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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:43 pm

Awesome report!

If I had more vacation time, I would have had the chance to experience Gold Rush and Slagharen at the end of last year's TPR Oktoberfest trip. From POVs, it looked like the coaster would pack quite the punch and your review confirms that.

I agree the park looks fantastic. I love the Sky Ride passing over the pathways and then that wave swinger sure looks funky. That topper is huge!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:52 am

Another excellent report! Thank you so much for sharing!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:20 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:Awesome report!

If I had more vacation time, I would have had the chance to experience Gold Rush and Slagharen at the end of last year's TPR Oktoberfest trip. From POVs, it looked like the coaster would pack quite the punch and your review confirms that.

I agree the park looks fantastic. I love the Sky Ride passing over the pathways and then that wave swinger sure looks funky. That topper is huge!


Thanks!

Gold Rush is very good coaster. It is a short ride, but the intensity and variety of elements more than make up for that.

I really enjoyed the cable car, especially how it takes you over the Mainstreet. And that wave swinger, yeah.. It certainly is unique :lol:

Hopefully you are able to experience this park in the future, if your vacation time allows it. ;)

jedimaster1227 wrote:Another excellent report! Thank you so much for sharing!


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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby cparkes92 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:24 pm

I'd love to visit Europe someday to go to some of these parks!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:45 am

cparkes92 wrote:I'd love to visit Europe someday to go to some of these parks!


What a coincidence, because I would love to visit some American parks! ;)
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby cparkes92 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:14 pm

JordyC wrote:
cparkes92 wrote:I'd love to visit Europe someday to go to some of these parks!


What a coincidence, because I would love to visit some American parks! ;)


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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:37 am

Parc Astérix - April 2019

Hello everyone!

From April 15th to April 16th 2019, I went on a trip to Paris, France for my first ever visit to Parc Saint Paul, and my second visit to Parc Astérix. I spent the first day at Parc Astérix and my final day at Parc Saint Paul.

On April 15th, I visited Parc Astérix. Parc Astérix is located just outside of Paris, the capital of France. Since my last visit to this park a few years ago, the park has added a new coaster (Pégase Express), retracked two coasters and has built a new 4D cinema. The park is based on the comics of Asterix and Obelix. While I am not a massive fan of comics, I really like this park, its theming and the massive lake in the middle. The variety of rides at Parc Astérix is also very good. Combine all of this together, and you have the best non-Disney theme park in France, in my opinion. I really like this place.

Of course, the main reason for visiting Parc Astérix was Pégase Express, their new-for-2017 Gerstlauer Family Coaster. Parc Astérix is also home to a very solid wooden coaster, some good water rides, one of my favorite B&M Inverts and an excellent Mad House.

The weather that day was absolutely perfect. The park was very busy, though. Queue times exceeding 45 minutes were not an exception. The biggest queues were for Pégase Express and Tonnerre de Zeus, topping out at 70 minutes. Most of the other rides had a 30-50 minute wait. I decided to get an unlimited Fast Pass, which made sure that I could do all the major rides multiple times.

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Welcome to Parc Astérix.

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It is the park's 30th anniversary this year.

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First ride of the day - Splatch!

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Despite from the final double drop, the ride is quite boring, with no theming or music during the ride.

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Menhir Express was next. I really like this log flume - it will get you soaked! The top section is more like a rapids than a log flume. There even is an airtime hill after the first drop.

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Trace Du Hourra (5/10)
I have done a lot of Mack Bobsled coasters, but Trace Du Hourra is still the best one I have done. It is long, it is fast, has lots of helices and even has quite a few head choppers.

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SOS Numérobis (1.5/10)
Nothing special. Just a Zierer Tivoli coaster. It would have been nice if it had some theming, though.

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OzIris (8.5/10)
I have heard a lot of different opinions about OzIris; some think it is okay, while others think it is one of the best B&M Inverts. I definitely tend towards the latter group. This ride is just super fun! I agree, it is not the most intense coaster out there nor are the inversions very snappy. But it is the complete package this ride offers that really makes it for me. The theming and the area is stunning, and the tunnel under water is just something else. The Dive Loop is really fun, and the two Zero-G Rolls give perfect weightlessness.

The ride starts with a climb on its lift hill, whereafter it drops you down towards the ground, without the usual B&M pre-drop. This makes sure that when you're towards the back of the train, you are really whipped into the first drop. After soaring very closely over the ground, you travel up in the unique Dive Loop, that gives some very strong G's at the bottom. A surprisingly intense overbank, sends you into the ride's vertical loop. Then you fly throug a small tunnel into an Immelmann. Another overbank guides you to the highlight of the ride - an underwater tunnel followed by a perfect Zero-G Roll. Flying out of this tunnel into the inversion, really caught me of guard every single time. It is so disorienting. The helix that follows is a bit forceless, but gives you some time to take a breath. Next, you drop down a small hill, that gives some nice flaoter airtime, that guides you into the ride's last inversion - another perfect Zero-G Roll. A final, high-G helix sends you into the brake run.

