We pulled in to our first park of the trip to discover a line of cars parked on the access road. There was no obvious reason for this, so we pulled up to the turnstile and attempted to purchase tickets. The cheerful lady behind the counter told us in perfect English that admission was half price after 4:00pm, and that if we wanted to wait seven minutes we could save quite a bit of money. Needless to say, we made a U-turn and joined the line.
Sommerland Sjælland is first and foremost a family park, which explains its lack of attractions in general. The key draw for guests today was a medium sized water park area, featuring the inevitable death slides and a number of smaller slides for children. We also spotted a mid-sized go-kart track which appeared to be quite popular. It made it on to our itinerary thanks to its two coasters. The larger of these is Vildkatten (#1228), a bog standard Pinfari looper operating a single train. As such rides go this was not one of the worst models, but it was still a once a day attraction. The Vildbassen (#1229) was much more enjoyable, not least due to its lack of poorly fitting over the shoulder restraints!
1st August 2008
The initial plan for this evening was to make a brief credit whore stop at Karolinelund en route to our overnight hotel. George and Andy were going to wait outside in the car, while I quickly rode my one missing coaster. Unfortunately there was a queue of at least one hundred people waiting for tickets at the front gate, and it wouldn't have been fair of me to ask my friends to wait through that. As such, we headed back to the hotel with me retracing the two kilometers to the park on foot. The walk was quite a pleasant one, and after twenty minutes or so I approached the main gate.
On first glance the place appeared to be very crowded, but a closer inspection indicated that the multitudes were gradually inebriating themselves as they listened to what can best be described as muzak being performed on a stage near the entrance. Very few people were partaking of the amusement rides, coasters or otherwise. Being tired, my sole desire was to get in a quick lap on Boomerang (#1230). This turned out to be one of the worst of the breed, a real neck breaker especially during the backwards section. On the plus side, however, it marked the last credit for me in this park.
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