Bobbejaanland

14th May 2011

Bobbejaanland has seen only minor changes in the seven years since my last visit, most of which fall into the category of fine tuning. One might argue that there is no reason to alter a successful product, and seems to be the approach taken by park management.

New for this year, and the reason for my return visit, is Dizz (#1615), a spinning coaster from Maurer Sohne that occupies the same spot formerly taken by the Bobby Drop spinning rapids. Though a smooth and fast ride, this design is let down badly by the fact that the rotation mechanism on the cars barely moves at all; our car managed a single revolution from lift hill to brakes, and watching the ride for a while suggested rather strongly that this was the rule rather than the exception. Perhaps the vehicles will loosen up in time; if they do, this ride has the potential to be the best in the park. Until then, it constitutes little more than another credit.

King Kong

One interesting addition since my last visit is the King Kong ride, pictured above. This attraction consists of a large animatronic gorilla which shakes and tilts a vehicle full of people, while simultaneously producing growling noises and clouds of smoke from his mouth and nose. His eyes change colour too for additional effect, though for some reason they do so independently; one red and one green eye looks more comical than evil. The experience could not be described as a thrill ride; it is in fact slightly less exciting than the average monorail. Having said that, the target audience of young children are likely to enjoy it somewhat more than this writer!

We took one lap on each of the other coasters in the park. Typhoon has degenerated somewhat and is now fairly uncomfortable to ride; once was enough. Revolution remains a wonderful oddity with its eighty seater train. The ride now known as Dreamcatcher (formerly Air Race) has been upgraded with floorless trains which improve it somewhat, though the standard of the tracking is about what one would expect for a twenty-four year old coaster. Speedy Bob and Oki Doki were both running very well.

 

DippieDoe Familiepark

14th May 2011

DippieDoe Familiepark has introduced a new coaster this year named Tyfoon (#1616), a surprisingly intense ride for what is fundamentally a children's park. Intriguingly, this ride operated for fourteen years at Tivoli Gardens before its closure at the end of the 2003 season, meaning that it spent eight years in pieces somewhere. Can anyone think of any other coaster that spent this long out of commission? I'm still holding out hope that the Münchner Bahn will show up some day...

We caught a quick lap on the Achtbaan before heading for the airport.

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