Acrophobia: The first tilting-drop?

Tuesday, March 19, 2002 6:30 PM

I came across this at One Click.
http://oneclick.coasterbuzz.com/html/draytonmanor.htm
Look at Apocalyps. It's a stand-up, tilting giant drop. Does anyone know when this ride opened? I was under the impression Acrophobia was the first stand-up giant drop, but seeing as this one does not have a rotation device, I'd guess this is older.

Also, anyone been on this and whats it like?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2002 6:48 PM
Apocalypse is definitely older, SFoG never even played the marketing game on "World's First...". Don't know how old Apocalypse is, but I'm hoping one of our European friends can tell us. Personally, the title of "tilting" is more accurate IMO than the "stand-up" that was marketed, but what's in a name, anyway. I like the Gyro's since they give you a good view of the park...but I like the Drop Zone better, longer free-fall. (Actually, turbo-shots are even more fun, but that's a whole other topic).....
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Tuesday, March 19, 2002 6:58 PM
Low and behold an American gives you the answer...Apocalypse came to be in 2000. It was announced in 1999 but had been in the making since 1997 when the Paratower was closed and removed to make room for this beast. It is 180ft high and has both stand-up and sit down cars on it. This year they are planning on adding a 5th car to it that is floorless and will be refered to as the "Fifth Element".

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002 4:41 AM
Apocalypse has actual stand-up tilting cars on it, right...that is, the rider stands with his weight on his feet? Unlike Viagraphobia at SFOG, which supports riders in a more-or-less standing position, balanced on a seat.....

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002 6:31 AM
Also, check out the Klondike Old Mine photos. A mine train ride with a loop? Different.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002 11:01 AM
For one, Acrophobia is a gyro drop, unlike apocalypse.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2002 11:09 AM

I've noticed that, if you take the parachute components off of an Intamin parachute tower (like Knotts is doing), you are left with something that looks quite similar to an Intamin drop tower/free fall ride. Say a park like SFGAdv wants to get rid of theirs and replace it with a drop tower... could they convert the existing tower and save some money, or would it make more sense to build from scratch?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002 12:25 PM

edh101985, I established that in my fist post. "does not have a rotation device,."

MI trooper, thats quite interesting. I'd think that they would all have the same kind of car, just so lines don't get longer at one and always stay short at another. Just out of curiosity, are they really adding a car, or just replacing one? And I understand it's floorless, but sit down, or stand-up ala, as Rideman said, Viagraphobia.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002 12:26 PM

To build from scratch. SFoG did that for Acrophobia. They had Air Flyers and took that completely down for Acrophobia. It has something to do with the strength. Also that the perimeter of the circle part is too small for the gyro drop car.

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