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Hey everyone!

 

As the topic title says, I went to Plopsaland. The visit wasn't planned at all but when my sister told me she was going with her husband and the two kids, I couldn't resist...

 

So we went on a rainy day, hoping that the crowds would be light. But after driving for an hour, it started raining so hard that we had to slow down to 30 mph on the freeway! It was really scary, we couldn't see a thing! I was already mocking myself that we were the stupidest people to go on that day... But when we arrived at Plopsaland, the rain stopped and the sun came out! The weather was ok for the rest of the day and we had a great time at the park!

 

The park was called Meli-park in earlier times and it was a park dedicated to honey and honey products. I already visited it back then but I was only 6 years old and I don't remember anything from that day (except that I got this glittering fairy make-up on my face).

The park is now owned by Studio 100 (a television production company) and the park is now dedicated to all sorts of characters that appear in the series the company produces. Most of the series are for the little ones so the park is great fun for them. But I had some great fun too!

 

The park has some fun coasters, lots of flat rides for the kids and a really lovely boat dark ride. More details of the rides can be found in the captions under the pictures so let's start!

 

Enjoy!

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Seppe also enjoys the powered ride!

 

More to come this afternoon, now I'm going to watch the semi finals soccer at the Olympics because Belgium is playing! GO BELGIUM!!

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Liam is becoming a real coaster enthusiast!

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Through the trees AND through the castle!

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Over the log flume! Wheeeee!

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Dragon Coaster onride with log flume in the back ground.

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So this is what ERT looks like!

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Dragon Coaster's empty queu: that looks good!

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The Dragon Coaster through the flags!!!

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Theming around the castle.

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This castle houses a dragon and when Liam saw this, he wanted to ride the Dragon Coaster immediately!

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Myra is also ready to kick some thieves' butt!

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Liam and Seppe are helping Mega Mindy on the flying bikes.

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Mega Mindy catches thieves with her flying bikes!

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Alright!! Time for my favorite Studio 100 character: MEGA MINDY!

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A lovemy place to eat.

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Even the trash cans and lamp posts are themed!

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The ride is nicely themed . It also makes frog noises and goes "booiiing" when the frogs jump!

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OMG! Liam, sit down or you're gonna get kicked out!!

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Time to ride The Frogs!

(not for me though, the bunnies were enough)

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Bench: The Ride is very well themed at this park!

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Liam and I on the bunnies! I'm still smiling so I guess I made this pic at the beginning of the ride...

I love the expression on Liam's face, he's all "Come on, bunny! Faster!!!"

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My sister Christine and Myra riding the bunnies!

Note: this ride is not gentle on the intestines, the constant rocking almost made me sick!

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This could be fun when it's 85°F, not today with 65°F...

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Seppe and Liam are ready to go!

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OMG! Another nerd shot...

The Bat is a CariPro batflyer!

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Myra has a bit more patience and is still smiling after 20'.

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Liam is already tired of waiting (it was a 30 minute wait, this thing has a very low capacity).

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The elevator-lift-thingy.

When we were going up, Myra's little heart was pounding like techno music!

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Oh no! A nerd shot!! I'm getting infected...

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Hold on tight, guys! The final brake run is not so gentle on the "bits and pieces"!

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The first coaster of the day: The Bat!

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The middle of the plaza is filled with these dancing fountains.

Note: do not run between them when there's much wind!

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Next to the carrousel is the entrance plaza with lots of cute houses.

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Don't worry, horse! We're just enjoying Bench: The Ride!

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The horse saw my TPR backpack (thanks Big Mike!) and all of the sudden, he was so nervous that his veins plopped out!

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Our first ride of the day: a double deck carrousel!

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Once passed the entrance, you get attacked by photographers who want to take pictures of the kids with the characters. Myra was not amused, she was a bit scared to see them in real life!

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The Golden Gnome on the Golden Globe welcomes us!

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Who would've thought?! It's the entrance!!

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Let's see what's behind door number 1!

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Here we are, parked near the entrance at the Pirate Piet banner (Liams chose this spot)!

The dark clouds are just floating away!

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good Trip Report !

 

i'm was thinking about going this year for a day trip from Paris but i recently heard they will add a new looping coaster next season so i might wait another season .

 

This park has some credits too .

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Awesome job Beeja!!

 

 

I am not going to be like everyone else and say I can't wait to go to this park now...

 

... I am going to say I can't wait to go and see Beeja again!!!!!

 

 

GO BELGIUM!!!!!

 

 

Love, Big Mike

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Miss you Buddy!

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Wow! Can it be ONLY 8 weeks ago today that we were having fun together??? Seems like years already!

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Nice Trip report there. The park looks actually pretty good, I love the mainstreet. I won't visit this park until 2009 when the new launched coaster will be finished. But for now, thank god I don't have kids Else i will hear 'kabouter plop' on the television all day long!

