The weather forecast this morning made for fairly grim reading, but despite that the locals were out in force at Parc du Bocasse. Furthermore, each of those queueing to purchase tickets seemed compelled to discuss their life history with the long suffering staff, resulting in a ten minute wait despite the two cashiers on duty. On reaching the front it took me just ten seconds to purchase my ticket, and about twenty more to walk to Speedy Gonzales (#1554). The new coaster occupies the empty site shown in my previous trip report, and is surprisingly energetic given its size. It makes a superb addition to what was already a great family park.
With plenty of spare time in my schedule I decided to return to the Train de Mine. Much to my surprise this ride was really going for it today, providing a much more intense experience than I remembered. The various direction changes sent me flying across the car, and by the middle of my second lap I was hanging on for dear life. To describe the rides as brilliant does an injustice to the word, and better yet the complete absence of a queue allowed me to enjoy my own private exclusive ride session, which lasted right up until the rain started.
2nd August 2010
New this year at Dennly's Parc is Nitro (#1555), a unique design by Preston which features a möbius layout and two lift hills. Today it was being operated in a rather strange fashion, with all six cars being loaded at once and dispatched around both halves of the course. With parallel track segments one might have expected the cars to race, but the dispatch interval wasn't quite right for that to happen. Having said that, this ride only opened to the public last week, so perhaps it still needs some fine tuning.
Furio was running well today, even if it wasn't quite up to the standard set by the mine train at Parc du Bocasse. With the coasters completed and time to spare I decided to ride the Ferris Wheel in the hope of getting an overhead shot of Nitro. This proved to be completely impossible, as tall trees block two thirds of the sight line.
2nd August 2010
Bal Parc is a recent addition to the enthusiast radar, having purchased its single roller coaster second hand from Mer de Sable. The newly renamed Montagne du Dragon was repainted in a striking yellow colour upon its installation two years ago, though based on its appearance today it hasn't had any attention since. The experience was exactly what I'd anticipated it would be, but then one Super Nessi is the same as any other. The rest of the park was aimed at a younger audience, with the only major ride being a full size pirate ship.
Parc Les Poussins
2nd August 2010
My last stop today could only be described as indefensible credit whoring. Parc Les Poussins is a park geared entirely at children, with no adult rides at all. A single ride ticket for Pomme (#1556) cost only marginally more than the ten minutes of parking required to grab the credit and run!
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