Oktoberfest '17 Munich

What is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest, similar as the month ‘October’ in English is a festival in October. However the festival begins in the middle of September and ends on the first sunday of October. Every year, the festival takes place in Munich, Germany.  

As the locals abbreviated the name simply to the ‘Wiesn’, when the Prince Ludwig married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in 1810, the citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the royal event in the current Oktoberfest area. Each year, it has become larger and a cultural festival of Germany. 

I like to call these days as ’Culture Festival’ instead a ‘beer festival’. 

In that manner, seeing people participating with their local outfits, classical entertainment concepts and most importantly that individuals can have fun with each other is a scene I needed to see. 

Because we are being controlled by the technology nowadays, we hardly have a conversation with our family and friends.

Even when you meet a friend, you haven’t seen for a long time, seeing them taking picture of the coffees you are drinking and the effort they make to load this picture into their social media accounts, I find it funny and also very annoying. The fact that the people I give my precious time are not interested in chatting with me but interested in a communication tool, causes me to question myself. Am I a boring person?

From the main train station of Municj, you can follow the landmarks below to reach the main the entrance gates of the festival area, or simply follow groups dressed in traditional clothes. :)


Oktoberfest is a sixteen day event. You can find out the exact times calculating by yourself. Take minus 16 from the first Sunday of October. That’s it. Here is a example. 

22 September - 7 October 2018

21 September - 6 October 2018

19 September - 4 October 2018


I need to point out that you do not have to wear the traditional costumes of Oktoberfest. If you wish to join and prepare for the fest, which I think is a fun process, you may secure shopping through the official website by simply clicking on this link

Even if you decide to buy the clothes on last minute, there are tens of shops located nearby the area and available on very good prices. 

The average of the prices between 50 to 1500 euros. 

The name of the lady’s costumes is Dirndl. There are so many details of shirts, skirts, belts and so on. The quality of the fabric and design products are the main reasons for the price difference. 

If you do not have a restriction on your budget, there is a brand that my german high school friend has advised me. You can reach the website of the brand by clicking this link

Boobies :) are mostly out of ladies costumes. Here is my favorite look of a lady with her cute smile.



An indoor and trailer model of a roller coaster with special lightning and sound effects and with a small waterfall in front. The length of the giant character you see on the picture was about 5-6 meter. Adult ticket price is 9 euro, 5 euro for children. The production was made by the German manufacturer, Gerstlauer.


Ferris Wheel

In the photographs of the festival area, you are absolutely confronted by this eye-catching size and beauty. The cabins were designed as ginger bread house inspired by the ‘Pfefferkuchenhaus’, the home of Hansel and Gratel. 

The large- diametered wheel, which is 50 meters high allows you to see the Alps if the weather is clear. 

The Ferris Wheel is at the festival since 1979. Admission ticket for adults is 8 euro, 4 euro for the children.

Three friends having fun sliding. 

Three friends having fun sliding. 

Sky Fall

Mechanism of this tower is a bit different than today’s towers. The elevator and gondola are separated from each other. Elevator lifts up the gondola. When the seats reaches to the highest point of the 75 meter of tower, the elevator cuts the connection between them and makes it fall to the halfway, leaving the control to the magnetic braking system. Interesting..


Taking a picture needs an artistic point of view. With my point of view and patience, I do not get beautiful images. However, I noticed that many of the photographs I took during my visit came out surprisingly beautiful and charming. :)



A unique amusement ride, produced in 1924. Unbelievable!

There is an orchestra with local clothes on one side, playing national songs. 

The ride was operated by man power until 1937. A maneuver, I have never seen before. An amusement ride filled with love and nostalgia. On the forth picture, you will see father-son whom we met in a small tent when we were having a drink with my father. I would like to thank them for their friendly, polite and pleasant conversations.

On of the 14 great tents. You can join these tents by making reservations weeks in advance. I have to state that it is quite difficult. If you have a friends attending to the fest regulary, you might ask them to join them. The capacities fill up because the attend with their family and friends. You can try anyway. 

In order, 


Distel Auto Scooter

High Energy

Some of the popular amusement park equipments in recent times with high adrenaline.

One of shocking scenes. I have never seen anyone standing on the sleep. I am also very lucky to witness that.

One of shocking scenes. I have never seen anyone standing on the sleep. I am also very lucky to witness that.

Apart from the exciting fifty to seventy-five meters high amusement rides, there is a section which is very special for me. 

Hand glancing wooden horses, small cars, antiques but still works as it is the first day. 

I can say they took better care than their children. Why? When children turn 18, their parents leave them with the difficulties of life for their own sake. Since the family has provided all the necessary education and support till that age, their preference seems to be a correct choice for me as well, but it would be an impossible breakthrough for our culture. 

Let’s me introduce this amazing place; 

This special area has been separated with an entrance fee which is 3 euro. It is located beside the big ferris wheel at the southern exit. 

In 2010, in order to celebrate the 200th anniversary, the ‘Historische Wiesn’ ( Historical Oktoberfest ) area was created to celebrate the festival’s roots, to watch the horse races and to memorize the history. 

As Germans call this area as ‘Oide Weisn’, there are three big tents where you can experience a great old festive atmosphere and folk music singers performing.

At the same time, there was the most delicious and fresh roasted sweet almonds of the festival were located in that area. 

A photo booth, designed for the attendants without traditional clothes. They give a beer glass and a pretzel to hold for your this memorable moment. And it is for free.

A photo booth, designed for the attendants without traditional clothes. They give a beer glass and a pretzel to hold for your this memorable moment. And it is for free.

This tiny paper bag contains incredibly delicious roasted, hot and sweet dried nuts such as almonds and peanuts.

This tiny paper bag contains incredibly delicious roasted, hot and sweet dried nuts such as almonds and peanuts.

Below, you will see some pictures of the foods I have tasted during my visit. There were fishes, chicken, sausages. All located around the festival area. The first two picture was my favourite, Salmon. I could not find an oppurtunity to organize dining inside one of the big tents, but the street tastes were satisfying.

The King Walt, has created a character that whatever I see a big circle and two small on top, reminds me of an iconic mouse character Mickey. Here, a beer barrels made me think of Mickey Mouse.


In 2017, 6 million visitors and 7.5 million liters of beer were consumed. Especially for the festival, the alcohol content is higher and at the same time more delicious than the regular beers. 

