Need help on Europe Coaster trip!!

Need help on Europe Coaster trip!!

Post by COASTRBE » Mon, 13 May 1996 04:00:00


Help me get some ideas!!!!

I will be attending the ACE Great Britian tour in July and after the tour
ends I will be going to Amterdam for almost a week.  Then after that I
will be staying in Brussels for maybe 5 days to end my trip.  There is a
possibility that I will be staying in Paris for maybe a night but that
will only be to go to see some of the sights, and to go to Disneyland
Paris.

So here is my question/situation.  Money is going to be tight but I would
like to attend one, maybe two, other theme parks while I'm staying in each
of these cities.  I basically won't have any personal transportion and I
will have to rely on public.  And I don't want to "waste" (figure of
speech) my time and money at a park that won't be worth it. (You know how
that goes.)

So you GB/Europe coaster people,  If you were in Amsterdam for a week,
which two parks would you go to that have the best coasters, that are
close by, and that are easily accessibly from Amsterdam as a hub??  Same
goes for my little stay in Brussels.  I know that there are parks in the
areas of these two cities but I'm not sure which ones to go to.  YOUR HELP
WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.  As for the Paris part, I can only afford
(hopefully-I know it is expensive to get in) going to the Dizzyland Paris
on that aspect.  

Thank you for your help, please Email me personally with your response.
I'm still trying to figure out my plane flight so your opinions will help
me decide what to do and when to to it..............

Thanks again

Michael Bent

 
 
 

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Post by David Bak » Tue, 14 May 1996 04:00:00

For Michael and other park and coaster fans from North America heading to
Europe:  There are plenty of nice theme parks and amu***t parks in
Europe, but they are a bit different in some respects from the North
American norm, and coasters don't always figure into the main scheme of
things at all the major parks.  In the UK, coasters are a more popular
type of ride than on the Continent (as a whole), though of course there
are exceptions to this.

Michael was headed to Holland, a nation with an unusual per capita
balance between parks and population, especially given its short summer
park season- but coasters are NOT the big tickets in the Netherlands.
Best park in the Netherlands is probably de Efteling, which is
justifiably cheered for its elaborate and unique dark rides and its
pleasant themed resort hotel.

Michael was also headed to Belgium, home of plenty of medium sized
regional parks (live Bobbejaland and Walabi), but again no big draw in
the coaster department.  

Michael was headed to France- specifically to Disneyland Paris Resort,
which has the wonderful new Space Mountain (which really is NOTHING at
all like its US cousins,nice as they may be in their own right) and an
Indiana Jones coaster, in addition to the familiar Big Thunder Mt.
Railroad.  I suggest Michael heads a little north one day while in the
vicinity to see Parc Asterix, home of Icarus and Goudurix, both pretty
decent roller coasters, and plenty of other modern theme park attractions-
 kind of like a French Six Flags or Paramount Park.

For those venturing elsewhere in Europe, note that Spain's Port Aventura
is an excellent theme park with a great coaster (DRAGON KHAN), and that
Germany is about to get its new Warner Bros. Movie World, complete with
coaster thrills, in Bottrop (which isn't too far from the Dutch border-
feel like a rail or road trip, Michael?).  Germany also has several other
good regional parks, especially Europa Park in the South near the French
and Swiss borders of the Black Forest region.  Italy's Gardaland and
Sweden's Liesburg are also pretty good bets for non-British EuroPark fun.

Of course there are always the coaster friendly parks of the UK.....

Happy Park Hopping,
Dave Bakas
"the Mousiah" at Dreamscapes, Attraction Destination Vacation
Specialists


 
 
 

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Post by Vincen » Tue, 14 May 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Help me get some ideas!!!!
...
> So you GB/Europe coaster people,  If you were in Amsterdam for a week,
> which two parks would you go to that have the best coasters, that are
> close by, and that are easily accessibly from Amsterdam as a hub??  Same
> goes for my little stay in Brussels.  I know that there are parks in the
> areas of these two cities but I'm not sure which ones to go to.  YOUR HELP
> WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.  As for the Paris part, I can only afford
> (hopefully-I know it is expensive to get in) going to the Dizzyland Paris
> on that aspect.

Easy.
1.      Visit 'De Efteling'. This is a themepark close to Tilburg/'s-Hertogenbosch.
        It was selected best themepark in the world in '93 (Applause-Award)
        Park-quality of Disney. 3 coasters. (1 Steel 1 Woody 1 Bob)

2.      Near Amsterdam.
        When you have time to spare, visit in the Netherlands 'Walibi Flevo'
        They have 'El Condor'*** coaster, 5 loops. 2 good water rides.
        Nothing worthful else. (It will take 4 hours to see the whole park)

3.      Near Brussels is Walibi-Wavre, in a town called Wavre.
        They have 3 coasters: 1 Steel (average), 1 MineRide (good), FastLaunchingCoaster.
        The rest of the park is average. The quality of the darkrides could be better.

