Packing for my New Year holiday

Packing for my New Year holiday

I’m heading off to Gardaland and Europa Park this Thursday to see in 2020 – my first time abroad during this period. It’s certainly going to be a new experience for me having always stayed in the UK and avoided booking travel during the Christmas holidays. There’s a lot of things I am looking forward to experiencing including Europa Park’s Winter Season event and my first ever visit to Gardaland. So what exactly am I packing for my New Year holiday?

I am travelling with RyanAir using hand luggage only. Sounds like an impossible task right? Not really if you plan well when it comes to your clothes and toiletries. Not gonna lie, I’ve travelled using hand luggage for various trips to Europe in order to save costs on luggage, and sometimes travelling light can save you a lot of hassle. Whilst some people might wonder how I do it – whether through the fact I am a woman, or some people might call me crazy in general and can’t fathom the thought of travelling hand luggage only. I’m here to tell and prove to you it can be done.

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So what exactly am I planning to take?

Before I even start getting the suitcase open and chucking clothes into it, I actually plan out my outfits for each day of my trip. This not only helps me to avoid overpacking but it actually helps when I am out travelling. Ever feel stuck trying to figure out what outfit you want to wear each day? You won’t have that issue any more! I will write down my list using the Notes app on my iPad. With this trip in particular, there’s going to be lots of theme park days so obvious choices will be t-shirts, leggings, shorts/skirts etc.

Mix and matching outfits is the key part to packing light with hand luggage. I also have a few evening meals planned so nicer outfits are required, whether that is a nice top paired with leggings or a nice dress with tights. Ensuring outfits are easy to fold and don’t take up too much space, like thin cotton t-shirts or dresses, will really help to ensure you can take the basics with you without weighing down your case.

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Top Tips:

#1: If you can make some outfits split into multiple uses like transitioning from daytime to evening, this can really help with space.

#2: Packing cubes. If you haven’t used these before, buy some from Amazon – they are not even that expensive, but please give them a go. They have changed the way I pack my suitcase for any future trips. They really help to utilise the space in your case better – ideal for hand luggage trips.

#3: Having a designated travel outfit can really help avoid overpacking. Wearing bulky items when travelling will save you lots of space in your case – this includes hoodies & coats.

#4: Toiletries & make-up? Try to take the bare minimum and avoid anything that is liquid based. That 100ml limit and one liquids bag can be a pain in the arse but you can make it work – stick with eyeliner pencils, lipsticks, powders etc.

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My packing list as follows…

Clothing

  • T-Shirts x5
  • Jeans/Jeggings x1
  • Shorts/Skirt x2
  • Leggings x1
  • Dresses x5 (Including NYE dress!)

Layers & Necessities

  • Underwear x9
  • Bra x1
  • Thermals x1 (Top & Bottoms)
  • Tights x2
  • Socks x4 (Thick socks mostly cause who wants cold feet when walking around a theme park?)
  • Scarf, Hat, Gloves
  • Leather Jacket (Evening purpose)
  • Superdry Jacket

It’s pretty basic but it’s amazing how I can fit 9 days worth of outfits in my carry-on suitcase without going over the 10kg from RyanAir. It’s not magic, it’s practical and sensible packing!

Have you travelled abroad only using hand luggage?

How do you pack? Do you create a list?

Do you shove everything in and hope for the best? What works for you?

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, see you all in 2020!

That’s all for now!

Lottie xoxo

September Holiday | Trip Lowlights

September Holiday | Trip Lowlights

So I may have written about my highlights to my September road trip last month, which you can read here. I don’t want to put a downer on what was a fab holiday. I feel the need to write down my thoughts on the disappointments during my trip. We visited some brilliant parks. Some of which were new to me and have been on my list of MUST VISIT parks. I was left feeling somewhat disappointed and wanting more from them. Just thinking about it makes me want to groan. So let’s crack on to my September Holiday trip lowlights below.

Movie Park Germany

I didn’t have high expectations for this park. I thought I was going to have a decent day out here at least. Sadly, the weekend we visited the park it was also the Nickelodeon Slime Fest event. This meant the Crazy Cops Stunt Show was not running. GUTTED! I don’t really understand how a park that should have some standout rides (except for Van Helsing’s Factory & maybe Star Trek to some extent), can have some truly bad rides.

