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Hey everyone...
I would like to tell you a few things about german transportable dark rides that can be seen on our fairs.

When I first saw the dark rides travelling in America I wondered about people going into them. I've seen pictures of dark rides that are not dark and where you can see just old props behind a cheap front. There's nothing to impress me.

I'm regulary on the "Oktoberfest" in Munich, the world biggest fair. There are always 4 ghost trains I love very much, because when you stand in front of them, you think they would "live". Some new props and living actors do the rest ;)
Here's an example of such a ghost train:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/8/87/Kunz.JPG
This ride is called "Geisterschloss", translated "Ghost Castle". In the picture you just see half of the whole ride, so look at this pic:
http://geisterschloss.com/galleries/historyBig/heute.jpg
Here's the official website:
::: GEISTERSCHLOSS .:!:. Judenhofer-Kunz .:!:. GEISTERBAHN :::

This is another one you can find in Munich:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/5/5d/Jollberg.JPG
Hightech Effects etc., I like this ride.

Looking at these dark rides I wonder why there are many ghost trains in America that are not matchable. I don't know why, because actually Halloween is more pronounced in america than in europe.

If you like to I will post more transportable german dark rides with information for each ride etc.

I hope you are able to understand this text, I think I'm not so good at english. :eek:
 

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Okay, I've told you already something about the ride "Fahrt zur Hölle" (translated "Drive to Hell").
Carney: Dom-Jollberg
29m x 14,5m x 14 m
Made: in 2001
Manufacturer: Arcadia (Italia)
Note: Maybe you know the manufacturer Barbisan. Barbisan went into Arcadia, but this company doesn't exist anymore. There are a few Barbisan/Arcadia Rides in America, too.

http://ride-index.de/content/images/FAHRTZURHOELLE_Dom-Jollberg2009-1.JPG
Here's a ticket:
http://pics.ride-index.de/assets/plugindata/poolf/DomJollbergFahrtzurHoehleEK.jpg

The "Fahrt zur Hölle" has two levels and you drive ca. 3 minutes over a length of 180 metres.
Fascinating: There's a big egg at the front. It opens and a dragon-like creature comes out and sparks a fire out of its mouth.
http://www.base-net.org/Volksfest_2005/Volksfest_2005-Bilder/33.jpg

More rides will follow... :)
 

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Wonderful video! I wish we had more of this in my area! :)

I was lucky in that I grew up in a small town that had it's own amusement park with a "dark ride" - the typical haunted house with the car that goes through and loud noises, black lights and scares around every corner... the park unfortunately closed down the year I graduated high school. :(

I love going to fairs and amusement parks - and if they have one of these, it is the one I go to many times before leaving! :D

Thanks for posting!
 

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Oh great, I would love to have a park like this in my area, too. That had to be wonderfull...

In the "Fahrt zur Hölle"-video you can't really see the skeletons on the ceiling. They have spider webs on them and look very spooky. I like this ride very much and maybe I'm allowed to be an live acteur this year on the Oktoberfest in Munich. If so, visit me! ;)

Tomorrow I will post an other transportable dark ride that is very impressive, you are able to look forward to this ride. But now I will go to bed, it's 23:20 here and I'm getting tired... sorry!
 

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My pleasure! :)
So here's the next dark ride...
DAEMONIUM
Daemonium is the world's biggest transportable dark ride.
It has 4 levels! You drive in rotating cars, so you can see the whole scenery very well. This ride has been renovated 3 times.
The owner of Daemonium is Mr. Martin Blume.
http://ride-index.de/content/images/DAEMONIUM2006.jpg
Here's a ticket:
http://pics.ride-index.de/assets/plugindata/poole/BlumeDaemoniumEK.jpg

The ride is
36 x 22/16 x 23 m
big...!

This hulk has 100.000 kg! Up to 2.000 persons per hour can take a ride on it.


And here's the official Website where you can find more pics :)
Geisterbahn DAEMONIUM | Martin Blume Productions Germany
 

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I forgot to say that the manufacturer of Daemonium is Mack Rides. Maybe you know that company?
 

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The travelling carnival dark rides I've seen in America are lame. They have 2 or 3 corpses behind dirty plexiglass and at about $3 per person I feel like I've been hoodwinked. Fortunately the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk is close by and has several dark rides, some cheesier than others, but all lots of fun.
 

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Here's the next ride.
Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion was made in 2005 by Gosetto (Italy) and belongs to Mr. Hinzen. This ride travels in Germany and in the Netherlands.
http://ride-index.de/content/images/HAUNTEDMANSION2006.JPG

The gondolas are hanging and there are 2 Gondolas at each train.
The haunted mansion needs just two transports, although it has 2 levels!

I really like this front very much, because there is not just everything airbrushed.
Some effects are made in the US and they are quite nice.

What do you think about this dark ride? :)
 

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The facade for the Haunted mansions is too cool. And I have heard of mack rides before.

BTW, maybe you would be interested in this site. It has a bunch of articles about older, classic style dark rides in the U.S.
Articles: Feature Articles [DAFE]
EDIT: Most of them are permanent but the site does have a few articles on transportable rides
 
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