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ECC Party in Poland

Day 1: Zatorland and Rabkoland

Getting the party started, with visits to Zatorland and Rabkoland

Friday 24th May 2019

Luton Airport

My day started in the early hours of Friday morning with an early flight from Luton to Krakow

Coach

Having met up with the rest of the group in Krakow Airport, we set off into the Polish countryside in two coaches in search of adventure and ...

Zatorland

dinosaurs!

Zatorland Entrance

Our first destination was Zatorland, a park featuring a huge collection of animatronic dinosaurs

Dinocoaster

Our primary reason for visiting was to ride Dinocoaster, a small dragon (dinosaur, surely?) coaster from Fun Rides Tech

Dinosaur walkthrough

Zatorland's biggest attraction is their dinosaur walkthrough, which is a pathway through the woodland past lots of animatronic dinosaurs. To be honest, it was a bit too long for me, and I think most of our group got a bit bored after the first fifteen minutes of trawling along the path.

Ice cream

After our long trek, it was time for a well-deserved ice cream

Leaving Zatorland

Before long it was time to leave Zatorland and get back on the coaches

Rabkoland

Our second park of the day was Rabkoland

Piotr Wiecha

We were greeted at the entrance by park CEO Piotr Wiecha, who told us a little bit about the park. Piotr's passion for the park was clear - it's family owned and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Kopalnia Złota

We took a ride on Kopalnia Złota, Rabkoland's family rollercoaster from DPV Rides

Gerstlauer Kiddy Racer

Rabkoland's other rollercoaster is a Gerstlauer Kiddy Racer - unfortunately it has a 40kg weight limit so we had to watch from the sidelines!

Cyrk Luna

The park's Cyrk Luna dark ride is circus themed

Upside down house

Playing around in the upside down house

Bumper Boats

Bumper Boats

Rabkoland wheel

Rabkoland's wheel hadn't yet opened for the season, but Piotr worked some magic and made sure we got a ride. He told us that it is the same model as the famous ferris wheel at the abandoned amusement park near Chernobyl.

Bridge

Thanks to one of my friends, this bridge will forever be associated with Rabkoland ... well, its now accidentally tagged on their Facebook page at least!

Oswiecim

Our hotel for the trip was in the town of Oswiecim - this is the picturesque town square