Europe 2017 Blog Day 10
Well hello again everyone back home (and work!). We had another early start this morning as we needed to be on the road at 07:45am, so after a continental breakfast we headed off for our next park - Tripsdrill. The journey time was 1½ hours so caught up with some more of Adrian’s downloaded Radio 2 programmes for some decent & varied music to pass the time, arriving at the park at around 09:15am.
Having presented our Coaster Club cards we were very kindly given a discount on the entrance fee (a saving of €10 each) and they welcomed us in as their ‘coaster friends’ which was a nice gesture. We grabbed our park maps and headed off to find the coasters which had varied opening times: 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00. As we had ½ hour spare before the first coaster opened we started the day off on their new flat ride attraction: Flug-Duell – another copy (as at Bayern Park) of the Red Arrows Skyforce at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Upon boarding, the ride operator advised that the record for the number of rotations here was currently 51 so Adrian and I were both on a mission to beat this. I managed a mere total of 15 with Adrian even less - we just couldn’t get them spinning out of control as we could at Blackpool (60+ rotations) so gave it up as a bad job, hung our heads in shame, and headed over to the first of the 4 coasters.
Rasender Tausendfussler: A mild family coaster with a very long train that twists and turns amongst the trees and stays fairly close to the ground. As the ride op despatched us he got everyone doing the Mexican wave aboard the train. This is what we like - ride ops who interact with the guests and join in.
Karacho: A very compact Gerstlauer launched multi inversions coaster. The theming for this ride was superb for a small park, both in the ride station and the cars themselves. A real treat was just having lap bars (no uncomfortable shoulder restraints) albeit pushed down a little tight by the ride ops. (Spoiler Alert) On leaving the station we took a small dive down and straight into an inline twist in total darkness. Then out of the tunnel into a very small drop and immediately into a launch over a top hat element then into the usual banked turns and further inline twists. A very smooth and good paced ride, and surprisingly very re-rideable.
Mammut: The 2nd (and last) wooden coaster on the trip. We were on the 2nd train of the morning and watched the first train despatch but could hardly hear it going around the track as it has nylon wheels. On despatch, we left the station and entered a wooden building that again was extremely well themed. We dropped underneath a rotating jagged mill saw (reminiscent of Saw: The Ride at Thorpe Park) and joined the lift hill – a really unusual & quirky start to a wooden coaster! The rest of the ride was disappointing as it’s so quiet and smooth (in the front anyway) and just doesn’t feel like you’re on a wooden coaster – there’s just no shake rattle & roll and not that fast. Not a patch on Wodan Timbur coaster at Europa Park.
G’sengte Sau: WOW what can we say – the nicest Wild Mouse coaster we have ridden. The individual cars are very ornate looking and very open at the front. This is not your typical Mouse layout but is very unique and intertwines with the Log Flume ride. This ride is glass smooth and has twists, turns, and bunny hops – what more could you ask for.
The park has 3 water rides: a children’s Log Flume, a Rapids ride, and a family Log Flume that incorporates both backwards and forwards drops, with the final drop out of the themed building being very wet. Unexpectedly during the middle section of the ride you float through a building that is full of models of old women swimming naked, and lots of naked mannequins lying around in various poses – just bizarre!
Generally the park is spotlessly clean and the gardens are beautifully maintained throughout. Very family friendly and has rides to suit all ages. It’s been another cracking day and a little more chilled out than our last 2. The weather has been fantastic again and we’ve been really lucky so far as we’ve had nothing but hot weather on the trip. Slapping on the factor 50 every morning so may not have a great tan but able to stay in the sun all day without burning as I’m sure you fellow baldies will appreciate (Adrian – no idea what you’re on about / not applicable)!
We have a fairly relaxing day tomorrow (until late afternoon anyway!) as we leave Germany and are relocating to Switzerland. We have just called in at the service station to purchase another Vignette (Swiss Motorway pass) and filled the car up with Diesel before we cross the border as it’s more expensive in Switzerland and every penny counts! This was supposed to be a 4 country trip but has turned out to be 5 as we had a quick detour into France (courtesy of Adrian’s “I know better than the SatNav” blip) so turned around at the island a hundred yards up the road and drove back into Germany. Ooh La La! On arrival at the hotel we realised we are literally right next to the border crossing into Switzerland.
We are not in a theme park tomorrow so that could only mean one thing...?