chance_turbo said: ...We had one at Maple Leaf Village Park for the last 4 years it was open.
When it came to unusual rides, Maple Leaf Village rocked. Most of their rides were trailer-mounted and often didn't last more than a season or two, but that didn't mean they weren't any good. They had some rare rides during their lifespan though- the aforementioned Chance Turbo, a Caterpillar-style ride called Lover's Lake where guests rode in swans and a canvas hood with hearts printed on it would cover riders (the canopy was later removed, the swans painted yellow and the ride re-named Music Express), a Huss UFO (lasted only briefly), a unique walk-through funhouse called Showboat, and the only "Hey Dey" I have ever seen in North America. It was sort of a Waltzer/Tilt-A-Whirl style ride housed under a Himalaya-style pavilion. They also had one of the first Wisdom Gravitrons outside of the prototype at Morey's Pier.
The Maple Leaf Village entertainment center (now Casino Niagara) also housed a dedicated Skee-Ball arcade, an Elvis museum, a "That's Incredible!" museum, several restaurants, and was the original home of Nightmares. Man, I really miss that place!
I wasn't going to say it, (since I already mentioned it in about 5 other threads and since it's already long faded) but since ProgRay said it----- Yes! The Hey Dey! There were at least two of them then, since the local park I went to when I was growing up had one as well.
It was the pre-cursor of The Twister. The PTC Coaster & Parks Films video shows one in operation. The ones I have seen are covered, similar to a Whip, and they are fierce spinners, just like the present day Twister (with a good driver of course)...
Here is a clip I edited of the Hey Dey from that PTC video.