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  1. Coaster Hipster

    The Off Topic Topic

    Haven't ridden AA but I think SLCs in essence have a great layout depite the usually horrible comfort. I rode Mayan at Energylandia, which was built in 2015 and has had from the start the new trains with vest restraints. It is actually decent fun! The ride has strong forces and is well paced too. You still have a couple of jolts at some moments, but overall the ride comfort is much improved compared to your regular SLC. I wonder if Vekoma did some slight track modifications, as Mind Eraser at SFNE which also has vests is much rougher and much less enjoyable...
  2. Coaster Hipster

    Top 10 coasters you rode in 2017

    Only counting coasters I've ridden this year (re-ridden and new): 1) Expedition GeForce - The definitive airtime machine for me. 2) Lech Coaster - Relentless new-gen Vekoma! 3) Superman the Ride (Six Flags New England) - Would match EGF imo if it weren't for these poor restraints! 4) Schwur des Kärnan - So weird, yet so exhilarating! 5) Helix - Wonderful complete coaster experience despite the lesser intensity. 6) Taron - Unconsistent, but very unique ride with some really amazing elements. 7) Wicked Cyclone - So much ejector airtime it's a little painful! 8) Balder - Great first drop and a ridiculously fun pattern of repeating bunny hops with airtime! 9) Formuła (Energylandia) - Short, but very fun mix of elements! 10) Star Trek: Operation Enterprise - A delicate mix between agressive little pops of airtime and subtle floater moments. Happy New Year everyone! Even though I'm not posting much, it's a real pleasure to read and follow this forum
  3. Coaster Hipster

    Adlabs Imagica Trip Report

    Amazing report! It's also a very valuable one as not many people go to this place, to put it mildly. The park looks quite pretty actually, the landscape work is impressive. Deep Space and Nitro also seems like an exciting coaster combo. Batman at SFNE was pretty meh on both my visits there, but the steeper drop and longer layout are great improvements. Your praise and commentary on Deep Space makes me wish Premier build more of these - their Sky Rocket II is photogenic, but lacks substance imo. Thanks for sharing the pictures and impressions on this overlooked park
  4. Coaster Hipster

    Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

    If the project comes true, I'm curious how successful the park would be. Ferrari World is the only noteworthy competition in Abu Dhabi, and reports I read say it's generally empty - with only Formula Rossa drawing long lines, even with the opening of Flying Aces. Looking at the RCDB page, I found that one 'Inverted' coaster is listed in the coasters under construction. I wonder if that's one of the Intamin Inverted coasters that have been rumored recently.
  5. Coaster Hipster

    Interviews: Coaster Manufacturers at EAS 2017

    Time for the Vekoma and MACK Rides interviews Both companies enjoy a steady momentum, and it's great to hear from senior professionals some explanations!
  6. Coaster Hipster

    DC Rivals advertising on public transport

    It's a shame MW doesn't seem to advertise properly what is such a remarkable product. From the shaky POV to the uninspiring ads in trains... there was potential for so much more! Not only DC Rivals seems to be a really exciting coaster, it's also one of the most appealing and photogenic I've ever seen. I mean, why bother using this landmark Joker head at the top of the lift hill if you're barely advertising it afterwards? I'm sure the coaster will be a tremendous success nevertheless, but it will be despite this lacklustre marketing campaign
  7. Last September, I was in Berlin for this year's Euro Attractions Show as a reporter for French website CoastersWorld. As part of my coverage, I made several interviews with representatives of coaster manufacturers. Here are the first two of these! First, James Swinden of Great Coasters International gives his insight into his company's way of building wooden coasters. I really appreciated his sincere passion for his job, and for a professional still very early in his career, his answers were very articulate and accurate! Second, Sascha Czibulka, Vice-President of Intamin, gave me a 16-minute long interview that really exceeded my expectations! His answers were superb, detailed and very informative His account of how the hydraulic launch system had been created for Knott's Berry Farm was particularly valuable. Really talented senior executive who knows his work very well. If you're interested, there's some more to come: - Maximilian Roeser of MACK Rides talks about the manufacturer's lastest coasters, including DC Rivals! - Chuck Bingham of Martin & Vleminckx discusses the challenges and rewards of building wooden coasters in China. - Chad Miller of The Gravity Group tells us the story of how he became a coaster engineer, and the most important aspects of a woodie according to him. (hint: airtime!) - Peter van Bilsen gives the reasons behind Vekoma's remarkable comeback. I want to thank all people involved in these interviews. The interviewees of course, but also all of my CoastersWorld mates for their precious help in the making of these videos. This was a wonderful experience meeting and interviewing all these professionals, and I hope you'll like the resulting interviews
  8. Coaster Hipster

