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