Travel Note

23rd August 2015

Day nine of the European Coaster Club tour was a designated rest day in Rome, with participants free to do their own thing. At least one of our group members chose to spend the entire day relaxing at the hotel, with the aim of recharging personal batteries ahead of another five days of coasters. Others chose to be proper tourists and planned routes taking in as many famous sites as possible. The Norwegian contingent hired a car to visit ten different small parks around the city, finding six coasters and ticking off five. Megan and I chose to hedge our bets, using public transport to visit the Colosseum and Palatine Hill before joining a large group heading to four different parks. Megan will no doubt blog about the famous sites at some point; I'm going to concentrate on the coasters!

 

Baby Park

23rd August 2015

Baby Park is located about ten minutes walk from Bolognetta on Metro Line C, an under-construction line that began partial service in November 2014. Connections to the other two Metro lines are planned, but the projected completion date has slipped several times due to construction delays. At present, therefore, the best way to this line is to walk between San Giovanni and Lodi, a clearly signposted journey of around ten minutes.

The park consists of a coaster, bumper boats, swings, and not much else. Brucomela (#2152) had the sliding door system seen at Fantasiland but was otherwise a generic model, with a standard train and a bright red apple. The ride operator seemed bemused at a large group of adults descending en masse, but was more than happy to take our money.

Baby Park

 

Oasi Park

23rd August 2015

The closest station to Oasi Park is Giulio Agricola on Metro Line A. However, the disconnect in the system right now meant that we chose the alternative option of Parco di Centocelle on Line C, roughly twenty-five minutes on foot from the park. Readers of a nervous disposition should be aware that the route from here passes a large number of facilities protected by very noisy dogs; if you don't like being barked at you might want to make other plans!

Oasi Park is officially open from 09:30 to 20:00 on Sundays. However, we discovered on arrival that Mini Mouse wasn't due to open until 15:30, which was a potential stumbling block given our tight schedule. With fifteen people in our group however we were able to sweet-talk the manager into opening it for us. He then tried to refuse payment, but we wouldn't let him!

 

Eden Park

23rd August 2015

Eden Park is located roughly two hundred metres from Battisini on Metro Line A, and can be clearly seen from the station exit. The park is very small indeed, with just a handful of rides anchored by another Brucomela (#2153) with sliding doors and a cartoon house in place of the usual apple. Other attractions included bumper boats, a carousel, and a frog hopper.

 

Parco Morelli

23rd August 2015

Parco Morelli is some distance from the Metro system, and while it can be reached by a mainline train the nearest station is about thirty minutes away on foot. We followed the recommendation of Google Maps, taking Metro Line A to Valle Aurelia before switching to bus route 31 towards Laurentina, which brought us to the park in just twenty minutes.

Tour de Paris (#2154) was both the smallest coaster of the day and the most ornate, with a figure eight track wrapped around a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower. The backflash had a hand-painted version of the Arc de Triomphe placed directly beside Notre Dame de Paris and an illuminated Moulin Rouge sign, and the station was decorated with place signs from all around the city.

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Baby Park

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