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Hey wasn't sure if this deserved it's own thread or not since I'm not sure I'll write a follow up report or anything but I was planning on visiting Walibi Holland in August, honestly I don't know much about the park (though I've heard it compared to Thorpe Park in that it's more about the big thrills than family stuff in a lot of ways) and I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on visiting there or anything (best days to visit or what I should go on first etc)

 

I'm looking forward to trying Robin Hood since I've never been on a wooden rollercoaster before and Goliath looks quite fun too, I haven't really been to any international theme parks before (well I went to Disneyland Paris when I was young but didn't ride anything and can hardly remember most of it) so it'll be interesting to see how it compares to UK parks.

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That's cool, yeah I hear Goliath is pretty great so I'm looking forward to that, looks like it'll be a good fun day out there at least.

 

I heard online that they don't have areas to keep your bags in before you get in a rollercoaster, I know the website recommends all day lockers but is there no option before you go on the rides to put in a safe area like thorpe?

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I honestly don't remember, but I would say just pay the price of a locker. The Dutch are so friendly, so just ask a member of staff when you get there and they'll help you out I'm sure! :)

 

Plus I think a locker was less than 10 euros, and there is a small deposit for the key I think.

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Thanks for the advice, it's more my girlfriend who is worried because she wears glasses to get around and can't keep them in a locker, but I guess we will just have to see how it goes.

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Hey I'm back from the Netherlands and thought I would share my experiences at the park, I'm not exactly an expert in terms of terminology and specifications when it comes to rides and that sort of thing (which is why I initially didn't intend to write anything about my trip) so I guess this will be just a few general impressions of my thoughts on the park.
 

Firstly I thought it was a really nice area, the park in general looked well maintained and had a freshness to it's theming(like everything looked new and well maintained, I couldn't really tell which rides were the recently opened ones and which were the older ones for the most part) though there were the occasional spots of wear and graffiti that comes with all theme parks. It was a nice area too, lots of plants and trees and such make up a lot of blank spaces between rides, it was pleasant to just sit among the trees in the more quiet areas and enjoy the surroundings, a lot more green than some of the UK parks I've been to (though I'm guessing that's mainly due to it's location which is pretty out of the way of anything)
 

The layout of the park could be a little confusing at times to be honest, though they seemed to know that and tried to combat it with lots of sign posts to the various attractions, but since some of the pathways could be quite winding an arrow pointing vaguely in one direction wasn't always helpful. That being said the park itself was pretty enough that it didn't really matter and the queues were never really a problem (the longest wait was for the log flume) so there was no rush and the park was small enough as to allow you to take your time when getting from area to area.
 

Anyway here are my impressions of the rides, we managed to go on most of the big attractions apart from Speed of Sound which we decided to skip
 

Xpress Platform 13

I loved the themeing on this ride, you start off indoors and walked through an abandoned train station that eventually becomes more and more twisted (literally for some of the corridors) there was a creepy train conductor on the way and dark passageways to venture through before getting on the ride itself (which involved stepping through some seemingly malfunctioning doors) I'm guessing the ride has a lot more actors to jump out as you make your way through the station in more busy seasons and at Halloween since there seemed to be plenty of spots where they could have popped out though there were still some scares to be had as you walked through even without them, due to sound effects and various other little touches. The ride itself was a lot of fun and a nice smooth experience, though the initial burst of speed that starts the ride can feel a little forceful they do a good job raising tension before launching you around and the track was exciting and gave you nice view of the park. The only complaint I had was the ending, I thought there would be some sort of final scare but there was just a confusing scene with a broken train and some fire, I mean it looked kind of cool but I'm not sure what was really supposed to be happening.
 

El Condor

This was a pretty rough ride, I spent most of the ride getting my head rattled around so much so that I could barely pay attention to the track, though the park seemed to recognise this since the restraints were heavily padded to at least make it so it wasn't painful. This was probably the least smooth one of the bunch, I was expecting a feeling similar to flying (due to the bird theme) but this certainly wasn't that, still I don't mind rollercoasters being a bit rough so I still enjoyed it and the totem poles and trees in the area looked nice too, though I'd pick this one last to go on if you are planning a visit to Walibi since it's not exactly unmissable.
 

