RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:36 am

Great report! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! That Speed wave is unreal. How did you guys dry off after that? With the day as gloomy as it looks, it seems like air drying would be impossible after that.
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby robbalvey » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:04 am

Energylandia was the first park that I have been to in a while that I actively *DID NOT LIKE.* Which is a shame because it does have so much potential. I admit that I did not ride many of the coasters there outside of the "big three" because I just couldn't be bothered to ride a bunch of kiddie coasters or clones, especially considering that their operations left a lot to be desired. Had most of the rides that said "0 to 10 minutes" wait, actually had been that time, I probably would have ridden a bit more.

Everything just felt so "off" at this park.

I'm sure we'll get back here again in a couple of years and I hope that it will have improved, but when you've got a park with 16 roller coasters and your (arguably) 3rd or 4th best coaster is a Vekoma SLC or Junior Boomerang, that's a problem. And when you've got a park with a giant kick ass Intamin hyper (nearly giga) and the best coaster we rode in Poland was a Vekoma at another park.... also a problem!

Great report! Sums up a lot of my thoughts...
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:12 pm

Welcome to Monster Attack! They should have Sally come in and install one of those “North Pole Adventure” rides in this building. It would be a 1,000% improvement.

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Energylandia is exactly the type of park I wouldn't want to visit. Zadra, Formula, and Hyperion look awesome but when I go to a park I'm not trying to pay for a full price admission ticket to just ride 2 or 3 coasters. :roll:
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby RollerManic » Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:50 pm

Energylandia sounds a lot like Carowinds to me which was a park I actively don’t care for. The top few coasters are great but the rest of the park just falls off after that, and it’s the most generic of the Cedar Fair parks I’ve been to. At least the saving grace of some of the other parks is that they are very pretty or have a lot of charm (KBF tops my favorite theme park/amusement park list for just that) but I didn’t find that with Carowinds. I could also be biased because it was 100 deg and humid on the day I went and being outside was unbearable.

However, I still want to visit Energylandia someday for the same reason I ever wanted to visit Carowinds: for the top 3. I expected (correctly) that I wouldn’t care much for Carowinds as a whole by the lack of depth in their collection, but that didn’t mean I shouldn’t go just to ride Fury, Intimidator, and Copperhead Strike at least. Hyperion, Zadra, and Formula look awesome regardless; it’s only too bad they aren’t in a better park.

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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby A.J. » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:31 am

RollerManic wrote:Energylandia sounds a lot like Carowinds to me which was a park I actively don’t care for. The top few coasters are great but the rest of the park just falls off after that, and it’s the most generic of the Cedar Fair parks I’ve been to.

I'll take "generic" over "frustrating" and "cheap-looking" any day of the week. I'm not sure I will ever be willing to make a trip all the way to Poland just for Energylandia after our visit, it would have to be a part of a larger trip. Based on the park's apparent local reception, my opinion is an unpopular one, and if I WERE to go there I'd give it another chance for sure. However, there are at least thirty other parks in Europe that I would rather experience for the first time than experience Energylandia again.
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby cfc » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:21 am

At least Carowinds has a decent shooting dark ride. ;)
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby larrygator » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:10 pm

cfc wrote:At least Carowinds has a decent shooting dark ride. ;)


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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby cfc » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:37 pm

The Trip’s Most Pleasant Surprise: Legendia

While I’d heard about Energylandia, especially when Hyperion opened, I knew very little about Legendia--except that its new Vekoma ride (Lech Coaster) was definitely better than average. Fortunately, we received a nice guided tour of the park and were filled in on some of its history.

Legendia started out as essentially a city park, which included a zoo and aquarium in addition to an amusement park. But a new company came in few years ago with the goal of converting the amusement park into more of a theme park. They decided to go with the myths and legends of Central Europe to pull the place together. You enter via the Magical Village, which leads to a lake. Other sections ringing the lake (clockwise) are:

Magical Forest (home of Bazylisek, an elaborate dark ride)
Valley of Dreams (home of DreamFlight Airlines, a very old ride similar to the Captive Flying Machines at Blackpool)
Magical Mountains (home of Lech Coaster)
Adventures Valley (home of Diabelska Petla, a double looping coaster)

What they’ve accomplished so far is impressive. For example, Lech Coaster is a great ride--packed with air time and very forceful (riders tend to gray out a bit after the first drop). I’m not entirely sure what the “legend” of Lech is, except that it involves a giant bird, but that’s OK. At least it spawned a great coaster and another win for Vekoma in Poland. This was the most pleasant surprise of the trip.

