European Amusement Park Help Needed

Friday, November 2, 2001 1:40 PM
I need help with trying to find amusement parks near London and Paris.  I hope to be going on a trip over there in late March and would want to hopefully visit a few parks close to those cities.  I need to be able to access them with public transportation.  Are the parks over there open in late March (Easter time)?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Friday, November 2, 2001 3:16 PM
Go to www.rcdb.com and than on the navigation bar there is something that says "By Location and Distance". Just click that. But you need to know the zip code of the regions you'd like to go.

Or, you can click the "Tree View" and that should be self explanatory from then on. Hope it helped!

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Friday, November 2, 2001 5:51 PM
For parks near Paris, I can help you.

Near Paris, 2 parks are easily accesible per RER ( the Paris suburb trains system ).

Disneyland Paris has 3 rollercoasters. The best Big Thunder Mountain, which is built on an island and features 4 tunnels. Its very long ( 4 minutes ride! ) and is overall a fun coaster.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril... Backward! ( Indy for short  ) is an Intamin/Pinfari looping twister. Pinfari supplied the track, Intamin the rest. The trains were turned backward last year. It is a very short ride ( 1400 feet of track ) and the loop is too tight and very uncomfortable. The trains are also pieces of junk ( 3 rows of 2 per car, 2 cars per train, 6 trains at a time on the ride!! ). It is also the less popular coaster in the park ( a 60 minutes wait for it, while Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain got 90+ each! )

Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon whould probably be your best reason to visit the park. It is a  huge metal mountain in the middle of Discoveryland ( the name of Tommorrowland in DLP ). On one side, you have the huge "Columbiad" cannon and the station, you enter on the other side. The waiting lines goes right through the middle of the ride, where trains speeds all around you. The ride uses dual loading stations and can run 5 trains at a time, giving a capacity of 2400 an hour! The ride last 2:18 and features a synchronised soundtrack pumped through an onboard audio system. As for the ride itself, its has a launch on a slope using a catapult ( 0-40 mph in 1,8 seconds ), followed by a sidewinder, half corkscrew and the unique "tongue" element. The ride is 3300 feet long and goes up to 44 mph at the end. Its also features another lift inside the mountain. My opinion on it? Not even Tonnerre de Zeus approach it when its comes to total ride experience.

Don't forget all the dark rides and other things...

Also, opening in march 2002, a second gate will open next door, the Walt Disney Studios. Its will feature the Rock n Roller Coaster.

Now for Parc Asterix, it is near Charles de Gaulles Airport and is reached by a coach bus from RER station "CDG-1".

The park admission is 185 francs. The park features 6 rollercoasters.

The main ride is Tonnerre de Zeus, a CCI masterpiece. Featuring a tunnel on its first drop, it is a wild ride from first drop to finish. Back seats are a must! Unfortunately, the staple police tend to spoil the fun...

Goudurix is as rough as they do... Ride it in the front for the view down the front row.

Trace du Hourra is the new Mack Bobsled. You either like it or hate it.

The park has 2 kiddie coasters and Zierer family coaster.

Also, another possibility is to make a 1 day trip to Brussels for Six Flags Belgium. Its only takes 90 minutes from Paris with the Thalys bullet trains.

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Saturday, November 3, 2001 6:45 AM
Trouble is Parc Asterix doesn't open in March, neither does Thorpe Park with the Intamin 10 looper and Chessington with the retracked Arrow suspended Vampire..!! ( both in London area) Most UK/ European parks are open early April, you might get the last couple of weeks in March at UK parks, Alton opens 15th and is well worth a day out from London, about 2-3 hrs drive.....coach trips easily available.

*** This post was edited by colin mcwilliam on 11/3/2001. ***

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Saturday, November 3, 2001 8:39 AM
London - Has two parks, 1st Thorpe with the new 10 looper being built for next year by intamin. about 20 miles south of waterloo is Chessington which is more aimed at children, however the vampire coaster has been updated with floorless cars to make it look like an inverter. If you are coming to England, you have got to go up north to Alton Towers for B&M headquarters (Nemisis, Oblivion and the new flyer Air , and further north to Blackpool for some world famous rides.
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Saturday, November 3, 2001 8:48 AM
www.somecoasters.com is all about Eurpean parks.
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