Robin Hood

I was a bit nervous about this one (though Goliath freaked me out significantly more beforehand) since I'd never ridden a wooden rollercoaster before and this one featured lap bars (one of the only other rollercoasters with lap bars that I have ridden was thirteen and that always gives me an unpleasant feeling in my stomach, though I didn't experience that on either of these so I guess it's just that ride that does that to me) I ended up really enjoying it though, it's a rattly old beast and it isn't the smoothest of rides, but the sounds and rush of it all was a fun experience, I loved the look of it too, perhaps just because I've never seen a wooden one before but I was just impressed by the craftsmanship out of making such a thing out of wooden (which probably sounds a bit silly to say)

 

Goliath

Honestly this was probably my favourite ride of the day, the first drop is just breathtaking and so forceful and overwhelming without ever feeling uncomfortable. It was probably the least themed ride of the big ones (though there is a big sign but nothing apart from that) but the scale of the thing speaks for itself I guess. It's tucked away right at the back of the park for some reason but if you visit make sure you don't miss this one out.
 

We went on a handful of other smaller rides too, el rio grande was a neat little rapids and they had a mini rollercoaster for kids called Drako which randomly featured a single small train as the central theming despite the rest of the ride's decorations being unrelated and the carriages themselves being well themed, but those were the main things of note. Overall it was a great day out and a fun little park, well worth a look in my opinion (though my knowledge of parks isn't as well versed as some of the people on this forum so I'm guessing your mileage may vary)

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I went there in 2006, and have to say, back then El Condor was actually the smoothest "off the shelf " Vekoma SLC's I have ridden. As a matter of fact it's actually the first one they built.

We enjoyed Goliath so much, they let us have a few more goes after the park had shut, as we were camping on site anyway. I keep on saying on here, why can't merlin get a normal, airtime filled, no gimmicks, no inversions. Something simple, but a lot of fun.

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Big old bump since their 2016 coaster is causing a bit of a stir (mostly as NOBODY KNOWS A THING)...

 

They've teased a few images via Snapchat:

 

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Now, whilst a lot of people assumed that as a result of Mack testing a Spinning car on Blue Fire, it was going to move onto this... HOWEVER, the spinning coaster in China has one catwalk, whilst this has TWO, with that first drop looking suspiciously like a Dive Loop of some form...

 

Could this be Mack's first Wing-Coaster?

 

The plot thickens...

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Judging from the photos, it is very difficult to pick up much in this coaster, but if it turns out to be good and I mean really good, may true get here soon as. Heck a return visit to Efteling may even be fastracked in the process.

I don't know where this park is though in comparison nor how easy it is to get to however.

 

edit- well I looked clever here didn't I  :rolleyes: 

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Judging from the photos, it is very difficult to pick up much in this coaster, but if it turns out to be good and I mean really good, may true get here soon as. Heck a return visit to Eftelubg may even be fastracked in the process.

I do t know where this park is though in comparison nor how easy it is to get to however.

 

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Ooooohhhh, wing rider style coaster - did not see that coming!

Feel like this could be in a similar vain to Intamin's wing riders (Skyrush) than B&M's ones. Not that that'd be a bad thing.

Also the marketing points to a theme similar to that of Smiler's. Nice.

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I don't know. I know a couple of dutch people who live in the local area who have said there's NO chance that it'll be a spinner, however it wouldn't surprise me if it had a double catwalk and was a spinner as the things are a pain to evacuate with just one...

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Really liking the look of that drip so far and the miss mash of colour scheme is interesting to say the least. It's amazing how only recently we've been starting to see and learn of what this coaster might be.

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Oooh, interesting. 

 

It's a bit more than an inverted top hat, but not quite a banana roll.  Whatever sort of coaster this turns out to be, it's sure going to be full of surprises!

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I think Mack must have been sniffing glue when making this ride because that isn't an inverted top hat but a normal one with the weirdest banking I have ever seen!

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I'm more intrigued by this then even Taron, it just looks mad!!!

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Double post but Walibi Holland has confirmed on their twitter that this ride is called...

LOST GRAVITY

I think it's a good name me :)

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I can imagine a 4d winged suiting that name, with the sort of forces something like X2 puts you through. And I mean proper guided 4d, not those stupid Zacspin things that flop about of their own accord.

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