The Revo-Rama off to discover TIMBER and Walibi Rhône-Alpes (video)


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Walibi Rhône-Alpes, a regional park, near Lyon, which has all it needs to become a national destination

Way back in 1979, Avenir (future) Land was opened, and a few years later it became Walibi Rhône-Alpes, when it joined the Rhône-Alpes group. People of my age (the same age as Walibi give or take a couple of months), will remember the Intervilles TV show which transformed the park into a national destination. Unfortunately, the park then went through hard times (it was even taken over by the Six Flags group at one stage, known for its parks in the Americas), like a lot of its peers, and although it got back on its feet, it still has some scars. We’ll never get to see it as it’s no longer there, but there was a Zygofolis Merry-go-round (probably the first park that I visited as a child) for a few years before it was replaced…

(Of the parks that opened #30years ago, @futuroscope is the only one that is + than a mirage or a folly: who remembers #Mirapolis or #Zygofolis? / I remember Zygo.)

If we were to be mean, we’d suggest that this park which is 10 years older has been completely overshadowed by its younger cousin Parc Astérix, with which it has some similarities (besides the fact that they both belong to the Compagnie des Alpes, as do Futuroscope and Musée Grévin). But we’re really hopeful that, like Asterix, Walibi RA will improve with a lot of investment, re-theming and some new attractions for all ages.

We travelled by OuiGo to the Saint-Exupéry airport from where we took a OuiBus which set us down in front of the park. Unfortunately, the travel times aren’t practical which meant that we had to stay two nights at a hotel near the airport. What’s more, we regretted the lack of an official accommodation offer, as we were very disappointed by the Auberge des Avenières, which had been recommended to us. Very different to what we’re used to finding in theme parks. Maybe one day accommodation will be among the park’s projects?

Come with us as we discover Walibi Rhône-Alpes in this video episode of the Revo-Rama!

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The Ouibus from the Airport Lyon Saint-Exupéry. It’s a pity that the time schedules between the TGV/Oui Go don’t coincide better.

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Our arrival by Ouibus at Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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The W at the entrance to Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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Great idea (and essential for our trip): automatic lockers at the park entrance. Very practical!


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The map of Walibi Rhône-Alpes. We didn’t find the mobile app. Which is pretty rare nowadays.

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Merchandising is trying to keep the Walibi musical universe alive through comics and DVDs. Given the deals on offer, it doesn’t seem to be easy. We bought the comic book.

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The new Festival City at Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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The new Festival City at Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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Tempo Attack, 4D cinema re-baptised 3D. The short-animated film was nice with some effects, but the theatre itself was pretty basic. Temporary?

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EqWalizer, the main coaster at Walibi Rhône-Alpes. We preferred Timber.

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High flying chairs? It’s possible with Hurricane. You spin at over 49 metres high.

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The Wailibi Rhône-Alpes drop tower: SkunX Tower for a 55 metre drop.

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Bambooz River. A park without a log ride. Only at Disneyland Paris, right? ?

Since its takeover by the Compagnie des Alpes, Walibi Rhône-Alpes is experiencing the start of its makeover: Timber and Festival City

Since 2006 Walibi RA has belonged to the CDA, a rebranding tentative is underway around new characters. (Very) complicated when they are not well known, they’re neither Mickey nor Asterix. I prefer what they tried with Walibi Smurf in the Lorraine region (now Walygator Parc). At least the characters were already well known which makes a good base to work from. The DVD’s on sale are a sign in themselves, the comic books are (a bit) more interesting.

Some attractions have been renovated to correspond to this new positioning and there is even a new Festival City zone and a 4-3D cinema. Luckily that’s not all as they have added some new high-profile attractions like Hurricane and TIMBER, wooden roller coasters that we really liked. We must add that there is also a wide variety of attractions for the whole family, even if most of them have been seen before, with a special mention for Tam Tam Aventure for its novelty and Aqualibi for fun in the water.

Come and check out these rides through our onboard camera as though you were there, in this video episode of the Revo-Rama! 

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Tam Tam Aventure at Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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Tam Tam Aventure at Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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The good surprise, this interactive musical tour, Tam Tam Aventure. Thumbs up.

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Bamba, another family classic, at Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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Walibi Rhône-Alpes ladybird, the family Coaster

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The Walibi Rhône-Alpes mini farm.

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I love the sign for the Golden Burger, a bit Steam Punky

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Traditional menu, burger and fries (with an Asterix compote, the CDA must buy them in bulk ?)

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The Walibi Rhône-Alpes merry-go-round with its Festival City theme

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Melody Road, the Walibi Rhône-Alpes classic little car ride

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The TIMBER wooden roller coaster, at Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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The Walibi Rhône-Alpes team were really nice and cool with the Go Pro. I hadn’t noticed he was also called Pascal ?

We had two great days at Walibi Rhône-Alpes, and were delighted to get to know this park. While chatting with other visitors we got the impression that they couldn’t understand why “Parisians”, who have Disneyland Paris and Parc Astérix, would be bothered to come here (you’d never hear that at Futuroscope).

For sure, while there are some really great attractions and suitable for the whole family, a lot have been seen before. However, the park’s friendly atmosphere, the reasonable queues, the good weather and Aqualibi (before it gets mobbed each day) did their job. We’ll undoubtedly wait a bit before we go back, and hopefully find nicer hotels and park shuttles (we took a Taxi for around 15 euro per trip, but we had to find it ourselves…). New attractions are coming over the next few months, one of which is a bit similar to Efteling’s Baron:

“In 2019, for the 40th anniversary, the park will receive a new Infinity Coaster type high thrill attraction, built by the German specialist Gerstlaüer! 575 metres long, the future attraction will take its passengers for a tour at over 85km/h with a dizzying 31 metre drop!”.

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The next high thrill attraction at Walibi Rhône-Alpes: an Infinity Coaster

Walibi has latched onto the race for high thrills. Let’s hope they don’t forget the families and keep enough variety (dark rides, simulators, Madhouse …). The good news is that this could have the same positive impact as Oziris at Parc Astérix.

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Our ride on TIMBER, with the onboard camera.

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The souvenir photo from our ride on TIMBER. Essential and not too expensive.

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Gold River, a ride on wild water. A classic in several theme parks, and also at Walibi Rhône-Alpes. It would be nice to have some lighting effects in the tunnel.

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A little rest on the monorail, to see Walibi Rhône-Alpes from a different angle.

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You have to pay extra for Aqualibi at Walibi Rhône-Alpes. But it’s still packed after a certain time of day…

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Aqualibi, at Walibi Rhône-Alpes, it’s not Volcano Bay, but it was nice all the same.

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Aqualibi, water park, at Walibi Rhône-Alpes

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Auberge Les Avenières, one of the park’s partner hotels

So what did you think of Walibi Rhône-Alpes?


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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