jedimaster1227 wrote:Wacky theming aside, I really do appreciate just how much Walibi has invested in its parks to make them their own thing compared to feeling like Six Flags' old European parks. Their recent investments really show that they're serious about keeping these parks vibrant and revisit-friendly!
Exactly. I think all this park really needs is a first-class shooting dark ride like the ones at Walibi Belgium. It's been fun visiting every few years and seeing how Walibi Holland keeps improving.
^It kind of makes sense if you think about what are the two closest major parks to Walibi Holland. Efteling and Toverland. They've pretty much got the family market locked up and for good reason. Walibi Holland was smart to go after a slightly different demographic.
How to Kill Time Before Going to Poland: Drievliet & Duinrell
It was time to check out of the Efteling Hotel, but we had plenty of time to kill before our flight to Poland. So, why not visit two nice Dutch “family parks”?
This will be the last time you hear “I last visited [PARK NAME HERE] in 2008,” but that was the last time I was at Drievliet with TPR. Oddly enough, aside from a new section of flat rides themed (or perhaps re-themed) to being “under the sea,” and a big highway construction zone out front, this little park hadn’t changed much. Its big attraction was still Formule X, a lunched Maurer Shone X Car coaster. This ride had become a bit rougher than I remembered from last time, but it was still pretty good. The launch is intense, and you get some good air time on the hills. It was a good filming session on this coaster.
I was pleased to see that the wonderfully bizarre "singing barn" animatronic show was still there. It's both hilarious and disturbing.
Duinrell was all new to me. It’s sort of the “Dutch Knoebels,” because it’s surrounded by a heavy stand of woods, and many people camp there. You can even pitch a tent in the amusement area (lots of people did).
The big ride here was an old Eurofigher named Falcon, and it was OK. The park had two other family coasters (a Gerstlauer and a Zirer Tivoli), which were pretty good for what they were, along with a good-sized assortment of flats and those crazy Nautic Jet jumping boats (with the obligatory pond filled with green slime).
Duinrell was a pretty park, and it was very busy that day. I liked it, and it was a good way to kill time before heading back to Amsterdam to catch our flight.
Is Drievilet an amusement park or a construction zone? Why not both? We had to park in a lot across the highway and walk a bridge over a construction zone to get to the park.
This is weirdest “Cirque” act ever.
Where’s the entrance to Formule X? If only there were a sign to tell us!
This is an interesting ride to find in a little family park. The launch is pretty crazy.
You’re tigers! Show me your claws!
Now let’s see some jazz hands.
It does this, too. Yes, such an interesting choice for a “kiddie” park.
The giant owl landed, spread its wings, and said, “Arise, Twistrix! I invoke thee!”
Hmm--I think the giant owl may have also invoked demons in the form of barnyard animals.
Behold the Goat of Mendes--the Devil himself!
Is it a cat or a rat? This question has baffled scientists and theologians alike for centuries.
Er, get a room . . .
. . . or perhaps a teacup.
I do believe these young fellows enjoyed the break-dance ride. At least I think it’s a break-dance ride. Flats aren’t my thing.
Spookmuseum is more my speed.
I cannot share the exquisite terror of this attraction, as I’m not sure your minds could take it! (Plus, my photos of the inside didn’t turn out.)
“I got it! I got it! I got it!”
“I don’t got it.”
Welcome to Duinrell! Nothing political here. Sometimes a frog is just a frog.
What sorcery is this? Burn the witch!
“Hello! I’m an apolitical frog reminding you to put your trash in proper receptacles. Thank you!”
Duinrell is right purty.
Hmm--interesting way to theme a jump-boat ride. They should get "Game of Thrones" to sponsor this attraction.
“Almost there . . . dammit! Still failed to cross the pond!”
Andy has found a more practical way to get across the water.
I think the ducks could walk across this stuff if they wanted to.
Let’s explore the rest of . . . hey, watch out, you little bastard!
Like many European parks, Duinrell offers plenty of opportunities for you to injure yourself.
Last chance for poffertjes before Poland.
I don’t think even Knoebels allows guests to put up tents in the amusement area.
They even theme their rides a bit here.
Falcon was OK for an old Eurofighter.
It bangs you around a little bit, as you might expect.
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