12-20th July 2003

Travel, Tivoli Gardens
BonBon Land, Bakken
Tivoli Gardens, Liseberg
Liseberg, Tusenfryd
Tusenfryd
Gröna Lund
Gröna Lund, Ferry to Finland
Linnanmäki
Särkänniemi, Travel

 

Mark Riley
How do you follow the amazing Coolest Coaster Tour? Easy – you do it all over again!

For me, the highlights were the access-all-areas tour of the Scenic Railways at Tivoli and Bakken, banging nails into Balder (with hammer in one hand and complimentary beer in the other), and the first-rate quality of the lunches we were given.

As for the rides Vild-Svinet plunged, Tornado soared, Rutschebanen rocked, Vilda Musen twisted, and Balder topped many member’s charts. These rides (and so many more) were faultless, the parks they were in were stunning, and the people who ran them were stars.

We were able to enjoy Exclusive Ride Sessions on every single major coaster. Each day included at least one group meal, and there were a host of surprises along the way.

 

Day by Day Reports

Day 1 – Travel, Tivoli Gardens

The trip started well, with everyone (sans one) arriving at Heathrow on time. Flight departed on time and arrived early. The flight was smooth apart from one pop of “airtime” to which the whole group greeted with a loud cheer!

We’ve checked into the hotel which is only 100m from Tivoli! We are leaving for our first coaster session in just 23 minutes!

It’s easy to see how Walt Disney came up with the design and ideas for Disneyland. Tivoli really do need to put a huge board outside their entrance saying word to the effect that Disney copied their ideas and not the other way round.

That’s it for now, it’s 1am local time. Tune in tomorrow for more photos and news!

 

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Day 2 – BonBon Land, Bakken

Tom Marshall
Bon Bon is a park full of stuff you’d never see anywhere else in Europe e.g. rides operated by the riders with no staff in attendance, and some of the most bizarre theming I’ve ever seen!

Stephen Knight
Wild Boar (Vild-Svinet) is a great fun coaster to ride, and even more funny to watch!

Richard and Claire Davis
Bon Bon is a truly unique park, the description given previously simply doesn’t do the park justice. Wild Boar will be a ride many small parks worldwide should look at – unique and a big thrill in a small space.

Olov Lundell
Tivoli is a great park that really wakes up to life in the evening with the lights everywhere. BonBon Land, words can not describe how fun this park is. It has to be seen with your own eyes!

Andreas Mueller
Like G’sengte Sau in Tripsdrill, Vild-Svinet is an good example of how much thrill you can offer with an height of only 22 metres. Let`s hope the ride will find its way to South Germany.

Derek Cromarty
Tivoli was terrific. Bon-Bon Land was Ballistic!

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Tivoli lived up to my expectations. Bon Bon Land: certainly a very different park. Wild Boar was a great experience, as a prototype I can see this being adapted in many ways at other parks.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
We’ve been to Tivoli and ridden Rutschbanen again, it might have been built in 1914, but it’s still a great coaster. Plenty of airtime in the back seat. At Bon Bon land the Scream and SHout Coaster was fun, although there is a dispute about whether it really is a coaster.

Crystal Fryer-Kelsey
Tivoli – heaving but fantastic. British parks can learn a lot from Bon Bon Land, where the park is brightly themed and very family friendly.

Steve Fagin
Great time on Vild-Svinet – not too scary except for the moment when Mick Fryer-Kelsey took over the controls. Nice park and good staff.

Dan Spooner
Thought this was a brilliant park, better than I expected. 97 degree coaster was great fun, was a bit worried about the chain on the lift hill!

David and Susan Ellis
Bon Bon Land is a great park, with great staff and theming you will not see anywhere else in the world. Vild Svinet, the 97 degree drop coaster was amazing, slightly smoother in the back and an amazing view in the front. So far the trip is just brilliant.

Tony Pycroft
Great Coaster and Really fun and Silly Park. If you enjoyed Tripsdrill and like small fun parks, make sure you visit this one. The staff and rides are both excellent!!

James Lawrence
Bonbon Land, What a park it just gets sillier and sillier.

Chris & Claire McFarlane
It was great to get back to Bonbon Land and spend more time there. A great park, great staff, uniquely themed rides and a great new coaster Vild-Svinet which I am sure will be a winner for both the park and Gerstlauer.

Bobby Nagy & Stephen Wimberly
Tivoli Gardens was more than just an amusement park… It was a work of art! Throw Bon Bon Land and some great friends and it is an utter privilege. We can’t imagine what the next week will still bring!!

Jack Holmes
Tivoli Gardens was all that I’d heard it was… A brilliant light show at night, with great food at every angle you looked…and drink, too (of course). The scenic coaster is amazing. Did the Bon-Bon land 97 deg. drop coaster this a.m. – just what every seventy-year-old needs to begin his day. On to Bakken now, and a 6-hr. ERS on their huge scenic! ECC DOES IT AGAIN. Superior fun!

Ian Mansfield
Quite simply the best trip I’ve ever been on, and we’re only on the second day! Tivoli was my idea of heaven, and Bob Bon land just has to be seen to be believed!

Eric Sakowski
Tivoli – Rutschebanen – One of the world’s oldest with more airtime than most of the newest. Bon Bon – Perfectly Politically Incorrect with incredibly colorful theming and a new world class coaster with a drop like no other.

Rich Foster
Tivoli – what an experience at night – just fab fab fab. Bonbonland – insane place. laid back and like some of kind animal-based cartoon gone wrong. great people and if the rest of the week is like this then wow.

Ric Turner
Gerstlauer has redeemed themselves! I hated the fiberglass trains, but I love the Vild Svinet! It’s the wildest 4 across coaster I have been on! I want one in Southern California!!!

Gordon Taylor
Tivoli after 25yrs was as good.. but no Ghost Train.. gone! Boo hoo.. Having a gr8 time. Fab trip so far.

Tim Galvelis
Vild, Vild, Vild Svinet, Simply amazing, Knoebels needs one. Trip is fantastic and we’re only on day 2. Tivoli is truly magnificent. Rode my 1st scenic railway and loved the airtime. More later.

Andy Costin (Tracksuit Man)
Great trip so far, Tivoli Park was fun, fun, fun! Bon Bon Land with its Dog Fart Coaster et al was right up my street, humour wise! Weather has been so warm i’ve had to take off my tracksuit & wear shorts! (shock, horror!).

Derek Shaw
cct2 is starting off as great as cct1 was. Great parks – great people – great fun! Tivoli Gardens is as charming as ever. It’s the place where it all started and where Walt stole all his ideas. Bon Bon Land is as kooky as ever. I never liked the G word (Gerstlauer) until I met Vild Svinet. Great fun ride. Spend all your time building more of these. Leave the wooden coaster trains to PTC!!

 

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Day 3 – Tivoli Gardens, Liseberg

Tom Marshall
Coaster was a great surprise, a fantastic first drop plummenting right to the ground, with some great twists to finish off.

Stephen Knight
Both Bakken and Tivoli have great Scenic Railways. Very underrated rides with plenty of airtime! Both parks were very hospitable, making this trip another fantastic trip.

Marc Cole
My first note has to start with thanks to ECC for extending the invitation to join you on the tour. The parks, Tivoli, BonBon Land and Bakken, each were great. Each on provided it own hospitality and fun, and with any tour like this, I wish I had more time to find even more hidden gems! My own thought so far has been the quote “Get in, sit down and RIDE!” This has been great and can’t wait to see Liseberg.

Olov Lundell
Just a short report on Bakken’s old scenic railway. It’s awesome! All bruises on my legs and right arm were worth it.

John Wilkes
I’m so tired. The last couple of days have been fantastic. All the parks have been excellent also. Battery on the laptop running out now, so I will leave it there so everyone else gets a chance.

Chris Hull
A wonderful afternoon/evening at Bakken where the ride ops on the Rutschbanen treated us especially well. Where else could we have taken in the sun in the garden “inside” the coaster with free beer whilst hearing the sounds of other club members enjoying their own private train on the coaster and watch other club members clambering all over the ride. Does it get better than this with regards to park hospitality? Time will see… The Mine Train proved to be a major surprise to those – that drop!! Another amazing day!!

