Big Wheel at SFGAdv

Friday, May 2, 2003 12:28 PM
The ride operators of the ferris wheel at SFGAdv wear safety goggles. When my friend asked the ride operator what the purpose of the goggles is, the operator said the goggles protect his eyes from things flying/falling off of the ferris wheel. Is it safe for the public to ride the ride, or even stand in line without protective equipment?
Friday, May 2, 2003 12:30 PM
Maybe.. maybe not. It's all part of the thrill of the Ferris Wheel.

Kevin Stone
NoLimits Dev Team

Friday, May 2, 2003 12:59 PM
That's why I always wear a construction helmet when waiting in line for a ride as wild as a Ferris Wheel.

On a more serious note...

I have not been to Great Adventure since it was simply "Great Adventure" (before the Six Flags era). That was in 1976 and again in 1978. At that point in time the "big attraction" at Great Adventure was the "Giant Ferris Wheel". It formed almost the centerpiece of the park. Is the current wheel the same wheel that was the headliner 27 years ago, or has it been replaced?

Also... back then there were two flumes. One was the Log Flume and the other was something called the Moon Flume. The Log Flume was near the giant Indian Teepee and the Fort and the Runaway Train. The Moon Flume was not open in 1976, but it was in 1978 (newly opened). Always wondered what ever became of the Moon Flume (I haven't seen it on any maps... or maybe I missed it).
Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

Friday, May 2, 2003 1:58 PM
It is the very same wheel. I don't know of the Moon Flume, it is not the same one at the Plunge, which was put in with Adventure Rivers I believe, so it must be gone. Of course, I may be mistaken about that.

"If you make it too smooth, it'll be like sitting in your living room."
-Bill Cobb - Designer, Texas Cyclone

Friday, May 2, 2003 2:36 PM
the moon flume is currently the "Poland Spring Plunge"
Friday, May 2, 2003 6:58 PM
It's simply an Arrow hydroflume. Other hydroflumes include SFMM's Arrowhead Splash (Jet Stream), Hersheypark's Coal Cracker, and SFGAm's Ice Mountain Splash (Yankee Clipper). The last two are, I believe, the only two that still have the signature "bump" at the bottom of the drop.


Saturday, May 3, 2003 6:59 AM
If I recall properly the Giant Wheel at Great Adventure is a Schwarzkopf, built a couple of years after the one at CP. It was standard operating procedure that all of the operating personell wear bump caps while out opn the loading platform. This was to protect the crew from objects dropped by the riders, a sometimes all too frequent occurance. The addtion of safety goggles is logical from an employee safety standpoint.

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