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OK, so this was a trip that my brother and I were thinking about going on later this year, but other things started to crop up in the time frame we were thinking about going in, so we though why don't we go now and skip a lot of the crowds while we are at it...

So little less then 2 weeks ago we set of on the big coaster adventure of 2009.

 

The plan included going to a great number of parks in Europe, some that we visited on our 2006 trip to Europe and some that were completely new to us. Either way it would still be a lot of fun in the end.

 

Here is an overview map of the parks that we visited:

 

So let the PTR begin!!

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Day one

A farting free day

 

So we started early that morning to head south from Gothenburg, my brother picked me up on his way from work (night shift) so we could get on our way for the first part of the journey.

 

The goal of this day were to go to our hotel in Hamburg which is a pretty long drive for one day and on the way we had decided to stop at the wacky place called BonBonland...

 

Pictures!!

 

Another trip another ferry ride, just like most starts of our road trips.

 

Some time after noon we arrived at our first destination, BonBonland, look they have even drawn some inspiration from Thorpe, wonder if that is a good thing or not...

 

Hmm, Sweden, we just left there...

 

Like last time, we stopped by Hundeprutebanan first.

 

Yeah, it's the dog fart coaster but the farting wasn't working today so we survived

 

The cause of all the farting

 

It might be the new diet that they have put Henry on that have stopped the farting

 

Next up we headed for the first Gerstlauer Eurofighter, Vild Svinet

 

Wroom wroom

 

It have a wonky loop compared to the newer ones

 

And it also have a sweet overbank

 

And it all ends with a tine airtime hill

 

New credit!!

 

Next we headed over to the first Gerstlauer spinner in Europe.

 

It's a clone of the awesome coaster Aqua Wind at Lagunasia but with a twist...

 

I mean a twist literally, spinning cars...

 

It's just a mess of track

 

It also have some awesome helices

 

The themeing of the ride is pretty whack

 

Huh

 

They have managed to rebuild the station after it got burned down before they even opened the coaster

 

You can say whatever you like about Gerstlauer coasters, but they know how to get sweet transitions

 

Next up was another new credit

 

At first it sounded like Daidarasaurus had found a new home, but...

 

on a closer inspection we noticed that it was just a custom Zierer

 

With a ginormous train

 

He he, only BonBonland would think about using road salt as test dummies

 

For such a long coaster, you even get 2 rides

 

Omfg, a rat head on a dome!!

 

100 strange BonBon tastes!!

 

On our way out we noticed this new building at the entrance plaza

 

Inside it was like we were back at Lagunasia/Lotte World again

 

It's like I'm caught in a Fantasy Dream

 

I think that we would need some Magic Powder to fully enjoy this experience

 

Is it just me or do that gingerbread man have a giant machete?

 

Anyway no time to waste in Denmark, we had to be on our way to the hotel since we had an early morning the next day

 

Hello Germany!!

 

Hmm, wait, Sierksdorf, Hansa Park, we just have to stop here...

 

Next up day 2!!

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I´m really looking forward to your Blue Fire review...cause I´m so in love with this coaster.

Did you ride it on a warm day ? Even in the afternoon or early evening ?

Greeds...GeorgeT

All in due time, let's just say that it easily cracked my top 10
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Day two, part 1

Old school baby!!

 

Day 2 brought us over to the Netherlands for 2 parks. The first park we had decided to go to was Waarbeek. Mostly since it looks like a small quirky park, and that it have a coaster from the 1930's. It took us some time to find it though, since non of us hadn't bothered to write up the address to it and the GPS didn't have it in it's list over theme parks. But 30 minutes after the time we aimed for we finally found it...

 

Pictures of Waarbeek:

 

While walking from the parking to the entrance, we saw what was waiting for us.

 

So after we got in we headed for the coaster

 

For such an old coaster it delivered a really nice and smooth ride

 

It have some nice turns and drops

 

And the setting is ace

 

They even had some bridges over the ride!!

 

We even got something for the:

Brake nerds

 

Lift hill nerds

 

And even the friction wheel nerds!!

 

Hmm Pokemon themeing??

 

And Southpark!!

 

The rest of the park was filled with random rides...

 

Look!!

 

A Wellenflieger!!

 

Bumpercars

 

I guess that everyone knows what comes next

 

SPLASH!!

 

Coaster across the pond!!

 

SPLASH!!

 

Strange cableway kind a thingy...

 

We finished of the park by taking another picture on the Coaster

 

Wiiiooioiiiioi

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Day two, part 2

No Rain today!!