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Bakken–Olov, the new manager, didn’t let us down, he was just as good a brakeman as the one 2 years ago. The coaster was as extreme as ever, especially with a car to ourselves all the time during our visit. Tivoli–The behind the scenes tour was very interesting, seeing places not normally seen by the public.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Bakken- We had a continuous ERS from the time we arrived, until we left. Thank-you Bakken. The ride seemed very rough, compared to two years ago, but later in the evening, with less braking it was far better and more manic … it was great!

Crystal Fryer-Kelsey
Bakken- We had 2 hours non-stop riding on Rutschbanen before the buffet dinner. Then we rode again for 2 hours after the meal. Tivoli- Rutschbanen– no stapling- very good. Love to all my friends.

Steve Fagin
Great hospitality from the Danes…a beer garden in Bakken, and a ‘relaxed’ ERS on Rutschebanen this morning when I improvised a backwards ride. One of the punters pointed out Sweden from the top of the drop tower at Tivoli, and that’s where we’re headed now…

Derek Cromarty
Rutschbanen was running wonderful-so was I.

Lisa Scheinin
Bakken was even better this time than last trip, and I didn’t think that was possible. The tour behind the scenes on the Rutschebanen and the all-day exclusive train were fantastic (and the beer was a welcome surprise)! Just great!

Rebecca Harper
The water-rides at the parks are actually becoming the highlights of my trip. Managed to get absolutely drenched on the log flume at Bakken with the help of a little splashing; better still was nearly managing to capsize our boat at Tivoli’s Mine River Cave style ride. T-shirt still wet as I write! (sorry, no pictures).

Malcolm Marr
Another great day at Bakken. The rides were being run on their full cycles, unlike what we’re subjected to in the UK, A particular brutal log flume and an insane Mine Train ride were the highlights for me.

David and Susan Ellis
Bakken was a great park, with an amazing collection of traditional rides and a scenic railway that would give any coaster in the world a run for its money. We even got free Beer on arrival! The Mine Train Ulven (Intamin) was a real thrill too. One of the highlights was being able to climb all over the Rutschebanen coaster, including the maintenance area and all over the roof! Top Park…top staff.

Bobby Nagy
Chapter one of this short adventure story was bound to be the best. The shakey walk backs were a bigger thrill than the rides themselves!! Now onto the Swedish leg!!

Jack Holmes
Day 3…Bakken yesterday was amazing, withy the wildest scenic coaster ever, and the home I want to live in forever smack in the middle of it. Onward to Sweden and Balder !!!

Ian Mansfield
Bakken was fantastic, what more can I say. They treated us like kings, stuffing us fat with good food and FREE beer! Oh, and the coaster was pretty good, too!

Andy Costin
FREE BEER! yeah, yeah-I’m teetotal! (more’s the pity!) Rutschebanen-top woodie for one built in 1932! Bakken-great park, great hospitality.Another visit to Tivoli this morning, and toured the Rutshebanen behind the scenes. Don’t try salted liquorice ice cream!! I did-YEEEEEUUUUUUUUUGH!!!!!!

Rich Foster
Bakken: “Fix that Door!!” serious trip joke 🙂 fantastic park, fantastic people. most amazing scenic railway – I know many modern woodies that aren’t a patch on this!

Ric Turner
The surprise for me at Bakken was Mine Train Ulven! Total insanity from the second you leave the lift to the brake at the end. OK, so it doesn’t look like a mine train, but it is totally twisted and unpredictable with train sounds playing on the on board audio! Bakken also provided me a once in a lifetime experience to get a ride to the top of the structure, stop and let me out to shoot video of the trains flying around the structure! Then I caught another train like hailing a cab for a ride to turn two! What an unexpected treat! Thanks Bakken!

Gordon Taylor
Think the battery is dead. Having a brilliant time and the bruises are coming along nicely. Scraped my right elbow too! Those scenic railways are NOT the sedate rides I thought they were!

Tim Galvelis
FREE BEER! That’s how we started out at Bakken, and it got even better with 6 hours of ERS on the scenic railway. My favorite minetrain is Mine Train Ulven. I can’t believe they even consider it a mine train. Today we went back to Tivoli for a great behind the scenes tour of their scenic railway, a great lunch, and a great way to say goodbye to a fantastic park on our trip. More Later.

Andy Costin (Tracksuit Man)
Great trip so far, Tivoli Park was fun, fun, fun! Bon Bon Land with its Dog Fart Coaster et al was right up my street, humour wise! Weather has been so warm i’ve had to take off my tracksuit & wear shorts! (shock, horror!).

Derek Shaw
I’ve died and gone to Bakken – I mean heaven! In 2001, we had a great time – this year was outstanding!!! The behind the scenes tour, photo ops, quality of coasters and the friendly staff – this place will be hard to beat. Don’t forget to “Fix that Door!” Tivoli Gardens, part two was its usual quality time. What a gem of a park.

Overall comment – it’s only been three days and with all the coaster rides and other attractions I’ve experienced so far, one thing has been refreshingly missing from the experience – no $%&**^$ ride announcements! Just get in and go. My idea of a great ride! Northward to Sweden.

Carole Sanderson
Best scenic railway at Bakken, cute brakemen! Definitely a Marty Moltz dining experience at Tivoli. Able to enjoy the great architecture in Denmark.

Austin
Bakken was excellent, the best Mine Train I have ever been on. It had a very “fairground” feel to it, but without the tack or teenagers.

Eric Garcia
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……

 

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Day 4 – Liseberg, Tusenfryd

Tom Marshall
Balder, what can I say. I think Liseberg have built the perfect coaster – smooth, fast, a good mix of floating and powerful airtime, and to top it all, it manages to maintain the thrills and excitement right to the end. The perfection of the coaster was only matched by the hospitality of the park – who could not have done more for us. Roll on Tusenfryd…

Stephen Knight
Balder was an excellent coaster. Very smooth, with plenty of airtime. Definitely one of the best woodies in the world! Lisebergbanan was absolutely flying last night. It felt like it had rockets on the back of it! The hospitality from the park was again top notch, and I can’t wait to return.

Mark Riley
I know, it’s been said before, but Balder is just astonishing! Thankfully the park it’s in is also run by astonishing people. Put together and we enjoyed yet another ‘highlight’ day. We’re now on the road to TusenFyrd to see how ThunderCoaster is! Life doesn’t get much better.

Richard and Claire Davis
Liseberg has a really friendly atmosphere, with beautiful fountains, a waterfall, topiary bunnies and two really smooth coasters. Just a shame we only had a few hours there. Balder is a truly world class coaster.

Marc Cole
I got hammered and nailed on Balder! What great hospitality! Thanks Liseberg.

Eric Sakowski
Lively Liseberg lifted my spirits with Balder‘s amazing airtime and the best Schwarzkopf coaster ever. And who would ever think they would let a bunch of liquered up crazies attack there new woodie with hammers and nails.

John Wilkes
Continuing from yesterday, I’m still tired! It has just been so hot, so much for “coolest coaster tour.” Liseberg however was fantastic. In my opinion best park on the tour so far. Balder was also absolutely fantastic, just Thunder Coaster to look forward to in four hours time now. 🙂

Chris Hull
What an evening!! Hospitality proved to be exceptional and Balder… WOW!! Airtime in every seat and on every drop. A great end to the day and yes.. to go along with my earlier comment as to if things could have got better, they sure did!! Liseberg is an great park with a wonderful selection of rides. Weather has proven to be quite a surprise but hey, riding in a fully loaded log flume provided a real drenching! Thanks to all at Liseberg!!

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Lovely surprise to have a beer in the garden under Balder, we were given hammer and nails to ‘finish’ the coaster. The ride was worth waiting for, a fantastic wooden coaster, by Intamin. An experience for coaster enthusiasts. I think it will be a Classic, certainly very high on my favourites list.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Lisebergbanan makes good use of the hill. Balder has loads of airtime, but is really smooth. The weather has been very humid. At lunch we sat with Lasse Zagai, it was interesting hearing about the park and some of the future plans too.

Crystal Fryer-Kelsey
Treated as VIP’s. Balder broke down on ERS, so we got an extra surprise one this morning, after Lisbergbanan. (Hello to everyone back home, postcards on their way. Miss you all and love you lots.)

Steve Fagin
These people really know how to entertain us. Squeezed three smooth circuits out of Balder before a switch blew, but got back on there in the morning. Top stuff…

Rich Foster
FREE BEER AGAIN! mad mad night banging nails into coasters. fab fab fab. miss you squirrel.

