Allgäu Skyline Park
Europe 2017 Blog Day 7
Well hello again! Today was spent in Syline Park – 1 hour west of Munich. A two hour drive got us arriving at the park at 09:30am and we received a very warm welcome from the staff, who gave us a discount on the entrance fee as we had presented our European Coaster Club membership cards.
They advised us that they were running a new schedule of ride opening times today (due to expected low attendance) and that the ride operators were running 2 rides each at ½ hour intervals. Therefore if we got to a ride that was closed then the ride next to it would be open. Also most of the rides would be closed between 1:30pm - 2:00pm as the staff would all be taking their lunch break, so it took some careful planning to ensure that we got all the rides ticked off throughout the day. The rides all have similar names i.e. Sky Dragster, Sky Wheel, Sky Spin, Sky Rider, Sky Circle etc. so when looking at the schedule it can be a little confusing as to which ride to head for, especially as a couple of the ride names were actually different to those on the park map - but we soon sorted ourselves out.
One ride that was a must for us was Sky Dragster which has only been open for 4 days and is a new prototype launch ride, on which the riders control how fast they want to go. The ride op was a very nice chap from Kidderminster (who was in charge of all the rides in the park) who told us to put it in full throttle and keep the turbo boost button held down permanently for the best ride - which of course we did. The launch out of the station was fine but then the speed restrictors kicked in and the rest of the ride was a little slow and clumsy. We achieved the quickest ride time out of the people who had ridden it before us (albeit only a handful) but only got the one go as it ran into teething problems during the day and they had to close it early afternoon awaiting a replacement part – DOH!
We were very surprised to find that a couple of rides that are normally quite expensive ‘up charge’ attractions at all other parks were included in the entrance fee and were open all day, which included Sky Shot – their reverse Bungy ride which happened to be our first ride of the day to wake us up! The park was much bigger than we had expected with all the rides being very well spaced apart covering all corners of the park so there was plenty of walking today and boy was it hot!
After some nice cold drinks (and Banana & Nutella Crepes) it was time to hit the 3 water rides to cool down. They have a small rapids ride (dry) a log flume (a little splash) and a 2nd giant Log Flume (very wet) which did the job nicely. There weren’t that many people in the park but the water rides seemed to draw everyone to them. We probably had the most rides on the Bob Karts which were great fun, again you can control your speed but you just ‘floor’ them for full impact and they automatically brake at the end of the ride.
We decided to end the day with another 4 rides on Nostalgic Roller Coaster - a Schwarzkopf Wild Cat coaster that we have ridden many times in the USA and is an old favourite. We really can’t fault this park. On the face of it the park can seem a little baron with a good selection of rides plonked randomly around some fields, however look beneath that and you find a true beating heart of one of the most friendly parks we have visited. We had a fantastic day and would definitely add it back onto our itinerary if we toured in Germany again.
We are just relocating to South West Germany in preparation for the next 2 days which will be pretty full on, as we are in one of Europe’s most well known parks for both days - for a special celebration. Therefore our next post will be on Wednesday 21st which will contain updates for both days.