I wasn’t too sure about Diableska Petla (“Diabolic Loop”), the park’s double looping coaster. This ride, built by the French company Soquet, was a transplant from the UK, and it looked a bit, well, questionable. However, it turned out to be a pretty good coaster that didn’t try to beat us to death. It also offered the choice of riding backward in the rear car (I stuck with forward).

Legendia also sports a trackless shooting dark ride that any major theme park would be proud to call its own: Bazyliszek. The premise is that you’re defending your village from a Basilisk, a monster with a serpent’s body and the head of a bird, and its minions. The ride reminds me a bit of Knott’s Voyage to the Iron Reef, in that it uses a lot of video inside physical sets. It’s great fun, with plenty of targets to shoot at.

As I said earlier, Legendia is a work in progress. The remaining two coasters were Zyklons, one of which was closed for maintenance, while the other was having issues (I didn’t ride that one). But the park is on the right track and is worth a visit for Lech and Bazyliszek alone.

My thanks to the staff at Legendia for excellent guided tour during TPR’s filming sessions on Lech and Diableska Petla (not to mention a very good lunch)--and to Robb and Elissa for arranging such a fun day there.
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Welcome to Legendia! The sun is shining, and it’s going to be a bit hot today. But the park’s entrance is colorful and welcoming.
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The park map out front is an interesting mix of Polish and English.
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Aw, cute little feller! He’d be a good minion for Angus McNasty.
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Magical Village is the park’s version of “Main Street.” Unlike Energylandia, Legendia seems to have an actual plan. They didn’t just slap up random stuff.
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Lech Coaster, the most-pleasant surprise of the trip, is across the lake. More on this ride later.
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Like Casey Kasem, keep reaching for the stars!
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This building is the home of another reason Legendia is better than Energylandia--a trackless, well-done shooting dark ride.
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The queue is beautiful.
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I guess it would help me understand the story a bit better if I could read Polish.
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I think Jack Skellington is their interior decorator.
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They put a lot of thought into theming the queue as some sort of monster museum.
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This is the monster we need to worry about, but . . .
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. . . there are also vampires!
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Hey, they have ride ops and they wait until everyone has boarded safely before dispatching the ride vehicle! What a novel concept!
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Legendia is a very pretty park. . . .
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. . . with a bit of quirkiness . . . .
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. . . and the best roller coaster in Poland (at least the day we were there).
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Another nice queue.
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Smiling on a Vekoma? This is unheard of!
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Steve likes to stand around and hand people Gorilla Tape. It’s a curious hobby.
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Their excitement is palpable.
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If you love Lech Coaster and want to have it’s children, raise your hands. If you love it but not quite that much, keep your hands down.
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Wait for it.
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There it is! I love this station fly-through.
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Watch out for the big bird!
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby cfc » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:20 pm

Yep--there's still more Legendia.
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I admit to feeling some trepidation when approaching this ride.
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See? It’s diabolic!
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Evil helices!
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These restraints look like the work of Satan!
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Note the backward-facing seat on the last car. Diableska, indeed!
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Godspeed, you brave people!
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But this ride wasn’t bad at all. The loops were fun.
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Yep--another nice surprise.
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Really? What sort of tricks does Boruta do?
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Hey, that’s a good one. I can hire out as a stilt walker without stilts.
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Here’s the daily gondola. Yes, they had a skyride with one gondola. I think they were just testing it.
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How about some more Lech?
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The first drop is that steep? Holy crap!
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Welcome to Gray Out City.
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We hope your butt enjoys this moment of not being sat on.
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“Have fun stormin’ the castle.”
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Vekoma, ya done good again.
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Who’s up for a “Hawaii Party”?
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Aloha!
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Looks like a tent for a large flea circus.
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Who’s ready for a nice, relaxing ride?
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This ride is very old, but it looks great.
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Whee!
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The breeze from that propellor feels good on a hot day.
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Larry is either feeling sick or showing off his killer Energylandia shades.
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One last look at Lech because it’s so damn good.
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No legend at Legendia is greater than that of Sir Larry the Mighty! That’s all for now.
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby SharkTums » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:27 pm

Looking at this TR makes me want to go back to Legendia! I still can't believe how amazing Lech Coaster was. It *ALMOST* makes me forgive Vekoma for the 100's of SLC's and Boomerangs they've created. That's just how good it is. Plus the pierogis at the restaurant next to the coaster were soooooo delicious. I really hope they keep going in this direction as the park has so much potential. Ok, let's go back now!

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