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The park reopened this weekend. Ride to Happiness isn't scheduled to open until the summer (likely July 1st), but we have a closer look at the ride now. A good video:

 

 

It gets surprisingly close to pathways, and in its own right looks fantastic.

 

Still not convinced this is the best thing for Plopsaland, as it really does completely change the dynamic of the park. Presumably that's the point, but I'm not quite sure it works for me.

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The ride itself looks really good tbf!

 

I'm planning a little road trip to include this when it opens which so far includes (likely in this order too):

  • Plopsaland
  • Walibi Belgium
  • Bobbejaaland
  • Efteling
  • Toverland
  • Movie Park Germany
  • Phantasialand

Any good'ns to add or any you'd suggest missing out?

 

Cheers all!

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46 minutes ago, TPGG said:

The ride itself looks really good tbf!

 

I'm planning a little road trip to include this when it opens which so far includes (likely in this order too):

  • Plopsaland
  • Walibi Belgium
  • Bobbejaaland
  • Efteling
  • Toverland
  • Movie Park Germany
  • Phantasialand

Any good'ns to add or any you'd suggest missing out?

 

Cheers all!

 

Bobbejaanland is bit rubbish (although it's 6 years since I visited, so can't comment on Fury), although it's convenience within that trip is hard to deny. 

 

Walibi Holland isn't too much further away from anything you're doing really, and with the likes of Untamed, Lost Gravity and Goliath, you get a huge bump in quality. Another one worth looking at is Bellewaerde - not huge and no must-do big rides, but a nice little park with a nice zoo to at least do once at some point, and again, not far from that route.

 

In any case, that's still a very solid trip with some very good parks and rides. Just down to taste (and cred counting if that's what you're into) whether you include or ignore the likes of Bobb, WalHol and Belle.

 

As a little aside: that's a bit of a weird route for a road trip, no? How are you planning on getting to/from mainland Europe? If you're getting ferry/tunnel, you end up having a long drive from Germany back there.. Might be worth considering turning it into a loop to make the drive times smaller?

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Another cool video: 

 

 

If you look round the 2:20 mark, you see that the cars get an induced spin on the first launch track section, and it's quite a starting spin!

 

Time Traveller at Silver Dollar City has this as it leaves its station (into a vertical drop), and apparently these Xtreme Spinning Coasters are capable of having this induced spin on any straight sections. Something to remember in case any more of these rides pop up I guess

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57 minutes ago, Mark9 said:

Interesting. A few of the Time Traveller videos discuss how they control the spinning to slow it down. This one just based on this video alone seems far more spinny.

 

Apparently this does have that ability, but they currently aren't using the the 'dampers' to control the spinning yet.

 

There have been test riders now too, and the plan is to see what feedback is from them - and probably from the masses when the ride opens - to see how dampened / controlled the spinning will be. In that case, it might mean that the ride experience is very different to how these comparatively early tests look.

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