It has been awhile since I have been to Lagoon but I remember them having an excellent model of the Rock-O-Plane that was always operating.
A long time ago they used to have a Roll-O-Plane model that was just south of the Rock-O-Plane but it is gone now. I remember getting to ride it once and it was awesome! I think I only got one ride because the capacity was aweful and there was always a line for it.
It's not that I haven't been to Knoebels, because I have, but with only 4 hours there and with two of those hours a raging downpour, it doesn't leave a lot of time for hitting all the flats. Plus, with Knoebels being a good two day's drive away, the Satellite is well...yes, elusive. Someday can't come soon enough!
I survived a Japanese typhoon and the Togo flat ride of death!!!!!!
^^ I think it's more along the lines of even *educated enthusiasts*, like our friend thrillerman here, oftentimes find it difficult to spend enough time and effort getting to some of these "remote" parks AND enjoying the bounty to be found...if I didn't have family in Jersey, it's probably safe to say I *never* would have gotten to all those parks in PA. Note to self: Still need Seasme Place... ;)
The bane of being a COASTER geek - not being able to spend oodles of time seeking out exotic flats to ride... LOL! :)
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I rode my first first Rock-O-Plane last summer at Parc Safari near Montreal.Very short line, brake that works perfectly and a long cycle! I loved it. I'll probably go back there this summer just to ride this and the other fun flats.
Loop-O-Planes and Roll-O-Planes each have a capacity of 8. That makes them best suited to small parks and carnivals and this is one of the reasons that the big theme parks don't have them.
Years ago, parks like KW would have rides of this type but as the parks grew, they wanted rides with bigger capacities. Knoebels is a special case being a mid-sized park that never lost touch with its small park roots.\
Rock-O-Planes can hold 16 and I wonder why there aren't more of them around now. I can remember when most of the major traditional parks and carnivals had them. I do know that cable driven vertical ride designs (such as that on the Rock-O-Plane) have been on the way out in recent years because such rides can be tricky to operate. Eli Bridge uses rim drive on its current Ferris Wheels as do the companies that make gondola wheels.
^Well, even though the (theoretical maximum) cqpacity *per ride* is as you stated, remember that Loop-Os and Roll-Os need to load two times per cycle, and the Rock-Os twice as often as that. So the capacity *per hour* is REALLY low....not unlike the Eli Wheels, loading and unloading is very time-consuming.
Certainly that has ALOT to do with their "retreat" into the smaller and smaller parks...
The Sattelite(a.k.a The salt and pepper shakers) is a pretty sweet ride. It has a pretty long cycle, Forwards and Backwards. The only problem i have with it is the tilting when it goes horizontal! There is not too much padding on the side, and riding with a partner, you slam into each other. So if you ever go on it, make sure you take someone you really dont like. ;] And another tip, make sure if you go on the skloosh, make sure you get dried off before you go on. Me and my cousin did that one year, lets just say my hips were pretty bruised, but it was still fun. :]