    Germany Oct. 17' with CoasterForce! Phanta, MPG, Heide & Hansa

    Thanks I agree about Phanta, the mix of exciting coasters/flat rides and theming is truly unique and breathtaking. Really looking forward to F.L.Y. too, Vekoma is doing great things at the moment and a collab with Phantasialand could do fireworks! Part 1: Movie Park Germany Like many others, I did not have particularly high expectations for this park - especially visiting right after Phantasialand. For years, Movie Park stood out for the wrong reasons (a horrible SLC and Bandit), but at least Star Trek raised my curiosity. Although the plaza features a bizarre sight mixing Star Trek with a volcano top, I actually liked the Main Street itself. Decent looking Hollywood pastiche stuff. MP Xpress had a distinct nasty smell that joined the brutal headbanging usually found on most SLC. It's like the owners thought 'How can we make this worse?' I actually had some fun moments on Bandit! It does have a very prominent rattle at many moments, but the pacing is good and the ride convey an exciting 'out-of-control' feel akin to the best woodies. Oh and the lift hill chain is so fast, you would think you're on an Intamin cable-thing :eek: (Also did the floorless drop tower nearby, which did hurt my nuts too) Crazy Surfer has a nice theme idea - riding a wave and stuff - but there's not much actual scenery. I had luck with the seat choosing as I got to experience the spikes facing the disappearing track in front of me Some parts feel empty, but overall Movie Park did a good job with the entrance, queue and station scenery work. Late in the day, the employee doing the animation in the command room before the station was awesome! Really charismatic and engaging. Wish I filmed the moment. Same inversion - three different angles. Star Trek was in reality a lot of fun! Tame first launch for sure, but the backwards climb into the spike is quite forceful and provides some exciting weird laterals and floaty forces. Backseat is definitely better to experience that funky spike! The relatively slow pacing provides some good hangtime throughout the rest of the layout, and the bunny hops section is sketchy but quite exciting too. That part almost feels like a wooden coaster and delivers several good pops of ejector. Excellent addition to the park really! I didn't even know Van Helsing existed. Cool Gerstlauer Bobsled with a fairly unusual layout Good thing that the best two coasters of the park are near each other, so you don't have to return to that dreadful SLC zone again. Time to tick off the remaining 3 creds of the park. Not much to say about Mission to Mars (top), but Ghost Chasers did give me an exhilarating moment! Basically, I'm quite skinny, and was riding with CoasterForce legend Kenny - who is quite the opposite of skinny. That left me with a lot of space betweem my legs and the lap bar, which delivered a nice surprise float during the big drop! Awesome moment on a generic Wild Mouse :eek: I was worried about Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Flyer's transportable-style supports, but the ride was quite enjoyable family fun. Decent gliding sensation and speed. It's quite hard to get decent pictures of Mystery River. The ride itself has surprising speed for a Rapids ride. Theming really feel cardboard-y however The local Shoot-the-Chute is named Bermuda Triangle and is themed around... sci-fi volcano I guess? I got front seat and that was really wet... which sucks considering my aversion for water rides. I really wished I did make that poncho investment at Phantasialand ^^ The Halloween Horror maze has an immersive and tense atmosphere, but overly relies on jumpscares in my opinion. It does keep you on your nerve all the way, but gets repetitive towards the end. I, like some others, was quite excited for my night ride on Bandit. Some were even queuing for the second-to-last row with anticipation. The actual ride was even wilder, but it gave me substantial back pain for the rest of the night :eek: At this point, some in the group went for more scare mazes, while I split off for more Star Trek goodness! I had a fun day at Movie Park Germany really! I wasn't too bothered by the lacklustre stuff and enjoyed a lot Van Helsing and Star Trek. I think some of the negative image around the park is due to having such impressive competition around. Having low expectations probably help, but this park really has some fun and nice bits
  9. A month ago Nigloland in France published this montage of drone footage around Alpina Blitz. I feel the PR of the park is really improving and reflects its upwards momentum ever since the addition of the Mack Megalite.
  10. Coaster Hipster

