Action Park's Looping Waterslide...?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 9:52 PM
The locals in north-west New Jersey used to call it "Traction Park." From what I understand, the place somehow had set up thier own insurance company as a side business. I don't know all of the particulars, but a friend of mine was a morning news man at one of the local radio stations up there and he said a lot of the local politicos were in on it, aware of it, and taking a cut from it.

I went there once and had two incidents...

1) On one of the bob-sled runs I was going down the hill and another sled hit mine from behind. It scared the bejezus out of me because I was trying to maintain a safe distance from the dude in front of me and I never heard it coming.

2) On a standard water slide (nothing too extreme) I was hit by another slider as I was making my way to the surface of the spalsh pool.

I would have to say it was over 20 years ago, but the memory of danger of that place lingers on.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:32 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Why don't you like me?

Who said I didn't like you? I was just trying to point out the ********** in your *********** above.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:52 PM

manofthechurch said:
^ I am not sure what that means?
Why don't you like me?

Becaue you're an even bigger idiot than I am.

I remember the Traction Park jokes... too bad for the victims it wasn't that much of a joke.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 11:03 PM
A Swiss company called "Klarer Freizeitanlangen AG" has recently published a working 1:1 prototype for a looping waterslide - so it's just a question of time until one returns to a park of the world.

It still looks kind of insane to me.
especially: Why doesn't the water accumulate at thee bottom of the loop?

http://freizeitparkweb.de/cgi-bin/dcf/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=264&forum=DCForumID74&viewmode=all


*** Edited 1/17/2008 4:07:27 AM UTC by superman***


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Thursday, January 17, 2008 5:01 AM
I just came in to start a new topic about the new looping SLide which is going to be built in a german water park this year.
Here is the first picture of it:
http://freizeitparkweb.de/cgi-bin/dcf/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=346&forum=DCForumID74
(see second post)

Newspapers report that it is currently tested by TÜV (technical surveillance authority). The two test riders and several dummies found out that the g-forces go up to 6g. The manufacturer will now increase the looping diameter to reach a peak level of 5g.

Before you use the slide, you will have to pass a turnstile with an inbuilt scale. Only people between 35 kg and 100 kg will be allowed to ride. This will rule out some children, models and most americans (sorry, could not resist ;))

Hearing the stories about high g-forces and doctoring with the loop size and form makes me wonder if this new attempt will have a longer life than its predecessor.
*** Edited 1/17/2008 10:02:02 AM UTC by tricktrack***

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Thursday, January 17, 2008 10:56 AM
I don't think so, simply because of the fact that it seems to attempt to defy nature and logic. Water doesn't flow naturally through a loop so I find it hard to believe the human body will do any better.
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Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:12 AM
rollergator's avatar ^Water doesn't naturally flow *uphill* either, but NGBS and others certainly have made rides where it happens anyway...

There will need to be lots of pumps and water will have to be *made* to move in ways it wouldn't ordinarily move under its own power... :)

edit: With a minimum of 35kg, maybe this will give Kate Moss incentive to eat something? ;)
*** Edited 1/17/2008 4:14:56 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:15 AM
True. It's just that it seems like one of those things that, just because we can do it, doesn't mean we should do it. ;)
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Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:44 AM
Becaue you're an even bigger idiot than I am.


Not sure I agree with you.


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Thursday, January 17, 2008 12:03 PM
Water flowing upside-down + in a loop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lGrVExDuo

Sounds and looks kind of violent though, I am not sure I would want my ears and body exposed to a stream of water like that.

(Someone posted this in the German forum in the topic with the prototype - just to cite my sources here).

*** Edited 1/17/2008 5:05:21 PM UTC by superman***


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Thursday, January 17, 2008 2:10 PM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar Seems like it would feel more like being shot through the barrel of a gun.
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Thursday, January 17, 2008 3:58 PM
crazy horse's avatar Water does so flow uphill.

Ever been to epcot?(:


what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008 1:27 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar Poseidon's Fury?

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Saturday, January 19, 2008 2:32 PM
It would seem that a "tight loop" would be difficult to execute, but that prototype they are building features a kind of corkskrew-loop hybrid,

that is to say not as tight as a loop, not as "loose" as a corkskrew...

its hard to explain but if you look at the picture you can better understand what I'm trying to say...

the picture is in this link: http://freizeitparkweb.de/cgi-bin/dcf/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=346&forum=DCForumID74

perhaps this way, since the water doesn't go straight up and over, but up, to the side, then over, the slide is possible.

ugh it made sense to me lol.


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Sunday, January 20, 2008 3:57 AM
From the looks of the prototype, the question I have is:

Does the rider actually go upside down? It appears as if the rider might not.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008 4:43 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar What is an inversion? Is Superman a coaster? How do you count racing coasters?

(muahahahaha)


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Sunday, January 20, 2008 5:14 PM
Keith,
This is hard to describe without a picture, but
the problem with that theory is that if they don't go upside down, then at the apex of the loop the rider will be on the lower portion of the 'tube' (looking at the tube as an extruded circle, at the apex the rider will be in the rough of the circle, where they would normally be in a standard gravity powered waterslide), but the bottom of the extruded circle suddenly becomes the top of the extruded circle as the loop curves back down towards the earth, so the rider would have a nasty bump as gravity takes over and they transfer from one side of the tube to the other after the apex of the loop.
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Sunday, January 20, 2008 5:15 PM
I'm also really curious to hear how they would deal with the manifold "what ifs" of such a slide - it just doesn't sound like a good idea to me.
What if they forgot about just one of the what ifs and it all goes wrong?

PU-wheels on steel are just so much easier to predict.

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Monday, January 21, 2008 11:54 AM
I would love to see a multiple looping water slide. Maybe one loop followed by a zero-G roll into another loop into a big funnel. I think that would be sweet and I wouldn't be suprised if we see one soon, real soon. *** Edited 1/21/2008 4:58:15 PM UTC by manofthechurch***
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Monday, January 21, 2008 12:40 PM
janfrederick's avatar Man, that slide is the stuff nightmares are made of.
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