A.J. wrote:That little playground has always been in a weirdo spot - I can see some sort of sheltered attraction in old photos of Tulireki, what was there previously? A bumper cars?
Yep. Linnanmäki has some 40 year old kiddie bumper cars for kids under 140cm, which are now located in front of the magic circus ride. When Rainbow got removed they moved the kiddie bumper cars to rainbow's plot instead of next to Tulireki and they were there until Kingi started construction which is when they moved to their current spot.
The CEO of Linnanmäki confirmed on a newspaper article yesterday that Vonkaputous is indeed being distmantled. She says "It's always challenging to let go of a ride because every ride has it's fanbase, but with a limited space it's necessary to remove something to allow room for updates. After all, guests also ask for constant improvement." She also reminds of technical difficulties and spare part accessibility for Vonkaputous.
However, no news yet about the replacement. "We will tell about them later in spring."
Glad I got to ride it, back in 2009 and 2014 with TPR tours. I enjoyed it, especially the first visit, because it really packed a walloping splashdown back then. The second visit, not as much "splash" at the end. It felt tamer than before. But still a fun coaster. RIP-V.
In 2009, Vonkaputous was my 393rd coaster at the end of the Scandi Tour.
Me and V, the 2014 TPR Scandi Tour. Big splashdown, but not as HUGE as it was in 2009.
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