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Thought about sharing some pics I took when I visited back in June (thought I was gonna do a trip report but I don't think I had enough good pics for that).

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The empty streets of Berlin at early morning

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50th anniversary banner

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Chiapas' beautiful area. Probably the most impressive in the whole park

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The spectacular Klugheim

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No matter where you stand in the area you're always close to Taron. It's massive, and also my new #1 (sorry, Helix)

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Klugheim sign

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Taron entry. Queue doesn't open until 10

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Black Mamba, my first B&M invert

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It was fun, but no top 10 material. The surrounding area is very immersive though

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Chiapas is probably my favorite non-coaster ride out there. Easily the greatest flume I've been on

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Taron's line was super long all day. Over 90 minutes :(

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Maus Au Chocolat. Better than I expected given my distaste for Toy Story Mania

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The Rookburgh sign (this was the week before they announced FLY)

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Wuze Town

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Peek behind the curtain at Winjas Force. Both Winjas were very fun. Tight and inventive

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Temple of the Night Hawk was okay

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Mystery Castle. Pretty creative drop tower. I recommend going late in the day (after 2 P.M) since they do longer cycles then

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Einstein has seen better days

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Taron's train

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Chiapas at sunset. Can't gush over this ride enough

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The park extends opening times when it's crowded. On Thursday they extended it by a half hour. On Friday by a full hour

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Some lines fluxuated wildly all day. Sometimes they were really long, sometimes they were almost walk-ons. The only consistently long ones were Taron, Raik and Winjas

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Berlin at closing time

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It always depends on the weather, of course there are no summer crowds, but school is still out, so if it is nice outside aka no snow or to cold, it can be busy. Also remember that the park will be closing for Winter on January 15th(I think)

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Was at the park last Thursday, and heard from a few different members of staff that Rookburgh will open in 2019.

They all seem to be under that impression, and considering how much work there still is to do, and how much theming will be going in (the park's creative team have said Rookburgh would surpass Klugheim in terms of detailed and immersive theming), I now think the same to be honest.

I'd say that one corner of the site where track and buildings have started to go up only covers about 30% of the area.

There was a lot of activity on the rest of the site though and a lot of concrete foundations + walls work has been done since the last photo I saw of the site 2 weeks ago. So construction is steadily progressing but I think almost certainly it won't be open in 2018. Not a bad thing though - it will look amazing when done and with such a major head start on construction it will definitely be ready for 2019 (no Chiapas situations here).

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Did you talk to the Dippin Dots guy?

Although I think 2019 too, but why would they advertise it now? Let's say the ride opens mid july 2018. that is still 8 months from now, just go back in this thread and look how Klugheim looked 8 months before opening. It is not that much different and we have no clue how complex the theming will be and of course you have to count in the weather in winter that can delay construction.

It will open eventually

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Did you talk to the Dippin Dots guy?

Although I think 2019 too, but why would they advertise it now? Let's say the ride opens mid july 2018. that is still 8 months from now, just go back in this thread and look how Klugheim looked 8 months before opening. It is not that much different and we have no clue how complex the theming will be and of course you have to count in the weather in winter that can delay construction.

It will open eventually

Klugheim was half standing in the terms of rockwork and track work was completed in the October before opening. Rookburgh is still mostly a large concrete hole in the ground.

I was hoping for a 2018 opening but my optimism has went away after seeing the site for myself and knowing how long they spent on Klugheim.

The early advertising thing confuses me too though (perhaps still gives me a glimer of hope for 2018?) Maybe though it was simply to make it known what they were building before track started going up and the surprise would have been ruined.

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My thoughts exactly. Track was supposed to be visible days later, so they announced it. Also, there is not much sense in Opening new areas in that short frequency. Klugheim and Taron still pull in major crowds. No need to get the next thing up that quickly. Plus we don't know what else might pop up in Rookburgh. There's a good chance that there will be another family-focused attraction added to it. Or a replacement for Lilaque, or both.

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Phantasialand refurbishes African themed area

 

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The African themed area of Phantasialand will be given a major refurbishment this winter. Almost all rocks are replaced. For this purpose, the German theme park has called in the specialized company Universal Rocks, which was previously responsible for the rocks in the new themed area Klugheim.

