Hi Everyone, I was at the mall today and noticed a ride called Kiddie Coaster. It cost $1 and you could ride either Gemini or Blue Streak at Cedar Point. IT was a motion ride for kids. I watched some girl ride Gemini and it had a front camera on the train and the car she was in moved back and fourth. It was rather neat! Has anyone seen this before? IT was at the Hamilton Mall by Atlantic City NJ.
We have one here at Dave and Busters in Chicago.(Addison a suburb of Chicago to be exact). It has six coasters from Cedar Point. Never tried it but they are all front row movies with a motion simulator.
We have one at Dave & Buster's in Cincinnati, as well as, one down the road from there at the Forest Fair Mall, (it is at some jungle-themed kiddie park). The ones I've rode were awful, and don't appear to do any great advertising for CP. The footage though was great! I get these weird thoughts sometimes, and I just wondered how funny it would be to see one of these at CP?
When I was at Knott's Berry Farm in march they had one in a restuarant. Beleive it or not but Six Flags St. Louis had one don't remember where it was exactly. Me and the kids noticed it and thought it was very odd to be in a Six Flags.
There are 2 versions of the Cedar Point version of the ride. The original 6-ride version ("CoasteRider") is the larger (and noisier/rougher) of the 2 and was produced by Ronbotics (now out of business). It includes Mantis, Mean Streak, Blue Streak, Magnum, Iron Dragon, and Gemini. Even though it was released well after Millennium Force debuted, the video portion of the ride was already complete by 1998. All of the audio and video is in DVD format.
The smaller Kiddie Coaster features Gemini and Blue Streak and is manufactured by I.C.E. These are said to be much more reliable than their big brother.
A newer version of the Coaster Rider call Thrill Rider is also being manufactured by I.C.E. using the same basic platform as the defunct Ronbotics version. According to I.C.E., the ride has a better engineered motion platform and a better safety system to protect bystanders. This features only 4 rides (all non-Cedar Point) - off the top of my head, I can recall Phantom's Revenge and Viper. The video and audio is on a hard drive, eliminating the troubles with the DVD-to-ride communication that plagued the first version. While this seems promising, I.C.E. may not produce too many of these simulators due mainly to cost and lack of interest by many operators burned by Coaster Rider.