The Revo-Rama discovering Phantasialand! (video)


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From Paris to Phantasialand’s Hotel Lin Bao in Bruhl, Germany

After having visited some of the best theme parks in Europe, including Efteling which is one of our favourites, our theme park fan friends advised us to check out Phantasialand for the quality of its theming and attractions. The park is just beginning to communicate in French (for the Belgian market initially) and is situated in Brühl near Bonn and Cologne, which is quite a long train ride from Paris. But it would take more than that to put us off, and we really wanted to spend a few days this summer in the Hotel Lin Bao, with its Asian inspiration.

Our arrival at the park in the shuttle (which was free despite what was indicated on the website) was very disconcerting. Between the minimalist entrance and the hotels directly on the roadside, it’s far from what we are used to from other parks.  Parks generally have a big area of grounds around them, if only to create a buffer zone and protect the locals from any inconvenience and to organise the car parks and entrance. Phantasialand is cruelly lacking in space which, it appears from the articles that we have read, may be the reason that it has not developed in the same way as Europapark for example (it opened on April 30th, 1967 and has 33 attractions). The “imagineers” had to be extra creative.

However, once inside you’re in another world with an attention to detail that can be sensed as soon as you step into the hotel. The Lin Bao was designed along the ancient principles of Feng Shui. The greeting, in English, is impeccable, and the whole building and the bedroom have a restful atmosphere. We were even lucky enough to receive a visit from the local mascot and had a swim in the pool. An entrance to the park leads directly to the Asia land, enabling you to prolong the theme experience (I can imagine that it’s the same for Matamba which leads directly to the Africa land). The only small problem was the restaurant which didn’t take the theme far enough, and lacked clarity in the different menus: sometimes drinks are included, sometimes they aren’t…

Come with us to check-out Phantasialand’s Hotel Lin Bao in this episode of the Revo-Rama!

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Public transport to get to Brühl and Phantasialand

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Public transport to get to Brühl and Phantasialand

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The shuttle from Brühl to Phantasialand

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Phantasialand’s Hotel Lin Bao

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Our bedroom in the Hotel Lin Bao

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Phantasialand’s Hotel Lin Bao: Buddha.

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View of Phantasialand’s Hotel Lin Bao.


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The pool at Phantasialand’s Hotel Lin Bao.

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View of the Bamboo restaurant from the pool at Phantasialand’s Lin Bao.

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Bamboo restaurant at Phantasialand’s Hotel Lin Bao.

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Fortune Cookie at the Bamboo restaurant in the Hotel Lin Bao.

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The dragon from Phantasialand’s Asia land visits us at breakfast. Each land has its own dragon.

Phantasialand: A charming park, full of surprises from Klugheim to Alt Berlin with a trip through Deep in Africa.

While we had a few equivalents to the Fast Pass (1 per day and per person which is not a lot), we didn’t really need them, except for some really popular attractions like River Quest. The queues during our two-day stay weren’t very long (or maybe we’re just used to Disneyland Paris…) and waiting 30 minutes for Maus au Chocolat didn’t seem excessive. However, we could have done without waiting 90 minutes for TARON. Phantasialand’s star attraction is a multi-launch roller coaster (imagine Rock’n Roller Coaster gaining speed during the ride), doesn’t have any time saving coupons, which is a real pity.

We were surprised by the park’s layout. While the theming is ever present, the attractions seem to be built on top of each other. RAIK crosses paths with TARON, and you go quickly from one land to another which makes it hard to get your bearings at first. Klugheim is really nice, Deep in Africa is a bit short despite its Black Mamba, for us the Wow effect came from Alt Berlin, the German capital in the 1920s. It’s a bit like Main Street USA with a two story carousel at one end and flying chairs at the other, and finishing up with a really fun interactive scenic ride: Maus au Chocolat. We’d love to have this instead of Ratatouille at the Walt Disney Studios. However, the characters in the happenings were a bit disconcerting between the soldier and the fake baby in its cradle…

Follow us for a guided visit of Phantasialand in this video episode of the Revo-Rama!

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Acrobat show at the entrance to the Phantasialand Asia land.