Lisa Scheinin
Liseberg’s Balder really hits the nail on the head! And they let us do the same. I look forward to the group of us going through customs with Balder hammers in every bag! Balder is really an airtime machine — every seat on every hill. AWESOME RIDE!! And an awesome welcome from a wonderful park.

Rebecca Harper
Once again, the park exceeded my expectations. Balder is fantastic, and the nighttime ERS absolutely brilliant. Still drying out from the log flume ride, Steve has truly perfected his “Doggie paddle” splashing technique.

Malcolm Marr
I have a new number 1 woodie coaster. Forget Megafobia and Tonnerre de Zeus. I was liking Balder when I first saw its name (having less hair than normal I should do) but riding it is something else. Insane airtime on all hills throughout the car is something I didn’t think possible. Liseberg also has the wettest log flume that I have ever experienced.

David and Susan Ellis
Liseberg changed our lives. Lisebergbanan was a superb steel terrain coaster. Balder was an airtime bliss. With the VIP free beer and spirits inside the summer house within the coaster, and being able to hammer nails into the coaster and sign our names, all made for an amazing time. When do we go back?

Chris & Claire Mcfarlane
Well what can we say another great time at Liseberg with tremendous hospitality & a terrific new coaster.

Jack Holmes
Short message: Balder the best, period!

Ian Mansfield
Just when I thought the trip couldn’t get any better, along comes Liseberg! Two of the best coasters I’ve ridden anywhere, and fantastic hospitality.

Andy Costin
Liseberg, another great park, and great hospitality. Free beer, free hammers, free nails. Balder – another great coaster, even with the breakdown! Weather still hot, and not wearing my beloved tracksuit.

Olov “Splashed by Gloria” Lundell
While sitting here on the bus and writing this I’m actually quiet wet. Liseberg has two very nice water rides, a flume and a rapids. And with some help from Gloria a got drenched on the flume ride. And of course Liseberg has two great coasters, a very nice terrain steelie, Lisebergbanan and a great airtime machine, Balder. So far the all people on this trip has been very nice.

Ric Turner
Balder – A coaster this wild has no business being this smooth! I watched it from the 14th floor of the hotel and after seeing the crazy changes of direction this thing does, I was expecting a brutal ride. It was smooth as glass! Wild crazy and wonderfully re-ridable! Thanks Liseberg!

Steve Brett
Can’t believe how lucky we are with the weather, every day seems to be warmer than the previous one! Hi to everyone home, Pot and TMI again. Missing you all, having a great time…and just dried out from the Log Flume.

Martin Valt
Liseberg’s a brilliant park. Awesome couple of coasters in new Intamin woodie Balder and classic Schwarzkopf Lisebergbanan. Wettest flume ride ever thanks to Steve “Sharron Davies” Brett. At least our (damp) Chairman enjoyed it.

Tony Pycroft
As we have now come to expect from this trip, another great park with superb rides and fantastic staff. Liseberg are quite right to be proud of Balder, it is quite simply an airtime machine. Now on way to one of the best coasters in Europe, ThunderCoaster at TusenFryd! Hi to all on ECC-PH List.

Derek Shaw
I thought I saw it all regarding park hospitality, however when I heard hammers going underneath the ride, I learned it was our group pounding nails into boards on the structure! Beer and wine with hammers flying – what a welcoming reception to a coaster I was eagerly waiting. The wait was worth it.

I have seven number one coasters – this in one of them!! What a GREAT ride – very smooth, very fast, very fun! I am very impressed. Sitting in seats in the front of the train provides air time extortionaire! THIS IS ONE RIDE YOU NEED TO GET TO – AND OFTEN!

General Comment #2: The other day I talked about the announce-less queues I’ve experienced this entire trip. I now found the perfect way to make those dreaded announcements and put to use those CATV (Captive Audience Television) monitors still located in queues of many American coasters. Balder had a few screens in line that showed a safety video – similar to what many airlines now show when preparing for take off. The announcements were made and then when you got to the boarding area, you got on and rode without having to hear an employee trying to read it over the station microphone. This would be a great idea to make use of the ones still found in some American parks. Get rid of the propaganda now being shown and use it for the more important safety announcements.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
We really love Liseberg! It has a great variety of rides for young and old, is very well landscaped, and has 2 world-class roller coasters. Everybody must visit Liseberg and ride Air Balder. You’ll surely be glad you did.

Austin Rathe
Liseberg was the highlight so far, i gained a new number 1 woodie in Balder, and the rest of the park was green, clean and well themed. Now heading for Thundercoaster, maybe i’ll have another number 1 tomorrow?

Dan Spooner
Liseberg is a great park – and nice hammer to boot.

Tim Galvelis
Thanks to Derek I have to be brief. Balder and I both got hammered last night. Free beer again. I finally got to ride Lisebergbanan, and loved it. Balder is simply amazing, very smooth, very fast, and full of airtime. More later.

Lindsey & Daren Hoy
Liseberg – home to the wonderful Balder. A silky smooth ride with more Airtime than i don’t know what! Defiantly up there with the favorites. One seriously rapid rapids! And very very wet!! But really great fun. Lisebergbanan was a great smooth ride. Seems a lot faster than what it really is (and it’s already quite quick) with the trees rushing past you at an incredible rate.

A really enjoyable day, made even better by the great staff and the surprise “fixing” of the Balder Coaster during the evening ERS. Thanks Liseberg!!

Jim Terneborg
Thanks Liseberg for a great night and great morning ERS.If you want to get wet sit next to Linz, she is like a “water magnet.” Watch out for Gloria she can also make you totally wet.

Derek Cromarty
Luscious Liseberg lived up to my limitations.

Andreas Mueller
Perfect day in Liseberg. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and they cared about us, as much as you can. Really great trip so far.

Stephen Wimberly
The generosity of liseberg was amazing. Thear speed and fantastic thrill of the Lisebergbanan was outdone by the hammering of the Balder Roller Coaster. I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed our experience at the park and was impressed by the beautiful landscape.

Elaine Harper
Balder was amazing. Liseberg very nice park with a very wet log flume 🙂 Hi to everyone at home!

 

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Day 5 – Tusenfryd

Tom Marshall
On arriving at Tusenfryd, a ride on Thundercoaster was in order – and having ridden this a couple of years ago, I was somewhat disappointed – the ride has gotten rough and lost a lot of its pace – taking what was a world class woodie down into the realms of merely average. A great shame that knowing what this ride is capable of, it’s now a shadow of its former self.

Stephen Knight
Thundercoaster was still great ride ride, despite its increased roughness. That second drop has got to be the best drop on any woody. The morning ERS on Supersplash was great fun, if a little on the damp side! I spent the rest of the day in the waterpark enjoying the Norwegian sunshine, and some fun waterslides.

Mark Riley
TusenFryd’s hospitality from 2001 rolled on this year. With two lift walks, two exclusive ride sessions and an all-you-can-eat buffet, they really made everyone feel very welcome. Personally I still really enjoyed ThunderCoaster even though it has become rougher. SuperSplash ERS was great fun with water flying around all over the place! We’re currently heading to Stockholm for GronaLund tomorrow.

Richard and Claire Davis
Simply a beautiful park on a hillside. A great new ride in Supersplash, but we found time has not been good to Thundercoaster. Too rough to truly enjoy now, which is a real shame, as the design of the ride itself looks great with the second drop being the highlight.

Marc Cole
I think I forgot yesterday to say that Liseberg’s two coaster’s are solidly within my five in the wood and steel classification. I still love the Phoenix but Balder is right up there and the Lisebergbanan might just have replaced the Incredible Hulk! Amazing, one park and two top five coasters. Tusenfryd’s ThunderCoaster was somewhat of a let down from others’ hype. I enjoyed the layout but for me, it is not a re-ridable coaster. SuperSplash was just that – a super splash! I really enjoyed this morning’s ERS. Looking forward to another day but not the coach ride.

Gordon Taylor
Thundercoaster is one of the roughest… if seated above a wheel. BUT get a middle row and it’s a completely different ride: wild, fast, airtime and so much more ridable. A terrific ride, ended up riding it non-stop, followed by a walk up the lift hill which the park were kind enough to let us all do! ERS on Supersplash was a real hoot. Mmmm, nice jugs!

