Boy Falls Off Zipper.

Monday, August 22, 2005 6:18 AM
copyrighted text removed... how many times do I have to say it? -J *** Edited 8/23/2005 10:01:42 PM UTC by Jeff***
^ What do u mean, How many times do i have to say it? *** Edited 8/24/2005 9:02:59 AM UTC by j_o_e_y__***
Monday, August 22, 2005 6:20 AM
Thankfully he wasn't hurt.

Now if I could only get that Michael Jackson joke out of my head...

Monday, August 22, 2005 6:35 AM
^LMAO! Clint

I am glad the kid wasn't hurt as well. Scary!


*** Edited 8/22/2005 2:33:20 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

Monday, August 22, 2005 8:56 AM
I guess Im just a stickler, but i find no humor in this. This could have been so much worse. Had th ride begun immediatly after he was seated, the boy would probally be dead right now.

Chance rides have bad enough reps, and even though it was "human error", it still gets looked at badly or even a design change to the latching mechanism.

Monday, August 22, 2005 10:32 AM
^I was actually referring to Clint's last comment. Fixed. :-)


Monday, August 22, 2005 10:00 PM
All carnival rides are DANGEROUS! If you want to go on a roller coaster or a good flat ride, go to an amusement park. I feel much safer on amusement park rides than carnival rides. For example, there is a bad way carnival rides are set up. All carnival rides are standing on pieces of wood and could either slip off or collapse easily. Amusement park rides are standing on concrete, and secured with metal bolts. And the amusement parks have good mechanics. Carnival mechanics can't do ****!
Monday, August 22, 2005 10:07 PM
... Priest denies association

... Jackson admits a larger waist size might help

... bounces off woodie

I can't help myself. Mods can censor if need be ;)

Monday, August 22, 2005 10:44 PM
Okay, I must have misunderstood.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 3:19 PM
denis12345, I think that would be extreme exaggeration that all carnival rides are dangerous. I'm glad that you feel much safer on an amusement park ride, but I place as much trust in the mechanics of amusement park rides as I do the ones at a fair–in other words, I don't trust either all that much. Would it surprise you that a good amount of parks have the carnival versions of some rides? Knoebels, for example, has a lot of carnival versions. Would you not get on Laser at Dorney Park? Because I know this will probably shock you–it's a Portable coaster sitting on wood blocks!

Carnival rides at the very least way several tons. They're not going to fall off the wood blocks. Find me a single example or two of a portable ride falling off blocks. Then you call out the mechanics at the fair, saying that they're all bad. How comes it is then that you rarely see any downtime for most carnival rides? A carnival ride that isn't running is a ride not making money.

Are there some bad apples out there? Yes, there are. But how comes some fairs have the same companies back year after year after year and everyone goes away uninjured?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 3:27 PM
I have always been a little more "weary" of carni rides even though I agree with you, Intamin Fan. Something about a ride that is assembled, then torn down, packed up, and moved onto the next city is just something that worries me a little, but that doesn't mean I won't ride them.

It's probably just me. ;-)


Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:15 PM
My worst fear on one of my favorite flat rides has come true. I have also thought about what would happen if the door on this thing flew open and how would I keep my self in it, thanks god that has never happened, but know I know it's possible scary.

I also agree with Tina and Ifan that carnivals do make me alittle uneasy. Also is it just me or does most carni workers seams like drug heads? Thats one of the main things that scare me is the ride operators. They seam like their all druged out when was the last time you sleep and took care of your personal hygine(sp) lol. some of those carni ride operators look down right scary, and in no way look stable enough to operate anything that peoples lives can be put into danger. I don't know if it's just So.Cals carnivals but my first thought when I enter a carni out here is they can't be doing any drug test around here lol.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:22 PM
^Not all carni ops are like that, but I have seen my share of a few that were obviously not sober. It's sort of like getting into a car with a drunk driver.


Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:25 PM
Here's what I've 'seen' with carnie rides.
I saw a spinning swing type ride that was misloaded and way off balance. It spun, went lopsided and slid off the wood blocks. This happened at a fair in Cleveland (st. Rocco's, around 1982 or so).Injuries consisted of some banged feet and fear-induced incontinence.
At the old brooklyn carnival: cleveland, they had a mobile Enterprise. We were in line for it when one of the tubs drop on one side to the platform when they were loading it. No injuries on that one.
There's been other incidents. I don't recomend rides that come with the selling point: Can be assembled and disassembled in 90 minutes with little or no fully trained help.
In ohio, I've seen the carnie's day-help. Would you even trust them to change your tire?
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:28 PM
Your worst fear came true a while ago (easily over 20 years). The ride used to have a latch problem, which caused doors to fly open, that was fixed. One way to tell when a Zipper was produced is to look at the door assembly.


Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:39 PM
LONNOL I didn't know that the Zipper was having problems with the door latch, this is my first time hearing about anything like that. I have always had the fear in my head though, now your telling me theres been problems for over 20 years I'm really scared to ride one now.

Yes Tina I know all carni workers are not drug fiends sorry if I made it sound that way. I'm was just saying most that I've encountered seamed to be drug fiends.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 4:41 PM
The ride has killed maybe 5 (or so) riders since 1969. I think those odds aren't too bad, considering the number of rides given has to be in the millions.


Tuesday, August 23, 2005 5:25 PM
Unless you think they're due for #6 sometime soon.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 6:54 PM
Amen Mr. GoodBear. I had thoughts of falling out of the Zipper cage the other day. It's the "charming" part of the ride. My friend was rocking the cage back and forth when we were stalled. I finally had to tell him to stop because it was unnerving me so much. Truth be told, I'm always a little bit leary of any restraints. Believe it or not, the one restraint that still gets me nervous everytime is the B&M clamshell design used on the hyper trains.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 7:01 PM
Don't be such wussies...we all know the sober carnie comes around as often as the Ice Cream Man in Alaska! No appologies needed! :-)
Tuesday, August 23, 2005 9:19 PM
Intamin Fan , the CNE had a big ride accident in 2004, when the ride called G-Force malfunctioned and injured at least 25 riders. And the carnival ride accidents after the G-Force accident proved in how much danger you can be just by riding these carnie things. And regarding Laser at Dorney Park, I don't even plan on riding that. A looping coaster with lap bar restraints doesn't make sense to me. Plus, I heard it has a first come first serve seating policy.


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