Yes, I’m talking about Bandit. It was SO bad and it’s been re-tracked. Dear god, I dread to think how bad it was before. I’ve never done a woodie that makes you rattle out of your seat so much. This made the woodies in Blackpool seem smooth. The John Cleese dark ride was laughably bad and insanely rough. High Fall, I’ll write about below. The general theming around the park looked great. We were lucky enough to see their Halloween theming too! I was left feeling marginally disappointed. I’m not in any real rush to return unless a decent cred is built in the near future.

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Spiteful SLC

MP Express at Movie Park Germany. CLOSED. Okay, this may be out of the park’s control. However, I have to include this in my lowlights. Any avid cred counting enthusiast knows being spited by a cred is not great, especially during a road trip abroad. I didn’t know whether to feel relieved or annoyed being spited by an SLC. On the one hand, I wanted to tick off all creds at the park. On the other hand, I’ve heard MP Express is one of the worst SLC’s out there. Maybe with the exception of Condor at Walibi Holland. I suppose this gives me a reason to return to the park for their Halloween event. Hopefully, I won’t get spited!

Bobbejaanland

The park was bland. It had bland rides, except maybe Fury. Honestly, it felt odd and uneventful. That is the best way for me to describe Bobbejaanland. I spent a total of 4 hours here. That was to tick off the 8 creds and experience some of the attractions around the park including Indiana River. It’s an Intamin log flume so just expect you WILL get wet. I don’t really have much to say about this park. There’s a pretty lake in the middle of the park and the new Land of Legends area looks pretty damn sweet theming wise. Other than that, it’s a basic park that reminds me of a creation I would make in RCT. If I had to rank the parks in order of my favourites, this would be at the bottom.

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High Fall, Movie Park Germany

Before I begin, I want to say that as I’m writing this (Saturday 21st September), my arse/tailbone is still sore from this monstrosity of a ride. I’ve had people tell me this wasn’t a nice drop tower. I bloody hate the things anyway. So why did I do this?! I always give new drop towers I haven’t done before a one time ride. BIG REGRET. High Fall shouldn’t exist, at all. For a stand-up style drop tower, this hurts. The forces as you lift from your seat during the descent, before you slam back into the hard plastic seat from the late brakes, makes you question how it’s still running. Whilst you get some fab views of Movie Park Germany and surrounding areas, I don’t think this was worth it. If you are visiting, don’t do it.

Loud school children

I know I have a low tolerance for children at the best of times. Why do school children on the continent feel the need to SHOUT to all their friends, everywhere they go. I’ve experienced school groups here in the UK. They are not nearly as loud. I understand that kids are super excited to go to theme parks for their school trips. Believe me, I loved the end of school year theme park trips I did! However, kids don’t need to shout across a ride station. Especially when their friends are literally feet away from them. It annoyed me slightly since I wanted to enjoy listening to the music of Fenix‘s station, and I couldn’t with the station being filled with kids from all directions. Maybe I’m just destined not to like kids at all ha!

These are only the main lowlights as all in all. The holiday was fantastic and I wouldn’t change it for the world. However, not all holidays are perfect. Sometimes your expectations get soured due to park availability or painful rides. Or SPITE. Sometimes you gotta let the bad things pass and focus on all the positives.

That’s all for now!

Lottie xoxo

 

Favourite Water Rides

Favourite Water Rides

‘Flowing through Rapids, whooshing on a Dinghy, coasting on a water coaster, these are a few of my favourite things…’

Deary me, sorry for getting slightly musical there! Following on from my Favourite Log Flumes blog post, I thought I’d write about my favourite water rides. There’s so many types of water ride out there that I’ve decided to just make one list on here. Along the way, I have travelled to a fair few theme parks and there’s been a few water rides that have really caught my heart. They are the perfect way to balance out attraction line-ups at any theme park and with it being Summer right now, great for the hot sunny weather.

As I started writing this, I thought the list was going to be short and sweet. And it has grown quite massively so I have had to keep things rather brief before I bore you too much. So, let’s crack on with my favourites! Note: These are not in any particular order.

Valhalla | Blackpool Pleasure Beach

This ride. Everyone knows Valhalla. If you don’t, you are not a true geek. I’m torn between loving this ride and hating it purely for the insane wetness levels that is achieved. And for a place like Blackpool, it just doesn’t seem to be the best place for such a soaking wet ride. And I don’t really believe there has ever been a person who has managed to come off ‘bone-dry’, even ponchos don’t keep you safe! Pack some flip flops, protect your bag and possessions (or find a locker!) and just immerse yourself in the experience and brace yourself – YOU WILL GET SOAKED!

