I knew very little about Kolmarden outside of Wildfire, and ended up liking the park a lot. The cable-car safari and animal habitats were very well done--and Wildfire was excellent (particularly that last inversion--whew)! Getting around the place is quite a hike.
SharkTums wrote:^Well, now I feel we should hear the story!
The park was just set up for failure.
It took about a half an hour to park because of no traffic control with people crossing the street from the parking lot to the park.
1 train operation on Thundercoaster the majority of the morning. I think we ended up waiting almost an hour and a half through the 1 train operation. Finally as we were about to get into the station they put the second train on (the park had been open for 4-5 hours by this point).
We ate at the Rockburgeren diner outside of Speed Monster and spend over a half an hour waiting for our food. After giving up waiting we walked up to the counter and were given our food almost immediately (and we didn't complain we just stood there and continued talking to each other) which seems to me they weren't paying any attention (there wasn't any line for food at this point in the day).
They had a sign posted that the Supersplash would be closing at 5:30P. We assumed this was so they could get people through the line and have the ride closed by 6P when the park closed. We showed up at the line at 5:13P and it was already closed off.
We ended up leaving the park before the 6P closing because nothing was open anymore besides the games.
The positives were that the Loopen crew and the Speed Monster crew (all 2 operators at each ride) seemed to move at a decent pace to get people through the lines.
The park was packed and it staffed to operate as if they were planning on it being one of the emptiest days of the year. We all agreed we wished we had spent a 3rd day at Liseberg instead of including Tusenfryd in our trip which is surprising because we all love visiting new parks!
---Not to completely hyjack Yngve's thread though, I agree the Safari ride was very cool! It gave a unique perspective on the animals as if the almost didn't realize people were floating above their heads. When you go to your typical zoo the animals usually just sit there and stare at you but we didn't get that from this ride. I just ended up having to ride it being pouty that I couldn't ride Wildfire that day.
Turtle Wax wrote: 1 train operation on Thundercoaster the majority of the morning. I think we ended up waiting almost an hour and a half through the 1 train operation. Finally as we were about to get into the station they put the second train on (the park had been open for 4-5 hours by this point).
You forgot to mention that they spent 10 minutes swapping the trains as we were halfway through the line. Yes that's correct, they added a second train, but removed the first train from the ride, meaning that they continued with one-train operation until we were nearly at the station.
It should also be mentioned that with the line for Supersplash having been closed off, we decided to go ride Thor's Hammer (dark ride in the same area) as the line for this was open (it said on the sign that this ride would also close at 5:30). As we were almost ready to ride the girl who was operating the ride informed us that she had closed off the line too late, and would have to fill the ride vehicles to max capacity (six riders per car), meaning our group of four had to split up. I guess she had been ordered to close off the ride at 5:30...
Turtle Wax wrote:The positives were that the Loopen crew and the Speed Monster crew (all 2 operators at each ride) seemed to move at a decent pace to get people through the lines.
The Speedmonster crew has been pretty good on all my visits to Tusenfryd, and the ride has always been running two trains. The only example of bad operation I have seen on Speedmonster was last year when they closed off the line early and then had to re-open the line as they realized there would be no riders left to ride 20 minutes before the park closed.
Overall I think it's a sad situation, because Tusenfryd has the potential to be a good park. It has a very nice location, and a decent ride selection. But the poor operations just seems to ruin everything. The whole park just seems to be understaffed in every department. I don't want to blame the ride operators, because when it's the same pretty much throughout the entire park, and for several years in a row, you know the root cause for the bad operations lies with the park management...
Wonderful 'perspective' shots of Wildfire from the gondola. Thanks, Viking86! I really give credit to Kolmarden for creating such a unique safari experience. For animal and wildlife lovers, that is a true fantasyland!
viking86 wrote:Overall I think it's a sad situation, because Tusenfryd has the potential to be a good park. It has a very nice location, and a decent ride selection. But the poor operations just seems to ruin everything. The whole park just seems to be understaffed in every department. I don't want to blame the ride operators, because when it's the same pretty much throughout the entire park, and for several years in a row, you know the root cause for the bad operations lies with the park management...
So, what you're saying, is that Tusenfryd is the "Six Flags" of Norway!
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DILinator wrote:So, what you're saying, is that Tusenfryd is the "Six Flags" of Norway!
Yeah! Problem is that we have no other "good parks" to compensate. Tusenfryd is the only park in Norway which has something to offer for coaster enthusiasts, the remaining parks are all small parks aimed at families.
Nrthwnd wrote:(Pardon the 'jump' to the other park, here.)
Well, the visit to Tusenfryd was the day after Kolmården, I just wasn't planning to do a trip report from this park. But I think this discussion is fine in this thread, it was from the same trip afterall. (I edited the topic sub-title slightly to reflect that )
Actually I wasn't planning to visit Tusenfryd at all, until Bryan messaged me their trip plans and I decided to meet up with them. So yeah, thanks a lot Bryan!
Nice report! Wildfire really looks awesome. It's interesting (and good for you) that you got a better car than the one you paid for. I guess that's what most rental companies do when a certain model is not available but last year in Ireland the opposite happened to us Hope it doesn't repeat this year haha
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