After spending a few hours at BonBon-Land we planned on hitting the two Copenhagen parks. We knew we wouldn't have much time at them but thought it was worth it since we were so close and it meant credits!
Bakken is the oldest amusement park in the world. I really liked it! It's got a very cool atmosphere which was probably accentuated due to the sheer number of people in the place. Although despite the vast number of people there was hardly any waits for the rides. This was due in part to some fantastic operations by the staff and in part due to the fact a lot of people were just relaxing and enjoying the bars and restaurants.
The Scenic Railway at Bakken was probably the best of the four Ive rode. There' air time on that thing in places you don't expect airtime.
The Mine Train had one of the best ride crews I've ever seen. Despite only having one train they couldn't have pushed through people any faster. Plus they were doing cool things like jumping onto the back of the train while it was moving and rocking out to the awesome music that was playing in the station!
There's also a really cool Ghost Train at Bakken with one really surprsing moment. I won;t ruin it but if you've been on the inverted monorail thing at Tibidabo you might have an idea of what it is!
Anyway, we didn't spend too long but we got to ride all the coasters, the ghost train and the shot tower. I really liked Bakken. A bit different from the other places we'd been to so far.
I didn't take too many pictures here but here are a few...
Park number two of the day - Bakken!
Rutschebanen. A fantastic Scenic Railway.
Despite the park being packed you could still got onto the rides in minutes.
Just a great fun ride. It's amazing to think it was built in 1932!
So you just saw the red train. Here's the blue train...
and here's the green train! Did I mention the operations here were amazing?
This is the ghost train. It's very dark and has quite a surprising moment!
Here's another of the coasters - Racing.
It's lots of fun!
The double shot was good. Parts of it are enclosed to keep the noise down.
Tom rides wacky flat ride of death.
Man these Splash Battles sure are showing up EVERYWHERE!
Marie Honen is the sad and pathetic credit here.
They hold the train on the lift hill to allow parents take photos of their kids.
The parks mine train was really good. It had one of the most insane first drops I've ever seen on a mine train.
That'll do it from Bakken. I really liked this place. Although you don't need more than a few hours there they are a fun few hours!
Fantastic TR, just returned from Liseberg/Farup/Djurs myself really impressed by those parks, as you've mentioned the sommerlands aren't just about the rides, there's lots of distractions, such as shooting ranges, assault courses and trampolines which are just a complete giggle and something a little different to your usual amusement park
Did you manage to get inside the ship themed fun house at Bakken?
After Bakken we drove into the centre of Copenhagen using a bit of improvisation due to umpteen closed roads. We got parked up right next to Tivoli Gardens and headed in for a bit.
We only rode the coasters so we definitely didn't get the best out of the place but we didn't have long, needed to get a decent meal in us too and had a long drive to our hotel in Germany ahead of us. The good thing about Tivoli Gardens is that its open at Christmas time so it makes it an easy place to go back to when everywhere else is closed.
Here's the photos (again I didn't take many)...
Park number three of the day - Tivoli Gardens.
I've been following the Big Mike road show for too long as I keep taking photos of price lists now!
Tivoli Gardens is really about a lot more than the rollercoasters.
But rollercoasters is what you're here to see so here's one!
Daemonen is a TINY B&M floorless.
The area around the ride is quite nice.
This is one of the better floorless coasters in my view. Despite its small size it still packs a punch.
Karavanen is the kiddie coaster of Tivoli Gardens.
Watch out you don't get attacked by growing plant life!
The S&S tower is painted gold. It looks very cool.
Odin Expressen is the powered coaster in Tivoli Gardens.
Don't let the fact that its powered put you off, this thing really flew around its course.
This is the other Scenic Railway in Copenhagen.
While not as insane as Bakken's this one was still pretty good.
Lift hill enthusiasts rejoice once more!
Yet another ride that seeks to make X2 jealous!
That's all the credits at Tivoli Gardens achieved.
This ride will have to wait until another time. Like maybe at Holiday park in a week or two?