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Journey to Atlantis | SeaWorld Orlando

This ride is certainly an interesting one. Part dark water ride, part water coaster. I love the theatrical elements of this ride within the dark ride section. As the rides name suggests, it is your journey to the mythical land of Atlantis, which has a few secrets of its own. Now, I haven’t been on this ride since 2015 so I know the storyline has changed away from the ‘evil Siren Mermaids’ who trick you whilst on your journey. I personally did like this element but can understand this might have been quite scary for the children. Anyway, this ride is great – especially the fun little coaster section towards the end of the ride!

River Quest | Phantasialand

You haven’t experienced a good rapids if you haven’t ridden River Quest. It is EPIC! I won’t be giving out spoilers simply because you need to experience the ride to find out the wonder and surprises in store. The theming around the ride is incredible, just like the whole park tbh. But River Quest has that special beauty about it that makes us geeks praise it so much. You MUST ride this when you make a visit to Phantasialand, just prepare yourself for a soaking.

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Pirates of the Caribbean | Disney Parks

I enjoy this ride very much. Just having the ‘Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me’ soundtrack playing is enough to get you in the mood. I also enjoy the DLP version as it has that super cool interaction with the Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates or formerly known as The Blue Lagoon restaurant. As you travel through the seas, and encounter a variety of pirates along the way, you could be in for a splashing time! A must-ride at any Disney park – I mean, hello, Shanghai Disneyland’s version just looks out of this world.

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Traitor: Boat Ride to Hell | The London Dungeons Tooley Street

I did write a blog post last year about what I missed from the Tooley Street, click here to read, and this attraction is on that list. The first time I went on this ride, it was truly terrifying. The natural darkness of the railway arches that housed The London Dungeons just made this ride even more scary. Plus, as you travelled through Traitor’s Gate, and upwards towards the drop before returning to earth, backwards. As a kid, you’d be very scared – unless you were a tough cookie in which case, props to you!

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Waschzuber-Rafting | Erlebnispark Tripsdrill

The one thing to note about these Rapids, they are hard to find! You could easily miss these if you didn’t know they were around. And it is honestly so worth doing as they are not only crazy, but such fun to ride. You have a potential to get wet, as you do on a Hafema Rapids – just look at River Quest. Although this ride doesn’t have the same crazy, steep drops as River Quest in Phantasialand, they are just as good. Make sure you don’t miss out on riding these.

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Jungle Cruise | Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

I love, love, love this ride so much. If anything, the gags will make you crease up laughing every time – even if they can be bad at times! Learning about the history of this ride, the jokes and gags were not a part of the original ride in Disneyland California. It was a more educational ride through the ‘jungle’. I’m so glad they added jokes in as it becomes a light-hearted attraction that is fun for the whole family.

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Krokobahn | Familypark Austria

I’m laughing to myself just thinking about this ride. You’d think that the staff would say, 1 adult per boat, since you know, this is a mini flume ride. Let’s just say that the operator wanted to have some shits and giggles, watching 2 adults ride this flume ride. Yes, the boat was struggling to carry us along. Yes, the lift hill creaked like crazy as we travelled up it. Yes, we got stuck at the bottom of the drop and had to use our body weight to drag us along. It was bloody hilarious and if you ever have a bunch of friends with you, give it a go. You will get soaked too.

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Popeye’s & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges | Universal Islands of Adventure

There’s not really much to say than in the Florida heat, this is a very much needed ride. Basically, wear your swimming gear underneath your clothes, bring a pair of flip flops and embrace the wetness. No matter how many times I have ridden these rapids, I have always come off soaked – even more so than the likes River Quest – and that is saying something.

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Jurassic Park River Adventure | Universal Islands of Adventure

Like Jurassic Park? Love Dinosaurs? Love a water ride? Then you’ll love Jurassic Park River Adventure. It starts off a gentle ride that looks fun for all the family, and with the classic Jurassic Park theme playing, you are taken away from reality and into a different world. And these sorts of ride that are immersive are what I love and want in a theme park! But wait, all is not as it seems as you travel further into the depths of the ride and something seems a bit amiss. You never know, you might see a mighty big T-Rex…

Grand Canyon Rapids | PortAventura

Ever get bored of the Rapids in the UK? Well, you’ll be in for a good treat when you try out these rapids. They are fast moving and will get you wet – perfect for that Spanish sunshine. This was my first real experience of trying out a rapids in a foreign country and my god, they make our UK rapids laughable – yes, I’m looking at you Rumba Rapids!

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Special mention to… Wildalpenbahn at Wiener Prater

I didn’t ride this (and yes, I wish I did now!) but let’s just say, watching your friends spin like crazy and hearing their ‘screams’ from the top… it’s an interesting experience in itself.

There’s plenty on this list that have given me some very fond memories. What are your favourites? Are there any I have missed that’s worth a mention? Let me know in the comments below.

That’s all for now.

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Waterpark Wish List

Waterpark Wish List

Following on from my favourite water parks blog post, I thought I would compile a list of water parks that are on my wish list to visit. There’s so many fantastic water parks all around the world, and since I love to travel, I’d love to go and explore these places! As I said in my previous water parks post, a water park can be a great addition to your holiday planning. It is the perfect way to break up your trip and enjoy a new adrenaline rush away from rollercoasters.

Let’s crack on with my waterpark wish list…

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Siam Park | Tenerife

This has been top of my list for quite a few years. Having never visited Tenerife before, even us theme park geeks need a chill holiday from time to time. And with the bonus of Siam Park, there’s plenty of reason for me wanting to go. With so many attractions available and watching all the vlogs on YouTube just makes me crave a trip here even more.

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Aquaadventure Waterpark | Dubai

I mean, it says it is the ‘best water park in Dubai’ – don’t need to be convinced anymore now, do I? And from the photos and videos I have watched of this place, I can see why everyone wants to go.

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Tropical Islands Resort | Germany

I believe I have got the right name for this. Honestly, I just want to see what it is like since it an indoor water park, inside an airship hangar. That is purely the main reason for me wanting to go.

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Rulantica @ Europa Park | Germany

Okay, it isn’t open yet, but I must include this on my list because it will be open in 2019. I cannot wait to return to Europa Park and explore their new theme park. It will be the perfect addition to their resort and following the construction is making me even more excited.

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Volcano Bay | Universal Orlando

When this was announced, I just knew that this would be a must-do when I return to Florida. Seeing the photos of this place and watching, once again, more YouTube vlogs, I just had to see what all the attractions are like. The volcano centrepiece in the park is just, INCREDIBLE.

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Aquaadventure Atlantis Waterpark | Bahamas

Now, I remember seeing this place in a film from the Mary-Kate and Ashley days. If you have ever heard of their film, Holiday in the Sun, then you will know exactly what I am on about. As a kid, this place that became a bucket list item since I was a young girl. And to this day, it is still very much on my wish list! The slide, Leap of Faith, that goes through the shark tank is so fab, but daunting at the same time!

Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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Yas Waterworld | Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Basically, if I’m ever making a trip to Dubai/Abu Dhabi, this will be on my list of places to visit. Plus with a name like ‘Yas Waterworld’, makes it so fab.

These are just some of the water parks on my bucket list that I really want to visit! It won’t be a surprise if this list does grow in the future as I discover new parks that I want to visit – and maybe find myself a money tree that can help me to travel more than I already do… One can dream. Are there any water parks that you think should be on my list? Let me know in the comments below.

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Favourite Log Flumes

Favourite Log Flumes

In light of Tiger Rock opening at Chessington a few weeks ago, I thought I’d write about my all-time favourite log flumes (that I have ridden so far). I am not as well travelled as other enthusiasts but I’m sure I’ve been on enough to make a small list of favourites, both current and past log flumes.

I don’t know what it is about log flumes, but they are so fun to ride and should be a staple at any theme park. The drama and anticipation of knowing who is going to get a ‘soaking’. Or the magic and beauty of theming to add to what could be considered a bland ride on its own. Everyone loves a good flume, young and old. So, let’s crack on with my favourites…

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CHIAPAS DIE WASSERBAHN | PHANTASIALAND

I get excited just talking about this ride, and those who have ridden it or visited Phantasialand in the last 4 years will know why. The area of Mexico is transformed into a colourful plaza, filled with the intoxicating theme of Chiapas created by the musical geniuses, IMAScore. I’m not going to lie, as I’m writing this, I’m listening to this soundtrack. I bloody love it! Anyway, back to the ride itself. In general terms, it’s a damn good log flume ride that can at times give you a bit of a soaking but in my opinion it’s worth it. The transitions in some parts of the ride are mental, that sideways turntable, how quick does it need to push you across? There’s the indoor section with the crazy but catchy Templo Di Fiesta theme. Oi Oi Oi Oi! It is visually stunning – like, so stunning you can’t stop staring at it. Especially on a hot Summers day when you are practically immersed into the land of Mexico. I could talk about this ride for ages! Go and ride it, now! And buy the soundtrack… you know you want to.

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DUDLEY DO RIGHT’S RIPSAW FALLS | UNIVERSAL ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

The one thing I love about Florida water rides is that because the climate is so hot and humid, you don’t care about getting a soaking. This ride does just that! To be honest, you don’t really need to understand the story line on the ride – well, at least that’s what I think. As you twist and turn throughout the long layout, both inside and outside with a few drops added in, it’s very much a case of when is the next soaking? I love this ride and will always be a firm favourite at Islands of Adventure.

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SPLASH MOUNTAIN | MAGIC KINGDOM, WDW

My bae. My love. I still remember going on this ride when I first went to Florida in 2002 and I bloody loved it. The soundtrack ‘Zip – A – Dee – Doo – Dah’ is fun and cheerful, and a good sing-a-long for the whole family. I always love Disney animatronics, especially with the likes of Br’er Rabbit and his friends. Almost makes you wonder how much care and maintenance is required for a water ride mixed with the furry animatronics. This is why Disney is so visually stunning and their rides kept in tip top condition. This ride is similar in concept to Dudley Do Rights Ripsaw Falls, where the ride travels indoors and outdoors of the ride building. I love this idea of mixing both indoor and outdoor elements on a ride, giving riders a chance to not only be immersed in the experience, but at the same time, get the best of both worlds with the fresh air and sunshine (or rain, depending on the weather, especially in Florida!)

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BADEWANNENFAHRT ZUM JUNGBRUNNEN | ERLEBNISPARK TRIPSDRILL

Oh, Tripsdrill. You are a one of a kind park. So much so that you have created a flume that is about the ‘Fountain of Youth’ and includes nudity. When I first went on this ride, I had an inkling that there was going to be some ‘boobs’ involved but I didn’t quite anticipate how many. Essentially, this flume is a journey to the fountain of youth, in a bathtub flume boat. Like with the rest of the park, it is a fun ride and something not to be missed whilst visiting the park. Plus, there is the added element of G’Sengte Sau twisting above as you travel around the ride, adding to the ride experience. I always praise parks that have rides interacting with each other.

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LOGGERS LEAP | THORPE PARK

My first ever memory of Loggers Leap is that first tunnel and drop. Going into the unknown and then before you know it, down the first drop that did get you quite significantly wet! Travel towards the edge of the park, and say hello to the ‘Canada Creek Railway’ as you pass by, then it is the big climb up towards the big second double drop. One thing I always find with these kind of drops is the airtime, I used to fly out of my seat if I didn’t hold on! RIP Loggers Leap. You were a good, fun ride at Thorpe.

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FLUME RIDE | LISEBERG

This ride isn’t anything special in terms of layout in my eyes. Just your standard Arrow log flume ride that has some interaction with rides in the area including Lisebergbanan, and a large lift hill – you can wave at the Operators in their Op cabin on the hill! It’s the multi-drops at the very end of the ride that I remember so well and is why I enjoy this ride. If you have ever ridden this log flume at Liseberg, you will know and understand what I am talking about. The second to last drop has an extra mini drop. It’s so random and unique from your typical log flume drops, that why I love it! Plus, if you have a full boat, prepare for a soaking!

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TIGER ROCK | CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES

Of course, I must make a mention to the beautiful newly rethemed area of Chessington, Land of the Tiger and Tiger Rock. It is stunning! The interaction with the tiger enclosures is perfect for this ride. As you meander through the land, it is exactly how I want a log flume to be at a theme park. A good length log flume that interacts with a whole area of a park. The tunnel has special surprises in store for riders – Spirit of the Tiger awaits you and you can’t deny the Tiger head rockwork above the final drop is the icing on the cake to a beautiful ride and area. The ride itself, on its own, is basic with a small first drop into the tunnel and a large final drop but with the theming, it is a whole new experience. It’s fits in with the ride line-up for Chessington as a whole.

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DE BOOMSTAMMETJES | PLOPSALAND DE PANNE

I almost forgot to add this one to my list! I only have vague memories of riding this log flume back in 2013 but with the ride being a simple layout with two drops and a themed station area, it’s worth mentioning how fun this ride is. Again, there is ride interaction with ‘Draak’, the Mack powered coaster, which is always a plus for me when it comes to log flumes. I love how simple the layout is and how the area being overgrown adds to the ride area – never really knowing what is around the next corner.

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BACKSTROKE | TOVERLAND

Ever seen a turntable on a lift hill? Nope, neither did I until I first visited Toverland in 2013. I love how for a very family friendly theme park, the queueline and exit area is pretty much right next to the trough. You could literally touch it! Then there’s the fact that the ride doesn’t have bends at the corners, once you climb up the second lift hill, there’s a second turntable that turns the boats to the outdoors drop. It’s a incredibly fun and cute flume ride for the park, with a both an indoor and outdoor section. Highly recommend if you are visiting Toverland.

Feel free to check out the POVs for each ride – of course, if you don’t want spoilers then avoid watching them!

What are your favourite log flumes?

Are there any I have missed out that is worth mentioning?

Leave a comment below!

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS

My Favourite Woodies

My Favourite Woodies

Since us UK geeks are getting incredibly excited about the Wicker Man opening next weekend (although some have been lucky enough to ride it already!), I thought I would dedicate a blog posts to the other woodies I have ridden. My first real memory of woodies was back in 2002 when I went to Florida and rode Gwazi… yeah, that ride was interesting to say the least. Now that I have ridden a good few woodies that are absolutely great, here’s a list of my favourites.

 

Wildfire | Kolmarden Zoo

My babe! This ride is just fab and you really need to get yourself to Kolmarden just for this. Wildfire ticks all the boxes for me. The inverted zero G stall element is my favourite part of the ride, quite simply for the fact I was like “What the hell?!” when I first rode it. The ride has everything you need for a thrilling coaster that is fun for all the family and I think the on-ride photo above proves that!

 

Troy | Toverland

This used to my all time favourite woodie before Wildfire came along, but you cannot deny that this is still a favourite among the theme park community. I heard great things about this before I even ventured to Toverland in 2013 and yep, it did not disappoint. The sheer speed of the ride is enough to keep me wanting more – especially if its a hot day.

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Tomahawk | PortAventura

Awwww, Tomahawk was a beaut to ride. I can’t really explain why I prefer this over Stampida. I think it’s the fact that the ride is so fun to ride and you got some real good airtime!

 

Joris En De Draak | Efteling

Joris is another favourite of mine, not quite at the same level of Troy and Wildfire in my opinion but I won’t turn down a ride on it when visiting Efteling. For some people, they do rate Joris over Troy. For me, Joris is more family orientated and with the racing element, it adds to the fun of the ride – especially when you are on the winning train!

 

Twister | Grona Lund

Grona Lund is insane enough with the whole compact nature of the park but Twister… Despite the fact that it doesn’t look like much, I really enjoyed the ride! Don’t be deceived into thinking it won’t be thrilling because of how small it is, honestly it is worth the queue! Plus, you might find a few recognisable images of woodies in the queue line.

 

White Lightning | Fun Spot Orlando

Go to Fun Spot on a quiet day and you can just re-ride White Lightning. Those bunny hops give you plenty of airtime – like seriously. I honestly would return to Fun Spot just to ride White Lightning again.

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Wodan | Europa Park

Okay, I have to say that I have ridden Wodan when it was running ‘slow’ and didn’t rate it highly. However, like with all coasters, when they have been operating for the whole day and if it’s been a hot day, Wodan pretty much packs a punch. I didn’t think it was going to show me that it can be just as good as Troy but it did. Don’t judge the ride if your first ride is slow, wait until the end of the day and it may just surprise you!

 

Megafobia | Oakwood

Probably one of the most iconic woodies we have in the UK (or Wales to be exact) at the moment. I can now see why all the geeks rave about this ride, especially as John Wardley designed it too! Back row is insane on the ride, I just wish it was closer to home so we could all give it more love.

Despite not being a huge lover of woodies, I have ridden a few that have shown me that they can be fun and thrilling. Maybe my early memories of Gwazi put me off for a while! Here’s to next weekend where I get the chance to ride The Wicker Man. Hope to see a few of you there!

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS