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Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:29 pm
by DoubleDown
WOW what a great trip report!

I have been to this park with my brother and we absolutely fell in LOVE with it!

Your photos are great and kind of really give a good "feel" of how the park actually is. Anyone notice how the "sea of concrete" is lacking at this park? I wish some of the chains out here in America would take notice! Instead of concrete, plant some FU**ING trees! Make a small pond! People do not go to theme parks JUST for coasters, and this park is a great testament to that.

Just a question, when I went there about 5 years ago, they had this awesome policy with their cups. You buy a drink with a cup, but you don't dispose it, if you bring it back you get some actual money back, and they reuse it. I just thought that was a fantastic idea to avoid trash, to avoid litter, and over-using. Do they still do that?

Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:05 pm
by JordyC
DoubleDown wrote:Your photos are great and kind of really give a good "feel" of how the park actually is. Anyone notice how the "sea of concrete" is lacking at this park? I wish some of the chains out here in America would take notice! Instead of concrete, plant some FU**ING trees! Make a small pond! People do not go to theme parks JUST for coasters, and this park is a great testament to that.


Thank you! It is indeed a very natural park, hence why it is called Tivoli Gardens and not Tivoli Concrete, I guess ;) But you are absolutely right about the fact that people don't go to parks only for the coasters, at least for me. Of course, the coasters are a major factor, but I'd much rather have a very natural park with a few less coasters than a 'concrete' park that has coasters on the parking lot. Also, most of the people weren't even there for the rides, they were just relaxing in the park's beautiful gardens. And I can't blame them at all!

DoubleDown wrote:Just a question, when I went there about 5 years ago, they had this awesome policy with their cups. You buy a drink with a cup, but you don't dispose it, if you bring it back you get some actual money back, and they reuse it. I just thought that was a fantastic idea to avoid trash, to avoid litter, and over-using. Do they still do that?


Yes, they still do that! And it is indeed an awesome way to avoid waste. Another reason why this park is awesome!

Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:43 am
by wmay
I live a 10 min walk from this park. Every night in the summer at 11.30 I hear the fireworks as if they were in my kitchen. Anyway, I love Tivoli. It rarely feels crowded even though it's a popular park and it's located right in the city centre. Great trip report!

Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:00 am
by JordyC
wmay wrote:I live a 10 min walk from this park. Every night in the summer at 11.30 I hear the fireworks as if they were in my kitchen. Anyway, I love Tivoli. It rarely feels crowded even though it's a popular park and it's located right in the city centre. Great trip report!


The fireworks were indeed very loud. And for it being in the middle of a big city, I was wondering what the people living near the park would think about that. But it is indeed a very lovely park!

Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:26 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! I always love seeing photos of Tivoli since the park's landscaping looks so nice. I'm always impressed by how compact Daemonen is and that first elevated section reminds me of Great Bear.

Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:35 am
by JordyC
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! I always love seeing photos of Tivoli since the park's landscaping looks so nice. I'm always impressed by how compact Daemonen is and that first elevated section reminds me of Great Bear.


Thank you! And yes, Dæmonen is a very compact ride, but lots of fun. And the helix before the drop is definitely unique.

Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:34 am
by JordyC
Bakken - June 2017

Hello everyone!

June 28th and 29th 2017, I went for my first ever time to Copenhagen to visit Tivoli Gardens and Bakken. I spent the first day in Tivoli Gardens, and the second day in Bakken.

On June 29th I visited Bakken, the oldest amusement park in the world. It is located on the edge of Copenhagen. The park does not charge an entrance fee, but like Tivoli Gardens, you have to buy individual ride tickets. You can also buy a wristband with access to all the attractions. The wooded area and many access roads provide a free and open atmosphere that I had never experienced before at a theme park. Queues were pretty much non existent that day, which led to numerous rerides (and that's something we all want). Overall, I had a brilliant time at one of the most unique parks in Europe.

Sadly, Tornado (the Intamin Spinning Coaster) was closed during my visit. It is a shame, because I was really looking forward to riding this insane coaster. But that is how it goes sometimes, so we dealt with it and enjoyed the rest of Bakken!

Rutschebanen (6,5/10)
One of the oldest coasters in Europe, and it's still awesome! Definitely not as good as Rutschebanen at Tivoli, but still better than some of the newer woodies. The airtime was great, especially considering its age. One downside, you got braked fairly hard before every drop. And I am sure that if that wasn't the case, the airtime would be insane. Don't get me wrong, it was still great, but nothing compared to Rutschebanen at Tivoli. Also, it was surprisingly smooth. There was not really any theming, though.

