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TPR's 2009 Scandinavian Tour--UPDATE: Linnanmaki
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Postby cfc » Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:54 pm

This space is still available. What are you waiting for?

Maybe for some more Liseberg?
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OK, I'm confused. How can southern California get water from the Colorado River if it flows through Sweden?
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"Tell me the truth--do these ears make my butt look big?"
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Some people who are hoping to get wet. On a rapids ride. In a wholesome way. Although they probably wouldn't complain otherwise.
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"Well, it's not a Vekoma. But that's OK."
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There is only a mild potential for wetness here.
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But it goes up a few points here.
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And now, a very well themed flat ride.
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They actually play these songs while the ride operates.
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"Goodness! Gracious! Great balls 'o' fire!" (Now there's a disturbing image. It would be like the genitalia of Satan!)
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The most aptly named attraction in the park.
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Hmm--high wetness potential here.
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And here.
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Commence the experiment.
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And here are the results. We pay our test subjects one dollar a day. They could get more selling their own blood.
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Looks like a nice spin cycle is in order.
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Yes, they'll be dry in no time.
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Er, this is the "spin" not "spew" cycle. One more set of photos to come.
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Postby cfc » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:14 pm

OK, last chance to buy this space.

Snooze, ya lose!

One last, longing look at Liseberg.
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Hey, kids! Who wants to sail into a magical world of old department-store Christmas displays?
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First, we follow the magical trail of pixie dust! (Or are those Skittles? Kind of hard to tell.)
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The people below are not animatronic. Just thought I'd point that out. Anyway, this Peter Pan-like ride takes you into many classic children's stories, such as . . .
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. . . "Priscilla Pecksniffle, the Proper Prostitute," . . .
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. . . "Return to Neverland 12: What? Hook Again?" . . .
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. . . "The Wizard Who Urinated in Front of Peacocks," and . . .
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. . . "The Emperor Needs New Genitals." Enchanting, no?
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Frozen cow excretions are a very popular snack treat in Sweden.
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Hmm--this could get very painful.
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Yes, centrifugal force can exact a price.
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"Oh, man, I gotta . . .
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. . . upp skjutet!"
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Just "After Shave"? Do you mean Old Spice or Aqua Velva? Or just astringent facial applications in general?
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This is the world's safest bumper car. Kind of boxy, though.
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OK, how many parks can you name that give out vacuum cleaners or meat slicers as prizes?
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We had some twilight ERT on Balder, too. Sigh! I miss it already!
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Well, that's a wrap for now. Thanks for a great day, Liseberg!
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Postby larrygator » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:27 pm

When you gave the description of the park and neglected to mention the water rides, I was afraid you had no pictures of the water rides.

You didn't happen to get any pictures of the group feeding carrots to the horses did you?
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Postby Edward » Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:50 am

Ah, shucks. Didn't make it into any Chuck Pictures.

Oh well. I met up with you guys sometime around the "Frozen cow excretions" EST (Exclusive Snack Time). :P
And looks like I didn't get any good pictures of you either... So I suppose we're even. ;)

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Postby Anac0nda » Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:21 am

Good to see someone still updating the Scandi Trip! (Hopefully Robb can find some time to do the final update, my home park Linnanmäki, soon...)

I love Liseberg! :b All my favourite rides are there (well, except Intamin freefall, but Höjdsckräcken will do), and the scenery and landscape is awesome! But what made my visit stand out from all the parks I've visited, was the opening hours; 10 am to 12 pm! :omg: It was undescribeable riding the rides at night, especially the Screamin' Swing!
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Postby themeparkguy27 » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:44 am

Thanks for posting. Entertaining and informative as always.

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Postby cfc » Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:30 pm

larrygator wrote:When you gave the description of the park and neglected to mention the water rides, I was afraid you had no pictures of the water rides.

You didn't happen to get any pictures of the group feeding carrots to the horses did you?


Unfortunately, no--I was too busy feeding carrots to the horses myself. I did get one picture of the game with no one playing it, though.

Chapter 10: A Credit of a Different Feather--Skara Sommarland

We had a brief stop on the way to Stockholm for a morning at Skara Sommarland. This was an "iffy" park early on. Stopping there depended on whether the park's new ride (and S&S's latest prototype) was up and running. I'm referring to, of course, the goofy "bird coaster" Tranan.

