Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

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Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby milst1 » Sat May 22, 2010 3:30 am

Last weekend was a four-day weekend in Europe so a bunch of parks were open during what is the very early season in Scandinavia. We flew to Copenhagen and then did the three open parks on the island of Zealand on the first day, namely BonBon Land, Bakken, and Tivoli Gardens.

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BonBon Land! This was the only park where we could have used our Club TPR cards but didn't because some nice people handed us a newspaper coupon that had an even bigger discount!
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Vildsvinet (Wild Boar) is a Gerstlauer Euro Fighter.
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Poor little rat! I admit that we tore through this park because we had to hit two others in the same day. I didn't see some stuff from the TPR video of the park (like the Butterfly), but we didn't really look that hard either.
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Even without the scatalogical stuff, there is some great theming.
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Yes, personal milestone on a Gerstlauer spinning coaster.
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This giant custom Zierer Tivoli with an elevated platform was great.
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The new thrill attraction this year is a spin and swing.
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I liked this psycho beaver guy.
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"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." - William Shakespeare
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I'll always remember this place as the restaurant where we were introduced to Scandinavian food prices. Scarier than Balder.
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Actually, the interior was pretty relaxing for a theme park restaurant.
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After a fun BonBon morning, we jumped in the rental car and headed for Bakken. Pretty awesome to reserve a Toyota and get a Beemer, huh?
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Bakken is arguably the oldest amusement park in the world, dating back to the late 16th Century.
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Here's something you don't usually see right outside the main gate.
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For your information, this park gives a discount to Club TPR members!
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Pjerrot the clown is a fixture at Bakken.
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VERY cool theming on Tornado, the Intamin spinning coaster. Unfortunately it was down when we got to it, but they got it up and running.
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First Flitzer we've see outside of New Jersey!
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Rutschebanen is a 1932 side friction woodie. Unfortunately they replaced the old trains (which had a brakeman) with new Kumbak trains.
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As I said, we did get on Tornado eventually. It's an Intamin spinning coaster. The lift chain is super fast and it really flings the car over the hump, so I took a dig from the OTSRs. Ouch.
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Indoor dry bumper boats.
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At Bakken we discovered the Danish love for massive ice cream cones with multiple scoops and jelly and chocolate and cookies thrown in. It was like a $8 for one of these monstrosities and a miracle that we resisted the temptation.
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Funhouse.
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Splash battle type ride, but it was too cold.
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Cute details on the Kumbak trains on Rutschebanen.
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Third park of the day, the famous Tivoli Gardens, also one of world's oldest parks. Like several of the parks we hit in Scandinavia, the park began as a public gardens and became an amusement area, sort of like the way trolley parks evolved into amusement parks in the U.S.
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Lots of stages with ongoing performances.
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Uban oasis. Lots of places to stroll and relax. The whole place is covered with lights, but sundown is so late we really didn't get the full illumination effect.
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This star flyer was awesome because you can see the whole city of Copenhagen.
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Rutschebanen at Tivoli Gardens is the third oldest coaster, dating to 1914-15. As you can see, a brakeman rides along.
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Or should I say brakewoman? The Danes are so progressive.
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There are a *lot* of restaurants in the park.
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Dæmonen is a compact B&M floorless.
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Vertigo is a Technical Park Flying Fury (thanks for your post Steffen_Dk), a cross between one of those dark rides where you control rotation of the car and a skyscraper. Looks like a pretty extreme ride, but we took a pass.
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This was a nice little dark ride based on the stories of Hans Christian Andersen.
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Little Mermaid boob credit!
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Gourmet licorice store. Europeans are way into licorice.
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Well into the evening, it's still quite light out. Hope you've enjoyed. Coming up: Day 2 = The worst walkthrough EVER and Club TPR VIP treatment at Liseberg!
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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby TPDave » Sat May 22, 2010 4:03 am

Nice TR! Brings all the memories flooding back from last summer. It's nice to see all the parks are looking great still, shame about the new trains at Bakken though. Had you ridden the coaster before? How does it compare now?

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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby cfc » Sat May 22, 2010 6:11 am

I see that Bakken has "faniced" up it Flitzer a bit (that almost sounds dirty). Scandinavia has a great collection of parks.

You know, I think the brakewoman at Tivoli may have been the same one who gave us a backstage tour of the ride last summer.
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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby milst1 » Sat May 22, 2010 7:35 am

This was my first visit to all of these parks, so I don't know how the Kumbak trains have affected the rides. Actually, both of the old Rutschebanens ran great.

