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Hi there!

 

The CentrO Park is located next to the shopping mall CentrO in Oberhausen. Next to it are Sealife, the STAGE METRONOM Theater (actually with the Musica WICKED), the König Pilsener ARENA, and the AQUApark Oberhausen and there is an entertainment, bar and restaurant promedade, too.

 

The park is more designated to families with small childs, but it has a small coaster credit, too. I think it´s interesting for people who will make a full family entertainment in this area, not only in this park. Many netherlands came here with a bus trip for a shopping tour and you can have a really nice evening here!

EDIT: Something important, I forgot to mention is, that the whole parking area is FOR FREE all the time!

 

I spent my afternoon (1 hour before park closing) and evening at CentrO on the 30th april - that is a special evening in Germany, which is called "Tanz in den Mai" (Dance into the may). So I´ll post a few pics of the evening show at CentrO after the Park.

 

- EDIT: Watch now the pyro-/fireworkshow on page 2 -

 

NEWS 2011: The new Owner of the Park is MERLIN ENTERTAINMENT; watch here for more information!

 

Let´s begin:

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The whole area (sat-picture by maps.google.com)

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That´s the sign of the whole area.

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... a view of the promenade with many restaurants, bars and so on... (feels a bit like holidays)

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another picture of the promenade

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the bridge to the park behind. You can see a part of the mall entrance in front of you. There is the "Coca Cola Oase" - a large food hall ;).

On the left you can see the cinema complex and behind it one of the huge parking areas (which are for FREE).

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Park entrance

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Waveswinger

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... and one for the small ones...

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a small indoor play area

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entrance of the "Piraten Flotte"

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theming??? :)

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... "What are you looking at me, eh?!"

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It´s an oldie of the newer splash battles

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... but there are hungry aligators...

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The next attraction is "BEE BEE"

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Yeah! The one and only coaster credit...

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There are some education path also...

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... with informations about the plants

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... and explanations about technical enviroments...

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a small maze

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Oops! What are you doing here, GERTRUDE!?! Didn´t know that you make a journey to us before you will go to the party bus in may!

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The next attraction they called "Traktor Bahn"...

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... this is the entrance building with a shop of the...

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... in germany well known "Benjamin Blümchen" - they take him as mascot

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that´s the "Traktor Bahn"

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"Rodeo"

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"Goldwash"

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a place with goldnuggets which you can press to coins.

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there are 4 playgrounds, too. This is a smaller one located next to a fast food station.

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"Power Paddler"

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"Trampolines"

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"Bungee-Trampoline"

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Beg Wheel...

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Panorama with a view on the CentrO Mall and the park...

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Oh, there is something interesting...

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Huge slides...

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I have to try one!

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The "Shanghai Express" drives only around the slide hill area, but it´s cute and fun for small kids.

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The theming often looks like you´re in a botanic garden...

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"Oldtimerfahrt" (classic car drive)

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a water playground

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... here are the other playgrounds...

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oops, sorry! Don´t want to disturb your romance.

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There is "Benjamin Blümchen" again. This time as a pirate captain of the...

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...next Attraction "Pirate"...

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... the pirate ship you will ride on.

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Now it´s time to say goodbye to the park...

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WAIT!...

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... one more ride!

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... and now take some "Elissa friendly food" ;)

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Interesting name for a ride, but I won't ride it!

 

Diese Fahrt deutschen Namen sind ganz lustig für mich!*

 

*If you know what this says and under the age of 18 in a country where German isn't in the curriculum for your high school (stands up), you *might* need to get a life

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I think this is the park that's operated by a travelling showman under a lease. The 10 year lease runs out this year and he's not looking to renew and will take most of the rides with him. The site owners are confident they can find someone else to take over the park, if not they will try and run it themselves.

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You´re right! Oscar Bruch Jr. is the leader of the park since 10 years. This will defenitively the last year under his management. We´ll see what will happen to the park next year and what attractions will stay there. Until now, they say the park will open in the next years - either under a new management or by themselves.

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Thanks for the compliment; I´m glad to here that.

 

I took all photos with my Sony HD Handycam (HDR-CX6EK) in a resolution of 6 Megapixel, since I don´t have a photocamera anymore. It doesn´t have a panorama function, so I have to take the shots by my own sense.

