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In september we, groteslurf, hansrubens, vuurvogel and friends, made a trip to Italy to see some new and improved rides they build there. You can read groteslurf's report here. This will be my report which could be a little bit different. Just enjoy.

 

Rainbow Magicland

Cavallino Matto and Fiabilandia

Mirabilandia

Gardaland

Europark Idroscalo

MinItalia Leolandia

 

First I travelled to amsterdam where Hans picked me up. We drove to antwerp to meet up with our southern neighbors. Taxi to brussels and a flight to rome.

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this was our route

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this was our transport, which was big. That was a good thing. Maybe you guys remember the car tetris we played last year, 5 big guys in a small car does not work. And there is another reason a big car is good in Italy

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Italian traffic

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I thought rome was really nice, I need to go back there one day to explore the city

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yup, it is realy rome

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a bit overdone on the fountains

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the parthenon is somewhere in this picture

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winding down

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just some random encounter

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I love old cities

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remindings of a hotel anyone?

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Romans are small, go check your local museum at night ;)

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nice

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also worth checking; the local wildlife

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Great start EB - to your version of how the Italy Parks tour went!

 

And that last photo you took, outside the bar - it could be for a

well-known alcohol ad of some kind, LOL!

 

(In that one shot - What is the guy drinking, there?

Which woman of the two is he actually looking at?

Or is he looking at BOTH of them, heh?

And what is the other woman reading?

And, isn't she the better woman for him?)

 

Looking forward to more of your Itali-Tour!

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First park of the trip Rainbow Magicland

 

This is a completely new park. And although a new park does not mean it will be an immediate success, I think this park will make it. It is set up as a family park. Just a lot of tame rides. Large number of kiddies and just one thrill ride, which is not even that thrilling (the drop tower) it has a nice selection of different style rides and with this formula they aim for a large target audience. (this park is not build for thrill seekers)

The theming is outstanding near the entrance and the left side of the park. The right side is still good but is themed less. Especially the kiddie area needs more attention. But this problem can be solved when the vegetation will get bigger.

 

The rides in the park are decent. Although there is room for improvement. I think the weight of the park is focused on the left of the pond. It feels this needs to be balanced out in the future. Most of the coasters are good. Wacky worm, vekoma junior, vekoma mine train. Nothing wrong there. The spinning coaster is a bit short. And the launched X car was ok. It is a mighty beautiful coaster to see, but I find it a bit too smooth for my taste. I like a compact X car like formula X better.

I have the same feeling with the rapids, they start out great but when you think there will be a finally, there is none.

But there is one ride in the park that is awesome. Too bad some visitors decided to tear away at the theming in the queue, but Huntik is awesome. This crossbreed between Spiderman and a shooting dark ride just blew my mind. It may not be as elaborate as Spiderman, but the flow between the simulator, the 3d screens and the shooting is outstanding. This type of ride is needed in more parks.

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we are there, I have never been to such a new park before

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this looks inviting

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main street

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love the details

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looking familiar

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details

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just your random dragon on a food stand

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castle at the lake

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this lake is missing a monster

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there we go

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time for some overview shots

 

this flying island is pretty funny. It stands completly still and lets the earth revolve around it

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main street from above

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wet side of the park

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shocking picture

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it looks iconic

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back to details

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homage to the best ride of the park

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*bow*

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nice queue

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this once looked better

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and to finish with your random dragon monster spewing water at the people on the splash boat ride

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Great TR! I'm surprised by how many TPR people are managing to get here; I'm glad a bunch of other people get to experience this unique new park!

 

I would agree with the above: Shock is a great coaster (the 3rd best I've ridden so far in Italy), but it's not a top-10 overall for me. Still, there's a good amount of airtime and that ultra slow zero-G roll with lap bars is a pretty neat experience.

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From what I understand, the water rides at Rainbow Magicland breaks the trend of other Italian parks with rides that don't get you very wet. Is that in fact true? I still can not figure out why Italian parks tend to have water rides that don't get you very wet.