 

Next up for day two was a quickish stop at Wallibi World, to get the credit we missed last time, and also get more rides on Goliath, since we got rained on last time we were here (on our first ride on Goliath), which resulted in a drenching worse than I have ever experienced on any water rides...

 

Oh and this was the first park we had some experience with some of the locals, I mean some crazy guy just walked op to us and started to talk with us, we have no idea why?? Oh, Hi Hans!!

 

Pictures!!

 

There is a park here somewhere

 

In case anyone want to know where we parked

 

After we parked we were treated with some pure pornography

 

See what I mean

 

This is just the sex

 

It really builds up the tension in the beginning

 

And in the end it's just pure orgasm

 

Another set of riders that are going to the happy place

 

Here is some other ride they have

 

Let's get ready for some Goliath

 

Before we entered we were greeted by a Kangaroo

 

But before we headed towards Goliath, we went for the credit we didn't have

 

Just a standard mouse

 

Here is a log flume we didn't ride

 

And a train

 

Never in my life that I would set my foot on one of these

 

According to the crazy guy we met later this thing was still crap

 

Topspin with water feature, that don't get you wet

 

We went for a ride on Robin Hood, to see if it was as bad as last time

 

It was still pretty rough, but the ride was good

 

Now it's time for some Goliath action

 

Mmmmm, delicious

 

So many happy riders

 

The queue, took some time since they were adding the second train <3 So we took some images on the lift

 

We even found something for the lift hill nerds

 

Then we met this guy, see what I mean, crazyyy!!

 

Here he is again, everyone say hello to hansrubens!!

 

Spot the TPR member

 

They even had some other action going on in the front, but this is nothing compared to other places...

 

Then after several re-rides and some more talking to Hans, it was time for the place to close, so we headed back towards the entrance. Which means more park pictures:

 

Shot tower

 

Enterprise

 

Heck they even had an warp tunnel to Mexico

 

These are pretty nice to ride, but expensive!!

 

Xpress

 

They had even themed the hamburger stall guys

 

Some other attraction/building

 

We already got that credit, so we didn't care that it was SBNO.

 

Time to leave

 

But before we left, we took some more images on one of the best coasters I have ridden

 

Pure ejection there

 

This part is just awesome

 

It looks great even if there isn't any riders on it

 

^

 

It even looks awesome without a train

 

Pure filth

 

But hey what is that!!

 

Megaphobia have sheep's, Rablader have Robots, and Goliath have Ducks??

 

What better way to end the day, then with another IKEA credit!!, mmm meatballs...

 

It was really nice to meet you Hans, hopefully we might meet again in the future on another trip somewhere!!

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It was really fun to run into you guys.

 

I didn't saw you taking that picture of me. I do look stupid in that picture.

 

I'm a bit ashamed since I live pretty close to that Waarbeek coaster but I've never been there. It such a great and old looking coaster. Hands down for De Waarbeek for conserving a classic ride.

 

 

----Hans

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^^ Those are the best kind of images

De Waarbeek is a really nice little place, and the coaster runs much better then what you expect it to do, especially since it's almost 80 years old.

 

^ Well it is

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Day three, part 1

MS X-car, good??

 

The schedule for this day said Duinrell and Drievliet, which meant 6 new coasters for the both of us.

First stop of the day became Drievliet since it was the first one we found on the GPS. And when we arrived we were again attacked by some people asking us if we wanted some cheaper entrance tickets, be we already had that part sorted

 

We had our reservations about Formule X, since the other X-car we had ridden (G Force at Drayton Manor Park) is really bad. Formule X turned out to be a really nice little coaster, but since we got all the credits it was soon time to move along to the next park...

 

Anyway onto the images:

 

This is what you see after you enter the park

 

And if you have a zoom-lens in your eyes you will see this

 

Holy crap an Astronaut!!

 

Wonder if he jacked this from the moon??

Oh, Chris is that a real Lunar Module??

 

They do love their Enterprises here

 

This pig seems to enjoy the ride

 

Poor sheep to be stuck on the roof like that

 

Twistrix does what it do best, SPINNING!!

 

Too bad that Formule X was closed when we arrived

 

But they started to test short after, so we were happy again

 

Looks really nice

 

OMG, it's almost upside down!!

 

We were thinking that they had prepared the ride for floods

 

Then they finally let the first riders on

 

Swoosh

 

It really goes upside down!!

 

Happy Happy riders!!

 

After a ride on Formule X we headed to the next credits

 

It looks great in the sunshine

 

It's apparently called Dynamite Express

 

It's waiting for us

 

The ride was nice for a power coaster

 

Next up was another Mouse, this one was a lot better then the one the day before

 

Looks like he just got of the Dog fart coaster

 

And there came the smell

 

Why the heck does Ola have his own trashcan...