(Other parks, are ignored because of your travel problems.)

De Efteling is definitely a 'must see'. Costs $25.00 (most european parks are that cheap)
On the train-station in Amsterdam you can buy a train-entrance combination ticket.
Take the train from Amsterdam to 's-Hertogenbosch (55 minutes)
Take the sprookjesbus (fareytail-bus) in 's-Hertogenbosch directly to the park.

Vincent
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Post by John Philip Downi » Tue, 14 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Help me get some ideas!!!!

>I will be attending the ACE Great Britian tour in July and after the tour
>ends I will be going to Amterdam for almost a week.  Then after that I
>will be staying in Brussels for maybe 5 days to end my trip.  There is a
>possibility that I will be staying in Paris for maybe a night but that
>will only be to go to see some of the sights, and to go to Disneyland
>Paris.

>So here is my question/situation.  Money is going to be tight but I would
>like to attend one, maybe two, other theme parks while I'm staying in each
>of these cities.  I basically won't have any personal transportion and I
>will have to rely on public.  And I don't want to "waste" (figure of
>speech) my time and money at a park that won't be worth it. (You know how
>that goes.)

>So you GB/Europe coaster people,  If you were in Amsterdam for a week,
>which two parks would you go to that have the best coasters, that are
>close by, and that are easily accessibly from Amsterdam as a hub??  Same
>goes for my little stay in Brussels.  I know that there are parks in the
>areas of these two cities but I'm not sure which ones to go to.  YOUR HELP
>WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.  As for the Paris part, I can only afford
>(hopefully-I know it is expensive to get in) going to the Dizzyland Paris
>on that aspect.  

>Thank you for your help, please Email me personally with your response.
>I'm still trying to figure out my plane flight so your opinions will help
>me decide what to do and when to to it..............

Without a doubt, spend a day at De Efteling, a beautiful theme park near
Tilburg, maybe 60 miles SE of Amsterdam.  There are train-bus-admission combos
available, I hear.  This park has 3 coasters, but the highlight is the
incredible themeing, especially some fantastic dark rides.  The theming is
every bit as good as disney, IMHO.  I visited this place five years ago.  I
don't know of another park in Benelux that is exceptional (there are maybe
ten other smaller parks), but Phantasialand in Germany sounded interesting,
but could be some distance away.
 
 
 

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Post by Vincen » Thu, 16 May 1996 04:00:00

Quote:



> >Help me get some ideas!!!!

<skip>

> Without a doubt, spend a day at De Efteling, a beautiful theme park near
> Tilburg, maybe 60 miles SE of Amsterdam.  There are train-bus-admission combos
> available, I hear.  This park has 3 coasters, but the highlight is the
> incredible themeing, especially some fantastic dark rides.  The theming is
> every bit as good as disney, IMHO.  I visited this place five years ago.  I
> don't know of another park in Benelux that is exceptional (there are maybe
> ten other smaller parks), but Phantasialand in Germany sounded interesting,
> but could be some distance away.

Phantasialand has 4 coasters.
1)      Electric powered kiddie ride.
2)      Steel coaster, no looping and very boring.
3)      Dark ride, no looping, rather good, but long waiting times.
4)      New, mine ride opened 1996.
        (I did not ride this one already, so don't know the quality of it)
Last year they opened GALAXY. A simulator. The hardware is as good as
 Universals Back-To-The-Future. The movie at US is better.
 Be Aware: when you have been in any of these you don't want to go on StarTours
 ever again (much to boring).

/Vincent
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Post by Andreas Schildba » Fri, 17 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:



> > >Help me get some ideas!!!!

> <skip>

> > Without a doubt, spend a day at De Efteling, a beautiful theme park near
> > Tilburg, maybe 60 miles SE of Amsterdam.  There are train-bus-admission combos
> > available, I hear.  This park has 3 coasters, but the highlight is the
> > incredible themeing, especially some fantastic dark rides.  The theming is
> > every bit as good as disney, IMHO.  I visited this place five years ago.  I
> > don't know of another park in Benelux that is exceptional (there are maybe
> > ten other smaller parks), but Phantasialand in Germany sounded interesting,
> > but could be some distance away.

