The park was definitely another of the nicest that we visited. Also, the overall enthusiasm for having us there was contagious. They are obviously proud of what they have and especially of what's coming in the future. I do wish that Orchy made an appearance though. lol.
That obstacle course was somewhat insane as well and I think one of the two best that we came across.
*Personal side-note* I have to say thanks to whoever kept up the cheering as I really thought I wasn't going to make it past that last obstacle with the stirrups on ropes. Always happens on the last one I guess where the steam was just about worn out lol
The only bummer was that the interesting looking bell ride wasn't working. I think it's made by the Starflyer folks.
rollin'_n'_coastin' wrote:The only bummer was that the interesting looking bell ride wasn't working. I think it's made by the Starflyer folks.
Yeah, I was saddened that (what I call it) The Taco Bell Ride wasn't open, and it didn't look like it was ever going to open, although they did seem to get their effects (fire, water fountain) working ok. Another time I guess, hmm?
Great TR as usual Chuck. Your always special and unique photos, and added captions of wit and general are great to read through and enjoy.
Chapter 5: During the Deluge, Part 1: Sommerland Syd & Legoland
Up to this point, the weather gods had been kind to us--some sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and just the occasional drizzle. Well, that changed after Hansa Park. We were out and about in some pretty serious rain for the next couple of days, but what the hell--it's Scandinavia, and it's often damp.
Give us your best shot, Thor! Long-haired, freakin' God of Thunder! Go to a barbershop, you pansy! We got credits to get, and ERT to get 'em!
We made a brief stop at Sommerland Syd, a nice little park, for a brief spot of ERT. The coasters here are nothing particularly special, just a decent Vekoma Invertigo and a Pinfari death machine, but there was this rather unusual splash boat. Let's just say that "political correctness" wasn't a factor on this ride; in fact, with it's theming dedicated to cannibals, it was geared to be as offensive (or hilarious, depending on your mood) as possible. Old Tarzan flicks were more enlightened than this thing.
My thanks to our gracious host, Helmut "the mechanic," who was our guide and ride op at Sommerland Syd. He went out in the pouring rain just so a bunch of coaster geeks could score some credits.
Next up was Legoland Billund, the original Legoland park (after Hansa Park). Although the pouring rain put a bit of a damper on the day, this was an excellent park for families--the best of the Legolands, or so those who have been to all of them said. (I've only been to Legoland Windsor.) It had the usual assortment of rides you see at other Legolands (Dragon and the Richochet in Technics drag), along with a log-themed kiddie coaster. But I thought the best thing there, rain and all, was the Lego version of Pirates of the Carribbean--a very nice knockoff of the Disney classic. Good rapids ride, too (well, we were already soaked, anyway).
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Our hotel in Flensburg, Germany was very nice.
Er, Larry . . . this is a bit awkward.
This little port town was quite pretty.
Larry and I found a nice little tavern for dinner, too. (Mmm--pepper steak.)
"Hello! I'm Syd! Welcome to my rather rustic Sommerland!"
We rode this. In the pouring rain. Well, why not?
"The sooner we ride this, the sooner we get to the Vekoma!" (NOTE: The following images are about as far from PC as you can get--like that's ever stopped me before.)
"I say, Cyril! Do I have enough time to finish smoking my Cuban before dinner?"
"I daresay you do, Chauncey. Funny you should mention that, because guess what we're having tonight . . .
. . . smoked Cubans!"
"Hmm--I sure am hungry. Guess I'll hit the drive-thru for some . . .
. . . handburgers!" (Who comes up with this stuff--Noel Coward?)
Next up, is some goodness courtesy of the Vekoma corporation.
Meet Lena, a tour bus driver. She always hoped that some day, she'd be driving a busload of freaks to ride an Invertigo. Her dreams have been fulfilled now!
By this point, she's thinking, "It's a dream come true!"
By now, she realizes that her dream has become a nightmare.
But that's how it goes . . . in the Twilight Zone! (Actually, the ride was OK.)
We've endured the Vekoma--bring on the Pinfari!
Don't look now, I am too stupid to spell Steel Vengeance so I'll just write SteVe and pretend I'm being cool, but there's a Klan meeting going on behind you.
We rode the Pinfari, then headed out. Thanks, Helmut! Legoland awaits.
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