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Phantasialand Improvements for 2018

Discussion in 'News & Rumours' started by CSLKennyNI, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. CSLKennyNI

    CSLKennyNI Well-Known Member

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    Not sure. Personally I'm not keen on the idea as I quite like the style of the current Chinese area. But I guess they may want refresh things, and perhaps the Tibetan theme ties into whatever replaces Geister Rikscha (or I have seen a suggestion that maybe Colorado Adventure could be incorporated and rethemed to the Himalayas).

    Did a bit of research. The symbol on the banners is called an Endless Knot, also known as a Tibetan Knot, and is one of the 8 symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. Hmmm, starting to think this might be more than a coincidence.
     
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    Yeah I think you're right. Good detective work! I really liked the traditional Chinese theme of that restaurant, and the whole area tbh. Maybe they just wanted a change. They do say though, if it's not broken, don't fix it! I am confident it would still be nice though as it will be phantasia standard.
     
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    It seems odd that they've taken the building down this early? Unless the area on the Rookburg side is going to be so jam packed by the end of the year that it wasn't feasible to leave it until then.

    InB4 maybe they're planning on opening it later this season
     
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    The Berlin street building? I think they are simply just getting a head start. Already creating the access point there now means one less thing to do next off season. The current temporary wall between Rookburgh and the Wuze valley will eventually have to be replaced by a permanent wall/buildings for sound proofing and to divide the themed areas. That will be quite a big task that will have to happen in the next off season, so I imagine then they will want to concentrate all their efforts on that. (Especially if they want to open it for the start of the 2019 season)
     
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    New update from Phantasialand's blog: https://phantasialandblog.de/huettenbau-nach-mass-in-africa/

    The African Huts
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    A small African village high up on sun-bleached rocky outcrops. From the hustle and bustle at the foot of the mountain rousing drum rhythms and happy conversations arise. On the summit, on the other hand, there is serenity - until the Black Mamba suddenly brushes very close to the thatched round buildings. So close that it almost seems possible to look inside at the inhabitants.
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    What has emerged in our Africa theme area could well be the home of a traditional African tribe. Detailed round huts have found their place on the newly designed rocky landscape. Small windows, cracks in the façade, seemingly caused by heat and humidity, and elaborate ornaments on the walls make it easy to imagine that someone actually lives up here.
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    With such effort and what finesse the rock experts of Universal Rocks created weather-torn, sand and sun shaped mountains in our theme area "Deep in Africa", so to accompany their work and in order to make the fascination and the history of the African continent even more tangible, we have in the truest sense of the word added something extra with the specially made thatched roof huts. And we are guided by traditional African construction. In the real Africa itself you can often find these practical thatched round buildings. They are made for the climate there. The special roofs help to keep the heat out, so it's always pleasantly cool indoors.
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    These robust huts are made from logs and weather-resistant dried reeds. And for the expert handling of this unusual building material, we have relied on master carpenter Marcus Jütten. The challenge for him already started with the procurement of the special material. In northern Germany, much is still being worked with reeds today, but the demand is so high that the German farmers can not satisfy them. On the German island of Sylt many roofs are still covered with dried reeds today. The thatch for our African huts had to be brought in from China, via Kiel, to Phantasialand.
    According to our design templates, Marcus Jütten created the thatched roofs in his carpentry workshop in the Eifel. The dry stalks must not break and at the end have to form a closed "ceiling" on the roof truss of round timbers. Marcus Jütten then takes care of the final touches on site. He ties ropes around the thatched roofs and punches the last trunks. Driven laterally into the thatch, they look as though African tribes had actually put their hands into making their huts even more stable and stable.
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    Then custom work is required. The roofs have finally to their ancestral place, high on the weather-beaten rock landscape. A big crane heaves up the specially made unique pieces where helping hands receive them. Marcus Jütten still trims the reed here and there until it fits snugly on the round buildings. After the last corrections, it seems that our African huts have been rooted for decades in the weathered rocks they stand on.

