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Linnanmäki amusement park reopens – boasts new VR ride

The classic Helsinki amusement park Linnanmäki opened today Saturday for the first time after its winter season closure.

linnanmäen vuoristorata taustalla, linnanmäki-lippuja etualalla
Old timer: Linnanmäki's perhaps most prestigious feature is its wooden roller coaster Vuoristorata from 1951, the last of its particular kind to have been built. Image: YLE

Linnanmäki, Finland's oldest amusement park located in Alppila, Helsinki, officially opened from 1 pm Saturday after being closed for the winter. New rides and experiences are in store this year for customers looking for thrills and chills.

The indoor Linnunrata or "Milky Way" roller coaster, built inside a water tower, will combine virtual reality technology with the train-and-track ride itself. The ride, now dubbed Linnunrata eXtra, is unique in the repertoire of Nordic amusement park rides.

A new "Mini Hill" area called Minimäki has been built at the foot of the water silo with two new children's rides, one of which is controlled by pedalling while seated in the ride.

The entrance area and adjoining buildings have also been refurbished.

The Childrens Day Foundation, which owns and operates the amusement park, says it hopes Linnanmäki will net its child protection projects some 4.3 million euros this year, up from last year's 4.1 million.

Helsinki's Linnanmäki amusement park has enjoyed significant tax breaks for 40 years. Enjoying super-non profit classification means that the proceeds are exempt from corporate tax.

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