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Hey all, I'm planning to get to Heide Park in the next months, trying to tackle my fear of coasters there. I've been there several times but have not ridden any coasters besides Big Loop (and the Bobbahn, if that counts). I would really, really LOVE to try Flug der Dämonen - it really looks like it gives you the feeling of flying, judging from the POVs I've seen. However, I try to mentally prepare me for that by watching the POVs available and I can imagine myself sitting at the right side on the inside at the front row, but not in any other row as it seems you cannot see (and predict) the track from anywhere else (and the left side seems to feel more "free" since you go to the left and have no track in that direction). This might sound really silly and stupid to you pros, but I'm trying to overcome my fear of heights and thus mentally preparing seems important to me. So, my question: can you chose where you'd like to sit on the Flug der Dämonen? And does it really give the impression of flying? Do you have any recommendations for a first time rider to make it a fun experience?

 

On my bucket list are Krake and Deser Race as well. Which one would you recommend to do first for someone who's afraid of heights (and a bit prone to motion sickness, apparently)?

 

If compared to Big Loop, are Krake, Desert Race and Flug der Dämonen running more smoothly? I had a really negative experience on Big Loop several years ago (discovering my fear of heights on the lift hill (bad timing ) and hurting my head during the ride) and would refrain from coasters equally rough since it just felt so uncomfortable. I really hope I can learn to enjoy riding coasters as much as I love to read about them, so I'd try anything to make me lose my fear.

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Hey all, I'm planning to get to Heide Park in the next months, trying to tackle my fear of coasters there. I've been there several times but have not ridden any coasters besides Big Loop (and the Bobbahn, if that counts). I would really, really LOVE to try Flug der Dämonen - it really looks like it gives you the feeling of flying, judging from the POVs I've seen. However, I try to mentally prepare me for that by watching the POVs available and I can imagine myself sitting at the right side on the inside at the front row, but not in any other row as it seems you cannot see (and predict) the track from anywhere else (and the left side seems to feel more "free" since you go to the left and have no track in that direction). This might sound really silly and stupid to you pros, but I'm trying to overcome my fear of heights and thus mentally preparing seems important to me. So, my question: can you chose where you'd like to sit on the Flug der Dämonen? And does it really give the impression of flying? Do you have any recommendations for a first time rider to make it a fun experience?

 

On my bucket list are Krake and Deser Race as well. Which one would you recommend to do first for someone who's afraid of heights (and a bit prone to motion sickness, apparently)?

 

If compared to Big Loop, are Krake, Desert Race and Flug der Dämonen running more smoothly? I had a really negative experience on Big Loop several years ago (discovering my fear of heights on the lift hill (bad timing ) and hurting my head during the ride) and would refrain from coasters equally rough since it just felt so uncomfortable. I really hope I can learn to enjoy riding coasters as much as I love to read about them, so I'd try anything to make me lose my fear.

 

Flug der Dämomen is very smooth (especially in the front), and certainly gives you a feeling of flying. It's just a 'fun' ride and certainly not too intense, in my opinion – and I think most here would agree! The same goes for Krake. There is of course the psychological aspect of the lift hill and holding brake before the first drop, but the ride is butter smooth and very short, so it should be a great 'first' coaster as well. I really, really wouldn't worry about it!

Desert Race is the most intense of the three, in my opinion, but it never goes over 19 m., so that's maybe a point for you to consider if you don't like heights. The launch is quite intense, but so short you probably won't have time to fear anything.

 

Seriously, it sounds like you're interested in coasters and want to ride them. So just do it. Your 'fears' aren't unnormal, see them as part of the fun! I suspect all that you need is one ride on a good coaster, and you'll be good to go for the rest. I'm actually fairly sure.

 

(Also, when you're there and have done your first rides, don't miss out on a backseat ride on Colossos, that is by far the best ride in the park in my opinion!!!)

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Thank you for your opinion! That really encourages me to not to overthink it and give it a try. Of all coasters I've seen so far, Flug der Dämonen is the one that screams "ride me" the most. It just looks so awesome that I'd be disappointed in myself if I'd give it a pass when I'm there. I'm a bit afraid of the floorless seat, but I guess if I just try to imagine flying (instead of thinking "omgomg its high!"), maybe it will work. I hope so much that this

 

I suspect all that you need is one ride on a good coaster, and you'll be good to go for the rest. I'm actually fairly sure.

 

indeed is the case. I thought so last time I tried it, but Big Loop was just too much for me and I did not like the corkscrews, I just wanted the ride to end. I'm really curious if riding a smoother coaster will do the trick. However, I will keep your words in mind, this will be my mantra on the lifthill and if I would indeed discover that I don't like it - at least I will know for sure then. Thank you!

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Hi there,

 

I just recently had a day trip from Berlin up to Heide Park with my sister and a friend from Australia, I thought I'd share my experience if anyone is interested.