 

A large part of Deep in Africa is being refurbished. The rock work is becoming more realistic than ever, Phantasialand promises. "During the construction of Klugheim we became acquainted with new techniques, materials and experts that we could not use twelve years ago".

 

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^ Phantasialand is very busy making people rent airplanes to take those, I know how you feel I also really want to know more come on PHL it's 2018 just accept the Internet already.

Seriously they did take down one of the main street buildings (A waffle house if I'm correct) to create an entrance way to the new area. Curious as to why now, this could have been done later in my opinion.

 

Also happy to see them work on Black Mamba, PHL is my favorite park out there because of their insanely high standards. This is also why I expect TotNH to go soon its just the worst if you look a the rest of the park honestly. This is a perfect example, an update for the sake of updating, it wasn't bad but it wasn't their standard. Great Work.

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^ Great news!

 

Btw is there seriously no news on FLY at all? I'm thirsty for some leaks or even outside the park pics

The park opens on Saturday so we'll likely start seeing on-site pics then.

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^ Phantasialand is very busy making people rent airplanes to take those, I know how you feel I also really want to know more come on PHL it's 2018 just accept the Internet already.

Yeah, okay, but many destination theme parks and manufacturers go through great strides to protect their investments and intellectual property.

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^ Phantasialand is very busy making people rent airplanes to take those, I know how you feel I also really want to know more come on PHL it's 2018 just accept the Internet already.

 

Phantasialand want to keep things secret and just like with Klugheim release their own updates as part of their marketing in the run up to the opening next year. The park did tease on Instagram recently that we would be finding out more soon.

 

Also the reason there has been no updates is that nothing noticeably has changed or progressed on site. I imagine now once the warmer weather comes things will start to progress. The only major change is one of the buildings on the Berlin street (inbetween the waffle bakery and cafe) has been removed to make way for a tunnel into Rookburgh.

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Source: Marcus Schmidke @ Achterbahn-Fans-Deutschland Facebook group

 

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Graphic from PhantaFriends.de showing the future connection to Rookburgh.

 

And that Looopings article posted about Black Mamba is so poor. The park have been slowly but surely redoing the rockwork in Africa for a few years now very off season. "Almost all rocks are being replaced" is a load of rubbish. This season they have just redone the monkey face mountain and the ravine under the first drop.

 

The video and update comes from this blog post on Phantasialand's website: https://phantasialandblog.de/wenn-felsen-eine-seele-bekommen/

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The hilly terrain and the way the park is built up with a lot of concrete makes it difficult to get an uniformly strong mobile reception through the park. After two years of planning of planning and coordination with three different service providers Phantasialand has installed a new hidden transmitter mast.

The park already has two transmission towers (one at Hotel Ling Bao and the other at Wuze Town) and the third mast is there just to increase capacity for even more data traffic so guests can "send selfies anytime, anywhere, share fantastic experiences on Facebook or just check your emails."

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The task was problematic as the location had to be high enough for long range, stable enough for the heavy technology and perfectly hidden as not to disturb the immersive themed areas. The solution was to hide the modern technology within one of the towers on top of the Schauspielhaus (home to the 4D cinema and annual pass centre) on corner of Kaiserplatz in Berlin.

The tower on the roof however had to be extended by more than two meters to fit the transmission mast.

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A specialist film set painter was brought in to create the fiberglass structure that encloses the mast and fits the typical look of the existing building resulting in the perfect illusion. They had to be careful about the paint used to create the copper look to blend with the roof. It couldn't be rich in metal as that would interfere with the signals.

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Video showing the process and the finished new look.

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Also the video features a shot of a drawing of the facade of the Schauspielhaus with the new transmitter tower.

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"Eingang Gasteservice" - entrance guest services. A teaser/sign that we can expect the 4D cinema to be removed and replaced with a new large guest services centre soon?

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So glad they're replacing the rock facades in the Africa area. While the area looks great I've always thought the rocks looked a bit too blocky and unnatural and out of place with the rest of the excellent themeing of the area.

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