Any word on what will become of Hammerhead, (Knott's flat)

Wednesday, June 2, 2004 1:34 PM
They removed the rotoshake for their new HUSS, I was wondering if anyone knew where this ride will end up, possibly moving to MiA or VF?
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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 2:52 PM
None of the above is my guess. It was a piece of junk, with many seats not operational and engines being burned out over its short few years with the park. And since its not primarily gravity driven, the ride had the possibility of being stuck upside down.

I doubt any park would want to deal with that. If anything, maybe the other parks that have the Zamperla Rotoshakes might cannibalize it for parts.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 3:25 PM
That better not be what we're getting next year. I'm looking for a top spin or a B&M inverted coaster.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 4:02 PM
It isn't being moved to another Cedar Fair park. It's for sale.

http://www.zamperla.it/scheda_prodottoUsato.asp?ID=64

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 7:33 PM
Personally, I wouldn't want the headache. The one at SFA hasn't worked right from the beginning. It got stuck all the time (so far it hasn't opened this year BatwingFanSFA says), sometimes with riders on board.

Now, there is a place that many used flats go to live out their retirement, and that place is Knoebels where almost every ride is used. But, they already had a Zamplera Mixer, and traded up for the Power Surge. I've never ridden the Mixer, but I'd say the Power Surge is the far more interesting ride.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 10:10 PM
Yeah considering the fact that SFA installed theirs in 94...some two years before KBF added HH.

So far IE is still down from what I hear & no work has been done to it since they took it apart to replace the motor during the off season.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 10:29 PM
If it is a maintanence nightmare then I can't see knoebels going for it. The do have many used flats, but the trade for Power Surge was because the mixer was too high of maintanance. It was a fun ride, could have been on a higher setting but still thrilling. They could use some more up-side down rides though. Also, Ive heard that the rotoshake was a painful and overall bad ride anyway. *** Edited 6/3/2004 2:30:41 AM UTC by P18***
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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 10:50 PM
I've never had any painful rides on IE at all.
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Thursday, June 3, 2004 11:14 AM
Plus, the Hammerhead wasen't a very interesting ride. It looked better than it rode, same as a mixer.

When ridership went down, that was another cause to remove it.

The Chance Inverters are the same way, parks saw them, bough a few, and now the rideship has been so low, they are almost not worth the high maintainence.

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Thursday, June 3, 2004 8:34 PM
Hammerhead's destiny?

My best GUESS is that Swoosh and CO will fight it out....and that the loser gets the unreliable flat...;)

I *just* got back from the Tejas (and FC) adventure, look for bits and pieces of a TR, much like you've gotten from me in the past, scattered and drizzled throughout unrelated threads...;)

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Friday, June 4, 2004 1:12 AM
For now, its home is in the parking lot of KBF. I hope, for Knotts sake, that Riptide is a hit.
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Friday, June 4, 2004 1:35 AM
Well, I'm glad you've had no painful rides on Iron Eagle BWFSFA, but you're clearly in the minority. If it's not the circulation being cut off to your legs (I made them reopen all the OTSR's once because it was crushing my thighs), it's the constant headrush of the inversions.
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Friday, June 4, 2004 8:39 AM
Funny trivia:
Ten years ago Zamperla advertised the ride with the slogan: "The Rotoshake is here to stay!"
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Friday, June 4, 2004 8:57 AM
Well Gator, thanks for your vote of confidence -- but does Minnesota REALLY need two rotoshakes that close in proximity? ;) LOL!

Honestly I like these rides. The Mighty Axe at CS:MOA produces some neat visuals and disorienting movements. However, I do know that HH had quite a few problems the last few years of its existence. Its time had come and it was time to for it to go.

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Friday, June 4, 2004 9:55 AM
Old flat rides don't die, they just spin in their graves ;)
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Friday, June 4, 2004 12:27 PM
You get more of a headrush lying flat on your back while waiting to be dispatched on Batwing than you do on the roto-shake & a good way to avoid the thigh crushing when the restraints are locked into place is to lower your legs just a bit as the bar comes down.

Once the bars are locked just bring them back up & you should remain fairly comfortable throughout the ride...I'd be more worried about getting stuck upside down in mid air on that thing than about my thighs being crushed by the tight fit of the restraints though.

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Friday, June 4, 2004 2:13 PM
The Rotoshake is painful for the same reason every other Zamperla ride is painful; the restraints suck, and the ride operates too slowly. For some reason, Zamperla seems to think it's a good idea not to pad their OTSR's and include a nice, firm ridge on the underside that digs into your shoulders during the ride. Of course, if it ran faster it wouldn't be such a problem, but sloooooow is typical for Zamperla.

-Nate

*** Edited 6/4/2004 6:14:34 PM UTC by coasterdude318***

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