After a nice relaxing visit to Skara Sommerland we headed off on the remaining journey over to Stockholm. Even more exciting was the fact that we would be visiting Grona Lund this evening for free time in the park and ERT! Excitement built as we passed the world's largest IKEA on the way and even though rain began to fall, we knew this would not stop our fun at Grona Lund. Due to the rain I didn't take my camera into the park that evening, but included a few iPhone pictures I took and will focus mainly on our day at the park that followed!
WARNING: This update may contain images of naked women that could be considered offensive to some
We made a quick luggage drop at our hotel, which was conveniently located directly across the street from the park! This is the view heading down the stairs to the street.
The park presented us all with unique lanyards for the park and different rides (I got Twister) and a pass to get around with :)
Our visit started off with a nice Italian dinner in one of the park's venues.
Owner Mattias welcomes and thanks the group for visiting! His enthusiasm definitely gets you excited to be there.
Heading out into the park, Insane looks super intimidating! We would wait on this one for night ERT though.
We made quick work with the credits thanks to the rain but still 2 trains on every thing! Yup this park is great.
Okay okay, so we finally had our insane night ERT on Insane. Water challenge plus trying to make it flip on purpose is crazy!!!
I had the pleasure to ride with Aussie Steve on the same side, and then park owner Mattias on the other. He wanted to flip a lot with 2 fatties on one side, and guess what, we did! Even more insane is when his son went next and we flipped like 9 times!
ERT was also held over on Twister. 2 trains = unlimited rerides! This is an awesome coaster too.
How about an entire train by myself?
Another train goes screaming by. For such a small footprint and relative size, this coaster packs a hell of a punch.
One last shot of the park at night. Love the look of Jetline's signage.
Fast forward to the next day, and we were invited out to the park well before their scheduled opening. We got to learn a lot about the park. Did you know it started off as a music venue??
I approve other contests held at the park, such as this one about nudity.
Here is a fairly recent shot (but before Twister) that shows how massive crowds come for the concerts.
How appropriate is it that ABBA performed here?
The next exciting event of the morning was the Star Flyer tower climb!
Robb and lucky winner Shawn are about to head up the tower.
It started off with quite a bit of climbing...
Then standing on top of the ride vehicle!
Those not participating enjoyed a nice breakfast and watched in anticipation of what was going to happen!
Finally those on top of the carriage got to ride all the way to the top! Check out the TPR updates for pictures and video of this unique experience. Oh yeah, the donations also benefited GKTW which is awesome!
For those of us not riding to the top, there was also lots of ERT this morning!
The boardwalk area of the park provides a nice view of the Stockholm coast.
But I was here to ride Twister again!
Morning ERT on Twister was much more popular than last night :)
It's crazy how this ride just flies through and over the park.
KT and Derek enjoy a ride! Once again, such a kickass little coaster. Pops of air and intense turns!
Finally Jetline was awaiting our arrival.
Loved how the train goes screaming down the first drop into a tunnel below!
The remainder of the ride is full of really forceful hairpin drops and helixes. No inversions on this one! But just as good as you would expect from an old Schwarzkopf.
The park is also home to one of the most unique wild mice coasters in the world.
I love how it intertwines with Jetline in a really unique layout. Also kudos to the park for letting us skip the line after it not being ready for ERT.
I just love this perspective. Twisty track everywhere!
We explored the park a bit more after the coasters, including the fun house.
This is one of the best ones around, with plenty of slides...
...spinning contraptions of death...
...and a super awesome speed slide finale!
This slide is hidden in there but you do come out hauling ass! Worth the journey through to try it out.
How about a day time ride on Insane!
This is pretty accurate of how you feel once the ride is over. Such an intense experience. Suck it SFMM.
Artsy logo and lift hill shot.
Seriously how is this version so good? Oh yeah Europe and Grona Lund.
We each took our own boat on the "tunnel of love" ride.
The scenes were pretty bizarre...but boobs!
Walking through the park, it just has so many nice areas like this one that connected two sides of the park together. I believe on one side was mostly all of the children rides.
How cool is it they have a shout out for some of the best coasters in the world?
Now that we were hanging out in the park for the rest of the day, I may have given my camera to this character :)
Enjoy some shots of our group from the eye of a 2nd grader :) (sorry you had to look at Craig though)
KT took a photo of the drop tower in action, which I didn't even get myself!
Behind the scenes of me and my broken iphone case. And proof that I was in the park I guess :)
True fact: When Hanno isn't taking amazing photos he makes funny faces.
As a penalty for taking my camera, tickling was required.
Oh yeah, they also have a newly renovated dark ride so we checked that out.
Not sure why this creature has such a profound vagina. But the dark ride was seriously awesome!
Another group of star flyer climbers either ascends or descends...you decide!
Jetline most definitely is descending.
I just loved the atmosphere of this park.
More naked people!!! I love Europe.
Somehow I liked how this random picture turned out with the background and sun finally breaking out again. Now that I think about it, was this the only rainy/cloudy weather all trip? Amazing!
Next door is the famous Abba Museum, which a few trip goers shelled out to see.
Sadly, it was soon time to go, and we had to say goodbye to the park owners. Thanks to these guys and the Alveys for putting together such a great time at the park!
Waiting for our bus departure to the cruise terminal (woohoo), KT once again grabbed my camera to work on her skills.
Don't eat the Macbook!
Don't try to take Soupy's ice cream.
I have no idea what the hell I'm doing.
Shut up Neil.
Not sure what is going on here :)
...maybe because I fell asleep? Anyways thanks for reading! Grona Lund was awesome and easily my favorite park next to Liseberg (with Djurs and Farup not far behind). Next will be a mini update of our overnight cruise to Helsinki and a bonus park in Finland!!! Thanks for reading and post your comments :)
Thanks Jake Great pictures that bring back great memories. It is impossible to overstate how awesome the park owners were to us. Grona Lund packs so much fun in such a small footprint. World class coasters, classic fun houses and a great new dark ride. And a visit with TPR, with all the great treats and ERT, can't get any better than that!
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