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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Loefet » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:01 am

YAY more news, I guess I have to bring my nephews there to get to ride some of them :)
I had a look at the Liseberg map on their site and it looks like the "Flying Elephants" will be located where Rainbow used to be.

^ I completely agree with you on your Liseberg, Gröna Lund comparison. Even though Gröna Lund have had a decent amount of rides for kids. Liseberg on the other hand have removed a lot more of their "Thrilling" rides in the past year, and not added anything in their place...

Also seeing that they haven't added anything to the spot where Aerovarvet/Kulingen used to be gives me hope that there might be something going there for 2011...

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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:40 pm

Liseberg has sent us a press release about Paul Bocuse (of Bocuse D'or fame) adding his handprints to the Liseberg "Walk of Fame."

Unique impression left by Paul Bocuse

On 12 February master chef Paul Bocuse joined the ranks of numerous sports stars and music celebrities to become the first chef – and the first person from France – to take his place in Liseberg’s Walk of Fame.

Paul Bocuse, who has been called the chef of chefs, is a living legend in gastronomic circles. On Friday 12 February he visited Liseberg to make his handprints at Liseberg’s Walk of Fame. The chef pressed his hands firmly into the cement and completed the process by signing his autograph. When his signature turned out slightly off-centre it became clear that Paul Bocuse is a perfectionist.

“Can you centre it afterwards or should I sign again?” asked the 84-year-old celebrity chef curiously.

Many famous names can already be seen at Liseberg’s Walk of Fame, including those of Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney and Whitney Houston, but Paul Bocuse is the first chef and the first Frenchman.

“It’s a big honour for Liseberg and all our restaurants to welcome a legend such as Paul Bocuse. He has made an enormous contribution to the restaurant world and we are very pleased he has come to visit,” said Thomas Sjöstrand, CEO of Lisebergs Restaurant AB.
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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Loefet » Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:48 am

2009, best ever year for Liseberg.
Liseberg, via Google translate wrote:2009 goes down in history as the results in terms of best year ever for Liseberg. Despite the current economic downturn increased the Group's profit compared to 2008 from 28 million SEK to 72 million SEK.

There is an increase in visitor arrivals, together with higher sales per visitor, which is behind the good results. Liseberg amusement park was visited during the summer season of 2,352 million guests, and Christmas at Liseberg set a new visitor record with 552 000 visitors.

Lisebergs all facilities (amusement park with accommodation facilities and event venues) had 3.6 million visitors, compared with 3.4 million 2008th
- Guest volume for both summer and winter exceeded all expectations and really shows that we offer our guests are asking for, "said Mats Wedin, CEO of Liseberg.

Over the last decade has Liseberg invested over 1 billion SEK of its own activities. 2009 was no exception. Over 100 million SEK was invested in including two new rides, and Hanghai Rabalder, a conversion of Lisebergsteatern and a total renovation of the Liseberg Wärdshus.
- We had the courage to make the investments that we had planned, even though it looked really dark out, "said Mats Wedin.

Lisebergs for tourism in Gothenburg is still great. In 2009, park visitors generated approximately 2.5 billion in tourist revenue to the city.
- It's so clearly a particularly satisfying when the recession hit western Sweden hard, "said Mats Wedin.

Lisebergs all facilities (amusement park with accommodation facilities and event venues) had 3.6 million visitors, compared with 3.4 million 2008th
- Guest volume for both summer and winter exceeded all expectations and really shows that we offer our guests are asking for, "said Mats Wedin, CEO of Liseberg.

Link to Press release.

So in the end they have done a terrific job to get through the economical recession, but they haven't still broken the park visitors record from 2003 (Balder opened) that saw 3.4 million visitors (summer + winter seasons).
I really hope that this will mean that there will be some big stuff in the future of Liseberg :)

72 million SEK is about the same as: 10.1 million USD, £6.7 million, 7.4 million €...

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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Loefet » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:18 am

Finally a press release about the new rides, and a quick construction update!!

New Rides!!
Liseberg wrote:Liseberg is opening in about a months time. When the park opens they will premiere the Flying elephants, a new pony carousel, bumper cars and the new adventures of Sammy at Maxxima. And Quick pass of course.

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The Flying elephants become a cherished reunion for all those who were children 1986. Since that was the last time it spun at Liseberg.

The Pony Carousel has been around even longer, in fact, ever since the park opened 1923. This year it is exchanged for a brand new carousel.

