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Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:03 am
by Canobie Coaster
I really need to get back to Kolmarden to try that safari sky ride. I only had 1.5 hours between bus rides, so I pretty much just had time to ride Wildfire.

Great report!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:02 pm
by SharkTums
Love all the animal captions!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:33 pm
by cfc
Hot Times in Sweden, Part 3: Grona Lund

“Our revels now are (almost) ended . . .”

Yes, we have arrived in Stockholm for the last two days of the trip. That’s the bad news. But we’re going to Grona Lund! That’s the good news.

Grona Lund is a classic amusement park on the water, just across the street from our hotel, the official ABBA Museum, and a place that makes damn good pizza.

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If you’re looking for a grand finale for your theme-park vacation, it’s hard to top Grona Lund. They always show TPR a great time, and they offer everything you’re looking for in a classic, old-school park, including some great coasters, a very enjoyable dark ride, every type of drop tower you could want, a lawyer’s dream of a fun house, and even some nudity (if you know where to look for it).

The park’s resident historian, Andreas, gave us an interesting presentation about the park’s history, as well as a tour of their latest project--a new B&M Inverted Coaster. Well, at the moment, it’s nicknamed “the Big Hole,” because they’re building the station under part of the park. That’s what you have to do when your space is a bit tight topside. This is going to be unique ride, especially during a time when Dive Machines, Wing Coasters, and launched coasters are sprouting on the theme-park landscape like dandelions. Sounds like a good reason to go back to Grona Lund someday.

So, let’s have a look at TPR’s last two “official” days in Sweden. But before we go in, I want to thank Robb and Elissa for another excellent theme-park tour--first rate all the way! And my thanks to Mathias, whose family owns Grona Lund and Kolmarden, for making the trip’s big finish even bigger.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:44 pm
by Nrthwnd
Oooooh Chuck this is all awesome of Grona Lund! So many memories I have, from my tours there.
Love re-seeing all the old stuff, and the new stuff, too. By the way, how was the new (for us)
Haunt House there? Still two levels, with stairs, etc.?

Looking forward to The Final Day <sad> from you. :b

p.s. Grona Lund is the "Blackpool of Scandinavia" to me. And then some!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:32 pm
by cfc
We're not quite done with Grona Lund yet!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:32 pm
by cparkes92
Sweden's top two exports: ABBA and IKEA (but I didn't see any IKEA mentions in your TR)

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:36 pm
by The Great Zo
cfc wrote:OK, Andy, careful! Slowly step back from the edge . . .


The sad thing is, I have absolutely no memory of what I was even taking a picture of.

Sad to see this report come to an end, but what a fun place to end it. And I'd never dare go up against either Larry or Elissa in whack-a-mole, unless I wanted to lose!

Great report, Chuck!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:18 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! I miss that fun house since there's nothing quite like it in the US.

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:22 am
by SharkTums
Ugh, the finale on that slide is just amazing!!! I miss Grona Lund!

Re: RMCs & Poffertjes: Chuck & TPR 's 2019 Europe Trip

PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:35 am
by jynx242
Great report as always Chuck - I absolutely must make it to Sweden and Grona Lund someday.