I have always been a big fan of this idea ever since I rode Poltergeist (Eli Bridge Scrambler) at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ in the 80's. Since then they moved it out of a canvas dome into a nicer building at the end of the pier and renamed it the Centrifuge. I personally liked my experience on the Meteorite at Dorney Park a bit better (PTC ride) even though I don't remember a fog machine or the amount of lighting that Casino Pier uses. I have also ridden the Black Widow (Scrambler) at Ghost Town in the Sky (visited in '95, they may not have it this year), it was less than exciting compared to Casino Pier's version. I missed out on the Cosmotron when I was at Knoebels in the late 80's and don't remember seeing it. What other rides are out there with similar enclosures/lights?
I didn't want to start this in "Cosmotron at Knoebles" that Berg-und-Talbahn posted since it was a little off topic but do want to thank him/her for giving me the idea for this post (and yes, I searched for an existing post).
Space Odyessy (caterpillar) @ Delgrosso's
Mind Scrambler (scrambler) @ Rye Playland
Gyrosphere (scrambler) @ Seabreeze
Ultimate Trip (scrambler) @ Conneaut Lake until recently.
Cyclone Sam-Trabant at World's of Fun
Tomb Raider-Giant Top Spin at King's Island
I believe there was also some sort of enclosed flat ride up at Funtown USA if I remember correctly.
Dante's Inferno - Indoor Trabant. Orgasmic!
Can't remember the name, but it was an ice/snow themed Scrambler - awesome with the smoke and mirrors and a/c.
Indoor Tilt A Whirl - painted all black with spider themed glow in the dark stuff. Very cool.
Wasn't the indor scrambler at Miracle Strip called "Abominable Snow Man"?
And on the same ride, being in the heart of the "Redneck Riveria", it wsn't rock music but rather (of course) country... or at least it was when I rode it during its final season.
Above I mentioned Catapult at BGOC. What I remember was that unlike all the other indoor rides I have ridden, this was themed to look like a medieval catapult and the interior of the building was themed to look castle like and I don't recall what (if any) music was being played... much more impressive than other enclosed flats I have encountered. Of course, this was 30 years ago now and my memory could be a bit foggy on this... or else my (then) 10 year old brain was just easier to impress. *** Edited 5/3/2007 6:08:31 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
jshorerzd - I can't say for sure, but I think it was the park model. There were strings of lights carefully placed on the dome ceiling and I think quite a few other lights inside as well. The ride operator was also the dj, so thumpin music was sure to be had. I remember most of the ride ops would bring big cd and tape cases to entertain the crowds. Sigh.
Opryland had an indoor Intamin Drunken Barrels - those were fun as well. Strobes and blacklights everywhere.
Pictures of exterior of Dante's Inferno & The Abominable Snowman exterior...among other MS pics.
Exterior of The Dungeon.
Can't seem to find any indoor pics.
I will be curious to see just how many different types of traditional rides have been enclosed! Hey Touchdown, how is Tomb Raider compared to an open air version?
Its also hard to compare to the outdoor version though because this is a Giant Top Spin, and the only Giant sized Top Spin I have been on. It may not seem like a big deal but after experiencing a Giant Frisbee and a normal one they provide a surprisingly different ride.
"Little Deuce Coupe" was the name of the enclosed Intamin Drunken Barrel ride at OL. Originally it was an outside ride named "Disc Jockey" (IIRC), but when the area got a makeover it was enclosed and renamed.
It's really too bad we don't see this type of flat being installed now because it was great family fun. Similar but different from a conventional tea cup ride in that the whole table would raise to about a 45 degree angle while the ride was in motion. Insanely fun! I believe SFStL still has their version boarded up (WHY???), and the only other one I ever rode was at SFOG in the Lickskillet section.
"Cyclone Sam's" at WOF...best enclosed Wipeout award!
Catapult (scrambler) @ Busch Gardens The Olde Country circa 1977 (not to be confused with the more recent "open air" ride of the same name (though different spelling) (MIGHT be the same scrambler... but no longer enclosed)
In fact that scrambler is the same one that was once inside. It was taken out when they turned its building into a show building (now home to the castle auction show, forget the name.)
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