 

Park is very clean and well looked after with excellent German-style theming. Food is reasonably priced, especially for theme park food. There is a good variety and good quality. I had the bacon burger and crepes for lunch and a snack respectively and both were very good.

 

Staff were very friendly, despite the fact I could not speak German. Not an issue! Almost every staff member I encountered spoke English very well. The only problem with the language barrier was all signs were in German only and the maps were German only too, but this was easy to overcome.

 

Major issue: Smoking. I honestly have no dramas with people smoking. I do however, feel that queue paths should be smoke-free purely because of the close vicinity of park patrons. It was rather uncomfortable queuing for 40 mins to ride Krake and people in front and behind me were smoking. I think smoking should be kept away from eating areas and queuing. Other than that, I'd have no complaints.

 

THE RIDES:

Colossos: Best ride at the park and my best woodie (sadly of only 4 that I have ridden though). Smooth, outrageous airtime, fast and intense. Back seat only made everything even better! (9.5/10)

Desert Storm: Just a smoothy and slightly better version of Rita at Alton Towers. Still, good intensity and ok airtime. Reasonably smooth. (8/10)

Flug der Damonen: Fast and very disorientating with its inversion. Better than Swarm in my opinion. Surprisingly intense for a wing-coaster. The theming is also very good. Unfortunately, it was a little rough for a B&M with some significant shaking towards the end. (9/10)

Bobbahn: Actually really fun. My first bobsled coaster. It was surprisingly long and fast. Theming was also very good. The park's surprise package! (7/10)

Krake: Better than Oblivion, purely for being a little longer, even if not as fast. Fast, smooth, solid theming and I love the freefall feeling down the first drop. (8/10)

Big Loop: Typical Vekoma looper I suppose. Pretty rough, but intense through the inversions. I didn't have high expectations and rightly so. Still, not too bad. I enjoyed it for what it was. (7.5/10)

Limit: An SLC, moving on... (6.5/10)

Grottenblitz: Not sure if I can count this as a credit, being a powered coaster, but it is a good family ride with good theming and a generous 2nd lap of the circuit. (6/10)

 

The 2 water rides were okay. Really nothing special. The rapids was better themed. Neither got the riders particularly wet either - both a good and a bad thing depending on your preference for water rides!

 

I didn't do any of the flat rides as they were all pretty similar to other carnival ride I have previously experienced. Instead I re-rode a couple of the coasters in different seats to compare front and back.

The drop tower was the only ride I noticed that was not running when I was there.

 

Operations: Germans... Need I say more? Very efficient and fast cycling through each roller coaster's circuit. All coasters except Grottenblitz had 2 trains running. Krake started with just 1, but they added a second from the storage track while I was queuing.

 

All in all, a very good day with some excellent coasters, efficient operations, good theming, friendly staff and decent affordable food.

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Colossos has a new logo...

 

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...a test seat...

 

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...a new queue (new paths and lots of plants)...

 

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...and there's a newly decorated station and train:

 

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Still lots of work to do on the actual new rides though...

 

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photos:Heide Park

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The new queue for Colossos looks great! I remember it being pretty bare and boring back when I visited in 2012. The switchbacks next to the station were awful. Glad to see they completely redesigned that portion, too.

 

I hear Limit is closed until mid-April. Hope it's open by the 16th.

 

It's an SLC. A particularly mean SLC, at that. You're not missing anything.

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It's an SLC. A particularly mean SLC, at that. You're not missing anything.

I want to give every coaster a chance, besides I haven't been on an SLC before (haven't been on a wing, dive, bob or Vekoma looper before either but they'll be operating when I get there so that's beside the issue).

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The new queue for Colossos looks great! I remember it being pretty bare and boring back when I visited in 2012....

 

And the entire outdoor part of the queue was on an angle, too! I thought that was one of the strangest queues I'd ever been in.

Having it raining at the time, didn't make me feel any safer walking through it, as well. (TPR 2008 Tour)

 

So nice to see they finally did something with it. Even with all the steps and such, it looks a lot better than it did before.

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Nice pattern - but it was still tilted! :p

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Anyone think it's worth paying extra for the Express Butler? I'm thinking of the Gold one (unlimited rides with 50% wait) but I wonder if it's worth it this time of year (Saturday mid-April).

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That video is beautiful. Upon seeing Limit all pretty and colourful it's solidified the fact that you can indeed, polish a turd!

 

 

N.B -- This was merely for comical purposes, I quite enjoy an SLC..... I believe you can control the roughness by how you sit and hold your body in the seat. I'm 6'4 and don't find SLC's any rougher than a B&M Invert.

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^Thanks for posting that, going to be an interesting area when it opens. Still looks like there's loads to do, so it seems they're probably aiming for a summer opening rather than before.

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Can they get all this done in one month?

 

 

 

 

I'm assuming the Dragon cave interior is further along than the rest of the land otherwise meeting the May 14th target seems iffy.

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