Flat ride at West Edmonton mall.

Monday, February 18, 2008 11:35 PM
It's called Solar Flare and I have never seen one of these before. It looks like 4D coaster trains transformed into a flat ride.

Can anyone shed some light and explain this flat? It's at the 1:30 mark in this vid.


Monday, February 18, 2008 11:37 PM
Have you done some searching at www.flatrides.com?
Monday, February 18, 2008 11:41 PM


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Monday, February 18, 2008 11:45 PM
Got it!


Dangit...got beaten to the punch, lol :)

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Monday, February 18, 2008 11:49 PM
So this is referred to as a Hoppla? Never heard of it or seen it before.

Yes Moosh, I know how to search. Didn't know the manufacturer or the site you linked.

Monday, February 18, 2008 11:55 PM
I know you know how to search...that wasn't exactly what I was implying. I didn't know the manufacturer either so I went to Adam's flatride site, found the list of rides sorted by manufacturer, and clicked until I got a match. You could have done the same :)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:05 AM
Looks like a more complicated Inverter as far as rider experience goes.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:06 AM
Thanks for doing the dirty work for me. :)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:12 AM
...Or he could have asked the people who may have more knowledge of the ride on an amusement ride forum. Doing so could also spark an interesting discussion on the unique ride.

The ride looks very interesting. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:50 AM
Thanks for doing the dirty work for me.

No, thank you for posting video of it. As a flatride afficianado it is one I'd never seen before. I was immediately stuck by the coolness of the ride and it was actually fun to explore Adam's site to see if I could find it. My apologies once more for my poorly-worded first reply.

...Or he could have asked the people who may have more knowledge of the ride on an amusement ride forum. Doing so could also spark an interesting discussion on the unique ride.

Well hopefully after my rant the discussion on this ride will continue. (FYI, the following is a general commentary and not meant with any disrespect to Chitown.)

I've got absolutely nothing against people asking for help. Maybe its just me. Maybe as a 42-yr-old I'm just "old school." Maybe I should just stop expecting people to actually try to find the answer first.

Using this thread as an example had I seen the video of the ride and wished for more info I would have searched flatrides.com or, if I was unaware of that site, done a couple of google searches before asking others for help. (If Chitown did this and simply didn't say so then I offer my sincerest apologies.)

The internet is an amazing tool...one I wish I had when I was in school. You can find anything on it, usually in mere seconds -- or in this case, about six minutes :)

End rant.

Now, about this ride: has anyone here ridden it?

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008 1:12 AM

GoliathKills said:
Looks like a more complicated Inverter as far as rider experience goes.

It looks closer to a Zipper, Chaos, Power Surge, or Shocker based on the seat movement. An Inverter has it (car) seats attached to the arm. The seats on these other rides are free moving just like this ride.

People often think of the Zipper as having three moving parts. One is the seats themselves, one is the big gondola just going around like a ferris wheel (not quite though), and the other is moving the cars around the gondola. The edges are when the fun stuff happens on the Zipper (the cyclinders or buttons).

I imagine people know what the Zipper, and Chaos are. There is also the Mondial Top Scan, but that is a little different. There are probably more free rotating seats rides, but I'm not going to worry about it.

Zamperla Power Surge (1:55 in the air)

Zamperla Shocker

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 2:12 AM
To be honest Moosh, I didn't search anything after I saw this vid. And I know how you are with people doing their own homework.

I just wanted to find out more about this ride in general and get feedback from people that have actually ridden it.

It just seems like a rare flat.

Still love ya Moosh. :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 5:41 AM
The ride at Prater, Vienna was already installed over 10 years ago and its still there.

The ride is quite nice, as soon as the seats spin freely. I don´t care for it as long as the brakes are on and you get stupid hangtime in those awfully uncomfortable Moser rides seats and OTSR.

If you look closely, you can see that the Canadian ride has some extra lie-down/stand-up seats installed.

Moser is offering lots of rides with these seats, but somehow they don´t seem to take off.

The ride has an intersting loading procedure: Instead of a rising floor, its a steady, wavelike floor. The two beams that hold the gondolas are then lowered to allow people getting on and off.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:15 AM
^^ And I know you normally do your homework before asking...that's why I regret the wording of my first post. Thanks again for posting about this ride ;)

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