jedimaster1227 wrote:Seriously awesome start to this trip report Chuck! Looks like you had a great time in Amsterdam! Was there anything unique about The Amsterdam Dungeon compared to the others out there?
My only other Dungeon experience was Edinburgh, so I don't a have a large basis for comparison. The Amsterdam Dungeon had no "ride" of any kind (Edinburgh's had a boat ride through a vampire-infested cave). Like Edinburgh, this one did have a "trial," but also included a witch "burning." You got a free beer at the end, too.
Lots of good TRs already so shortly after the trip! Looking forward to reliving more of the trip through your eyes as well.
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I last visited Bobbejaanland with TPR in 2008. Here’s what the entrance looked like then, along with my first reaction to the park.
“Through this portal, ‘Weird’ has sex with ‘Wacky,’ who gives birth to ‘WTF.’”
A lot has changed since 2008, when the park was an eccentric place with a “Wild West” town and other random attractions. Today, it’s an eccentric place that’s morphing into more of a theme park, with the addition of Adventure Valley (a sort of “Indiana Jones,” jungle-themed land) and the Land of Legends, which features both old (Typhoon) and new (Fury) attractions.
Land of Legends revolves around the elements of Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water (and is not to be confused with the soul group Earth, Wind, and Fire). Each attraction here has entrances branching off from a central plaza. It shakes out like this:
Typhoon, the park’s old Eurofighter, represents “Wind” (but not “Water,” even though typhoons have rain). The ride’s queue now sports a Griffon (sorry, BGW) pulling a coaster car behind it. Other than that, it’s the same ride that opened in 2004, but with a nicer color scheme--it’s still a good, forceful coaster (more on that later).
Fury, with its crazy launches and dragon statue, represents “Fire.” This Gerstlauer coaster is also the first to let riders vote on whether they want to be launched backward or forward. After riders vote by pressing a button, a turntable in the launch zone turns the car in the winning direction. This is an excellent, intense, air-time-filled ride. But a word of advice: After taking three consecutive rides on Typhoon, don’t be shocked if a backward ride on Fury messes you up for a while (especially if you’re me). That being said, I liked this ride quite a bit.
Sledgehammer, one of those pendulum/giant Frisbee type rides, represents “Earth.” Well, why not? (It’s a re-theme of a ride that was there in 2008.)
A kid’s play area, with interactive fountains and a sea serpent, represents “Water.” This seemed a bit anti-climatic, but at least all four elements were accounted for in the Land of Legends.
All in all, it was a good day at Bobbejaanland. Let’s wander around and see the old and new of this eccentric Belgian park.
Don’t worry--Oki Doki, the creepy clown coaster, and El Paso Special are still there.
Howdy! This here cowboy welcomes y’all to Bobbejaanland. (I think this statue was inside the park in 2008.)
The park provided a nice breakfast-pastry spread that morning.
Looks like a Typhoon is brewing. If you want to experience it, turn left at "Ingang."
As you can tell from this statue in the queue, all Typhoon trains are now pulled by a Griffon.
See it? See the Griffon? No?
I guess you’re not worthy enough to see him. Too bad! He’s cute, and his name is Griffin, the, er, Griffon.
This is the Guardian of Elements, and he protects those who visit the Land of Legends. Or he could be some random cosplayer who doesn't protect anyone. Hard to tell.
Let me see if I can translate these runes . . . hmm . . . “Whosoever passes through this portal wilt not know whether he cometh or goeth . . .
. . . for this be Fury.”
Time to get equipped for your quest. Who wants the axe?
But how can you tell if this train is going forward or backward? Let’s try the Dragon Test.
TPR people are sick puppies who like to ride it backward. I fear to guess how this fits into their personal lives.
I have no idea what direction this train is going.
Here’s the “Water” part of Land of Legends. H2O is, indeed, present.
Next came the long march to Naga Bay, or “The Coaster Formerly Known as Dizz.” We went from one side of Adventure Valley . . .
. . . to the other . . .
. . . and back again to the station.
Yes, one must endure the travails of true heroes . . .
. . . to ride the spinning (sort of) mouse.
Well, we survived the trudge to Naga Bay. May as well brave the Forbidden Caves.
Looks like another long quest involving many ordeals. First, you must cross the Swamp of Jungle Theming via the Catwalk of Manufactured Mystery.
Then you must survive the the Graveyard of Abandoned Conveyances.
Here’s a hopeful sign, at least.
You must avert your eyes from the Perversion Chamber of the Purple Ape. Or just look at it. Didn’t seem to matter.
Then you must endure the judgment of the Stone Face that Looks Like Someone Just Farted. “Don’t adventures ever have an end?” No, Bilbo Baggins, they don’t, but there’s an immersion tunnel, 3D glasses, and probably a gift shop. More to come.
Great start for this park, Chuck! All I remember of this park (and 2008), is f-ing little buggers jumping the Pendulum attraction queue; riding one of my first (and sadly not last) face down flying flats...a Volares? Hated it.
Always looking forward to more from you. Oh, and a quick glance at this in a photo, made me incorrectly giggle. Hey it "almost" looked that spelling, right? Right?
French for Nerd? Not quite. But nice to know they get table signs, too. (o;
Your report really brings out the odd mish-mash of the quality of theming at Bobbejaanland. I feel like that's something a lot of European parks have gone through as they modernize and become more serious (Phantasialand is a great example). Bobbejaanland is heading in the right direction for sure.
cfc wrote:(and is not to be confused with the soul group Earth, Wind, and Fire).
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