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I liked how proper and simple Rhinefeld looked. That said, I don't really think this looks terrible, and will only look better and better as this process goes on and the paint fades season by season. I'd say for the look they are going for, they are doing it well. Me personally, I prefer the old look as a concept, but maybe that is the nostalgia side of me talking.
 

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Rhinefeld paint update 2/26/21
 

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🤷‍♂️

It’s actually kinda authentic.
 

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I would, again, argue that the totality of the feel and tone of the presentation is what matters, not exactly color matching the paint used on the buildings to real-life examples.

None of the photos linked above overwhelm the eye with super bright color. That does occur in Rhinefeld right now.
 
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I would, again, argue that the totality of the feel and tone of the presentation is what matters, not exactly color matching the paint used on the buildings to real-life examples.

None of the photos linked above overwhelm the eye with super bright color. That does occur in Rhinefeld right now.

I have NOT seen this in person yet (next weekend), but could the park have used a "few" shades brighter of paint knowing it will fade over time? And could this be said the same (but opposite) for Germany (was brighter when it was first built / painted). Just a thought...
 
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I have NOT seen this in person yet (next weekend), but could the park have used a "few" shades brighter of paint knowing it will fade over time? And could this be said the same (but opposite) for Germany (was brighter when it was first built / painted). Just a thought...
I think it'll look pretty good once it fades. It's just really overpowering right now
 

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Before, exterior paints would fade average 7% per year in direct sun. Today, best exterior paints may only fade 1 to 3% per year.
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Even assuming the park used old, cheap exterior paint, it's gonna look really damn bright for a couple years... And it really should be repainted every handful of years anyway...
 
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I have long said that the Wilkommenhaus is one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen in any theme park. I love that building. I've literally gone out of my way to make that exact point on multiple occasions to random GP friends I have brought to the park (who I'm sure didn't care at all, lol).

Way to turn a gorgeous building into a cartoon.
 
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You know, for a lot of park guests this is going to be a more engaging and inviting visual experience than what was there before.

I won't be one of them, and neither will many of the folks here. But plenty of people are going to like the pretty colors. Even if they don't know or remember what it looked like before, they will find the Wilkommenhaus and environs to be a happy and vivid place to spend some time. 🤨

Conflicted. So conflicted on this.

I adore the decades-established legacy look of the Rhinefeld hamlet. Even when Alpengeist (a ride I enjoy tremendously) eliminated the tucked-away idyll of the smaller Rhinefeld fountain, my favorite quiet nighttime BGW spot, back when late-night BGW experiences were easily had on most summer weekends... Rhinefeld still retained its classic look.

From today forward, it seems current and future generations will create their Rhinefeld memories in a more, uh... vivid setting.

Great experiences of any stripe -- film, TV, hiking, climbing, relationships, skiing, road races, trail rides, good books and other storytelling, historical fact or fiction, and the list continues for hours -- generally balance the emotional experience between intense and quiet or reflective. It can't be high octane all the time. Often, a sedate and grounded interlude is absolutely necessary to make the exciting "adventure" moments that much more unique. It is also necessary for its own sake, because that is what many guests actually want. Rhinefeld in its original brown-on-brown, shopping-heavy form was SO GOOD at this.

As with Spartan Pantheon and blue Alpengeist, I will reserve judgment on Technicolor Rhinefeld until I see it in person. In the meantime, I hope there is a clear and wise empirical justification for the visual changes being made overall to the park.
 

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Not that there are any experiences to be had in Rhinefeld... since it's one store and a sometimes-open funnel cake stand.

God, this. Imagine if they had invested in things to do in the hamlet instead of in buckets of every bold exterior paint color on the market.
 

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I personally kinda like it. 🤷‍♂️

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And the reason I do like it is a few reasons:
#1 - It will fade. I think it's going to be a shock for a year or two, but then it will be less of an issue.
#2 - The flat brown look always struck me as much more Pennsylvania Dutch than it did actual Germany. I know studying German/Germany isn't the same as visiting, but this does feel much more authentic in color pallet, even if tone isn't spot on.
#3 - We've gone through years of lack of attention to things like refreshing paint. We should be happy that they are paying attention to it.
#4 - For a park that gets so much wrong in the historical accuracy to get the color pallet right (even if the tone is off) is a step in the right direction.
 
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