Fading favorite flat rides

Monday, February 26, 2007 5:34 PM
The one I cant understand is why in the world is there only one Flying Coaster (aka Kennywood Kangroo) the ride is just way to fun, and I imagine easy to maintain (motor, shocks, wheels and greasing the track.) Why hasnt another park/company come up with a new version of this ride?

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Monday, February 26, 2007 5:34 PM
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Acoustic Viscosity said:Hexentanz (Witch's Dance)http://www.flatrides.com/Ride%20Index/ZiererTampico2.jpg

Hands off my ride, you.... ;) LOL!

edit: Canobie is the only other US park with a *fully FUNctional* Caterpillar... :)

*** Edited 2/26/2007 10:35:52 PM UTC by rollergator***

Monday, February 26, 2007 5:50 PM
I don't believe that there are too many Flying Bobs left either. I've never ridden one but I hope to get to DelGrossos this summer to ride theirs.

Also, last year Conneaut Lake did a nice restoration on their Tempest which they call Witches Stew. This is a wonderful family friendly flat with just enough G-forces to add some excitement. Hopefully this park will be able to open again this season and run their classic rides.

Arthur Bahl

Monday, February 26, 2007 5:57 PM
I have a question about one I saw at Beech Bend named Scat or Scat 2 (Don't know if there's a difference). What exactly does this one do??? lol it looks so weird and unsafe.

My 2 favorite flats have to be Zipper and Crazy Dance/Break Dance/Street Dancer. I haven't rode the Crazy Dance/Break Dance/Street Dancer in so long! I wish I could find one. The only one I know of near me is at SFKK but its always down! I get to ride Zipper all the time at the County Fair and it never gets old lol.

Monday, February 26, 2007 6:04 PM
The Zulu at WoF gets me every time. The car shakes like it's going to fly off into the woods. My wife screams like we're going to die.


Monday, February 26, 2007 7:02 PM
My favorite fading flat is the Bayern Kurve. Kennywood used to have one and I believe SFMM (Sierra Twist)and Great America (Berserker) still have one.

Ditto on the Reverchon Explorer. Very cool flat ride. They usually bring one in when the IX Indoor Amusement Park comes to town in April.

FlyingScooter, GL still has its Spider but they call it Black Squid now. It's over on the WWK side of the park.

Two more neat flats are the Huss TriStar, which Idlewild (Trinado) just took out for their new flyers and the Mack Sea Storm.

Monday, February 26, 2007 7:13 PM

Jigga0687 said:
I have a question about one I saw at Beech Bend Scat 2. What exactly does this one do??? lol it looks so weird and unsafe.

See for yourself! Here is a clip I took of Beech Bend's Scat 2 back in Sept '06. I had to compress it a good bit to upload it so the quality is so-so. You'll get the idea though.


Monday, February 26, 2007 7:22 PM
Whips (good ones) are also fading fast. I also love Swiss Bobs, The Coal Shaker, Catapillers, Condors & Swing-a-way rides.

All of these are family rides that people of many ages and heights canenjoy together.

Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!

Monday, February 26, 2007 7:29 PM

ilovethewildone said:

SFA has both an Octopus (the Rodeo) and a Tilt. Gonna give 'em both a spin on Opening Day.

The Rodeo is a Huss Breakdance. But yes, the park does have an Octopus--a modern version that allows for simultaneous loading. The Tilt (Tilt-a-Whirl) is one of the oldest rides at SFA, going back to Wild Word days.

Once that car starts spinning in circles at your sucked-up against the back wall, it just shows you how the old classics still work.

Monday, February 26, 2007 7:53 PM

CatPurrson said:
(Don't you love the alliteration?) I was reading the "O-Planes" post, and got to thinking about some of the flat rides that I love that I don't see much of anymore. (Don't think I've ever ridden an "O-Plane".)

One of my favorites-- the Tilt-A-Whirl. One of the best memories of my childhood was going to a little-bitty carnival with my best friend and riding the TAW over and over and over... We heckled the ride op, and he responded (at least we thought at the time) by putting that puppy into overdrive. We spun so much, so fast, that the word went by in a blur. And I KNOW we got extra-long rides, too. What fun. I know some parks still have them, but none near me.

Cat (feeling nostalgic) Purrson


I'd go with the the old traveling carnival type Tilt-A-Whirl as well. The old gas powered ones could really scream and a good operator could crack the throttle just right and you would spin the entire ride.

I also think that Scramblers were much better when they were gas powered.

"Heavily medicated for your safety!"

Monday, February 26, 2007 8:03 PM
Are there any parks that actually have the Skydiver anymore? I grew up going to Rocky Point (RI) and that was the first "scary" ride I got dragged onto. After that, I would go on anything.

Rocky Point was known for their Shore Dinner Hall where they served Chowder & Clamcakes. When you left the hall and went into the park, the Spider was one of the first rides you saw. They had to install a hose right at the ride and you couldn't walk by without seeing the operator hosing Chowder & Clamcakes off the ground at least once a visit. You would walk by and laugh every time, too!

Monday, February 26, 2007 8:34 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar There's a Skydiver at Blue Diamond in Delaware. I think the Puyallup Fair has one as well.

AV Matt
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Monday, February 26, 2007 8:55 PM
rollergator's avatar ^ Puyallup had one? Wouldn't surprise me in the least, they have *everything*.

The only Skydiver I've ridden was the one that HAD been at Silverwood. MIGHT that be the same one at Blue Diamond (since it's no longer running in Idaho)?

I thought I recalled someone saying Camden has one...had one?

Monday, February 26, 2007 9:01 PM
Camden Park has one, as well as Lakemont park.
Monday, February 26, 2007 9:04 PM
rollergator's avatar ^ I remember Laknemont's now that you mention it....it wasn't running when I was there this year. My only other trip there was for RideFest and there were limited ops that day (never got their mouse OR their kiddie - *sigh*).

Lakemont has lousy operations... ;)

^ P.S. That was a joke - if you don't *get* it, you need to read the other thread! :)

Monday, February 26, 2007 9:42 PM
Doesn't Silverwood have one near Coaster Alley?
Monday, February 26, 2007 9:49 PM
A friend of mine took this shot of the Skydiver last year at Camden Park. Beautiful photo!


Monday, February 26, 2007 10:35 PM
rollergator's avatar ^^ Had, Rob. Rode it on my first trip to Coaster Alley....er, Silverwood. (*wink*). It was gone when I went back....'05? That's what made me think it MIGHT be the one now at Blue Diamond. Really cool flat.

A really well-run Mangels whip is a thing of beauty. So are the OLD carousels. Could NOT believe the number of Eli Bridge Wheels and Scramblers in Ohio and PA. Totally sick....share the wealth already, LOL. Should also mention a good powerful Triple Spin.

Monday, February 26, 2007 11:49 PM
There was a Skydiver this year at the Date Festival in Indio, CA. Owned and operated by Butler Amusements. They are so much fun, especially since my girlfriend HATES them, yet I always get her to ride with me and scream in horror the entire time. :)
*** Edited 2/27/2007 4:50:07 AM UTC by GoliathKills***
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 2:06 AM
Carowinds had a ride called Wild Bull, it was a simple little Himalaya sorta ride except in a smaller train and at pretty darn high speed. I miss it.

EDIT: Looked it up, it was a Bayern Kurve. It rocked. *** Edited 2/27/2007 7:09:30 AM UTC by Vincent Greene***


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