So about a week ago Liseberg finally opened Valkyria to the public. I booked the trip before the opening date was announced, so I was getting rather nervous the closer it got to my trip with no opening date given. I knew I would have fun at Liseberg anyway, but my main goal for the trip was to ride Valkyria so it would definitely have been dissappointing if the ride was not open by the time I arrived. Fortunately just a few days before my trip Liseberg announced the opening of Valkyria. The official opening was scheduled for Friday 10th, but with a chance of a soft opening earlier in the week. I arrived at the airport on Thursday 9th at noon, and on the bus to the city center I could see Valkyria running, but I could not see if it was running with passengers or not. I decided to gamble and headed to the park, which was a very good decision, because Valkyria was open to the public!
Liseberg does not only have some great rides, but it's also a very beautiful park.
They have definitely done a great job with the whole area around Valkyria. Everything has a 'finished' look, and the station building looks great!
Using the single rider queue I was on the ride in about 10 minutes, while the standby line was spilling out into the paths and was posted at 100-120 minutes. However the single rider line also filled up very quickly when people started to realize this.
I was at Heide Park earlier this year, and I felt that the drop on Krake had a bit more 'kick' to it. I don't know if the actual forces are different, or if it's because Krake has the old OTSR which gives you room to float in your seat all the way down, while Valkyria has the vest restraints which are quite snug. But it's still a really good drop, particularly in the third row. Another highlight was the zero-G roll, which provided a good whip in the outer seats.
Overall I will say the ride experience on Valkyria is exactly as expected! If you have been on a couple of these rides I don't think there is anything that will surprise you. But it's a solid, fun and extremely rerideable coaster that is guaranteed to be a big hit with both the enthusiasts and the GP. A big congratulations to Liseberg on what I'm 110% sure will be a big success for their park!
Now, Liseberg has plenty of other rides to offer as well, so let's have a look at those shall we? When Balder opened in 2003 it was quickly hailed as one of the greatest coasters built. It's still a great ride, it has lots of airtime,and the first drop in the backseat is one of my favorite drops on any coaster, but in between the airtime moments the ride does feel a bit sluggish. I don't know if the ride is actually running slower or if it's just the fact that it has become slightly overshadowed by newer, more extreme rides like Helix and Wildfire, but for me I left with the feeling that the ride was supposed to run a little faster than what it did. I still had a ton of fun on it though, and it's still a very good coaster. But with this being my fourth or fifth visit to the park since Balder opened, I completely forgot to take pictures of it...
One ride that was definitely not running sluggish was Helix. Last time I rode it back in 2015 there was still an insane hype surrounding the ride, and while I loved the ride, I felt that it didn't quite live up to the hype. This year I went on it with an open mind, and HOLY CRAP did it blow me away! Again, I don't really know if the ride was running any different than it was three years ago, or if it was just because I had adjusted my expectations, but on this visit I found the ride to the balls to the wall insane! I could seriously not remember the ride being this good! It was running extremely fast, and I love how the ride doesn't let up until the end. I swear that transition from the zero-G roll into the helix is borderline lethal! Overall a fantastic ride!
On a sidenote they have added seatbelts to Helix this year, but I don't think they affected the ride experience in any way.
Helix may be the star of Liseberg, but Lisebergbanan is definitely the true gem of Liseberg. All the other coasters at the park can easily be replaced, but not this one. The phrase 'they don't build them like this anymore' is definitely true for this ride. The ride may be 31 years old, but it's running as good as ever! It has a couple of slightly aggressive jolts, but they have always been there and for most of the ride is an extremely smooth, fast and just pure fun ride. I absolutely love this thing, and I sincerely hope that Liseberg plans to keep it running for decades to come!
The coasters may be the main draw for the thrill seekers, but Liseberg also has plenty of other thrilling rides to offer.
Liseberg is a beautiful park during the day, but it becomes even more beautiful as the sun sets over the park
Most of my pictures were taken on the Thursday, but here's a shot from the official opening ceremony on Friday morning.
And I will end the trip report with a final picture showing the awesomeness that is Liseberg! I truly love this park, and I'm super jealous of the people of Gothenburg who has such a magnificent park in their city.