copenhagen: danes to take feet off the ground

Posted on January 13, 2006



by sabine behrmann 

Websites – even commercial websites cannot always be relied on. Take e.g. Tivoli‘s. Right now, on January 13, 2006, I can read about last year’s summer season.

There has been a Christmas market in the meantime, and the management has been concerned for years about the fact that the amusement park is not making as much money as they would like it to.

I have it from a reliable source, though, that Tivoli will open its gates for the public again this year on April 12, introducing a new tower amusement, called StarFlyer. The tower is 80 m high, and the passengers will be spun around at a speed of 70 kmh.

Tivoli’s StarFlyer will be the highest of its kind. A real stomach-accelerator, which does not really seem all that attractive.

However, Tivoli has been struggling with its image: commedia dell’arte with Pierrot and Colombine are not for a young public the management sees as their main target group; and since the general idea seems to be that you cannot modernise the traditional pantomime you have to look for other possibilities to achieve the huge and spectacular.

Tower amusements may well be the answer.

Denmark’s national saint, Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig, must rotate in his grave at the very thought of the StarFlyer. His definition of being Danish was: "it serves us best to have our feet firmly planted on the ground."

But then, Tivoli is very much an amusement park for tourists.

Green bag, anybody?