John Wilkes
Tusenfryd was a great park and although those who had ridden it before weren’t impressed by Thunder Coaster, I really enjoyed it. Perhaps the problem was riding Balder that morning; if that is a problem! It is such a nice park I would really like to go back in the near future. Climbing two lift hills was worth the journey alone.

Chris Hull
A general mixture of emotions and opinions regarding the two coasters ridden within the previous day. Thundercoaster had a lot to live up to from its previous reports and given that we had all had such a good time on Balder. Admittedly when I rode TC before the evening’s ERS I was initially very disappointed. The structure of the ride and “that drop” showed what it could be like but in it’s current state it failed to live up to that. Speed seemed to be a major factor. However throughout the ERS (which sadly quite a few of the members felt the need to withdraw after 1 ride) it became clear that certain seats were better than others. It would be unfair to compare it to Balder – if we had all ridden TC first I’m sure some would have felt differently.. That said the park proved to be scenically stunning and the SuperSplash ERS in the morning was a fantastic time shared by a good many who quickly achieved saturation point!

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Watersplash-Fantastic with swim costumes on and water jugs to hand. If you didn’t get soaked by the ride, the jugs made sure you were soaked by the end of the ride. Thundercoaster has had some problems, but I still enjoyed it. Excellent hospitality at the park. Thanks.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Supersplash was fun, very wet, especially with the additional water from the jugs and water pistols. We had our change of clothes ready, so didn’t mind getting wet. We went to the swimming pool after, which was very refreshing, as the weather is still very hot and humid.

Mick and Crystal say Thundercoaster is much slower and rougher than two years ago, it certainly was rough and I don’t recommend riding over the wheels, but I liked it better than Balder.

Crystal Fryer-Kelsey
Supersplash was fantastic, a mini Poseidon, at face value, but a lot wetter. People with inflatables and waterpistols, but mainly empty jugs, which were filled and emptied very quickly over people’s heads. Thundercoaster; well what can I say? Ouch. Two years ago I rode it and it went straight to the top of my woody list, but now it comes under the Grand National and even lower than the Big Dipper (BPB). If you have ridden it, don’t let this put you off, if you get the chance to, then ride, but don’t sit over the wheels.

Steve Fagin
Could only manage two goes on Super Splash today as didn’t like getting wet. Then saw the little water park area and completely changed my mind…had plenty of water slide races before lunchtime. Good stuff!

Bobby Nagy / Stephen Wimberly
Yesterday, Liseberg: a dream of a park! If the park had only steel coaster and one wood for good they need not build any more! The coolest of the cool coasters! The rides were only eclipsed by the parks generosity. Today, Tusenfryd: A bizarrely shaped park that’s fun to discover what’s around every corner. The park is more hilly than Busch Gardens Williamsburg and hotter than Fiesta Texas. Norway is beautiful no matter what the temperature!!

Derek Cramarty
Supersplash = Titanic!

Claire Mcfarlane
Yet another good day, Supersplash was excellent, thanks to Justin & Austin for keeping us wet whilst riding it. Thundercoaster was a bit rougher than two years ago, but I still managed to do 13 rides on it in the ERS.

Malcolm Marr
Well the saying goes you have to take the rough with the smooth and this sums up yesterday. Balder was the smooth and Thundercoaster was the rough but still a good coaster. It was a bit rude of some to spend the ERS on the exit bridge. A lot of people seemed to not want to ride this time because it wasn’t as good as the previous trip. Each to their own. I made the most of the ERS. This morning SuperSplash was insane and extremely wet. Good to see Daphne getting her first trip on a coaster too.

David and Susan Ellis
Tusenfryd gave us the usual superb hospitality, including lift hill walks on both Thunder Coaster and SuperSplash. Thunder Coaster, although still a great coaster, was much rougher than when it opened, which was a disappointment. SuperSplash ERS was just Super. Inflatable Dolphins, swimming trunks, water wings and jugs full of water made for a VERY wet session. It is much wetter than Poseidon at Europa Park, although there are drier seats on it, but it was great fun. With the temperatures around 80F, the cooling down was very welcome.

Ian Mansfield
Today was great.

Jack Holmes
Tusenfryd, a thousand joys, literally. THUNDER’ not smooth, but still a thriller. SUPERSPLASH A DRY WET ride until Justin and Austin Rathe went bananas, dumping tons of water on us from Water pails. Glub glub glub. Fun trip…the best!

Andy Costin
Tusenfryd another excellent park, plenty of food. A fantastic time on SuperSplash, got drenched even when not riding! ThunderCoaster was unfortunately rather rough, but is potentially an excellent ride, if they took the trains off Roar!!! Weather still hot, and I still can’t wear my tracksuit.

Derek Shaw
Tusenfryd has a Ghost Town in the Sky feel – you have to take a long escalator ride to get to the ride section. It was great to return there. Although Thundercoaster has become a much rougher ride since cct1, the second drop is still one of the best on the planet. Dagen er din!

This time our hotel was in downtown Oslo, affording the opportunity to explore this charming city. I really enjoyed the harbour area – it had an Inner Harbour (Baltimore) feel. I had the coldest and freshest tasting water I’ve ever had in the hotel – wish I could have taken gallons with me!

Olov Lundell
Now when I’ve finally ridden ThunderCoaster for the first time I wasn’t disappointed at all, like some others seemed to be. Yes it’s rough but it wasn’t bad at all! When Tusenfryd fix the problems they have with the coaster I think it’ll be back in the top with other famous coaster. Because besides the roughness it was full with airtime and lateral forces that Balder seems to miss I think. Oh but Balder was really flying in the night. Scandinavia now has a very very good collection of woodies. Now where’s that terrain intamin hyper at Tusenfryd running down the hills?

Austin Rathe
I think we found ourselves in the interesting position of riding the best woodie in the world in the morning, and a ride that used to be the best woodie in the world in the afternoon. Still, I loved Thundercoaster, a real physical ride, lots of power. It isn’t called Thundercoaster for nothing! After that we had Supersplash, and the best ERS of the trip, I think maybe people may want to get me back for being the “pitcher guy.” Oh, and top marks to Robert Nagy for getting involved with the spirit of things during the ERS, top water action!

Tim Galvelis
Liseberg, and Tusenfryd, two hillside parks. Very tiring, and absolutely worth every bit of it. Some how though, it seems that the higher we go on this trip, the hotter it gets. By the time we get to Helsinki, it should be about 110 degrees farenheit. More later.

Steve Brett
Another great day. Can’t believe I’m still awake – it’s pretty knackering stuff, but well worth it.

Carole Sanderson
Tusenfryd was beautiful, in the mountains with the smell of pine trees. Thunder Coaster was very rough, needs some PTC trains. The dragons throughout the park are cool. Jeff – you’re missing a good trip and a good trip is missing you.

Elaine Harper
Had great time today getting totally soaked on SuperSplash! Tusenfryd is a great little park, although it was a shame ThunderCoaster didn’t live up to its reputation. All in all though it’s been an amazing trip and we’re only on day 5 🙂

Lindsey & Daren Hoy
The Thundercoaster ERS was a bit of a disappointment – as the ride was not as good as its former glorious ride of the original Skandi Tour in 2001. However, this was more than made up for by the lift hill walk after the ERS ride time.

The Supersplash ERS was great, and a good (wet) time was had by all.

The park itself was a great little park perched on what felt like the side of a mountain. (Alton Towers seemed flat in comparison) but fortunately, they had made good use of escalators to help you up the hills, and had enough varied attractions at each level to have a breather whilst on a ride!! Also, the prettiness on the park, and the view over the valley whilst on rides was simply breathtaking.

Gloria Nakamura
Loopen – the most comfortable Vekoma ever. I never thought I’d live to say the words, “That Vekoma ride was too short.” Definitely worth the ride from Oslo! The real ride on SuperSplash is standing by the railing and getting hit by the splash. Getting hit in the face could take an eye out.

 

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Day 6 – Gröna Lund

Chris & Claire Mcfarlane
Gröna Lund gave us yet another fantastic warm Scandinavian welcome and what a great time we had there. Great park, great atmosphere, great staff, great rides (Fun House, GhostTrain, Jetline, Vilda Musen especially) and great food. If only we could have something like this back home, but would it work with the British culture?

