Flats that operators have control over...

Thursday, July 1, 2004 5:54 PM
I rode that Scrambler! That was you?!?

mOOSH [being serious, actually]

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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:03 PM
Yeah, back in the good ol' days when they'd let a 15yr old kid run a ride by himself. Worked all summer during their final season, use to really love FV, still miss the place :o{

*** Edited 7/1/2004 10:05:30 PM UTC by jomo***

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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:06 PM
Man, we moved up to Norcal when I was 9 and missed FV by a single month before it closed. I was sooooo bummed. At least they didn't close the Boardwalk.
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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:16 PM
I remember it well. I loved the Lost Dutchman's Mine.
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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:22 PM
^Yeah thank goodness at least the SCBB survived. Personally, I would have rather had FV remain open than what's become of the nearby big park that caused it's closure. FV had 10 times the charm, theming and atmosphere than that other park, which is now nothing more than a giant souless Paramount billboard.
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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:25 PM
I remember the Gravitron at Myrtle Beach (which as enclosed, with AC, strobe lights, and heavy metal music) was one of the most intense flat rides I have ever experienced to date. Dunno if it was manually operated but........WOW!

Is it still there? Brian? Anyone? It's been 14 years since I have been to MB so I have no clue.

-Tina

*** Edited 7/1/2004 10:26:38 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:28 PM
Aren't all Gravitrons enclosed?
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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:30 PM
Yes, but it was also in a tent I think? Maybe it wasn't.....all I remember is the AC, the strobes, the intense G's, and the heavy metal tunes blasting. :-D

-Tina

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Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:43 PM
MMMMM Metal! \m/
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Friday, July 2, 2004 10:41 AM
Both Family Kingdom and the Pavilion had Gravitrons, Tina, so I'll take a guess and say yeah, it's still there. Neither were "enclosed" beyond normal, and I only rode the one at the Pavilion...due to an over-extended nap session, time was limited at Family Kingdom (still got a bonus lap on Pistoleros though)....;)
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Friday, July 2, 2004 12:12 PM
Spiders and all the other Eyerly Rides always are under operators control
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Friday, July 2, 2004 1:16 PM
All I can think of that hasen't been said before is most Trains are still operator controlled. ;)
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Friday, July 2, 2004 1:55 PM
Yeah Tina, I do remember the Gravitron at Myrtle. Don't know if it was manually operated, though. They also had an indoor scrambler with lights and music, didn't they?
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Friday, July 2, 2004 5:38 PM
If you call an on-off button manual control, yeah a Gravitron is. They are supposed to have a run program i.e. a timer, but I've yet to see one actually used. I've seen digital egg timers on the operators station. I haven't been one since.
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Friday, July 2, 2004 5:53 PM
The Flyers at PKI and Knoebels is umm......rider controlled.

Even better. ;) *** Edited 7/2/2004 9:54:08 PM UTC by Darth Saambe***

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Friday, July 2, 2004 8:11 PM
The Flyers at Knoebels can be sped up by the operator. We were treated to back to back rides that were a little faster than normal. One guy in our group managed to hit a tree branch.
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Friday, July 2, 2004 8:16 PM
The Pavilion's Gravitron was my favorite ride back in the day. ;-) I don't remember the one at the Family Kingdom though. When was it there? Before 1990?

Dragster Freak,

I think they did have an enclosed Scrambler. Well, SOMEBODY did, as I remember one...somewhere. lol.

-Tina

*** Edited 7/3/2004 12:19:11 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Friday, July 2, 2004 8:38 PM

geneticfreak said:
The Flyers at Knoebels can be sped up by the operator. We were treated to back to back rides that were a little faster than normal. One guy in our group managed to hit a tree branch.

Now that is sexy. ;)

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