As serious Disney lovers we were looking forward to seeing one of the parks that contributed greatly to Walt Disney’s vision for Disneyland, Tivoli Garden’s on Trip Advisor. Tivoli is located in the lovely city of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Whereas Disneyland opened in 1955, Tivoli opened back in 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world! The oldest, Dyrehavsbakken, is located just over 6 miles North of the city.
Tivoli Gardens is the second most popular seasonal theme park in the world and the most visited theme park in Scandinavia. It’s not hard to see why. Tivoli is a retreat that resides right in the center of Copenhagen. Its charm is apparent the moment you walk up to the front gate. It is as if the gateway is a keyhole, and walking beyond it you find yourself stepping through a door that leads you back in time.
Upon entering you find yourself amongst mature gardens, a picturesque lake, and lawns dotted with people relaxing in the sun. The grounds are kept impeccably clean and the plants are all well cared for. An image reflected at Disneyland.
The park boasts 25 rides and is best known for its wooden roller coaster, Rutschebanen, or, Bjergbanen (the Mountain Coaster). It was the first ride we did and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was built in 1914 and after the fast paced modern coasters we’ve ridden in modern parks its age shows! After all, it is one of world’s oldest wooden roller coasters that is still operating today. An operator controls the ride by braking down the hills so it won’t gain too much speed. He sits on a seat that is arranged in such a way that they actually have to duck when you arrive at tunnels!
Another, newer, roller coaster at Tivoli is The Demon. My husband was the only one who wanted to ride it as it has an Immelmann loop, a loop, and a zero-G roll all during the ride time of just one minute and forty six seconds! Tivoli also has the second tallest carousel, The Star Flyer. It is 262 feet high!
There is also a giant swing and spinner ride called Aquila with centrifugal powers up to 4 G and a looping plane ride in which the rider is in control of the plane, called Vertigo. We elected to skip these. My husband and I are too old and at ten years old, our son wasn’t ready!
One ride that we all did together was The Flying Trunk, the story book ride inspired by the tales by Hans Christian Anderson that quite probably gave Disney some fodder for his It’s A Small World ride. We also rode the Mine, described by the parks website as a chance to go prospecting for diamonds in the Mine. “A fantastic journey through the land of the Grotes, guarded by the dragon, Mistress Mother-of-Pearl.” This is just a small sampling of the rides available for you and your family at Tivoli.
Another item worth mentioning here is the candy floss (cotton candy). We noticed a lot of folks walking around with the giant pink sweet spun around a white stick, it’s shape and height to rival that of Marge Simpson’s hair! I imagined our ten year old’s reaction to eating it…we decided on ice cream.
I must mention that our visit took place during the day, and a gorgeous June day it was. However, I have heard many say that Tivoli is absolutely magical at night. It is lit up with colorful sparkling lights and they do a laser show over the lake which is reported to be very good. My own experiences, at the Disney parks for example, would lead me to believe this to be true. Night time and lights can bring out a whole new sense of wonder at an amusement park and I hope to return one day, or night I should say, to Tivoli.
Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” It is believed that he was echoing a sentiment spoken long ago, in 1844, by Tivoli’s founder Georg Carstensen. Carstensen was reported to have said, “Tivoli will never, so to speak, be finished.” And so it is. Tivoli has managed to evolve with the times, without abandoning its original charm or traditions. If you love amusement parks, gardens or are simply looking for some family fun activities to do while in the Copenhagen area, we highly recommend a trip to sweet Tivoli. Happy Travels!