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Very nice TR on Movie Park. I've visited the park at least once a year since it's opening in '96 and while it has never been a GREAT park, it really seems like they're finally heading into the right direction with the addition of rides like Van Helsing and Lost Temple (+ the new coaster next year).

Have fun at Phantasialand tomorrow!

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Finally catching up on all these reports and it's great to see that you guys are having a blast at these parks. Bummed that Heide Park has gone downhill but Potts Park looks absolutely amazing. I remember Klotten and how awesome that place was and Potts looks even better! Toverland looks like it's expanded a ton outside. Is it open year round and do they close some of the attractions outside if it's too cold? The videos you have posted so far are great and this report really brings back the feel of the "old" TPR before the tours, which is a good thing!

 

I showed my 4 year old a video of the Fireworks at Disney Paris and he wants to go there now. I told him to get a job.

 

So far, what has been the most surprising thing of the trip?

 

Jimmy "Waiting for the kiddos to get older to do some overseas trips" Bo

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Movie Park and Toverland are some of the best "Small" themeparks in this part of Europe in my opinion. Both harbor potential and I hope the new coaster will set this park on the map for many coaster enthusiast.

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A little late to comment on it, but I could not agree more about Heide Park.

 

I visited Germany at the end of April/early May and was REALLY looking forward to the park from the great things I've heard in the past, but I definitely had a more of a Six Flags Day.

 

I was there alone and also was disappointed by the non-use of the single rider queues. What's more, I thought that Flug der Damonen was super rough in comparison to recent rides I've had on Gatekeeper, Wild Eagle, etc. Colossos also running pretty rough just made me feel like they're neglecting to effectively maintain these rides, which is really a shame because they're otherwise really, really great rides. Colossos was running one train at a 60-90 minute wait for the first 1/2 of the day, then when they added a second, they'd consistently stack the trains for a minute or more after the second train had arrived again, which seemed completely unacceptable since Colossos has a slow chain lift system followed by a really long ride. The employees didn't seem to give a crap at all. Also, all of the non-junk food locations were closed, so the only choices were deep fried crap or cheap frozen pizza. I really hope they can get it together in the future.

 

Otherwise, I'm absolutely loving all the photos and detail, makes me wish I'd done even more parks when I was in Europe!

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Totally agree with you on movie park, I reallly think they are on the right track now. I think the reason it gets more shit than it deserves is because we can all still remember the goog old movie world days.

 

Oh and bandit is horrible, and will remain horrible. Time to burn it to the ground or have RMC have their way with it.

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You can follow our trip LIVE on Twitter:

 

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Starting our day @Phantasialand with some random characters!

 

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Dan says this chair swings is NOT an "acceptable amount of wetness!"

 

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Yes!!! Maus au Chocolat is one of my favorite dark rides ever!

 

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The ride is basically Toy Story Mania but MUCH better! More mix of real sets and media!

 

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Black Mamba quite possibly may be the best themed B&M invert ever!

 

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First drop of Black Mamba!

 

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The area with Chiapas is new from our last visit to @Phantasialand and the new ride looks amazing!

 

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Winjas is one of those coasters that is impossible to describe but you just HAVE to experience!

 

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The theming around the new Chiapas area is just insane! And the ride was awesome too!

 

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OMG! Talocan is just nuts! Best Top Spin ride ever made!

 

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Temple of the Night Hawk was once again "Temple of the No Hawk!" lol

 

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Yes, hi... This is some of the best park ice cream we've ever had!

 

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The fresh crepes were insanely good and served to us hotter than the sun! Amazing!

 

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Just some more of the awesome themed areas of @Phantasialand!

 

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We are on a quest to find as many dragons as possible @Phantasialand!

 

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That's not just a giant penis, that's one hell of a cool indoor drop tower!

 

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The ice cream was so good we came back for more!

 

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We had to go back for more Maus au Chocolat! Such a great ride! Kristen's favorite!

 

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I'm not exactly sure what these dudes are... But here's a picture! lol

 

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A few more rides on Maus au Chocolat to finish off our day!

 

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What a great day @Phantasialand! We already have plans to make a return trip as soon as possible!