 

It´s not that difficult, pick a marked point for you and turn the camera in the direction you want (like you do if it´s fixed on a tripod), so that this point at the end is on the different fringe and can be found on both pictures - don´t use the fokus while you doing that.

 

For stitching those images I use tools like MAGIX PanoramaStudio or Canon Photo Stitch - a tool of my old Canon IXUS 330 and there are many other options - open source, too.

 

Sometimes you won´t have success, but in the most cases, those shots are usable, too.

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I laughed my ass off when I saw those slides. That's insane! I'd be so afraid to try it, but I'd HAVE to do that. That's why I want to do a Europe TPR trip, check out some of the crazy slide complexes, fun houses, and trampoline fun spots built into some of the parks.

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OK, did have some problems with my preparations for evening sequel - first with uploading on coastertube, now with youtube!

- will post the links to youtube if the videos are online, so you are able to see the Pyro-/Fireworkshow in HD (720p) -

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I told you, the day I was at CentrO Park was a special day in Germany, called "Tanz in den Mai" (Dance into the may) = april 30th. I want to share some evening photos and videos of the show they made for the audience, so that you get a little impression about the promenade (little boardwalk like at the universal studios )

 

The small park with this "afterparty" is a great day of fun.

 

Let´s go on with the story... I was a little bit hungry and thirsty, looking for some food and a tasty, cold beer:

 

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This is the banner for the show

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That´s the "Coca Cola Oase" a huge food-temple with all well known international fast-food-restaurants and more ;)

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In the past that was the location of a "Planet Hollywood"

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Now up to the rest of the promenade...

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Mm??? Brauhaus... there I can have a great beer, hearty food and some pretzels for Elissa ;) ... sounds good... OK, shouldn´t buy pretzels for her, yet - the TPR-Trip tour is 1 1/2 month away ;) so let´s see what´s next coming...

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Hey, beer garden, we´ll see us later...

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mmmmh, yummy! That´s another cafe on the promenade...

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Oh, what seeing my eyes overthere...

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Yes! I need to drink one and should eat here.

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But before I will go there and it´s dark when I came back, I have to show you the beach club, they built up there.

... That wasn´t much of the promenade, but I hope you get a little impression of it... Now we come closer to the evening show...

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Here are some evening views of the promenade...

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There it is, the final Pyro- / Fireworkshow. It was devided in 3 parts with short breaks about 90 minutes: (Have fun and enjoy it) ... and don´t mind my comment at beginning of the last video

 

[coastertube]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=01_-_Pyroshow_-_CentrO_9wou[/coastertube]

[coastertube]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=02_-_Fireworkshow_-_CentrO_g3bc[/coastertube]

[coastertube]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=03_-_PyroFireworkshow_-_CentrO_n6dk[/coastertube]

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FYI: (CentrO Park Homepage)

 

Since April 16th 2011 the park has opened again and is now part of the MERLIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP!

 

Here you can find the a german article where they´re talking about.

13.04.2011 07:35

Am Samstag macht der Centropark wieder auf.

 

Das hat uns ein Centro-Sprecher bestätigt. Die Verträge mit dem neuen Betreiber Merlin Entertainment seien mittlerweile unterschrieben. Allerdings wird es einige Attraktionen weniger geben als zuvor. Zum Beispiel fällt das Riesenrad, die Wilde Maus und das Piratenschiff weg. Dafür ist der Eintritt in den Centropark günstiger. Er soll jetzt sechs Euro kosten. Weitere Einzelheiten will das Centro voraussichtlich heute bekanntgegeben.

 

BUT, the Wild Mouse ("Spinning Mouse"), the Ferris Wheel ("Riesenrad") and the "Pirat" are missing from now on - they were installed by the old park owner, Oscar Bruch Jr. and I just recognized by the Park Map, that the kids attraction "Piratenflotte" is missing, too.

 

Next to the Park is still the König Pilsener ARENA, the shopping Mall CentrO, a Sealife by MERLIN ENTERTAINMENT the STAGE METRONOM Theater (actually with the Musica WICKED) and a Small Waterpark called AQUApark Oberhausen

 

We´ll see, what they will do with the park area in the next years. But it´s a good sign, that especially Merlin has bougth this area according to the 500m to their Sealife... I´m looking forward for good news

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Here is the new Park Map for 2011

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