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

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

Postby cfc » Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:05 pm

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.
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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.
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So that’s where it is! Just turn left before you reach Liseberg.
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Through this portal you will find . . .
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. . . naked people . . .
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. . . and Valkyria--but no naked Valkyries.
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Too late to get off now, folks.
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The dragon out front shoulda told ya.
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Balder got a snazzy new sign since my last visit.
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Looks like the station got a make over, too.
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“Great horny toads! If Odin tells me I gotta kill that rabbit, then I’m a’gonna kill that rabbit!”
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Balder is still a crazy air- and hair-time machine.
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I was on my own for a bit, so I decided to wander around and take more photos. Have you ever seen anyone more terrified than the woman in the third seat from the right in the front row?
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This group seems to be having more fun than that poor lady.
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“That poor woman! I want to give her a big Swedish hug.”
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That’s Loke, and it certainly looks like a ride the God of Mischief would build.
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Helix is more my speed than Loke . . .
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. . . as is Lisebergbanan.
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This classic Schwarzkopf got some love last year . . .
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. . . not to mention new trains. It's still a very good terrain coaster with great views of the park and city.
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I had ice cream for lunch. Don’t judge.
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Everybody made it in time for the ritual signing of Balder.
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Pontus said, “Only those who are worthy may lift the Sharpie of Thor.”
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Here’s my lefthanded handwriting and part of my face.
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I couldn’t find my signature from previous trips, but I wasn’t entirely sure where to look, or even if those particular pieces of wood were still there.
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But Balder rocks on!
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Oh, there’s my Ten of Diamonds. Must’ve fell out of my sleeve.
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Here is my one terrifying photo of the eerie Hotel Gasten! It’s really scary, kids! More to come.
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby cfc » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:06 pm

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!
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Here’s the view from Balder’s control room.
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Remember: Al sees and knows all!
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Here’s an entrance to a haunt. The park was getting ready for Halloween.
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Valkyria is very photogenic.
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Three dudes in the front really know how to kick back and enjoy themselves.
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More happy riders on Valkyria.
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Balder is a bit trickier to photograph than Valkyria, but we got a good view of the first drop during the tour.
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There’s a wee bit of hair time on Valkyria, too.
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Hmm--these are either harnesses for climbing the lift hill, or Valkyria is into S&M.
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The water-filled dummies stand watch over Valkyria’s shop.
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On Walpurgisnacht, they come to life and roam the earth, looking for coaster enthusiasts to consume!
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Don’t touch the wheels, lest you risk the dummies’ wrath!
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“Captain’s log, supplemental. All is quiet on Valkyria’s bridge, but I still can’t shake the feeling that Loke has gone over to the Klingons.”
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How about a closer look at the elder statesman of Liseberg’s coasters: Lisebergbanan.
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We got a good look at Helix here, too.
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Helix says “hello” to Lisebergbanan.
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Poor, lost ducky!
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Someone done lost their chaw, too.
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Hmm--I’m a surprise guest star in this photo of Lisebergbanan’s shop. I look a bit “snooty.”
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Stats for those who care to translate them.
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Up close and personal with Lisebergbanan’s track.
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Thanks for letting us stop by, Lisebergbanan.
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Another angle showing why Balder is so awesome. 70 degrees!
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And our tour of control booths ended at Lisebergbanan.
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A look at Valkyria from atop Liseberg’s hill.
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I think the Swedish name for this ride translates as “Chuck Will Only Take Photos . . .
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. . . of Other People on this Ride.”
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It was nice to see Liseberg being lit up for the evening.
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I have ridden this flat before, but I wasn’t feeling great due to my Polish cold, so I skipped it.
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Are you ready to . . . er . . . rock?
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Yes, Larry is most definitely ready to rock. We had ERT on Balder and Helix with a British group that night, but I wasn't feeling great, so I called it a night. That’s all for now.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:38 pm

Great report! It's really hard to believe Liseberg is in a city with that hill and all the greenery around the park.
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Postby jynx242 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:54 am

Awesome report as always Chuck - I always get some grins and laughs.
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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:33 am

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!
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Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:10 pm

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!
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Postby The Great Zo » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:04 am

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.


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Postby cfc » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:19 pm

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.
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OK, where’s the entrance? It’s gotta be around here somewhere.
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“That’s right, hoomans. This way to the nice tiger. Yes, I’d love to have you for lunch.”
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Kolmarden is beautiful--and huge.
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A first tantalizing look at Wildfire.
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More on this bad boy later.
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“Oh, there you are, lunch, er, I mean, nice hoomans who I won’t eat!”
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There’s a beautiful view behind the Safari Restaurant, where we had lunch. The tiger was on his own.
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And here’s an idea of huge this park really is. Let’s see how the animals are doing on this hot-for-Sweden day.
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“Oh, boy, it's hot! Thought I was gonna black out passin’ that log!”
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“You might want to back off a bit, junior. I have a very high fiber diet.”
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“Now there’s something you don’t see every day, Chauncey.”
“What’s that, Edgar?”
“ Coaster enthusiasts taking photos of animals instead of random pieces of rides.”
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She insisted that I get her good side.
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“Er, little privacy, please?”
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“My one desire in life is to be an adorable meme.”
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Maybe it’s just the time of year, but this reminds of the woods the Monster wandered through in “The Bride of Frankenstein.”
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This is one of the best “safari” attractions anywhere.
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As you can see, it’s pretty popular.
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Up we go. It was hot that day, but the gondola works up a good breeze.
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Not only do you see lots of animals, but you get great views of Wildfire. More animals and Wildfire to come.
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Postby cfc » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:50 pm

Meanwhile, back at Kolmarden, which we're still at, so this segue seems a bit silly . . .
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Looks like it’s feeding time.
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“Feeding time? Did someone say feeding time?”
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“I say, Cyril, have you tried these leaves? They’re quite succulent.”
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“Indeed! You ladies and gentlemen in the gondolas should come down and try them. They are delectable!”
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“Hmm--I bet I could leap from this roof, grab one of them hoomans from a gondola, and no one would be the wiser.”
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Er, what happened to the bicyclist?
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Back we go.
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OK, who wants to ride Wildfire?
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This ride in no way reminds me of the cheesy hit single from the 1970s.
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This is a great ride in a beautiful setting. The station theming is great, too.
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It gives you great rides in any seat--from the front . . .
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. . . to the back!
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The woman in the front row looks far too relaxed.
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The black-haired woman looks like she snapped her neck.
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Wildfire is nonstop crazy . . .
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. . . as you’d expect . . .
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. . . from RMC.
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Hmm--a ride like this would look good in, say, Williamsburg, even if we do already have one in Doswell. ;)
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Look upon Wildfire with reverence . . .
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. . . or just have a blast on it. Your call. That’s all for now.
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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:44 pm

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.
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