I came across this guy on my way to my hotel. There are so many people like him around the area. You just wish that their friends find them. :)

If the weather is sunny, it is the best time of the festival but still it is chill or even cold at the evenings. If I have to be sincere, I do not advise you to take the weather information from me because I am always that person who is always cold. 

Still, you should definitely a coat with you, you never know Germany is a cold country in September.


Before arriving to the festival area, make sure you bring a small bag with you. You are prohibited to bring large bags or backpacks inside. Or there is an an option of cabins you can rent for 4-5 euros per day right before main entrance. You can leave your bags there. There are some rental areas closing at midnight, make sure you do not miss that time. 

Munich is a city where you can have a pleasant time in terms of art, culture and entertainment. 

I can say, one and a half days is enough time for the festival. I would suggest you to spend you remaining time exploring the city’s historic buildings and museums. 

Let your smile change the world but don't the world change your smile,




Mall of America

Mall of America (MOA) in Bloomington located in Minneapolis in Minnesota state of America, that has opened in 1992 is still one of the most popular shopping malls which provides varity of brands. The reason is that the mall is one of the largest shopping mall. Due to its proximity to Canada, it also has thousands of visitors from neighboring towns and Canada. Families visiting the mall stay in the hotels surrounding the mall. The time when it was opened were not so technologically advanced, thus it was an obvious choice for families who were planning a vacation. Those were the times when children abandon for technology and have fun together.

I’ve visited Mall of America in 2013 while Mall of Istanbul was still on project phase, to gain more effectiveness and experience for my work. I don’t remember the hotel’s name in which we stayed but it was an old five star hotel. There are shuttles taking you directly to the shopping mall. The shuttles work between 9.30 a.m. till 11 p.m.

Let’s discover the 27.000 sqm entertainment park which is located at the center of MOA.

It was named Knott’s Camp Snoopy with the opening of the mall and was inspired and themed by Peanuts characters drawn by caricaturist Charles M.Schulz.

Frankly, Peanuts characters were never adhered. Generally, there were mountain or forest themes.

Due to license problems over the years plus partnerships, it’s serving as Nickelodeon Universe since 2008.

You may find recent ticket prices by clicking this link. I suggest you to buy all day wristband! 

Avatar - Airbender

A half size roller coaster themed by the inspiration of TV Show Avatar. It is located right in the center of the park. It goes up and down approximately twelve times and circles around. Manufacturer is Intamin, and it is a successful ride, meaning it is a very satisfying choice for indoor entertainment centers.

Brain Surge

An interactive game. Passengers can control their own movements. It gives you the feeling of touching down to the floor while it circles around itself. Thrilling but also sickening.

Fairly Odd Coaster

Type of this roller coaster in the world that has been built in 2004 by Gerstlauer company which goes around itself.

Its rails are in every corner of the park, travels the whole park. Of course there may be cuts on the view while it turns around itself. 

Although it can be called oldie goldie, its still a thrilling roller coaster.

Jimmy Neutron’s Atomic Collider

Even though its interesting to watch two gondolas that are connected on a single column moving up and down, I wouldn’t wait in a line for this ride.

Pepsi Orange Streak

It’s another roller coaster which drives you through the whole park with a 820 meters rail lenght. Rollie was manufactured in 1992 by Zierer. Train’s lenght seemed extreme to me. Although its proportional to rail lenght, I’d prefer a train with 20 person capacity for an indoor park. During the days park that was opened, it was a logical choice for a business manager to use a coaster with a 1000 person capacity per hour due to high visitor numbers, but today don’t you think that its time to retire it?

Shredder’s Mutant Masher

This ride is a fresh breath to the park with a very successful theme and has record sales in the past six years. We see it in every park we go, its now a necessity in parks just like the bumper cars. Don’t you think?


This tower is one of the most sold popular equipments of Moser Rides. Its for 16 persons and built in 2008. When it was first built, there were fans from all ages. As years go by, it became popular only among children.

As there are great entertainment parks and rides in America, rides like these remain like baby toys.

If my soul and mind were left in my warm bed when I go to work in the morning, I took a ride with it and sober up. I strictly recommend it. 

SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge

This roller coaster was my favorite which was built when park became Nickelodeon Universe. Colors and design were amazing. Also Spongebob is a character I like, I couldn't ask for more. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock

You know the Ninja Turtles. You may even start hearing its music inside your head when I said Ninja. In fact, I am mumbling it right now. :)

Nickelodeon Universe organized a meeting regarding this ride’s opening, under the name of Ninja Meeting. There were 836 people in Ninja suits and a Guinness Record was beaten. I wonder if that same organization was in Istanbul, a city with 17 million population, how many people would wear a Ninja costume and attend it?

Let’s leave the records to Americans, the ride is very successful and part-interactive. Gerstlauer is really a successful company. They rather be productive and innovator than copying. There is no doubt to their technology and quality. I’d like to visit their company in the future and get to know them better.

Those were the most popular rides of the parks. There are also Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Swings, Bumper Cars and small trains for children.


Ghost Blasters

Movies we’ve seen, fiction stories we’ve read come to a point that we could even get scared from our own fart.

We do not realise that we pass the fears we develop by our unlimited imagination to our children.

A mother’s fear of an insect, makes a child to run away from it or kill it.

For instance, I might leave my house when a mosquito gets inside from a window.

In the dark rides of an entertainment park which frighten me the most is the sounds. Ghosts, skulls, skeletons or blood don’t scare me at all but a huge spider thrown at me might remind me a movie scene.

There is a ride I can refer to as a horror house for children. It is called ‘Dark Ride’ in English. Don’t know how accurate to call it a ‘Horror House’.

You get on the cars that goes on rails and shoot the ghosts with the toy guns attached to the car. In my opinion, its always more fun to be the part of a story. I see parents having more fun than the little visitors. There’s no age limit to have fun. Don’t miss it when you see a dark ride sign.

There are also other activities like mini golf field and wall climbing. You can spend some good time by sparing two days in the park. And when you wish to have a break from having fun, you may go shopping like crazy.

Shopping mall is really huge. It may take 2 or 3 days to visit all the shops. Dining area is big and it would definitely satisfy your expectations about diversity.

Which means big portions… We were sated with hamburger and chips.

Even after some years, it makes me happy to write about the parks I’ve been. Please don’t forget to leave your comments and suggestions.

