As promised. Except this bit. Day 0 - Wiener Prater 'Just happened' to have an 8 hour stop in Vienna on the way out. Due to its location and lack of anything particularly interesting, Prater was never a place I wanted to make a dedicated trip to. This was the perfect opportunity to pop in and tick that box. Straight on to the first ride of the day, some sketchy bloke with a sketchy mouse. Must have done at least 10 of these this year, unfortunately. Got a decent spin, nothing life changing. This was quite mighty for a Pinfari, but didn't do much with it. The op was a d*ck to some Chinese tourists that decided to join me for the lap. It's a sign. Spent a good chunk of time after that wandering around and stumbling upon everything else, just to find it all closed. It was early in the day and the other rides don't seem to have the same hustle as the first 2. It's quite easy to accidentally walk out of the park and end up in some slums in several directions. That combined with several 'staff' that were mooching around their rides and being either less than useless or downright rude with my requests for information and the whole place really started to grind me down very quickly. Next thing to become available. The op was a d*ck and pushed the restraint down as I was half in, trapping me in the middle of the 2 seats. Physics dictates that the middle is not a good place to be seated when these things get vicious, resulting in an awful ride. I'd been told to go away earlier as he was busy sweeping, but now the man was sitting in his ticket window. He followed me up the stairs to run the ride, then disappeared as soon as it dispatched. I want to say that's cool, but it didn't feel like it in this instance. Was reasonably interested in trying this one. The weird 'dark ride' bit with the mirrors and then "OMG! elevator lift" got me a little more interested. Then it did f*ck all. I'm having more fun on my spinny chair while writing this than it is possible to have on this ride. Zug des Manitu was the best thing so far, even if just for the name. Starting off backwards for half the layout caught me off guard, then it turns into quite a violent little thing, particularly in that tunnel. The brakeman woodie was a pathetic excuse for a ride, so much that it looks like I didn't bother to take a picture. I didn't work where out the brakeman was going to sit as it was such an awkward experience to even present yourself as a customer, so I ended up with the miserable bloke breathing down my neck and regretting his life throughout the ride. Why are these things allowed to exist alongside the mighty Tivoli? I've also lost count of the crap now. There's a Maurer spinner thing isn't there. Only remember powering through a mirror maze and some lasers to get on an uneventful disco ride. Assume it's a standard model by how much I didn't enjoy it. At last, a ride that brought a smile to my face. Quite a ridiculous little thing. The positive forces it produces are so sustained it was taking the air from my lungs. The only thing I was tempted to reride, but thought it was probably better leaving it with that single memory. Only a few things left to do, various walk-bys had taught me that the Boomerang was still dormant. Decided to get the Volare out of the way. Had a ton of room behind me on this one. I seem to remember getting reasonably clamped by the back restraint in the past so it took me a little while to work out that some more tactical endurance was required in the inversions this time. Still don't get the hate, they're a very long way from the worst thing ever. Knowing I'll have to ride more doesn't concern or offend me. Went for some food to kill time, Boomerang still spiting. It's sad to think it was one of the main things I wanted there and that missing it would even bother me. Did the non-fancy ferris wheel to kill some more time, my logic was that it didn't have windows and would provide better pictures. That and you get to at least look at the old timey one. Saw the boomerang testing while I was on the wheel, so headed straight back over there. After asking a few people in the area when it was going to open and either getting grunts or a face that said 'f*ck off' as a response, I sat on a bench for an hour. Eventually an old man and woman rocked up on a bike and told me 20 minutes. Cheers. Restraints make such a huge difference to ride experience, this is another great example. It rides well and you actually feel something other than survival in the inversions. Makes me wonder if these things weren't so scummy throughout the industry and this was the only one, would it be considered a good ride? Probably not. Having earlier written off that other child ride as a no, unless they let me ride the cars as skates, there was one more thing on the list. (The race car thing on the right. I just felt more comfortable taking a picture of the fountain). I'd been told to go away earlier as they were busy counting money, but it was now delighting a couple of kids. I waited for my turn and got 9 too many laps. Regarding my price question in the planning section, total cost of the coasters and the cheaper ferris wheel came to 50 Euros, so @Mysterious Sue wins that little game. No, I didn't do any ghost trains. If they didn't cost more than the creds I might have tried one for a laugh, but I don't really feel I would have enjoyed them in the sh*t mood this park put me in. Black Mamba is just a whole dose of no. Mission complete. Now bring on the good stuff.