Actually, one should only be able to tell very little about the history of a newly built roller coaster. With the roller coaster Der kleine Zar it’s different, because apart from the background story assigned to it, there was a background story of its own regarding the production, so the ride could only be built this year and not as planned last year. The standard model of the Italian manufacturer Preston & Barbieri, which already makes its rounds in the Swedish amusement park Liseberg, did not meet the latest standards and could therefore not be approved in Germany. Corresponding adjustments to the small roller coaster took a little longer than expected, so that the construction site, which had already been prepared, was temporarily filled with two children’s rides. At the beginning of the season the ride opened without further problems.
The ride on the Der kleine Zar begins with the exit from the curved station into the lift hill of the ride. Arrived at the top, a little dip follows, whereupon the fast downward helix joins. In the valley, the youngsters then experience wonderfully pronounced forces before a small hill follows. After that the station is reached immediately and three more laps follow.
Der kleine Zar is an utterly nice roller coaster for the youngest guests of Hansa Park and/or for the park guests for whom the other roller coasters are still too scary. The ride can definitely be described as fast, as the acceleration is quite pronounced and offers a great alternation.
As a second and originally planned novelty for this year, the Gerstlauer Sky Fly ride Kärnapulten opened shortly after the start of the season. The classic among the semi-automatic carousels is also presented in a stylish outfit, but the ride cannot be compared to the other rides of this kind. While there, with a little practice, a high number of rollovers is possible on selected places, here it is a miracle to get a rotation at all; thus, one does not offer the proven ride pleasure for Sky-Fly veterans, for all other passengers it remains the same, of course. The reason for this is the big tower of the roller coaster Kärnan, which has a noticeable influence on the ride dynamics.
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