    Recommendations for a Europe Trip

    Never actually been there, but a little disclaimer about Parque Warner in Madrid: while the park is open on weekend in November, their Vekoma GIB (Stunt Fall) is generally shut down during Fall/Winter because of the colder weather from my understanding. Not that you're guaranteed a ride in Summer anyway since that thing is notoriously unreliable, but if you're really aiming for maximum creds that piece of info might be valuable to have in mind. For Parque de Atraciones de Madrid, the Intamin Invert, Tornado, only runs with enough people aboard the train. Which means you might miss the cred if the park is too empty (irony). From what I've heard the coaster isn't nothing outstanding though! PortAventura is the safe bet however. Everything should be open and running fine, although you might get both Intamin launch coasters breaking down from time to time. The park is very, very busy in the Summer, but you should be fine visiting in November!
  11. Coaster Hipster

    Recommendations for a Europe Trip

    It's awesome to have some Aussie coasterfans coming to Europe! I hope you'll love it. When exactly do you plan to visit amusement parks? Most parks are open the first week of November (Monday 31th Oct to Sunday 5th), and some do open the final week of November as well. Sweden has the best quality/quantity ratio in Europe imo, for reasons discussed above (also Lisebergbanan is considered one of the best Schwarzkopf by some!) However, while Liseberg will be open for some days in November, its high profile rides will be closed. Helix, Balder & co only open during Spring, Summer and Halloween. During the Winter and late Fall, Liseberg is more of a public garden, since it is located close to the city centre - I believe it's right next to the city college! Toverland has the same issue from my understanding. After November 4th, only the indoor section is open... you would then miss on Troy (fab GCI woodie from what I heard) and more Which transporation will you use btw? Some parks like Holiday Park, home of Expedition GeForce, are quite challenging to reach by public transportation - and it is closed during all but one day in November anyways. Phantasialand however, has a 40 min shuttle from Koln. Here's a list of parks in mainland Europe, open in November I suggest visiting: - PortAventura, Spain Shambhala is worth the visit alone, considered by some to be the best B&M and the best coaster in Europe, so much floater air! Great looking park as well. Open during the whole month - Phantasialand, Germany Really unique park and one of my favourites. They have to work with a tight footprint and are really, really creative with it! Taron is an intense, very snappy Intamin LSM launch coaster. They have a €15 fastpass which you can use 4 times on most major rides except for Taron. Also, if you are a hotel guest, you can have excusive rides on Taron after park closure for one hour! It is really a treat to experience this coaster at night Open November 1->5th and 24->30 - Europa-Park, Germany No need to introduce this one. Lots to do, but the operations are super efficient so you should be able to do most thrill coasters (and perhaps every coaster) in a day. Might ask for the optimal order to ride the coasters and reduce waiting to some of my more knowledgable friends if you want. Open November 1->5 and 24->30 I'll post more if I think of more. Issue is, as other said, is that most parks are closed by November 5th About Disneyland Paris, both parks are doable in one day, especially if the park closes late. You might want to start with the Studios, which is quite underwhelming imo, and then enjoy the rest of the day at Disneyland Park itself. Enjoy your visit to Europe! Bon voyage !
  12. I've had a nice and cheerful experience with the guys at CoasterForce at Parc Astérix, so I decided to join them for another, bigger trip! This time I would also discover 3 new parks in Germany, in addition to a return to Phantasialand... Summary Part 0: Phantasialand - Return of Taron Part 1: Movie Park Germany - Star Trek is actually underrated! Part 2: Heide Park - My first Wing Coaster Part 3: Hansa Park - Lovely management and stunning Kärnan Part 0: Phantasialand Although not an official part of GhosterForce, many people from CF added a stop to Phanta before the main event. The temptation to return there and get more night Taron craze was too much! One of my car-mates was Rachel, who was visiting the park for her first time, and her excitement was infectious! It's always a special feeling for me to return there and enjoy unique creative theming and rides, but to share the experience with someone who's never visited before added to my joy and certainly made me proud of my favourite park We also met CSLKennyNI, which was a real pleasure. Really cool guy with great insights on the park and the German coasters in general Starting with Maus au Chocolat allowed us to avoid long lines there, and therefore the high-pitch mice noises didn't get too annoying. I find this shooter dark-ride to be a lot of