 

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Goodnight @Phantasialand! Here is the current view from our hotel room balcony!

 

You can follow our trip LIVE on Twitter:

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Hmmm.

 

Erdbeer ice cream. Sounds intriguing.

 

EDIT: translation = Strawberry? Huh.

 

Great TR from the park, Robb and everybody!

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LOVE Phantasialand! Probably my favorite theme park in Europe besides Europa Park. The level of detail they put in every corner of the park is stunning + the fact that it's a family-owned business makes it just that more likeable. How's hotel Matamba? I've only stayed at the Ling Bao so far (which I really like because of it's bars).

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LOVE Phantasialand! Probably my favorite theme park in Europe besides Europa Park. The level of detail they put in every corner of the park is stunning + the fact that it's a family-owned business makes it just that more likeable. How's hotel Matamba? I've only stayed at the Ling Bao so far (which I really like because of it's bars).

Mantamba is GREAT! It's really on par (maybe even slightly better since it's newer) than Ling Bao but both are amazing. Sadly, the Dragon Bar was closed during this visit.

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Mantamba is GREAT! It's really on par (maybe even slightly better since it's newer) than Ling Bao but both are amazing. Sadly, the Dragon Bar was closed during this visit.

 

Thanks for the heads up, room booked for late July. Shame about Dragon Bar...hope you're returning soon, drinks are on me then.

This is definitely one of my favorite TRs I've followed!

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I've been reading this TR and all the footage from these parks is great! The photos of Phantasialand really impressed me, and I must say, nothing like a good rapids ride to get everyone giggling at their friends getting soaked! Sounded like you guys reacted the same way I do to those rides, but that one just looks way more fun and impressive than any of the ones I've been on!

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I love Phantasialand, such a beautiful park and with Klugheim/Taron opening next week, it will be even better. I love your tripreport! Btw, there are 6 Dragons at Phantasialand, did you find them all?

To bad the bar was closed, it is such a great way to close out the night

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I am happy to report that Expedition GeForce @HolidayParkHP is still the best damn roller coaster in the world!

 

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Sky Scream is also an EXCELLENT ride! Awesome to see @HolidayParkHP have two great steel roller coasters!

 

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Some @HolidayParkHP friends came out to welcome our group!

 

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The new Gerstlauer Sky Fly is great! If you love spinning rides you HAVE to try one of these! I did 24 flips in a row! CRAZY!

 

 

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Derek is "GeForce Bounding" today with his clothes selection!

 

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More of the crazy moments on Expedition GeForce!

 

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Gotta love a dark ride that is based around torture & sex!

 

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The Plopsa group have really done a nice job re-theming @HolidayParkHP! It looks nothing like it used to!

 

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They literally have "water cannons" on the Rapids ride!

 

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We are going to be riding Expedition GeForce @HolidayParkHP for the next hour or two... Highlight of the trip!

 

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This has been some DAMN AWESOME riding on Expedition GeForce tonight!!!

 

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Just some of the cool Expedition GeForce coaster geek stuff you an get in the ride shop!

 

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So we rode Sky Scream today @HolidayParkHP and this happened to us! lol

 

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Expedition GeForce @HolidayParkHP makes you look like this!

 

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The first drop on Expedition GeForce @HolidayParkHP is just complete insanity! Just LOOK at that!

 

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I always love seeing how European parks view stereotypical America!

 

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I love that they kept one of the old corkscrews as part of the theming for this new area @HolidayParkHP!

 

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Ascended into awesomeness!

 

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Always fun to run into TPR fans in Europe!

 

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Garbles quote of the day "that looks like my bed sheets..."

 

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Was seriously an amazing day @HolidayParkHP & AWESOME evening on Expedition GeForce! Thank you to the park!

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After an amazing day at Holiday Park, we have checked into Bell Rock hotel at Europa Park. This hotel is simply amazing and our two-story room reminds us that Europa is the *REAL* Walt Disney World of Europe and is totally on par (and in some ways better) than our own Walt Disney World!

 

We will be at Europa for the next three days! Remember to follow our live updates on Twitter:

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