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Currently, we have Summer Holidays in Germany, so I decided to make a quick trip to Freizeitpark Plohn on my motorcycle yesterday. Plohn was one of the last German parks I hadn't visited yet, so I was looking forward to riding El Toro, my first GCI-Woodie very much, especially as it is "TPR-approved".

 

The park itself is really nice- mostly a kids' park, but a lot of fun nonetheless. And alone for the awesome woodie, the trip was worth the three and a half hour ride. You really can't describe how great the out-of-control feeling on Toro is, especially as I had only ridden three woodies before, and none of them was "great" (Colossos was, but it feels more like a steel coaster and hasn't got the crazy turns and twisties).

 

I hope you enjoy the TR!

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Nice western themed area

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This way to El Toro!

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Here it is!

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El Toro looks like "Raging Bull had a few too many litres of beer at Oktoberfest" to quote Robb ;)

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Leaving the station

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And coming back

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This ride seriously has one of the best on-ride photo spots ever!

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And on top of that, it is extremely photogenic!

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Every inch of the track is visible from somewhere!

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In all seriousness, the ride is great!

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You get small pops of airtime where no one expects it, for example in this twisty section

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And on top of that, the coaster is really smooth!

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Great headchopper here.

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Recently, the park opened a new kids area called "Plohni Dorf" what would translate into "Plohni Village" (Plohni is the mascot of the park)

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Once again, very nicely themed.

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They also have a small Zierer family coaster called Plohseidon there

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Actually quite decent for a kiddie coaster.

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Plohni is happy because he always rides front row ;)

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This is the site where the new-for-2012 Intamin Giga Aquatrax with 12 inversions will be built! ;)

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On the other side of the park, there is a nice primeval themed area...

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...with a kiddie free fall tower.

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Fake dinosaur skulls or the ancestors of Jeff Johnson? You decide! :)

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I guess the park's next coaster will be named Raptor? ;)

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Raptor is going to eat you.

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Well, back to Great Coasters. :)

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Well, actually the best part comes after the ride because there are some very interesting items near the photo booth!

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No Plohn TR without this photo! ;)

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TPR on display!

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Beautiful sunset

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Great report and El Toro does look like a blast, no surprise at all.

 

The, um, samples in the on-ride photo shop are just one more example of Europe's towering awesomeness.

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Nice TR! I really enjoyed Plohn when we visited last September. El Toro took me by surprise - I'd heard good things, but had no idea just how much fun it was going to be. Such a GREAT ride!! Love it.

 

Didn't know I was in a German newspaper... awesome!

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^^This was exactly how I felt. A few days before I rode Mammut at Tripsdrill, a woodie that is comparable in size and length, however it was totaly tame so my expectations to El Toro were not that high. Also, the only "true" woodie (not a pre-fab) I had ridden before was Anaconda in Walygator Parc which nearly broke my back (the Mitch Hawker Award for worst wooden coaster was totally justified) and so I was a bit frightened that all classic woodies would be that painful - but luckily they are not

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