Also, the fact that there was absolutely no queue all day and that they were running 3 (!!) trains, is fantastic! I would love to see that at some other parks.

Mine Train Ulven (6/10)
This coaster was a surprise hit! It was so much fun. It makes me wonder why there aren't more of these. They are very smooth, and they have a really good pacing through the entire ride, without being too intense. It is definitely one of my favourite family coasters!

Vilde Mus (5/10)
Your standard Mack Wild Mouse, with some slight changes in the layout. It is my second favourite Wild Mouse (after Matterhorn Blitz at Europa-Park). Mostly because this one has some great theming, it is very smooth and it is barely braked.

Racing (3,5/10)
Racing was a fun classic coaster. It is actually quite an intense ride.

Mariehønen (2/10)
Although it is a standard Tivoli Coaster, this one was very different. The operator stops the train on the lift hill after a few laps, after which the booster wheels launch you over the top. It was very fun!

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Welcome to Bakken - the oldest amusement park in the world!

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Like Tivoli, this park is full with lovely restaurants.

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I love all the little buildings! And oh yeah, the woodie in the back too.

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These rides are a lot of fun.

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London Bus Stop. Weird, because there's a train next to it.

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Let's start with a ride on Mine Train Ulven.

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Going up the lift hill.

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What a very fun ride. It's one of my favourite family coasters!

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Hands up if you love Mine Train Ulven! No? Okay..

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Next up, Rodeo Banen.

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Start your engines!

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Why is this so funny to pronounce?

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Not too often you see some swans in the air.

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They also have this classic log flume. I really liked it!

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Some more beautiful Danish buildings.

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Lots of places to eat and relax at this park.

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Bakken is also home to multiple games. All very well themed.

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Someone fancy a ride through the jungle?

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Classic Tea Cup ride.

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It's time for Mariehønen.

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Back view.

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If all parks would operate their Tivoli's like they do at Bakken, I would ride it every time!

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Another well themed restaurant.

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Like almost every other park, Bakken also has Bumper Cars.

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Tornado. Unfortunately, I won't be riding it today.

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I don't speak Danish, but I know what this means.

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No Tornado-ing today.

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A closer look at the lift launch.

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Great theming, though!

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If you want to roll in the sky, Sky Roller is the place to be!

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They also have this awesome Fun House!

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Extreme is too extreme for me. No, thank you.

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Time for a ride on Vilde Mus!

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More sharp turns coming up.

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This one has magnetic brakes - thank God!

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There is also hardly any braking, which is awesome!

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De 'Empty' Mus

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This was an awesome S&S tower. Some of the best airtime I've ever had on one of these!

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Ready for a race?

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Number 7 for the win!

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What a great classic coaster!

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Don't even ask.

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Pirate ship thingy.

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This is one of my favorite flats in the world, and it has a very long circle. What more could you ask for?

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Pissoir, this way!

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Some more games.

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Another classic ride - a ghost train.

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It was packed in front of the stage! I am not even trying going to sit between them.

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Crazy Theatre. Nothing special, though.

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You can even go on a safari at Bakken!

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They also have a train that takes you around the park.

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I have got no idea what this is.

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Apparently, it is always Christmas at Bakken!

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What is this supposed to mean?

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Some beautiful paintings of Bakken.

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It's time for Rutschebanen!

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3 train operation + barely any people = empty trains

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Go home lift hill, you're drunk.

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Three train shot for y'all.

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Double down through the Scandinavian flags.

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It's a shame I wasn't able to experience this park at night, but I had a plane to catch.

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When life doesn't go right.. Go left!

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Airtime!

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What a classic, I loved it!

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My last photo at Bakken, which means the end of the trip.


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:51 am
by cfc
I really enjoyed Bakken when I visited with TPR years ago. Any park that has Desperadoes is OK in my book, and their ghost train was lots of fun.

Re: Photo TR's: JordyC's Theme Park Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:02 am
by JordyC
cfc wrote:I really enjoyed Bakken when I visited with TPR years ago. Any park that has Desperadoes is OK in my book, and their ghost train was lots of fun.


Indeed, the ghost train was a lot of fun. I really like the feel of classic rides. Also, it was surprisingly well themed.