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  1. Hi all, Would like some advice on visiting Port Aventura on a weekend in November. I'm looking at a visit on the 21 - 22 of November. It's the weekend AFTER the Halloween activity ends, So I assume it might be less crowded , even though it's a weekend? Will be coming in from Barcelona, I'm wondering if: 1. A one day trip would be enough? (Basically going for the big rides and coasters) 2.Do you think it will be more crowded on Saturday or Sunday? 2.Best, easy, way is a train from the city and back? (I know there are tour buses, but I want to be there before opening time and the buses are there around 10:00 , Plus the option of "plana" bus does not go to Salou from the city Center, Just from the airport). 3.I read that there might be a problem getting the train back to the city (around 20:00) as it might be crowded? Is there a bus company that goes one way from Port aventura to Barcelona city and not the airport? 4. From around pl. Espanya, which train station is the best to get the train from? Thanks!!
  2. So how crazy do you think is it going to be, crowd wise, at Ascension Day weekend? (29-31 of may) Is it an "Avoid at all costs" weekend?
  3. Hi all, From your experience, if i come to the park for one day, do you think it's worth it to pay the extra $$ and stay on site, at the park's hotel, the night before? It's around 70$ more than staying around town (soltau)... Also , is there anywhere i can see the time table of the busses running from the soltau station to the park? How early / late do they work? Thank you!
  4. Thanks simon8899, I actually was told by the park representive that september is usually quite , So there is need for the Express Butler and this is why they do not sell it up front. If the specific day is crowded they will offer it at the park. As for hiring a car, I'll consider it ,although i'm not sure it worth the hassle for that short trip to the park and back in the same day. I'll try contact the bus company to see if there are any known changes to the time tables because of that construction you mentioned. They run the line daily and i'm sure they are aware of the situation. Thank you.
  5. Hello all, I'm Planning a visit to Heide Park around september 4th. As i was looking at the on line ticket shop of the park , i saw there is no option to buy the add on Express Butler for the whole september mid-week days. I'm sure these did not sell out yet, so i can only imagine it means the park should not be too crowded at these time, and the Express Butler is not really needed? I'm, not sure, but i though the kids in germany are not back to school until mid september... Any info on september crowds would be nice. Also , If any of you have used the Hamburg-Heide Park Bus service and can recommend it,Please do. It looks OK , Although us coaster freaks want to be at the park before it opens and that bus gets there 10 minuets after... and leaves at closing time sharp. Takes out the fun of that "first/last train" ride, doesn't it Thanks!
  6. Actually wanted to skip the line at the entrance. Do they Offer fast passes at all ? Cant recall seing these online or Mentioned anywhere...
  7. Any way a non Sweden can buy tickets for Grona Lund on line? It looks like you can only buy them up front if you are local. Strange, as Liesberg sell tickets to everyone on their online store...
  8. By the way, Any way a non Sweden can buy tickets for Grona Lund on line? It looks you can only buy them up front if you are local. Strange, as Liesberg sell tickets to everyone on their online store...
  9. HI Marcus, Its probably going to be june 29th. for liseberg. Let me know if you are there.
  10. Hi All, As i mentioned in an earlier post , I'm going to visit both Grona Lund and Liseberg in a few days. Beside the bigger rides -All the roller coasters, the drop tower at liesberg and eclipse at Grona lund, what do you think are the must-do-hidden-gems in these two parks? And, what is the "not to be missed" food while you are in Liesberg\Grona lund? (read somewhere on some great deserts i think ) Thanks!
  11. Hi All, As i mentioned in an earlier post , I'm going to visit both Grona Lund and Liseberg in a few days. Beside the bigger rides -All the roller coasters, the drop tower at liesberg and eclipse at Grona lund, what do you think are the must-do-hidden-gems in these two parks? And, what is the "not to be missed" food while you are in Liesberg\Grona lund? (read somewhere on some great deserts i think ) Thanks!
  12. Ok Guys, Following advices from this forum and due to the prices of flights, My route will be starting at Gothenburg - spending the first day (at least) riding "balder" as much as is can. The second day - i will take the train early as possible toward stockholm and Grona lund. * Planning on buying a reboockable train ticket, so in case i feel i need some more "balder" time I will have the option to take a later train * The last half day - More grona lund/some Stockholm sights seeing... Beside the bigger rides -All the roller coasters, the drop tower at liesberg and eclipse at Grona lund what do you think are the must-do-hidden-gems in these two parks? And, what is the not to be missed food while you are in Liesberg\Grona lund? (read somewhere on some great deserts i think )
  13. Basically what i thought about Lond, Although the earliest you get to stockholm from goteborg by train is around noon. Still leaves a good few hours of riding though. By the way lond, As a local , Which park do you think is better coasters wise?
