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Liseberg update time! It's finally here...Liseberg was so awesome I couldn't help but post all 88 photos I picked out for the PTR right now!


Along with Grona Lund, Liseberg was my most anticipated park of the trip...and it did not disappoint! In fact it may be my favorite park in the world. It has amazing coasters, an amazing setting, is beautiful, with great food and lots to do (tons of flats, dark rides, and GAMES! I didn't get any good games pics but they had so many unique ones and it was a lot of fun walking around checking them out). Seriously they have everything you could want in park. And uhm...did I mention Balder?!? Holy crap!


Welcome to Liseberg! Love entering the park area from right within the city of Gothenburg.


The "famous" entrance many of us remember.


First thing you see inside the park? Naked lesbians. I love Sweden


Oh yeah, the new kid on the block is here too...but we'll come back to that later.


First up, a morning date with Balder!


Like past visits, we were allowed to soil the coaster...with sharpies and nails. Yes, I suck at nailing.


But how about some morning ERT?


Always starting with a front row ride


The views from the ride are breathtaking.


Love the setting of this park!


Okay, enough scenery, it's time to ride!


70 degrees coming right up! This was super steep for this ride's time (and still is!)




This is where ejector airtime begins, and seemingly never ends.


In videos the turns on Balder look weak. Honestly they aren't, they are pretty snappy!


Diving down into another series of epic airtime hills.


Seriously, the airtime on this ride is sooo good. I think it's the best airtime on earth.


Airtime and headchoppers!


And it's still going!


The relentless airtime keeps going until the very end, and boy it's the perfect long ride!


How about a back seat ride?


Nice view of Kanonen from back here.


Seriously, so freakin' good. Words or videos don't do it justice. GO RIDE BALDER!!!


Our host, Pontus, delivers instructions for our next ambition.


Time to ride the brand new Helix!


...or not. Unfortunately Helix had a problem as we tried to dispatch the first train that had never happened before. Things happen, and we rescheduled the ERT for later!


With the park opening, time to hit the other coasters! With the park being a busy one, we got the low capacity kiddies done first.


If you see this man near a kiddie coaster, hide your children!


Another one for the count.


Finally riding Lisebergbanan after all these years!


Even with a full queue it was only like a 20 min wait! Love it!!


Such a great ride, and I'll dive into more details later when we ride again.


Another cool thing...they decided to add another train right in front of us! No shutting the ride down, just pausing it for 2 minutes to add a new train and continued right on with operations! I think this made for 5 trains on the track?!?


Finally Helix opened for the day, and the park was nice enough to let us ride through the resort exclusive express lane. It already had a full queue!


Helix was a solid new ride. Definitely like top 10 quality. I'll talk about more details later as well as I got to photograph it more!


Last but not least was Kanonen!


I love me some twisty hills, so I was looking forward to this.


Kanonen has many awkward but awesome moments, like the heartline roll.


More twisty hills!!! I was in a super nerdy secret heaven.


Such a photogenic ride, too. Love how it crawls around the loop which is quite the juxtaposition from an otherwise super intense and snappy ride.


The queue also provides some nice views of Balder, so I couldn't resist.


Don't let those turns fool you.


Airtime galore.


Oh yeah, we finally rode Kanonen (it was only like a 15 minute wait). Great ride!


We then walked around the park a bunch to check it out and take photos. Hotel Gasten is the park's year-round haunt, but we had plans for this later.


How can you beat views like this in an amusement park?


Some Helix action for you.


2 rides at once!


We decided to ride Liserbergbanan again and get some photos.


Sweet view of the city from up here.


Lisebergbanan is unique in that it's a super long ride that is never more than this far off the ground!


Airtime and twistyness!


What a view. Wow.


The ride just picks up more and more speed as it dives around everywhere.


Triple helix through the roof above!


It is just so unique with random elements and fast pacing.


A final airtime to helix finale.


And done.


How about another round on Helix?


I will say, the airtime hills on the ride were great. They were intense and made me think I was on a kickass Intamin ride.


But all of the inversions on the ride were really "floaty" and they all kind of felt the same.


Another issue I had is the launches are really weak. You feel like you barely accelerate.


Weird element for sure, but lacking in intensity.


Here you can see how all of the rides on the mountain weave in and out of each other!


We see you too, Balder.


But yeah, it's like a tale of two rides. Some intense, some weak. At least the setting is unbelievable!


The drop out of the station is a nice surprise in the back seat.


Oh yeah, we rode the drop tower too.


How about more Balder riding?


And the after photo. Balder just makes you so happy and wonder how the hell was that so good?


Such a beautiful site.


The park invited us back inside Balder for a reception before night time ERT.


This looks like it could get dangerous.


