Knoebels has an indoor caterpillar called the cosmotron. Edit: No they don't. According to their website, the cosmotron was renovated in 1998 with a Wisdom Himalaya.
Camden Park operates a caterpillar as the "Hot Cat." It runs partially indoors and partially outdoors with loud music. Some pictures are here and here. *** Edited 5/3/2004 12:24:31 AM UTC by millrace***
I just rode the one at the Myrtle Beach Pavillion yesterday. It was pretty fun. They first send you forward with the canopy up and then backward with the canopy down. I was disapointed though that they didn't play any music during the ride.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the original cosmotron "guts" (the caterpillar) had gusts of air shooting up from under the cars right? I seem to remember that from the one or two times I rode it before it was renovated. I was only 11 when it was redone, so who knows. :)
The fan under the Caterpillar was a standard gag that came wiht them when they were new. I recall that from the one that was at Kennywood during the late 1960's - early 1970's . The Caterpillar was a ride built by Spillman Engineering under license from it's inventor, Hyla Maynes. Maynes designed and built a number of rides which we would classify as spectaculars today. They were large complicated machines, more often than not traveled by him and his crews as independent attractions. Between 1915 and 1918 Maynes rides were an exclusive on the Johnny J. Jones Shows. After the first World War he assigned rights to Spillman for the manufacture of some of his "simpler" rides. At this time he teamed up with Harry Illions, one of Marcus Illions (of carousel building fame) sons and put even more "pig Iron" on the road. This partnership lasted pretty much through the Great Depression. Harry and his brother Rudy would later have rides on the various piers in the Los Angeles area untill the late 1940's when the beaches were annexed and all of the amusement leases canceled.
yeah...i guess i failed to think of the older days
*smacks self in head*
i was pretty much referrin to now a days i guess..i have seen all the dress wear in the parks back in the day...i just dont see many people doin that now a days....in the US anyhow....but there are few that do.
I can vouch that the one at Canobie Lake Park is still operating, with canopy. Some photos of the Caterpillar are linked from my recent Trip Report post. I note that Canobie's canopy isn't as decorative as Idlewild's.
Does anybody know if Kennywood has another Caterpillar in storage somewhere? Something keeps sticking out in my mind that they have one in storage whether it be for parts or what, I don't know. Thanks for the help.
Yep, Canobie Lake Park has a working caterpillar with a fully functional canopy. Fun to watch. Does anyone know if Canobie still has the Calypso?? I always remember it as a kid but when I went last summer I don't remember seeing the classic ride. Canobie usually keeps such classics working....