Thanks to HHappy, I'm going to present you my first Photo TR. I was late because I didn't do anything to solve my problems, indeed I procrastinated. Well that's what I get for being so busy!
Being able to visit The Netherlands for what could be my last time there, I needed to make sure I get to go on my first Vekoma and my first Intamin at Walibi Holland, and to also document the new changes of the Walibi brand! Leaving Den Haag/The Hague where I was staying at in the morning on-board a NS Intercity, I was quite unimpressed with the traveling speed, it's the same of a car driving on the Dutch Autobahn! It sure could use some speed boost.
Hopping off at Amersfoort, I got on the NS Sprinter that will stop at Harderwijk in a couple of minutes, where the Walibi Xpress bus (a reference to their crazy Vekoma launch coaster) is located. Unlike other trains, I was able to occupy the chair in front of me with my legs, a much needed leg room for tall dudes like me. Vekoma, take note!
Upon arrival, I was flabbergasted on how much the park had changed.
The Walibi brand grown with the loss of their loving father Premiere Parks. It is now targeted for a maturer teenage audience.
Walibi, you've changed a lot.. no longer a joey and now a kangaroo ready to rock Benelux.
Leaving the drama outside, I would like to address a new motive for the future of Photo TR's. Please assess the toilets in the park! We must make sure that guests can drop their dung in the cleanest toilets available! In my case, the toilets are in good condition.
For Muslim guests like me, I always carry a bottle of "Of Course Mineral Water", because cleaning with tissue only scrapes the skin off and leaves your buttocks with itchiness and blood. And wastes paper and time! Recommended whenever in Europe!
Just outside the loo is the entrance to "Xpress", what was once known as "Superman: The Ride", when father Six Flags was still operating the Walibi parks. Now it is a spaceship that takes off into an unknown world.
Shop right next to a Vekoma coaster!
The seats in front of the train are not made for tall people. Shame on Vekoma, Dutchmen are as tall as SUV's, how can you betray your people with your puny sized trains?
Next up across where Xpress is, is a kids play corner called Wab Plaza. I don't hear any dubstep playing, sadly. Also, from there I was called "spicy" by two fellow girls coming out from the plaza. I guess they like Indonesians after all.
Up next is the newly announced "Speed of Sound", a renewed Vekoma Boomerang coaster of La Via Volta. Perhaps some dubstep is played inside the station.
Amazingly a wheat farm is growing within the boundaries of the Boomerang coaster. Lol Dutch people, they need to have farm in any land they can find!
This is going to be my first Boomerang ride ever, and my first encounter of the Pretzel.
The queue gave spectacular views of the layout. Queuing lines need to have great views to keep the non-VIP pass riders away from boredom. That's why I kinda disprove indoor queues.
The ride is not very thrilling for Dutch riders. Everyone was just talking about their time at Kermis.
Unfortunately no dubstep was found inside the station. But what makes the station so special is that the train that whisks past is loud enough to scare the boredom off guests inside the station. Sitting in front again, the leg room was rather short, but it gave me a wonderful experience.
On the way to the last coaster on my wishlist, I discovered why Walibi had an identity crisis. Netherlands wanted to be like Brother France (Hetalia reference!).
The next stop is the almighty Intamin.
At least this attraction didn't have to go through license issues, even though "Goliath" is a common name for those grand coasters in almost every Six Flags.
Waiting in line, I spotted the chain lift hill top of Vekoma's first SLC, "El Condor". That ride was not comfortable for the ears, and has a lot of leg choppers waiting. Also, this SLC has a maximum rider height of 200cm, which could mean it might be my last time riding the SLC.
Were those rip off SLC's in the 2012 TPR China Tour also that uncomfortable?
I'm glad people are encouraged to try raising their arms in the air during the drops and air-time. Tranny Studio Bandung banned that action on their Yamaha Racing Coaster, though I've done it and was not in trouble for that (Indonesia, the lawless country!). Even in Singapore, it is BANNED 100% on the Battlestar Galactica coasters in USS. And none of the riders of the Dueling Coasters official preview at Happy Valley Beijing even tried to High-Five in the high-five hill. Asian thing I guess.
The queue was split for front-seat riders and behind riders. No one wanted the front seat?
Is that a pregnant woman riding Goliath?
The trains are really cute. They are like critters with cute eyes.
Goliath gave me a love for air-time, although the first hill after the climb was too much for me I had to hold on to the lap bar! The Stengel dive however wasn't that surprising as I thought it would be, but it might be the result of sitting on the left-hand side of the train, therefore not getting enough of it's impact. Other than that, the ride somehow beats all the inverted rides I've gone to. Well done Intamin!
Before I end this Photo TR, I've always wanted to ride on this. Now is my chance!
This G-Force (or Enterprise in RollerCoaster Tycoon) ride has zero seat belts..
-Can fit a younger person in your lap..
And just yourself. How safe is it-
WAT R U DOIN?
And this concludes the mini Photo TR! Unfortunately Walibi doesn't offer a VIP pass or some sort for this park, so every guest needs to queue. As a solo reviewer in this park, I prefer to pick up those passes to allow myself to experience the park as a whole. For now my last visit to Walibi Holland would be just for the Vekoma's and Intamin rides I didn't get to go on the last time I went to Walibi World Holland. Overall this ex-Six Flags park is close to that of a real theme park.
Originally reviewed on August 29 2012.