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ACE Central Europe – Part 4: Vienna, Austria


Part 4: Vienna, Austria On Sunday afternoon, July 21 we took the subway to Karlsplatz to begin our walking tour of Vienna. We walked past the Staatsoper (Opera), representimg the importance of classical music in this city that is considered the world capital of that genre. We walked to Albertinaplatz and saw the modern Monument Against War and Fascism. We then walked to a Beisl for lunch, a uniquely Viennese type of restaurant that is a cross between an English pub and a French brasserie. Rick Steves recommended Reinthaler’s Beisl, and it was a good place to get Wiener schnitzel, […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 3: Wiener Prater


Up Next: Wiener Prater Part 3: Wiener Prater, Vienna, Vienna, Austria After a drive on Saturday, July 20 to Vienna we arrived at Wiener Prater. With the evening and all day Sunday available for this park, we headed into the park Saturday evening to get as much done as possible to preserve time for sightseeing Sunday afternoon. Operating since 1766, Wiener Prater means “Vienna Meadow” and is a large city park. The amusement portion of the park is known as Wurstelprater. Rides are owned and operated by individual vendors, so there is no pay-one-price option. The park has 10 roller […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 2: VidamPark


Part 2: VidamPark, Budapest, Pest, Hungary Our trip began on Saturday, July 20 at VidamPark in Budapest. While the park has operated for many years, it has recently hit some difficulties and is slated to close in September 2013. It will be transitioned into the neighboring zoo, which will continue to operate some of the historic rides including Hullámvasút (Roller Coaster) and Körhinta (Merry-Go-Round), but most of the amusement rides will be removed. Throughout the ACE trip I spent most of my time in the parks with Richard Bostic and also various others including Vanessa Thomas, Judy Thomas, Betty Thornson, […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 5: Bayern Park


Part 5: Bayern Park, Reisbach, Bavaria, Germany On Monday, July 22 we made our way into Germany for our first Bavarian park. Bayern Park, literally Bavarian Park, is a beautifully landscaped family park with a good assortment of rides. We had about 6 hours in the park plus an hour scheduled for ERT. Unfortunately the coaster on which we had ERT scheduled was not working and while they attempted to get it up, ultimately they gave us tokens for the alpine slides in place of ERT. They served us a good meal as well. They have 5 coasters: Achterbahn (The […]

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ACE Central Europe 2013 – Part 1: Budapest, Hungary


Part 1: Budapest, Hungary After taking a 10:30 p.m. flight to Amsterdam with my friend Richard Bostic on Wednesday, July 17 and a subsequent connecting flight, we arrived in Budapest around 6:30 Thursday evening. After making it to our hotel, Richard and I had time for a Rick Steves recommended restaurant, Menza, where we got several Hungarian dishes which were very good. After a quick tour of the Train Station, it was time to catch up on sleep. On Friday, July 19, we began our tour of Budapest. Hungarian people are quite different from the other peoples of Europe. Known […]

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Six Flags Over Georgia Announces New Water Park Expansion for 2014


Yesterday, Six Flags Over Georgia announced the largest single expansion in park history with the addition of an all new water park included within the grounds  for 2014. Dubbed Hurricane Harbor, the area will take the space being vacated by the impending removal of the Southern Star Ampitheatre. Additions to the area include an 800,000 gallon wave pool, a multi slide tower complex, and an interactive water play area for children. The area will also be fully accompanied by standard amenities such as retail, food, and cabanas/deck areas. The park also mentioned in the press release that this will be […]

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Destination South Visits Six Flags Over Georgia

I was able to get two rides in during my short stay due to the nonexistant line.

On 7/14/13, Destination South visited Six Flags Over Georgia for the first time since SkyScreamer Media Day. While the trip was primarily to finally process my Season Pass, I took a couple of loops around the park while visiting. With the threat of rain in the forecast (which would prove right by the end of my short stay), crowds were light other than at Dare Devil Dive. The standout attraction was definitely the Great American Scream Machine. I haven’t been able to ride this classic for several years due to the roughness. I ended up being able to take multiple […]

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Fun Spot America Opens Their New Expansion Area!


Today just after 5PM Fun Spot America opened their gates to the new back area of their new expansion. Although the coasters are not quite ready, there are new rides, such as the Enterprise (formally the Wheelie at Six Flags Over Georgia), Rip Tide, and Tilt – A- Whirl with new locations for the Paratrooper and the double decker carousel topped with the Statue of Liberty. The new kiddy coaster was also under construction. The area had a midway feel with brick pavers along the path. The Sky Coaster was also not ready, but a new eating/party area was open and […]

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SkyScreamer Opens at Six Flags Over Georgia

SkyScreamer with pig

Yesterday Destination South was invited to attend the Media Day preview of Six Flags Over Georgia’s new for 2013 attraction, SkyScreamer. SkyScreamer is billed as a 24-story version of the popular Starflyer style ride. The ride is a tower in which 32 riders swing at 40 miles per hour. SkyScreamer takes the spot formerly occupied by the Wheelie, and will open to Gold Passholders this weekend (May 11-12). The ride will have a second preview for all Season Passholders next weekend (May 18-19), followed by the official grand opening during Memorial Day weekend. Destination South was able to get in […]

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Major Expansion Announced For Universal Studios Florida

Diagon Alley

Today Universal finally announced what many in the theme park world have been anxiously awaiting: an all new expansion to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Dubbed The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, guests at Universal Studios Florida in 2014 will be able to step into the shoes of Harry Potter as he viewed the Wizarding World for the first time. Potterverse favorites such as the Leaky Cauldron, and Gringotts Bank are sure to be staple must-see experiences in this new area. So far there are two attractions confirmed for the area. The first will be a […]

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