Mark Riley
With one of the best ERS’s ever (2 hours with three rides!), a great meal, fantastic park people, and with plenty of time for everyone to enjoy the park and the fabulous city – our Gröna Lund stay was yet another highlight of the trip. In fact the whole trip has been one huge highlight!

We also said goodbye to Thomas and the Moheda Bus today as we are now on the Ferry to Finland, and more accurately in the bar! I have to say a huge thank you to Thomas and the coach company for making my job very easy during the past week. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Thank you!

Marc Cole
Gröna Lund – great people and 2 great coasters! This entire trip has just been one wonderful time after another.

Malcolm Marr
2 days in Gröna Lund and this was the park that I thought would be the best. I think I made the right choice. This park was great. A superb location and some really nice rides. The addition of the mouse ride has made that, the Jetline and the double shot all much better than they would be if they were run separate. I had some close encounters of the wild mouse kind whilst riding the tower. The park hospitality was superb with an amazing lunch and my first 2-hour ERS which worked really well with the group spread amongst the 3 rides. Now onto Finland for the final 2 parks.

Jack Holmes
Gröna Lund translates into green ??? (couldn’t get the translation for Lund). It’s a brilliant park. Tight, taught and delicious. The Schwarzkopf is superb, as is Vilda Musen. On to Finland, and its finery.

Austin Rathe
Gröna Lund is a great park, they have done so much in such a small area. I thought that maybe 2 days would be too much, but I couldn’t have been more wrong, never have I seen such clever use of space, that park somehow managed to have 34 rides. The Jet Line coaster was the best steelie of the trip, and Werner Stengel needs a big bottle of something for Vilda Musen, even without its location it would be a classic ride, with the location it is stunning. The park also had the two best tower rides of the trip, a great s&s combo tower and the never-ending Intamin drop tower. We rock on to Finland for my first Intamin inverted, life is good.

Rebecca Harper
Having a thoroughly good time – just wished I’d lost my trip “virginity” years ago!!!! The ERSs have been amazing, all the parks have treated us like royalty, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend an ECC trip to anyone who loves coasters. Highlight so far is Balder (named after the Norse God of hairloss), which is incredible, the only disappointment was Thundercoaster. Really looking forward to the Finnish parks…

 

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Day 7 – Gröna Lund, Ferry to Finland

Martin Valt
Missed the last couple of updates somehow, so this might be a long one. Sorry everyone. TusenFryd is a beautiful park in a quite stunning setting, one of the best anywhere. Bit hilly though. SuperSplash was fun and quite damp (for some). Thundercoaster was disappointingly reminiscent of a bag of spanners (I mean that in a kind and constructive way). The infamous second drop – well, uh….OK. Also an unusually smooth Vekoma in a Nemesis-like location. Loooooooong coach journey to Stockholm followed.

Gröna Lund excellent. Second fantastic Schwarzkopf in Jetline along with Vilda Musen – new and different steel mouse. Incredibly hot everywhere; now on overnight ferry to Helsinki. Nige, remind me again why you didn’t come…

David & Susan Ellis
Gröna Lund is a lovely little park with a couple of great coasters. Jetline is a powerful Schwarzkopf coaster with some high G forces, especially in the third drop, which swoops back on itself. The Vilda Musen coaster has been customized to fit in between the Jetline structure, which makes it a very interesting ride, with banked turns and lots of fun.

The mini tour of Stockholm was an interesting detour from the usual park stuff, visiting the King’s palace, the tour guide’s Mum’s apartment and other interesting sights. Susan and I were lucky enough to see the Rolling Stones arrive at their hotel in Stockholm…Mick Jagger waved at us. It’s amazing really … the news gets out that the ECC are in town, and the Rolling Stones decide to visit to see what the fuss was all about! With the hot and sunny weather and the excellent hospitality, Gröna Lund was a big hit!

Richard and Claire Davis
Firstly, Hi Mum!!! Gröna Lund is a lovely park set on the beautiful waterfront of Stockholm. Two great coasters made even better by the fact that they share the same area and support structure. Gerstlauer and Werner Stengel have created a masterpiece in Vilda Musen – certainly not your normal wild mouse! Looking forward to the final two days and hopefully a cooling in the weather, although you can’t really complain about 7 days of blue skies and 30 odd degrees!!

John Wilkes
Sitting on a boat while I write this and I don’t feel sick! Hopefully will be able to remain fine for the whole crossing otherwise it could be a terrible crossing for me. The other night I was talking about what would happen if enthusiasts built a theme park, in Gröna Lund I think I have found the park I would build. Both the main coasters are fantastic and are such a contrast for two smooth non-looping steel coasters. The second drop on Jetline was incredible and even topped Thunder coaster’s second drop for me. I thought I may come away from a ride saying “what a second drop,” but never guessed it would be Jetline.

The mouse has also been a pleasant surprise and completely different from what I expected. I love rides which interact with their surroundings such as Nemesis so I loved the way Vilda Musen interacted with the supports of Jetline, Tower ride etc… The two-hour ERS at Gröna Lund has to have been my highlight of the tour so far. I love the fact that the 60 members were spread over 3 very different rides, which were all superb. I cannot fault the park and was very sorry to leave. I will be back.

A quick word about the night in Stockholm, I do realise the ship has sailed on this been quick, excusing the pun. It was great to meet with club members outside of parks and the night out itself was fantastic.

Steve Fagin
Who’d have thought that one greasy strip of paper bound about a wrist with cheap glue could bring so much pleasure over two days? A ‘mutant’ mouse coaster at Gröna Lund was quite unlike any other – curvy, swervy and highly re-rideable. On a different tack, why is it that while every ride op in Scandinavian parks speaks the Queen’s English, every rail ticket seller and bus driver and public transport operative can’t speak a word? Public transport…a constant wherever you travel.

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
What a wonderful couple of days – Gröna Lund and Stockholm. Stockholm is a lovely city with great architecture, clean air, and waterways everywhere. Gröna Lund really adds to the atmosphere of the city. Two very nice coasters, Jet Line and Vilda Musen, two towers (a free fall and a shot ‘n’ drop), some dark rides, and lots of flowers and garden areas. We had great fun and can’t wait to return. Many thanks to the park’s management for the great tour and their wonderful hospitality!

Derek Shaw
As in the first venture here in 2001, it was another fabulous experience. A small, but fantastic park. The meal in the park featured the biggest and best cheeseburgers I’ve had in ANY park in a long time. And of course, the roller coasters were superb. Thank you Anton Schwarzkopf!!

I enjoyed the 2 hour ERS. Did a two hour tour of Stockholm – quite nice indeed. Now it’s time to ferry to Finland and keep this great trip going for a few more days.

Lindsey & Daren Hoy
Hi Kerry and Theresa!! Hope ya reading!

Gröna Lund was great. Had for our ERS Jetline, Wild Mouse (Vilda Musen) and the Giant Drop – which was great, and the coasters were superb. Jetline was a very smooth Schwarzkopf, and the Wild Mouse was great – and was very similar to the one in Tripsdrill.

The tour of Stockholm after was the oddest event of our trip so far. A tour of Stockholm city, followed by a visit to our tour guides Mum’s house to see how a real “Swede” lives, followed by a photo shoot with the Rolling Stones. What a trip!!! Can’t wait to see what the next day brings!

Bill Buckley
OK, so I’m not on the trip. I’m back here in Boston in the midst of several major networking projects for the corporation I work for. Nonetheless, know that posting these photos and trip reports (I’m playing the role of Webmaster du Jour whilst Tom Marshall is on holiday), know that I’m sitting here literally DROOLING over the Scandi trip. Best to you all and safe travels home…Bill “hope there is a Scandi trip in 2005!!!”

 

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Day 8 – Linnanmäki

Tom Marshall
After a reasonably calm and uneventful crossing from Stockholm on the ferry (at least for me!), today brought on another great little park. Linnanmäki have, as with all the other parks on this tour, excelled themselves both in the park, and in their hospitality towards us. Their wooden coaster (a duplicate of the excellent coaster at Bakken) was running well, and provided another very enjoyable ERS. Highlight of the day for me though was to ride a Huss Booster (not to be confused with the fairground “spinning crane” ride of the same name built by Fabbri) – which despite its rarity is one of my favourite spinning rides.