fun, despite the shoulder pain it indulges and despite my actually terrible aiming skills! The walk to Wuze Town includes a stopover near the much-discussed F.L.Y. sign. Winjas was good family fun as usual. It has a lot of gimmicks, but it truly adds to the experience instead of being a marketing overhype. Only complaint is that the cars are really narrow, even for a skinny dude like me :eek: We cleared off this side of the park with two of its more dated rides: Temple of the Night Hawk and Hollywood Tour. I suppose that, along the Berlin entrance, Phantasialand will work on refurbishing this zone to bring it to the standards of the park. Temple is actually fairly smooth and has some decent pace, but its family-ish layout calls for much more theming than a ride in the complete dark with no effects whatsoever. Chiapas is for me what a flume ride should be. Gorgeous, immersive theming and music that keeps you entertaining throughout. The disco part never ceases to keep me excited! After that, I split a while from the group to take more pictures and off-ride videos, we rejoined for Mystery Castle. The launch took me by surprise as I was expecting some more wait before the boost kicks off. I know it's part of the theming, but I wish it weren't so dark during the actual ride experience, so you could see the others as you drop and launch up again during the short program. Still a creative and exciting take on the usual drop tower/space shot type of attraction! We walked through the Klugheim zone but did not ride the gem Intamin yet. Not exactly sure how we resisted the temptation with so many breathtaking interactions with the ride, but I also remember Rachel really really wanted to make Taron her #300! Colorado Adventure was I believe her final stepping stone before reaching 300. I still like this Mine Train very much, the long layout provides a enjoyable ride. However, Big Thunder Mountain in Paris did have more of a wild out-of-control feel since its rehab. The banking on Colorado is funky at times. You have some wonky laterals which gets really fun during the dark section. Not having hard OTSR on an old Vekoma (and no inversions either) really helps I suppose! Can we ride Taron now then? Yessss!!! After that exhilarating Night ERT last April, I was curious to ride again the much-praised Intamin Blitz. Predictably, it wasn't as intense at noon, but Taron still surprises me, notably with the wicked change of direction right after the first airtime hill! Really snappy twist coming after a dive under some building so you can't really see it coming if you're not familiar with the layout. I split again from the group for the launch break. I was planning to shoot more videos of Taron, but a 5 minutes wait for single riders decided otherwise... Not gonna refuse such a treat! Did 3 more solo rides then, and also grabbed a front row ride on Raik, which does have a twisty bit of its own. It's a cool extra really Black Mamba at the front was still remarkably forceful. The layout is kinda generic, but very enjoyable nonetheless. The drum beat playing as the train exits the station always makes me more excited! Did a couple more re-rides later in the day which confirmed my positive thoughts about the Invert. I somehow forgot to take a picture of Talocan on fire. Such a spectacular thrill ride and once again, the scenery and atmosphere really enhance the experience there! Onto the final "new" attraction of the day: I never did Hotel Tartuff in 7 previous visits to Phantasialand. :eek: It's very easy to miss it and mistake it for yet another merch store in the Main Street. The CF lively atmosphere made the Fun House quite fun actually! The rest of the day was re-rides so let's skip to the most exciting part... Exclusive rides on Taron for the hotel guests, yay! I have to say, while the coaster does feel less borderline insane than before, I still get the adrenaline rush that makes me run in excitement from the station exit to the ride's gates all across the empty line again and again. The epic fanfare, the magnetic roars, and a twisty fast-paced layout really kept me excited during the whole hour. I ended up riding Taron 10 times during that session, and 15 times the day overall. Phantasialand really had a superb idea to make this hotel ERT, that's a brilliant piece of marketing there!
  13. Coaster Hipster

    Futuroscope in France to build €22M coaster for 2019

    I wonder if that could be the new multi-launch spinner that Intamin advertised at EAS 2017. That's a bit of a stretch, but not impossible either!
  14. A little bit of shameless self-promotion, as I visited again Phantasialand last week as part of the GhosterForce meeting. In addition to the fab Brühl, discovered Movie Park Germany, Heide Park and Hansa. Definitely expect Trip Reports coming up! @Gazza Will definitely upload the most valuable pics to the site if you want
  15. Back on topic of favourite coaster videos, I really like the Movemotions official montages stuff: Truly inspiring editing and filming imo. Make me really excited for the ride every time!