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Re: Photo TR: Viking86 travels from Scandi to..... Scandi???

Postby coasternate » Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:07 am

Great trip report! If I ever get to Europe, Liseberg is definitely on my bucket list. And those night rides on Balder looked AMAZING!
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Postby TheCoasterKid211 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 11:55 am

Great report Viking! Definitely going to Liseberg in the near future...gotta get my Balder credit sooner or later :Pr
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Postby viking86 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 2:59 pm

^&^^ Thanks! Liseberg should be high on anyones to-do list. And yes, Balder at night is awesome!!! :b

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Re: Photo TR: Viking86 travels from Scandi to..... Scandi???

Postby viking86 » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:20 pm

Tusenfryd

Tusenfryd has never been anywhere near the top of my favorite parks list, and visiting it directly after Liseberg doesn’t really help, but I hadn’t been since 2013 and I was curious to see how Thundercoaster was running with the new Timberliner trains. Also with Tusenfryd only open on Saturdays and Sundays this time of the year, and Sunday being the day I had to travel home, it left with me no choice but to visit on Saturday. So I got up early that day and drove the two and a half hours from Gothenburg to Tusenfryd and met up with a friend about an hour and a half after park opening.


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My driving route this morning.

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Tusenfryd has one of the more impressive entrances due to the whole park being situated on a hillside.


I love that you can buy your tickets on machines outside in addition to the ticket booths. Makes buying tickets quite fast.


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Dagen er din - It’s your day!

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The “grand” carousel at the top of the escalators

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We started the day by taking a ride on Thundercoaster.

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I was curious to see how the ride was with the new Timberliner trains.


Thundercoaster was only running one train, and apparently it has been like this all season. This made the wait quite long, about one hour. At least there are plenty of interesting views of the ride from the queue line.


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The 90-degree turn seen behind the structure used to be rather wild, but after it was reprofiled by GCI some years ago it lost much of its punch.

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The train was tracking seriously bad over this hill. You could see both the train and the passengers jerking violently from the queue line.

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Plenty of new bracing on the brake run structure.


Finally we got on the ride and went for a ride in the backseat. I have been on Twister at Gröna Lund, so it was not my first experience with the Timberliner trains. As expected they were comfortable. Well, at least as long as we were stitting still in the station. It only took us until we were about halfway down the first drop to understand that this would not be a comfortable ride. I’m sorry to say this, but Thundercoaster needs more than new trains to fix this ride because some parts were BAD..... and I mean like Gwazi bad! Those parts which had fairly new track were alright though, but the ride seems to have lost a lot of the aggressive style it once had. With the line being so long (60-90) minutes and a rather uncomfortable ride, we did not ride Thundercoaster any more this day.


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Thankfully Speedmonster was running both trains and line was only about 20 minutes. This picture is taken where the line started.

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There is a great view of the final corkscrew from the line. I would have loved to see the track drop all the way down to the parking lot after the corkscrew, but that’s just the enthusiast in me talking.


Overall Speedmonster is a very fun ride. It’s not the most intense ride, but I enjoy it very much and it’s still quite smooth. A little bit of rattling, but it doesn’t add any discomfort to the ride. More pictures of Speedmonster coming later in this report.


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You can’t visit Tusenfryd without going for a spin on Loopen, the parks Vekoma looping coaster

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This Vekoma Tornado model was the star of the park from it opened in 1988 until Thundercoaster opened in 2001.

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It’s not the smoothest ride, but it’s fun and it seems quite well taken care of. The track is faded quite badly, but the Arrow trains looked like they came straight out of the factory. Super clean and with lots of shiny wheels.

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SpinSpider was closed as it has been pretty much all season.

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Shame, I really like this ride.

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In 2012 Tusenfryd expanded their western town by adding Western-Expressen. This ride was relocated from Mirabilandia in Italy. Unfortunately minimal effort was put into theming and scenery. On a positive note it was running two trains.

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The famous hill down to Superslash.

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We didn’t ride Supersplash on this visit as we didn’t feel like getting wet, but it’s quite a good ride. I’ve always enjoyed it.

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The sea monster didn’t look so happy though...

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...but that’s fully understandable when this is the treatment you get all day.

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There were plenty of kids having fun getting absolutely drenched from the splash.

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We took a ride on Thor’s Hammer. It’s an okay dark ride, but nothing to write home about.

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We took a ride on Spaceshot. Fun ride, and great view from the top.

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Disney was also represented at the park this weekend.

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Donald Ducks famous car.

