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  1. i don't think that just the height makes a coaster a good coaster. There are alot of coasters out there that don't hold any records or are close to records but are a lot of fun to ride. And are rerideable! That's one of the biggest goals i guess, build a coaster the rider wants to ride over and over again. But in my opinion the record breakers were needed as icons of themeparks. Which coasters are in the mass media? Only the ones being tall or fast or recordish otherwise. And therefore those coasters are fun to ride for alot of us enthusiasts for their uniqueness in one part, but are a big draw for the general public. It's not the "most fun" coasters you are asked about by your typical friends, it's the record holders/breakers.
  2. Well the chairs are not overturning the arrow, they just swing. But the riders are inverted by the seats rotating themselves. There are motors attached to the end of the holding lines that rotate the whole gondola and invert it. And if you think of the most part of the visible supports in the pictures are cables for the motors and the lights, you can think of how thin the supporting steel cables are. You can see more pictures here, but no video. http://www.prater.at/News.php?NewsId=775584
  3. Hey everybody! This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about all the news on Wiener Prater, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy! --Robb _____________________________________________________ 2007 July 22nd, 2007 - New thrill ride "Tornado" installed at Wiener Prater August 5th, 2007 - New trains with lapbars debut on Boomerang August 6th, 2007 - New Boomerang train pictures posted August 9th, 2007 - More Boomerang train details revealed 2010 April 27th, 2010 - Completed StarFlyer photo now online! May 13th, 2010 - StarFlyer now open! Photos online! June 7th, 2010 - StarFlyer Point of View video now online! June 8th, 2010 - StarFlyer photo report posted June 9th, 2010 - Additional StarFlyer Point of View video September 26th, 2010 - Guinness Book of World Records names Prater Turm "tallest swing carousel" October 23rd, 2010 - Accident on Flying Coaster 2012 February, 2012 - Info on the PraterCard 2015 March 12th, 2016 - Olympia Looping will run at Wiener Prater until early September _____________________________________________________ My homepark Prater in Vienna recently got a new attraction - the Tornado. I'm not sure if it's another prototype of the austrian company funtime, but i've never seen a ride like that, so i thought i'd share. Basically it's a swingride, but due to the suspension being excentered itself the "gondola" performs a strange curve. The four across seats are hung up on steel wires and are also rotating via mounted motors - no free rotation. Guess the operator can choose different ride programs here. All in all the ride looks fun and according to the screams of the riders it should be. I didn't ride it today, so i can't tell any further on the ride experience by now. On to some photos... Starting the ride cycle. The seats are in upright position. And as TPR seems to like boobs shown in parks i'll end this post with this picture - greetings from Austria I liked this shot - somehow reminds me of the stephen king movie with the clown, which name i can't remember now. Had to post some general park photos - the central plaza by night seen here. Overview of the slim looking ride. Closeup of the suspension - rotation axis is excentered. Different angle. Seats have started rotating in this picture. Empty swing.
  4. Hi Gus, i'm from vienna so Prater park is my homepark. You are talking about very limited time - what does that mean in hours? Prater is a park with rides operated by many different companies. So it's a pay per ride park. Some rides not to miss are in my opinion the big giant wheel (built 1897; also one landmark of vienna), the Hochschaubahn (a rather lame but unique coaster, i think it's a listed ace classic coaster), spnning wild mouse, megablitz coaster (best one in the park in my opinion), the bell ride (only one in the world, prototype ride), starflyer, some darkrides, etc ... It all depends on your favorite type of rides, but you can walk around the whole park in - i would say - one hour (without riding anything). And most of the rides shoud have none to short lines. Only of there's some local event attendance and ridelines can get very busy. You can find a list of rides here http://www.prater.at/AttraktionList.php For a list of rollercoasters i'd suggest rcdb http://www.rcdb.com/pd398.htm There's also a tripreport with some photos of the park i've once posted http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=187285
  5. Wow, that must have been a magic moment for you.
  6. Rides can change very quickly in this park, because each parcel is operated by different owners. So if they don't make any more money out of one ride they get a different one. Or they rent the parcels to others, placing moveable carnival rides in. I can remember alot of rides that were in the park and are gone now. Some are missed, some are not. But one thing i know for sure is, that the Auto Bergbahn is there since at least 25 years, because i rode it as a kid ... long time, seems like i'm getting old
  7. Posting some random photos from my trip on 2006-05-27. The park is located in the middle of Vienna, Austria. It is a pay-per-ride-park since each ride belongs to different owners. Therefore it can get quite expensive visiting the park if you want to ride each and everything. Ah yes, and since this site is sort of coaster related - Prater has 7 or maybe 8 credits - you decide. One of the best ways to end a trip to Prater - a few beers at the "Schweizerhaus" And one more classic ride- the merry-go-round. If i remember correctly it has about 6 HP. Classic steamtrain running through the big park-part of the Prater. Ten seconds after this shot they were fighting for the best spot to sell their balloons. I swear. Random shot of horses. Adults should ride the left ones. Is there another boomerang out there with a tunnel? See - no engine in the cars I wonder if this counts as a rollercoaster. If 50% of you vote for yes my coastercount would increase. It has a lifthill and cars travelling down a track by gravitation only. Even flatrides are themed to Mozart these days (250th Birthday) A monkey on the back and piranhas on the loincloth, glad it's not me Random kiddieride. Under special guidance by Super Mario. Skyline of thrills. Bungee Ball (partly), Starflyer and Boomerang No vertical loop in this report, so i thought i should at least add a lifthill photo. The guy in the last row is the brakesman. ACE coaster classic - the "Hochschaubahn". A classic side friction coaster. Newest attraction - the bell. Fun ride, much like a frisbee with much smaller rotating part and therefor not that forcefull. But it was fun to ride. Classic kiddieride, the "Meckybahn", themed to hedgehogs. And as you can see in the top, drinking in public is allowed in austria. Coastershot. If you look closely you can find the train. Maybe. Another spinning flatride. Way to much overheadspinning for me. Darkride (walkthrough) themed to dinosaurs. Nothing Disney-like but well done. Random spinning flatride Being 18+ you have two choices: a. either invest your money for rides or b. put it into coinmachines EPCOT meets Prater, seems like they are offering guided tours on segways The mascot of the Prater, called Praterwurschtl, sitting on a giant "Punschkrapferl" (in fact it is an atm) Landmark of Vienna, the classic giant wheel built in 1897
  8. I'm sorry to say that, but after seeing your outstanding pictures i expected more from the videos. The images are way better than the videos are ...
