Tivoli - For Real This Time

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Before I get into the entry about Tivoli, I should mention that I finally found the brightly colored houses that are on all the Tour Guide covers.  Turns out it was actually very very close to school and I had just never gone in the right direction.

I also walked around Kongons Nytorv which is a large square that was having a very interesting exhibition.  Best of all, all the info cards were in English!

Each bubble had a different display from a company using innovative technology to improve daily life.  Items ranged from sustainable design in furniture and architecture to a company that made designer adult diapers to improve the quality of life for people in Asia where older people often live alone.

Later on, I met up with Tommy who is a million times cooler than Prashant.  On top of our season passes to get into Tivoli, we had to buy an all ride pass for $30.  That's expensive considering it takes about 2 hours to ride every ride you could want in the park, sometimes twice.  Still, the rides were surprisingly well designed despite them seeing a bit puny compared to Cedar Point standards.

  The most purely terrifying was the brand new swing ride.  This isn't your typical family swing ride.  It looks the same until it raises you 80 meters into the air, suspended by only a couple of chains to your chair.  I was glad my chair was connected to Tommy's so at least he would die too.  It was very tall and extremely windy.  The wind actually pushed our chairs around making us even more sure we were doomed.  During the ride, the chairs move up and down the tower while they rotate.

  This ride has cars which rotate kind of like a witch's wheel although it doesn't go vertical.  Instead it rotates up and down and the cars are free to rotate.  Once it builds up a rhythm, the cars start flipping in all different directions.  The ride is built very close to spikey railings and doesn't raise off the ground very far, so it looks like you could be decapitated.  It also beats you up a lot, kind of like a good carnival ride.

  The Daemon, despite being small and short, is apparently the best steel coaster in Europe boasting the most inversions.  It's a very short ride with a very short hill, but somehow the hill gives it enough power to go through a loop and two other inversions and is a very solid ride.  The best part is that this was my first ride on a real floorless coaster and we got front seat.  Batman at Six Flags Geauga Lake claimed to be the first floorless coaster except that it seemed to have a floor to me and felt like any other coaster, if a bit boring.  This one was truly floorless meaning your feet dangle about a foot above the track.  Everytime the coaster makes a sharp turn or goes into a loop, it feels like your feet will get caught in the track and me and Tommy both kept trying to move our feet out of the way.

  The best coaster, and only other coaster besides kiddy ones, was this one which translates into English simply as The Roller-Coaster.  The coaster opened in 1914 and is the oldest running coaster in the world.  The apparent lack of American ideas of safety standards adds to the rickety funness of the ride.  The ride is built inside a fake mountain.  It has a series of hills and tunnels and even an on-ride photo.  The end of the ride is the best as suddenly you are plunged into darkness for two sharp 360* turns in both directions.  The seats have minimal safety bars (you could stand up if you really tried) and you slam into the person next to you as they are slippery.

Also, the platform has no braking system.

See that girl sitting above the others in the car?  She works for the park and is basically the operator of the coaster.  She sits in a seat that resembles an office chair with a seatbelt (not that she wore it).  She holds on to a huge joystick which breaks the car.  What a nice job.  It also makes every ride on the coaster different.  The second time we rode it, it was a lot slower and uneventful than the first time.  It's also common for the kids waiting in line to jump into the car as it comes into the station to steal the first car.  As I said...nice safety standards and very typical of Scandinavian lack of knowing how to stand in a line.  Needless to say, me and Tommy did not get front seat.
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