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Photo TR: Europa Park Winter Opening & GCi Woodie Update!


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At this time i'm spending the weekend at Europapark to check out the winter opening and progress on the new wooden Coaster.

Winter opening and the amount of lights used is just amazing and the new coaster.. Looks very very impressive.

 

Here's a bunch of pictures i took today to show different angles for this coaster and the current state of the build.

 

Enjoy.

 

Some technical details:

The ride will have 3 trains (GCI First), rubber wheels (GCI first) with the hard and soft option if needed and lapbars only.

 

I'll add some night pictures in a next update

 

Second part/update: Winter opening

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First look at the coaster from the parking deck of on of the hotels

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looks like airtime in the distance

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close to the deck and underneath atlantica

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imagine trainings flying over that hill.

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this should be a nice angle once the ride opens

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turn with a banking

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work in progress

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wood crossing

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hmmm

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can't wait for the ride to open

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last bit of the ride before the brake run

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hmmm

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twist and turn

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it does change the skyline..

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wind was blowing like crazy and these guys were still up there and adding bends

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lifthill and turn to first drop

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respect

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that's a long lifthill

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from atlantica

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from the ferris wheel

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turning and jumping

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turn underneath atlantica

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final turn

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jump

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the first bends of the station

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they have started work on the turn towards Blue fire

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jump

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plenty of wood

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small overview

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behind the splash battle is the new coaster

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next to Blue fire

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looks like a nice speed build up as soon as the chain lets you go

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hmm, will try that later for more pictures

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imagine the train coming towards you

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underneath Atlantica

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twist and turn

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that is one very tall/long first drop. Should be fun :)

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some work still needs to be done...

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station and hill after the fly through

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fly through entering the station

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just a fun angle

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again, this lifthill is just.. wow

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final bit..

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is it opening day yet?

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i like these structures

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flying away

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that's a lot of banking

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they are hard at work on this area

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jumpy jump jump

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this view has changed and will change a bit more before opening

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how wet will/can they get crossing the water ride.. time will tell..

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against the sun/light

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from the observation tower

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another spot another angle

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some details one can see already

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so many details are being added to the arch

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bricks bricks bricks and bricks (or at least it looks that way)

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little bit of banking

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getting closer and closer

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imagine the trains flying through this turn

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work close up

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jump

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big big big first drop

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still some work left to be done

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this view has changed

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from the mini monorail

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another look at this lovely banked turn

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small overview

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hmm, maybe timing will work someday..

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swooping turn

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should be fun jumping this and coming down atlantica

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swooping

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thats it for now... hope you enjoyed it

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Amazing photos, Hanno!

 

BTW, has anybody noticed the antirollbacks on most (if not all) of the layout? I haven't seen them placed like that on other GCIs.

 

Another question, how is Europa Park going to run 3 trains if there is no MCBR?

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Interesting.

 

Any more info on those wheels ?

What does "hard and soft option" mean ?

 

Will they allow the park to pick throughout the season ? Maybe softer wheels in the winter, harder ones in summer ?

Or maybe they'll only use a soft wheel train - which I think would be less noisy ? - in the morning and evening, to please the neighbors ?

I doubt the public will be able to choose in the queue ? Like choose between a smooth and a rough ride ? Regular and fast ? I think that would require two stations, which the ride doesn't have.

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Rubber wheels...no seatbelts...awesome!

Great that they drop the seatbelts. I never could figure out why they had seatbelts anyway. I mean you only close your seatbelt whiteout tighten them up. So they never had much use if you ask me. In Holland I've been on Joris en de Draak (George and the Dragon) at the Efteling and well I think the belts are more annoying (whit getting out of the train because you forget it's even there) than useful.

 

Great pictures by the way. I see that they already have a speed in the building progress after the winter. It won't take long before we can see the complete skeleton of the wooden coaster now the only have the Blue Fire bents to place.

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Mmmm so much wood to see and ride on and through.

The water coaster now looks perfect, with the new wood going

around it and over it. Mm - mm!

 

Great photos Hanno! Thanks for updating us

Future Europe Non-Tourers.

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