Known for its cottaging and camping industries, Axvall (located in the Swedish municipality of Skara) is a busy region during summer months. Skara Sommarland, the region’s only theme park, saw an opportunity to become a destination for fun.
Founded in the early 1980s, the park featured mostly dry rides and was drawing nearly 800,000 visitors per year. In 2001, after a period of steady decline in attendance, the park was acquired by the Parks & Resorts Group. Constrained with a short 80-day summer season, the new ownership knew that they needed some new iconic attractions if they wanted to make a splash.
Packing in the fun
The original park was built in an old gravel quarry. The dry rides are all positioned in a tight circle in what would have been a flat part of the site. Fortunately for the new owners, most of the surrounding hill had not yet been developed.
Enter ProSlide – our first collaboration was a 4-lane ProRACER™ in 2012. The ride was built into the natural topography, utilizing mostly concrete columns and very little steel.
Racer was such a success that the park immediately planned for a FreeFALL™ speed slide with a SkyBOX™ drop launch system, installed in 2013. Big Drop was designed with a subterranean section, delivering both reduced support costs and ultimate curb appeal!
“We continue to choose ProSlide for their ability to deliver our guests new experiences, providing the highest quality attractions in Scandinavia”
Christer Fogelmarck, Skara Sommarland
Ecstatic with the momentum of their revitalized water park, Skara delivered their third consecutive ProSlide attraction in 2014. Cobra is Scandinavia’s first ProSlide TornadoWAVE™ and it helped Skara to ring in the park’s 30th anniversary with the highest single-month attendance in the park’s recent history!
“The subsequent success with each of our ProSlide projects continues to fuel our growth at Skara”
In 2016, the park is adding three new ProSlide TWISTER™ body slides. When Skara came to ProSlide in 2012, they wanted to put their park back on the map. Mission accomplished, thanks to four great projects in just five seasons.
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