 

Regardless of that, great TR!!

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^^You are correct. The most water you get is just some spray and some from the surrounding fountains. They are nowhere near, say mirabilandia's rapids. I must say though that the Italians can get you wet on these rides, and some bad positions can get you wet. but not in any decent amount. Wettest ride I had this year was a splash boat in Japan (go figure). I skipped the splash in mirabilandia (if you really want to get wet).

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^hope so too.

 

We didn't take the time to visit the new shopping outlet next door, but it seemed quite massive. The fact that this outlet is there, makes me think the park is not just a one year park and will be there for a long time. Also, we were there on a schoolday, and the park was not dead at all. There were quite some visitors that day.

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Time for the next installment:

 

This day we visit two parks and did a marathon run from the west coast, the first park is at the coast, to the east coast, the other park and the hotel.

Benny put us for the second night in a small hotel which used to be a villa. Brilliantly placed on top of a mountain and an incredible view. Impossible to get to by bus though. The van had problems navigating through the woods. From here we went for a short visit to;

 

Cavallino Matto:

This is a very small park, but it was a pleasant surprize. Looking from the parking lot and the entrance I did not expect much. But after the gates there is a nice little park with a decent ride selection. First we found two kiddies. Both L&T, one was a clone of the kiddie in Mirabilandia,Leprotto Express, and one being a slightly different and older version of that. Here was also the newest ride of the park, an inverted frisbee with smoke effects. Swings you right into the trees (if you are tall). And here was one of the two drop towers. The other side of the park was a bit more green. Here stand the two other coasters, project one, the biggest and very cool coaster. Has no safety envelope though so keep your hands inside the vehicle. And they had a little mine themed mouse. These coasters are L&T as well. This park has some Heege rides, a second mobile droptower (kind of a big frog hopper), a strange african/asian outdoor dark ride (very strange), a highly themed splash battle, 3d bios and a logflume you can not skip.

 

after the morning spend here we started our cross country run. It was a very long haul, first up north toward pisa (yes we did see the cathedral in the distance) and then north-west and down south east to our second park at the other coast.

 

Fiabilandia:

This park with a slight Disney complex was weird, small and personally I say not as good as Cavallino. This said though they had some unique rides. A very funny, very getho dark ride about wizards. An amazing Pinfari custom wacky worm, Peter pan walkthrough. Pinfari getho Big thunder mountain, it even took some time to figure if it was a coaster or not and AQUA-TRAX, that is the Italian getho version of it. On to the pictures.

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waking up to this view

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we even found this gecko in our room, it was not even an inch long, so cute.

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at the entrance we found this bug

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it had a brother inside the park

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this park had some weird rules

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Hans was very small today

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so we laughed very hard when he got stuck inside the train of one of the kiddies

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the new ride

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watch those branches

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animal

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another coaster

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themed splash battle

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he's a little nappy

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Is it wet?

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Now I think I am going to get wet

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self portrait

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the biggest coaster

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lift hill

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smooth, very nice, arm and head choppers (really!) cool coaster

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CNAW

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I think our Belgium friends did this to show they still have a nationallity in spite of having a disfunctional country. Cool flag guys ;)

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onto the next park; this castle serves as a dark ride

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custom wacky worm

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thunder mountain

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the sign of quality

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we did not see them

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another lake with monster

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this can only mean one thing

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peter pan the lazy

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exit over the bridge

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getho AQUA-TRAX

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see, it looks like a water coaster

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This park had some awesome 'make your own food' machines. Popcorn and...

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pizza!!

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and a chinese scare maze without actors

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and we close the day in the other sea. Yay credit.

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Ha ha, I didn't realize till now, we were dressed up as the belgian flag Great find EB !!! And your timing is excellent, because 546 days after we had elections, our politicians finally were able to form a government yesterday 546 days !!!!!!!!! I envy the chinese ...... they have elections each molning

 

Love the 'Hans Little' picture too.

 

Great update. Great memories.

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