Wish you all the best,


Legoland Orlando - Florida

LEGO, Danish company, nowadays appears in this technology era with different alternatives by choosing all age groups as its target customers.  The company founded in 1968, is greatly appreciated with themed products all around the world. I find LEGO movie characters like Star Wars and Harry Potter very succesful and fun.  I suggest LEGO fans to visit fairs in some different countries.

LEGO built its first theme park near its factory in Denmark in 1968. As a matter of fact, they have already started doing business in different areas by their foresight long time ago. Later, they also opened this theme park named Legoland Billlund in England, America and Germany. 

Legoland Florida Resort that had opened in 2011 is the fifth of these theme park series. Objective of the park is to amuse 2-12 years olds and its the second largest Legoland Park. It also has a hotel named Legoland Florida Resort which is surrounded by green. You may choose a room between four different themes while you make your reservation. Prices may vary according to your selection.

Ticket price changes may occur only if organisations unite with Merlin Entertainment which is only 5-10 dollars. The organisations I mention are like The Orlando Eye Ferris Wheel, Madam Tussauds and Legoland Water Park.  You may find the latest prices from this link. This is how prices were when I have visited the park in November 2015.

We had a rental for a day to drive from Orlando to the park. Its also possible to take shuttle services from different districts of Orlando. Me and my dad arrived to the park in 50 minutes from Orlando by our rental car. As soon as we enter the park, personnel helped us to park our car. Parking fee is 15 dollars plus taxes.

Front of the ticket boot was empty as you can see in the photo below. November is an ideal period to visit Legoland. We didn’t have to wait to buy our tickets. Park’s theme is made of these colors. Live and attractive colors. Although its normal to use live and soft colors for a park theme, I believe there can be also some color bursts among them. I’ve seen the best example of it in Liseberg Park in Sweden. Its still in my top list. 

This bench, made out of 800 plastic milk cans, made me very happy. Let us never lose our respect to nature and animals.

We visit Orlando every year in November and I still can’t predict the weather. One year it may be sweltering hot, another its cold as ice. As you see in the photo, it was cloudy but it was also sweltery hot. Lucky for us, there were refreshing waters inside the park which worked very well for us.

Carousel named The Grand Carousel is themed with LEGO characters. I didn’t like it much because I’m a classicist in every area. On the other hand I’m sure children would love the animals and characters.

Doesn’t Duplo Train exactly look like the trains we used to play when we were kids? Its not surprising to see more parents than kids in the vagons. It also makes children happier for their parents to participate their joy.

A warning sign… Percentage to notice these kind of signs is aproximately 33% in my country. I might write about this topic on another article. I just wanted to share this info with other amusement park owners.

The Quest for Chi ‘Lego Chima’ is a play group of LEGO which was launched in 2013. Its a battle game of animal characters fighting each other for valuable stones. These water boats, made for this game theme, is an attraction for all family members. You spray water to other boats with the water guns in your boat. May the best win!

This sweet father and son, whom didn’t even know that I took their photo, were writing their names on a board with mini lego. It took their 25 minutes to fully write their names and they had so much fun doing that.

Merlin’s Challange is one of the moments I remember. A happy family portrait. Smiling face of a boy next to his father was so cute. This was a not fast circling around ride. You may find the video from my youtube channel. Click to watch.

It was a great joy to watch this little one as I walk by Royal Joust. He was like a real royal family member who was riding a horse.

Full map of Legoland Florida Resort. You may see the water park map on the left. Lower right is the entrance to the park and the chateau like building is the hotel I mentioned.

I caught my father when he was entering LEGO Kingdom. The best days with my father are the ones we visit amusement parks together. And our funniest activity is to ride children trains and cars which our butts won’t fit. It starts by convincing the operator and then continues our knees to rise almost head high. I somehow make myself portable but its hard to get my father fit into those rides. My father doesn’t like customers to wait as he is also a business manager, he gets serious and takes a sitting position as possible as he can. Then the trains we ride chock-a-block remains a happy memory.

Beetle Bounce is towers located next to each other that we call free fall. It has great interest in America. Its not necessarily the must ride when you visit an amusement park but its fun.

Safari Trek, that grandfather and grandson relations are such fun and sweet. I would like to say that my father has changed since he became a grandfather but he always loved children. I’m sure its another beautiful feeling to have a baby out of your life. Otherwise he wouldn’t let my nephew ride him like a horse. ☺

There is another grandfather- grandson relation example down below. Grandfather’s joy made everyone laugh. Such a happy moment.

Rescue Academy is a game that you try to reach to the burning house as fast as you can by police or fire department vehicles. Although children could reach the finish line on their own, fathers won’t let the steering wheel. When I say steering wheel, its just a rod that moves up and down and lets the ride move forward.

Mia’s Riding Adventure Most of my photographs were dark because of the cloudy weather. I’m very sorry about this situation. This ride, which belongs to Zamperla company, is so modernist and succesful in visual and differance meaning. Its an adventure of a little girl named Mia made with tiny Lego animal characters. You ride it on sitting position. Belts are being buckled around children’s waist. It goes both forward and backward on the rails and also around itself. They also have an adult size of this ride which goes faster. Naturally you must have a strong stomach to ride it. The sign that caught my eye as I exit made me smile, ‘Buckle up!’

Ford Driving School is for little visitors who wants to learn driving a car in a closed area. A priceless experiance for kids. They change their mood immediately. The bumping cars used in amusement parks are raising next generation master drivers.

Legoland Florida amusement park ends here. Its a must see place for families with children who visit Orlando. You may contact me for your questions and if you wonder about anything.

Happy and joyful days…

Fun Spot Amusement Park 0rlando

While I was preparing my CV for a TV Channel, I realized that I forgot to write about a park I visited in Orlando. It was just like a midnight snack after a dinner at Texas de Brazil. Has always been one of my favorite restaurant, unfortunately I have to say, the quality of the meat is becoming tasteless. Till, I find a better one, click here to discover Texas de Brazil for dinner. 

If you are already in Orlando and have the right mood to see all the amusement parks in Orlando, here is an option that I discovered on my previous trip in November 18th, 2015.

A family owned amusement park at the Central Florida; Fun Spot Amusement Park. The owner John Arie (haven't met him personally because I've been there at midnight) is in this sector since 1969. He opened this park on December 24th, 1997.  

