Stockholm, Stockholms, Sweden
The city of Stockholm sits on fourteen islands, and Djurgården Island is home to museums, monuments, galleries, historic buildings,
public gardens, and the Gröna Lund amusement park. Gröna Lund, which translates to
The Green Grove, is tightly packed into 15 acres right on the Saltsjön Bay waterfront. The park started when Jacob Schultheiss
began putting amusements there in 1883. His family owned the park until it was sold in 2001 to
Parks & Resorts Scandinavia AB, a Swedish company that operates some parks and zoos. Over 30 attractions are now crammed into this limited space. They range from historic
rides like the 1935 Blå Tåget (Blue Train) ghost train, the 1883 Circus Carousel, and the
amazingly entertaining 1917 Lustiga Huset (Fun House) to modern rides like the 122-meter (400-foot) tall
Eclipse StarFlyer swings, the Katapulten (Catapult) Shot and Drop Tower, and some
fantastic roller coasters that are interwoven amongst themselves and other rides.
Five coasters have left Gröna Lund are:
Berg och dalbanan (1931-1965) was a side friction wooden coaster.
Bobsleighbanan (1934) was a wooden coaster that was here for just one year.
- Jet Star II (1982-1983) was a Schwarzkopf Jet Star model.
Radar (1965-1981) was a Schwarzkopf Wildcat model.
It ran at another Swedish park from 1981 to 2008.
- Thriller (1996) was a looping Schwarzkopf with four inversions. The ride originally opened
in 1986 and travelled around German fairs for a decade. It also operated from 1998
to 2000 as Texas Tornado at Six Flags AstroWorld and from 2003 to 2004 as
Zonga at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The ride has been running since 2008
as Tsunami at Isla San Marcos Parque Temático in Mexico.
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