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p. 41 - new expansion opening in 2024!

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Great POV of a really nicely presented ride. That first drop looks so good, especially into the first inversion. 

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Hey everyone, Don’t say we didn’t squeeze it in. 

Grona Lund has just announced a major new expansion, anticipated to open in 2024! https://www.gronalund.com/2024 The press release is only available in Swedish, but here are

Great news! 

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Once again Grona Lund has gotten really creative with their placement of a new coaster it looks great! Really hoping one day I can get out to the park to experience this unique place myself!

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The setting of this ride is just incredible. The foot-choppers seem nearly endless. Can't wait to make it back to Sweden!

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Grona Lund has just announced a major new expansion, anticipated to open in 2024!

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https://www.gronalund.com/2024

The press release is only available in Swedish, but here are the highlights:

  • New amusement area with 25 percent of land and roof surfaces designed with trees and vegetation and a park-like character
  • Potential new attraction with an overall height of 45 meters
  • "Classic amusement romance" with new attractions at ground level
  • Public bridge / beach promenade
  • Architecture borrowing from historic buildings around the area

This post will be updated if and when an English press release is published.

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I mean it's just an artists rendering for an expansion that's several years away, but that sure looks like one of the newer Vekoma's, like Lech Coaster. If that's the case man that's a heck of an addition to a park that's universally loved by just about everyone. Great to see this place continue to grow, this looks fantastic. 

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Unfortunately the zoning plan was torn up by the environmental court just a week ago. Stockholm City Council had approved it in April last year but it was appealed. 

Gröna Lund will appeal it to the highest environmental court and seem pretty confident though. 

It's Wildfire all over again.. 

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So Grona Lund finally ran out of space and needs to expand? I thought it would never happen! Fingers crossed the appeal goes through.

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3 hours ago, alejon said:

Unfortunately the zoning plan was torn up by the environmental court just a week ago. Stockholm City Council had approved it in April last year but it was appealed. 

Gröna Lund will appeal it to the highest environmental court and seem pretty confident though. 

It's Wildfire all over again.. 

Is there a source available if the zoning plan rejection was made public (for Grona Lund)? Would be useful for my own research, even if it would need translation.

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28 minutes ago, A.J. said:

Is there a source available if the zoning plan rejection was made public (for Grona Lund)? Would be useful for my own research, even if it would need translation.

Here is a press release from the court

In short the court found no grounds for rejecting the zoning plan due to noise pollution, faults in the environmental consequence report, beach protection etc. Which all are the usual suspects.

Instead it has been rejected because Djurgården, the island on which Gröna Lund is situated, has a special legal protection as a "National city park". The court states that the new area together with Gröna Lund of today would be to dominating in the cultural historical and park areas around Gröna Lund.

Again, I'm not sure that the higher court will come to the same conclusion as this specific law isn't tested that often, and the area used to be an amusement park before becoming a parking lot.

City of Stockholm has all documents regarding the zoning plan available for download on their homepage

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Fingers crossed the appeal is successful. Again, I know it's only concept art, but a modern Vekoma would be the most perfect addition to this park's collection. (Besides a traditional hyper...but I'm guessing we'll never be seeing one of those at Grona Lund. lol)

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You'd think the city at this point would do anything to support and encourage a wonderful business like Grona Lund, but it's also comforting to see that government bureaucracy is messed up everywhere!

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18 hours ago, SharkTums said:

You'd think the city at this point would do anything to support and encourage a wonderful business like Grona Lund, but it's also comforting to see that government bureaucracy is messed up everywhere!

I think if we learned anything from 2020 is that politicians never really or hardly ever do what's in the best interest for their constituents, their cities, etc.

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With less then a week until opening... here is some footage from the final testing of Monsters two trains. 

 

 

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It really looks like a fantastic ride.  Great Bear and Talon had a threeway with Nemesis.

Great Bear - Interaction directly over the public areas.

Talon - Airtime on an invert, fun helices for no reason.

Nemesis - Super twisty and prefers to spin rather than loop.

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I am curious. Why did they pick "orange and green" for the two colours of the trains?

Anybody know? Not really that important, but I was still wondering...

By the way, awesome test shots!

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Does anyone know what this thingamabob is on top of the lift on Monster? It looks like a small crane/jib. My only thought is that it is to help replace the chain as I guess actual crane access is difficult. This is the most unimportant question in the history of unimportant questions, but it is one of those things that always bugs me when I see it.

Photo cropped from original by FABH.Adventures, of course!

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^ You may have hit the nail on the head.  They can use that for rigging purposes (hanging a chain hoist, etc) but it certainly doesn't seem to serve any purpose aside from just existing.  I can't see any moving parts or anything that would suggest it's anything other than a rigid structure.  Using beam clamps paired with rigging hardware makes the most sense.

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