The Bumper cars are another classic that get a facelift. Among the 36 new cars, five will be painted as police cars. The rest is, as the name imposes, strips with local radio channel logos.

Sammy adventure is the name of the new 3D animated film on Maxxima. In it we follow the turtle Sammy on his journey through a changing world where the human impact on the environment plays a central role.

This year's big news is otherwise the Quick Pass, or the ability to pre-book their place in rides and thus avoid standing in line. Anyone who buys an Åkpass at Liseberg website are given the opportunity to reserve the Quick Pass, free of charge. In connection with the purchase when you get a chance to book time slots on Lisebergbanan, Kanonen, Balder, FlumeRide and Kållerado.

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A quick photo update of the park:

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Not much new to see here.

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Not here either, but soon it might look very different...

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Hang Hai were a new ride last year, but there is some work done in the background...

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What are they doing with that truck??

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Looks like they are preparing the ground for the Flying Elephants.

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Here is the location of the new observation wheel that will be placed in the harbour of Gothenburg, after about a year of complaints and lawsuits they are finally able to put it up for this year.

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Close up, why would this be a part of a Liseberg update? Well Liseberg is the company that own the wheel (will move it to the park as the building permit expires in 2 years time) and they will also run it when it's done. The wheel will open around the same time as the park...

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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby _Joel_ » Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:22 pm

A video clip from the newspaper GP (Göteborgs-Posten) when Liseberg took down the Christmas star from the Liseberg Tower. Nice view over the park! http://www.gp.se/gptv?path=gptv.abcdn.net/TV-ARKIV/Goteborg&playfile=12270_Folj_med_pa_helikopterfard_over_Goteborg_115289.pls&autostart=1

The construction of the new ovservation wheel in the harbour in Gothenburg has started. This is a photo from today. http://www.gp.se/nyheter/goteborg/1.348092-hjulet-rullar-pa

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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread - Maurer Sohne, Bussink??

Postby Loefet » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:09 am

New update:

Liseberg have recieved a big shippment from Maurer Söhne, for an installation...

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See what I mean

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Then we spotted a Bussink car??

Ahhhh it's for the harbour wheel :D

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Lighting accessories...

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According to the builders then the wheel itself should be finished today, and the start to put on the 42 gondolas will begin tomorrow.
Official opening day is on the 22:nd of May and the wheel will initially run everyday until late august between 11 and 21.

To clear things out, Liseberg have bought an observation wheel from Dutchwheels, the wheel is designed by Bussink and built by Maurer Sohne...
Info about the wheel itself can be found at: http://www.dutchwheels.com/ (it's the R60 model)

We didn't stop by Liseberg this time, but we will have that next time...

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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Loefet » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:52 am

A new update as promised!!

First from Liseberg.
They are working hard to get the park ready for it's season première.

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Getting ready at the south side

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Balder through the trees

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New for 2010, the Flying Elephants

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Turbo drop testing

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Lisebergbanan testing

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Liseberg tower testing

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Another new ride for this year, a replacement of the old carousel, which were also testing by the way

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Overview of the north end of the park


Now for a brief observation wheel update as well

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They have completed the structure of the wheel and also hanged all of the gondolas since last time

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Wheel entrance under construction

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VIP gondola, for dinner reservation's etc...


This is it for this time, next update will hopefully come after the Press day next week...

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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Lalle555 » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:12 pm

This looks great! Thanks for the photos Loefet; now I can follow the progress even though I don't have time to go there myself (school is killing me...) :b

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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Loefet » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:11 am

I just got home from the Liseberg press-day for this season, where we got info and tested some of the new stuff this year.

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We start at the beginning by the entrance

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There were three Liseberg rabbits which played around with the children that were with the group

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It's not often that you see a park this empty

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One of the new rides from last year

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The first new ride we looked at was the new Ponny Karusellen (Pony carousel)

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The press manager Julia Vasilis welcomed us to take a ride.
Parts of the old one that were removed had been around sine Liseberg opened in 1923

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Rabbits doing their thing

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The police wanted to see what was happening

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This new model featured some really unstable horses that you can "ride" on

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It really looks great, Zamperla really knows how to make it look good

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The two bandits

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Moving through the empty park

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Liseberg Station

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Maintenance guys hard at work

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They have added a second entrance for the Quick pass holders at Lisebergbanan

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Normal work ethics, one is working and two are supervising

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Next up was the new and improved Radiobilarna (bumper cars).
They have replaced the old Volvo cars with 24 brand new ones, they have also moved the exit to a better location.
6 of the new cars sport a Police paint job, where as the rest of them have been, of course, given "Radio channel" based paint jobs...

