While it's a very short ride, short in height and length, it looks like it really packs quite a punch. Enjoy!
Whats the launch speed?
In all seriousness it does look fun, to say its superior than Rita is silly to me.
Does anyone else think its both unnatural and completely awesome that a four car train can have its front car banked fully left, and its rear car banked fully right mid ride, while still flying around the course? Not to mention its on a hill so there's bound to be airtime. Awesome. I want one.
-- alan jacyszyn
That looks like a great ride. The biggest and most thrilling? Of course not. But it looks like fun.
Remember, rides are supposed to be fun. From the looks of it, this one fills that requirment.
That twist-curve after the loop looks incredible although it sounds like the train is really fighting it.
Started the drive to Stansted at 4:45 yesterday morning and managed to get through check-in and passport control in double quick time. The flight was all fine and on time and when we arrived at Gothenburg City airport which is basically a tin shed we were greeted by a bloke called Lasse (I think that’s how you spell it) who I think is basically the park manager who sorted everything out for us. He is also the bloke that has sorted out the deal that if you are an ECC member you can free admission to Liseberg and a free wristband all day long...amazing offer.
Anyone after a few introductions we were led to a coach laid on by the park free of charge to take us to the park where we were told the rough plan for the day and told we had a couple of hours spare before we had to meet back at the gates. So took a tram into the city centre and had a quick look round and something to eat.
At 12:45 81 of us were led into the park and through to the back where we were taken into a nice little bar in the park where they said we had to wait an hour so the press could get in place but to make our wait easier and more comfortable the park said it was an open bar and nibbles were laid on, couldn't turn down the offer of a free bar and me and a friend helped ourselves to a couple of pints just when we thought the park couldn’t get any more generous they came in with a massive box full of goodies for all of us. Each little Liseberg carrier bag contained a Kanonen Baseball Cap with detachable top bit, a Kanonen Key ring pen, a pack on Kanonen sweets and some a press info pack introducing the new ride. Couldn't believe it to be honest and you could see everybody was clearly chuffed with there little goody bag.
Anyway onto the rides basically we were told that think it was about 1:30 we had both Kanonen and Balder to ourselves till 5 o'clock when the park were going to give us a free buffet dinner and then take us by coach back to the airport.
Onto the rides after watching Kanonen launching a few times from the bar I didn't think it looked all that to be honest, it crawled over the small top-hat and only just seemed to make it through the loop even the launch didn't look that intense. We made our way into the really nice looking wooden light blue station (understand Liseberg isn’t a theme Park it’s an amusement park so things aren’t really themed). When the train launches there are some huge Bose speakers that give off a heartbeat that is a nice touch. Anyway after a 10 minute wait we took our place in the front seat for our first ride, listening to the base vibrating really added to the sense of anticipation and then we were off. The launch was better than I expected, much more intense than it looked obviously it isn’t sustained for that long because top speed is only about 48mph or around that. After the launch it’s to the top of the small 70ft top hat where you get a great view of the entire twisted blue track laid out blow you and there is a hell of a lot of it in a very compact space. The best thing about the top hat is that it is over the river that runs right through the park so when you are in the front seat and hurtling down the other side it looks like you are heading straight for the water only top be whipped away at the last second. Now I have got to admit I wasn’t expecting what came next we hit what looked like small airtime hill but because you hit it at 45mph you get major ejector airtime and are thrown into the lap bar probably as intense as any of the air on Expedition Ge-Force and anything on Balder. Then came the vertical loop that because it is so small is a lot more intense than it looks and I didn’t really notice any hang time, straight after this came the incredibly sharp almost violent right to left transition that seems to be in abundance on RITA, this one looks tiny and it is but it really whips you across I didn’t bash my neck on the restraints so didn’t find it painful. At this point everything was becoming a bit of blur because the ride was so intense I’m pretty sure it went into a tight left handed turn before another ejector airtime hill then a tight right handed bend and an inline twist that is taken at Colossus speed (Thorpe Park) before hitting the brakes.
If I’m honest I didn’t think the ride looked great but it was fantastic and was incredibly intense, you wouldn’t want the ride to do anything more than a crawl over the top hat because it’s so intense after that you wouldn’t remember anything.
Went straight from Kanonen to Balder for a back row ride, don’t think I need to say a lot about this ride……amazing the airtime is incredible what is there 10-12 ejector air hills.
Took another ride on Kanonen in the back seat where it seems to be even more intense and about half way through I felt my stomach go so I had to sit it out for the next hour and just watch and take photos and video. Managed to get another ride on both Kanonen and Balder in the front row both in a light rain and they both flew especially Balder. Also got POV’s on both rides front row which was great. The park has also laid on a Cherry Picker so anyone that wanted to take pictures looking over the ride from high up could take a trip up there.
Managed to make myself feel rough again so riding was over for me. Got to say a huge thank-you to Liseberg for making it an incredible day they really were overly generous. The day didn’t cost much more than the £42 I spent on flights. It was great to meet the ECC bunch as well at last they all seemed like a very friendly bunch.
If you haven’t been to the park then you should really make the trip I thought Kanonen was a lot better than Xcellerator and I will be riding RITA next Saturday and Dragster in the summer so I will have to give you a comparison then, and Balder well no words can describe the airtime on this ride.
I guess this turned out quite long in the end, but it was such a great day I think it warrants it. Made it home at 11 o’clock and was absolutely shattered but it was well worth it.
The pops of airtime look pretty forceful, and the trains...:)
Powderkeg looks a little more Rita-ish, this looks more like a launched mini-RoS...:)
The only problem with a trip to Europe....how to convince yourself to come BACK...;)
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