Soupy and his champagne! We had a toast inside Balder =)


There was also delicious beer present. A Great wait to get ready for ERT!


But first, we had a private experience at Hotel Gasten! It was a fantastic haunt with amazing scares and even better sets! The water room was unbelievable.


The other epic part? Robb was a scare actor inside for our groups! He scared the sh*t out of me.


We were hungry before the park closed. So we got food :)


Nothing like scarving down chicken nuggets and riding Kanonen as fast as you can! Made up for no roll backs :)


We got a solid 5-6 rides in on Balder as well. Seriously the best coaster ever if you love airtime.


And the night ended on Helix!


The lights on the train were pretty cool.


Best part about ERT? No line!


We got a few rides in in different seats.


The station was fun with lightning and upbeat music. Definitely a great ERT ride!


The last train of the evening returns. Sad day! But epic ERT with 5-6 rides on all 3 coasters each in an hour!


We then had to find our way back out of this amazing but dizzying queue line...


...and say goodnight to Liseberg. Couldn't have imagined a better day, and thanks to Robb and Elissa for trying so hard all day to make our visit as memorable as possible. Cheers! Next up, we go to Skara Sommerland on our way to Stockholm.

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Wow, thanks for sharing such amazing pics of Liseberg Jake! Liseberg was easily one of the best parks I've been to, and one of my favorites from the Scandi Trip. Balder was GREAT, made my top 5 wood coasters, I think it's number 1 or 2 actually. Had such a great day at Liseberg, beautiful park, great city, and you can't forget the amazing burgers and ice cream we had at lunch. I love reliving the memories through the photo TRs.

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Awesome pictures from Liseberg! It really is one of my favorite parks! I haven't been this year to check out Helix, but I definately will next year.


The drive from Gothenburg to Oslo is very unspectacular, standard highway with generic countryside view for pretty much all the way.

Ok, really good to know. I was imagining towering cliffs, steep fjords and an endless series of spellbinding geological wonders that I'd be compelled to pull over and see. I think I'll just save the cost of a rental car, take the train and sleep the whole way.


if you want stunning scenery go the west coast or up north.

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This park is all about Balder! My god do I love that ride. Night ERT was just so awesome on that.


As for Helix well I am not allowed an opinion on that ride because its obviously wrong but the whole park is just amazing. The fact they just decided to put a FITH train on a coaster because it had a 20 min queue just shows how much the park care and other parks need to learn how to do that!


Great photos again Jake! Cant wait for the next update.

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I find myself looking for cheap flights to Gothenburg all the time. That's how good Liseberg is. I guess I can wait until 2016...is there going to be a better combo of rides within a few hours of each other than Balder and Wildfire?!?


BRB moving to Sweden...

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The whole idea that so many good parks, great coasters, and wonderful cultures,

are within relatively easy driving distances, and an overnight ferry ride, in Scandinavia.


And then there's Hansa, too!

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Thanks so much Jake for your TR and the great pics. Just got back from Gothenburg last night and agree with everything, truly fantastic medium sized park that was so good we cancelled other plans to revisit for a second day.


Allow these coaster to warm up! My first ride on both Balder and Helix at opening was great but not amazing but then as it got dark, they were both incredible. Balder is just constant out of your seat airtime with a couple of hills being "sharper" than others, just relentless and the first drop in the back was very special indeed, was not expecting quite that level of intensity. It lacks the scale of El Toro but makes up for it in relentless airtime. Helix was also on top form once warmed up, the inversions are quite floaty but actually quite well designed and the hairpin turns and ejector airtime hills make up for it. I agree with you that the launches don't do much, they just keep the momentum going. The station and music along with free wifi and the queue line app/game concept was pretty innovative. I did notice some rattle but it was only on the first visit on Friday on one particular train.


Kanonen was surprisingly tiny but packed a punch after the mini top-hat that other larger versions lack. Liserbergbanananana coaster as I kept calling it was also much much better than your average coaster of it's time and the station was immaculate and very well preserved. Atmosfear was also pretty fantastic. It seems that if you paid per attraction, you'd feel as though you've got your money's worth as they were all quite interesting and longer than your average ride.


The food was very tasty, much more than typical park food and a good intro to popular Swedish dishes. The park was easy to get around and quite compact actually, a stunning setting but only 30 mins walk from the center. The lines kept moving, the staff were friendly, amazing selection of game stalls to win insanely sized versions of Swedish treats, and the park was very clean too. Really reminded me of a mini Europa Park in terms of quality and atmosphere.

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Excellent TR on the Liseberg day Jake. I really enjoyed that day and really wish I could return soon. Balder was the standout ride of the trip for me. People had been saying how good those woodies are but I just could never understand it and then one ride on Balder was all that it took to convince me and for Balder to rocket to my number 1 woodie spot!


