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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby BrunoH » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:17 pm

I just came home from a wonderful evening at Liseberg. I had the luck to be among the first 5 when the ride opened for the staff evening. We went on the second train to be sure to get the front seats for our first ride.

The ride is just Beautiful. I haven't been riding hundreds of rides around the World like some of you on this site. But among the 30-40 rides I have done, this is absolutely one of the best - if not the best.

The ride is so smooth and you sit perfect in the seats. I have not been on blue fire Before so this was first time for me in this type of Mack ride. The restraints are perfect! They keep you in Place and lets the whole body free. Brilliant! The ride never feels to fast it's just a nice twisting tour around the park. Two air times stands out. The one after the pretzel loop and the one after the top hat are just great!

The launchers are so nice and does not kick you in the back. As the train already are doing good speed into the launchers there is just a slow steady acceleration up to speed. This ride is so civlised all people can ride it without problems.

The last times I rode it I went into the back seat. That was a real kicker! As you fly out of the station and get Airtime into the first drop you realize this will be fun. And it is. The ride is nice up front, but gives some serious action riding in the last train. I really prefer riding in the back and recommend it for all who likes to get tickled!

So when the evening is done, and I think back, I must first of all give big thanks to Liseberg and Andreas Andersen for making this dream come true. I have been dreaming about a more gutsy ride on the Liseberg hill all time since 1986 when I rode Lisebergbanan the first time. And this wonderful coaster delivers - in spades!

Are you in northern europé and like rollercoaster you have to come and visit! This one is a keeper! :b
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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Loefet » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:14 pm

Helix Press Launch Event
Just got back home after a great day out at Liseberg and the press launch event of the new coaster for the 2014 season, Helix!!
I have to say that after almost 1.5 years of following the construction of this ride closely that I had some massive expectations of the final product. The expectations were taken down a notch or two when the park released the POV, but they were still pretty high. This close watch over all the phases of the construction of Helix is sort of a curse, and my worst fears came true on my first ride.
I left my first ride, which was in the very back row of the second train out of the station, with a feeling of "meh". :?r This bit really frightened me :wtf:
But now when I look back then I have to say that it was a great thing, since all my expectations disappeared in an instant and I could only enjoy the rides more and more as the day progressed. And boy did they rides impress as the day turned to evening :)
Even though everybody raved about the rides in the back, I have to say that I really enjoyed the rides up front or even in the middle of the train very well, but that is most likely an lingering feeling of the first ride.
However, the second to last ride in the back car was really something, but the last one in front row was definitely the best ride I had all day on Helix :D

Can't wait to get back for more :D

The train sped up a lot during the day so it will be even better in later in the summer as the temperature rises as well. At the moment there was a clear difference between the trains, one was faster than the other, but that will even out as well when they get some more circuits in them. There are some slight vibrations on the trains, but that is also something that hopefully will dissipate as they are broken in.

On the ride itself, then it's a real solid ride for the whole family. It gives you all kinds of great feelings around it's route. The air-time just goes more and more insane as the hills get larger along the ride, the final massive hill is insane, delivering epic never-ending airtime, also don't forget the Dennis Flip which is really great :) . All the inversions and direction changes though may be a bit too much really, it's get a bit too spinny for me on the first half. I agree with some of the comments about Helix should have had a bit more airtime and maybe less inversions, the balance may have been better that way.
No matter what I say above, Helix is still a great ride, a long, smooth ride with a great pacing overall, one that you can ride over and over again and put a massive smile on your face on every ride. It's a real top of the line ride that really delivers, so all of you disregard all your expectations and just enjoy it as the damn good ride it is. And all the non-enthusiasts I spoke with seems to love it so that's really all the praise you need really.
What's really amazing, is that this is the 3:rd world class coaster located in an inner-city park in a small north European country, that's got to count for something, Liseberg really knows how to make these things :P

Though I still lean toward Balder as a better ride, but Helix will need some time for it to really grow on me, damn this curse and my expectations :(

A massive thank you to all the people at Liseberg for making this happen, especially Lisa and Andreas for the time they have taken for me and my brother so that we are able to get a lot of these images to share with all of you of the construction of this massive!!
Also it was really nice to meet all the great people also invited to the park!


