Florida carnival ride gets stuck.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:41 PM

A few riders were stuck on a ride at a florida fair.

Read about it here...

http://www.wptv.com/content/breakingnews/story/carnival-ride-stuck-riders-dade-county-youth-fair/M5SADfW3L0CvEAbC44Nauw.cspx

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 7:55 PM

A friend called me today to say the stranding of the riders and their subsequent rescue was covered this afternoon by CNN!

The WPTV news article references domainofdeath3.com as their source for information about the Mondial Top Scan (Space Roller). They list Canada's Wonderland's and Cumberland Valley's rides as the only two models operating in North America, but I believe Samurai at Lagoon is also a Mondial piece.

I heard over the winter that Cumberland Valley has had their Space Roller up for sale. Very disappointing news to those of us hoping that the ride makes a return appearance to our local fairs - unless todays news encourages potential buyers to reconsider!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 8:01 PM

It was on cnn?

Must be a slow news day.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 8:13 PM

It was on our local news here in Seattle. Right after a story about some douche bag who says all of our buildings will come down after the next big earthquake.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:26 PM

It was also on WKYC in Cleveland as well. Slow news day indeed because a situation like this should not be national coverage unless there is actual harm done to a guest.

Why was the power outage at my park this past summer not covered by CNN? It stranded riders at the top of our Giant Wheel for nearly TWENTY MINUTES!!!111!! *rolls eyes*

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 7:45 AM

crazy horse said:
It was on cnn?

Must be a slow news day.

An on Fox & on MSNBC. I think I saw a chunk on it on my local news (WMUR-9) out of Manchester, NH

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 12:56 PM

Yea, it was actualy on my local news here in detroit as well.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 1:43 PM

RCMAC said:
The WPTV news article references domainofdeath3.com as their source for information about the Mondial Top Scan (Space Roller). They list Canada's Wonderland's and Cumberland Valley's rides as the only two models operating in North America, but I believe Samurai at Lagoon is also a Mondial piece.

Samurai was "down for the season" when we visited Lagoon, but it was almost certainly a Top Scan - I'm also fairly convinced there's still one at Puyallup (unless it departed recently)...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 5:53 PM

Puyallup is a strange midway, not unlike Texas, where in addition to the travelling pieces, you also have some larger, "portable" rides that sit on the grounds all year long. I've never been there, (it's on my bucket list), but in off season photos of the coaster I've identified a few hibernating rides, the Monster Mouse being one (isn't it gone now, tho?) and the Huss Jump being another. I'll have to investigate, or maybe someone here knows, but I'm not sure how it works. Are these rides leased by the fair, or do they own them outright? It seems less than economical that big rides like Indiago (in Texas) would sit there all year only to operate during the run of the fair.

Minnesota has quite a collection of permanent rides on the grounds, but they really are permanent- things like sky rides, space tower, raft ride, and the Ye Olde Mill. These "permanent portables" are what have me puzzled. And Rollergator, Puyallup's Top Scan just might be one of those. I'll see what I can find out.

Last edited by RCMAC, Wednesday, March 31, 2010 5:54 PM
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