Tivoli Gardens really looks fantastic at night.
I wish we had more time to spend here. But I'm quite happy in the knowledge that I'll be back some day soon.
Next up is Tolk-Schau in Germany. Our first of four parks on our last day.
^ Everybody should go to Scandinavia. I'm convinced it's gonna be the best TPR trip of all time!
After Tivoli Gardens we raced all the way back across Denmark and then hopped down over the border to the Northern German town of Flensburg for the night. This allowed us to hit up Germany's most Northern park in the morning before heading back into Denmark hitting more parks up there later in the day.
Tolk-Schau is aimed at younger audiences but it's still a really quirky place. It's got one credit and a load of those "self operated" rides you've seen in previous TPR updates.
It's these self operated rides that really provide the fun in this place. The butterflys are ok. Definitely not a credit for me but fun. The Nautic Jets are freakin' fantastic! Pictures don't do these things justice! We both had a few goes on these.
We didn't stay here very long but still checked out a lot of what was on offer. I'm glad I finally got my fix of these self operated rides. I only wish they'd show up more places!
Here's the pictures...
Park number seven of the trip and the first of our final day - Tolk-Schau.
The giant Tyrannosaur welcomes you into the park.
What's that I spy through the trees?
A credit! Same layout as the dog fart coaster but nowhere near as entertaining!
The butterfly. Cool little concept.
But NOT a credit! Not for me anyway.
Here's another of the random self operated rides.
Tom straps himself in.
And I send him off a tumbling.
Tom's not quite sure what he's letting himself in for here.
I push the button and send him up the hill.
Tom then gets apprehensive.
Tom then flies off the edge.
It's quite an experience!
Check Tom's TR for action shots of me whenever he gets round to it!
Yeah, there's also a self operated zip line.
So this is Non-German Tom in Germany. Does that just make him Non-Tom?
I should mention it was HOT on this day! And this was only like ten in the morning!
And that's Tolk-Schau. If you find yourself doing a Denmark trip it might be worth considering a quick jaunt down to check this place out. Well at least if you haven't been to Klotten!
Our second park of the day was Sommerland Syd, right in the south of Denmark. There's not much in this park except for a couple of coasters and some waterslides but it's all quite spread out and what is there looks nice enough.
Danish Face/Off is the big coaster there. Erik tells me that this was the first Invertigo and it really showed. This thing really kicked our asses.
The other coaster Kæmperutschebanen was a bit better and at least looked a lot less deadly than the Vekoma ride!
We didn't stay here long, it's more or less just a credit stop park on the way up to Legoland!
Here's the photos...
We're back in Denmark for park number two of the day - Sommerland Syd.
The park entrance looks alright, although the other Danish parks had kinda spoiled us by this point.
Oh dear that doesn't look good.
That's right - it's Danish Face/Off!
Here's the view of impending death.
I wasn't looking forward to this.
Ow, ow, ow, ow ow.
This thing looked pretty messed up. Again, something you won't see in a lot of other countries.
This is Tom's "apprehensive about ordering Pepsi" face
This is what the park's entire range of merchandise consisted of.
There's also a Disneyland dwarfing castle for people to laugh at.
The pirate ship was nicely themed albeit a bit deserted.
There's quite a few water slides in the park.
These seemed to be a lot more popular than the other rides.
I didn't manage to catch a price list for Big Mike readers but here's a season pass sign with park's mascot.
The park has some boats and other obstacle course stuff that's the norm in this country.
Kæmperutschebanen is the park's other coaster.
No, I'm not gonna try and pronounce it but suffice to say it's better than the Vekoma death machine.
Sommerland Syd is not much more than a credit run but worth checking out if you're passing.
My favourite part about your trip report so far? The classic Divv selfshots that finish off each park!
I really need to get overseas and check out some of these parks. I'm now going to have to give that 2009 trip some serious consideration. Who knows, maybe I'll even head up to the UK with Andrew in 2010 atleast!
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