To put it short, I really love OzIris. And it looks so good! The theming and area are gorgeous. It is my second favorite B&M Invert, after Black Mamba.

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It spins rather fast, but won't get you wet at all.

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The new ride for this year is Attention Menhir! It is a 4D cinema, but not your standard one. It has a very funny pre-show (if you understand French) and the film is also quite funny. The 3D-film itself is of the best quality I have ever seen at a theme park. The special effects (no spoilers) are one of the best, too. Normally, I am not a big fan of this kind of rides. But I really enjoyed Attention Menhir.

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Attention Menhir!

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No Transdemonium..

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Goudurix (6/10)
Goudurix looks spectacular. That is what I said. Looks. The ride itself is all but spectacular. Although I have to say that it wasn't as bad as I remembered. True, there are a few uncomfortable transitions, especially the Butterly element. But apart from that, it actually isn't that bad. Maybe it is because I am rather small, so my shoulders don't bash into the restraints. Who knows. Also, it is probably one of the weaker themed rides at the park.

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You can have a nice drink high up in the air.


Tonnerre de Zeus (7.5/10)
I remembered Tonnerre de Zeus to be one of my favorite wooden coasters. It is quite intense, especially the first drop where you dive into a tunnel - it is insane! Probably the best drop on any wooden coaster I have done. It also has a good mix of floater and ejector airtime. The ride is also very, very long. It just keeps going. The first drop and the first turn have been retracked, which made the ride super smooth. But after the second drop, the ride gets very bumpy. It is not that bad, by any means. But I would rate this ride much higher if it were just a bit smoother. Some of the corners did really hurt. But the craziness of the ride more than makes up for that.

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Vol D'Icare (3/10)
Since the last time I was here, Vol D'Icare has been completely retracked. This made the ride quite a bit smoother. The ride itself doesn't do very much. It is basically a small drop, a turn and brakes, and that a few times. It is nicely themed, though.

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Pégase Express (7.5/10)
The newest coaster Parc Astérix is Pégase Express. It comparable with FireChaser Express at Dollywood. And let me just ask why there aren't any more coasters like this? Because they are so much fun for the whole family. Pégase Express is very well themed, just like all the other rides at Parc Astérix. The ride starts with a rather quick launch out of the station, whereafter you make a small helix and drop down a drop that provides gives a small pop of airtime. You then climb up the ride's lift hill. Next, you drop down towards the lake travel over a couple straight and twisted airtime hills, all providing some minimal floater airtime. You twist and drop a few more times, before you go up the ride's final lift hill that leads you to the showroom. I won't spoil what happens in here, but it is something I'd never experienced before on a coaster. You then launch backwards towards the lake and go through a very twisty layout that guides you towards the final breaks.

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Le Defi de César is not just a standard Mad House. This one is very unique, with its unique theme and sequence. I still prefer Villa Volta at Efteling, but this one isn't far behind.

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So overall, I had an excellent time at this park. The main highlight was OzIris. The other highlights were Tonnerre de Zeus, Pégase Express, Menhir Express, Le Defi de César and, just in general, being back at this beautiful park.

Thanks for reading!
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby Intamin_coyote » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:30 am

^Awesome!

This theming of this park looks incredible, and with a great mix of rides too.

I especially like the looks of OzIris (like another rendition of Montu).
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:05 pm

Great report! It's already making me miss the park just a few hours after visiting. I agree OzIris and Tonnerre are the two stars.

Grand Splatch was playing music for me, but I agree there really isn't anything to look at. It's sort of surprising considering all the characters next to several of their other rides like the antique cars.

Was Goudurix worse on past visits? I'm almost wondering if it was retracked at some point because it isn't the headbasher I've always heard about.
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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

Postby JordyC » Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:55 pm

Intamin_coyote wrote:This theming of this park looks incredible, and with a great mix of rides too.

I especially like the looks of OzIris (like another rendition of Montu).


I really love the theming at this park as well. And OzIris has to be one of the best looking coasters out there.

Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! It's already making me miss the park just a few hours after visiting. I agree OzIris and Tonnerre are the two stars.

Grand Splatch was playing music for me, but I agree there really isn't anything to look at. It's sort of surprising considering all the characters next to several of their other rides like the antique cars.

Was Goudurix worse on past visits? I'm almost wondering if it was retracked at some point because it isn't the headbasher I've always heard about.


Thank you!

Grand Splatch didn't play any music when I rode it. And like you said, it is weird that is basically the only ride at the park that isn't really themed and is just "a ride", without more.

I never really thought Goudurix was one of the worst coasters, but when I rode it last week it was definitely the smoothest ride I have ever had on it. I don't remember them retracking the ride, so I don't know what they did. But I approve!
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