 

Another park another Wellenflieger

 

Pirates, beware they might steel all your music

 

Fact: Smaller are better

 

Why do parks always install these deathtraps

 

I guess you can see whats coming

 

SPLASH

 

In case you forgot where we are

 

One of the coolest themeing I have seen on one of these

 

Now for some Formule X action before we leave:

 

Really nice element

 

Twisted beyond belief

 

Wonky airtime hill

 

That goes into a nice powerful turn

 

Hangtime Galore

 

Soon comes the brakes

 

Here comes the launch

 

Almost perfect as an desktop image

 

MAXIMUM POWER!!

 

Wroom

 

Next up Duinrell...

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Day three, part 2

A new 2 year old coaster, hmm....

 

Ok, next on the menu were Duinrell. We only went there since they had finally opened their Eurofighter after delays for the past 2 years. Which were good news for us, since we were allowed to ride a brand new coaster instead of a 2 year old rattly one...

 

On the way there we had to dodge several Dutch caravaners, but the GPS kept us on the path towards Duinrell. It was really nice to arrive there on this hot day, since compared to the desert like place called Drievliet this was a green heaven with loads of shade.

 

Falcon as the new Eurofighter is called, gave us some really nice rides and it must be one of the best looking coasters out there, the paint job is amazing!

 

Picture time!!

 

Ticket booths

 

Official mascot of the park

 

Some random building

 

The mascot have more duty's then just to entertain

 

The first half of the park is filled with strange stuff

 

No park is ever complete until they add a shitting donkey

 

I don't know what it is, but it looks dangerous and I want one...

 

Water slides

 

I spy a credit

 

You can't see it for all the trees

 

Water splash ride

 

I have seen loads of these rides, but I have never ridden one

 

Mmm, Falcon

 

They even got a cool plane as themeing

 

And a Land Rover

 

Swooshes through the final Helix

 

Brakes!!

 

An Eurofighter does what it do best

 

Twisty

 

Great looking train

 

Inline twist

 

Here is a picture that will make Lift hill nerds drool

Ever thought why a Eurofighter always stops before the lift, it's that hook that connects the chain to the car

 

Wiii

 

A really nice little coaster

 

It really blend in with the trees

 

Sexy Loop shot

 

Doing the twist

 

Looop-de-Looooooooop

 

Headbanging galore

 

I'm pretty sure that none of them were thinking that their faces were going to be published all over the internet...

 

Nice and Powerful

 

All the supports have this awesome paint job

 

Not so wet Topspin

 

These guys have taken lessons from the Japanese

 

I guess that there is a reason why they call this a splash boat

 

Wonder if they know what is coming...

 

Again with the kiddy coaster

 

Another coaster that thinks it's a Meisho

 

He is coming to get us!!

 

They have an alpine slide which we had looked forward to ride

 

But since they only had one side open and the queue was massive, we didn't bother

 

Random play structure

 

Some other random stuff

 

Nice and green

 

Too bad that adults weren't allowed to ride these, since I would have smoked all the kids

 

Wiii another Wellenflieger

 

Time to exit!!

 

OK, so we had a few hours left of the day, so on the way back to the hotel we spotted something that caught our attention...

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Great PTR, so far!

 

Duinrell reminds me of Dollywood, the way everything is tucked way back into the forest.

 

What happened to that coaster being named Rick's Delight?

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Day three, part 3

What to do with some extra time left in a day...

Bonus park of course!!

 

Well go to Efteling of course we did the same thing on the last trip to this area, so we had already planned on this as we did our main planning for this trip. The main reason why we choose Efteling and not some other small park, is that Vliegende Hollander was close during our last visit and that we have free (as in gratis) entry with our Liseberg season passes

 

Pictures...

 

I'm not going to bother to post images of all the small stuff in the park, since there is just to much stuff in there, and we were only there for about 2 hours, so I'm going to focus on the big things.

 

Look what is that on the horizon!!

 

YAY, stuff to ride!!

 

It was a lot of people there but we didn't bother since we were only there to get our last credit

 

Some themed buildings

 

On our way to Vliegende Hollander we passed a doomed coaster

 

Pegasus is on it's final years

 

One train load less until demolition

 

The only reason why we were here

 

W00t water coaster!!

 

Outdoor section here I come!!

 

Looks like an airtime hill, but isn't...

 

That can only mean one thing, SPLASH!!