Each ride has a height requirement for the little visitors for their safety. Their motto's at Fun Spot America is Safe-Clean-Fun! 

I really like this matching colors of  'Open' sign. The colors fits the park.

There is an option to buy a day pass or you may pay as you go for most the rides. For the latest price list, please visit their website, click to access. You may buy a season pass if you live in Orlando. 

Freedom Flyer is one of the coaster at the park besides the wooden coaster White Lightning. It is a 395 meter Family Coaster with its yellow track and blue seats and supports , it looks fantastic! The ride was manufactured by Vekoma, operating since May 2013. 

Sky Coaster has been purchased in 2004, had the honor to be the world's tallest Sky Coaster.  As far as I know, the heighest one is in Kissimmee, owned by again, Fun Spot. This one is 250' or 76 meter height. The Sky Coaster in Kissimmee is 300' tall. I personally would never try this ride but if you have the courage, don't ever miss it! 

'Enterprise' is one the most attractive ride at the park. I stand in front of the ride about 15 minutes to watch it work. It is very charming. The gondola spins and lifts upwards at a 90 degree angle. Cool hah? Oh, it is very fast, just so you know! The manufacturer should be Huss. 

This little tower called Screamer is very interesting. The reason is that, towers at this height is a little risky to be successful at FEC's. As far as I see, works perfectly well in United States but in my country, at Starpark's, I can't find a single rider. :( Kids like it but not much. Oh and the manufacturer is Moser Rides. A big kiss and cheers to Moser Family.

Paratrooper is about 100 years old ride but still working very good. I think this ride is their 'Oldie, Goldie' stuff. 

And of course myself, in front of a double deck Carousel. In my opinion, the park needs some improvements such as shows, food or decoration.. You can have fun but the park should offer more for the second round.  This park is like a fast food. As if, all of a sudden, one of your friend comes up with the idea of rolling or falling from 250'. I would suggest you to keep this park on mind. Have a great day. Stay cool and happy. 


Disneyland Paris

Holiday…  please read the word out loud! Who is going, where and when in your subconscious, is it me? If similar questions come to your mind, you are like me. It gives a unique thrill no matter what your job is and provides an incredible motivation even minutes before you go on vacation. 

Then a time comes, due to work intensity and your exhaustion, you remember yourself eating popcorn while watching an episode of Game of Thrones and got bored of everything. In addition, now I’m talking about vacation. Not to make you envy but I had a full week time. Like how parents arrange their holidays according to their children, I do it according to my work. For those who think “aww what a shame, where could she be going?” let me say, I was only joking, I’m going to Paris…

Don’t know what the name Paris reminds you of, Louvre Museum, Versailles Palace or Eiffel Tower but for me, it means only Disneyland and Parc Asterix. I literally froze at my last visit there between the dates 6-11th of February! We wandered around on sunny but ice cold weather for a couple of days, then rain added to this condition. If you have opportunity, I advise you not to make your visits during winter, unless cold weather doesn’t bother you. This period of time is only good for one thing, shopping. Stores start their discount sales in early January, and during these days’ prices become insanely cheap.

Our maturity and perspective change as years pass, thus my opinion about shopping has changed a lot so my mom and my sister don’t want me to accompany them when shopping anymore.

Disneyland Paris opened in 1992 in an hour away from the center of Paris. Their location choice was so accurate that I want to invite their city planner committee to Turkiye and to A1 AVM, TOKI and Istanbul Yenikapi meeting space. We are that good in this matter.

It is possible to get there by bus, train or a rental car as an alternative. I preferred going by train. Getting on the train from the town center, it took me 45 minutes to arrive. I’ve decided that it’s the easiest, fastest and economical way.

During our travel in Paris, we only used metro as transportation. After long calculations, I want to transfer my decision about the most economical transportations. There are Paris Fast Pass cards which edited every Monday.  You can see them at box-office windows near every Information Desk in subway stations. It’s valid until next Monday no matter which day you take it.

Now here, I’ve made a calculation like this. It costs 10 Euros to buy a one-way ticket from Charles de Gaulle airport to midtown. But it is really unnecessary to give this money for a one-way ticket, because with the card that costs 26 Euros, you can travel to all five districts of Paris. Besides, this card is not only used in subways, it is also valid in buses! The only thing you need is a mug shot. Don’t worry if you forget it, there are kiosks where you can get a mug shot for 2-4 Euros in a minute.

Paris is divided into five districts. They have arranged the prices according to these districts but don’t let it confuse you and get one of this Fast Cards. You might want to go to another district which you haven’t tought of going before. So buy a Fast Card that is shown below for 26 Euros. And before you forget about my favor about this matter, I continue…

Here is lifesaving information…

Even one day before you arrive or the time you learn your visit dates, by all means buy your tickets online from www.disneylandparis.com before going to Disneyland. Prices may differ even inside the country. You may buy the cheapest if you buy from French site. The ticket that is being sold in our country is 87 Euros, it’s about 56 Euros in French site. Don’t ever think of buying the tickets when you get there, you might pay 140 Euros per person.

Disneyland Paris consists of two parks; Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Don’t think thatseeing one of them is enough for you. Both of them are amazing. You need to include both park entrances when buying your tickets. One more thing about the tickets, they offer a shuttle service according to your arrival and departure. But there is no need to buy extra service, train takes you to the gates of the park. If you buy the fast card I mentioned, you don’t have to pay any extra money for transportation.

I want to tell a little bit about Disneyland Paris before we start exploring the parks.

Disneyland Park is the second theme park after Tokyo that Disneyland opened in 1992 outside of America. It was opened as Euro Disney Resort in 1992, then changed to Disneyland Paris in 2002. The CEO of the park explained it in 2002 as the word Euro has different impressions on American and European people. Americans comprehend the word as “magical and thrilling” yet Europeans think of it as their money currency. In the same year, Walt Disney Studios Park has opened next to Disneyland Park. 

This park is 32 kilometers away from the town center, and built on a 4,800 acres, 19 km2 field. There are 2 theme parks, hotel, restaurant, various entertainment places, golf course and shopping stores in this park. It’s located in a green environment and absolutely amazing.

As I mentioned above, there are two different concepts of parks.

I wanted to start from Walt Disney Studios Park without any particular reason. Here is a photo of me taken in front of its gates.

