Great stuff so far Chuck and it's nice to see some members from the Yellow Hat Club present. As always, I love the captions for your pictures. Keep it up and I can't wait to see what you have to say about the parks because one's thing's for sure, you definitely tell it how it is in your trip reports.
Jimmy "Wished he could have joined you but maybe next year" Bo
Chapter 1: A Peek at What's to Come--Jardin d'Acclimatation
My jet-lagged brain started catching up to Parisian time the next day (Sunday, June 22), thanks to a welcome first chance to sleep in a bit. Jardin d'Acclimatation, a nice family park in the heart of Paris, gave us a "sneak preview" of what was to come--and a nice, low-key start to the whole TPR Europe Tour experience.
Jardin offered, in miniature, much of what to come at later parks: an interesting mix of coasters (three kiddies, in this case), pretty grounds, playground implements of doom and destruction that you'd never see in the states, and even a mini-taste of "ropes course action." (All it lacked was a quirky dark ride.) I enjoyed the place, and it gave everyone a chance to get in a few "warm-up" credits and check out a few Paris landmarks.
The most interesting coaster there was "Alice's Butterflies," a kiddie spinning mouse, which had a surprising pop of air on one drop and plenty of spinning (at least if you had a car to yourself). There was a powered coaster with a "surprise" drop into a tunnel that delivered quite a sucker punch, too. I missed the little dragon coaster, thanks to a lost ticket. (Oops.)
So, let's stroll through Jardin d'Acclamatation, shall we?
First, two touching moments while waiting for the bus. "Chris, your armpit smells just like warm cinnamon buns!"
Aw-w-w-w-w . . . Kidtums is helping that nice old man up the steps.
And here we are. You have to pay to get in, then pay as you ride.
Jardin is quite inclusive and diverse in its offerings. Here we see Disney's Genie getting acquainted with Terrytoons' Mighty Mouse.
Nope--no touchy copyright issues here, right?
OK, break out your kill jars, mounting pins, and paraffin boards. It's time for Alice's Butterflies.
I'm really not seeing the whole "butterfly" thing here, and Alice is nowhere in sight.
These cars look more like angry stew pots than butterflies.
Perhaps butterflies in France have big bushy eyebrows and large, multicolored pastel butts.
Look--it's Rowan Atkinson's evil twin!
The two cavemen are saying, "Wacky Races--represent! Hanna-Barbera in the house!"
This little powered coaster packs a surprising punch, but where's Dick Dastardly and Muttley? Can't have Wacky Races without them.
Kristie has slipped into a zen state, Piers is bemused, Melanie is amused, Rich is asleep, Jeff is dead, and Larry isn't sure what to make of any of this.
Little do these people know the sucker punch that awaits them.
Jeff, would you and the RCT pinball machine like to be alone? More to come from Jardin d'Acclimatation.
Chuck, this is a great trip report! I'm looking forward to more, and I was with you when you took all these photos!!! The captions are great too!
It's funny to see the pics and think, "Oh yeah, I remember where that was," or "Hey, I took that picture!" I have to wonder why there aren't pictures of those delicious Parisian pastries? Oh wait, because we ate them so quickly!
More antics! More nonsense! More Team Larry! Keep up the great work Chuck!
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