|Amusement Park:||Sommerland Syd (1984 - 2012)|
After Tolk-Schau I moved on further north. Just behind the Danish border, there is the Sommerland Syd. As always in Denmark, the park is lacking a good signposting. If you didn’t know that the park existed, you would not even notice it. The first attraction you will see, is the Tornado when driving onto the parking lot. There is an afternoon ticket to the park, interestingly none of the pay offices were opened at my arrival.
When entering the park, and taking a tour to your right you quickly stand on the site of the former Interpark roller coaster Kaemperutschebanen. This site is occupied by the small Fabbri spinning coaster Family Star by the German showman Alberts. A year before the same place was used by Kinzler’s Wild Mouse. Wonder what will be next…
One of the great strengths of the park is to encase their rides, so that they look integrated into the landscape. The park’s entire botany looks just beautiful and the rides support this image. Playing a game of adventure golf never looked so appealing.
For fans of bizarre amusement rides, a ride the Hula Hoop King Kong by the German manufacturer Klaus is a really good choice. The calypso-like ride surprises by its fast paced motion, which is somehow reduced when the main plate starts to lift. The ride is fun and definitely unique. Unluckily, only a few of these were build.
If this unique ride is not special enough, you can have fun in Afrikaland – the darkride next door. This rides features not only very narrow clearance gauges, it also offers a fun descent and lots of (somewhat) trashy scenery. For such a small footprint, this ride is very entertaining, even through it is not as good as the Ocean of Darkness of the Dutch amusement park Attractiepark Slagharen.
If all of this was still not bizarre enough, you can hop to the other side of the park for a ride on the Shoot the Chutes Amazonas. To be honest, this ride needs a disclaimer before boarding as not everybody will understand the brilliant cannibalism jokes during the dark rides section of the ride; some kids might also start to cry. Apart from the Danish Humour, the rides features two drops which will get you wet.
The most beautiful and largest gem of the park is the Vekoma Invertigo Tornado. It was once installed in the Swedish Tivoli Liseberg where it was removed – although very popular – due to noise issues. Before coming to Sommerland Syd, the ride was relocated to Greece, where it was never been rebuild due to missing permissions.
Back in Scandinavia, the ride offers the perfect occasion for those who always wanted to try ridding the first half of the popular Boomerang coasters backwards. This can even be spiced up a little when looking at your friends and family (or any other park guest) when sitting in the middle sections of the train. The ride itself is smooth and fun. Due to the suspended design of the train, it is also quite thrilling one.
I was very pleased by my visit to Sommerland Syd. The park offers some good rides and even some gems. While the swimming pool of this sommerland is not the biggest, it is perfect enough to just spend some time over there and having fun on the water slides. For children the park is a pure play, climbing and hopping paradise, where you can be sure that they will fall asleep just a few minutes after leaving the parking lot at the end of the day. Although there are still some places in the park that should be better renewed, I’m in good hope with new owners of the park.
PS: Sommerland Syd closed just one year after my visit. Most of the rides could be sold to the Polish amusement park Legendia, where they support their incredible portfolio. The Invertigo coaster by the dutch manufacturer Vekoma can now be found in the French theme park Bagatelle in the region Hauts-de-France.