Martin Valt
Linnanmäki today after surprisingly comfortable overnight ferry. ERS on another excellent scenic railway. We’ve now ridden one third of the world’s remaining scenics on one trip. Vonkaputous – Premier water coaster – also fun. Again a hot sunny day in a beautiful park. Looking forward to some unscheduled bonus riding tonight.

Mark Riley
After a fantastic night on the ferry (which this year actually saw me sleeping for a few precious hours!) we quickly arrived at Linnanmäki. Within only minutes of leaving the Ferry we were enjoying a great 3-train ERS on Vuoristorata followed by an excellent buffet meal. The group then attacked the watercoaster on mass before the rest of the park. Another stonking day so far. Let’s hope the fun continues at Särkänniemi.

Richard and Claire Davis
After a mammoth but beautiful ferry crossing it was good to get back into a park. More hill walking today too with Linnanmäki being set on Helsinki’s tallest point. Great morning ERS and looking forward to more riding tonight at our last park. What a great trip and weather we really didn’t expect. Be nice to see cloud and normal temperatures again in the UK!

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
The trip from Stockholm to Helsinki was fantastic. The weather has been great all trip, and the colors of the sea, the land, and the sky were brilliant. We had a great day at Linnanmäki too. The park was a bit larger than we had imagined. We had a wonderful ERS on Vuoristorata (wooden scenic railway), especially when on the train with the best brakeman. Why he was called a brakeman was beyond us. We did stop in the station though. Linnanmäki is very nice. It has a lot of rides of all types (coasters, dark rides, walk-thrus, flat rides, observation rides, water rides, etc.). If you are looking to get a little wet, it is nice that you can ride a coaster (Vonkaputous) to accomplish this. It was too bad we had to leave!

Gordon Taylor
Missed the chance to mention Gröna Lund last night as was having just 1 drink. Honest! What can I say about Stockholm? The most amazing city: clean, friendly, beautiful and the Vasa Museum possibly the best I’ve ever been to. One of the few times my breath really has been taken away!!! As for the park, it was all I expected and more. The Knoebels of Europe. Gonna learn Swedish, quit my job and move out….if only. Today at Linnanmäki I was too hungover to properly enjoy it, but a Great park and another gr8 scenic. Oh yes.. the ferry trip is probably the highlight for me so far. Stunning scenery. The Swedes have got it all…U lucky people.

John Wilkes
Country number four and the pace of this trip hasn’t let up yet. After the essay of yesterday I will keep it short. Linnanmäki is a very nice park and had yet another Scenic Railway. However they do have the best brakeman as I sure others have already mentioned. Been very tired today though and looking around the coach I can see I am not the only one, about half seem to be asleep. At least the boat crossing is done with now, I wasn’t sick by the way, but the plane trip is looming closer.

Chris Hull
A quick “catch up” to cover the Gröna Lund from the previous days. A great park with a generous ERS on the Mouse, Drop Tower and coaster. Fantastic setting on the waterfront overlooking the city. Generous hospitality together with a good selection of rides proved to be the formula for another very enjoyable day. The journey on the ferry proved to be enjoyable too sailing through the many islands on our way to Helsinki. The morning ERS on the scenic was enjoyed by quite a few – even those with hangovers from the previous evening/morning spent in the bar/disco. An enjoyable lunch and then time to experience the rest of the rides and attractions available. Another great day with an evening surprise to follow.

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Gröna Lund — Jetline ERS was fantastic and to have a Wild Mouse traversing the tracks was certainly very different. The layout of the Mouse reminded me of The Mouse at Tripsdrill. A Wild Mouse with a difference.

Linnanmäki — Hospitality amazing. Vuoristorata ERS amazing, especially if you were riding the red train. Airtime!!

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
Gröna Lund was great, we had ERS on Jetline for over an hour, I felt quite queasy after an hour on Jetline and had to get off, too much helixes! It’s amazing how they have built the Wild Mouse within the tracks of Jetline. And yes, you could touch Jetline passengers from the Catapult.

Linnanmäki — Vuoristorata was running fairly slowly to start, but the front seats on the yellow train packed some airtime, I have the bruises to prove that.

All the parks have treated us really well, and we hope to return again in the future.

Crystal Fryer-Kelsey
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz very tiring week.

Bobby Nagy
Who knew I could get so worn out going to parks… The fun houses alone (that we stumble upon) can take the energy out of you. I have visited more fun houses in this one week than I have ever experienced in the past as a whole. Amazing historical parks and rides made this trip so dreamlike that no matter how tired I get I still fell sad the last day is almost here. Schwarzkopf has a lot more followers today then he had a week before. As an american I had a large bitter pill to swallow to admit the parks in Scandinavia are the best in the world!! O.K so part of my sleep depravation came from a strange night aboard a party ferry across the baltic sea with a bunch of third world wanna be drunk sailors. But when you wake up to a new scenic railway waiting for you… how can one be tired with a conscience? I made great new friends and re-kindled old ones.. I’ll dream about this trip for months to some. I will thought actually get some sleep during this time.. Ian: Damn you for letting me drink Vodka & Redbull mixed followed by Jeagermester shooters!! You’re a real pal!!

Chris & Claire Mcfarlane
It was good to get back to Linnanmäki & spend longer in the park. The hospitality again was great shame the trip is nearly over!

Malcolm Marr
An excellent night on the ferry brought us to Finland for the final leg of the tour. Today was spent in Linnanmäki, which is another hilltop park which mixes the old with the new. The final scenic coaster of the tour was ridden this morning and the depending on the car was enjoyed in many ways. The yellow was sedate, the green was moderate with little pops of airtime, but it was the red car which was flying today. The brakeman should be commended for the way he teased us around the track, slow on the bends and blusteringly fast on the drops. I am sure I will be developing bruises across my thighs from the airtime he gave us! The park has an excellent 3D haunted walk through and a Huss Booster both of which I’d never seen before. Both were really enjoyable. I also had a DDR rematch with Austin and we did extremely well, managing to complete 3 medium level tunes, my feet are killing now though. On to the final park now.

David & Susan Ellis
The Ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki was good fun, although we “chickened out” by actually going to sleep at a reasonable hour!

Linnanmäki was a lovely park. Vuoristorata was a great Scenic Railway, almost identical to that at Bakken, but not quite as powerful (although the front and third from front seats was ejector seat airtime!). We are really having a brilliant time in Scandinavia, it’s a shame that it is getting near the end. Looking forward to Särkänniemi.

Jack Holmes
Bus driver is blonde, gorgeous & Finnish, Vuoristorata is 3rd scenic and best yet. Shrimp and salmon for lunch, this is heaven!

Derek Shaw
If it’s Saturday, it must be Finland! The ferry ride was great. (For those from the states: this is no dinky ferry boat – it’s a HUGE cruise-size ship complete with all the accessories. Good food, plenty to drink and dancing helped while away the night. At midnight we were on the back of the ship watching the sun trying to set. After a fun jaunt across the Baltic, we arrived in our fourth and final country on this sojourn. Linnanmäki was charming with a great scenic. It was built in 1951 making it the newest one. The green train ran the best, although I suspect it depends on who is driving the train (or rather braking it). The park had lost of other great rides and attractions, too. A must see stop. Ride On!

Andy Costin
Gröna Lund was another great park, with some fun rides, including an excellent Schwarzkopf coaster with a wild mouse coaster intertwined within-totally mental! More sunshine, more heat!(phew!!!!) A ferry trip across to Finland last night and it was cold on board.(nectar!!!!!!!!!!) (Yes, I wore my trackie!!!) Arrived in Helsinki to try the scenic railway at Linnanmäki. Almost identical to one at Bakken, a good ride with ejector-seat airtime in the 3rd row. Now I am KNACKERED!!!

Austin Rathe
Another day, another small park with some great rides. This Scenic Railway was the slowest of the three, still a good ride but not as good as the one at Tivoli. We had a great night on the Ferry, and once again Bobby (Nagy) and Stephen were the life and soul of the party. We rock on!

Tim Galvelis
Two days to report on. Grona Lund was a beautiful park, Vilda Musen is at the top of my best wild mouse list. Sorry Hershey. The ferry was wild, and sad at the same time.

Wild partying in the disco, and sad, pathetic folk singing at the bar. Linnanmäki was a lot of fun, with a very fast and memorable last ride in the red train at the end of ride time. FIX THAT DOOR! More later.

