So ever since Kolmården announced that they were building Wildfire I knew I had to make the trip over to Sweden during the opening season to check it out. Having never ridden an RMC before, I was very excited to finally have one “only” 570 miles away.
I would not be disappointed...
This was the lovely weather I left behind (which had pretty much been our weather for most of the summer...)
I had ordered a small Totota Aygo for the 2 hours drive from Arlanda down to Norrköping, but the rental car company gave me a Skoda Octavia estate instead. No complaints from me, great car!
Fast forward one day and I made it to Kolmården. This was my first view of Wildfire!
Look at that drop! I’m usually calm when riding a new coaster, but for this one I actually felt a bit nervous (but in a good way!)
I love the structure! I know there are plans to fill it with wood, but I hope they keep it like this.
So how was my first rides on Wildfire? Well, I rode it first in the front seat and then in the back. The first half was really good, the drop was amazing, but it was kinda crawling towards the end. But this was on a cold morning with a near empty train, so I decided to withold my final judgement and let the ride warm up a little.
Thanks to Kolmården employee and fellow TPR-member Niclas who came out to ride with me in the morning! Always great to meet a fellow enthusiast, even if it's just for a short time!
A near full train screaming down the first drop! They started the day with one-train operation, but added the second train later in the day.
The train zooming through the barrel roll.
Niclas reccomended that I went on the Safari ride early before the crowds arrived, so I decided to follow his advice.
The first view you get from the gondola is a great view of the turn leading into the second inversion on Wildfire.
I give this view thumbs up!
You also get a good view of the airtime hill which you cannot see much of from inside the park.
The outward banked hill. Look at that view!!!
Okay, let’s focus on the actual gondola ride and the animals.
I loved the concept of this ride. It zig-zags back and forth over the various animal enclosures. The ride is quiet so it doesn’t disrupt the animals, and it gives you some great views as it goes fairly close to the ground in many places.
Here’s a look at the savannah.
Who’s up for a game of “spot the zebra”?
Male lions doing what big cats do best...
Here are the mommy-lions with the kids.
Heading back to the platform. Again, look at that amazing view!!
The ride has some pretty cool theming in the queue line.
Moving on through the park, here’s one of the monkey enclosures.
Kolmården has all sorts of animals. Here’s an elephant...
...and here’s a camel that couldn’t care less about people watching it.
Kolmården has a huge-ass playground where the kids can injure themselves in all the ways you can imagine!
In 2015 Kolmården opened “Bamses Värld”, a kids area based on the cartoon character Bamse.
The new area looked really good!
For the kids (and the credit whores) there is a Zierer family coaster. I didn’t ride, but the kids seemed to enjoy it!
They also have a small amphitheatre.
Overall I thought the whole area looked really good. There is a good selection of rides for the kids, and I was surprised by how large it was.
Moving on to more animals... they also have your typical farm animals.
A look at the Safari Restaurant. I didn’t eat there as it was full inside (and too cold to sit outside).
The view from the outside tables.
I was really looking forward to see the “TPR members locked in a cage” exhibition. Unfortauntely there were no animals to be seen...
“Did anyone mention TPR members??”
There are a-holes in this world, and then there are d-holes...
This guy was being a proper d-hole....
Okay, time for some more Wildfire.
Love the theming around the station building.
Here’s a look at the station building itself. Looks great! It also had some great theming inside, but I didn’t get any pictures of that.
The first drop is just amazing!
Going over the top...
The train dissappearing into the structure!
This hill may look innocent. It isn’t....
A couple of hours after opening the ride was running a hell of a lot faster than it did in the morning. WOW! And during the day it started to rain. This just made the ride even more insane!
This is what riding Wildfire in the rain does to your face! I don’t even want to think about what it did to my pants!
Every time a train came to a stop on the brakerun it was followed by the wiping of tears and hysterical laughter!
The park also has a Vekoma family coaster and a swinging ship, both rides being completely overshadowed by Wildfire.
So that’ it! What did I think after riding my first RMC?? It’s an absolutely amazing ride! The first half up until the second inversion is absolutely crazy! When Robb described this ride as being "f*cking insane" he wasn't lying or exaggerating in any way. It tells you something about a ride when the second inversion is the first point where you’re able to catch your breath properly! There were also far less people riding with their arms up than on your average coaster, something which I also believe can be credited to the insane intensity of this ride! (and maybe a little to the fact that the park maybe doesn't attract your average thrill-seeker clientele) The people on the Swedish east coast are very lucky to receive this ride, it truly is a masterpiece!
I also enjoyed the rest of the park, lots of animals and the exhibitions seemed fairly well done! Overall a great day at Kolmården!
Thanks for reading!
Last edited by viking86 on Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:16 am.
Yes, the cable car safari was awesome! And a little bit scary on the high bits as it was quite windy on the day of my visit. One thing I really liked is how quiet it was, as opposed to noisy diesel trucks driving through the animal exhibitions. I felt that it had minimum impact on the animals. All the enclosures were also really large, which is good.
SharkTums wrote:^Well, now I feel we should hear the story!
Let's just say that Tusenfryd was trying really hard to make their operations as shitty as possible that day....
(which to be fair wasn't much different from my visit last year)
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