  9. The best thing about starflyer in the first days was, that there was ONE seat which could spin. On my first ride my girlfriend took this one by chance and during our whole ride i tried to spin my chair like she did ... unfortunately that one was just probably just for testing. Even the ride-operators didn't know anything more about it. I think starflyer would be even more fun with the seats to be spinnable. Glad you had fun in Prater.
  10. 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. looking forward to your photos of my homepark ...
  11. I would also appreciate to not allow signature-files above a certain filesize. Sometimes it can be kind of painful downloading a signature of 500KB or more. At least to me it is.
  12. Nice video about the Wiener Prater. And it would have even been better writing the city correct in the videotitle .... Wein = wine Wien = vienna And one other off topic question - are Rammstein still wellknown and popular although singing german lyrics?
  13. When using google-earth you could also have a look at the placemarks in this set: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.php/Cat/0/Number/52647/page/
  14. @TeddyMonster - not sure if you asked me, but that's me, yes ...
  15. Since it seems to be kind of modern posting unusual tripreports i decided doing one from my last trip. I woke up this morning with a big lack of remembrance about the last few hours, or even tha last night. So i simply got my camera out of my pocket and had a look at what park i've been to. Maybe i met someone from this boards and s/he could give me a hint where i was?!? Oh. Okay. I NOW know where i have been. At my HOMEpark hanging around with a few buddies ... Now does this one qualify me for the "onridephoto-hall-of-fame"? Could be. I left Vegas ... Maybe i was in California ... Just posted this one for completeness. Must be some terrifying double-shot-then-drop-tower-thing There were rollercoasters! Good ones, bad ones, and even this cool black & white one Aah! I do remember this darkride - it was inside a giant pyramide. Themed to a mummified britney spears lookalike - truely some of the most amazing moves i've ever seen from an animatronic There was a bunch of ghostly guys inside There was this journey-to-the-center-of-whatever ride. No chance i'll ever remember what center that was ... And even free drinks! Wherever i was - they kindly awaited me with free food The mazes were kind of dull layoutwise. But i guess i had fun anyway So it was some sort of a halloween event This must be the drice to the park. Or some landscaping inside - go ask someone else ...
  16. Indeed one of the best pov i ever saw, although i have to say the sound was not soooo good. Did i miss the onride-photo or were the flashes not working? Anyways - you have to love the tunnel-section. Scary.
  17. I was at DL in early June this year, and i don't know why, but i would have expected more 50th birthday than what i saw. I've been there twice before, and yes, the firework and shows were great, but hasn't that always been the case? The mosaic displays gave a nice touch, they had the golden cars, 50years mouses and stuff, but i don't know why - i missed something outrageous. Even the big parade wasn't something special, i had expected more classic characters or stuff like that. And what also disappointed me, was the offers they had at world of disney in downton disney - there was not a big choice of souvenirs you could take home with to remeber. On the positive side i have to mention was the nice exhibition about the first 50 years of magic. And one more very good thing, after my first two visits, was, that at last i had the chance to do my first rides on matterhorn bobsleds. So for a not so recent visitor who maybe realizes more all the possible changes, i would say i didn't find the 50th celebration too spectacular. Anyway i had a great time at DL like at my other visits before.
  18. Since it's about my country i would say the signature coaster and must-ride is "Hochschaubahn". And for all of you that have (maybe) never heard of it, here's the link: http://www.rcdb.com/id1103.htm
  19. "Where in the world are Robb & Elissa?" On the road again, sharing some good times with their friends ... And yes, i'm trying to get some of those show-me-boobs votes
  20. Today i was thinking of changing my vague plans for a 2006 US-trip. First i wanted to visit Florida for the first time after 2000, hitting BGT and a few parks in the Orlando-area. But then, this morhing, i was thinking it would be fun to maybe make a trip from New York City down to Florida (Orlando or Miami). My roadatlas says it is about 1300 miles on a direct way, so i would assume it would be about 2500-3000 miles hitting parks on this route. As i don't want to race in my holidays, there are always days off on my trips and each park gets at least one full day. The trip would be around 3 weeks. And i was thinking of two weeks driving from NYC to Orlando, hitting a few bigger parks and then staying in Orlando for one more week. Which parks would you visit on such a route, and is there anything you would suggest not to miss on this drive?
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