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Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:50 pm
by A.J.
The Great Zo wrote:Whereas Energylandia jumped the rails, if there even were any to begin with.

Exactly. There is nothing wrong with the calculated approach and I think that Legendia's doing great in that regard. It was too bad about the flat rides though, I hope that they can at least get that Flic Flac running again because those things are insane. Plus, they probably spent a lot of money doing the landscaping around it...

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:32 am
by cfc
Electerik wrote:I'll defend Hyperion, for sure. And yes, Formula was good. I didn't ride Dragon, because I couldn't be arsed.



I tried to ride the family coaster in the new "Dragon Land," but thought the restraint was going to strip the flesh off my legs, so I exited stage left. Didn't have a problem with the Vekoma suspended Dragon or Roller Skater, though.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:47 am
by tanthonyam
Swedeland?

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:43 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Yeah, it's where the Hols and Pos go on vacation.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:10 am
by cfc
tanthonyam wrote:Swedeland?


Holland = Land of Hols
Poland = Land of Pols
Swedeland = Land of Swedes

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:26 pm
by Electerik
Part 4: Buses and Glassbombers

The plan was to gather at 4:30am, fly from Poland to Sweden via Amsterdam, and then spend a few hours at Liseberg before our full day there. Alas, the European heatwave caught up with us, shutting down Amsterdam's airport and sending lots of travelers scrambling. This was mildly stressful for us, but only mildly because Elissa and Robb had to do all the work. In the end, we flew out in several smaller groups, at various times, and while Misty and I missed the "half day" at Liseberg, we found that one full day was enough for us anyway.

In fact, I found myself not really digging Liseberg--at least, not during the first half of the day. I thought their coaster collection ho-hum, they don't have a dark ride (actually, their old one closed last year, and they are building a new one for next year, but my assertion still stands), their opening times for rides varied wildly (as late as noon, in some cases), and a few other minor annoyances added up to us thinking that maybe this park wasn't so great. However, after going back to the hotel for a nap and coming back in the late afternoon, we were able to experience all of the other things the park had to offer and began to enjoy it much more.

Kolmården is a sprawling, wooded and hilly zoo with large animal enclosures and a small collection of rides--the two most impressive of which are Wildfire (a "wooden" RMC) and an elaborate skyride with a view of animals.

Our final park of the trip was Gröna Lund--a city park that reminded me quite a bit of Indiana Beach (this is a good thing). If Efteling was objectively my favorite park of the trip, Gröna Lund was more "my" kind of park.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:04 am
by The Great Zo
Electerik wrote:Lisabanana


That's gonna stick. I'm never going to be able to call that coaster by its regular name again.

Bringing back some memories of the Twister ERT. It was running a bit rough, but we were having a blast anyway. Fun times.

Another great update!

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:08 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Sweden looks so awesome! So many "you'd never see this in the US" things there. The Universeum looks amazing, glad you took the time out for it.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:35 am
by A.J.
Electerik wrote:This was mildly stressful for us, but only mildly because Elissa and Robb had to do all the work.

And wonderful work they did.

Next to Liseberg was the Universeum. And since it was stupid hot outside and we weren't absolutely in love with Liseberg, we took some time out of our day to check it out.

I bet Chuck and Larry and AJ don't have this in their trip reports!

No I do not, but in my defense, I only ended up having the afternoon and evening at the park due to the plane snafu, and most of my time was spent checking out everything else. It's on the list for next time!

AJ is dedicated to his craft.

Or... Was I smart enough to skip the scary face-down drop ride? You decide!

Always a pleasure, Erik. :lmao:

The Great Zo wrote:
Electerik wrote:Lisabanana

That's gonna stick. I'm never going to be able to call that coaster by its regular name again.

I refuse to call Shamburgerandcheese by its real name either.

Re: Erik & Smisty & TPR do Holland, Poland, and Swedeland

PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:16 am
by jynx242
What a wonderful and funny report! Thanks so much!