  14. But gröna lund does not have Balder (As now shown on Robb's coasters article ) And i do think Balder is better than Twister, no? I did some more digging and found it is quite possible to do both parks in 2-2.5 days , and have about a full day total in both. I now have to decide wether to go between the cities by air or rail as prices are almost identical. As i see it a 1 hour flight = 3 hours by rail , if you consider the time it takes to get to/from city centre to the airports (about 30 min each way) and the fact you have to be at the airport about an hour and a half before takeoff... It's going to be a marathon, and i won't see too much of the city for sure, but you can't win them all i guess.
  15. Thanks slem, I just wonder if a short day in each park would be enough for truly enjoying it, as it is a weekend and i suspect both parks will be crowded.
  16. lol it does souns like a TPR idea of fun And as they say , i guess you cant have too much of a good thing, But i might just go with the one which ill find better flights to.
  17. I thought about that, but it also takes time going from GOT to STO, and unless i get a car and make the drive after the park closes, I do not see how i manage to do both in 2 days. I don't think i'll handle almost 48 hours of parks with minimum sleep+drivimg for 3+ hours late at night. I wonder if there is a night train though.hmmm.... As i do not get to be in london for work purpses too often, I guess i won't have this apertunity next year.
  18. well i guess i'm ready to shell the extra $$ flying to sweden for 2 days, I just can't decide to which park The cheap flights timing is not good enough for doing both in 2 days, And i do not think it's worth the hussle doing half days in each park (as it is also a weekend)...
  19. Hi guys, Here's a question for you: I have an option to visit one of these parks at the end of June for 1 day (hopefully 2) As i have 2 free days in london: Thorpe park in England Liseberg or Gruna Lund in sweden (i can't believe i can squeeze these 2 in 2 days unfortunatly). My heart goes for the sweden parks. I read all those great reviews about both parks,Especially balder. But i think that now that Gruna Lund has it's own good wooden coaster - It might just be a bit more attractive as a park? What do you think? Thanks! Gil *also posted at the Liseberg/gruna lund forums*
  20. Hi guys, Here's a question for you: I have an option to visit one of these parks at the end of June for 1 day (hopefully 2) As i have 2 free days in london: Thorpe park in England Liseberg or Gruna Lund in sweden (i can't believe i can squeeze these 2 in 2 days unfortunatly). My heart goes for the sweden parks. I read all those great reviews about both parks,Especially balder. But i think that now that Gruna Lund has it's own good wooden coaster - It might just be a bit more attractive as a park? What do you think? Thanks! Gil **Also posted at the Liseberg forum**
  21. Hi guys, Here's a question for you: I have an option to visit one of these parks at the end of June for 1 day (hopefully 2) As i have 2 free days in london: Thorpe park in England Liseberg or Gruna Lund in sweden (i can't believe i can squeeze these 2 in 2 days unfortunatly). My heart goes for the sweden parks. I read all those great reviews about both parks,Especially balder. But i think that now that Gruna Lund has it's own good wooden coaster - It might just be a bit more attractive as a park? What do you think? Thanks! Gil
  22. Well, First I really look forward for this game (if it lives up to the hype..) , as there was nothing new in the theme park games genre the last few years. The combination of no limits and RCT sounds very good to me. Most of the replys here are spot-on, so i can only say that to me, adding "peeps" or guests to the park is the most important issue lucking from the game right now. Designing coasters is fun,but really gets boring after a while. Operating the park as a whole and learning the guests behavior is what made RCT hold up for so long. On a side note - Something is wrong with the way the trees move in the video. They look like they are made from rubber Someone should turn the fan off. It's too windy. thanks, Gil
  23. Efteling is not in holland, so I looked it up. The southern parts of the Netherlands, were Efteling is, has their break 30th of June till 12th of August 2012. The other parts of the Netherlands later on. Haha LOL my mistaken. I think the difernce between Holland and the Netherlands are so old fashioned. Even Six Flags didn't used 'the Netherlands' I think Holland is even common as the netherlands. Only we know the historicaly diference. And not only people of the southern part of the Netherlands visiting the Efteling. But the answer is indeed: their are no school breaks in the Netherlands at the 22nd and 23th of June. Hi, you can take a look at my trip report here: http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=62976 Thanks again! gil
  24. Hi, you can take a look at my trip report here: http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=62976 Thnaks again! gil
  25. Efteling and Walibi holland mini TR 22-23.6.12: Efteling: I have been to the park for a short few hours in march last year. It was cold and beautifull and empty I knew it would be much crowded this time arround,But for a friday it was not bad at all. The down side was that it was just before the public holidays and that means it is the last days schools can make day trips to the park. As we got close to the enetrence we did notice a few school buses and loads of around 14 year old kids, But since the park is so spread out , i didn't find it to be a problem during the day. I think Efteling is one of the most beautifull parks i have seen. (other favourites are busch gardens williamsburg,disneyland and Alton towers) The forest setting is just un-beatble.The whole place seems so magical naturally, much more tha disney to my taste. "Old" sections looks natuarlly old, no tacky look alikes, theming at it's finest! We started the day waiting for the gates of john and the dragon to open. First few rides were almost a walk on,and it filled up to about 25 minutes wait after 40 minuets or so. The train ran fast and smooth eventhough