Chapter 9: From “Mini-Universal” to “Mega-Mickie’s Grove”—Movie Park Germany and Schlossbeck
June 29, 2008 was another “two-fer day” on TPR’s Europe Tour, with ERT at Movie Park Germany and a few hours at nearby Schlossbeck.
Even though it could use one or two “major” attractions, Movie Park was a lot of fun—a very nice mini version of the Universal parks. Yes, the coaster collection was mediocre, at best, but the park gave off a good vibe. The staff really treated us well, with ERT on not just a few coasters, but some flats, as well—not to mention the best lunch of the whole trip.
The park was quite attractive and featured the standard themed areas you’d expect in a “ride the movies” type of park, such as sections devoted to the Wild West, New York, Nickelodeon, and, of course, Hollywood. Here’s how the coasters measure up:
Ghost Chasers—Yeah, what can you say about a park’s coaster lineup when the best one is a wild mouse in half a box? Well, it is a decent mouse, even with the strange Sponge Bob “ghost ship” themeing.
Jimmy Neutron’s Atomic Flyer—This is a Vekoma kiddie suspended coaster similar to the Runaway Reptar models in the States, but with one big difference—lapbars instead of OSRs. So, by taking away the head banging, the ride becomes “fun.” Go figure.
The Backyardigans Mission to Mars—A rocket-themed Rollerskater. Vekoma actually makes a pretty fair kiddie coaster. Then again, they also make . . .
MP-Xpress— . . . the wretched Satan’s Looping Coaster. Yes, this ride gave me a left to jaw and few good shots to the head. Still, I’d rather ride it than . . .
Bandit— . . . this sorry stack of wood. Yes, Bandit was the worst wooden coaster I’d ever ridden (at least for a few days). Bumpy, shuffly, and painful—just no fun at all. But Lou and Steve’s on-ride video, complete with very appropriate profanity, is one of the funniest highlights of the whole trip.
The best attraction at Movie Park was the Alien Encounter splash-boat ride, with two nice drops (one of which is in a cave), rooms of big-brained aliens performing experiments on Earthlings, and even an earthquake sequence. Mystery River was a bizarre “rapids” ride with no wetness, but plenty of unicorns, elves, and giant mushrooms. The Ice Age Adventure was a good boat ride based on the movie. High Fall was one of those “floorless” Intamin drop towers with the bicycle seats. It was a truly frightening ride, and they should sell souvenir athletic cups emblazoned with the ride’s logo. We also checked out the German version of Shrek 4D and the park’s Time Riders simulator, which was OK (and seemed to have pre-shows within pre-shows).
All in all, I think most of the group had a very good time at Movie Park. What the place needs, though, is a nice B&M or Intamin hyper- or mega-coaster (or an Intamin woodie to replace Bandit).
We spent a few hours at Schlossbeck, a family park that reminded me a bit of old Mickie’s Grove outside Lodi, California—only much better. The park did have one nicely landscaped kiddie coaster, but the real attractions here were the self-operated rides (especially the jumping boats), the rather dangerous-looking playground equipment, and a strange “museum” of what seemed to be old department-store Christmas displays. Give in to the silliness of the place, and there’s plenty of fun to be had.
Lights, camera, Movie Park!
The first pleasant suprise of the day--A Vekoma suspended that doesn't hurt and is actually "fun."
Yes, everyone, particularly Lou, appreciated the funky little lapbars.
There was nary an "ouch," "ow," or "$%!!@$!" to be heard.
How's it hanging, Brian and Mike? Any major "squishage"?
I didn't get around to riding this one, but I imagine it isn't as brutal as that "George Foreman Grill" ride at Bobbejaanland.
OK, I didn't know that Spongebob and Patrick were into "ghost chasing," but I'll go along.
It's like Mulholland Madness--only under the sea.
Way behind the scenes at the "Big Mike Road Show."
Time for "Mission: Sinise"--Movie World style.
Dave: "Hey, I'm on a kiddie coaster, and I'm wearing shades. I'm just too cool for my own good."
I wonder if this is the part where you go into "hypersleep" mode?
Here's the perilous descent to Mars. "Pull back! Pull back!"
Lou seems to like it, but is Piers about to hurl?
Time for our Main Event! Bitner! Hoffman! An Extreme Hardcore Match! Their ring--Movie World's Santa Monica Pier! Their weapons . . .
. . . Anything they can get their hands on! Oh my God! Hoffman has slammed Bitner into a claw machine! That's gonna leave a mark!
Not even the spectators are safe when these two gladiators go at it!
I'm not big on spinning rides, but I rather liked this one. I'd definitely rather ride this than . . .
. . . the SLC with the strange "military" theme.
Someone blew up this box. So the army responded with . . .
. . . great prejudice!
Unfortunately, SLCs cause a lot of collateral damage to riders. More to come from Movie Park.
Hmm--apparently there was some sort of sporting event going on. Can't imagine what it was . . .
High Fall has a pretty well-themed queue for a drop ride. You walk through an Old West sheriff's office. I'm not sure what the guys are smiling about, though.
If this ride was a Russian ballet, it'd be the "Nutcracker" (nothing "sweet" about it).
Well, ERT's over. Where to now, Larry?
Let's check out some of park's themeing, shall we? Here I am at Hollywood and Vine--in Germany.
I wonder if the Ramones played here.
The Wild West. I wonder if famous spaghetti-western stars Terence Young and Bud Spencer walked these streets in search of massive plates of beans.
Ice Age Adventure gave us many insights into the sexual habits of prehisotric animals. Here we see a strange mating habit of the dodo. This massive pile up in an attempt to proceate no doubt crushed many birds and hastened their extinction.
The strange yearnings of this small mammal have caused it to overreach sexually.
Here we see an Ice Age threeway.
It appears that all the actors are spent. But was the experience satisfying? Palentologists have yet to answer this question.
Here we see the results of prehistoric frigidity.
Being as all the instructions at Shrek 4D were in German, some of our group had difficulties understanding the attraction's more technical aspects.
Team Larry was stuck in the Time Riders preshows, so we missed our chance to be among the first to ride Bandit that day. Unfortunately, we got the credit, anyway.
I'm guessing that this was once themed to the Wild, Wild West flick from the looks of this station. But I don't know for sure.
Here's the entrance to the rather odd Mystery River rapids ride.
You have to walk through a library.
Yeah, we were all pretty puzzled by it. That's a wrap, Movie Park. Schlossbeck is next.
And now, some of the wacky Schlossbeck experience.
You are here. Or, rather, we were there. Unless you were one of us, in which case, you were there, too.
First stop--jumping boats. These were self-operated. You get in the boat, the next person in line closes a safety gate and pushes a button, then you pull a cord and up the ramp you go (only to drop down directly).
"Dear God, please protect me from my own foolishness, and I promise to never sin again!"
"Thank you, Lord!"
Time to watch the Bitners go down. First up, Rich.
Hmm--pretty sloppy splash there.
Next up, Melanie.
Yes, much smoother and more elegant.
They gave us four laps on the kiddie coaster.
Hanno was there to document each one.
Note to self: Never ride the twisty "wet-dry" slide.
Hey there, boys and girls! It's time for your favorite show! The adventures of Commando Larry . . .
. . . and his youthful sidekick, Bucky!
Looks like the action didn't end at Movie Park, wrestling fans! Bitner and Hoffman are going at it Schlossbeck style, too!
This can be settled at only one place and in only one way: Paris Disney--in a steel cage!
Hmm--why does Piers look so "naughty" on his horse? More to come.
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