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ECC Turkey Tour

Day 7: Isfanbul, FunLab and Bostanci Luna Park

The last theme park day of the trip, plus the final night dinner ...

Friday 21st September 2018

direct

Our day started with a trip to Isfanbul - the coach drivers decided to take the direct route, much to the excitement/terror of several passengers!

Isfanbul

The theme park is the largest in Istanbul, and is set on a hillside overlooking the city

Nefeskesen

Infanbul's largest coaster is Nefeskesen, and is suitably precariously perched high up on the edge of a cliff

train

We were greeted at the bottom of the hill and loaded onto the park's dotto train to be driven to the top

Nefeskesen

We had an hour's ERS on Nefeskesen before the park opened

Nefeskesen

Unlike the previous day, there were no rollbacks here!

Nefeskesen

There were some great views over the city, if you were quick

Nefeskesen

It was another great Intamin Blitz coaster

Nefeskesen

Lots of happy riders

Nefeskesen

The next load ready to go

Nefeskesen

Launched out into the Turkish sunshine

Nefeskesen

They're friends really ... we think

Isfanbul

After the ERS, we had a talk and Q&A session with Kemal Baştürk

King Kong

Then it was out into the park - first up was this unusual King Kong ride

Frog

Love blossoms in Istanbul

Isfanbul

Isfanbul's hills were certainly good for the leg muscles

Minik Kaşifler

Minik Kaşifler was an indoor boat ride which shared more than a little bit in common with Disney's It's a Small World

Angry Birds Çilgin Yolculuk

Also familiar was Angry Birds Çilgin Yolculuk, which shared the same film as Angry Birds 4D at Thorpe Park

Lunch

We were given lunch in the staff canteen

food

If this is what they get for lunch every day, I want a job at Isfanbul

Viking

After lunch, we took what turned into several rides on Viking, the park's large water ride

splash

Everything was fine until we were joined by two extra people for our final trip around. What had been a light water sprinkling became a huge drenching splash!

Isfanbul

We went in search of something to dry us off a bit

360

We thought we'd found the perfect solution in 360, Isfanbul's 97ft tall Zierer Star Shape. Unfortunately, the ride broke down half way through our cycle and we lowered slowly back to the ground.

Isfanbul

Onward, and a brisk climb back to the top of the hill

Isfanbul

We left the park for a little while through its spectacular castle building, which acted as the park's main entrance up until the new bottom car park was added

Jungle Istanbul

The neighbouring shopping mall houses three more attractions under the "Jungle Istanbul" banner

Safari

Safari was an interactive dark ride

Zindan

Zindan was a good haunted house, and compared to a lot of the Turkish dark rides actually had a lot of content inside!

Jungle

Jungle Park on the other hand felt like a gigantic misstep for the park - in addition to a small aquarium, it featured a lot of sad looking live animals kept in tiny enclosures

camera

Snap! It turns out we both have the same camera!

Nefeskesen

There was just time for two more rides on Nefeskesen: the ride ops were a lot of fun, and let the guy in the row in front of us take his cup of water onto the ride with the inevitable consequences!

Fatih’in Rüyasi

Isfanbul's large dark ride, Fatih’in Rüyasi was officially undergoing maintenance, but the park were especially keen to show it off and arranged to get it open exclusively for us just before we left. It was great that they did, because it was an impressive ride and it would have been a shame not to see it.

Cevahir Shopping Mall

Running slightly behind schedule, next it was a quick stop at the Cevahir Shopping Mall to visit FunLab, Europe's largest in-mall Family Entertainment Centre.

Cilgin Kopekbaligi

We had come to ride FunLab's rollercoaster, Cilgin Kopekbaligi. Sadly it was a headbanger, and I don't think many of us were too unhappy about only getting a single ride before getting back on the coaches.

traffic

And so it was back out into Istanbul's crazy traffic

pretzel

Anybody fancy a pretzel?

seller

Or how about some consumer electronics?

bridge

It was across the Bosphorus again (yes, again!) back into Asia for the last park of the trip

Bostanci

Bostanci Lunapark was a small inner city amusement park

Twister

Bostanci's Twister Coaster was the final spinning wild mouse, and indeed the final rollercoaster, of the trip

Twister

It was a nice coaster to finish on

Twister

Still having fun

Twister

How was your spin?

Twister

Fun times

Twister

Single riders get maximum spins

Twister

The final corner

Twister

Spinning right into the brakes

Dark ride

There was also a small dark ride

Sunset

The sun sets over Bostanci Lunapark

Sit

A few moments to sit down, before it was back on the coaches again ready for the Final Night Dinner

Tunnel

The restaurant was back on the other side of the Bosphorus (of course!), but rather than enduring another traffic jam across the bridge, we were going to catch a train underneath the water

Underground

Stay together everyone!

Kick

Mary decided it was time to exert her authority

Train

All aboard

Underground

Travelling underneath the Bosphorus for a change

Dinner

We arrived at Roof Mezze 360 and sat down to eat

Dinner

Fabuolous food in fabulous company

Raki

Was the raki a bad idea? Never!