Many of you may have heard about Tranan's rocky opening weekend, when its seatbelt restraints tended to unbuckle on its lifthill. Well, the park and S&S had solved that little problem, so our ERT session was on.

The group's verdict was pretty much a thumbs up, even though Tranan still has a few issues, such as an incredibly noisy lifthill (you can hear this thing running from the other side of the park) and a very abrupt, rough stop at the end (a real knee-and-shin bruiser).

Tranan's shallow, boatlike cars; small plastic seats; and reliance on just seatbelts make it a rather unnerving ride the first time out, as you swing up and over, or around and under, the track. But once you get used to the sensation, the ride's a lot of fun--S&S has a good concept for a family ride here.

But what about the rest of Skara? Essentially, it's a very nice, family-oriented water park and playground with a few rides-- a good place to wile away a summer afternoon.
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This segment is brought to you by the Porta Smoker Cubby! Yes, the whole world can be your personal "smoking area," thanks to our revolutionary design! The Smoker Cubby can be folded up and carried in a suitcase or large purse and ready for you to light up within five minutes!
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OK, now you know where we are. Grow stronger with this knowledge.
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Hmm--OK, I thought I knew where we were.
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Find the bee! And win absolutely nothing but the satisfaction of knowing that the bee can't sting you online.
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Tranan has a rather "industrial" looking station.
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You can buy these coaster-station kits at IKEA.* They're much nicer than the kits at Lowe's or Home Depot.

*Quip made by Larry. I must give credit where credit is due.
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That's pretty much the whole course.
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OK, everybody. Here's your chance to crap on a bird!
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The birds have distinct personalities. This one is a savage killer, as you can tell from the blood running from his beak.
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This dude is obviously a stoner.
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"Hmm--dadburn new model! Go get me a hammer to beat on this thing. Y'all come back when ya hear a loud clanging and banging."*

*Translated from Swedish. I can't vouch for the accuracy.
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Skara gave us some ERT on their powered mine train while we waited for Tranan. The queue was heavily themed . . .
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. . . and kind of dark and creepy.
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My god! Vampire troll people? Or maybe Angus McNasty disguised as a druid?
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"I'll have you know that I'm a Baptist, not a pagan. Please quit misrepresenting my religion."
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"Workin' in a coal mine . . .
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. . . goin' down down."
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You know, this looks like fun.
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I hope they give us at least 20 laps on this thing.
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And they dang near did.
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Yes, I never get tired of circling inside the big aluminum warehouse full of troll statues. Wait--what is that racket? Sounds like a bunch of marbles rolling around in a giant can. Must be Tranan. More to come.
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Postby cfc » Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:48 pm

And don't think that the makers of the Porta Smoker Cubby have forgotten about you tobacco chewers. Be sure to get the optional spittoon attachment.

Smoker, chewer, or spewer--we got you covered!

One last look at Skara Sommarland.
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No one was sure what to make of this ride at first.
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I was tempted to write "NERD" here. But who is the bigger nerd--the nerd taking the nerdy photo, or nerd who takes a picture of him taking the nerdy photo?
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Flap! Flap, you fools!
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Flap for your lives!
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You want to get through this course, ya gotta flap.
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My god! It's become dark! Flap! Flap toward the light!
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OK, prepare to "swoop."
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"Swoop" achieved.
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OK, relax now. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
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But assume proper brace position for those brakes. ("BROMS!")
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OK, what else do they have at Skara? Well, there is the MAGICAL GIANT FAUCET! How do they do it? Eat your freakin' wand out, Harry Potter!
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There was a chance to warm up for the TPR Gran Prix.
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Not that it did me much good.
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There's some purty scenery, . . .
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. . . a fairly substantial water park, . . .
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. . . and the "Bad" restaurant.
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Are you ready for some authentic Swedish Tex Mex?
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Yes, tacos! On a buffet! Is there nothing this park cannot do?
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And they deliver! (OK, I kid. The "taco buffet" was actually decent.)
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Thanks for a nice morning, Skara Sommarland. Next stop--Stockholm.
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Postby OldJJman » Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:53 pm

Very cool coverage Chuck!!

Still need more info on the "Porta Smoker Cubby" though.


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Postby larrygator » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:21 pm

Do you have any pictures of the awesome all you can eat taco bar that we had 12 minutes to partake in?
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