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The design on the front of the train looks more like something I would expect to see on a billboard for something like "Blue Fire Medical Group" or "Blue Fire Insurance Agency", lol.

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I'm glad everybody liked the pictures about Blue Fire. I did like the ride, i'm not going to hype it (just in case it's getting overhyped) and i'll leave it up to everybody to experience the ride, enjoy it and make up their own mind.

 

To me.. top 10 easy..

 

anyway.. back to the "program"

 

Before arriving at Europa Park and staying their for 2 days.. i had a travel day including a visit to two parks.. Legoland Germany is a place i've seen for a couple of years driving to and back from Austria. So i had to check it out.

While browsing the Park index i did notice Skyline Park as well. It was only one hour from Legoland so...

 

Time for a little detour

 

This update is all about Skyline Park.

 

It's a nice place where i did not spent too much time.. because i still had to drive for one hour.. and was looking for as much time as possible at Legoland.. (thinking it might be crowded or.. whatever) so i rushed it a little..

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yes.. it's another self service ice machine.. thanks for reading.

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i still have to add this one though..

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time to go i guess??

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Nerd shot..

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... trees....

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looks like fun...

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and this one is called the Sky Circle..

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they even have some bumper cars...

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random air thing to jump on with too many people at the same time?? skipping as well

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waterride.. piraten insel.. no thanks..

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still waiting for the sun to appear.. it was time to move on..

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different angle..

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going down again and through the station.. looks like somebody is not that happy at the moment...

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that piece of track looks so silly from the ground.. but it's a lot of fun in the air..

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she looks so happy..

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After staying seated for multiple rides because they were still warming it up.. and the best way to warm it up was to cycle it.. it was time for more pictures..

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and yes.. it's a

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the back of the train..

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and there they go..

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upside down is part of the lift...

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going up..

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Yes.. it's Sky wheel.. the big attraction at this place..

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more Pirates...

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looks interesting..

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see.. a nice field in between.. and on the right.. there's more park..

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so that was one part of the park.. we now have a nice field in between...

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i know.. i know.. i should be heading over there for another credit..

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speed..

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i've got the power...

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no upcharge?? nice

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hmm, i remember doing that at Surfers Paradise (Australia)

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This is the second place (after Toverland) that i remember seeing this kind of ride myself..

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they have a wiegand bobkart in here.

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Now what is this building?

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happy riders..

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some happy riders..

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transportation inside the park...

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going up..

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technical stuff..

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the passenger car..

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inside the station..

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owh my.. pedal powered fun :)

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hmm, what's this..

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old school suspension..

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Lifthill...

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looks like fun.. and it's almost time to open..

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Car on the "achterbahn"

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for young and a little older..

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the rides..

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does not look like an F1 car to me...

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station building..

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next ride...

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oeps.. i believe i see the exit already

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Yes.. you could get into this place, feed these animals etc if you wanted to..

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StreichelZoo

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i want to go back...

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Just in case you are wondering where i am at the moment.. and how much the entrance to this place was...

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and action

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and there's number 2 across the water

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here's one...

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max 100kg.. just to clarify..

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another swing like the one at Klotten..

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what should i add to this..

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still not time for the ride to open.. hmm.. i'm walking too fast i guess..

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and another credit..

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Lifeguard on duty??

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more playground stuff.. one insane sized swing..

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Hi Larry..

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Put 5 people in there.. and you'll be laughing like crazy..

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This place had all sorts of random stuff to play on.. like this one..

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Duck..

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now that does look very interesting (and no.. i'm not talking about the kids on the trampoline)

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from across the "lake"

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time to walk on..

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looks interesting as well.. but it's still not 09:30 so no "big" rides have opened..

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Sky Rider

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Looks interesting...

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I believe i see some theming..

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Looks like some powered round going thingy... forgot to go back and check it while in action

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Ice Express??

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Construction?? i have to check that later..

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it was still very quiet in the park.. and this is an easy and quick way to get from A to B

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This place had two of them...

