After leaving Walibi Belgium around noon we reached the Plopsa Coo in Stavelot about 1 ½ hours before the park’s closure. We parked nearby the parking lot right next to the main street, saving the horrendous fees.
After we finally found the pay desk in the middle of the park, we quickly bought the wristband using our Fort Fun Abenteuerland annual pass, so that we saved 50 cents in comparison to the afternoon ticket price.
The Plopsa Coo amusement park consists of two areas, the really nice area at the waterfalls and the rather ugly area behind. Past various children’s rides that have all been embellished by a TV series of studios 100 – no matter how inappropriate this actually is – we headed for the park’s first roller coaster, named Coaster.
This hill sided roller coaster features the MK700 series trains, like the ones you can find on the (R)evolution at the Belgian amusement park Bobbejaanland. The coaster simply can’t be bad. After the train has left the station, the train directly approaches the lifthill of the ride via a small right-handed curve. Once at the top, there is a right-hander in which you slowly take on speed. Via an up and down motion, we approach a lower level. Via a straight slope the train gains a lot of speed, before the first curve change takes place. After a long uphill helix another wavy right-hander follows immediately. The highlight of the ride is a relatively high descent, which then leads its way over the park’s log flume. Shortly after, the station is reached. The coaster was not quite what you would expect from this kind of roller coaster. Although the layout is actually quite nice, it is relatively boring and always features a long waiting time.
Next to the Coaster you can find the entrance to the log flume Maja Splash. Apart from the downhill shoot at the end of the ride and some figures of the children’s series Maya the Bee, there is no noteworthy highlight. Slightly disappointed we went on with a ride on the polyp to pay off our wristbands.
In the front area, the highlight of the park can be found. As Vicky the Ride is actually a really good roller coaster, it overshadows everything Plopsa Coo offers. This was also recognised by the many families that were visiting the park. Due to the popularity, you have to wait slightly longer for a ride.
After some time we could finally board the ride vehicle. After a small curve, the lifthill directly follows. Once at the top, a short right turn sets the car into rotation before the long descent begins. In a Immelmann turn, you change direction in a magnificent sloping position. Once again in a higher position, you pass a hairpin bend which puts the ride vehicle into a pleasant spin. This spin is kept alive during the following downhill slope and the adjacent uphill helix. Via some hills, we approach the station of the ride. Right next to it, we slam the brakes. A short time later the rotation is locked and you can exit the ride.
Vicky the ride is a great spinning roller coaster. The ride looks pretty wild from the outside but rides itself rather harmonious. Especially compared to spinning roller coaster by Maurer Söhne, where the transitions between the individual track sections usually come unexpectedly, the Gerstlauer version is more smooth. With the intense spinning Vicky the ride can keep up with the master class of Sonic Spinball of the English theme park Alton Towers and Dragon’s Fury of the English park Chessington – World of Adventures.
The Plopsa Coo is not a park where you would actually stay for long. Although the park features a nice portfolio and is more or less well themed, it does not offers the whole package of a fully sizes theme park. With a visit to the adjacent wildlife park and a ride on the chairlift up to the observation tower on the mountain, there is enough to explore on a great summer afternoon in Belgium.
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