Wiener Looping, ex- of Wiener Prater and Boardwalk & Baseball...also known as Bullet at Flamingo Land UK, is now running and thrilling riders once again, this time at Selva Mágica in Guadalajara. They just posted video of the ride to their FB page. Quite an impressive feat considering the ride last ran in 2005.
Just proves the adage about older Antons - they don't die, they either go South or get "parted out."
Which makes you wonder why Kentucky Kingdom couldn't save Greezed Lighting.
I rode Wiener Looping when it was at B&B (actually, the day I was there it was still Circus World) and I found it to be quite scary. The park was dead as a door nail that day (like every day) and I might've marathoned the ride if I'd had the nerve. As it was I could only manage 3, maybe 4 rides on it, then called it quits. The ride was quite fast and sudden with rather tight twists. In fact the track in the station, while in a straight line, tilted one direction in the front and the other in the rear, preparing the train for the banked curves immediately out of the station. I'd never seen such a thing before and I don't think I've seen it since.
I saw (and 'rode') a video of the ride when it was at Flamingoland and it didn't seem to be as fast as I recalled. Maybe it's been toned down over the years, or maybe my intensity threshold has increased. I'd like to try it again and see if I find it as scary.
I loved my day at Circus World, it was full of all kinds of big European flats I'd only seen pictures of, and the wooden coaster (Roaring Tiger back then, i think) was lots of fun and I rode it many, many times. The big top circus show was entertaining, I think it was training grounds for Ringling Brothers, but there might've been all of 7 of us in the audience. Even the clowns had a hard time staying happy. Well, except for the already sad clowns...
I've always been fascinated by this unique ride. I'm glad it's still around.
Well, my beloved Whizzer must have been "parted out" then. ): It was a nexus of great memories of my very first job and my very first big coaster. I need to get out and ride what's sitting there now.
Here is the video:
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