 

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Day 9 – Särkänniemi, Travel

Tom Marshall
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s helped out with these trip reports – especially to Austin, Tony, and Phil (and anyone else I’ve missed) who loaned us their laptops on the various coach journeys, and also to John Wilkes for helping out with walking the coach passing the machines around – a real balancing act on the winding twisty roads through Norway, but the biggest THANK YOU of all has to go to Bill Buckley who has taken the basic text and pictures, and produced these web-pages for us all to enjoy!

Anyway, today brought us three great coasters (plus one Vekoma Whirlwind) – Tornado I’d been looking forward to since I’d read the reports from the 2001 trip – but the real surprise was Half Pipe – spectacularly simple, but a whole lot of fun. The Jet Star was everything we know to expect from a Schwarzkopf ride, smooth flowing turns and a well paced layout.

Stephen Knight
It was good to finish this trip on two fantastic coasters – Half pipe and Tornado. Tornado is very smooth, and the inline twists are a joy to ride. Half pipe is great fun, especially when it spins quickly! Half pipe would be a great addition to many smaller parks.

Its sad to come to the end of this trip. Its definitely been one the best coaster trips I’ve been on, and I’m sure that many others would agree with me. Thanks to all of those involved in making this trip possible, and all the people on the trip who have made it most enjoyable.

Mark Riley
So that’s it. We’re now on the coach and heading to the airport – boo hoo! This morning was tremendous fun on the Tornado and Half Pipe ERS. Plus the food today was excellent. Still haven’t had a dump yet.

For me the trip has gone without a hitch, which for a 9-day tour with 60 people is saying a lot. Much of this is thanks to Kevin O’Donovan who booked all of the flights, coach, hotels and ferry. Thanks mate, you’ve done a great job. Now, how’s Spain going?!!!

Thanks also to everyone on the trip for making it so much fun and for not nagging too much! A great bunch of people.

Eric Garcia
Hello and goodbye everyone, this is my first and last entry so I’ll try to cram everything in one short entry. First off I would like to let everybody know how much I truly enjoyed meeting, hanging out, and riding coasters with all of you. The ECC members made a great impression on me, and am thoroughly impressed with this organization. I had an awesome time and I wish you all the best in your future adventures. Thanks again for the memories and I hope we meet again in some future trips. You’re a great group, with great humor and that’s what made it unique. To those who played roles in organizing the trip, I’d like to commend you on your effectiveness and organization. Everything was timed perfectly and the trip ran extremely smooth. Thanks to Justin, Mark, Kevin, John, and the Parks! And now, I’m off to catch some sleep, cause as you all know, thats what I do best! ZzzZzz

Marc Cole
Well, the inevitable has happened – the end is near. It seems as though we started yesterday on this trip. I want to thank all those who had a hand in planning and execution – Kevin (who I would like to meet and say thank you to in person), Mark, Justin, Liz, Richard and Jim for the wonderful shirt. I am sure I missed someone and I am sorry.

Our park today, Särkänniemi was great! The Tornado was smooth and wonderful and the Half Pipe was unreal when we got it to spin.

Lastly, thank you to all the parks who welcomed us and showed us such wonderful hospitality. I hope to visit all these parks again someday.

Gordon Taylor
Many many thanks to those people and parks that made all this possible especially the ones who didn’t come (KEVIN!). It has been the most amazing trip and one of the best holidays ever. The laughs we’ve had together have had me doubled up at times. Fantastic coasters, hospitality and weather. Roll(ercoaster) on the next one…

John Wilkes
Last comment now as I write this. The park today was great although I won’t trouble the spell checker by trying to spell it. Tornado was a shock because I didn’t expect anything from it and yet it provided a great ride. Looking back over the trip most of the best rides have been like that, where there was no expectations. The “other coaster” Half Pipe was a cross between a Freefall tower and a spinning ride, and a great experience also. I can imagine this sort of ride popping up everywhere. Overall the trip has been fantastic and I don’t think we have hit a bad ride all tour. It was my first time abroad with the club and after this I will definitely be joining again. Roll on finally catching up on my sleep and after that the next trip. Thanks to those involved, Kev, Mark, Justin and John for making the trip so good. Also thanks to all the parks for there excellent hospitality. See you all next year in Germany!

Chris Hull
So here we are at the end of another fantastic trip! Särkänniemi was a nice end with two great coasters. Having the final rides of the day when we arrived gave us all a brief taster to the very different experience these two coasters provided. An enjoyable evening out which proved that the Finnish girls are indeed very attractive! The morning ERS on both coasters was a great way to start the day. The only inverted coaster on the trip and a great ride! Half pipe provided a few debates with the “is it a coaster?” but was unique and enjoyable ride.

A final huge THANKS to Kevin for working so hard to make sure all ran smoothly for the trip. Again it’s a shame when someone has spent so much time and effort organising a trip that they are not able to attend. Hope to see you enjoying the fruits of your labour soon Kevin! Thanks again!

Mick Fryer-Kelsey
Särkänniemi – welcomed on Saturday evening, after two hour drive, we had a surprise ERS on Tornado and Half Pipe. We walked back to the hotel, through the city, it was heaving with people. There were drunks everywhere, people were consuming drinks whilst walking along the pavement.

Sunday morning. ERS on Tornado and Half Pipe again. Lunch. Half Pipe was a very different ride, like a skateboard with spinning seats, which spins according to the weight distribution of the riders, quite an exciting ride.

Sad the trip is over, we visited some amazing parks, met some amazing people, looking forward to getting home for a rest.

Thanks to everyone for organising the trip. Justin, Mark, Kevin and John and others and Park managers and staff who have all made this trip the event that it has been.

Liz Fryer-Kelsey
What a week! Thanks to everyone who had anything to do with organising the trip, especially those who couldn’t make the trip this time. All the parks were very welcoming and generous with their ERS’s.

Joining a trip with the ECC is much more fun than going alone. Being able to walk lift-hills, walk around and under coasters and have park history tours, are things the public don’t get to do when they are visiting. It’s great.

It’s difficult to pick out one particularly memorable moment, but seeing members hammering nails into Balder is one that comes to mind.

Crystal Fryer-Kelsey
Well, it’s all over now, for another couple of years. Ride operators on Tornado are fab, as the larger members have problems with the restraints, but they didn’t give up and stapled me in. To ride Half Pipe I have to thank Chris McFarlane, Richard Davis and Mick FK (dad) for helping to staple me in. Both rides are truly fantastic.

Tornado, unlike another coaster that was new two years ago, (Thundercoaster) has improved, it’s very slightly faster and well, one of my favorites.

Overall, all of the parks were great and the hotels comfy and clean. Coaches nice, no dodgy drivers. A great trip.

Thank you to Justin, Mark, John L and Kevin O’Donovan and other behind the scenes people.

(To my friends, see you before you read this, I had fun but I’m glad to be coming home. Love you all, missed you.)

Steve Fagin
A final day scurrying about beneath the sweltering Scandinavian sun brings us to the close of the trip. Finland revealed itself to have a bustling nightlife, from peroxide blondes splayed out in doorways amid discarded beer cans, to crowds of blondes moving ant-like in and out of the busy bars and clubs. Särkänniemi was a good way to Finnish the trip (like that, Andy?? – learnt it from you) and I can’t wait for the next big tour.

Bobby Nagy / Stephen Wimberly (wimbo)
Tornado and Half pipe ended the tour well. Goodbye Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland… Thanks for the great memories, great parks and non air conditioned hotels. The hottest coasters and the coolest friends. I hope to do this all again one day. Keep those dark rides and fun houses in good shape!!!

Derek Cromarty
Half Pipe was different. Tornado—Terrific. Särkänniemi—spectacular. Accommodation—good. Great trip. Can we top it next time?

Chris & Claire Mcfarlane
As they say ‘That’s all Folk’s what a brilliant trip again. Thanks Kev for hotels & coaches & thanks to Mark, John & Justin. Can’t wait to do it all again.

Malcolm Marr
The final day of the tour took us to Särkänniemi, a lovely park with some great rides. It was good to get a decent steelie after the woodies that have been ridden so far. Tornado is a superb inverted coaster and Half Pipe is a nice addition which I’m sure will find it’s way to other parks soon. Thanks to all the park staff, Mark and Kevin for putting together a trip which far exceeded the expectations I had based on the previous trip reports.