I loved Helix too, it's a top 10 ride for me but I found it slightly shaky. Nothing earth shattering and not in a classic woodie rough kind of way. It just seemed to have a shake to it. The first launch was just ok, the second was better, just a longer more sustained launch but as Jake said, quite weak. The airtime hill after the top hat was my favourite part of the ride and I love the soundtrack Helix has too.


Lisebergbanen was also a very big surprise. It's surprisingly speedy and it's run so efficiently too!

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Excellent TR on the Liseberg day Jake. I really enjoyed that day and really wish I could return soon. Balder was the standout ride of the trip for me. People had been saying how good those woodies are but I just could never understand it and then one ride on Balder was all that it took to convince me and for Balder to rocket to my number 1 woodie spot!


I loved Helix too, it's a top 10 ride for me but I found it slightly shaky. Nothing earth shattering and not in a classic woodie rough kind of way. It just seemed to have a shake to it. The first launch was just ok, the second was better, just a longer more sustained launch but as Jake said, quite weak. The airtime hill after the top hat was my favourite part of the ride and I love the soundtrack Helix has too.


Lisebergbanen was also a very big surprise. It's surprisingly speedy and it's run so efficiently too!


Agree on every single thing you said! I had heard everyone talk about how good Balder was and always doubted it based on the POVs...but after just one ride in the front seat, it was 1000% convinced. I still can't believe how good it was and have a hard time choosing between it and my most recent night rides on Boulder Dash exactly a month later.


The airtime hill after the top hat was by far the best part of Helix - noticeably more intense than the rest of the ride. The other part I liked was the airtime hill to 0g roll to twisty-hill helix thing. That sequence was good. The rest of the ride was pretty weak though!


I am insanely busy this week, so no idea if I will be able to get an update in, but i'll try. I barely took any photos at Skara Sommerland, so it would be a mini update before Grona Lund anyways!

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I find myself looking for cheap flights to Gothenburg all the time. That's how good Liseberg is. I guess I can wait until 2016...is there going to be a better combo of rides within a few hours of each other than Balder and Wildfire?!?


BRB moving to Sweden...


Norwegian does have cheap flights from Orlando to Oslo (ca. 450$ roundtrip) and then you can get a cheap bus ride to Gothenburg.

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Thread revival time! Needless to say this has been an insanely busy and tiring semester for me, but I want to keep this thread going and finish sharing my photos from the trip.


For tonight, here is a quick small update of Skara Sommerland! The park is located right dab in the middle of Sweden and a nice little stop between Gothenburg and Stockholm. However it will probably be tougher to hit once Kolmarden jumps on the map with Wildfire on the "southern route" across the country. Anyways, the park is home to one of the most unique coasters in the world in Tranan and is a nice place to spend a few hours. Apparently it gets very busy here which is great and hopefully this means the park will be able to grow!


On to the photos


Welcome to Skara Sommerland!


Our morning started out with ERT on all 3 coasters (how nice)! The first stop for us was the appropriately named Spinner.


Not sure who makes this mouse, but it was my first time on this model. Reminded me of what the Chinese ones looked like and kinda scared me!


Finally, it was time to head over to Tranan.


Oh my god what the hell is this thing???


It was seriously the most bizarre sensation ever. And it felt like you were going to fall out!


The park is centered around a nice lake.


Beware of the bouncy bridge!


At the other end is the park's powered coaster. Enter if you dare!


Had no idea you had to walk through an insanely dark tunnel to ride it! It was really cool. I had to use flash to even get a glimpse of it it was so dark!


Then once you get into the station, let the ABBA dance party begin.


It's a cute powered coaster with a slightly themed indoor helix section.


How about another ride on Tranan?


It's really crazy how different the two sides are. I think one was a lot more "thrilling" and it was the left side if you are facing forwards.


Time to explore the rest of the park. Water features to play in!


Exactly where I would think to go for a Mexican buffet!


Somehow I managed to avoid being forcefully rotated in this thing.


Another awesome large playground in a European theme park!


This cannot end well.


"I came in like a wrecking ball!"


Of course, we had to take a lap on the Texan!!! AWESOME!


The park is supposed to have a really nice waterpark that is the main draw. It was WAYYY too cold to check it out today!


They also had a cute area full of flat rides for the kids. Perfect park for cute little Swedish families!


We ended our visit with a western themed lunch.


And we played a Shark game before we left because Sharks!


And we won :) but still have to deal with Soupy on the long bus ride to Stockholm. Next up is Grona Lund!!!

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Awesome Jake! I love how this park is progressing, along the way.

And that entry tunnel to the powered coaster has got to be the

longest queue 'experience' ever, for this kind of park. I loved it!

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