It's hard to resist the temptation to write a one sentence trip report for Magic Park Verden, especially given that we spent less than thirty minutes in the park. That length of time was ample for Familienachterbahn (#1411) and a brief wander around the other attractions, most of which were targeted at those under the age of ten. The most interesting feature of the place was a large Efteling-style story land, filled with miniature animatronic shows. However we were not able to understand any of the ones we passed thanks to them exceeding our rudimentary German.
2nd August 2009
Coaster enthusiasts attempting to slot Serengeti Park into an itinerary should bear in mind that car parking can take a very long time; it was a full thirty minutes from the point we arrived before we were walking towards the rides. Much of this time was taken up in the slow moving traffic queue leading to the ticket booths, a real surprise given our arrival two hours after opening, but a testament to how popular this park actually is.
The bigger of the two coasters, the Froschflitzer (#1412) is a cookie cutter ride that is barely worth the effort. However, the kiddie coaster is a hidden gem that every coaster enthusiast will want to ride. Die! Wilde Maus (#1413) occupies a footprint no bigger than a Big Apple, but it uses the space for a surprisingly intense ride, the highlight of which is a double airtime hill that throws riders against their lap bars. The words never judge a book by its cover most definitely apply here, as this ride could easily be too much for more timid children. The best photos of this coaster can be taken from what might be the world's slowest Condor ride located nearby. Passengers should take care to remain awake when attempting to photograph.
2nd August 2009
Two new coasters have been added to Heide Park since my last visit five years ago; a small family coaster called Indy-Blitz (#1414) and an Intamin launched coaster called Desert Race (#1415). The latter is a clone of a similar ride in England, albeit with much slower loading; the famous German efficiency was not in evidence today. Furthermore the only way to get a front seat, short of incredible luck, is to use a paid line jumping voucher. On the positive side, however, they are definitely worth the money in this case, as the front seat was undisputedly the best on the ride.
Enthusiast trip reports have been varied on the current state of Colossos, still the tallest wood coaster in Europe. We tried a single lap in the back of the first car, and while I wouldn't describe the experience as painful it was nevertheless a long way from being comfortable. There were some pretty violent knocks at the bottom of each drop, and though they were different to the typical expected from a wood coaster they were nevertheless fairly jarring. The Schweizer Bobbahn was also suffering from severe (albeit steady) vibration, resulting in an experience like a berserk massage chair!
The high point of the day (pun intended) was our single drop on Scream, which for me at least is one of the best drop towers out there. The on board soundtrack was barely audible today, though presumably this will be sorted out at the next maintenance window.