17th August 2011

Season passes at Bobbejaanland are valid at BonBon-Land, though we got the distinct impression that we were the first people trying to take advantage of this offer in quite a long time. The staff eventually managed to figure out what to do with them, but it took over ten minutes; future guests may want to bring their paperwork with them to save time.

Our main target today was Vikdor Vandorm (#1659), a custom Zierer Tivoli relocated to BonBon-Land last year after fifteen years of thrilling riders in Germany. The ride was designed around the terrain at its original home, which perhaps explains why the station is fifty feet in the air and the initial lift hill is tiny. The main drop is a substantial plunge into a tunnel that works very well, and from there the train traverses a few large helices before returning to the station via a second larger lift hill. Overall the ride is great fun and a perfect addition to the park, well suited for those who are not quite ready for Hankatten or Vild-Svinet.

While walking around the park we found the area that once held Kaninus. It wasn't immediately clear why the small coaster was removed, as nothing has been installed to replace it. The ground is marked by a forlorn looking electrical box sticking out of the ground where the station once lived.




17th August 2011

The most recent addition to Bakken is Tornado (#1660), a spinning coaster built by Intamin. The design looks pretty nice at first glance, with track sticking out through a jagged hole in the building, but there was one question that stuck out in my mind as I took my seat; why on earth would a spinning coaster be fitted with an overhead restraint? The answer became apparent on dispatch; the trains rocket up the lift hill at high speed and into a sharp left hand bend which has the potential to cause severe whiplash, and though the rest of the ride is better, passengers spend most of it massaging their necks. Once was enough.

We also tried out the recently refurbished Rutschebanen. This ride operated for almost eighty years with brakemen controlling the speed. In 2010, the design was "upgraded" by KumbaK to eliminate this requirement, while at the same time introducing individual lap bars for all riders. The new braking system doesn't feel any different to the ride as it used to be, but the new restraints are a definite step backwards, as they have a tendency to get tighter as the train moves around the track. Personally I think it was a shame to modify the ride after so long, representing sacrilege scarcely less outrageous than adding white headphones to the Mona Lisa.