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Photo TR : Walibi Belgium 27 July 2007


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Today, I visited Walibi Belgium together with my sister and my oldest daughter. As their new 'coaster' Vertigo opened last month, I had to go there and try out this new attraction.

 

I did have mixed expectations because of all different comments (positive upto very negative) I read on other themeparkwebsites.

My conclusion : as a coaster, Vertigo is worthless. I mean, no airtime, no first drop, no speed overall, ...., in short nothing what you would expect of a coaster. BUT as a themepark attraction I liked it very much : the lift is going very fast and at the end of the lifthill, I felt some tiny airtime butterflies in my stomach. Vertigo is high, that is quite a thrill. I think it is even higher than the nearby ferris wheel. It was nice to 'fly' from tower to tower in the wind. The turns at the tower were great fun. I enjoyed riding over the trees, restaurants, river, other people, .. At the last smallest tower, just before entering the station, the car flies into the breaks and you get swept to the front. They had a very efficient system for your bags and things you were not allowed to take on the ride (see 'baglady' pic). The lifttower had 2 switching lift thingies going up and down, which imo worked quite efficient. Some of the passings through the towers, were (already) a bit rattling. It's a shame, those passings have not been smoothened out.

I would define Vertigo as a fun, relaxing family ride. My sister even described it as one of her favorite rides she has been on. My daughter liked it also very much. I watched other people coming out of the attraction for a while, and from their faces, I could see they all liked it aswell.

 

Here are the pics of our day at Walibi Belgium

 

 

Vertigo photos in next post.

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kids show

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Mine train ride

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Flashback logflume

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Free fall, Enterprise, Topspin and some Vertigo cables.

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Weerwolf footers

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Boomerang and swimming pool

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Turbine

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Slc Vampire

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Stampida ? We've chosen the front part and we won ;-)

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Their woody Weerwolf

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Boomerang

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Radja river

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Kiddie play area

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Madhouse 'the palace of the ghost'

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It's a fun shoot out darkride

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theming in the waitingrow

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Challenge of Tutankhamon ride

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Entrance

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We arrived well in time, so we had the 'frontrow' on the parking.

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Parkinglot filled for 1/3. It was not that crowdy today.

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Vertigo pics.

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And the baglady : she was waiting with your personal belongings at the exit.

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brakes

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Fun turn

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'rattle'

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And off they go.

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And the other one.

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One lift read to load.

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Switching lifts

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Vertigo car

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Back to the waiting row

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Vertigo building

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Waiting area.

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Another one.

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Huge footer

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Entrance

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Vertigo

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I don't care what anyone says, that ride looks sweet. It may be an eyesore with the huge towers and footers, but the views and the feeling must be amazing. Is there any give in the cable as you ride? That would just add to the experience. Nice pics, thanks.

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^^ The views are indeed amazing. As said at the beginning you are higher than the nearby ferris wheel, and I found that a very weird experience.

 

^The cables are flexible but you only see that when you are on the ground and looking at the ride. You don't feel it when you are in the ride.

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Great photos of Walibi and Vertigo.

 

Vertigo looks amazing and its getting good reviews from the public. It must be view up there when you are lifted to the top. I missed out on it when I visited there last month as it was operating on and off for the day.

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