I just returned from the Klugheim and Taron Pre Operning yesterday. The new themed area looks absolutely stunning and no question about it: Taron is a star in it's own right. After the first launch (which packs quite a punch) it's a nice speedy ride through tunnels and trenches but after the second one the coaster becomes an untamed beast with ejector airtime and insane turns and twists. The train design is no less than amazing and the soundtrack adds to the whole experience. But what distinguishes Taron from all coasters you possibly could find in the US is how close you can get to the ride - and how close it can get to you. When you are on the ride, there is constantly another train zooming by you and if you prefer to watch, you can almost give rides a high five. Taron is one of the best coasters worldwide and for me - personally - as I am a great fan of launched coasters, it's Germany's new #1. Lucky me, it's just a 20 minutes drive from home.
Welcome to Klugheim ...
... and welcome to Taron
A place where you can find some very friendly inhabitants
Where you are reminded to open the door to luck, when it knocks
Where you wonder, where the 9 missing bottles could be
Okay, now I know
Where they have a really old school kind of PhotoPass+
Where everything is so nicely themed, you think you are at Disney
Infidel! Stop babbling! Bring on some taron photos now!
Okay okay ... I see tracks ... And a waterfall
But where is the train?
Ah, there it is. Rather fast!
Ah, that's more like it.
One of the twisty turns I told you about
And as it turns out: more turns!
No good ride without bunny hops
The entrance of "Raik", standing in the shadow of his taller brother. Poor Raik.
A mix of fun and fear on people's faces is always a good sign
The pre opening took place quite late in the evening, so for the shot's you've seen so far the light was less than ideal. But as soon the sun went down, the whole area looked even more amazing.
The track and rockwork is lit beautifully at night
As is the waterfall area
Tracks, tracks and even more tracks.
When it comes to twisted tracks - Taron is where you will find it
I guess you'll see more pictures taken from this spot in the near future
The nightly Klugheim area with the tower of mystery castle in the background
The inside of the themed restaurant
Thank you all for reading! Come and see Klugheim soon!
Last edited by robbalvey on Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:50 pm.
Taron looks great, like a lot of fun, and of course, Phantasialand looks absolutely fabulous!
Having said that, while many were stating that this was their #1 anticipated coaster of this year, I must confess that I would put it solidly in third place for me personally, behind Wildfire, and Lightning Rod, after seeing the POVs of all three. I also highly anticipated Storm Chaser, and that certainly lived up to the hype for me, and I don't feel like Taron looks better than that - at least to me. However, I would like to see a POV from the higher, seated position (if one was linked to above, I'll check it out later, as where I'm at right now I can't access anything on Facebook), because I think that might give me a better "feel" for the ride. Don't get me wrong, it looks really fun! And the themeing is a HUGE win! I guess I'm just still more into the look of the RMC wooden coaster experience than an Intamin twisty one... Please spare me your torches and pitchforks!
Top 10 Coasters! 1.Steel Vengeance 2.Fury 3.Millennium Force 4.Maverick 5.Twisted Timbers 6.The Voyage 7. Lightning Rod 8.Storm Chaser 9.El Toro 10.Phantom's Revenge Honorable Mentions: Ravine Flyer IIShivering Timbers, KrakenMako Underrated Coasters: Steel - Manta, Wood - White Lightning
knaiwear wrote:I think this is a unique case, because the site is so complex and compact, it was tough to get a sense of the true layout/elements unless you really studied it. I didn't, and I was under the impression it had more twisting airtime hills when it really had more flowing turns. That style of ride won't appeal to everyone.
I do like that the second half appears more intense than the first. That should help the pacing. Like I said, looking forward to it, but just surprised by how the ride style ended up when compared to the construction pics and hype.
Intamin turns have pops of air time during the directional changes.
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