I'm not exactly sure what qualifications are required to appear French, other than a predisposition towards obnoxiousness. Whatever the case, my limited franglais proved insufficient to cope with high velocity interrogations launched by two random guests in the car park for Parc des Combes. The old reliable of je ne parle pas le francais deterred number one, though number two was not to be deflected so easily. Enunciating his words slowly and carefully, he asked me if I was enjoying my holidays. Even I was able to answer that one.
The park is located at the top of a mountain, and has a small number of rides of interest to enthusiasts. Deval'Train (#1548) is a standard model roller skater and the sole credit. Beyond that, there are two other tracked rides; a trough bobsled and an alpine coaster. Both of these are fun, albeit too short to justify a trip on their own.
1st August 2010
We arrived at Florida Parc at 12:45, only to be informed by staff that the ride area was closed until 14:00. We elected to go to a nearby restaurant for food, returning at the appointed time. Unfortunately, the wonderful staff hadn't seen fit to tell us that the entire park is staffed by a single ride operator, who runs the various rides in sequence. The coaster is number three on the list, which sounds fine until you realise that number two is a train ride which goes half way around the world. The Grand 8 TGV finally ran for the first (and only?) time at 14:38. Much to our surprise the ride turned out to be very good, building up a much faster speed than appearances might have suggested. There were no restraints at all on the comfortable train, evidence that this was a French ride and not an American one!
1st August 2010
The delays at Florida Parc cost us quite a lot of our planned time at Nigloland, but there was still just about enough time to ride the three adult roller coasters. The new one for us was Schlitt' Express (#1549), a Mack-built mouse with magnetic brakes rather than the more usual car crash at course end. These improved the ride no end; hopefully other models will get these as a retrofit in the future.
Spatiale Experience proved to be more intense than I remembered, though that might have been due to the ride having had all day to warm up. Better yet, the nasty jolts were gone from Course de Bobsleigh, though the throughput on the ride was fairly limited thanks to a blocking problem that prevented more than one train being on course at a time.