Weather was incredibly cold. My face is without an expression in some photos, that you can tell the pain on my face from the cold.

There is a Disney Store on your left when you enter. My humble opinion is not to waste time in different stores inside the park, as they’ve collected all the products in a single store. You can also buy things and leave them in the stores for safe keeping until you return but there is no need. The store is on the way to exit, near café and restaurants. I have shared a photo of it at the end of my article.

There is an indoor dining area when you enter Walt Disney Studios Park that you can see in the photo. You don’t want to eat at first because of the thrill of coming to Disneyland but this is probably the place where you come back eventually. There are several nice restaurants inside the park. You may celebrate this day by having a hamburger and French fries for a day in this fast food area. I am a big fan on Vedat Milor. I go to the restaurants that he has been all around the world. I trust his taste. Despite the lack of good taste even in a Burger King hamburger, who cares? We came to have fun.

Theme parks are places where from all equipment’s to color choices suits to a character and concept and manufactured by a single company.  Everywhere of this park is prepared with the same concept. 

Our first destination is Aladdin’s magic lamp and flying carpet. If you take a closer look, there is also a sign for disabled friends. Not all but most of the game groups have these kind of signs. Some of the rides can be boarded with a wheelchair. To have this kind of access, they design and produce one or two seats according to this situation. Respect and value is same, as it should be. Even sidewalks in Turkiye are danger to blind people, but let’s carry on with another visual feast.

Crush’s Coaster

It looked so much fun but there was a very long waiting line so I didn’t ride it. By all means go for it. Here we are again facing a child’s adorable face and a mother’s fearful eyes. Those who follow my Instagram page, I have tons of these photos. 

Cars Quatre Roues Rallye; is a very cute ride. ‘Cars’ rides turning on a platform. My favorite character was ‘Luigi’. I also took a video of it. It’s very entertaining for kids.

Ratatouille; Those who have seen the animation movie Ratatouille, know. It’s the name of a meal, which a tiny rat prepares with vegetables like zucchini, eggplant and tomato. I’ve seen this movie in Bodrum with my sister, don’t know if she remembers it. There was approximately 55 minutes of waiting time. So we thought of a little smartness. There is another entrance for single riders and waiting time was about 20 minutes. As the seats are made for 3 or 4, there was always a need for single person. We waited on the line with my husband, but not seated together. It doesn’t matter, because it was such a fun ride. Even Ataturk was sitting next to you; you would probably wait for it to over before talking to him. Just kidding, I would hug him so hard and never let go. My dear Ancestor!

They give you a 3D glasses at the end of the line. If you think you are too cool to wear it, it’s up to you.

Look how cute the cars are, there are small tails behind them. This tail situation is brother and sisters nightmare. Whenever my sister went to see her beloved Rıza, I stuck to her like a tail.:))

Meanwhile, before finishing my Ratatouille story and haven’t get off yet, there is a scene of a crowd eating. What I mean is that I didn’t eat their food but there is a very stylish restaurant worth checking for.

One of the decorations at the park. 

One of the decorations at the park. 

Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin; is fun for kids, don’t miss it.

Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop; is suitable for all ages. You should try it.



I wish I could bring this light home!

I wish I could bring this light home!

The cars are all used in movies of Walt Disney Studios. So nostalgic. As soon as I saw the police cars, the cue ‘Coppers are coming’ came to my mind.

There are also live performances such as Animagique, Cinemagique and Find Nemo in the park. They occur in specific times. You can’t catch all of them in a day, unless you have several days. I had the chance to watch Cinemagique. It was nice. I suggest you to go in and watch especially when it’s cold, you can warm up a little bit. 

I could only tell about a few of 12 different attractions. There are more game sets, live shows and parades to explore.

I’ll end my story about Walt Disney Studio’s Park and carry on with Disneyland Park. You can walk there in two minutes. You pass inside of a cotton candy pink colored building at the entrance, and you most likely stop to take a photo. Everything is so beautiful that one day when I bring my niece or my own child, I want to stay here at least five days. If you have opportunity I suggest you do the same.  On the one hand Mickey Mouse and his friends accompany you at breakfast, on the other, hotel rooms are decorated so elegant. You may find reservation info and price list from this link.

The setup and decoration made for the ticket booths are so beautiful, that you can’t complain the long lines and waiting.

You may find brochures of the park in many languages, safe lockers, wheelchairs and baby carriages at the entrance.

There was a sign that got my attention. The sign you see on the photo below, there is a warning of a movie shoot in some areas of the park. It says “If you don’t want to be a part of these scenes, please stay away of these areas.” Wow.

If you see this sign as soon as you enter Disneyland Park, it means between 11:00 and 16:00 you might get a chance to take a photo with Minnie Mouse and her friends. A photographer with a professional camera takes the photos. Then you can buy your photo on the way out with the piece of paper he gave you. I didn’t ask how much that costs. If you wonder, just ask him “how much?”  A crowd of people wait calmly for their turn to come.

A bug and two accomplices are trying to manage soft drinks car.

First I saw it in Disneyland Orlando, I liked it a lot. A service of Disneyland to their tiny guests. A shop which only makes haircuts. It’s also a memory, don’t know about you but I would definitely get my child’s hair cut here. 

Disneyland Park forms by six districts; Main Street, U.S.A., Frontier Land, Adventure Land, Fantasy Land and Discovery Land. There are 49-50 attractions in total in this park.

Each district has its own concept but in order to make no confusion, I need to say that they are all inside the park. I also want to mention that they reach approximately 10 million guest count in a year. 

Phantom Manor

Our first stop in this park is a dark ride located in Frontier Land. It is highly inspired from its two times bigger cousin Haunted Mansion in Orlando Disneyland. The dark ride experience you started on foot, end by car. It is there since the opening of the park. I have a rough time entering these dark rides. As a must of my job, I encourage myself and enter. I couldn’t enter the one in Liseberg, that’s another story. My only criteria is to see children on the waiting line.  A photo of me at the entrance and some details that got my attention;

Swiss Family Tree

I felt so sad not to see it because of the alteration. Take a look at this beauty.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril - ( Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril )

This roller coaster opened in July,1993, is manufactured by a Swiss company Intamin. There is one Loop, which means 360 degrees turn. It is inspired from Indiana Jones movie as its understood by the name. There are several details as the car and the snake statues that were used in the movie. It was very entertaining. Don’t miss it!

