Movie Park Germany
27th July 2004
This park was known as Warner Bros. Movie World Germany at the time this trip report was written. The ride names from that time have been left in place in this report.
Nine months ago my travels brought me to Parque Warner Madrid, a clean and bright park filled with thrilling rides. As such I was particularly looking forward to more of the same, and a bright blue sky seemed the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, the only thing this park has in common with its Spanish cousin is its name; Six Flags policies could be found all over the place, and there were no decent rides whatsoever. Our morning began with an exclusive session on Wild Wild West Bandit (#310), the parks wooden coaster. It was only good manners that made me ride this three times, and indeed by the time we left the session there were very few people hanging on for more. Most had chosen instead to stand in the line for Eraser MP-Xpress (#311), the second (and last) SLC of the trip. Once again my darling brother became the only person in the club to enjoy it; at some point I will need to introduce him to a B&M inverted so he sees what the ride might have been.
The third coaster of the morning was amazingly the most violent yet. Lethal Weapon Pursuit Cop Car Chase (#312) was originally designed as a twin track duelling coaster, though the park generally only runs one side of it presumably to save money. The first half of the layout was moderately bumpy, albeit nothing unmanageable. The inline twist, however, was acutely painful thanks to the awful restraint design. Even Andrew complained about it, which says something.
Only true credit whores would wait half an hour to ride Coyote's & Roadrunner's Achterbahn Backyardigans Mission to Mars (#313). The ride at least looked good thanks to its mountain theming, but the train was shuddering a surprising amount for a ride that peaks at just over twenty miles per hour. With that done, we had just one remaining credit; a standard Mack wild mouse called Tom & Jerry's Mouse in the House Ghost Chasers (#314). Though a production design this managed to be the best coaster in the park, purely because all the rest were truly awful.
Having never ridden one before, I dragged Andrew over to The Wild Bunch, an Intamin Floorless Tilting Gyro Drop. As the name suggests this is a drop ride, albeit one where passengers are harnessed in a standing position while straddling a bicycle saddle type seat. This was to be blunt not suitable for the male anatomy. I was expecting a rather abrupt stop at the end of the ride, but I wasn't expecting the climb to the top to hurt too. Once was quite enough; the drop itself was fun, but the rest of the experience was far too painful to be enjoyable.
Worse, the staff operating the ride insisted that I remove my glasses despite the fact that they were firmly secured. Once again we have a Six Flags Moment. It was obvious that I'd attached them firmly, not least because it took me fifteen seconds to undo the strap. In short, I rode a painful ride while suffering from restricted vision due to a stupid rule enforced by a belligerent ride operator. I thought this was supposed to be fun? For the record, I have worn secured glasses on over three hundred roller coasters (including five at this park earlier in the day) and more than a dozen giant drops. Thank you very much, Six Flags...
The last ride we had time for was the Never Ending Story rapids ride, which defied the rest of the park by actually being worthwhile. A large portion of the ride was fully enclosed, making this my first experience of an indoor rapids ride. This didn't stop a well timed splash of water from drenching me, generating a loud word of particularly unparliamentary German. One of the other passengers in the boat enquired, in heavily accented but perfect English, if that was the only word of German I knew? I admitted as much, and she was highly amused. Next time I visit a country I'll try to pick up a small amount of basic vocabulary in advance (though I'll still start with the colourful metaphors!)