 

Too bad that the other boat is so far away

 

After riding Vliegende Hollander, we decided to treat ourselves with a ride on an Intamin bobsled, but on our way there we spotted this awesome guy:

 

He was really entertaining, and scared the crap out of several people

 

We walked by Python

 

Everything looks better with a giant lens flare

 

Somewhere about here is where the pain begins

 

WOOW!!! it goes upside down

 

We also spotted some construction, let the wild rumors begin!!

 

Looks like they have blocked of the front row of Bobbahn = 50% longer wait time

 

The inside of the entrance building at Efteling is awesome!!

 

Some random statue outside our hotel, Belgium is full of weird stuff...

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Just curious, what's going on with Pegasus?

 

If it's anything like when I rode it, sucking is what Pegasus is doing!

 

Love the report, I need to go back to some of these places (and to in the first place for the others!)

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Thanks all for the reply's!!

 

What happened to that coaster being named Rick's Delight?
I think it was just a working name, I think that Falcon is a better name for the coaster though...

 

^^^ Yeah it's only a few days left for the second big trip of this year

 

^^ Goliath have easily reach a spot in the top ten, but still not as great to ride as the Mega-Lites in my opinion...

 

^ Yes I have loads of Blue Fire images

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Nice TR, I really enjoyed it so far! You got some beautiful pics, with those clear blue skies

 

But what's with the Bob cars?! Did every car had a blocked front row? And what I really want to know is: WHY???

 

Have fun on the Scandi trip!

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Day 4, part 1

A very strange place indeed...

 

First stop of this super hot day was at Bobbejaanland, which was really nice since there was a lot of shade in the park compared to the second park of the day...

It was at this park where we had the strangest encounter with the locals. Some old Belgian guy joined us at the queue to the ticket booth, he didn't know any English and we didn't know any Dutch, but after a while doing a lot of hand gestures and trying to speak with him in several languages we discovered that he had a buy one/get one free ticket with him, which meant that he wanted to go with one of us into the park and of course we got him into the park

We met him a couple of times in the park while waiting for the big rides

Just an awesome experience

 

Well onto pictures...

 

For once we arrived just before opening, since one of our GPS always underestimates the time it take to go somewhere...

 

Look another power coaster, but we will get to that one later

 

There is some strange in the background

 

Since we were having a bit of a theme on riding Eurofighters then we started with this one

 

Look they where even waiting for us

 

But first some testing...

 

W00t!! an Eurofighter with spinning cars!!

 

A few days ago we went on the oldest of these coasters, and today the second oldest

 

It's a mess of track

 

Nice powerful helix

 

We got on the second car and we quite liked it, but...

 

This place have a ride I have been dying to try, a Huss Fly Away, and contrary to the reviews I herd from people on the TPR euro trip last year, we had a blast on it

 

Another giant spinny swinging ride, but as always smaller are better...

 

Next up was Revolution

 

But to get there we had to pass this guy

 

It's their new observation "tower" ride...

 

I guess that we should follow this sign, and we did, and the best thin is that we found an AWESOME!! Vekoma enclosed coaster in the other end

 

If you are taller then 2.50 meters you will get electrocuted

 

Speedy Bob was next

 

What is wrong with this picture...

 

Then we past into Mexico or there around...

 

And found this Himalaya type ride, but they were having lunch when we wanted to ride it...

 

I spy some thing that comes from V...

 

YAY a suspended coaster

 

Too bad that these floorless trains are really bad!!!!

 

They are like being stabbed in the back...

 

Wonder if Eagle Fortess would get this floorless treatment, I hope not...

 

They had Aquarious, but not the awesome version they have in Japan

 

Look another Vekoma

 

This might be one of the best coasters in the park

 

We had a great laugh about the GP in the back, they were scared to death about falling out of the coaster, so they everything they could to staple themselves...

 

Inside that building is the last credit for this park

 

We were treated on several extra runs, since there was no queue

 

We found a shooting dark ride, but since they weren't keeping any score then we thought it sucked pretty bad

 

Anyway back to Typhoon for another ride

 

This time around it had warmed up...

 

And the ride had turned from a great ride to real pain

 

Looks good though

 

Hmm, is it supposed to be that way??

 

Bye Bobbejaanland for this time!!

 

Next up part 2.

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Nice TR, I really enjoyed it so far! You got some beautiful pics, with those clear blue skies

 

But what's with the Bob cars?! Did every car had a blocked front row? And what I really want to know is: WHY???

 

Have fun on the Scandi trip!

Yeah the skies were awesome until we got back to Germany...

 

Yes all the cars had the first row blocked of, no idea why, maybe they wanted to increase the realism of the cars by only having 4 riders/car like the big ones in the winter games...

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