Arrow Mouse vs. Mack/Maurer Mouse?

Friday, May 16, 2003 5:34 AM
I recently saw a short video of an Arrow mouse and I was thinking how they compare to the numerous Mack and Maurer Söhne mice that are installed worldwide.

First thing I noticed were the really big bulky cars. Riders seem to sit in individual seats with an individual lapbar. This could take away some fun from the typical mouse feeling.

There seems to be banked curves as well, but the movements looked very graceful.

Another (positive) thing I noticed was a custom layout. I for one cannot stand the standard design anymore, so I am all for new trackdesigns.

So how do you compare the rides to each other? The Arrow rides seem to be rare. Are they worse or just different but good?

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Friday, May 16, 2003 5:43 AM
Well the Arrow Wild Mouse at Michigan's Adventure was great. Not too much breaking. But I have to say the Herschell/Miler Tree Top Racers at Adventure World in Buena Park, CA definitely was more thrilling as it really felt like it just might throw you off the track and into the middle of traffic on Beach Boulevard.

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Friday, May 16, 2003 6:23 AM
Since the infestaton of mice seems to be ongoing, here's my current list of the top five mice I've been on (in no particular order):

Exterminator, MiA's Mad Mouse, Tree Top Racers, MBP's Mad Mouse, PKD's Ricochet

Honorable mention to: SFKK's Roadrunner Express (more theming would've pushed this one into the top tier) and to Hershey for their minimal braking...really wanted to get to Grand Prix in MB for their spinning mouse, but weather didn't permit...;)
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Friday, May 16, 2003 6:56 AM
Hershey's Mack is pretty good. However, I still think that the early mice that were only one rider wide were the best. You almost put them on rather than sitting in them.
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Friday, May 16, 2003 8:06 AM
I think the amount of braking applied is down to the park, since I've ridden the same models at different parks and found different amounts of braking. The spinning mice don't seem to have too many brakes.

Hersheyparks and DCA's weren't too heavily braked when I rode them, nor was PGA's Arrrow Mouse. However, MiA was terrible when I went on it, as were DP, and BGW.

Anyway, you can keep your tame trimmed steel mice, I'll have my two woodies at Blackpool and Southport anyday.

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Friday, May 16, 2003 8:23 AM
whoa the wild mouse at bppb kills! i know it's a great ride, but after i come off it my back really hurts! That ride is also like 70 yrs old.... lol

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Friday, May 16, 2003 9:10 AM
The reason arrow mouses are rare is be cause thay have only been around since 1999, which is only a few years before they got bought out.

As for me, I have been on the one at Wild Adventures and the one at Lake Winnie.
*** This post was edited by thepinkdoomofmonkeys 5/16/2003 1:11:28 PM ***

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Friday, May 16, 2003 9:23 AM

thepinkdoomofmonkeys said:


As for me, I have been on the one at Wild Adventures and the one at Lake Winnie.
*** This post was edited by thepinkdoomofmonkeys 5/16/2003 1:11:28 PM ***


So how would you compare the experience and the layout to the standard mouse?

Oh, and the BPB mouse is in a league of its own. Its like Jackass: the ride.

Up until 1994 when the steel mice had their population explosion, there was as well a mobile, wooden mouse from the fifties which travelled german fairs. It disappeared then and was alledgedly sold to the UK. Does anyone know where this ended? It had the well known layout, it was wild but not comparable to the madness that resides at Blackpool.

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Friday, May 16, 2003 1:28 PM
I think the Vekoma mouse looks pretty cool (at Idlewild) anyone been on it?
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Friday, May 16, 2003 1:42 PM
The Wild Lightning at Lake Winnie runs with almost no braking , so it is very fast. You also get the feeling that you will fly off the edge into the lake . The turn over the station hurts , and that is why most of my friends don't ride it , But I don't care. I once rode the thing 40 times in a row(no lines at Lake Winnie) !!! It is right next to the froghopper(the # 1 airtime machine in the world, don't care what anyone says), so I stay in that area for a while.

As for comparison , the Lake Winnie is my personal favorite, because I have ridden it probably 80 times more than the Mack/ Maurer: Sohne( which one?) bug out at Wild Aadventures. After only one ride apiece , though , I would give the Bug Out the advantage .

Oh yeah, Wild lightning is made by L&T Systems.


*** This post was edited by thepinkdoomofmonkeys 5/16/2003 5:44:59 PM ***
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Friday, May 16, 2003 5:11 PM
tpdom....Bug Out is Maurer-Sohne...LOVE the cars (individually painted, and WELL done), although the ride is basically the same as almost all the other mice out there....over-braked.

bill, hopes to ride a *reel* mouse someday
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 6:31 PM
Hershey's mouse is way out of control. They even have a ride photo near the end of the ride!
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Sunday, May 18, 2003 6:40 PM
I really enjoy the various interpretations of the Wild Mouse and have ridden them all over the country since Kennywood first introduced me to them. Most recently I've experienced the Ricochet models at Carowinds and KD, and Roadrunner at Kentucky Kingdom. But I still rate the Vekoma version at Idlewild the best in America.
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