^ I went thru riding Space Mountain in DisneyParis on several visits: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2015.... It seemed to hurt like heck, every time I had those over-the-shoulder-restraints....<sigh> I believe the initial riding, in 2002 was the best.
Ah, Scandinavia! Can you not smell the salt air, salmon, and pickled herring? Do you not hear the battle cry of the Vikings? Let's go back to 2009 and the region that gave us Epcot's Maelstrom, er, Frozen Ever After.
Yes, vee haf passed zis way before, and vill pass zis way again (as the narrator of Epcot's Maelstrom might've put it). This trip started in Denmark and took us to parks in Sweden, Finland, and Norway (with a bit of time in Germany, as I recall).
You'll recall that we had previously visited Tusenfryd and Liseberg, but the remaining parks were all new to me. It was great to finally see the acutal Tivoli Gardens after experiencing the Japanese version. But the Japanese parks had nothing on the Scandinavian parks when it came to sheer weirdness.
We started in beautiful Copenhagen.
Our hotel was a short walk to the classic Tivoli Gardens, although that isn't where we started.
We started with Bon Bon Land, a magical realm devoted to cartoons and various bodily functions. Most of you will know this place as the home of the infamous Dog Fart Coaster.
But did you know that it also has the largest, creepiest Santa Claus ever?
It's easy to see why Walt Disney found Tivoli Gardens so inspiring. It's absolutely beautiful.
Tivoli's Rutchbanen was the first of three old-school wooden coasters on this trip.
But it was the only one to boast a former U.S. president as a brakeman.
Daemonen was just cutest lil' old B&M coaster ever.
Wait, who's that handing the brakes on Bakken's Rutchebanen? Oh my god, those poor people!
Bakken was also the home of Tornado, one of Intamin's more insane creations, which is saying a lot.
Hansa Park had a very impressive entrance.
Fulch von Novgorod, a launched Eurofighter with a vertical lift, as well, was also pretty dang impressive.
They opened the ride even though the theming, both inside and out, wasn't finished--and it was still a great ride.
They also had a nice old Schwarzkopf--Nessie.
Hmm--either it's pouring rain at Somerland Syd and everyone is wearing ponchos, or we've stumbled into a Klan meeting.
The Klan-meeting theory doesn't seem so far-fetched now. This splash boat ride wins the award for the most politically incorrect ride ever.
Yes, the rain continued at Legoland Billund.
But that didn't stop everyone from riding this rather RTC-like coaster.
I'm not saying that it rained a lot that day, but . . .
At Farup Sommerland, you can pilot your own speedboat. No tracks here!
Falken was a fun S&S wooden coaster.
But Lynet is the park's star attraction.
It was pouring when we hit Tivoli Friheden. Dropping into the net of their SCAD Tower was like plunging into a swimming pool!
Mr. Big boasted authentic American cuisine--that is, a hot box full of fried everything!
I didn't hit Tobu Zoo while TPR was in Japan in '07, so my first Intamin Mega-Lite was Piraten at Djurs Sommerland. It did not disappoint. And remember: Pirates don't say "whee," they say "arrr!"
Who would've thought that my first sighting of a monkey water skiing behind a croc would be in Denmark? Funny little world, isn't it? More to come.
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