Le Carrousel de Lancelot

Merry Go Round or by the other name Carousel is one of my favorite rides. You may find everything about carousels in my collection. No matter where on earth, if a carousel of an amusement park isn’t satisfying enough, I could forget about the rest of that park. I think that’s my habit, like the wines I drink in Vedat Milor’s advised restaurants…

The carousel is still in good shape regarding its twenty years of age.

The best way as a dinning chair, and crown of parents with children.

Disneyland organizes parades with cartoon characters that are created until today inside the park at certain times. I was so impressed when I first saw it. I’ve even shed a few tears. To see those cartoon characters that I’ve watched the movies of when I was a child, made me emotional. Disneyland never failed me down. Always been there with joy and left happy. If you want to take a break, no matter your age is, please just go there.

Here is the Disney Store that I mentioned at the beginning of my article. Decoration is so elegant and fascinating. You want to buy everything in there. I can’t think of a better place when we speak of a gift. Products all beautiful than other, like pen, notebook, Disney movie song CDs, kitchen and bathroom tools, accessory, clothing. Although I still see the some of the same items since 2008, they are all precious to me.

That’s it from Disneyland Paris. If you wonder my personal opinion, and you have opportunity, I suggest you to go to Orlando Disneyland. If you have flight issues, distance or budget troubles, by all means visit here. I’m sure you won’t regret it. Wish you never lose your inner child…

Tusenfryd Amusement Park

I've only spent 1/5 of my life living abroad. Most countries I had wondered about was Scandinavian countries. Whenever the topic to travel abroad is issue, the first area that pops up in my mind. Thank God, EAS (Euro Attraction Expo), which arranged in a different European country each year was organised in Sweden this year. I have published a brief information article about it on my website in August. That time has come for our trip to Sweden and we've also added Norway to the list. Norway is such a country that you can literally breath the fresh air. Friendly, polite and helpfull citizens, clean streets, it's green nature and foods were amazing. Believe me when I say, it's a country needed to see once a year. It's worth saving the moneys that you spend for dinners by bosphorus and visit there.

Of course, I've discovered an amusement center in a major city of Norway. Tusenfryd means thousands of joys, I liked it a lot. Takes only thirty minutes to go there by bus from town center. 500 numbered buses depart from the terminal every half hour and go directly to the park. Park is located at the mountain skirts.This question came to my mind; If we establish a park in such a location, would anyone come? :) They won't... Bus leaves you five hundred meters away from the entrance. The only thing you need to do is, walk up the hill and reach to the park. Even this situation is so natural in European countries, for us it would be the reason to give up from that park. I can explain this with a small example, I'd like to remind how people spend their efforts to park closest to the gates in shopping center parkings, to not to walk far. :)) 

October is a risky period for Oslo. Air tempreture was 14 degrees celsius but it was a sunny day. Streets full of Norwegians who see the sun. As far as I know, cause of the sky is mostly dark, sunny days are rare and very precious. We arrived there around 10 o'clock in the morning. We've learnt that the park opens at 10:30 so we have spent our time admiring the entrance decor and reading warning signs.

As soon as park opens, the entrance line. In early morning hours, approximately two hundred people entered through the gates with us. People starting the day early, could benefit from all attractions without waiting in the lines and enjoy.

After stepping off the escalator, two story carousel that you see on the photo greets you. It's color is all faded because of the weather conditions. We manufacture the carousels that we use in our Star Park branches or supply from Bertazzon, an Italian origin company. Thus, at first glance we recognised that this set belongs to 'Bertazzon S.R.L.' company. Unless the colors were faded or it was luminated at night, you would think that it was a work of art and take it away with you to your home.

Bumper cars are pretty old. I believe it deserves a renovation by being the first and only amusement park not only in Oslo but also in Norway. Cultural differences may be an obstacle to this change but my opinion is to at least change the bumper cars until next season. 

I liked the structers made for emergancy and luggage locker rooms. Color chose and design is wonderful. It reflects general architecture of Norway.

The swings that you see below is the favorite lately. Namely, it's appeal for all ages made it indispensable many years ago. The swings we know of have a different element. Middle core moves up and down and at the same time aside from turning plainly, they can also offer turning at different angles and make it more exciting. Paintings on this set is also faded like the carousel's but didn't loose anything from it's beauty. Just like the ladies who are beautiful when they are young and loose nothing from their beauty at older ages. :)

Dark Ride is named 'Night Mare'. Unfortunately, we couldn't get inside. We've passed it without noticing while asking ourselves; is it closed, anyone inside, why noone is waiting on the line. If anyone has seen it, please tell me about it.

Put aside the roller coaster that you see on the photo and would you look at those beautiful trees? In this amazing natured country, it seemed like there was no end to the greens during our trip. Aside from the people who respect to one another and their smiling faces, their respect to nature is admirable. Norwegians are chosen as the most reading people in the world. What an honor. It's too much of a peaceful country for my taste, from it's education system to management style.

Yes, this roller coaster made me admire it cause of it's location. I've seen a ten years old girl got on with her father. I thought she was gonna cry but instead she looked excited. When I saw that blonde teeny-weeny girl, I grab my father and we sat at the first row. 'Loopen' was a legend. Still exciting. I suggest you try it.

Wooden Coaster was brilliant. 'Thunder Coaster' which was built by Vekoma in 2001, was really amazing. With it's 100 km/h speed, it was well-kept as the first day and breathtaking. For me, it's the favorite attraction in this park.

As I mentioned on the first paragraph of my article, we have examine the surrounding while we waited half an hour to enter the park. They have noted that the set shown below was out of order. In any case, I couldn't help myself to take a photo of this gigantic set. It has fourty people capacity.If you are taller than 140 cm. and you don't have a heart condition, I suggest you to ride it.

Sixty five meters high Space Shot, is still one of the most preferred attractions with 75 km/h fall speed.  I didn't take this ride but if you haven't done it before, it is a good choice as the first ride to take. These kind of towers reach almost a hundred and fourty meters high nowadays.

