Liseberg day 2
After spending a few hours in the city centre of Gothenburg I met up with fellow TPR member Marcus (TPR username lond) outside the gates of Liseberg at park opening. Since it was Friday there was noticably more people, but nothing too crowded. The weather was also better this day. For this day I have also included in-depth reviews of Helix and Mechanica, see further down.
We started the day by heading for the parks “Intamin corner” as we figured many people probably would head directly to Helix.
We went back up the hill and grabbed a ride on Helix. At this point I really started to enjoy the ride. It has a few parts that I think are really good, and overall it’s a very fun ride.
So I promised an in-depth review of the ride so here we go. I have already covered the station in my day 1 report, so I will start with the trains. This one is easy, they are great! Comfortable seats and restraints, and no seatbelts makes loading and unloading very fast.
Despite dropping (literally) straight into the action, the ride starts off quite gentle with a small drop out of the station and a rather slow corkscrew followed by a long sweeping turn. Next comes the first launch section. Or as I prefer to call it, the first boost section. This is also quite gentle, the train is gaining speed, but there are no noteworthy acceleration forces.
The next part is quite good, with the corkscrew over the escalator, left turn followed by a twisting hill before heading down a long right turn into the pretzel loop. This hill has pretty good airtime. The pretzel loop is probably my least favorite element on the ride. It has some good positive G-forces, but it’s not memorable in any way.
Everything between the pretzel loop and second boost section is very good! Tight clearance under the lifthill on Lisebergbanan, great airtime over the next hill and a good zero-g roll. The highlight of the ride is easily the transition from the zero-g roll into the helix, that part is crazy! The helix is quite powerful, and the following right-hand turn also has some good forces. What I like about this part of the ride is how it seems to increase in intensity for every element. And again some very tight clearances.
The second boost section is just like the first one. Again, you can feel the train gaining speed, but no forces to speak off. The following inversion is the tallest point of the ride, but it’s difficult to get a good sensation of the height. A hill/tophat of some sort would have been preferable. It’s still quite good though. The following hill marks the second great part of the ride, it provides long sustained airtime in every seat. The rest of the ride is not particularly memorable, but the final roll is a nice way to end the ride.
All in all I really enjoyed Helix and had a lot of fun on it. I understand that if you go to Liseberg and expect a fantastic ride you might be dissappointed, as I was after my first ride. However the ride kinda grew on me and I appriciated it for what it was. Have to give credit to Liseberg for this ride, to even consider building a ride of this scale on an already crowded hillside is crazy. What is really cool is that you get a lot of great views of the ride from the various paths around the hillside. Also no netting over the footpaths except one place where the track gets really close. I also really liked the fact that they kept as many trees as possible, and the color scheme makes the ride blend in quite well.
So no, Helix is not ‘the best ride ever’, but I had great fun on it and I think it’s a wonderful addition to an already fantastic park. And with that said, time to move on with the rest of the trip report.
At 6 PM we met up with fellow TPR member Antti (TPR username Anac0nda) and three of his friends outside the Helix entrance. Naturally we went for another ride. Not much pictures from the rest of the evening, but we did Helix, Kanonen, Balder and some of us felt like singing so we went on the log flume. And naturally we had to go for a ride on Mechanica.
So how was the ride? Well, I was laughing hysterically throughout the entire ride and after the only words I could think of was “What the F*CK just happened?!”. Fact is, I still don’t know how to describe the ride experience other than that I loved the ride and I think it’s a fantastic addition to Liseberg! It was also fun to actually be a little nervous before riding (but in a good way). It’s not a feeling I get very often on amusement rides, but for this one I had no idea what to expect.
We ended the night with rides on Balder and Helix, both which were running great in the dark. Especially Balder, I still think it’s the star in the park despite the sluggish day rides.
After leaving the park I said goodbye to Marcus, Antti and the rest of the group and went back to the hotel. Was great meeting up with you guys, hope to see you again in the future!
Stay tuned for Tusenfryd report coming soon!