Paris! Because mini breaks are awesome!
With ghostly looking lighting
This is the church in Madeline. Although the outside doesn't look as spectacular as St Augustin or Notre Dame, it is much grander on the inside
View to the Concorde
With a mini version of the tower roof inside the tower roof. ROOFCEPTION
Arc De Triomphe
Was a long way to the top
Worth it for the views though! And, like many things in Paris, free for 18-24 year olds!
Because Mickey is everywhere
IT's just a gorgeous place to walk about
The Grand Palais plus crazy french junctions!
2nd floor of the Tower
Oh yay. The Euros are on. So planned that...
Let's look this way instead then.
Just love the structure of it!
And the football, obviously.
Bridge of padlocks.
Another free attraction for 18-24s
The shpinx. Yup, THE sphinx. He's the one
Thought Milo might have been bigger.
Woo Mona Lisa. This is the pure definition of overrated.
The opposite painting was quite spectacular though
And the hunchback!
Iron Man is also everywhere
The very odd Grand Arch
This view was amazing though! Perfectly straight down to the Arc De Triomphe!
Trying to be artsy at the Louis Vuitton Foundation!
Now no mini break would be complete without some cred hunting!
This was really good fun!
Wacky lift hill
And dual load and offload! This is what these rides can be like. Not Storm Surge.
Surprisingly this purple monster isn't the entrance to the ghost train but more the exit. The ride itself is good fun, some decent scare tactics but nothing to shout home about.
This however was an excellent Mad House. The preshows were fun and the water one was fab. The mad house itself was like others, but cleverly used screens with the motion to make it feel like you were going sideways on a boat at points.
It's Europe so there was of course a boat ride which was one of the better ones I've done
Little Monorail type ride. This village bit you can see here has no rides. A few shops, a meet and greet but it was a lovely little walk through. As were two other sections of the park. It's a real shame Merlin and other parks want to cram rides in everywhere instead of having these little sections. It's nice to just wander about in a well themed area. Makes me sad Haunting in the Hollows isn't better.
Another example here.
With an indoor bit that they used during one of the kids shows as part of the story.
It's the little things that I love about European parks.
Moving on. Goudrix. Not great, not bad.
Looks filthy. Clean it up ta.
Or scrap it.
New for this year is another well themed Disko that can so easily be produced.
Throw in some pyro and water effects and boom.
Nice themed entrance
And you get yourself a relatively cheap but good investment!
There's also a huge Bobsleigh, a bumpy splash thing that just looked painful
A log flume and a rapids which seem mediocre till cray cray tunnel
This pure cred with a good themed queue
This really ugly out of place flat
And the two shout home about rides.
Really hard to photograph as it's hidden, Zuess is a superb woodie. Proper old school with speed, rattle, harsh turns and ridiculous speed throughout.
And then this. Oz'iris! In this photo you can see a little fountain show taking place which had some score from HTTYD playing alongside.
It really is a baby Montu, but better.
It's stunningly beautiful
The station building is amazing
The first drop without the predrop is crazy in back row.
The pacing is superb!
Length brilliant! Forces on point
Indoor queue gorgeous! There's so much more to it than this photo.
The elements of the ride portrayed on this wall for you geeks (not the best photo ever)
And this guy in the middles. Sums the ride up brilliantly. Well themed, but with a sense of humour and fun about it.
Oz'iris, people said when it was being built could it beat Nemesis. Unsure, but it's possibly the closest thing I've ridden that could. I don't think I've quite loved a ride this much in a long time. Definitely my favourite new ride since Manta, and it could beat that. I will have to seriously rethink my top 10 later this year.
Parc Asterix overall is a well themed park with a sense of humour and fun about it. All the staff seemed lovely, efficient, and happy to help. On Oz'iris they were running around unbuckling seatbelts before the train had fully stopped so when the bars were released all belts were undone. I've never seen anything like it. There are a few areas of the park that need work, but that's the case with many parks. Recent investments show they're heading the right way and will no doubt sort out other areas in need. My only real niggle with the park, where's the ride merch??? Loads of Asterix stuff, but no seperate ride merch Park rating: 8.5/10
Next trip: Belgerand Part2