it was early and quite cold. The favourite "fire" side was actually flying through the course much faster that i remembered during the winter visit. It delivers a great ride,very nice air time at front (double up!) and back. the cars have great padding which adds to the comfort on those heavy banked turns. Top notch theming and little touches at the station and along the line. Too bad the dragon it self was down today. (does this happen often?) the ride blends into the the woods as the trees grow around it. The flying duchman was closed at winter so it was my first time on it - The line is as beautifull as the ride it self. Great overall ride, although too short. Reminded me of Disney's pirates even more the "fata morgana" at the enternce to the park. The out side building is a geneius work of art. It took me a while to notice the big window frames are wrecked ships. Brilliant design! leaving the lake side,we went strolling in to the fairy tales forest. magical classics.Better than the kidy rides at disney. Don't knock on that door! candy IS bad for you! We marked a "V" at the bird coaster (waiste of good spce and out door themeing) and at "bob", which still is fun but starts to show his age. Fata morgana (aka pirates knock-off/rip-off) was also closed over winter , so i experienced t for the first time. To me it was a good ride - long and wth some cool effects. Still - pirates at disneyland is better. The amazing gondola ride that goes into the fairy world (who can remember those dutch ride names?) was still amazingly beautifull. We actually watched the new water show twice (it runs at 3 and 6 - both times with no lights on as it gets dark at 10). It was very nice,the soundtrack is from rides in the park which adds to the experience. It looks great even at day time,but as it was windy and rainy at 3 , people standing at the front of the main viewing platfrom got dumped with the fog and drops the fountains make as they work. The wierd thing is that as it gets drak so late i guess many people won't be able to enjoy it at full effect with the lights on. it wasn't as impresive as the water show the same company set up in vegas,But than again - this one has fire! not a rival to DCA's amazing water show,but a nice addition to the park indeed. water,fire,spitting frogs - all makes a good water show. It was a great day at the park,lines were not too bad all day and the whole experience made this park a must for me to concider any time i'm near holland . Walibi Holland: So,it was my first visit to this park.My main intrest was of course goliath, which i hoped would live up to the hype. Upon arrival we learned that there was a huge and insanely loud techno festival going on next to the park. Unfourtunatly this meant very annoying low base echoing through the park all day I guess this is how they torture terrorists somewhere.Yes,it was that loud... Overall the park looks nice,nicer than some other six flags parks i have been to. It is very green and colorfull, although coming from efteling this place looks a bit fake and tacky. Beside charging the same enterence fee,there is nothing to compare between these two parks. Themeing at walibi is OK but nothing more than that,eventhough they do have a really nice kids area near "speed of sound". Pink crazy techno festival tents Crowds: the park was not too crowded for a sat i guess, we were on the first train of goliath and it was a walk on for about half an hour ,and started to fill up around 11. Around mid day most big rides were about 30 min wait max. As in most six flags parks, the crowds were a mix of family with kids and loads of local youth. Again,very different than efteling. Smoking is free to all, everywhere, at walibi. People smoked wherever they want,including in lines. 16 year old kids were actually making pot cigarets in line for robin hood... I didnt see any line cutters,but the general feeling was not too family friendly i guess. Rides: We were on the first train of goliath that day, and it ran great right from the start. I can only say this baby lives up to the hype! It's smooth, fast, and packed some of the best air time (ejector air time actually) i had felt on a steel coaster. It's a great example of how you don't have to be the highest nor fastest coaster in order to deliver excellent air time and overall experience. On the other hand - the luck of theming, and the feeling you get at the final breaks - that this coaster could have been longer, are a let down. The train comes into the brakes with so much power i can see how it could easly climb up a few more hills. But it's a brilliant re-rideble ride as it is, and it went to the top 5 on my list. Must say the crew working the ride was great , the big mustach guy kept the vibe up all day, high fiveing each person passing by him (hope he scrubs his hands reall good after his shift..)They also ran a second train early in the day to help the lines go faster. Air time ahead! Great layout around the lake Over the trees ejector air time The log flume was fun,with a nice double down drop that didn't leave you too wet at the end. Nothing too special,but still fun. Robin hood - well, It's a disaster. I can see how it probably was fun back in the day, But at it's current state they should burn it down, or change the trains and re-track. there is zero air time and the bootom of the hills felt as if you were thrown down into them instead of gliding through them. the Speed of sound looks cool but i skipped as for saving my time for other rides. the best park-food we had was at the italian place near it. The lunch of the ex-superman lunched coaster was very fun.The rest of the layout was just boring.it was a walk on all day. The color scheme was cool though and it was fearly smooth. looks nice,but quite boring.. The giant wheel is indeed quite big and you can get some great views from up there. the sun was shining Didn't went on other rides as they were not too interesting and i spent the majority of time around goliath. To sum it up I'll say it's a nice park if you are in the area and want a nice day trip. No more , No less. Thank you to the guys at the efteling and walibi forums for the pre-visit help!
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