> Phantasialand has 4 coasters.
> 1) Electric powered kiddie ride.
> 2) Steel coaster, no looping and very boring.
> 3) Dark ride, no looping, rather good, but long waiting times.
> 4) New, mine ride opened 1996.
>    (I did not ride this one already, so don't know the quality of it)

This one (the new mine ride) burnt down some weeks ago. *This is no
joke!*

- Andreas

 
 
 

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Post by BPB BE » Thu, 30 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Subject:    Re: Need help on Europe  Coaster trip!!

>Date:       Wed, 15 May 1996 16:42:37 +0200




>> >Help me get some ideas!!!!

><skip>

>> Without a doubt, spend a day at De Efteling, a beautiful theme park
near
>> Tilburg, maybe 60 miles SE of Amsterdam.  There are train-bus-admission
>combos
>> available, I hear.  This park has 3 coasters, but the highlight is the
>> incredible themeing, especially some fantastic dark rides.  The theming
is
>> every bit as good as disney, IMHO.  I visited this place five years
ago.  I
>> don't know of another park in Benelux that is exceptional (there are
maybe
>> ten other smaller parks), but Phantasialand in Germany sounded
interesting,
>> but could be some distance away.

>Phantasialand has 4 coasters.
>1)  Electric powered kiddie ride.
>2)  Steel coaster, no looping and very boring.
>3)  Dark ride, no looping, rather good, but long waiting times.
>4)  New, mine ride opened 1996.
>    (I did not ride this one already, so don't know the quality of it)
>Last year they opened GALAXY. A simulator. The hardware is as good as
> Universals Back-To-The-Future. The movie at US is better.
> Be Aware: when you have been in any of these you don't want to go on
>StarTours
> ever again (much to boring).

Hasn't the indoor coaster burnt down ?  I heard a while ago that a major
fire had destroyed the indoor Vekoma coaster and the water ride (combined
building ?)

Just curious,

Greg

To RIDE the BEST, you have to visit the BEST - Blackpool Pleasure Beach !!

                                          100 years of fun !

 
 
 

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Post by Vincen » Fri, 31 May 1996 04:00:00

Quote:




> >> Without a doubt, spend a day at De Efteling, a beautiful theme park
> near
> >> Tilburg, maybe 60 miles SE of Amsterdam.  There are train-bus-admission
> >combos
> >> available, I hear.  This park has 3 coasters, but the highlight is the
> >> incredible themeing, especially some fantastic dark rides.  The theming
> is
> >> every bit as good as disney, IMHO.  I visited this place five years
> ago.  I
> >> don't know of another park in Benelux that is exceptional (there are
> maybe
> >> ten other smaller parks), but Phantasialand in Germany sounded
> interesting,
> >> but could be some distance away.

> >Phantasialand has 4 coasters.
> >1)     Electric powered kiddie ride.
> >2)     Steel coaster, no looping and very boring.
> >3)     Dark ride, no looping, rather good, but long waiting times.
> >4)     New, mine ride opened 1996.
> >       (I did not ride this one already, so don't know the quality of it)
> >Last year they opened GALAXY. A simulator. The hardware is as good as
> > Universals Back-To-The-Future. The movie at US is better.
> > Be Aware: when you have been in any of these you don't want to go on
> >StarTours
> > ever again (much to boring).

> Hasn't the indoor coaster burnt down ?  I heard a while ago that a major
> fire had destroyed the indoor Vekoma coaster and the water ride (combined
> building ?)

I've been on the indoor last year (1995). I think the coaster is opened
in 1994, but I'n not 100% sure about that.
The water ride is about 600 meter away from the indoor coaster.

The new coaster is called "Colorado ride" and is themed with a mix of
mine-train and Michael Jackson. I don't know what to expect with that combination.

Vincent
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Post by Andreas Schildba » Fri, 31 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
> >Phantasialand has 4 coasters.
> >1)     Electric powered kiddie ride.
> >2)     Steel coaster, no looping and very boring.
> >3)     Dark ride, no looping, rather good, but long waiting times.
> >4)     New, mine ride opened 1996.
> >       (I did not ride this one already, so don't know the quality of it)
> >Last year they opened GALAXY. A simulator. The hardware is as good as
> > Universals Back-To-The-Future. The movie at US is better.
> > Be Aware: when you have been in any of these you don't want to go on
> >StarTours
> > ever again (much to boring).

> Hasn't the indoor coaster burnt down ?  I heard a while ago that a major
> fire had destroyed the indoor Vekoma coaster and the water ride (combined
> building ?)

The destroyed track was replaced and the ride re-opened some weeks ago
(with Michael Jackson suffering the first ride...). The burnt down
coating is still not in place, from what I saw on pictures.

I don't think the water ride was suffering from the fire (didn't hear
anything about that).

- Andreas