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Another train full of victims being pulled to the top.

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The first drop is quite good in the backseat in terms of forces, but you quickly realize it’s not going to be a comfortable ride.

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The once famous second drop. Doesn't feel like it once did...

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The train screeching around the turn. Thundercoaster sure lives up to its name, this ride is LOUD!!

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Heading into the final hills. Lots of new wood in this area.

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Speedmonster is launching so fast it turns the riders into a blur.

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Upside-down!!!

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Upside-down #2!!!

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Twisty hills!


The ride-ops screwed up badly when closing the line early on Speedmonster. They closed the line over half an hour before park closure, then they had to re-open the line because they realized there would be no riders left in line 15-20 minutes before park closure. And with only 2 ride attendants in the station, the ride stopped running while one of them left the station to open/close the line.

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And I will end this trip report with one final picture of Speedmonster.


So yeah, that’s it for Tusenfryd. I feel it’s a very average park, Speedmonster is a good coaster, while Thundercoaster needs more work to make it a good ride again. It’s nice to see the park investing in new rides, though I’m still not convinced if a rapids ride is what the park needs most at the moment. Either way I’m sure it will be a fun ride.

Also visiting the park directly after visiting Liseberg sure isn’t doing it any favours in my review. Just to take one example, the number of ride attendants on Balder equaled the number of ride attendants on Speedmonster, Thundercoaster and Loopen combined. Liseberg has always been top of the class when it comes to operations, the same cannot be said about Tusenfryd. Keep in mind though this is in no way criticism of those who were working at Tusenfryd on this day, they seemed to be doing their job just fine (with the exception of the line closure incident on Speedmonster). This is pointing fingers at how the park is operated from a park management level.

On a positive note I had a very good kebab at Tusenfryd, so thumbs up for that! :)

I don’t know when my next visit will be. I’m currently averaging on one visit every second year, and I don’t see much that will change that in near future. If I’m in the area next year I might stop by to to check out the new rapids ride, but at the moment there is nothing that will make me go out of my way to visit the park.

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Re: Photo TR: Viking86 travels from Scandi to..... Scandi???

Postby Norwegian coasterfan » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:53 pm

It is a shame that Thundercoaster is running so bad this year, it was running GREAT last year :?r The park have replied to Facebook-posts about the one train operation saying that Gravity Group have had some problems running two trains simultaneously.

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Re: Photo TR: Viking86 travels from Scandi to..... Scandi???

Postby _koppen » Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:08 pm

Wow that looks mediocre!

I never really thought about it until now, but without a great running Thundercoaster and a running SpinSpider I'm not sure I would wan't to visit Tusenfryd.
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Re: Photo TR: Viking86 travels from Scandi to..... Scandi???

Postby viking86 » Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:54 am

^The thing is I have never had a bad visit to Tusenfryd, but on the other hand I haven't had any really great visits to the park since 2006. If I lived close to the park I would probably have a season ticket and visit a couple of times each year, but as I live 450 kilometers away from the park it doesn't have what it takes to make me put in the effort to go there. Which is why all of my visits to the park over the last 7-8 years is if I'm already in the area.

^^Not all of Thundercoaster was bad, but the overall impression was not so great. The parts that stood out as the worst were the first drop and following turn into the second hill, and coming out of the turn after the second drop into and over the third hill. Particularly the latter was really terrible! As mentioned the retracked sections were not bad in terms of rider comfort.

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Postby Norwegian coasterfan » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:29 am

viking86 wrote:^^Not all of Thundercoaster was bad, but the overall impression was not so great. The parts that stood out as the worst were the first drop and following turn into the second hill, and coming out of the turn after the second drop into and over the third hill. Particularly the latter was really terrible! As mentioned the retracked sections were not bad in terms of rider comfort.


The part before the second drop where quite bumpy last year but not the following turn and hill, weird... Maybe the old trains handled rough track sections better?

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Re: Photo TR: Viking86 travels from Scandi to..... Scandi???

Postby StealthFan » Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:29 pm

Its strange to me that they are having such issues running 2 trains on Thundercoaster. Didn't Gravity Group also replace the control system?

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Re: Photo TR: Viking86 travels from Scandi to..... Scandi???

Postby cfc » Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:07 pm

You can’t visit Tusenfryd without going for a spin on Loopen, the parks Vekoma looping coaster


Oh yes, you can. ;)

sorry to hear that Thundercoaster was running so badly. It was a lot of fun when I visited the park with TPR, but that was years ago.
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