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some call this a credit.. and some call it fun...

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So i got into the car at 7.. and arrived at the park around 9 in the morning..

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I loved riding Blue fire on Sunday the coaster is amazing i still love the launch even though its not as intense as Intermin. I think meeting Ronald Mack on Sunday was a highlight even when he gave us members from TTF special ride time after the que line closed. I loved seeing those pictures they capture the ride really good.

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That field in between the two sides of the park looks like the perfect spot for a woodie in the future.

 

Great photos as usual Hanno, most have been uploaded into the Park Index.

 

I also looked through your website of photos and sent you a PM suggesting other photos that people might enjoy.

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So Today i did something totally different.. Instead of updating my report with pictures from Legoland Germany i decided to drive back to Germany.

 

This time for the new GCI Coaster named El Toro (yes.. you heard it right) at Forellenhof in Germany.

 

After visiting this little park in Germany i'm very happy for them to get this ride in. It's a great addition and totally fits the place.

 

Anyway.. i'll give you some pictures (as usual)

 

Hope you like them.

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I'll leave you with this one.. later on i will try to do an update on this park regarding the other rides etc.

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trying to capture the speed..

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for young and a little older..

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I just like how this structure can make peeple look tiny.

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flying by

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there was also a tv station there to shoot an article for this ride..

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almost there.. i just really like the way this on is integrated in the area and surrounding things are "used"

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still going..

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I need to get myself a "fish-eye" lens for this kind of pictures.. the trains moves from left to right..

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train on first drop..

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owh piep... am i going to like this or not...

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more happy riders

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i spot some airtime..

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lovely banking

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here we go again..

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part of El Toro

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Just for fun..

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another run.. this time in the back..

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train passing by..

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Looks like a good spot for the onride photo

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some track and scenery nearby..

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Final stretch..

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onride photo spot

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turn..

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there's still more to come

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getting ready for the 1-2-3-4

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airtime ahead

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plenty of crossings and places to have a look at this coaster..

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curvy

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Here we go

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getting ready for the drop..

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going up..

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airtime

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top of the lift hill

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Getting back towards the brake run..

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Priceless

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next train...

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back at the station

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getting ready for the onride photo spot.

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the back of the train

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the side of the train

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inside the station..

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there it is.. time to go up the stairs and enjoy this ride..

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Walking towards the station building..

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Turn structure..

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El Toro

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yes.. i made it.. entrance to the left.. and exit.. straight ahead..

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Wow Hanno, those pictures are amazing! I especially like the onride shots. El Toro looks like an amazing little coaster and I hope to see more rides like it in the future.

 

Thanks so much for all of these updates!

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The design on the front of the train looks more like something I would expect to see on a billboard for something like "Blue Fire Medical Group" or "Blue Fire Insurance Agency", lol.

Blue Fire Energy Co?

Blue Fire Gas GmBH?

Blue Fire Geothermal Ltd?

 

I thought it was an odd logo too at first, but then it clicked that it is supposed to represent the fact the ride is themed around gas/geothermal power, something which Iceland is known for.

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^^^ Not sure how you got that impression.. but the brake run is as straight as it can be. No banking al all (if memory serves me right)

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Nice pics! The camera on El Toro looks REALLY close to the track. By what I estimated from the picture, it looked like you could hit your hand with it!

 

There is no way in life that you would be able to hit this camera from the ride itself.

 

And Coaster Joe, you're welcome

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That looks so fun! airtime pops everywhere

BTW: did anyone see the final brakerun? Its BANKED!

 

It is indeed at a slight angle. Prowler has this as well. I hear its something they are starting to do so that the train better "settles" reducing wear on the brake fins. Take a look around the internet of Prowler and you'll see lots of pictures of this.

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The ICE ride you are talking about is a coaster themed to the Inter City Express, or ICE, which is a high speed german train, like the Acela, but better.

 

Oh, and by the way, it looks like a Pinfari Supertrain.

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