The gates to Denmark’s biggest roller coaster, the Fønix in Fårup Sommerland, will open on April 9. The Fønix is 40 metres in height and 905 metres in length, has a top speed of 95 kilometres per hour, and is by far the park’s largest amusement investment.
Fårup Sommerland’s CEO, Niels Jørgen Jensen, said: “Last year, on the day we could disclose the news about Fønix, I called this a historic day. Indeed, with the official opening, I can truly say that I have even more butterflies in my stomach. Here in Fårup Sommerland, we take great pride in presenting a roller coaster that is without comparison the biggest in Denmark – a fact that will come to leave a significant imprint on both the Danish and the international amusement landscape.”
Not only will the Fønix be Denmark’s largest roller coaster, it will also expose its riders to the most airtime. Riders will experience weightlessness achieved through drops, loops and twists – of which the Fønix boasts 14 different elements. In addition, Fønix will be the world’s first roller coaster to introduce a stall loop which combines the classic loop with an inversed camelback, thus providing an experience of zero gravity for 2.5 seconds.
Justin Garvanovic, founder of the European Coaster Club, said: “A ride of this nature is simply wonderful news for us here in Europe. The days of looking jealously west at parks in the US are over, and it’s rides like Fønix that are responsible for this.”
“As I have watched the ride come together over the last year, my excitement has only grown – it is looking spectacular. And I am not alone – Fønix is easily the roller coaster being talked about the most by roller coaster enthusiasts in Europe and beyond. Its opening cannot come soon enough.”
Fårup Sommerland has invested close to DKK 100m (EUR 13 million) in Fønix, which means that the roller coaster is the largest investment in the history of the park. The second-largest investment, at roughly DKK 44m (EUR 5.9 million), was made in 2013 with Fårup Sommerland’s presentation of the amusement, Orkanen.
Niels Jørgen Jensen added: “Owing to this historic investment, we at Fårup Sommerland are now looking into a tremendously exciting season; and we hope and trust that, by way of such a substantial addition, we will be able to attract both Danish and international guests to the benefit of Fårup Sommerland as well as the rest of the Danish tourist industry in general.”