Favourite Steelie – Tornado

Favourite Woodie – Balder

Favourite Other – Bakken double shot tower.

Phrases from this trip “Stengel,” “I like cheese and chips” and “Hurrah for random cheering.”

David & Susan Ellis
Well, the trip is all over, and what an amazing time we had! Särkänniemi was a lovely park to finish the trip, although we would have liked more time to do the other rides etc. Thanks to Kevin for his great efforts and to all the trips monkies for their hard work…we really appreciated it. Roll on the next time!

Ian Mansfield
What can I say, simply the best coaster trip I’ve ever been on. Everything has been perfect, the parks, the coasters and the weather! Best of all, I’ve made so many new friends. Big thanks to Kev and all the team for making this trip a dream come true.

Home now for some well earned sleep!

Jack Holmes
Finnish parks were real surprise…had no Idea of these. Half Pipe was a total Delight, and my first Intamin inverter, Tornado, was very intense, yet smooth…or should I say creamy? Sad that trip has to end, but it was one hot Cool trip.

Andy Costin
Another day, another park. And what a park! Särkänniemi had 2 wonderful coasters – Half Pipe, which was a whole lot of fun! fun! fun-fun-fun!!! and Tornado, one of the smoothest suspended rides ever! {Vekona—take note.} Hospitality was great, with good food, and free stuff. Unfortunately, we had to leave at 1:30pm for the flight home {boo-hoo}, but I hope to be back!

I would like to say a big thank you, danke schon, kiitos, tack, and merci to all who organised the trip, coaches, hotels,etc without whom all this would be just a dream {yes the trip was a dream—a very real one!}. And thanks to him up there for the wonderful weather! Now back to cold, rainy Blighty!

Derek Shaw
Oh No – the last day at the Fun Factory!! Särkänniemi was nice and less rainy this time than in 2001. Tornado was as fun as last time. Half Pipe, while quite odd and unusual, was incredibly fun! Riding Jet Star 1 was fun with that great first drop with steep banking. Too bad our time in the park was so short.

Kevin O’Donovan did a fantastic job at arranging the travel and accommodations. (Even though the Finland bus was more cramped than the other bus and we never seemed to have rooms with air conditioning that worked – who would have thought that we would have a Scandinavian heat wave!) It was a difficult task that was handled quite admirably!

I’m sad to be leaving our journey, however I look forward to future ones. The ECC runs a quality trip – I was glad to have been a part of it!

Olov Lundell
Särkänniemi, the last park on this trip. Two very nice coasters. Tornado is short but full of loops, twists and turns. Half Pipe was fun fun fun! With some spin guys (Giijs) on board it can spin pretty much and it’s even more fun. The rest of the park was cool too with rapids, a good log flume, Schwarzkopf Jet Star and a Frisbee!

Now a summary of this Hottest Coaster Tour: Tivoli, beautiful at night. BonBon Land, the craziest park ever. Bakken with the most brutal (brutal=great/amazing/airtime and fun) scenic railway. Liseberg, Lisebergbanan and Balder, do I need to say anymore? Tusenfryd, location, location, location. Gröna Lund, wildest mouse on earth, Gerstlauer did it again! Linnanmäki, Nice park and a wet (very wet) water coaster. Särkänniemi, two Intamin wonders.

And I also want to thank every one who made this trip possible, (especially Kevin who fixed the extra rooms and seats) and the people on the trip that made this week so fun, amazing, crazy, wonderful and the best week I’ve had for a looong time.

I can’t wait for my next ECC trip!

Austin Rathe
Särkänniemi, the best names park of the tour. Another cracker, you become somewhat spoiled by all the great parks, and it is hard for one to stand out. However, this one had a fantastic inverted (Stengel again!) and the first Half pipe, which was a great ride, so they managed it. A great end to the trip, and a big thanks to everyone who helped organise it, in particular John and Kevin who couldn’t be here!

Tim Galvelis
Last day, boohoo! The trip was great, hot, and loads of fun. Minus a few unsavoury elements. Särkänniemi was a short stop, but well worth it. Half Pipe made one heck of an impression for a prototype coaster. Tornado was fantastic with its zero rollover through the station. NO MORE REPORTS AFTER TODAY! Goodbye Gloria.

Steve Brett
Well, that’s it then. It’s all over (Boo hoo!). What a fabulous trip, great to see old friends again, and make some new ones. Thanks to all the organisers for there hard work(ones that are here, and specially those that aren’t). Back to work for a rest now!

Rich Foster
wow Wow WOW! Loved Särkänniemi. Very stylish park — all greys and blacks. Tornado a terrific ride, can Intamin do no wrong? I have a stinking cold, bruises, sore feet and a big smile. I’ve no idea what can better this. Kev – well done mate. Now I know what you’re good at!

Rebecca Harper
Loved Särkänniemi – the Half-pipe (or U-bend as I prefer to call it) is great fun, and I’d love to see one in the UK. Tornado, the Intamin inverter was my “surprise” coaster of the trip, I absolutely adored it. I have never ridden such a smooth inverter, and wished we had one nearer home. Many, many thanks to everyone involved in organising such a superb trip; can’t wait for Spain!

Elaine Harper
Särkänniemi was a great park – loved Half Pipe, and Tornado was very smooth J Could just ride it again and again! Overall the trip has been amazing – thanks to Kev, and the rest of the team for all their hard work. Roll on the next trip!

Phil Coates & Helen Young
There are some great coasters in these Scandinavian countries and very nice parks, some need more time to explore in full.

Thanks to all concerned for another great trip.

Roll on September for Spain!!!

Lindsey & Daren Hoy
What a great trip and great final day. Half pipe was a superb coaster, more novelty value than coastering, but great still the same. Tornado was very special, being Darren’s 300th coaster.

Thanks to Kevin O’Donovan for doing such a great job on organising such a large part of trip!

Lisa Scheinin
I thought it would be hard to top the first Coolest Coaster Tour, but somehow, Mark, Justin and Kevin did it. This was a super trip from start to finish. If we do another trip (I sure hope so), maybe they should call it the HOTTEST (!) Coaster Tour. I can’t wait!!!

Martin Valt
Another beautiful park in a beautiful location. Half Pipe is an entirely novel take on the LIM launch coaster. Great fun. Can we have one nearer home please? Tornado was my first Intamin inverter, but it’s now my third favourite just behind Nemesis and PGA’s Top Gun. Can’t believe it’s almost over. Many many thanks to Mark, Kevin, Justin and everyone else involved in organising a fantastic trip and awesome weather.

Jim Terneborg
This has been the best week in my life, many great ERS, new friends. Thanks to every one who has arranged the whole trip! And thanks to all the friendly staff at the parks.

Stuart Milton
Another day, another park, but what a great one! Every park should come to Särkänniemi to ride Tornado, if only all SLCs were so smooth, pure quality. Thank you Intamin. Also a huge thank you to all involved with planning the trip, Mark, Kevin and Justin for allowing us all the opportunity. Excellent trip, till next time…

Tony Pycroft
Särkänniemi is a great park. Half Pipe is a real fun ride that makes you want just want to ride and ride. You come off smiling and run back around for more. The whole trip has been the best the ECC has ever run, even better than Scandi 2001. Well done and thank you to the entire team for all their hard work especially Kevin O’Donovan for the coaches and hotels, Cheers Mate. Roll on Scandi 2006!!!!!

Mike & Kammy Sislofsky
We rushed through Särkänniemi today and sampled what they have to offer. The two Intamin coasters, Tornado and Half Pipe, are wonderful rides. Tornado is very smooth in any seat and has a very nice layout. Half Pipe makes you feel free in your seat like you’re flying. The rest of the park is nice too. We had fun on their rapids ride and their log flume. The tour is now over, and we had a great time at every park. Best of all, we met a lot of great people and made some great friends. We give many, many thanks to Mark and Justin, and to Kevin for allowing us Americans to attend the event. We can’t wait for our next ECC event! Maybe we’ll see you in Germany…

Terry Jarvis
Loved Half Pipe, spinned you very well. Also enjoyed Tornado, a great smooth ride. To summarise the trip, had a great time, made lots of friends, the highlight was Balder with its airtime.

 

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