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P. 456: Information about Christmas Town 2021!

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I rode Apollos Chariot several times during my one visit to BGW back around 2002 and though it was great. It still ranks as one of my favorite B&M Speed Coasters at just a close second behind Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia. It's probably not top 10 material anymore for most people but is still probably a top 25 for most.

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^^Great to see! I'm interested in seeing whether the fifth train speeds up operations at all - I think it should just by a tad, judging by how they were running the ride when I was there. It would allow two trains to be ready to move into the station as soon as two leave from the front. The only thing they need to watch out for is making sure that they're running consistently - having a problem with a train in the station would mean two backed up on the brake run, and one stopped on the bridge.

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Even without the yellow train the line still moves very good. I think the max I had waited was about 40 minutes with a full queue, which is great since I don't know how much more I could take of Gerta demonstrating her version of peeling rubber (vroom, vroom). They sure can get those trains loaded and moving quickly but glad to see they are testing the yellow train.

 

Alpengeist is still my favorite ride in the park and my second favorite invert behind Afterburn.

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Even without the yellow train the line still moves very good. I think the max I had waited was about 40 minutes with a full queue, which is great since I don't know how much more I could take of Gerta demonstrating her version of peeling rubber (vroom, vroom).

 

Gerta can say whatever she wants as often as she wants.

 

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Are you kidding? Its one of my faves only behind talon and batman clones simply because of the sheer speed and forcefullness. The cobra roll always catches me off gaurd.

 

Like I said, it's been quite awhile since I've been on it. It was a good ride and I enjoyed it, just not as much as the other inverts I've been on. I'm sure a refresher ride wouldn't hurt, although my motion sickness makes it near impossible to enjoy coasters anymore.

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Finally got onto Verbolten yesterday for 4 rides.

 

I couldn't actually hear what Gerta was saying in the pre show room which was a little frustrating but whatever it was it sounded like it could be annoying.

 

Some brief points as the ride has been reviewed to death already:

 

1. This ride noticeably rattles (rough?) which was a surprise for such a new ride.

2. The vertical drop is good but not as forceful as the Intamin system on Thirteen. The launch out of the building is great, love the kick!

3. The drop towards the Rhine wasn't as thrilling as I’d hoped but the turns up to the station are ridiculously tight and really caught me out first time as I was looking the wrong way.

4. The ride is a huge hit with the general public and the queue keeps moving which is great.

5. The trains are super comfortable and probably the best looking coaster trains in the World.

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I couldn't actually hear what Gerta was saying in the pre show room which was a little frustrating but whatever it was it sounded like it could be annoying.

 

It is terribly annoying, nothing but "Fahrt" jokes and incessant repetition of the phrase "die black forest ist VERBOTEN!" It's probably the stupidest pre-ride show i've ever seen. It hurts me more so because i studied German in college and can tell how ridiculous a lot of what she's saying would sound to a native German.

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It is terribly annoying, nothing but "Fahrt" jokes and incessant repetition of the phrase "die black forest ist VERBOTEN!" It's probably the stupidest pre-ride show i've ever seen.

 

You've obviously never ridden King Arthur's Challenge, which used to be where Europe in the Air is now. One of the single cheapest-looking pre-show videos ever for the worst simulator ride ever.

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It is terribly annoying, nothing but "Fahrt" jokes and incessant repetition of the phrase "die black forest ist VERBOTEN!" It's probably the stupidest pre-ride show i've ever seen.

 

You've obviously never ridden King Arthur's Challenge, which used to be where Europe in the Air is now. One of the single cheapest-looking pre-show videos ever for the worst simulator ride ever.

 

Correct, never have... I've only been there for EItA, Corkscrew Hill, and Questor. I don't even remember seeing King Arthur's Challenge there.

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As I recall, it lasted all of one season. The actors who protrayed "King Arthur" and "Merlin" were really bad--the latter looked like a teenager in costume as an old wino. The 3D graphics were blurry as hell and headache inducing. Corkscrew Hill was a big step up.

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/\ Everything in that building/ride has been total crap since Questor.

 

I wish they would bring back Questor and haunts of the old country. Pirates is just getting really old and the simulator rides have not been good at all. It has been a whole generation since these rides/shows were introduced. They could easily pass them off as a new experience.

 

JEFF

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Europe In The Air is horrible. It actually made me nauseous. Felt like I was sitting still and the room was moving around me. Corkscrew Hill wasn't too bad from what I remember. How much space is in there for them to just gut the entire building and put a totally new ride system in there? Ireland is the only country without a marquee ride. Would a Mad House be a good replacement (probably would be a better fit for Castle O'Sullivan and you could tie a whole story around it).

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^I'm with you - we sat in the back row, and the entire body moves around the front of the car. Halfway through I was done, it's a miracle I made it to the end. And I've never felt nauseous on any sort of ride or simulator before. Plus, it's like the poor-man's version of Soarin'! Get it outta here.

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^^I'd love to see a state-of-the-art Madhouse ride at BGW. That's something that Vekoma does quite well. I always thought Corkscrew Hill was OK, too.

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