Okay now, I'm back from another trip but I have alot of catching up to do. . .
I went to Bayern Park, located in Reisbach, Germany. It is a nice little park and has two rollercoasters, Achterbahn (a steel family rollercoaster that is themed after a caterpillar) and Froschbahn (a junior family steel coaster that is themed after a frog). The park itself was good but I did not stay there for too long. I walked around to see what they had and it was pretty good/descent.
Next, I went to Freizeit-Land Geiselwind, located in Geiselwind. It is a pretty descent park and for only 17 euros (about $15.50), it is an inexpensive way to have a day full of fun. The park looked very nice. It was green, had lots of scenery, props and themes. One area was the dinosaur area. Before I got on the rollercoaster craze, I knew every dinosaur there was and such. They had huge models of dinosaurs (like T-Rex, Stegosaurus, etc) and other prehistoric creatures (sabre-tooth tiger, etc.) standing all over in a section of the park. Also, they had an animal section, with all kinds of fowl, woods animals, and farm animals that was pretty neat (although the goats were a little rough on each other and the people who were trying to feed them - but the kids were cute). The grass was green and many flower arrangements were scattered throughout the park. My favorite photo shoot was a bunch of arranged flowers with the pink flamingos walking and playing in the background.
As far as rollercoasters are concerned, this park boasts 4. The Marienkaferbahn was a red, family rollercoaster with ladybug trains (I think that what the German word marienkafer means). It was rather long and it was a nice ride. The Blaue Enzian (Blue Beetle) was a blue junior powered coaster like the Kansas City Express (another German RC). Drehgondelbahn was a steel coaster that had an oval layout, with a circle on one side (towards the inside of the ride) that sent you through a small tunnel. This ride was fun because it had spinning cars on it and you travel through the course 5 times. Last is their big coaster, the Boomerang. It looks like the one in Kansas City (Worlds of Fun) with it's yellow track and red supports but this one had red-only trains where WoF had hot pink, orange and another color. It was also a fun ride but after awhile, I remembered why one doesn't do successive laps on a boomerang. . .
Other notable rides include a hammerhead ride, a ride like the Zulu at WoF (I don't know the technical name of it right now), and a rotating observation tower to get even more great photos of the entire park and the surrounding German countryside. A water ride they had was pretty neat. You are in a small boat and are pull back a boomerang-like spike (it only about 20-25 ft high). You are let go, go down the spike, up a small bump and go airborne until you splash in the water pool below.
They also had two themed houses. One was a dinosaur themed house with all kinds of animatronic dinosaurs and creatures moving and roaring. It reminded me of the one they had in Knott's Berry Farm I rode in the 1980s (Do they still have it there?) or the train ride in Disneyland where they had a dinosaur section (Do they have that there too?). The other house was like a science-fiction themed house with techno music, black lights, strobe, stars and planets from the ceiling and etc. In a bubbling-glass container in a wall, they had a Face-Hugger from the Alien movies. Another great photo with me touching it. It was tan/brown (like animals preserved in a bottle that you would see in a biology class), creepy and real-looking. At the end, there is two simulator machines that showed a futuristic hovercraft race to the death. It was pretty cool but a tad bit too bumpy. . Overall, I was impressed with Freizeit-Land Geiselwind and I went home to rest up for the next parks. . .
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It has come a long ways from what the German nationals tell me. Yes, they still have the monkey cages too - I forgot to mention it (too little time on computer and too much story to tell). It's pretty cool to find a fellow enthusiast who's also in the military. Thanks for the story. . .
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