Papea Parc has expanded significantly since my last visit just two years ago. The first change to catch the eye is a new entrance, which is now at the edge of what was the hostel car park; the old parking area is now within the park boundaries. Though there's nothing much to see there as yet, some landscaping work was in progress today; presumably it will look more presentable in the future. The back end of the park has also seen substantial expansion, with a number of new rides as well as two new coasters.
Roller Coaster was moved here from the now defunct Geauga Lake, and it takes pride of place as the largest coaster (for now) in the park. Its new owners have painted it in a rather striking shade of blue, which managed to look just fine despite some rather dismal weather in the background. This expenditure on appearance has sadly not been extended to the Petite Chenille (#1519), an unpainted Big Apple with a totally uninspired design on the front board which might as well not be there. It does at least ride okay, but a little bit of decoration really wouldn't hurt.
With the new credits out of the way, I elected to go for a quick lap on the Papea Express even as the sky began to get darker. As it was, my timing was close to flawless; I'd just made it back into the station when the heavens opened. Rather than get soaked I decided to abandon the park in favour of the shelter of my rental car.