Get your rides now, my hunch is that it's still on the block.
Richard Bannister said:Having said that, I think the pinnacle of this design is very much the "Invertigo" with the face to face seating.
Interesting you say that. I've commented several times that I considered the Invetigo *on par* with Vu. Usually I get "pfffft, not even close". One of my MANY complaints with Vu has always been the seating (mostly for reduction in capacity reduction). But I always failed to mentioned in my "pro" arguments for the Invertigoes that their sdeating configuration is a major BONUS in their favor. It's a big hit...(but you kinda have to trick the people in the next row into switching up so you can watch the face of your riding partner).
The Vus grabbed ALL the attention for the vertical drop, but that coupled WITH face-to-face seating might have been considered too much for some riders to handle. The seating fiasco definitely wasn't the MAIN problem with the Vus....but it sure didn't help!
You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)
Did you visit the Department of Redudancy Department today? ;)
Hopefully they'll get some major refurb work and be installed somewhere else. It seems like a concept that could be executed better, with a bit more tweaking. We need a 2.0 IMO.
*** Edited 10/30/2007 1:17:57 AM UTC by GoliathKills***
Loved the backward fall in the front seat. The rest of the ride was lame compared to the smaller version.
Chuck,who says thats the only Vu credit I got.
No surprise SF is getting rid of everything thats a huge money eater that either doesn't run or isn't popular.
We did find out that they still have an arm for the old Skywhirl built into one of the warehouses that would be next to impossible to get out of the building. They also had an issue with the double decker carousel bearing which luckily California's Great America actually had in storage so they were able to repair that over the winter. Fear not SFGAm replenished the spare since that time.
Plus, it's been working much better in the last few seasons.
What the hell is going on?
I mean if you think of the basics of this ride, The two catchcars, two cables. How did that make it so damnned complicated?
Sometimes, it doesn't hit the catchcar perfectly, and than it misparks, or it will retract on the second tower. It's all about being perfect, and that's what kills the ride. There should be more room for error on this ride.
The ride also overheats enough. What do you expect? Lift 32 people weighing in at how many pounds for how many seconds on a 90 degree angle, and also including the train weight is darn heavy as heck. Both towers of the ride have to do it, and the first hour has to do it twice.
Of course, you have the occasion you can't get out of the harness thing. The problem is that people would lock there harness too tight, or an employee would lock it too tight, and they were stuck until they did unlock, and lock thing.
^V2 is really simple. It has LIMs. They are just negatively and postively charged magnets. There are multiple sensors that just tell the ride how many times it has to go back and forth. It stops on the 4th back and forth on the spike. Big whoop. It's not that complicated. The ride just overheats once and awhile, and mostly during the hotest part of the day.
You can feel the heat from the round cyclinders of the ride. That's the only problem. It is usually down for a couple of weeks every year. This year, it was just down for a week or so. Maybe, it was like 4 days. One year, it was down almost a month in the middle of summer. The LIMs burn out! *** Edited 10/30/2007 4:12:14 PM UTC by Spinout***
Thanks for the explanation.
I understand the problems with it, but it seemed to be running a lot more reliably recently (it was almost always open when I was there)
Front seat ride on DV was hard to beat... not only did going up the back spike freak me out, but going up the forward spike and catching (or hoping to catch) on the catchcar also made me nervous (in a good way)
I for one shall miss it!
Overall, I've always found DV to be a much more satisfying ride with incredible lifts and the larger elements that still (IMO) deliver.
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