To finish this of, here are some images from today, I will go back on Saturday for even more images, so until then!!
Enjoy!
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It's that time of the year, Liseberg Press day!!
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Some people that may be camping for a front row spot to get into the park??
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YAY, Helix!!
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Nice curves
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Yup, it's closed today :)
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The landscaping have improved massively since the last time I was here, and it's still lot's of things to complete until Saturday
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Construction HQ is gone
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Some of the contest winners for the first ride having a go
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Hmmm, are they testing the queue times for Lisebergbanan?
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Massive top-hat looking massive
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Beautiful, give it a few years and it will look even better
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A nice dive into the Pretzel
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Never-ending insane airtime here
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Going up the hill again
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Hmm, what can make this image look better
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YAY train!!
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The middle size hills gives the middle amount of airtime :)
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Tight squeeze into second boost section
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Upside-down floater
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Back at the backside of the station
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Still work to be done
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The essesse
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Heart-line roll!!
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More airtime
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Even more airtime :P
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Twisty
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Tight
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YAY BALDER!!
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The Ben&Jerry stand have been added a bit of Helix
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Now for the actual press launch thingy.
Andreas Andersen is doing his speech
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First train out!!
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Cool Lighting in the staion
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This area looks great
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It's a complete maze
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Paths everywhere, up and down this space
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After a few goes we got a ride on Kanonen
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And Balder, which was running great by the way
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Andreas Andersen trying to cheer me up :)
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Epic skylight is epic
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The station looks even better at night
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So does Helix :)
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2 days left until opening!!

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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Ap0ptosis » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:06 pm

I am convinced that it is a really great ride if you let it be what it is and not what you wanted it to be (which maybe never even was intended).
In Andreas latest blog post he speaks about his nervousness and uses the words "I can only see the deficiencies, that which is not perfect".
I believe this applies to you as well. If you were to ride it with a blank page, not comparing the heartline roll to bluefires, not having a preconceived perception of the intensity, not having flied along the tracks a million times in your head, you would be blown away.
I hope that bitter taste will turn sweet as you ride it more and enjoy it in new light.

But who am I to speak, I have yet to compare it to my own expectations..

Yet I feel confident I will find a new love in what seems to be a pretty damn good coaster for the whole family, not just the extremists! :lover:

EDIT: And as always, awesome pictures!

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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby cal1br3tto » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:53 pm

Keep these reports coming! Interesting, though not surprising, to hear that many people strongly prefer the front or the back. I mean, it makes sense of course, but often there's more of a consensus. I have a good feeling that the ride will have enough airtime for my tastes. Looking forward to how the scenery will shape up even better over time.
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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby leviathandude306 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:43 pm

Find it very interesting how so many companies and parks are focusing on these coasters that are more about being just fun rather than super intense. Wonder why?... Is it just because most parks need that "middle ground" ride?

Anyway, helix looks great!

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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:14 pm

Some seriously AMAZING footage of Helix! You gotta see this! Feel free to share the link!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSAWTAbZgi4


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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:55 pm

It's been too long since I've been to Liseberg! Helix looks like tons of fun...I need to get back!
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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby KBrylczyk » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:50 pm

robbalvey wrote:Some seriously AMAZING footage of Helix! You gotta see this! Feel free to share the link!


Awesome footage, Hanno! The ridercam proves that this is an airtime machine, just like I was suspecting. June can't come soon enough!
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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby Loefet » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:25 am

Thanks for the comments!!

Ap0ptosis wrote:I am convinced that it is a really great ride if you let it be what it is and not what you wanted it to be (which maybe never even was intended).
In Andreas latest blog post he speaks about his nervousness and uses the words "I can only see the deficiencies, that which is not perfect".
I believe this applies to you as well. If you were to ride it with a blank page, not comparing the heartline roll to bluefires, not having a preconceived perception of the intensity, not having flied along the tracks a million times in your head, you would be blown away.
I hope that bitter taste will turn sweet as you ride it more and enjoy it in new light.

But who am I to speak, I have yet to compare it to my own expectations..

Yet I feel confident I will find a new love in what seems to be a pretty damn good coaster for the whole family, not just the extremists! :lover:

You hit the nail on the head.
Both me and Andreas agrees on this, we are on the same boat, in this matter.
Though I have left the boat after my first ride and is starting to enjoy it instead for the damn good ride it is.
And as I said, the general public absolutely love it, I have only heard top-marks from all of them. So the review of a bunch of opinionated enthusiasts doesn't really matter at all :)
It's a great family friendly thrill ride (it was actually weird to see all these kids running around in the station on such a major coaster :) ).

Forgot to ad this before. The only complain I have, which is a true complain, not just my own views of the ride.
The insane stapling, WHY???

The ride ops really do their best to crush your lower half, not a pleasant feeling if you are a guy, though it can't be nice for girls either.
Yes my lap-bar is locked and it's snug, why does it have to be bone-crushingly tight as well??
Especially if it will tighten itself as you go down the first drop anyway.

I really hope that they get better at checking restraints once the ride opens..

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Re: Liseberg Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:30 am

This ride might be the closest to 'perfect' you can get. That footage is stunning, too - really shows how well this thing fits in to its surroundings, and it'll only get better!
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