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Alright, here's part two!

 

And thanks for the nice comments, everyone! Glad you all enjoyed it so far!

 

Miss you too, Big Buddy!

 

Oh yeah, Belgium lost 4-1 against Nigeria...

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Tea cups with the Pirate Zone in the background!

 

 

More to come so stay tuned!

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You spin me 'round 'round baby, right 'round!

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Real tea cup time!

I really love the coffee grinder :)

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Dongo is ready to go full throttle!

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Now this is what I call THROUGH the trees!

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Even returning to the station is fun on this one!

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Aha! I see hairtime! Good coaster!

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Haha, Liam loves it!

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Woosh! It goes pretty fast for a kiddie.

Oh, it's also the oldest coaster in Belgium :)

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Guys, no need to be worried! It's a KIDDIE!

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The kiddie coaster, themed to a turtle named Dongo!

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Aha! It's time to do some credit whorin'!

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The lake in the middle of the park, including some nice wreckage theming.

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I really love the theming at this ride, even the lamp post has a Mega Mindy mask!

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These are the Mega Mindy Jet Skis. We wanted to ride but the line was a bit too long...

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Here's Woppy, a Studio 100 character.

There were not much kids around so he had some fun with Myra and Liam, really cool of him!

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Hahaa! Liam got soaked!

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At this point, Myra was crying her heart out... Liam on the other hand, haha! He's so enjoying the ride!

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Onride on the log flume with some Dragon Coaster tracks above.

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Log flume time!

I read somewhere that this is the highest one in Belgium so we're about to get wet!

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Here's part three (the last one)! Enjoy!

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I leave you with this onride view from our way back home!

I hope you enjoyed!

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Close the door behind you, will you?!

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When leaving, the sun provided some beautiful lighting on these buildings!

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Oh yeah, you can also practice to become a farmer :)

Cool to see other vehicles than old timers!

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Plop says goodbye!

Myra and Liam really thought he was real and were screaming "Bye bye Plop!" for like 5 minutes :)

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Craig (IggyAce), the gnomes are working on a new little sock for you!

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The snowy landscape was beautiful!

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Gnomes are strong, that's for sure!

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Not so smart :)

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The gnomes hiding in the bushes...

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Candy! Woohoo!

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Our last ride of the day: the Forest of Plop (the gnome).

It gets bonus points for the surprise in our boat...

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Ok, I lied. There are two cute clowns: look at the one with the yellow dress! That's Bumba :)

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It was their first time but they loved it!

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Kiddie bumper cars! How cute is that?!

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This is about the only clown in the whole world that I find cute so I had to get a picture!

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Chairswings?! With this wind? No thanks...

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Seppe is not a boy anymore and he seems interested in something else. What could that be?!

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Ah, a flat ride themed to something that's (almost) every boy's dream: to become a fireman!

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I know it's a bad photo but I like the way the sun comes out...

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Myra and Liam could be friends with a certain Terrance :)

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One of the lovely boats returning to the station.

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SKLOOOOSH!

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And down you go!

This pic makes me smile for one reason: the kids on the third row are scared to death, Liam (3,5 years old) put his arms in the air when we rode it!

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A SuperSplash pops out of the elevator tower!

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No, not through the trees! Through the BAMBOO!

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There's a swinging ship and a SuperSplash in the pirate zone!

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Liam is all "Oh no, I knew this was a bad idea"...

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This is the Sea Storm, some kind of Himalaya-ride. And it goes backwards too! Woohoo!

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This is the entrance to the pirate zone.

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Thanks Beeja! I am so going to get to Europe someday. I am so engrossed by it all. There are so many rides you have over there that I'd love to see at a place like Holiday World, (the jet skis, supersplash, and few others for that matter!) Small parks just rock!

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Thanks for the nice comments, everyone!

 

@ Groteslurf:

The lines were indeed not bad at all!

Only The Bat was a 30' wait, the other rides were either a walk on or a 5' to 10' wait.

But as I said, the weather wasn't great (Good Ol' Frank predicted a storm) so it was a big risk!

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I hope that you don't mind that I place my pictures here, too. I've went to Plopsaland De Panne last saturday, on a 'nocturne' (a late night opening with at the end of the day a special show and fireworks).

 

Here are some of my pics:

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It's 23h05, time to go home :-)

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Plop Hamburger Restaurant. Plop is a gnome, so he lives in a giant mushroom

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... nearly the same place, five houres after the last picture ;)

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This is the new building with a new Plopsa Winkel (Plopsa Shop)

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Rollerskater. Yes, it's a Vekoma. :-)

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The Carrousel

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SuperSplash

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SpringFlyer in action!

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