwur des Kärnan - Hansa Park 6. Blue Fire Megacoaster - Europa-Park 7. Goliath - Walibi Holland 8. Balder - Liseberg 9. Red Force - Ferrari Land 10. Star Trek: Operation Enterprise - Movie Park Germany

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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:19 am

Walygator Parc - August 2017

Hello everyone!

August 7th and 8th 2017, I went to France for my first ever time to Walygator Parc and Nigloland. I spent the first day in Walygator Parc and the second day in Nigloland.

On August 7th, I visited Walygator Parc. I've heard some stories about it being terrible and that it was a park run by zombies, but to be honest it wasn't too bad. Yes, it is probably my least favourite park, but it was "better" than I expected it to be. Probably because my expectations were very low. Also, the park has some of the worst operations I have ever seen. 10 minute dispatches were no exception. Granted, everything was a 2-3 train wait at the most, but oh man those dispatches were awful. And because they only have one train on every coaster and only a few boats on the rapids and the log flume, that surely doesn't help either. Overall, I had a fairly good time (most likely because of Monster) at one of the most bizarre parks in Europe.

Monster (8/10)
It is a cloned and pre-owned B&M, but Monster is just pure awesomeness. It is probably one of the most intense coasters I've done. The first half of the ride is very good, but after the MCBR (without midcourse brakes yaaay!) it just gets insane. The corkscrews are fast and furious and the final helix pulls some great forces. Also, Monster was very smooth. And you even get some airtime before the final corkscrew. The only downside is that this ride has got zero theming, and I love theming. Hence why I don't rate this coaster higher. But the ride itself is excellent, and it's great to have this ride as my 150th coaster!

Comet (4,5/10)
It is a fun little Vekoma with a few inversions, but nothing to shout about. It was surprisingly smooth for an old Vekoma, though.

Anaconda (3,5/10)
Well, what is there to say about this ride? It was horrible. It was rough, but not as rough as Bandit, so I'll give it that. Anaconda's layout is also very boring. There is no speed (not even at the bottom of the first drop), no airtime, no nothing.

Family Coaster (1/10)
Just your standard Wacky Worm. Nothing special.

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Welcome to Walygator Parc!

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Nice little fountain at the entrance.

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The park's Wave Swinger is the first ride you will see.

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It has lots of different European countries on it.

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Walygator Parc has also a classic Tea Cup ride.

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Most of the food stands were closed during my visit..

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Some more classic rides.

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At least they have got some theming in the park.

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They also have a boat ride on their lake.

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You can meet the sheriff of the park. How awesome is that?!

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And suddenly, you are in Hawaii.

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The Saloon was fairly busy at noon, because this was pretty much the only one that was actually open.

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They even have a little dark ride. Nothing special, but at least they have got one!

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The children's log flume.

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No, we are not in Ferrari Land.

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I have to admit, it looks nice.

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I probably should mention that the weather was very good that day.

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Acro-Games, were you can do Acro while Gaming..

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Welcome, to Jurassic.. uhm.. I mean, Dino World!

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Which one is bigger?

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They also have this awesome Rapids!

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This was probably my second favourite ride at the park, behind Monster of course.

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It has great theming!

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And gets you absolutely soaked!

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Children have to wear life jacket's on the rapids, and I can definitely see why.

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More dinosaurs!

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They also have this little family ride in Dino World.

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It is definitely the best themed area of the park.

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Hello, big guy!

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Terror House - a walkthrough Haunted House.

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The park's S&S Tower is themed to a Space Shuttle, I guess..

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Launching!

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Going up or down? Guess we will never know..

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Anyone for a Waly Game?

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G-Lock'ing around..

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There is a great Illusion show behind that wall. It doesn't really fit in with the space theming, but hey.. At least they have got a show! And to be honest, it was actually very good!

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Next up, it's time for Comet.

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I spy with my little eye some B&M goodness!

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Loop the loop!

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Comet climbing its lift hill.

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It is such a classic, and surprisingly smooth for its age.

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The brakes hit pretty hard, though.

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Something, somewhere went terribly wrong..

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Always love these water slides, especially on a hot summer day!

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The log flume's station looks pretty good.

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That moment before the splash..

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Skloosh!

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Les Jeux de Waly.

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The time has come to ride Anaconda.

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Those are very brave people who hold their hands up..

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Just hold on.. Trust me, it is the only option..

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The moment when gravity takes over.

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Hurray, we survived. Just barely, but we survived.

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It looks alright, though.

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At least the trains were somewhat comfortable.

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Anaconda through the trees..

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Which one is worse; the coaster or the Nicki Minaj song?

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Wacky Worm!

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This was the other place in the park were you could get something to eat. At least it looks good.

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It is time for Monster!

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My expectations were pretty high for this ride, after hearing how awesome Raptor is.

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The Monster is going up.

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Plummeting towards the ground.

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Perfect Zero-G!

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Cobra Roll'ing around.

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The corkscrews are insane! I loved it!

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Who needs a roof nowadays?

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Lots and lots of steel!

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Awesome helix!

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Monster doing its thing.

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What a fantastic coaster it really is!

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Aaaand into the brakes.

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Monster behind the green stuff.

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No brakes!!

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Happy riders!

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What a massive looping!

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Some parts of the park look good, while other areas look like there hasn't been anyone for months..

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I've got no idea what is behind these rocks..

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They also have this Pirate Ship.

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Who doesn't like some good fountains?

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One last look at Monster to end this report.


Thanks for reading! I will soon upload my report from Nigloland.
Quality Over Quantity

1. Shambhala - PortAventura Park 2. Taron - Phantasialand 3. Helix - Liseberg 4. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park 5. Schwur des Kärnan - Hansa Park 6. Blue Fire Megacoaster - Europa-Park 7. Goliath - Walibi Holland 8. Balder - Liseberg 9. Red Force - Ferrari Land 10. Star Trek: Operation Enterprise - Movie Park Germany

Coasters: 158 || Parks: 31

Movie Park Germany ||Nigloland || Walygator Parc || Bakken || Tivoli Gardens || PortAventura || Ferrari Land || Plopsaland De Panne ||Efteling || Liseberg

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