Wonder if there's any chance of Trinado going elsewhere? Did LOOK cool (from the midway, which is also as close as I got to riding, LOL). Kinda doubtful it would get re-installed at another park in the "chain"...really SOUNDS like it was a maintenance nightmare.
Go to KD Rob, their Troika called Triple Spin is almost always running. Of course, I think they bought it new as well in 2003 (?). It's a fairly mellow and relaxing ride. King's Island also has an older Troika called Shake, Rattle, and Roll in front of Vortex. *** Edited 3/6/2007 6:48:15 PM UTC by Intamin Fan***
You are all missing one very rare, and very rough ride. The ever incredible, CHANCE TURBO!! We had one at Maple Leaf Village Park for the last 4 years it was open. I operated the ride (along with every other ride in the park) many many times, but only rode it once (only wanted to ride it once, it was enough) It was an incredible ride, and we had people from all over the world come to our park just to ride the Turbo. MLVP had a collection of older rides, including an older Magles Kiddie Whip, a Mack Car Carousel, the Turbo, and the first Chance Wipeout in Canada (which went to the CNE in late august of our final year) We also had the biggest ferris wheel in the western himisphere (yes, bigger than the one at Darien Lake) I was the last person to operate the Giant Wheel in revenue service. I worked there for 4 years, and i must admit, it was quite possibly the best job i ever had. Out doors, met lotsa people (a few girlfriends) and had a lot of fun. Alas, it's the Casino parking lot now, and there's a new ferris wheel on Clifton Hill. How times change.
The Tri-Star DID run at Kennywood (I think only for one season, though) before going to Idlewild. I liked the ride, but it seemed a bit out of place at Idlewild.
Zippers are evil (in a good way).
Two other favorites of mine, that I haven't seen in the States at all, are the Waltzer (sort of an oversized, wild Tilt-a-Whirl) and the Tagada (a circular ride with a bench seat facing inwards. NO restraints. It spins up and "bounces", throwing you around.) There's video floating around of me on one of those getting thrown every which way at Oktoberfest -- I loved it. I didn't dare try standing in the middle on the one I was riding (see the pics I linked to)