I seem to recall photos of Robb actually doing the braking on one of these. Was it at Bakken or Tivoli?
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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby gisco » Sat May 22, 2010 8:48 am

Nice pictures, a boob credit and a nerd shot too! I can't wait until TPR does a return trip to Scandi.

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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby Six Flags Enthuseast » Sat May 22, 2010 10:06 am

Great TR! Once again, all of these great European TRs make me even more exited to be moving to Italy, because I'll be right in the middle of it all! The cool BMWs that aren't sold in the US (the old 1 Series being the coolest of them all, IMO), the rides, the theming, the boobs, the.... well..... everything! :p

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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby milst1 » Sat May 22, 2010 10:23 am

Day 2 started with a ferry ride to Sweden, a stop at the very bizarre Fun City, and concluded with great visit to Liseberg.
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First you wake up early and park your car on a boat.
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Set sail...
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...land in Sweden, drive a couple of hours and end up at one of the weirdest parks we've ever been to, Fun City near Varberg.
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We had seen the credit on the road driving in, now we just need to find it.
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Upon entering the park, you find some small scale climbing course stuff.
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...the odd stand...
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Small funhouse. This is "Fun City" after all.
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Na-chuh. But we don't touch so that we can fill out the U.S. customs form with a clear conscience.
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Swinging pirate ship. Little did we know that the pirate walk-through beyond it would scar us for life. More on that a little later.
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There's an assortment of flats, but the place is dead.
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Ticket booth, or torture chamber for unruly guests?
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After going through some woods, we come to this interesting looking water park area.
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We can't find the damn coaster, but we've found reindeer, or caribou. Never could tell those apart.
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After walking past more animal areas over a muddy road, we finally find where we think the coaster is.
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Guess what? Cheryl's face says it all. I'm too embarrassed to tell you what we paid to get into..."Fun City".
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The grease monkeys were apologetic about the coaster being down, and thought they could appease us with this Car Bungy thing, which looks 10 times better than what it actually is...a car connected to some rubber bands.
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We start heading back out of the park, and again pass this pirate walk-through. We decide to check it out. This was a mistake.
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There was no building behind the facade. There were only small shelters housing a number of long-neglected scenes of approximately this quality.
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Look at this. I have to nominate this for "Worst Walkthrough...Ever".
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This particularly unnerving scene should qualify for "Worst Set of Worst Walkthrough...Ever". We got the hell out of there fast.
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An hour's drive brought us to the wonderful Liseberg! And it was turning into a beautiful day.
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Pay the entrance admission, then skip the ride ticket booths, make a right at the bumper cars to get to Guest Services.
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At this point lovely Swedish hotties, worthy of Big Mike's lineup, will favor you with...
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VIP wristbands!!! But you've gotta be a Club TPR member!!!!!
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Freaking Balder man!!!
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More freaking Balder.
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Two Intamins in one picture!
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Some Liseberg offerings are not Intamin, but they are still good.
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Final run before the station of the great Lisebergbanan Zierer Schwarzkopf coaster.
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Great live music but dressed as a chilling reminder of the morning's traumatic experience at "Fun Shitty".
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Liseberg is also the public gardens.
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I sang the "Escalator Ride" song here.
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Upswinget looks like an S&S Power Screamin' Swing. These are fun.
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This was a great Spooky Hotel walkthrough, and it's normally an upcharge attraction, but it's free with your VIP wristband that you got by showing your Club TPR membership card!
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We were getting pretty beat by evening (notice the sun is still high). We did another run on Balder.
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Then we hit a fairy tale dark ride that had a Peter Pan-like roof ride system a la Disney, but was using the musical soundtrack from Droomvlucht at Efteling!!!
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Thanks for visiting Sweden with us, everyone! Day 3 is back to Denmark and three more parks!!!
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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby ginzo » Sat May 22, 2010 10:51 am

This is an awesome TR. I'm really jealous. I want to go back to Scandi NOW. However, why no Gröna Lund?

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I guess the long drive might have ruled it out for a weekend trip if you weren't doing a one-way car rental. I know there's a fast train (~3 hours) from Gothenburg to Stockholm.
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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby larrygator » Sat May 22, 2010 11:02 am

Thanks Martin - I added "No Fun City" to the Park Index. How much was admission about $25-$30? Don't make me look it up.
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Re: Early Season Mini-Scandi Tour

Postby cfc » Sat May 22, 2010 11:12 am

milst1 wrote:I seem to recall photos of Robb actually doing the braking on one of these. Was it at Bakken or Tivoli?


Bakken--the double downs on that ride are insane.
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