Good to see someone still updating the Scandi Trip! (Hopefully Robb can find some time to do the final update, my home park Linnanmäki, soon...)
I love Liseberg! All my favourite rides are there (well, except Intamin freefall, but Höjdsckräcken will do), and the scenery and landscape is awesome! But what made my visit stand out from all the parks I've visited, was the opening hours; 10 am to 12 pm! It was undescribeable riding the rides at night, especially the Screamin' Swing!
larrygator wrote:When you gave the description of the park and neglected to mention the water rides, I was afraid you had no pictures of the water rides.
You didn't happen to get any pictures of the group feeding carrots to the horses did you?
Unfortunately, no--I was too busy feeding carrots to the horses myself. I did get one picture of the game with no one playing it, though.
Chapter 10: A Credit of a Different Feather--Skara Sommarland
We had a brief stop on the way to Stockholm for a morning at Skara Sommarland. This was an "iffy" park early on. Stopping there depended on whether the park's new ride (and S&S's latest prototype) was up and running. I'm referring to, of course, the goofy "bird coaster" Tranan.
Many of you may have heard about Tranan's rocky opening weekend, when its seatbelt restraints tended to unbuckle on its lifthill. Well, the park and S&S had solved that little problem, so our ERT session was on.
The group's verdict was pretty much a thumbs up, even though Tranan still has a few issues, such as an incredibly noisy lifthill (you can hear this thing running from the other side of the park) and a very abrupt, rough stop at the end (a real knee-and-shin bruiser).
Tranan's shallow, boatlike cars; small plastic seats; and reliance on just seatbelts make it a rather unnerving ride the first time out, as you swing up and over, or around and under, the track. But once you get used to the sensation, the ride's a lot of fun--S&S has a good concept for a family ride here.
But what about the rest of Skara? Essentially, it's a very nice, family-oriented water park and playground with a few rides-- a good place to wile away a summer afternoon.
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Tranan has a rather "industrial" looking station.
You can buy these coaster-station kits at IKEA.* They're much nicer than the kits at Lowe's or Home Depot.
*Quip made by Larry. I must give credit where credit is due.
That's pretty much the whole course.
OK, everybody. Here's your chance to crap on a bird!
The birds have distinct personalities. This one is a savage killer, as you can tell from the blood running from his beak.
This dude is obviously a stoner.
"Hmm--dadburn new model! Go get me a hammer to beat on this thing. Y'all come back when ya hear a loud clanging and banging."*
*Translated from Swedish. I can't vouch for the accuracy.
Skara gave us some ERT on their powered mine train while we waited for Tranan. The queue was heavily themed . . .
. . . and kind of dark and creepy.
My god! Vampire troll people? Or maybe Angus McNasty disguised as a druid?
"I'll have you know that I'm a Baptist, not a pagan. Please quit misrepresenting my religion."
"Workin' in a coal mine . . .
. . . goin' down down."
You know, this looks like fun.
I hope they give us at least 20 laps on this thing.
And they dang near did.
Yes, I never get tired of circling inside the big aluminum warehouse full of troll statues. Wait--what is that racket? Sounds like a bunch of marbles rolling around in a giant can. Must be Tranan. More to come.
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