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About Janster

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    I think Intamin should make a donkey!
  • Birthday 03/30/1981
  1. BLUE FIRE AT EUROPA PARK Last year I was blown away by Europa Park’s new for 2009 Blue Fire. The first Mack rocket coaster with the most awesome trains ever, very comfortable a lot of freedom, and a good view (however, the music could have been louder and the heartbeat measurement device does not work flawless). There is a good bit of theming and capacity is high, but those things are never an issue at Europa Park. The ride experience in general: The ride is nowhere intense. You will not black out on this ride. G-forces are very mild. However, the pace in which all the elements follow each ot
  2. You are going in july, so might encounter terrible crowd's. On top of that DLR Paris has some rides with a very low capacity (what where they thinking?!?). Menghini's plan is probably a good one. I was there wiht him that day in march. Rule #1 for any themepark is: Make the most of the hours when the park is starting to fill up with crowds, or when most people leave. So lose as little as possible time going to the bathroom, walking from ride to ride, having snacks or coffee, etc. Also, do not do shows that start shortly after park opening. Q-lines of the major rides will grow while you're
  3. When you are all the way up there in Fuji-Q, why would you want to ride that stupid mouse coaster?!? That is a serious waste of time, since you can experience those rides closer to home as well. Dodonpa, Fujiyama, Eejanaika, those type a rides alre (alomst) nowhere else in the world. I'd go for a second ride on Eejanaika in stead of the mouse any dayu of the week.
  4. I'd say picture #1. The train is all the way up there - then there is a large bit of track invisible, which makes it a bit mysterious - followed by a close up of the very pretty intamin tracks. But only 12 passengers per train!?! This ride probably suffers a terrible capacity problem, does it not? I encountered a great deal of "mediterranean inefficiency", as I like to call it, in Port Aventura, Parque de Attraciones de Madrid and Parque Warner Madrid. Eating Tapas, doing your Siesta, not worrying about customers waiting for 3 hours on Furius Baco. I’d like to go here someday. How
  5. Í voted "other", since the Norwegian loop is not on the list! But then again, that's a dive loop followed by an Immelman.
  6. The double rails, the mechanism that turns the the seats, the unpredictable movements, the serious head-first first drop. You were soo lucky to get this credit! I fully agree, Eejanaika is one of the best rides out there.
  7. When I went on a weekend of roller coastering in Toverland and Europa Park last weekend, colleques of mine put this same study on my desk, as warning. First I thought this was a bit of nonsense, freak occurances, bizarre accidents. But when I came to think of it: What is the limmiting factor for a roller coaster's top speed without using a wind screen? At certain speeds little grains of sand become eye ball piercing, Pressure differences due to wind rushing over your ears will make you deaf at a certain speed. I think we all agree that you cannot go on-and-on in making roller coasters
  8. To iPIf: First of all, if you are too small, too tall, too heavy, and you can't be secured safely in the trains, you cannot ride. That is where we all agree on. Second, yes, blind people do not have to pay for an entree ticket, we asked at the park entrance. But we thougth we were gonna ride roller coasters all day, we explained that and two of our party had to pay only 31 euro's. So Europark has a pretty decent policy so far. But not letting blind people in a roller coaster is just insane. Suppose ther is an emergency what then? It wil be an inconvenience for rescue personnel. No more -
  9. Yeah, Menghini does have a point with the handicapped people policy at EP. Europapark ride operators say that when you cannot embark on the trains on your own, you are not allowed on the ride. The reason for this is that the ride MIGHT stop at one of the midcourse brakes, and people have to get out on their own then too, descending from small ladders, etc. I was in Europapark with someone who had very poor vision (not blind), and made use of a stick to navigate around obstacles. He was not allowed on the roller coasters. Shame on you Europapark! In Toverland and Efteling it is no probl
  10. Nice photo's and video dude. Falcon looks pretty cool. Even though I live in The Hague, close to Duinrell, I haven't been on Falcon yet. In the very near future. Did TPR ever went here? Or planning to come here? Together with Duinrells Tikebad (water slides) and Drievliet you will have a fun day.
  11. I just said that a track layout like Air would fit the theme "Manta" better. Go to Discovery Cove on the other side of the road, and check out how manta's fly through the water (or check the q-line hehe)! Actually, I sat in front. And it was very smooth indeed. But it just pulls a lot of G-forces. Too much for a flyer in my opinion. For the record, I do prefer Air over Manta...
  12. I was in Sea World during soft opening of Manta. An awesome ride, good theming. But the hardware of the ride doesn’t match with the theming. A manta is graceful, slow, relaxed. This ride is fast, the pace in which elements follow each other up is quite high and the pretzel loop is way too intense for a Manta. The ride should have been more like Air in Alton Towers in order to be a true Manta. But a cool roller coaster nevertheless.
  13. Tornado at Parque de Attracciones de Madrid: They only run the ride when there are 20 passengers. With few people in the park when I was there and with spanish kids not understanding english (so I couldn't explain them that the ride was actually open), it took about an hour before the train was filled. The train crawles through the track, it probably valleys with few people in it. Stupid Intamin ride btw.
  14. Hollywood Dream - the ride, at Universal Studio's Japan. Great ride.
  15. Well, I would say that drop tower in Moviepark Germany. A floorless stand-up drop tower where passengers are slightly tilted forward. Runners up: Stunt Fall at Parque Warner Madrid, scream tower at Heide Park, left-back seat Expedition Geforce at Holiday Park and that midcourse psycho drop on Jetline at Grona Lund (a schwarzkopf oldie).
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