The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Photo TR Scandi Part 2: Star Flyer Climb!
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:32 pm

More Fire Hunks!!!

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Great TR Shawn. Thanks for sharing your visit.
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby The Great Zo » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:19 pm

SuperShawn wrote:Dolly never gets on the actual rides, though it would be hilarious if she ever did. And the apple butter was seriously nothing but delicious win!

Ah ha, I got tricked by that picture. Thought she was on the train :lmao: .
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby ernierocker » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:37 am

^Yeah, she went an interviewed the first riders in the brake run. Thought it was a nice touch by her.
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby SuperShawn » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:46 am

GayCoasterGuy wrote:Great pictures! I can't help but thinking how Firechaser is going to look when the trees start to grow up around it.


We were talking about that while at the park. It is going to look fantastic once the trees have grown in a bit and there's some more coverage and even more interaction with the surroundings.

^ Agreed on it being a nice touch by Dolly. Though you could tell they were rushing her along and they always get a bit nervous when Dolly goes off script.
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby SuperShawn » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:02 am

Ever since the 2009 trip I told myself no matter what I would head to Scandi with TPR whenever they decided to go back. This past June I joined in on the adventure of a lifetime and spend almost 3 weeks traveling through 5 countries, 80 roller coasters and had a whole lot of fun.

The following few updates will be highlights of the trip for you all to enjoy.



Part 1: Copenhagen;

The dream trip started with a 7 hour flight, sitting next to a nice but chatty retired jewish lady heading on a cruise. Upon arrival at the Copenhagen airport I met up with a few other folks to take the train to the first hotel. We quickly go settled in and then went for a stroll about to see the sights of the city. I can not think of a bad thing or experience that happened in Copenhagen. I found great food, beers to go, and whatever is in the water in Denmark makes the people stunning to look at and not to mention friendly. There was also no shortage of hookers propositioning me on the late night walks back to the hotels which provided some great stories.

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Could not have been happier seeing this sign!

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Hey everyone, hop on the party train.

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Ross! Shush this is the quite room!

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Our lovely hotel for the first few nights.

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Anyone ready for a cruise?

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The city was simply stunning

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The first of countless beers

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Welcome to Copenhagen Nerds!

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Randy Marsh's dream restaurant.

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Everyone rides a bike and more shocking, the majority of these were left unlocked!

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Based on a locals suggestion I made a journey to this bakery.

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And that local was so right, delicious cakes and treats!

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Steve demonstrates in a pinch a credit card can be a fork.

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Tip, try getting close to one of these guys and see what happens.

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Any second now they will start singing "Shapoopie"

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We who are about to die salute you.

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Yes that is a beer in hand, and yes he cracked a smile.

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An interactive wall that you can change up.
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Simply flip the squares to show colors and make what you want. Brilliant.
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There is even a cafe to grab booze and watch people change up the wall.
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Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:38 pm

:airtime: :airtimer:

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay another Scandi Trip Report! Woo hoo!!!

Very much looking forward to what's ahead, Shawn.
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Here we are - "inside Balder", at Liseberg Park.
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby SuperShawn » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:07 am

^Thanks Bill. And aww thanks for sharing the picture of us in bunny ears in Blader buzzed on booze. Which just makes me want to go back to Sweden more.
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby Barge84 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:56 am

Boring. Needs more of me. ;)

Good stuff so far, can't wait to see your pictures!
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby SuperShawn » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:15 am

^ don't you worry, there will be some pics of you. ;)
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Re: The Random Adventures of SuperShawn

Postby SuperShawn » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:52 am

Jumping further ahead into the Scandi trip I wanted to share what was easily one of the most incredible experiences ever offered and that I have done. Thank you to Theme Park Review, Grona Lund and some amazing donations to Give Kids the World we were able to actually climb, ride, and crawl our way to the top of their Star Flyer. This was no easy feat and certainly not for the faint of heart given the height, wind, and odd maneuvering through the structure of the ride.

The almost 2 hour adventure started with getting harnessed up on the ride platform allowing us all to second guess our sanity while looking up at the tower. Happy to report that no one in our group backed out and all successfully made the climb up and down. The first step after getting secure in a harness was to climb through the structure and scale a small ladder to then climb outside the structure and stand on the ride vehicle. Yes you read that right and it is something no one in their right mind would ever think to do... and that was just the first step in the process!

Once the group was safely situated onto the vehicle our lovely guides put the ride in elevator mode and slowly we made out way up the tower holding on for dear life. A little past half way up the ride catches a second ring of steel that I believe helps keep the cables in place. In preparation for this imagine being told on a small platform at over 200 feet in the air to be careful not to lose your hands and prepare for a small thunk! Just one of the many points I had no idea why I was choosing to do this!

Step three took place close to 400ft above the ground, and that was to crawl back into the structure and scale the small ladder up and into the elevator room. I think we all breathed a sigh of relief standing in that room and took a few second to gain composure before crawling out a small hatch and standing open air on top of the dome to take in all of Stockholm. While up top Nicole and Jeremiah had a special moment with a proposal, huge congrats on the engagement and for not dropping the ring!

The last step was doing all of that in reverse to get back down to solid ground. Something a few of us never thought we would see again... The sum up, it was unnerving, incredible, intimidating, and absolutely one of the best memories and experiences of my life and no amount of thank you's could ever be said.

Now how about some pictures:
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Once inside the structure, you start second guessing your sanity.
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We think we are happy to be here?
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All that separated us from falling to our death
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And from way up here you all look like little ants!
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Some perspective on how difficult the spaces were to maneuver through and around.
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Oh hey there ERT friends!
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Looking down only proves that Grona Lund is a mess of steel.
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Twister just looks so cute from up here!
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The mechanical room, aka enclosed space to regain composure.
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Climbing out the little hatch was like the ride birthing you onto the roof.
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And the view that made it all worth while.
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Stockholm is stunning from 400ft in the air.
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The moment of truth!
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Just put the ring on and don't drop it.
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The biggest congrats to the happy couple!
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It's hard not to love Grona Lund's location right along the water.
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Ooo look, something shiny!
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Proof we all made it to the top!
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One last look before possible death on the way down.
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Thumbs up for surviving!
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400ft down from that hole.... and it's the only way down.
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That structure looks solid enough, right?
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I just wanted to reach out and pet Insane from up here.
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The perfect location for trying out my balancing skills right?
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Another look at the mass of steel along the water that is Grona Lund.
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Being back to the height of Jetline was a bit of a relief.
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Thank you to these two for allowing this to happen!
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