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  1. Nice report. I went to Europapark a few days before (see my photo report of blue fire). Since its not that far for me as you i still like the park a lot. Its the best park out there from what i did this far (and thats a lot including the USA). Epcot is my second one. Did you sleep in one of the hotels ? They really themed well. Anyway thanks for the fun report.

    And next time: push the pedal to the metal when you're on the Autobahn

  2. Last week was my first time on this new Launch coaster made by Mack. Since Europapark is my favorite park out there (Epcot is second) my wife told me we could go there a day during our holiday.

    Now the news is that you people can go there when you take next years Europe trip, so let me introduce you this new coaster and my honest opinion about it.

    The ride:

    When you see the queue line you can notice that its just to damn wide. A lot of (mostly French) people use the space to skip the queue. They where send back into the queue and not allowed on the ride for the rest of the day. The whole queue liked it that the need to use the row to exit the ride, what was a hard lesson hopefully. Now i sure hope that the first part will be used as a picnic area or something in the next year when they build the new entrance of the ride and the splash battle.

    The theming is awesome and has a lot of nice details to watch. When you're near the station the line splits in 2 rows. One for the front and one for the other rows. A few feet more there is a single riders row so even the poor guy's like me got a row for there own.

    After boarding (they really work hard and fast) you pull the lapbar over your head down to its position. There is on-board audio and a pulse display so you can see how exiting your ride for your neighbor is The ride starts and you drive into the "darkride" part which is nice but not more thats it. You go trough it to fast to see the most of it. Just before the launch the train stops and smoke makes its way into the room. The alarm sounds and the doors opens ..... and there we go. In just 2.5 seconds were on our way to its highest point which is a strange curve that does not make any sense at all. After this you're on your way to one of the biggest loops out there with a lapbar and that is a climax trust me

    You can hang into your lapbar what gives you that free feeling. After this a short curve and up to the mid-course. This one does hardly brake you down so the rest of the ride follows. A few humps and inversion but no airtime at all Sure the hang time is great but i would like to see some airtime. Anyway the last inversion trows you out of your seat and that also gives you a great ending. A smooth break brings you back to your reality. The ride also has a load and unload station that gives it a hugh capacity during peak days. (5 trains on track )

    I really like the ride and its the best Roller coaster in Europapark what sure gives the ride a good credit. Hope my English is understandable


    The pics:





















    All pics are made by a Canon 40D DSLR with a 17-40 F-4 L and 70-200 F4-L lens

    Hope you enjoy them as much as i liked the ride.

  3. Thanks again for the comments. It seems that lots of people reed this post since my data is above 2.5Gb a day and thats a lot.

    I made the pictures a bit smaller what reducts my traffic but that results a bit in noise into the pictures.

    If anyone needs something in larger format then let me know by mail or pm and I'll send it over without noise in raw or jpeg format.

    Its just that 150Kb is a bit to less to bring great colorful pictures and thats the max size on TPR

    Next weekend Phantasialand is the victim and then i'll try to make them a bit smaller so it fits in to the tpr standards.


    Hope you still like the pictures, Anton

  4. A great thing about europapark (you would know i think) is that there are a lot places to warm your self up and have some good "milch cafe" with amaretto

    The shows itself are also a good way to stay warm and outside they made a lot of fires to warm yourself up a bit.

    They also sell "gluhwein" almost everywhere in the park but i just don't like that stuff.

    Next time just go and enjoy the park

  5. Hi there,


    Me, my wife and two of our friends went on to Europapark winterwochen last weekend. We had a great time even when it was freezing -9 degrees celcius.

    We get to my favorite park every year including the winter so it was a blast to be there again

    This was however the first year that we could make pictures during the shows so i took some nice shots for your pleasure.

    The most pictures will be from shows and not from attractions since the most will know them by now.

    The upcomming coaster looks BIG and should be a lot of fun but no pictures where taken from that one.