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One of the Bandit rabbits have found the perfect car

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So did the other one

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Ooops, wrong car...

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Much better

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Even the Liseberg CEO joined the fun (BTW he drives like a maniac).
The best thing with these new cars is the seatbelts, they are like a normal belt but you don't have to buckle them, just pull them over your head

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Looks like they have got it to work now

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Seems to be running really fast today

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Can't wait to ride it later in the season

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Empty or cloaking devices, you decide...

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Kanonen without a stalled train

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That helix is teh shit

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Quick pass entrance on the Flume Ride

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After stopping by the new game wheel (cookies), we got to the 3:rd new ride for this season, the Flygande Elefanterna (Flying Elephants)

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Liseberg had one in the past, which was removed at the same time as the old Scenic railway

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The rabbits were still fooling around with the kids

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Pretty standard ride, but two adults in a car is a bit heavy for the air pressure :)

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Seems a bit too happy that this ride have returned

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The entrance to the Quick Pass on Kanonen is up these stairs

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The one on Balder is by the entrance to the little hut inside one turnaround

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Quick pass screen, you have 15 minutes to get to your timeslot

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Some cleaning is done to Uppswinget

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The Ice-Bar have returned, last time there was one in a temporary building in 2006, but this time it might stay.
If you enjoy your visit at the Ice Bar then you now have the opportunity to have a meal served on plates made by Ice in the nearby restaurant

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The old bar that were in conjunction with one of the restaurants in the area by the ghost hotel have had a complete re-theme and have become Spökbaren Gasten (Ghost bar Gasten)

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It was a bit too dark inside to take any good pictures, but it is meticulously themed into a really creepy place, with loads of fun things to see. They were also serving some special snacks there, maggots and cockroaches...

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After a little stop by to get some snacks and listen about the new stuff in the park, we were able to walk around in the park and take pictures, do re-rides, etc.

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Balder really looks great

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They were still cleaning Uppswinget

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New, never seen before picture from the Quick Pass line

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Quick Pass line, oh I forgot between these images we managed to get 2 rides on Balder :D It was running great for a cold day, but it was a bit sluggish on the lowest part, but I guess that 4 people on the train might be a bit light to get a good run :)
One of the ride ops complained that I put the bar too tight on the first run, so on the second one he did it for me, I haven't had that bar so far from my lap before :P I was standing up the whole way...
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More empty space

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Next time there will be a lot more people here

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Looks really nice!!

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We weren't allowed to get on Rablader :(

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We stopped by the wheel on the way home and decided to take some close ups of the finished wheel

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It was a really nice day, and I would like to thank the people at Liseberg for the opportunity for us to visit.

BTW, I asked Julia if they had any plans for the space on the mountain where Aerovarvet/Kulingen stand, but I only got the reply that they did, so we might be in for a treat...

The season premier is this Saturday, so please pay a visit!!

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Re: The Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Loefet » Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:46 pm

Another update from the press-day which I read in today's paper gives a real hope that there will be something bigger coming next year.
GP wrote:Årets satsning på de mindre barnen, förklarar Mats Wedin , vd för Liseberg, med att de minsta inte har haft lika mycket att göra i nöjesparken som äldre barn.
- Det vill vi ändra på och det måste vara lite växelbruk vilka vi satsar på, säger han och avslöjar sedan att nästa satsning kommer att bli på de lite äldre.
En ny attraktion i Balder-klass?
- Det kan jag inte säga nu, men jag hoppas att vi inom ett par veckor kan gå ut med mer information.

Rough translation wrote:This year's focus on the younger children, explains Mats Wedin, CEO of Liseberg, the smallest children haven't had as much to do in the amusement park as older children have.
- We want to change that and there must be a little rotation on who we invest on, he says and then reveals that the next investment will focus on the slightly older crowd.
A new attraction in the Balder-Class?
- I can not say now, but I hope that within a few weeks can go out with more details.

So hopefully they will reveal what they are getting for the 2011 season soon, and seeing that this is the last year that Mats is the CEO of Liseberg could mean that they will get something special so that he can leave with a bang.

I really hope that they put in some kind of coaster on top of the mountain :)

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