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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:05 pm
by cfc
I'm glad people are enjoying this TR. Andy, that top photo of Untamed that you "quoted" is my favorite of all the ones I took.

On we go.

Hot Times in Sweden, Part 1: Liseberg

Elissa summed up the last few days of the trip perfectly: “Who would’ve thought that the hottest days would be in Sweden?” It was warm in Poland, but the thermometer hit the 90s in a country know for cooler temps--defintely no parkas necessary.

It also took a bit of doing to reach Sweden after we’d finished up in Poland. We were supposed to fly to Amsterdam to catch our flight to Gothenburg, but a massive refueling system failure at the former put an end to that. Fortunately, everyone was rebooked on four different flights, with one group flying in the next morning (which required more reshuffling of our schedule at Liseberg). I can’t thank Robb and Elissa enough for getting us all over this hurdle.

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In 2006, the last time I flew into Gothenburg airport, I remember the terminal being rather small (as I remember it being about the size of two average McDonald's restaurants). It’s grown a bit since then.


I was in one of the groups who made it Gothenburg that evening. Some of us went over to Liseberg that night, but I stayed in, thanks to a nagging cold that I’d caught somewhere down the line (I blame Poland). This was my third visit to Liseberg with TPR, and the third time I’ve caught a cold going there. Some European virus has it in for me! I felt well enough the next day, though.

What can I say about Liseberg that hasn’t been said 1,000 times before? That it’s one of the most beautiful urban amusement parks in the world? That it’s home to Balder, one of the best wooden coasters in the world? That Hotel Gasten is the best permanent haunt ever? That the staff and the food are great? All these statements are true.

Let’s focus on what was new to me. I really enjoyed Valkyria, the park’s new B&M Dive Coaster. It was very well themed, and I liked how that part of the park, which includes Balder and Loke (a big “Frisbee” type ride), had been transformed into a “village” dedicated to myths and legends. I’d much rather ride Valkyria than Cedar Point’s Valravn.

I also liked Helix, the park’s launched Mack coaster, even though it was having technical problems off and on all day. There’s some good air in parts, and I like how it interacts with Lisebergbanan, the park’s old Schwarzkopf coaster. Helix is a good addition to the park, even though I still prefer Europa’s Blue Fire to it.

Unfortunately, I never got to experience Atmosfear, the park’s drop ride on what used to be its observation tower. It was out of commission that day--but it’s another good reason to return to Liseberg.

But if you’ve made the climb up to Helix and Atmosfear only to find them closed, don’t worry. There’s a new version of Desperadoes up there, too. Don’t miss it!

And a big thank you to Pontus Hallsberg, our excellent host at Liseberg. He's a credit to his park!

Care to join me? I’ll try not to cough on you.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:06 pm
by cfc
One can never get enough Liseberg. I was lucky enough, along with a few others, to take a backstage tour of Balder, Valkryia, and Lisebergbanan, where Robb was shooting video and we were taking lots of photos. Thanks for being our guide, Pontus!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:38 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! It's really hard to believe Liseberg is in a city with that hill and all the greenery around the park.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:54 am
by jynx242
Awesome report as always Chuck - I always get some grins and laughs.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:33 am
by jedimaster1227
Liseberg remains among the top of the European parks I most strongly want to get myself to... Right up there with Europa Park, Efteling and Toverland. Thank you for sharing another great report!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:10 pm
by PKI Jizzman
Great report, Chuck! That ice cream looked delicious. It makes for a great lunch on a hot day when you're walking all over a park. You've got some really nice shots in this report, too. Balder looks top notch!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:04 am
by The Great Zo
I love this park, and these are some great photos of it! The control room / maintenance bay tour was awesome, and we got some nice angles of the coasters you can't get anywhere else. Helix was (sadly) disappointing in a few different ways, but Valkyria was fun, and Balder was running much better than when I visited in 2016.

Ice cream is always a perfectly acceptable lunch at a theme park.

cfc wrote:I’m getting to know this hotel pretty well. Well, at least the hotel itself. But I still get screwed up and turned around trying to walk back to it from Liseberg.


Just past the 7-11, which was /actually/ open from 7 to 11!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:19 pm
by cfc
Hot Times in Sweden, Part 2: Kolmarden

Kolmarden hadn’t changed much since I was last there with TPR three years ago. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that. This Swedish zoo is great just the way it is.

Why? Well, some zoos in the USA have amusement-park rides. Some even have coasters, even if they’re just “family” or “kiddie” coasters. But Kolmarden has . . .

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. . . a huge RMC in an incredibly beautiful location. This monster roars and tumbles and flips through and around rugged rock formations and beautiful woods. It’s hard to top this coaster’s setting, and our ERT session on it was loads of fun. My thanks to Robb and Elissa for that.

But there’s more to Kolmarden than Wildfire. It’s an excellent zoo with a unique gondola safari ride and lots of animal exhibits. It’s also huge, and you get quite a workout stomping from the entrance all the way to Wildfire.

I don’t have much more to add to what I said in my previous trip report about the park. Just put on your comfortable walking shoes and grab a bottle of water, because it’s a hot day. Let’s take a hike across Kolmarden.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:50 pm
by cfc
Meanwhile, back at Kolmarden, which we're still at, so this segue seems a bit silly . . .

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:44 pm
by Nrthwnd
Great looking zoo. And yay for Skyrides! :smile: And great shots of Wildfire, too, Chuck.
But - kind of sad to see only one front seat filled, in a couple of your photos of it.