These cars in children area were so cute. Inside the green, by taking a petrol company commercial (which is a great idea), this petrol station was nice. Cars run with batteries and being recharged at this station, and they are for ladies and gents at 110-140 cm height. I've missed my chance by 20 cm. :)

The ownership and management of Tusenfryd Amusement Park belongs to a Madrid, Spain origin international amusement operator company, Parques Reunidos S.A. Park's official opening date is 11 June 1988. Which means, it's giving service over twenty seven years. Really long time. Park area is rented from a privet owner. During summer period, visiter count reaches up to 450.000. It opens at the end of April every year, and stays open until the begining of October depending on the weather conditions. Don't forget to double check before visiting from internet sites. Thus, some weeks it's only open on weekends. Almost seven hundred people are employed in a season, full time personal count is thirty five. There are no speacial events for Helloween or Christmas.  However, they announced that they will have a water attraction in April next year. With exactly 45 million NK (Norwegian Krone) investment, this attraction is getting ready to be the new favorite. The set, which is going to be manufactured by a German company named Hafema, will be five hundred meters long. A river will be built to the construction area. For the river area, aproximately 18.000 cubic meters rock will be removed and a mechanism with two pumps that pump water with 2,200 liters/s will be put. They will fill it with water in total of 1.3 million liters.  

Name of this new set is not decided yet. Project is called as Rapid River since the begining. According the given information, it will be a set that have 'water drops' and much better 'water whirlpools'. For those who wonder what water whirlpool is;

Starting a river trip on a nine person rafting boat sounds incredibly amazing. In addition to this, it's a great speed that this set will have the capacity of nine hundred people in an hour. We will be seing the reflections of 'Thor's Hammer' theme of this park on this set. I'm thinking to go to Norway again with an excuse to see this amusement for all ages next April. 

Wish you to stay with lots of fresh air and good-humored people,

Happy weeks!

An Interview with the Director of Liseberg

I was telling you about the EAS Show which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden. And my excitement about the legend, Liseberg Amusement Park. So, on the very last day, I had a chance to have an interview with Mr. Andreas Andersen for my lovely blog. He is the CEO of Liseberg and working with Liseberg for five years. I must say he is very sweet and kind. He was smiling all the time, very positive. This is a very important fact actually. Imagine meeting someone with a beer belly, looks bossy but no matter how hard you try, you can't give any attention to that person. Basically, every company needs a director like him.

So it wasn't easy to catch him on these days but I did it! I gave him a call from his mobile (don’t ask how I got his number, it wasn’t easy) and didn’t let him say a word because I had to squeeze into his busy schedule. I remember him saying ‘Yeah, sure. Catch me! I will be there around 5 p.m.’ I only had one and half hour till his arrival, so I made a chance to visit Universium which is next door to the park. A must see destination. 

I started waiting for him in Lisebergsteatern, which is on the right side of the one of the entrance in the park. The place was very peaceful. While I was sitting down waiting, there was a conference for young leaders on this sector, and Mr. Andersen was giving a speech. He came out and saw me waiting. He came by and said he only needs two minutes to use the restroom. Isn’t he so clear? I smiled and kept waiting. While he was coming back, a camera man stopped him to make an interview on his way. So, I guess you can imagine his time and how lucky I was. 

So, I only had ten minutes and these are the questions I could ask to this amazing amusement park's gentlemen,

When are the opening times? Do you ever close the park? Have seasons?

-We have three seasons. We had summer season for long time, that is the longest season. We had Halloween, we start with this year and we have Christmas for fifteen years as well.

How long is the Christmas ?

-It's six weeks. 

Wow! That is a long time and it must be fun, especially if there is a snow in the city. Do you open the park when there is sun? I mean, the park is normally closed except these seasons. For example it's sunny day in November, do you open the park for one or two days?

-No, we set the seasons. We don't really change that. 

What kind of promotions you make at the park? Like for families or do you have Happy Hours? 

-No, we don't do discounts.

Really? You don't need it?

-I'm very afraid of discounts. I think it's something you have to be very careful with. We are actually very keen on not discounting, not devaluating the value of the products. We do very little promotions.

What kind of policies do you have when you hire an employee?

-Well, we are trying to find employees that has the same values as we do. That is really the primary golden one. Employees that social beings, likes being around other people. 

Is there any training for employees that you hired?

- We train them of course. We give them a lot of introduction and they have to understand that and know the company very well. So, absolutely. We also see that the other companies, they hire employees from us very often because they know that we do very good basic training.

How do you handle bad experiences of your customers?

-We have a very generous policy when it comes to refunding, inviting people back. The thing is when you have a complain, we have the opportunity to change bad experience to a good experience. That's what we always try to do.

What kind of marketings do you have?

-We do more digital marketing. We actually do online instead of regular, normal marketing. 

Out of Sweden? 

- Some in Norway. 

What is your budget for that?

-We spend about 5 million € for a year.

Are you planning to do another site ?


Do you have another site?

- No. 


If you would do the park again, what would you like to change?

- Not much. I think one of the things I like about the park is it's very organic. It has grown with years and I think there aren't much to change. I mean there are buildings I would probably blow up but I would say, generally speaking, I wouldn't really change anything. 

What is your best attraction, best revenue? Biggest failure?

- The best attraction is 'Lisebergbanan'. This roller coaster is built on a mountainside and is open during summer and Halloween. 

I don't know if I can come up with one really for the biggest failure. 

Don't you have a ride that did not work well and you had to remove it from the park?

I think we all make mistakes everyday. Oh, we had a ride coming in at late night it was called 'Hangover' which was a Roller Coaster that really never worked. That was a big mistake. But apart from that it is very little, very rare. 

Where do you find the employees that are working in Haunted House? Like in public theaters or how?

- No, no, we cast them like any other employees basically. 

Well, that was all I could ask. Here is a picture of him. Unfortunately, we could not take a picture together because there was no one around us and I did not want to take his another minute. 

I would like to thank Mr. Andersen for giving me an opportunity to know more about this fantastic park and his time. It was an amazing experience for me and that I will never forget. 

Please do not forget read my article and discover more about Liseberg.  Please click here to read the article. There is a surprise at the end of the article. I hope you enjoy it and leave your comments. 

Cheers to Mr. Andersen!

