Park News - (5/13/13) Liseberg has created a funny new ad campaign to promote the theme park… which apparently has upset the people of Greece. The ad shows the faces of several different children, each with tears streaming down their sad miserable faces and the text below that says, “Some children will have to go to Crete / Mallorca / Italy this summer”. Giving the ads even more airtime, the Swedish Embassy in Athens has apparently received the complaint letters. Too funny… I couldn’t make this up… but I love the ads as well. Check them out at Adland.tv.
(2/27/12) According to the latest issue of First Drop magazine (#91), they tell us to keep an eye on Liseberg’s Kannonen coaster in 2012. Intamin is expected to be testing a new style “soft” restraint system on the coaster this year, similar in concept to Vekoma’s new popular soft vest system.
2013 - Kaninlandet / Land of Rabbits - (7/9/12) Liseberg will add a huge new themed kiddie area called “Kaninlandet” for the 2013 season. The new land is coming with an impressive price tag as well, said to cost $22.6 million Euros. According to the report at Coaster-Net, the kiddieland will take over the existing one in the park and expand it by an additional 2.5 acres, replace many older rides with seven new rides.
Kaninlandet, which roughly translates to “Land of Rabbits”, will include a mini monorail, two small drop towers, a small ferris wheel, family coaster, kiddie car ride, junior flying swing and a balloon ride in addition to new food and retail stands.
2014 - PROJEKT HELIX - (4/12/13) Artwork showing off the Projekt Helix coaster trains has been posted to the ride’s official blog. These Mack trains are lean, mean and green beasts… which kind of remind me a little bit of Universal’s Incredible Hulk coaster trains.
(2/11/13) This is in regards those rumored layout changes mentioned back in November. After the second launch, the airtime hill and corkscrew inversion as seen in the animated POV video have been replaced by a tall new inversion, described as an Inverted Top Hat that will be followed by an airtime hill. This has been done to ensure that the train has the momentum to make it back to the station. In the case of a miss-fire on the launch, the train would simply rollback into the launch position for another attempt. You can see this added to left side of the layout in this picture.
(1/9/13) New details and the final impressive layout of of the Projekt Helix coaster and hillside station building being added to Liseberg in 2014 have been posted to the official coaster blog.
(11/7/12) Liseberg reports there have been some changes to the Projekt Helix layout not seen in the pervious animation. The very start of the ride will change to have a steeper drop out of the station that will rise up and into a corkscrew instead of a small hill, increasing the number of inversions to 7. (See first video below)
After the second launch section the airtime hill followed by a corkscrew has been replaced by a 40 meter inversion they are calling an “inverted top hat” inversion, which will be followed by an airtime hill instead of the corkscrew. You can see an example of this change in the second video below.
(10/11/12) Liseberg’s new Projekt Helix coaster is better than a Mack spinning coaster, it will be a huge Blue Fire style launch coaster. With 4500 feet of track and a nearly 2 minute ride time, with speeds up to 62mph, Projekt Helix will feature two LSM launches and six inversions before it ends. Check out the video below as well as the official website. Construction will begin just after Christmas and the ride will open in 2014.
(10/9/12) While we wait to find out just what Project Helix is, I’m told that the 2014 project will come from Mack Rides, leaving many to suspect that it could be a Mack Spining Coaster.
(10/5/12) Liseberg will make their announcement regarding “PROJEKT HELIX”, the next new attraction, on Tuesday, Oct. 9th. A teaser image was released on Facebook.