Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rockin' to the Power of Three

How much do you love Rock 'n' Roller Coaster? A lot, right? RIGHT? Good. I like it too. It's fast, it's fun, it freakin' rocks to the sounds of a band that I'm pretty sure no one really cares about anymore. But still good! Still good...

I don't believe Los Angeles looks like this at all...

Now, if I were to ask you how many  Rock 'n' Roller Coasters there were in the world, what would you say? Most people would probably say two. Let's count them: One in Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, one in Disney Studios in Paris, and one in the Netherlands.

Wait. What? Let me do this math... Two Rock 'n' Roller Coasters, check. Hollywood Studios? Got it. Disney Studios? Yep. What the hell is this Netherlands garbage? I'll tell you what it is, ladies and germs. The roller coaster's manufacturer, Vekoma, built a third nearly-identical roller coaster at a park that is now called Walibi Holland, previously Six Flags Holland. And the roller coaster itself is called Xpress. (Pfft. Not really an inspired name.)

Xpress. Kinda like a naked Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
But what's awesome about this Xpress is that it's built completely outdoors. I'm not saying that's better than Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, because it's not. But what I like about it, is now I can watch the video on YouTube and get a pretty good idea of what's going on with the track when I am riding Rock 'n' Roller coaster.

Up until now, mu description of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster was something like this: "Okay, you sit there, staring at a black tunnel, nothing's happening. Nothing's happening. Nothing's haaaaOOLY CRAP WE'RE GOING FAST! Okay we went through a sea serpent inversion and now wrrrblglrglbblrjgllblrglb oh we went through a corkscrew and wrrbglghnbrglbrglblglr a donut wrrrblglbrglblrglbglbr and stop." But now, well, see for yourself:


And that's pretty much what's going on on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. I must say, it's not nearly as exciting being outside and no Aerosmith blasting in your ears, but it is fun to see what a Disney ride is like out of its element.