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Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:26 pm
by larrygator
Canobie Coaster wrote:
Larry, shield your eyes. I too experienced NeuroGen, but I didn’t find it earth-shattering. Just good. :lol:

It’s definitely cool a VR attraction like this exists at such a big park. And the health clinic theme is well executed. I just wasn’t wowed as wowed by the quick-cutting, acid trip plot. I will admit the VR was as crisp as any I’ve ever seen though. 7 out of 10


No one should give a rating below 11 out of 10. This rating is unacceptable (and misleadingly incorrect). This happens when one becomes a credit whore and doesn't fully appreciate the whole park experience. With age comes maturity and greater intelligence. But at least you gave it a try.

Having ridden SFNE's Superman Ride of Steel multiple times in the front row during a fierce rainstorm, your acupuncture comment is quite right on. Luckily you had glasses, acupuncture on the eyeballs is not fun.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:48 am
by Canobie Coaster
I can imagine acupuncture in the eyeballs hurting. It's times like this that I'm thankful my vision is poor.

Maybe if the NeuroGen clinic gave me some stronger meds, I would have rated it more highly.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:02 pm
by bert425
I was thanking the universe that I had chosen a back car seat on Hakugei for the ride we ended up having in the pouring rain.

I mean, it's going to (probably forever) be the best ride I've ever had on a coaster.

We were shrieking and laughing the whole way - since the downpour started the moment we left the station, and ended the moment we hit the brake run. but I could just imagine the ride if we hadn't had a dozen or so rows in front of us a "buffer"

LOL

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:24 pm
by Canobie Coaster
^ I saw the POV of that ride and it looked comparable to how hard it was raining at Walibi. It definitely makes for a memorable ride!

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:56 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Slagharen

Slagharen is a perfect example why I love Europe. It was cold; it was rainy. I'm pretty sure most US parks would have closed without any hesitation. But in Europe, there is nothing to fear. That is unless you hate water. Then you should be very afraid.

Until 2 years ago, I had no clue Slagharen even existed. But a shiny triple launching Gerstlauer put it on my radar. I wasn't able to join TPR in 2017 for the post-trip, but I was able to squeeze this western themed park in on my most recent Europe trip.

Park Entrance.JPG

Midway.JPG
What a cute park.


I had no clue this park was owned by Parques Reunidos going into my visit, but I wasn't the least bit surprised once I entered the park and found that almost everything had a delayed opening.

One of the earliest rides to open was Gold Rush and even that didn't open for a half hour. I guess the moral of the story is to not rush to Slagharen for opening. I know that now, but there was nothing on the site mentioning they did this.

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On the bright side, the delayed openings let me fill in the Park Index. Here's the new-for-2019 Black Hill Ranger Path. The course does include a zipline coaster, but it was closed due to technical issues.


But Gold Rush was worth the wait. Unlike the Mack triple launchers, Gold Rush's second and third launches actually have some kick to them. However, my favorite part may have been the hangtime on the reverse spike. It's strong and very sustained, particularly towards the back.

The top hat surprisingly offered no air towards the front, but it instead offered some strong laterals. The back was the opposite, as the laterals were minimal but the drop had some great ejector air. That's followed by an overbank that had me seeing grey and a camelback with strong airtime throughout the train.

Last but not least was Gold Rush's wild finale, the dive loop. I got the hangtime I expected, but I was not prepared for the wild laterals on my front row ride. This whip was much less pronounced towards the back.

I think I preferred the front on Gold Rush because of the laterals, but the back was great too for the better airtime/hangtime. I know it's cliche, but both Slagharen and Gerstlauer struck gold with this ride. 8 out of 10

I also have to note the operations on Gold Rush. They were efficient. In fact, they may have been too efficient. There were several instances where guests were placing their belongings in loose article bins and the ops accidentally closed a restraint. But instead of unlocking them, they would open the airgates and make you wait for the next train. I've never seen this at any other park.

Gold Rush Entrance.JPG
Gerstlauer packed a lot of ride into a small space.

Gold Rush Tramp Stamp.JPG
I love the tramp stamp.


After riding Gold Rush for a half hour, everything else opened. So I made the Wild West Adventure dark ride my next stop. This dark ride is a bit odd since it's housed in a giant tent rather than a traditional show building, but it was perfectly fine.

