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ACE Central Europe – Part 12: Freizeitpark Plohn


Part 12: Freizeitpark Plohn, Lengenfeld, Saxony, Germany On Saturday July 27 we traveled into Saxony in what just a quarter of a century ago was Communist East Germany. This would be our first of two parks in this land formerly behind the iron curtain, and this one was operating at that time. This is an unusual park from the odd but enchanting Plohni mascot to the unusual rides to the meandering pathways that seem more to have evolved rather than have been planned. The park is divided into several themed sections, so I will review each section. Plohnidorf This newest […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 11: Freizeit-Land Geiselwind


Part 11: Freizeit-Land Geiselwind, Geiselwind, Bavaria, Germany On Saturday, July 27 we began week 2 of our trip by driving back through Bavaria to a park that was added as a drivers’ break. While Freizeit-Land Geiselwind is a small park and we had less than 3 hours scheduled here, we became concerned when traffic problems made us an hour late getting to the park. Trip organizers considered taking time from the next park to ensure we had plenty of time, but light crowds and the parks willingness to close rides for a rolling ERT allowed us to get all the […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 10: Europa Park


Part 10: Europa Park, Rust, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany After arriving at Hotel Colosseo on Wednesday evening, we would spend Thursday & Friday, July 25 & 26 at Europa Park. Operating since 1975, the park is owned by Mack Rides and functions as a “showroom” of their rides, but it is so much more than that. This is the closest park to Disney that I have seen. It is excellently themed, packed full of rides, has some excellent coasters, has quite a few dark rides, is divided into 16 sections mostly based on European countries, and moves people through as well […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 9: Holiday Park


Part 9: Holiday Park, Hassloch, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany On Wednesday afternoon, July 24 we arrived at our next stop, Holiday Park. We would have the afternoon to enjoy the park before an hour of ERT on its signature coaster. It is a nice park with pretty landscaping. The park has 3 roller coasters: Expedition GeForce: (Intamin AG, Mega Coaster, 2001) It is easy to see why some consider this the best coaster in the world. It has tremendous airtime, relentless speed and lots of changes of direction. It is a great ride from beginning to end that never lets up. While […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 8: Erlebnispark Tripsdrill


Part 8: Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, Cleebronn, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany On Tuesday afternoon, July 23 we arrived at Tripsdrill for one of 2 visits. After the afternoon, we would return the next morning. We were served a late lunch on Tuesday and a nice sit down lunch on Wednesday before we left. We were a little late getting to the park and a thunderstorm took about an hour of our time, but it moved out before ERT that evening. With 2 ERT sessions, we had enough time to enjoy this beautiful park in spite of a few complications. The park has 4 […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 7: Skyline Park


Part 7: Skyline Park, Bad Wörishofen, Bavaria, Germany On Tuesday, July 23 we headed to Skyline Park. On every trip there is a park where things just don’t work out well. It would be this park for this trip. A short time in the park, lots of school groups and coaster breakdowns would conspire to cause many to miss one or more credits here. Before we arrived I was concerned that with less than 3 hours and several low capacity coasters, this might be a real challenge. It certainly would be. The park has 5 coasters, in the order we […]

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ACE Central Europe – Part 6: Munich, Germany


Part 6: Munich, Germany After checking into our hotel in Munich we took the S-Bahn to Marienplatz (Mary’s Square). Here we saw the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall). We could see the Glockenspiel, but not when it was in action. We saw the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). We walked off the square by Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church). We walked by Asamkirche (Asam Church), now a church but once a showroom for the Asam brothers to demonstrate Baroque features for churches to purchase. Their office and home are next door. We walked further down the street to the Sendlinger Tor, […]

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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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