Tusenfryd

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Tusenfryd
Tusenfryd logo.svg
Slogan The day is yours!
Location Vinterbro, Norway
Coordinates 59°44′54″N 10°46′37″E / 59.748226°N 10.777019°E / 59.748226; 10.777019Coordinates: 59°44′54″N 10°46′37″E / 59.748226°N 10.777019°E / 59.748226; 10.777019
Owner Parques Reunidos
Opened 11 June 1988
Operating season April to October
Rides
Roller coasters 4
Water rides 3
Website www.tusenfryd.no

Tusenfryd (lit. "Thousand Joys", also common daisy) is an amusement park at Vinterbro, Norway. The park is located 20 kilometers south of Oslo. Two of the longest motorway corridors in Norway, E6 and E18, meet nearby Tusenfryd and the park is located on the west side near where they meet. SpeedMonster, SuperSplash, ThunderCoaster and SpaceShot make the park visible from the motorway. The park was officially opened on 11 June 1988, after a construction period of 18 months. The park is owned by Parques Reunidos S.A., located in Madrid, Spain. Bjørn Håvard Solli is the parks CEO. The park has 31 attractions and has 500,000 visitors per year.

History[edit]

From 1950 to 1985 the park´s area belonged to a zoo. When the zoo closed, two entrepreneurs, Tor Erling Pettersen and Terje Buer, signed a lease to rent 115 acres of the zoo´s former land and built a theme park. Eighteen months later, on 11 June 1988, Tusenfryd opened and attracted almost half a million people in its first season (a number of visitors that has remained steady ever since). Initially the park was owned by the companies Park Invest and Visit Investments but in 2008 the park was sold to the Spanish-based Parque Reunidos which also owns Norway´s largest water park Bö Sommerland.

The Park[edit]

Even though Tusenfryd is not divided into specifically themed areas there is an section called Morgan Kane Town (opened in 1993), another section is called Vikingland (opened in 1995) and there is a small Fairy Tale Land (opened in 2000). The park´s mascot is called Fryd. The park has one of the most innovative entrances of any amusement park (an uphill ride on an escalator through one of the loops of the Speed Monster´s roller coaster). This beautiful park has plenty of flower beds and its located on a hilly forested area so you´ll be doing a lot of uphill walking. The actual park occupies 55 acres.

Rides[edit]

Roller Coasters[edit]

Ride Name Type Manufacturer Opening
year
Additional information Photo
Loopen Steel roller coaster Vekoma 1988 This attraction was built in 1988, and was the first roller coaster in TusenFryd. The name literally means "the loop". The ride is a custom Vekoma looping coaster with a top speed of 75 km/h. Loopen roller coaster Oslo.jpg
Speed Monster Launched roller coaster Intamin 2006 Speed Monster is an Intamin designed "Rocket Coaster" with a 6000 HP hydraulic launch that rockets riders from zero to 90 km/h in 2.2 seconds. The rollercoaster then traverses a loop around the escalator at the entrance of the park. Riders experience 4 G's, experience weightlessness 7 times, are inverted 3 times, is 700m long and lasts around 40s. It cost 70 million NOK to build. Speedmonster3.JPG
SuperSplash Water Coaster MACK Rides 2003 Opened in 2003, Super Splash is a water coaster with a 50° steep second drop, has a top speed of 75 km/h. The ride had a total of 3 boats, it was minimized to 2, but for an unknown reason the ride only has one running. Each boat can hold 16 people. The ride is 320m long, and produces a 5m tall splash when the boat hits the water. Supersplash.gif
Dvergbanen Steel roller coaster SBF Visa Group 1996 Claims to be the "smallest roller coaster in the world" at 2.5 m high, 26 m long, and with a top speed of 6 kph.[1] Den aller minste...jpg
Thundercoaster Wooden roller coaster Vekoma 2001 Thundercoaster is a "classic" wooden roller coaster built by Vekoma. Riders can experience 3 G's and speeds of up to 100 km/h. The highest point of the coaster is 39 meters. Thundercoaster TusenFryt.jpg
Western Expressen Roller Coaster Vekoma 2012 A steel sit down coaster that reaches a speed of 40 km on a 350 m long track and a height of 17 m.

