Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby chadster » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:01 pm

wow, this looks like a great place! Although, I might need to take out a second mortgage to ride everything ;) The one thing I don't think would interest me is taking a lawn chair 383 feet up in the air and spinning around. Was it an uneasy feeling or did you feel secure?

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby DerekRx » Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:12 pm

And Six Flags says that amusement parks don't need bumper cars. Wiener Prater proves them wrong, over and over and over and over again!
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:59 pm

Benny - BPB is a good comparison in terms of how close the rides are to each other but Bakken is probably a better comparison.

Chad - I felt secure but I'm not afraid of heights. There is no way you are accidentally coming out of the chair (seat belt and locking mechanism). Now granted I didn't check the welds on every link of the chain attaching my seat to the arm, but I figured the chains would be strongest during the ride's first year.

Derek - I was laughing every time I came across another driving ride. I can't say that any of them were extremely busy but I guess they must be money makers for those leasing the space.

Actually none of the rides had lines and the only ones running more than half filled were: Space Shot, Prater Turm, Tornado, Turbo Booster and the Tagada. I never entered the Riesenrad queue but that also seemed popular. Many flats ran with only one or two riders.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Ledgy » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:09 pm

Larry, you have to write "Riesenrad", not "Reisenrad" ;)

Translated, it´s called hughe (=riesig) wheel; you said travel wheel ... travel (=Reise), wheel (=Rad). So it would make also sense, cause on a "Riesenrad" you travel around ;)

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby cfc » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:42 pm

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This wheel was part of a important scene in Carol Reed's classic movie The Third Man starring Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles. Very cool to see how it appears now--doesn't seem to have changed much since the late 1940s. I'd post a You Tube link to the scene, but it would spoil the whole plot of the movie if you haven't seen it.

I think this park was featured in The Living Daylights, too (the first Timothy Dalton James Bond movie).
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Wood Dragon 1988 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:47 pm

I'm not much of a flat ride guy, but I must say, Prater looks like an awesome place! I always knew there was a lot to do there, but I never knew there was THAT much to do. Thanks Larry for informing us!

Also, I've always wanted to do one of those side friction wooden coasters, and the way the park is set up seems really intriguing and not very common at all in the States.

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:04 pm

OK, I know there are plenty of dark ride and walk through fans out there and Wiener Prater has plenty of them to appease you. There were 17 attractions at Wiener Prater:
4 Fun Houses
3 Ghost Trains
3 Mirror Mazes/Glass Houses
2 Fairy Tale themed Dark Rides
3 Walk Through Haunted Attractions
1 Shooting Dark Ride
1 Miscellaneous

My captions are going to be long as I want to give a description of each ride and provide my commentary. Unfortunately many of these attractions blended together after awhile and even now looking at my notes I can't quite remember everything about each attraction. Pictures were not allowed or difficult to take in many of the attractions. So if we have any DAFErs reading this thread, break out a new box of Kleenex.

I just hope that when I am done that you all will enjoy what I feel is the most comprehensive overview ever shown of Wiener Prater and that it inspires others to visit. When I initially planned this trip I was so worried that I would be disappointed in Wiener Prater, but as you can see I was not.

First up will be the Fun Houses
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This is Super Top Dance
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They know how to have FUN in this house.
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This was the best of the four Fun Houses and cost 2.5 Euros.
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Highlights include this 5 story plastic slide, not for the claustrophobic.
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And just when you think you are done and trying to balance as you walk over the last obstacle, the ride op starts firing at you with a high powered water gun.
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Funball was the second best fun house and is priced at 3 Euros.
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One of the first gags in the fun house is this short rope bridge with an arc of water that is practically impossible to avoid.
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Not surprisingly, Funball is sports themed.
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More sportiness
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and a disorienting tunnel
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Magic Dreamland was 2.5 Euros and was one story shorter then Super Top Dance, hence a shorter slide.
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This was the sight at the other end of the spinning barrel.
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Just like the other 3 fun houses there were plenty of floor traps and conveyor belts. The memorable part of this fun house was on the last set of conveyor belts the ride op was able to change the speed of them while you were stepping on and off. Another never in America moment.
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Calypso was the most permanent looking of the fun houses (Magic Dreamland and Super Top Dance were clearly portable even if they have not moved in years).
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It cost 2.5 Euro and was the only fun house with a glass maze room and had the best tilt room but many of the other gags were just working better in the other houses.
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I just found some more photos from inside Calypso.
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Dizzy Tunnel
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Did someone order a picture of Larry with no sleeves?
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Siamese twin Larry
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Long Tall Larry with a big butt.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:35 am

I over estimated the allure of fun houses, or cake walks as they are sometimes referred to in Europe.

As I stated in my last post the park also has 3 Ghost Trains (I thought there were 4, but in reviewing my notes one was a walk through) and 3 Mirror Mazes/Glass Houses. I did not do the mazes, in the interest of saving money, but I'm sure anyone who could find their way from the Kings Domnion entrance to Intimadator 305 would have no trouble getting through any of the mazes.

I did not get the prices of the mazes, but the Ghost trains were between 2.5 and 3.5 Euros.
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Here is the Hallowien maze and that is all that I have to say about it.
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And here is a much larger looking maze, that I think was named Lachspiegelkabinett.
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As you have already figured out, those last three photos were just filler. And now the moment that ryancrash and cfc have been waiting for: The Ghost Trains
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This huge building houses Geister Bahn
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It bills itself as the biggest and longest Ghost Train in Europe, all for only 3 Euros. At least that's what I think the sign says.
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Sorry, no pictures from inside the ride. It was very dark inside and great timing on all the stunts. In particular there was a great stunt involving a broken bridge that the car had to pass.
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Geister Schloss costs 3 Euros and had some of the cheesier props, but all worked well.
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The ride was very heavy on the animatronics (and cheesy artwork)outside the building to draw people.
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The Ghost Train portion of this Photo TR is being interrupted as I found the picture of the "original" lachspiegelkabinett.
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Close-up of awesome artwork on GeisterSchloss
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The ride vehicle
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Second level outdoor section.
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Geister Bahn Zum Roten Adler was the third Ghost Train.
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3.5 Euros to ride in these vehicles
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Just like the other Ghost Trains, this had an outdoor portion on the second level.
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The stunts were not as well times as to others rides, but this one had a shocking "Bug's Life" type effect in the seats that made me jump.
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Keep following as walk-throughs, fairy tale themed rides and other indoor stuff is still to come.
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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby Groteslurf » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:54 am

Great update again Larry.

And yes, your TR will make me visit Wiener Prater. Don't know why, but I've always thought it was a very small park with a ferris wheel and a few other rides :?r

You seem to have done most of the rides and I'm wondering how much money you have spent. Too bad they don't/didn't sell all day passes/whristbands.

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Re: Photo TR: larrygator's 2010 European Travels

Postby larrygator » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:10 am

Benny - I did all the coasters (28.3 Euros) and all the dark rides (not the mirror mazes) for 41 Euros but only four flat rides (21 Euros). I spent a total of 90 Euros on rides, 20 Euros on food/drink and 2 Euros for the WCs/restrooms. It costs 50 Euro cents for each visit to the WC.

I spent a grand total of 112 Euros at the Wiener Prater, quite an expensive day.

Again my apologies for posting Wiener Prater piecemeal but I have to devote some time to real work, since that pays for the trips. ;) I'm going to try to do the rest of the park in one shot
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