Gröna Lund

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Gröna Lund
Gröna Lund 2012.JPG
Gröna Lund in March 2012
Location Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden
Coordinates 59°19′24″N 18°05′48″E / 59.32333°N 18.09667°E / 59.32333; 18.09667Coordinates: 59°19′24″N 18°05′48″E / 59.32333°N 18.09667°E / 59.32333; 18.09667
Owner Parks & Resorts Scandinavia AB
Operated by Gröna Lunds Tivoli AB
Opened 1883[1]
Visitors per annum 1,200,000 (2009)[1]
Rides
Total 31
Roller coasters 7
Website www.gronalund.com

Tivoli Gröna Lund (lit. The Green Grove) or Grönan is an amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden. It is located on the seaward side of the Djurgården island and is relatively small compared to other amusement parks, mainly due to its central location, which limits expansion. The 15-acre amusement park has over 30 attractions, and is a popular venue for concerts during the summer. Gröna Lund was founded in 1883 by James Schultheiss.[1]

History[edit]

Gröna Lund's roots are in the 1880s, making it Sweden's oldest amusement park. In 1883, a German by the name of Jacob Schultheiss rented the area to erect "carousels and other amusements", and until 2001 descendants of Schultheiss ran Gröna Lund. Before the amusement park came into being, Gröna Lund was the name of a small park and later of a restaurant.

The park's location is quite unique in the sense that most of the buildings are old residential and commercial structures dating from the 19th century. The buildings are therefore not built for the park; instead, the park is built around the buildings. The park has 3 different entertainment venues: Dansbanan (Lilla Scenen), Gröna Lundsteatern, and Stora Scenen.

Gröna Lund features most attractions common to amusement parks, such as the tunnel of love, a funhouse, as well as seven roller coasters. Gröna Lund is also known for its rock and pop music concerts; the capacity record is held by Bob Marley who attracted 32,000 people in 1980,[2] which had been his third performance at the venue, already having played in 1977 and 1978. This record is unbeatable since new regulations prevent such large audiences at Gröna Lund. American rapper Nas performed here with almost 22 000 people in 2010.

The park is easily accessible by tram #7, bus #44 and by ferry from the city center. The view of Stockholm from the park is quite impressive.

Since 2006 the park is owned by Parks & Resorts Scandinavia AB, which is wholly owned by the Tidstrand family which also owns Kolmården Zoo and Skara Sommarland.

Roller Coasters[edit]

Name type Opening Year Manufacturer Additional Information
Nyckelpigan steel-sit down 1976 Zierer Reaches a speed of 26km/h (16mph) on a 60m long track (197ft) and a height of 3m (10ft). Tivoli small model, train 2x5.
Jetline steel-sit down 1988 Anton Schwarzkopf Reaches a speed of 90km/h (55mph) on an 800m long track (2624ft) and a height of 30m (105ft); height limit 1,4m. Designed by Ing-Buro Stengel, train 2x7. Rebuilt in 2000 by Mauer Söhne.
Vilda Musen steel-sit down 2003 Gerstlauer Reaches a speed of 55km/h (34mph) on a 430m long track (1411ft) and a height of 21m (69ft); height limit 1,1m. Bobsled model (car2+2).
Kvasten steel-Inverted 2007 Vekoma Reaches a speed of 55km/h (34mph) on a 400m long track (1312ft) and a height of 20m (65ft); height limit 1,1m. Suspended family coaster, train 2x10.
Insane 4th Dimension roller coaster 2009 Intamin Reaches a speed of 60km/h (37mph) on a 250m long track (820ft) and a height of 35m (116ft); height limit 1,4m. Zacspin ball coaster, winged car 2+2x4.
Tuff-Tuff Tåget steel-sit down 2010 Zamperla Reaches a speed of 8mh/h (5mph) on an 80m long track (262ft) and a height of 3m (10ft). Mini mouse model, train 2x8.
Twister wooden-sit down 2011 The Gravity Group Reaches a speed of 61km/h (38mph) on a 480m long track (1575ft) and a height of 15m (48ft); height limit 1,2m. Train 2x6.

Other Rides[edit]

  • Eclipse - 121.9 meters tall swing ride that opened in 2013; height limit 1,2m. Funtime.
  • Blue Train - dark ride that opened in 1935, refurbished in 1982 and again in 2011. Magnus Sörman, Gosetto (2011 refurbishments).
  • Chain Flyer - wave swinger that opened in 1997; height limit 1,1m. Zierer.
  • Extreme - giant spin that opened in 1999; Moved in 2013 height limit 1,4m. Mondial.
  • Flying Carpet - carpet ride that opened in 1983; height limit 1,2m. Zierer.
  • Fritt Fall Tilt - a 80m tall tilting drop tower that opened in 1998 and introduced the "tilt " function in 2004; height limit 1,4m. Intamin.
  • House of Nightmares - spooky haunted house that will open in 2015.
  • Katapulten - a 55m tall launch tower; height limit 1,4m. S&S Worldwide.
  • Kärlekstunneln - Tunnel of Love
  • Lantern - spinning tower ride that opened in 2008; height limit 1,1m. Zierer.
  • Octopus - octopus spinner that opened in 2000; height limit 1,1m. Anton Schwarzkopf.
  • Pop Expressen - breakdance spinner that opened in 1996; height limit 1,4m. Huss.
  • Radiobilen - bumper cars that opened in 1968; height limit 1,2m. Reverchon.
  • Rock Jet - rotator that opened in 1976; height limit none / 1,1m alone. Reverchon

Kiddie Rides[edit]

  • Circus Carousel - merry go round that opened in 1883.
  • Flying Elephants - fly the elephants ride that opened in 1983. Zamperla.
  • Fun House - indoor obstacle house that opened in 1883. Gröna Lund, rebuilt in 1986 by Zierer
  • Kuling - rocking tug that opened in 2005. Zamperla.
  • Little Paris Wheel - mini ferris wheel that opened in 1993. Zamperla.
  • Mini Bumper Cars - kiddie bumper cars that opened in 2003. Bertazzon.
  • Mirror House - classic mirror maze that opened in 1935.
  • Pettson and Findus World - walkthrough and play area that opened in 2003. Gröna Lund.
  • Tea Cups - spinning tea cups that opened in 2008. Mack Rides.
  • Tunnel of Love - classic dark ride for kids that opened in 1917 and refurbished in 1986. Gröna Lund
  • Veteran Cars - on track cars.
  • Arcade Games - there is both arcade games and test-your-skill games in the park.

Special Events[edit]

The park hosts various special events throughout the season, in particular music concerts.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gröna Lund". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 August 2010.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Fogerty drog rekordpublik till Grönan" (Press release) (in Swedish). Tivoli Gröna Lund. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 

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