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    The small village on top of the impressive mountain in our Africa can be seen from afar. And the closer you get, the more details emerge. Like the original African masks that line the walls of our theme hotel Matamba. Or the fence on a ledge, which is supposed to protect the inhabitants of the hill village from falling. A world of its own has arisen up there, inextricably linked to the big and small changes in Africa that you can experience on your next visit to Phantasialand.
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    My god. I honestly love Phantasialand. This is going to look absolutely stunning once finished, I'm just so happy they're going all this work!
     
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    This turned out fantastic! Can't wait to see it again next year!
     
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    I assume flying into KolnBonn is still the cheapest way to get the park? Asking for a friend...
     
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    A press release about the new season has revealed a few more, so far unknown, changes that have happened in the park. Also it gives details of the offer they run that if you visit between 24th March and 30th April you get a free entry ticket for any day during the summer season, except July and August.

    - Around Chiapas they have renewed all the plants.
    - The Waffle Bakery in Berlin has been redesigned and modernised. A new recipe and 10 new toppings have also been introduced.
    - Next to the Waffle Bakery will be a brand new small barista cafe called 'Lilli's Café'.
    - The renovations of both of Hotel Ling Bao's restaurants also sees new food offerings from all over Asia; to take guests on a culinary journey from China via Thailand and Vietnam to Japan. For the first time there will be live cooking on a wok and teppanyaki grill.

    Sadly not the same angle but a before and after of the Africa rockwork.
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    Continuing my "detective work" PhantaFriends.de user Herr Aquarium has researched the new decorative elements. While some elements are generally present in Buddhist Asian areas, but when brought together they all have a particular region in common...
    He put together these comparisons with Tibetan buildings.
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    Not sure if we are starting to read into it too much but its intriguing after that rumour last year.
     
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    Yeah, fly to Cologne, take the train to Cologne central, then a short train to Bruhl. Once in Bruhl you can hop straight onto the PL bus :)
     
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    Holy :emoji_poop:, that looks like a completely new attraction. Absolutely brilliant work.
     
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    I was a bit unsure of the new rock work for Mamba, the colour in particular, when I was it over winter. But seeing it complete, I'm sold, I love it. It's just stunning! <3
     
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    They're known for their attention to detail so I wouldn't be surprised if it was spot on. It certainly looks like a bit of a retheme eitherway, just from the look of it, it has a different feel to it.
     
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    Epic. The place is so impressive.
     
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    It seems really strange that they would rehteme the entire Chinese section. I remember reading an article that said it's the owners' favorite area and that they received a Chinese Cultural Medal for it since it features the most Chinese buildings in a single area outside of China.
     
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    Off the back of improving the moblie phone signal across the park Phantasialand is this season introducing an app.

    https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/phantasialand/id1320768629
    The app has only just appeared on the German Apple store this morning. An android version is yet to be released. And presumably they will make it available to other countries soon as well.

    Yesterday in a new blog post the park shared an interview with the choreographer of the park's ice dancing show.

    Video in english:


     
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    The 2018 park map on the app reveals that the entrance to River Quest has not changed.
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    After last year when the park themed the transition between Klugheim and China, they carried out the external theming work for the new entrance from Klugheim itself (so you would no longer enter it from the China square). They shared the concept art for the eventual new entrance but no timescale was given, however it was assumed that the new entrance would come this year. However this seems not to be the case.
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    To connect the new entrance with the current queueline a bridge needs to be built over the trough below.
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    Whether it was simply always planned to come at a later date (maybe as part of the China Town refurbishment project?) as it isn't priority for them, or has been delayed for budgetary or some other reasons is unknown. The park's official line when asked about it for the past year is simply: "Just wait and see. #StayCurious."
     
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    If they had only ever intended to move the River Quest entrance there at a much later date, then they would have just built what they have already built and just not put that "River Quest" sign on that one bit of wood and so we'd not even be talking about it!
    So it seems that they intended to move the entrance there but have not because of something unplanned that has come up (budget/time/whatever).
     
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    Damn, I regret the entrance isn't moved yet. Well, next prediction is 23/03/2019.
     
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    I'm moving to Bruhl
     
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