Water Rides[edit]

  • Tømmerstupet - A 330 meters long log flume ride that ends in a 7 meter high drop. Opened in 1988, made by Arrow Dynamics with an on-ride photo camera.
  • Badefrydelven a waterslide

Other Rides[edit]

  • Blekkspruten - Octopus, Eyerly Monster; height limit none / 1,2m alone. Opened in 1990, Eyerly.
  • Kanofarten - swinging pirate ship; height limit 1,1m / 1,2m alone. Opened in 2008.
  • SpaceShot - Double Shot. The 65m tall / 220-foot-tall (67 m) tower is a standard S&S Power Space Shot. Opened in 1998.
  • The SkyCoaster - Skycoaster. an attraction designed to replicate the feeling of skydiving. The ride is not included with standard admission. Opened in 1996, made by SkyCoaster.
  • SpinSpider - a giant swing, opened in 2009; height limit 1,4m. Zamperla.
  • Sverre - Wave Swinger; height limit 1,1m. Opened in 1988,Zierer.
  • Store Radiobiler - Bumper cars; height limit 1,2m / 1,4m alone. Opened in 1988, SBF Visa.
  • Thor's Hammer is a motion-based 3D dark ride made by ETF Ride Systems and P&P Projects that opened in June 2013.
  • Nightmare - a 5D Shooting dark ride opened in 2010 replacing spøkelsesslottet. Made by Alterface.

Kiddie Rides[edit]

  • Ballongferden - mini ferris wheel; opened in 2005. Zamperla.
  • Bestefars Bil - on track vintage cars, opened in 2005.
  • Eventyrstien - obstacle course that opened in 1994.
  • Finkarusellen - carousel, opened in 1988.
  • Fjernestyrte Bater, remote controlled boats.
  • Froghopper - mini drop tower, opened in 2000. Zamperla.
  • Frydshus, visit the park´s mascot Fryd in his new house that opened in 2012.
  • Fryds Lekeplass - play area.
  • Marihøna - merry go round, opened in 2012. Technical Park.
  • MC Hopp - circular bikes, opened in 1988.
  • Skippertaket - up and down tower with Viking Ships, opened in 2011. Preston & Barbieri.
  • Små Radiobiler - junior bumper cars, opened in 1988. Zamperla.
  • Sommerfuglene - magic bikes, opened in 2012. Zamperla.
  • Stubbesnurr - spinning tea cups, opened in 2012. Technical Park.
  • Traffikfryd - electric cars for kids to drive, opened in 1990.

Water Park[edit]

The small water park Badefryd is included in the admission price, it opened in 2000.

  • Badefrydelven is a tube ride (2000); height limit 1,2m.
  • Lagoon is a pool with children´s water slides, opened in 2000.
  • Trippelsklia has 3 body slides, opened in 2002.

Timeline[edit]

Fryd, Tusenfryds' mascot.

It was officially opened on 11 June 1988, and took 18 months to build. TusenFryd is the only amusement park inhabitants of Oslo can visit on a one-day trip, giving it an advantage in the Norwegian amusement-park business. As of 2009, TusenFryd averaged 470,000 visitors a year, with a revenue of 174,4 million NOK a year.[2]

  • 1988 - Official opening of TusenFryd by Åse Kleveland
  • 1990 - Blekkspruten spinner opens
  • 1992 - Opening of Tunet, Bungee jumping, climbing wall, driving range and Off-road biketrack
  • 1993 - Official opening of Morgan Kane City
  • 1994 - "Spøkelsesslottet" opens
  • 1995 - VikingLand opens
  • 1996 - Den Alle Minste Roller Coaster opens
  • 1997 - Bungee JuMping is renamed to SkyCoaster
  • 1998 - Opening of SpaceShot launch tower
  • 1999 - Opening of MiniFryd
  • 2000 - Fantasy Farm and BadeFryd opens
  • 2001 - ThunderCoaster opens
  • 2002 - Trippelsklia opens in addition to BadeFryd
  • 2003 - Official opening of Super Splash
  • 2004 - Official opening of RollOver
  • 2005 - Ballongferden, Bestefars Bil
  • 2006 - Speed Monster opens
  • 2008 - Kanofarten swinging ships opens
  • 2009 - SpinSpider giant swing opens
  • 2010 - Nightmare 5D Dark Ride Shoot Out opens
  • 2011 - Skippertaket opens
  • 2012 - Western Express Roller Coaster opens as well as Mariehöne, Sommerfuglene, Stubbesnurr
  • 2013 - Thor's Hammer opens

Work[edit]

TusenFryd is one of Norway's largest employers of youths.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abelsen Erik, Park Supervisor - Operations
  2. ^ "TusenFryd:Fakta/historikk". Tusenfryd. 

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