Gröna Lund in March 2012
|Location||Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden|
|Owner||Parks & Resorts Scandinavia AB|
|Operated by||Gröna Lunds Tivoli AB|
|Visitors per annum||1,200,000 (2009)|
Gröna Lund 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.
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, 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.
|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.|
- 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
- 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.
The park hosts various special events throughout the season, in particular music concerts.
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