Anybody know about a new coaster at Camden Park?

Friday, June 24, 2016 4:58 PM

According to rcdb, a new compact spinning coaster named Slingshot opened at Camden Park in May. I've been all over Google and checked the park's own website, but it may as well be a phantom for as much information I can find. Is this just an error on rcdb?

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Friday, June 24, 2016 5:50 PM

New for 2016: Slingshot. Our compact spinning coaster features a figure eight track and free-spinning cars. Come take a spin today!


Lots of mentions on their Facebook page.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Friday, June 24, 2016 5:51 PM
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Friday, June 24, 2016 6:07 PM

I never thought to check their Facebook page. Strangely, there's no mention of it on their website.

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Friday, June 24, 2016 6:26 PM

Isn't that the thing they've been showing at IAAPA the last few years?

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Friday, June 24, 2016 7:37 PM

I just think it's great they managed to acquire a new steelie. Helps round out their lineup, such as it is.

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Friday, June 24, 2016 8:00 PM

It is, Jeff, it's the Compact Spinning Coaster from SBF Visa Group. I think it looks like a hoot and some POV footage I saw of the ride in action was complete with some pretty decent spin action.
A little ride like this is perfect for Camden. I imagine it's rather inexpensive and kids and families get a coaster experience out of it, no matter how simple the concept.

It looks like it went in Hot Cat's old spot, and I'd know for sure if I'd just go there again. I'm not *that* far from Camden, and I should try to get back there soon. It was my childhood park and I like it there for nostalgia's sake if nothing else.

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Friday, June 24, 2016 8:41 PM

The park said that the ride replaced "The Bullseye," which used to be a roundup called "Magic Rainbow." I don't know if this new ride is in the same spot as The Bullseye or if it's where Hot Cat used to be. Either way, the park's roundup is sadly gone now. That was the most intense ride at the park.

Stupid story time... I rode Magic Rainbow a lot when I was a kid. I recall riding across from a small group of nuns. They were hilarious. The story I tell is that one of the nuns fell to her knees after the getting off the ride and kissed the blacktop. I'm not completely sure if it happened or not though. It could have just been something I heard happened. They also could have been Muslim women for all I know. I've been telling that story for since I was a twelve or so.

I have so many great memories of Camden Park. It was the park that started my love for amusement parks. I rode Big Dipper when I was a toddler, and loved roller coasters ever since.

I've heard good things about these compact figure eight spinning coasters. It seems like the perfect ride for Camden. Not too big and scary. Not too expensive. Modern enough to compliment the classic park. I like it.

Edited to fix ride name error.

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, June 24, 2016 9:28 PM
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Friday, June 24, 2016 9:06 PM

Never been to Camden but the nun story reminded me of this. When I was a teen our church had a trip to Cedar Point. I didn't go because I was a loner but the next week the big story was that at the top of one of the coasters before going down the first hill the priest yelled "Oh ****!".

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Friday, June 24, 2016 9:26 PM

Holy Hell?

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:18 AM

It is, but this is the smaller Figure 8 layout shown in 2013 and 2014, not the larger model shown in 2015. The 2015 "3 Loop" ride was the one that Beech Bend opened this summer.

It is quite a popular model, but some parks are passing on it due to the physically intensive loading process. For those who never rode one, when the ride parks in the station, the ride operator has to spin the cars around so the loading side face the platform. He then take an air hose, plug it into the fourth car and this is what lock the cars in place and allows him to release the restraints. The air hose restraint release is constant with SBF-Visa rides and it is quite annoying at Quassy. They have a small looping frisbee ride and in the summer, the ride op has to nearly crawl on the hot metal platform so he can plug the air hose under the car.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 1:13 PM

I read that description, and tried to imagine what Intamin would do to technology like that.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 3:13 PM

SBF rides tend to be cheap, which is why they're popular with smaller parks that can't afford anything better. For those that haven't ridden one of these, they're basically dragon wagons with spinning cars - nothing too exciting, but probably a good fit for a park like Camden.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 8:18 PM

Mr. Six said:

they're basically dragon wagons with spinning cars

I'm aroused.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016 10:43 PM

If it lasts more than 4 hours, call you doctor.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:25 AM

Just an fyi for anyone planning to ride this... Someone shared on Facebook that there is a sign that states a height and weight requirement. The sign close to the ride states:

No riders under 36"
No riders over 6"5
No riders over 240 pounds

Oddly enough, they also have a second sign for the ride near the entrance to the ride that states, "You must be over 48 inches tall to ride."

Last edited by LostKause, Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:36 AM
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Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:29 AM

Crap!

I'm 35", 255lbs.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016 9:34 AM

I always thought you were a well-rounded individual.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016 11:08 AM

Okay so this is a stripped down version of the ride that Mack built for Knotts. http://rcdb.com/3704.htm

The cars on these trains automatically index themselves upon entering the block before the loading station.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:17 PM

These things have been selling like hotcakes! I remember seeing ads for the one at Andretti Thrill Park here in FL early last year...now they're everywhere!

http://rcdb.com/r.htm?ot=2&ml=13989&page=1&order=-8

Did get to ride a similar ride at Gibtown Fair in 2014, but I'm certain it was a different manufacturer since the cars were much different. Oh, yeah....brain wracking resulted in...Wisdom Rides, Jungle Twist.

http://rcdb.com/13638.htm#p=67173

edited again: RCDB now has Devil's Den listed as a coaster....as of a week ago. Campaigning works... ;~P

Last edited by rollergator, Sunday, June 26, 2016 12:22 PM
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Friday, July 1, 2016 3:44 PM

Absimilliard said:

It is, but this is the smaller Figure 8 layout shown in 2013 and 2014, not the larger model shown in 2015. The 2015 "3 Loop" ride was the one that Beech Bend opened this summer.

It is quite a popular model, but some parks are passing on it due to the physically intensive loading process. For those who never rode one, when the ride parks in the station, the ride operator has to spin the cars around so the loading side face the platform. He then take an air hose, plug it into the fourth car and this is what lock the cars in place and allows him to release the restraints. The air hose restraint release is constant with SBF-Visa rides and it is quite annoying at Quassy. They have a small looping frisbee ride and in the summer, the ride op has to nearly crawl on the hot metal platform so he can plug the air hose under the car.

I rode the Slingshot 2 weeks ago. Really fun coaster and a great addition at Camden. Kids under 36" can ride with someone over 36". Also, I never saw the ride op do anything with a hose. He had to spin a couple of the cars back to the loading position, but not all of them.

Lost Kause, it is located exactly where Bullseye was. The Rattler is located where Hot Cat used to be.

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