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Feng Ju Palace: The Phantasialand madhouse.

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A giant Budha in the Asia land at Phantasialand.

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RAIK, a roller coaster in the Klugheim land at Phantasialand.

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The magnificent TARON, a roller coaster in the Klugheim land at Phantasialand.

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Colorado Adventure, a Big Thunder Mountain type train.

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Chiapas, Phantasialand’s log walk way.

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Chiapas, Phantasialand’s log walk way.

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Black Mamba, the Phantasialand inverted Coaster (like Oziris) in the African land.

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Off to Alt Berlin.

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Sometimes you can see the road from Phantasialand.

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View of Alt Berlin and its superb carousel.

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Dampfkarussel, Phantasialand. Superb impression from the park entrance.

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Alt Berlin appears like Main Street USA at Phantasialand. Berlin in the 20s.

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Hôtel Tartuff, the Laughing palace, is a funfair type attraction which you don’t see often in theme parks. A great idea.

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At the other end of Alt Berlin we found the flying chairs (Wellenflug) with water features.

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Our favourite attraction: the interactive Maus au Chocolat Dark ride (a great mix between Ratatouille and Toy Story Mania)

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The Maus au Chocolat seen from above.

Phantasialand is clearly a full day’s work. If you’re coming from France, you may as well stay a few days and take your time to enjoy it all without having to rush.

The one thing we regret is that the park’s new focus on thrill rides seems to be, with the exclusion of Maus au Chocolat, at the expense of the dark rides which could do with a makeover. The Madhouse was really disappointing and they’re missing other experiences like a Flying Theatre, 4D/5D cinema, simulators… for a bit of variety.

I’m sure we’ll go back again, but Phantasialand is missing something for it to be our dream park, and it certainly wouldn’t dethrone (in Europe) either Disneyland Paris or Efteling. Europa Park is different again with so many attractions (over 60).

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The Maus au Chocolat cuddly toy. We think this is the real mascot.

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Upcoming attraction. More thrills with a Flying Coaster called F.L.Y

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Winja’s Fear & Winja’s Force. Dual spinning roller coasters (a bit like Crush Coaster)

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Wuze Town

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Wuze Town

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Funky lampposts, far less magnificent than the ones in Efteling.

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Phantasialand Alley.

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River Quest, rapid river with a lift and several drops.

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Mystery Castle: Bungee drop tower.

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Talocan: a “Suspended Top Spin” with fire and water features.

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The French in German theme parks is always a bit vague.

So what do you think of Phantasialand?


About Pascal Kammerer – Freelance Journalist, Videographer and Connected project manager.

English : I created this blog in 2002, followed by the Le RevoRama channel, I am also a 38-year-old father. As a true journalist, and a self-taught videographer I strive to write moderated and sincere articles respecting both the topics and the readers. Founder of the Rêves Connectés limited liability company, I have 20 years’ experience as a Project and Web Project Manager / Community Manager. You can find more information through these links leading to my portfolio and my Curriculum Vitae. As a freelancer, I am available to work on your projects. I love to write and to share. I am passionate about new technologies, the “connected”/customer/user experience, web and mobile projects, community management, e-commerce, storytelling, medias, culture, family entertainment and theme parks, tourism and everyday life. Feel free to contact me, whether it’s about this blog or for any other professional project!

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French : Créateur de ce blog en 2002 et de la chaîne Le RevoRama, je suis aussi un papa de 38 ans. Véritable journaliste et vidéaste autodidacte, j'ai à coeur d'écrire des articles mesurés et sincères, à la fois respectueux des sujets et des lecteurs. Fondateur de la SARL Rêves Connectés, j'ai 20 ans d'expériences comme Chef de Projets et Produits Web / Community Manager, vous trouverez plus d'informations sur ces lien avec mon portfolio et mon Curriculum VitaeFreelance, je suis disponible pour vos projets. J'aime écrire et partager. Je suis passionné par les nouvelles technologies, l'expérience "connectée" / client / utilisateur, les projets web et mobiles, le community management, le e-commerce, le storytelling, les médias, la culture, le divertissement familial et les parcs à thèmes, le tourisme ainsi que la vie citoyenne.

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