Djurs Sommerland

28th August 2011

Djurs Sommerland has continued to develop since my last visit four years ago. The pirate themed area at the front of the park has been augmented with a number of children's rides and Skatteøen (#1669), a custom designed Mack water coaster with a splashdown element involving a gentle spray rather than a complete soaking, making it suitable for the Danish climate. The theming is top notch, to the point that this observer suspects that it may have required a substantial percentage of the overall budget for the ride.

Skatteøen

With the new credit completed, we took the opportunity to renew our acquaintance with Piraten. The ride which I previously described as one of the best in Europe has maintained its status, and though it has developed a bit of a vibration this doesn't get in the way of the superb airtime and powerful forces. Better yet, it was a walk-on today allowing us to get in repeated laps in both front and back. Thor's Hammer was also a walk on, and running well; the nasty jolt from my previous visit was gone.

The only other attraction tried today was the park wave swinger, whose name eludes me as I type this. We noticed that riders were being spun backwards, and given that it was impossible to resist trying it out. The experience was interesting for its novelty value, albeit not one which I'd go out of my way to repeat.

 

Tivoli Friheden

28th August 2011

We hadn't been expecting a whole lot from Cobra (#1670), a ride that made headlines for the wrong reasons after a car separated from the train in its first week, seriously injuring four riders. The cause of the accident was later identified as a design flaw, resulting in an extended closure while the faulty components were re-engineered.

The first thing passengers notice on boarding is the soft and comfortable seating, coupled with an overhead restraint that doesn't rest against the body; there was maybe an inch of space between it and me. The lift hill is engaged smoothly, and the train ascends it with a gentle whirring from the electric motor. The ride quality after the lift hill wasn't great, but it was certainly better than some of the SLCs I've ridden, albeit not quite good enough to justify riding more than once.

Cobra

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