Two Mack Watercoasters @ Europa?

Monday, November 29, 2004 5:24 AM
Is there a good reason for this? Next year, the new ride is a Mack water coater. They have Posidon, which looks to be fairly well themed and pretty good, so why another one? If I were a local, I'd be ticked.
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Monday, November 29, 2004 5:58 AM
Maybe they want to be the water coaster capitol of the world. I'm sure nobody has that title, talking about bragging rights! lol :)
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Monday, November 29, 2004 7:20 AM
The new ride is not a water coaster. Mack calls it a super-splash and its supposed to be some sort of a river plunge with a backwards drop. (yawn!)

But I am ticked anyway! I understand that Poseidon has long queues in the summer (and the park sits in the warmest region of germany) on the other hand, the park maintains this stupid politics of "no inversions - we are a family park" while they build ride after ride which soaks mommies permanent wave to oblivion.

It seems they still won´t acknowledge that the massive success of Silverstar has something to do with the thrill the ride is for most people (if you´re not an enthusiast, that is).

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Monday, November 29, 2004 9:27 AM
Given how long I ended up waiting for Poseidon, I think it's no harm at all that Europa is installing something to reduce the queue length for it.

Just my EUR 0.02...


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Monday, November 29, 2004 10:33 AM
Rhetorical: Why do parks have 2 Arrow flumes?
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Monday, November 29, 2004 2:12 PM
Hey, Preachin to the Choir here;).
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Monday, November 29, 2004 2:41 PM
The non-inversion policy of Europa Park is really interesting - most themepark attractions work emotions you might subsume under "vertigo".

Europapark is no different - all rides put the visitors into a more or less out-of-control situation.

As is Sadomasochism in the sexual sense, or violent movies for cinemas, people seem to be entertained by being put into tense, uncomfortable situations.

This double-entendre of entertainment (is it heaven, is it hell?) however is only really accessible for adults. Kids don't really get it, in fact it has been said that kids under the age of 11 don't even understand irony.

That's why some attractions are not for kids - too terrifying, etc.

Coasters on the other hand work with "thrill" and "vertigo" like no other attraction. Even though I don't feel the vertigo much more any longer and enjoy the flying sensations mostly, for most people that's exactly why they come: for the coaster that says who's the boss. There is something awkwardly suspicious about coasters - as if they could only be enjoyed from a rather masochistic perspective.

I guess it's this "indecency" of coaster pleasure that makes Europapark shy away from it. What they don't realise is that they are loosing a whole lot of 20-40 year olds actually do enjoy coaster riding - I haven't been to Europapark in quite some time exactly for that very reason.

*** Edited 11/29/2004 7:42:28 PM UTC by superman***

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Monday, November 29, 2004 3:56 PM
janfrederick's avatar Hmmm...11-year-old not understanding irony? I seriously doubt that!

Too terrifying for kids? I could imagine coasters that are too terrifying for adults. Some fears develop with time. For example, I could imagine a kid who is not afraid of heights grow into an adult who is afraid of heights.


"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza
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Monday, November 29, 2004 9:15 PM
A kid could be fealess until they get on their first coaster. If it is a bad experience for the kid he probably would need to be "re-trained" to like coasters agian. It could turn into a phobia.

That's why my gilfriend is afraid of every roller coaster under the sun. I'm probaly going have to start her on the smallest coaster I can find(like Wally Gator at the local fair, lol). her first ride was I think Dragon Mountian. After that she just can't get herself to ride anything two feet off of the ground. Having never been on Dragon Mountian I don't know what scared so much.

Do you know who should be afraid of roller coasters forever, Fabio! quack, quack, qua-SMACK!

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