So.. After five and a half years I finally made it back to Tripsdrill for the second to last day of operations on November 3rd together with my wife and our six month old son who did his first rides there! When I was there the last time, "Karacho" was still under construction, so I was stunned how much better the park is now. It's a shame we weren't here for so long because we live only 90 minutes away. Everything is so lovely and calm, easily one of the best park I visited. My son's godparents also went with us, who didn't do that much coasters in their life before.Coasters:G'sengte Sau:
We like it. It's nothing special, but it's Gerstlauers Bob prototype and makes real fun. It's amazing to have a Wild Mouse with its laterals and some sowwshing turns and airtime in the same coaster. We also like interacting rides and it's always fun to talk to the people in the Badewannenfahrt while being on the lifthill and in the first hairpin curves. It was in good shape an nowhere between rough. It ran quite fast and we thought if it was even better in the summer. We only did it one or two times because the queue went beyond 20 minutes in the afternoon.Mammut:
It was my second woodie ever (after Wodan) and was one of the reasons I fell in love with wooden coasters. I had the fear, that I wouldn't like it anymore because we've seen such stunning woodies in the US last year, but nope - still like it! We rode it multiple times in front and back. I think the front gives you more air (floater), but the back has the better first drop. Perhaps we have to ride it in the summer again when it runs faster. But it's a really solid coaster, especially for this little park.Karacho:
None of us has ridden this before, so we really didn't know what to expect. The girls went riding first when we stood outside with the kid. As the car with them on board came out of the launch tunnel and over the tophat I heard a very familiar "Huiiiiiii" - a sound coming off my wifes mouth on rides like Millennium Force, Banshee or Taron.
Immediate smiling thought of me: "Man this has to be quite good!"
So we went after them - and it was truly amazing. After the second inversion of our first lap my only thought was "How can this thing be standing in Tripsdrill - the middle of coaster nowhere!?"
But the best thing was still coming: the transition into the dive loop and the dive loop itself! Man, that's one of the best inversions I have ridden so far. Tight, fast and nowhere rough or whiplashing. I loved it, as we all did! We must have ridden this beast multiple times, I sat at all positions and I liked the front left the best.Rasender Tausenfüßler:
Of course we did this as well - even if the kid was still to small. We liked it, solid kiddy coaster where you can grab some grass on the run!Rides:
We also went on the Sky Flyer
, one of my favourite flats, the bouncing tree
and the Badewannenfahrt
(where you can see boobs
). And then, of course, we did the first flats with the kid: The spinning wine barrels
, the spinning soups
, the bicycle monorail
and the cradle ride
. And we have to tell you: There's a coaster rider growing up in Kaiserslautern! Half a year old and in sheer fun when riding theses things! Food:
We went tho the main food sit down restaurant - and the food was amazing!Complaints:
Even on this superb in trip in a nice park we had two letdowns, but I want to say beforehand, that they didn't ruin our trip
in any way. It's just room to improve for the park.
1.) No baby switch:
I asked them the day before we went about the possibility of baby switch, but they responded that there would be no logistically possible solution for the park and the queues on the rides to do that. First, I think thats very bad for a park that has so many attraction for kids aged 0-4 which are not allowed on the big ones. Second, the statement is BS (IMHO). Creating some sort of pass that you give to one parent after riding which is recieved by the other parent that goes up the exit ramp is
possible in the park/queues if they wanted.
2.) Ride height policies:
I want to say first, that I don't know whicht policies are set from the manufacturer and which are set by the park. But it's really hard to understand why my son, with six months and 70 cm height, is allowed to go on the monorail bicylce, whichs runs manpowerd in 15-20 ft height, sitting between us on the plastic cover without proper seat or belt, where the vehicles can come to a complete stop and are also able of bumping into each other at full speed - but isn't allowed on the kiddy coaster with proper lap bar or the electric autos, which run at a set speed (much slower than the monorail bicycle), 10 cm off the ground, cars are nut able to come close together. For the latter he has to be six times the age he is now. I don't get that. If he could ride nothing, that's okay for me. But riding (i comparison to eacht other) "dangerous things" without restraint or seat and bein rejected from a top notch safe ride with seat and restraints is riddiculous.Before anyone tries to call CPS on us - he never was in real danger. We just compared the rides he could go on with the rides he couldn't - and didn't see any logic behind.