Drop Tower

It's a serious thing to learn how to ride a bicycle, almost like learning how to drive a car. Two small tires are added to each side of rear tire of the bicycle for little ladies and gentlemen to control their balance easier. After a while, one of the small tire is removed and finally deducted to two normal tires by saying 'Daddy I've learnt it, remove the other one too'. But in any case, can't avoid to fall from that bicycle even just for once. Returning home with elbows and knees covered in bruises, crying and saying 'Mommy, I fell'. We get angry with the bicycle not long just for a day, then say to ride slowly to yourself, before a week past we start feeling we can ride with holding only one hand. Funny and nice memories… Here you can see one of us;

Not so sure whether demand for bicycles got lower or not by developing technology but I believe bicycles are needed to be used for all ages and even prefered over cars. Think of a traffic free Istanbul, everyone ride bicycles. Vehicles polluting the air are gone and we became a civilized country with citizens respecting each other... Oh what if we don't have these dreams...

Falling means 'To drop or come down freely under the influence of gravity' in dictionary. Do not underrate by saying falling... Newton discovered the law of gravity when an apple fell to his head.  So it's told that apple fell to his head when Newton was sitting under a tree and he wonders why it fell? Why not to the right or left but straight down? Well, why don't the moon, sun and stars fall? Then he had made one of the most important discovery of the laws of physics. Or maybe, he came to his senses when that apple fell and discovered the law of gravity, who knows...

Let me introduce you to, the latest and most exciting fall you are gonna experience... which you will personally test gravity... on the way to become an amusement park classic, 'Tower'. By saying the slogan 'Falling has never been more fun', here is the World's tallest tower yet; Drop of Doom.

Incredible, isn't it?

Let's get to a brief technical information stage;

There are infinite alternatives for height selection when choosing a tower. For indoor areas, for the low heights, there is a 10 meters tall model that I know of. Of course, you will need at least 12 meters of ceiling height for that. Frankly being lower doesn't mean anything. This height should be a limit so it could give excitement. 

Surely this 10 meters gives you only about 6 meters of falling space when you calculate the decor and floor. The tower in the photo includes given measurements. Total weight is given as 7.600 kilograms. Although it defers according to electrical panels the company use, it generally works automatically. You select a programme from four or five different types and it works at the same programme until you change it.  

I would not consider having this playgroup in an outdoor amusement park. I prefer a tower, that will be set outside, should be at least twenty meters tall. Even if it's set on a place reserved for a certain age group of kids, I would make my choice from another attraction. 

Part where riders board is called gondola. When you board on this gondola, you close the security bar, buckle a seatbelt from between your legs to security bar and you are ready to fall. Gondola takes you to the highest point by slowly turning around itself clockwise or counter-clockwise. It releases you into a free fall least you expected. Not knowing when to fall and the speed of falling gives you the excitement... Plus, think of having this drop from a gigantic tower. 

As the info I've read from Wikipedia, Drop of Doom which is located at the Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey USA is the tallest drop tower ride in the world at the time. Tower, that you watched the video of, is 139 meters tall in total with 126 meters drop height. Drops in exactly 10 seconds. An incredible number. Well how is this engineering marvel ride made?

Manufacturing takes nearly nine months. Companies that are qualified to manufacture this ride, probably have many orders. Because of that you have to wait for your turn. Would not like to generalize but no matter the quantity of your order, yours shouldn't effect another. Yes, we agreed on price and shook hands for a normal size. Let's say our height is hundred meters. The twenty meters tall tower, which you got scared and didn't ride is now a piece of cake. :)

Engineers working within company do static calculations. These engineers do the calculations according to number of people. One purpose of these calculations is to prepare the setup ground. There is a preparation process of the ground to be able to stand the pressure occuring from the fall. Same subject also exists for construction sector. Some of you may know. After passing this stage, we came to manufacturing part. Gondola of the tower and seats are the easiest... At this part, patterns, colors, lights... a kind of art takes place of calculations. 

Even though I can't give you the exact height measures, if you ride an over average ride, a limitation for your age and height is being applied. You have to be at least 120 cm. tall if you want to ride a hundred meters tall tower. There is a fact that cultural differences are also one of the factors effecting these criterias. If we give an example from our country, age range is much lower than Europe and America. 

Let's give an example from our subject tower. Although it is predictable to have a twelve year old to ride a twenty meters tall tower, in foreign countries this limit can be lower to six year olds. Don't know whether this subject is open for discussion or not but in my opinion to apply a height limit instead of age is better. Here is a picture from our outdoor park. The tower is 24 meter high, from SBF-Visa Group. The park is located in Bursa, Turkiye. 

Well, that's all for this week. Wait for my future article about photographed manufacturing process of a tower . Happy drops guys...

Batman the Ride

Batman the Ride was announced officially on 28th of August, 2014 by “Six Flags Fiesta Texas” located at San Antonio which is one of the three park of Six Flags. Announcement day was also my birthday. I have been waiting for this ride passionately and it was nice to see this ride on my birthday; felt like having another gift  on birthday. 

Six Flags Parks have been in cooperation with Warner Bros.'s company of DC Comics for theming the rides and use DC Comics characters in their parks. Check out the amazing color match of yellow and black.

Batman the Ride starts a new age at amusement rides. It is the first 4D Free Spin roller coaster in the world. Probably, it is one of the most attractive and interesting ride nowadays. The manufacturer of this amazing ride is another American company, S&S Worldwide.

On presentation, they say, 'You don't need a Batsuit to ride, just Batman-level bravery!' about this roller coaster. If I have to give a summary of this three minute of an excitement coaster, riders can sit four across in two rows for a total of eight riders per train. The seats go forward and backwards and turns in itself. As you board on your vehicle, you will notice facing other passengers from the other seats. The track is up to 311 meters long. The journey starts with an elevator that climbs up to 36 meter and when you reach to the highest level of the coaster, you will begin to tumble head to toe. As the world's first coaster to use this type of magnetic technology, you will feel weightless as you drop down two beyond 90 degree free fall drops. Your journey goes on with eight times flip and come to an end with twelve story lift. The excitement gets higher even more with its special effects and soundings.



The ride represents the latest coastering technology and designs where you cannot find in no place on Earth, but we cannot know that for sure, if we do not try it right?

One of the most common apply on children to ride coasters is the height restriction. You have to be taller than 122 cm. At the entrance of each rides, there is measurement for the heights, so there is no way escaping from the precaution. :)

If you are planning a visit to America, this advice will make your trip so much more fun and unforgettable. Now that there is new theatre coming up in 2016, this will be a good practice for Batman world. Here is the address if you heading through Texas; 

17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257 Six Flags Fiesta Texas

For the ones that are planning a visit to Unites States, i am sure they will think twice after this video;