    No more comments just some pictures Enjoy:


    Our look from the room we rented (150 euro for 2 nights for 4 persons) and you walk to the hotels in 5 minutes for a drink


    The place inside:




    some nice painting on the bedroom


    And the place from the outside (garage below the building for your car) :


    Did i notice they imported snow ?



    Santa should be my new friend


    Some nice views (closed however )



    Cold ?? nah why do you think so ?


    One great ride and alway's fun the shooter:



    The first show was a great winter circus



    Great they got women and i got my tele lens


    Kneel for your master





    I asked my wife if se could make me happy by doing this but .....



    No idea what that dog was thinking ?


    Here comes santa


    Even when its cold this thing is a hit


    A late night show with euromaus:




    The next day we did the ice show




    What ?


    New doll for sharktums ?







    And the last show we hit these day's



    Nice view from up here



    Oh it was winter before we forget





    And a walk trough the zauberwelt der diamanten



    The most don't even notice this Norway church in the park:




    My diner that evening


    the background audio


    The inside of the spanish hotel


    Pictures that the most should know by now



    I was the only one with alcohol in it.......


    Hope you did enjoy them ?

  6. I get there every year with a group of themepark fans.

    We enjoy it a lot, also this year we had a blast.

    There was a lot of rain but we also had a lot of sunshine so here are some clear photos.


    how do you mean "crowds" ?


    Entrance of the flume






    My favorite ride (made in holland rules)





    It took us 5 hours to get around and have a beer and some food. (it really is big)



  7. If you don't care to drive in europe you could do this:


    Fly in to germany or Holland and take a hotel and a rental car.

    When you stay near the german and dutch border you can do the following parks in short time(within 2 hours drive):

    Phantasialand, Efteling, Moviepark germany, Walibi world, Walibi Belgium and Bobbejaanland and Toverland.

    A bit more far away are:

    Heidepark (4 hours drive)

    Europapark (4,5 hours drive)

    Tripsdrill (3.5 hours drive)


    So if you take a hotel near Venlo in the Netherlands or somewhere nearby in Germany then you could do a lot of parks.

    Hope this helps you out.

    I can't answer again till monday since i'll be in europapark this weekend

  8. Since my girlfriends father likes to collect stuff he got a bit to much in his room.

    So there was a old coaster there which he would like to give me but it needed some work.

    I like to collect stuff like that so i was very happy with it and since its more then 50 years old its also a collectors item

    I've fixed the most of it and got one train back running again but it still needs some work on the track en a second train that needs some work.

    Looks like my next winter will have some homework

    The trains helps them self onto the lifthill by using a mechanism that is pretty simple.

    See the vids for some details in how it works.

    I'm at least very happy with it.


    How the train works


    The train on track










  9. When reading your post i think you want to go next year ?

    Anyway make sure to get there like posted before in may or june when there is nothing to do over there.

    Its a great park and one of the better kinds that i've seen.

    I've been there 2 months ago and liked it a lot.

    Unfortionally The Voyage was not my kind of thing but the Raven was a hell of a ride.

    If the weather is ok you should bring some swimming clothes to cool down in there swimming pool with great slides.

    One thing...make sure you bring a pepsican for reduction

  10. I'll save my judgement till I ride, but besides the first drop it looks like it crawls through the course.

    I know it has to be worked in.

    You also gotta remember these are the FIRST trains they've dropped. And from the looks of it they had no water dummies in them. So there was no weight in the train.


    I'd say it's a pretty unfair comment to make given those conditions.




    they used sand bags so thats why you don't see anything....

    But its still a pretty fast ride and the vid does not give the feeling like the ride itself.

  11. I love those trains. The theming looks a little cheap and plasticy though. Are they going to be adding any sort of weathered or stone look to the castle to make it look better?


    EDIT: I'm assuming that the brick like covering seen at the bottom right and the left of the castle picture will eventually spread to cover the entire structure, am I right?


    I'm afraid not

    They told us that the theming stay's like this and that's something nobody likes

    A well in a few years they should look fine also

    There will be some more add ons like lamps and stuff so we'll see what happens.

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