Wild West Adventure basically uses a river rapids ride system minus the rapids. I was expecting a relatively cheap and basic dark ride, but this had a wonderful atmosphere, some solid Indian and cowboy animatronics, and a few bonus effects like geysers synchronized with gunshots. 8 out of 10

Wild West Adventure Scene 1.JPG
This was almost the most racist ride of the trip. But Bobbejaanland had this beat.


I then backtracked to the front of the park where it was noticeably busier. And when I say busy, I'm referring to 5-10 minute waits. It was actually impressive things weren't walk-ons considering the weather.

The roller skater was fittingly themed to a mine train. It was also unoriginally named Mine Train. This was one of the extended versions. I've said it before, but I find the smaller ones to be a bit smoother and punchier. 3 out of 10

Mine Train Drop.JPG


I was already soaked, so I took a lap on Ripsaw Falls. There was no Dudley Do-Right or crazy drops on this flume, but you could get equally as drenched.

You see, the second lift comes dangerously close to the splashdown. And when I saw a full boat coming, I knew I was screwed. :lol: But outside of that, it wasn't a particularly good or memorable flume. 4 out of 10

Ripsaw Falls Drop.JPG
Where's Dudley Do Right?


Slagharen is home to arguably the coolest looking swinger out there in Apollo. But does it ride as well as it looks? Not really.

While most swing rides get their height from the base rising, Apollo gets all its height from centripetal force. This results in a meager max height and the lack of tilt made it duller than the other wave swingers or yo-yos I've ridden. 4 out of 10

Apollo Loading.JPG
Is this one of a kind?


The hardest ride to check off was Free Fall. This was the only ride I saw close when the rain was at its worst. But when the rain reduced to a drizzle, I was finally able to ride this drop tower.

I have no clue who the manufacturer is (Fabbri?), but the restraints were bulky. You had the normal OSTR plus this chest plate component. Because of this, I didn't feel any air on the drop. I did get a nice stomach drop sensation at the start of the drop though, probably because of how sudden it was. There was zero warning. As far as drop towers go, it was decent. 7 out of 10

Free Fall.JPG
I'm a sucker for a good drop tower.


I also rode the Observation Tower at one point, but I have nothing to show for it. Picture a car windshield in a rainstorm without wipers. That was basically my ride in a nutshell. :lol:

Observation Rides.JPG
So many observation rides.


Before leaving, I took a few more laps on Gold Rush. It had some technical difficulties in the middle of the day, but it was still able to run in a downpour. Gold Rush is such a nice fit for a park like Slagharen.

Gold Rush Overbank.JPG
I'll say it again, the park struck gold with Gold Rush.


Slagharen isn't in the top tiers of European parks, but it's an enjoyable place for what it is. Gold Rush is a very good coaster and the park has a solid atmosphere. Just don't order a burger. I ordered a "plain burger" and got this vile thing.

Crazy Burger.jpg
*Barf*

Big D.JPG
I should've eaten at Big D...

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:00 pm
by CaptainUnknown
Was that just a bread bun dyed black, or was it of some other "food" substance? It reminds me of that Halloween publicity stunt Burger King did a few years back with the Whopper.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:20 am
by Canobie Coaster
The bun was dyed black and dry, but even the patty tasted off.

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:42 pm
by 805Andrew
CaptainUnknown wrote:Was that just a bread bun dyed black, or was it of some other "food" substance? It reminds me of that Halloween publicity stunt Burger King did a few years back with the Whopper.

I immediately thought of the Halloween Whopper when I saw that.

Canobie Coaster wrote:The bun was dyed black and dry, but even the patty tasted off.

I usually go for the local food in other countries over a burger unless the place is known for their burgers. Then again I rarely ever get a burger in any amusement or theme park because what park actually makes a good burger?

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:37 am
by Nrthwnd
UGH on that burger. You should post it in the Burger Thread, as "one NOT to get" lol. ;)

Re: Photo TR: Canobie Coaster's World Adventures

PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:18 am
by Canobie Coaster
805Andrew wrote:I usually go for the local food in other countries over a burger unless the place is known for their burgers. Then again I rarely ever get a burger in any amusement or theme park because what park actually makes a good burger?


That's a fair point. I had a good burger the day before at Walibi Holland, so I was a little too optimistic. :lol:

Nrthwnd wrote:UGH on that burger. You should post it in the Burger Thread, as "one NOT to get" lol. ;)


I forgot that thread existed. :lol: