La Coccinelle20th June 2010
Trying to find the right balance for a trip is one of the biggest dilemmas faced by any unapologetic credit whore coaster enthusiast. It would have been just about possible for me to start this morning at Jacquou Parc, but if anything went wrong then the casualty would be one of the two parks near Bordeaux. If my flight had been one hour later then it'd have been a lot easier, but as it wasn't I figured I'd go for a relaxing morning instead.
As it was, I strolled in the gate of La Coccinelle half an hour after opening, and had a leisurely wander around the miniature farm while I waited for the ride area to open. In due course someone began to spray grease on the track of Train de la Mine (#1519) while test trains were in progress. From the perspective of this observer it seems highly unlikely that the train would complete the circuit without this treatment, as the hills in the second half of the layout were being crested at a speed that could not have exceeded four miles per hour. On board the sensation was little different, with a powerful first drop and turn being followed by an utterly anticlimactic set of bunny hops that would have been great if only they were a little faster.
Kid Parc20th June 2010
Kid Parc is directly next door to La Coccinelle, which would be superb competitive advertising if the reverse wasn't equally true! As its name suggests, this is a facility aimed entirely at the very young; though the web site says under twelve, I'd say under eight is a more realistic target market.
Be that as it may, anyone with a passing interest in amusement park design will be impressed by the appearance of the park, which constitutes a handful of brightly coloured rides spread among an immaculately landscaped garden that really looks the part. The only attraction that is big enough for adults is La Pomme (#1520), my fourth and final Big Apple of the weekend.