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The parks look awesome! I would love to visit one day.

 

I totally agree with Rob said about members on here not liking water parks. I am the complete opposite! I am obsessed with water parks as much as I am with amusmenet parks/coasters. I would travel around the world visiting them just the same. The ERT time last year on the North East tour at Six Flags New England's water park was AWESOME!!!!!! I wanted to spend more time there but once it opened to the public the lines got REALLY long and we were there on a Saturday.

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First, thanks to Robb for throwing this report on the front page! I hadn't even realized!

 

Second, there are 8 inversions on Avalancha.

 

Third, thanks to everyone who's checked out the report. Thanks for your comments! More coming soon!

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A short flight from Guatemala City (on Copa Airlines) brought us to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Costa Rica practically lives on tourism from the U.S., but you won't find many U.S. tourists at the local amusement park, Parque Diversiones. According to rcdb, all profits from the park go to a children's hospital, and the official name of the park is Parque de Diversiones Dr. Roberto Ortiz Brenes.

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We're here!

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First credit was this Vekoma corkscrew, though rcdb says it was *built* by Arrow. I don't get it. Vekoma in a U.S. park in 1984? Apparently this thing was originally at Rye Playland, and then was moved to Knoebels! Anyone ever ride "Whirlwind" at those parks?

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Cool entrance to Bocaraca.

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Flat! Not a fancy park, but it grew on us. Lots of natural greenery.

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Interesting theming.

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Now, this Huss Topspin actually had pretty cool theming.

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It was themed as a Category F5 tornado.

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The queue was housed in a midwestern-looking barn.

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Scarecrow and windmill...I'm sure people from Oklahoma would be terrified.

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And the water effects. Can't remember if there was fire too.

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Again, lush greenery.

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Lagoon with paddle boats.

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Teletren was the other credit, a Zamperla roller skater.

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That's Tio Conejo (Uncle Rabbit), he's the park's mascot, and this was a children's area.

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I believe that this is what is called an Eyerly Rock-o-Plane. Where can one find these in the States?

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Ignoring the infirmary, some incredible views from inside the park.

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Drop Tower!

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Cheryl needs to change her screen name to DropTowerJunkie. Is that already taken?

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Classic Spider.

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A Disko.

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You gotta go pay at the stand and then give a ticket to the popcorn lady.

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This area in the back of the park was just gorgeous.

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This was a fun spinning raft ride...

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...with a nice long lazy river part at the end.

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These things are fun.

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Interestingly, there was a church in the park. I know Dollywood has a little church. Any others?

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There was a huge covered area for food and games.

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This is how you get diabetes!

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Strawberry Light!

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Thanks for visiting this charming park with us! Next update: Costa Rica is the Capital of Extreme Adventure Tourism!

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That's definitely the tiniest frisbee ride I've ever seen. It looks like it could almost be a kiddie ride.

 

 

If I remember right - Zamperla added one of these mini-frisbees to Coney Island. It's actually quite fun, it's kinda like a playground tire swing that doesn't actually spin you silly. However, speaking of their larger and more spinful brothers and sister frisbees - that's a WHOLE different ballgame and attraction. Either it be Huss or Zamperla!

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Whoa, I just saw that nannerdw has a Rock-o-Plane as an avatar! Cool.

 

Actually, those mini-Frisbees are incredibly intense. As the period (looked this up in Wikipedia) is much shorter, there are many more swings than a giant frisbee during an equal length ride cycle. As the thing is simultaneously rotating, it can get pretty intense. I rode the House of Anubis ride at Plopsaland Indoor Coevorden and it seriously kicked my ass.

 

Thanks again for the visits and the comments, folks.

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Huis Anubis Mini Frisbee at Plopsa Indoor Coevorden

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Whoa, I just saw that nannerdw has a Rock-o-Plane as an avatar! Cool.

 

Actually, those mini-Frisbees are incredibly intense. As the period (looked this up in Wikipedia) is much shorter, there are many more swings than a giant frisbee during an equal length ride cycle. As the thing is simultaneously rotating, it can get pretty intense. I rode the House of Anubis ride at Plopsaland Indoor Coevorden and it seriously kicked my ass.

 

Thanks again for the visits and the comments, folks.

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Huis Anubis Mini Frisbee at Plopsa Indoor Coevorden

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The literal translation of the sign in the first one that said-

 

"Favor No Orinar En Esta Area.

 

Tenemos banos a su disposicion. De lo contrario sera retirado del parque."

 

according to Google Translate is...

 

Please Do not Pee In This Area.

 

We have bathrooms at your disposal. Otherwise it will be removed from the park.

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Finally, some pics from our Costa Rican adventures. If you like adventuring, this is the place! Plus English is widely spoken and they pretty much accept US dollars everywhere. It's not a cheap vacation but it's a lot of fun.

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First, we did some ziplining at the Arenal Volcano. These were the longest and fastest ziplines we've ever done. One zipline was nearly 1 km! The outfit was called Mundo Aventura, whoever's interested.

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Here's Cheryl, flying through the air without a care in the world.

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Until she "valley-ed", and had to pull herself to the end. My big fat self was not having that problem.

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In Costa Rica, they give you a huge leather mitt (see my right hand) with which you hold the cable while zipping. It keeps you from spinning and can act as a brake if you need it.

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Next up, the good folks at Aguas Bravas gave us a great whitewater rafting trip. Class 2 and 3, for those interested in such things.

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Most of our pictures show this expression on our faces.

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But totally fun.

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Next up was an awesome ATV tour. We'd never done this kind of thing before, so it was pretty awesome.

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Iguana!

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Awesome assemblage of giant crocs!

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Scarlet Macaw in an almond tree.

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White Faced Monkey in Manuel Antonio National Park. This is my clearest shot in two dozen photos. :-( But it's just incredible to see monkeys hanging around, not in cages, just foraging in the jungle.

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Thank you so much for reading our Central America report! See you in the queue!

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