Okay so last summer I went on a trip through Hungary, Austria and Italy with the European Coaster Club and I thought it was about time I posted a trip report. Hopefully you have all forgotten Don's trip report from this trip so mine will seem more interesting
Started the day by meeting up with the group at Heathrow for the flight to Budapest. Met up with the rest of the group at the hotel there and went to Vidampark. It was a park with a nice setting in the middle of the city. Its not excactly what I would call a quality park, but we still had alot of fun. The main rides there are Hullámvasút, a wooden coaster from 1922, and Looping Star, a *surprise* Schwarzkopf Looping Star from 1981. Vidampark is the ride's third home. Okay, onto the pictures.
Heres the group waiting to go to Vidampark.
Hullámvasút was the first coaster of the day.
This beatiful ride was built in 1922.
Headchoppers!! The ride was rather bouncy, but still fun.
There were plenty of people with cameras on the trip.
After our ride we got to see the original drawings from the early 1920's.
Credit whores in the last cars on the kiddie coaster.
Ahhh Looping Star! I was really looking forward to this as it would be my first Schwarzkopf looping coaster. I was not dissappointed.
This ride was awesome! Very smooth, but it also had some great laterals.
Look at that beauty! For a 24 year old coaster, it was running REALLY well! It felt like it was brand new.
And it was VERY fast!!!
Happy ECC members returns from their ride.
Among the other rides in the park was a log flume..
a top spin....
...and a powered coaster. The picture is taken from the scariest ferris wheel EVER!
After doing most of the rides we went back to Hullámvasút. As you can see, it was really busy after our ERS =)
One of the larger drops on Hullámvasút.
Please get off! Pictures from Wiener Prater are coming one of the next days!
Talking about the ferris-wheel in vidampark i have to say that this really was the scariest i have ever been on.
And also the logflume was one of the strangest ones i have been on - disgusting dirty water, but a funny jump over a ramp after the big drop.
I just have to say that Wiener Prater is a fantastic place. This is not your standard amusement park. Theres no park entrance, and you have to buy individual tickets for all the rides, which are all owned by different people. Its more like a giant fair with large rollercoasters and dark rides. There is also a very unique combination of modern thrill rides and old classic rides in this park. It was probably the most expensive park on the trip, but it was definately worth it! Okay, onto the pictures...
We started the day with the Prater Adventure Tour which takes you on several of the rides in the park. The group I was in started on the train ride. Usually they run their diesel engines because the steam engines are so expensive to run.
It takes you through a park and into the woods.
We also got a backstage tour of the service area.
ECC members crossing the tracks.
No matter where you went you could always see "The Wheel" which we called it. I belive it was built in 1895.
Our next stop was Hochschaubahn.
This was a nice little scenic railway from the 1950's.
Then it was the Wiener Ponny-Carousel...
...with real horses!!! I dont think there was a single member on the trip who didnt feel sorry for them.
Megablitz was the best coaster in the park. It was built by Vekoma in 94, but it was smooth and the helixes were very powerfull!
My first Vekoma Boomerang is also the only one with a tunnel.
Someone claimed that this boomerang was one of the better ones...
Im not sure if I wanna ride one of the rough ones if thats the case.
It wasnt nearly as bad as this one though. Luckily my anti-headbanging technique worked very well.
They look 'slightly' concerned, and they have every reason to do so.
Super 8-Bahn was a fairly large Pinfari non-looping coaster.
It was an alright ride. A little rough, but not bad.
Interesting colour combinations...
Time to ride "The Wheel"
Heres the view from the top. Prater is one fantastic looking park. Look at all the colours!!!
Vienna from the wheel.
Some of the cabins had tables and chairs in them. I guess you could hire those and have dinner in them.
Looking down from the top. Notice that there are no think steel beams holding the wheel, just many thin cables. OMG!
More awesome pictures of Prater from the wheel.
The park also had a ton of dark rides. Heres one of them.
The park also had a Wild Mouse coaster. It was quite fun, except the evil brakes at the end.
Ahhh Starflyer. Probably my favorite ride in the park. I must admit I was slightly nervous on my first ride though.
The feeling you get when youre all the way up there with only some tiny chains holding your small plastic chair cannot be described. It simply has to be experienced. I loved this ride and I would be surprised if we dont see many more of these.
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