Yesterday I had an amazing day in the park. Perfect weather and very short queues (except for Helix), I have never experienced anything like that. To be able to just go and have another ride on Lisebergbanan as soon as its finished was amazing.
Before riding Helix I spoke briefly to Justin Garvanovic from ECC about his favorite seat in the Helix train and he said that it depends a lot on which riding preference you have. Couldnt be more true! I got to ride Helix three times yesterday. The first one was in the very back in the first "official train". A solid ride with a lot of forces, especially in the pretzel loop. During the day, I thought that the ride just go better and better. Its very smooth and it never gets boring, fun from start to end. The seats and restraints give you a nice feeling of freedom. I'm seeing Helix as a Lisebergbanan 2.0 in the sense that it has a very smooth ride with an interesting and sometimes complex layout. It is not as intense as Balder in terms of forces, but a beautifully executed experience. Overall, a very nice ride (including the amazing queue area).
Last edited by Zingao on Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:01 pm.
Helix opening day!! So yesterday were the grand opening of Helix, didn't really bother with the ribbon cutting and speeches, but arrived a little later to enjoy a day at the park. But there are images and videos available from Liseberg themselves. Youtube and Helix blog
We also had a little blog followers meet up, which after some greetings and general discussion ended up on a ride together on Helix, which may have been one of the funniest experiences ever (sorry Hans ), there is a photo of us available on: projecthelix.se
The day was really great, not that much crowds in the park, apart from the Helix queue that is, which were almost reaching 2 hours at times. They also experienced an unfortunate breakdown on the evening for about 2 hours, which made them evacuate the whole ride, queue and all. But they later got it working again and we managed to be early in the queue that had formed at the entrance, so we got two relatively quick rides in. It have clearly picked up some speed since Wednesday, so there is big hopes that it will be even better later on, especially since they have been forced to cut short the testing protocol due to the late arrival of the trains on site. So summer here we go
Balder and Lisebergbanan were also flying around their respectively track, so they are running great as well, and with the added Helix on the hill, then the Lisebergbanan experience have become even better. Since the interaction is awesome, I can't wait to ride it loads of times to get the perfect ride with loads of interaction between the trains
Great day, great weather and great rides. This is as near perfection you can get for a season opening at Liseberg
I hope that you all have enjoyed all the updates I have given you of the Helix construction and before. More will come, since Liseberg will keep on evolving in the future like everything else. It have been a pleasure so far, and until next time enjoy this selection of images from my visit yesterday!!
We start with the tightest part of the ride where you are literally inches from 2 other rides at the same time
Didn't want to wait for this image, so some computer trickery fixed it for me, but it do look great!!
Massive up-side down airtime hill
There are some great angles on this ride, and I'm not the only one to think that :)
This image is one of the comfiest to get, why you ask? Well there is a bench right there, so just sit down and wait for the train to come to you :)
Twisty air-time goodness
The sun, really made it interesting to take pictures today
Due to slow dispatch times when running 2 trains, this is another image that isn't able to happen. But once they get everything rolling with all three trains and Helix is running at capacity, then this might actually happen
The trains have sped up quite a bit since the press day, but then again the warm nice weather and quite a bit of running since is the probable cause. It's nearing Blue Fire insanity, but there is still room for improvement :)
This area have really been transformed as well on the two short days since I was last here
They have really done wonders, including paving a massive area in the queue, and all this in only two days, incredible!! But there are still things to be done, but they will have plenty of times in the early weeks since Liseberg is still only opened weekends at this point
Another train of happy riders return
Did I say that the queue was packed!!
I mean really packed, all the switchbacks were filled and it was spilling out the entrance
Another train going for a spin
I do love the exit hole in the mesh
Front is OK, but the back is epic, and this is just the drop out the station
Yep, loads of people
Into the first launch
Not the best launch, but it doesn't really matter
Now when the trees start to get leaves then the ride will blend in more and more
More massive airtime
It do look beautiful, just imagine 10 years from now when the ride is surrounded by trees :)
Especially if they are as close as these ones
Through the bushes
This hill is one of my favourite airtime moments
On Rabalder they were running the course "Coastering 101", Lesson one: Having your hands in the air makes the ride more exciting!!
Lisebergbanan lift looking great in the spring weather
Did I say this ride had airtime??
But it screws around most of the time :)
This bit here is awesome
So is the floater here
Getting ready for the next speed boost
This is definitely one of the signature shots of Helix
So while queueing for the second ride on Helix of the day, this happened. Some sensors pushed the ride to shut down, not fun to evacuate the queue when you have been waiting for half an hour (can't imagine those that had been waiting for 1+ hour), it did pose the perfect timing to go and have something to eat :)
But as soon as we saw them testing the ride again, we decided to wait outside the entrance for our second go
This is from earlier in the day, almost 2 hours, that's crazy at Liseberg
It took some time to get the ride open, but once it did we managed 2 pretty quick rides in succession, on in the back and then at the front, so we ended up really happy :)
Here are some photos of the queue. Most of the floor in the tall part is filled with rocks from the construction, some of them have also some really nice lighting mixed in
Even if the queue is pretty long, it's still a pretty nice place to be. It's open on several sides so there is a great airflow through the place, and all of it is covered, so lots of shade and no problem with a rainy day :)
Some small openings for the switch track
You can also get some nice views of the underside of the trains through them
Snaking around the space
Still things to do until it's done
Nice detail to watch, the platform gate mechanism
Some of the many video screens in the queue, showing simulations of having loose articles with you
More green lit rocks
As we waited for out final go of the day, the sun was setting :)
Nearing our ride at the front <3
When we got out, we caught a glimpse of the opening day fireworks show, but we decided to try and get some dusk images of Helix instead
Station looking good
In some areas then the streaks made by the lighting packet is really great
As you can see, then it's very dependant of the angle, but it makes for some great effects
This one is pretty perfect though
So are these two
Yay, top-hat goodness
And the Zero-g looks great as well
To finish this of a pair of night images of the park from the nearby parking structure, we went here for a specific reason, and the result of it will be posted a bit later :P
So until then, hope that you all had as fun reading these updates, as I had making them. Have a great weekend and awesome rides on Helix when you get the chance of riding it!!
Of course, another great report from you Leofet and more great pics! Your "screwing" comments remind me of the Cedar Point Corkscrew Crew Shirt from 2001..."We Screw More People in 45 Minutes Than Most People Do in a Lifetime." lol
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