Friday 21st September 2018
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!
The theme park is the largest in Istanbul, and is set on a hillside overlooking the city
Infanbul's largest coaster is Nefeskesen, and is suitably precariously perched high up on the edge of a cliff
We were greeted at the bottom of the hill and loaded onto the park's dotto train to be driven to the top
We had an hour's ERS on Nefeskesen before the park opened
There were some great views over the city, if you were quick
It was another great Intamin Blitz coaster
Lots of happy riders
The next load ready to go
Launched out into the Turkish sunshine
They're friends really ... we think
After the ERS, we had a talk and Q&A session with Kemal Baştürk
Then it was out into the park - first up was this unusual King Kong ride
Love blossoms in Istanbul
Isfanbul's hills were certainly good for the leg muscles
Minik Kaşifler was an indoor boat ride which shared more than a little bit in common with Disney's It's a Small World
We were given lunch in the staff canteen
If this is what they get for lunch every day, I want a job at Isfanbul
After lunch, we took what turned into several rides on Viking, the park's large water ride
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!
We went in search of something to dry us off a bit
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.
Onward, and a brisk climb back to the top of the hill
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
The neighbouring shopping mall houses three more attractions under the "Jungle Istanbul" banner
Safari was an interactive dark ride
Zindan was a good haunted house, and compared to a lot of the Turkish dark rides actually had a lot of content inside!
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
Snap! It turns out we both have the same camera!
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!
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.
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.
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.
And so it was back out into Istanbul's crazy traffic
Anybody fancy a pretzel?
Or how about some consumer electronics?
It was across the Bosphorus again (yes, again!) back into Asia for the last park of the trip
Bostanci's Twister Coaster was the final spinning wild mouse, and indeed the final rollercoaster, of the trip
It was a nice coaster to finish on
Still having fun
How was your spin?
Single riders get maximum spins
The final corner
Spinning right into the brakes
There was also a small dark ride
The sun sets over Bostanci Lunapark
A few moments to sit down, before it was back on the coaches again ready for the Final Night Dinner
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
Stay together everyone!
Mary decided it was time to exert her authority
Travelling underneath the Bosphorus for a change
We arrived at Roof Mezze 360 and sat down to eat
Fabuolous food in fabulous company
Was the raki a bad idea? Never!