Much like a moth is attracted to bright lights, we are attracted to big and shiny amusement parks where we will scream our lungs out in pure thrill. Most parks in Canada have a fee to enter the grounds and an all access ride charge, so we were surprised when Prater Amusement Park was free to walk in. It turns out you pay for just the rides that you want, prices ranged from €1.50 to €6 depending on the ride, with most of them being around €4. This allowed us to survey each ride and really assess if we wanted to go on it, and it ended up we only went onto two of them: a lie down rollercoaster and a demented children’s ride. The lie down roller coaster was OK, but we kept turning our heads looking for the next turn and caused a bit of whiplash. Nothing compared to the Vancouver’s wooden rollercoaster.
We walked past all the standard rides like the Drop of Doom, Swings, Tilt a whirls, Gravatrons and such mostly because they were playing really crappy trance music at ear bleeding volumes. But there was one thing about this amusement park that really stood out as we were walking around. We couldn’t help but feel a bit creeped out. Amongst all the rides there were statues of a really odd nature, the sort that if you lay your eyes upon them as a kid they would burn into your memory forever. The sort of memory burn like that anyone over 25 should’ve gotten from that dark period of kids movies in the 80’s like The Dark Crystal, Return to Oz and Labyrinth. Things that are made for children but look more like a bad acid trip.
Tell us you don’t find these strange to be scattered throughout an amusement park with the majority of the rides being for kids:
Because of these statues we felt intrigued to check out the inside of one of the kids rides to see if it was also creepy. So we paid the €1.50 each and chose a random ride. Here is the video of it:
So if you decide to go to Prater Amusement Park, we recommend the following:
- Only bring your kids if you want them to also experience the same feelings you had while you watched those dark movies
- “Hippies” should avoid this park if they don’t want to have a dark trip. Unless of course your into it, then eat twice as much as you think you should!
- If you have good taste in music bring ear plugs or don’t come at all
- It really isn’t that great unless you must see one of Vienna’s sight seeing landmarks. The Wiener Riesenrad ferris wheel built way back in 1897!