Next we came past the Freefall Tower, which we did. It was quite a wait also, like 25 minutes. We got to see that video tape loop over and over in which a famous German TV guy (can't remember his name) was explaining to a group of girls how they had to behave when riding the tower.
The rest of the day we made fun of how this guy welcomed the guests ("Wilkommen in der Xszszxszszzzone") and how he tells the girls to leave loose items on the floor of the tower ("aber zuerst heißt es: Auspacken! - ??hä? auspacken?" "but before we can proceed we need to unpack"-"??unpack??").
The tower itself is one of those get pulled up - drop down - rides. I like drop towers better that have some kind of program to them. This one is short and a little boring, and I find the unexpected drop situation not particularly enjoyable. Terror itself is not really fun yet - EGF is pure fun, but the Free Fall definitely lacks some of that.
We had some lunch (food is surprisingly cheap at Holiday Park, we payed around 7-9 Euros for a meal).
After lunch, we took a walk around to see what else Holiday Park had to offer. We found an actually disturbing ghost-train themed like an old castle. This ghost train is one of those endlessly revolving trains that have infinite capacity, so.. no queue. The scenes displayed were scenes from supposed medieval times when prisoners were mistreated in the dungeons of the castle - there were depictions of people being tortured, chased after by dogs, starved to death, and all kinds of other bad bad things that might just have been inspired by images of current events happening in Iraq.
There was also a scene were a woman was pulled over by a laughing fat guy - obviously to have non-consensual sex. And then there were some loose depictions of the 7 deadly sins -
somehow, even though this was supposed to be a ghost train terrifying for kids, it's absolutely sickening atmosphere actually scratched the border of being terrifying or adults, too, even without any artificial blood on display: The distorted figures and faces of the tortured and the torturers with all the hopelesness and darkness around them still lurk in my mind.
Next, we went on Donnerfluß, the first river rapid ride to open in Germany sometimes in the 80ies - it had a 45 minute wait. The ride itself is rather short. It has a nice slope at the end where the floats gain some speed, and a fun thing is that the water splashes all happen in places where you wouldn't expect them, but in general, I have been to better whitewater rapids-type rides than this one.
Next we did "Super Wirbel", the classic Vekoma coaster that used to be one of the largest coasters in Germany at all until not too long ago. I was warning everybody that it could be a rough experience, which it indeed turned out to be. I really wonder given the fact that Richard Rodriguez was establishing a first coaster record on this one back in the 80ies, how on earth he managed to keep his spine healthy. I mean, I almost had a whiplash from riding it only once.
The layout is not too bad. It has some airtimy hills before the classic double corcscrew hits, followed by some helixing. EGF is not visible from SuperWirbel, maybe a good thing as this coaster would look really dwarfed in comparison. Nevertheless, I had thought about SuperWirble for most of my childhood, so I needed to go on it - no matter how rough it might have been.
Next on the list was "Teufelsfässer" another whitewater ride, this time the type where you sit in a treetrunk like float.
This had the longest wait of the day, but it turned out to be a real suprise success because of it's "mystery" middlesection that took us by surprise.
I'm not going to reveal much here. The last drop of this ride is the tallest I have ever seen on a ride of this type, and we got so soaked from it that it took the rest of the day to dry.
After riding this, I suddenly understood why the park is selling raincoats everywhere - you may ACTUALLY NEED ONE on this ride :) This ride is the insider tip if you're going to Holiday Park and looking beyond EGF.
Then we did the Pirate Ship swing ride, which is so innocently funny - just great - people enjoyed that so much.
One of these rides must be in paradise.
We then turned back to the queue of EGF.
This time, the queue was much shorter. It seems like once the first wave of visitors has brushed by EGF and has gotten lost in the rest of the park, the queue on EGF becomes much shorter during lunchtime and the afternoon.
This time, we decided to go for the front row. Right before we were getting on the loading platform, loading stopped, and people were ropeing off more seats - Obviously because the seatbelts had become weary- This was somewhat scary, as they sent emtpy trains around and did load one train, but before they launched it, made everyone get out again and roped off more seats.
They made us wait for about 30 minutes for that procedure, and the line had grown again all the way to the entrance.
Anyway, I got to ride EGF in the front seat after that, and it's a very fun feeling how the first car slowly crawls down the fist drop and then being pushed down the slope at full force all of a sudden. Great airtime on the first seat going up the hills. You really feel like conquering the whole thing all by yourself.
After two more laps on EGF, in a crazy mood we went on "Anno Tobak" a silent boat ride that takes you on a virtual tour though Bavaria and Austria back to Germany along some of the weirdest theme-park themeing I have ever seen - it was partly like the strange ghost train, partly really grotesque - maybe small kids don't mind as much? Someone must have had all those phantasies - really weird - and yet, also "German Classic".
Next we tried to catch a performance of the "Mega Effect Show Fiasco Barocco", in a theater with a stage filled with water.
There was laser projection on a curtain of falling water - a nice effect, but the sound was not very audible against the noise of the falling water.
After a while, it became apparent that the main character was obviously missing - either one of the projectors or lasers must have been broken, the actor have become sick, or well... the performance itself turned into "fiasco" of another kind like I hadn't seen one in a long time - people were booeing as they left the theater in dismay.
Somehow, I must say that the creative art/design department of Holiday Park could use some more care. Some of the themeing of the ghost train, the "Anno Tobak" boat ride and this theatre production seemed a little odd.
But in the end, this had no chance of ruining our otherwise great day - and EGF can get a smile on my face anytime!
So, if you go to Holiday park, ride EGF as much as you can handle, go on the "Teufelsfässer" ride and do the rest as you wish - but take people with you to keep the wit in the queues!
My day was much better than this report probably makes it seem. I have a "Twicket" to prove it!
I had a great day, and a very special one because EGF made me fall in love with it just the way that I expect it would - (like many other people I guess who's screams of joy resonated throughout the park)
*** Edited 9/5/2004 3:25:56 PM UTC by superman***
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