Freakish Carnie Rides

Tuesday, October 7, 2003 6:47 PM
Freak Show Carnie Rides: These are carnival rides that wherever you see them they always look run down, old, and real white trash.

I know you people have some but I'll start it off with a small list:

Zipper: The King of freak show carnie rides. Always leaks miscellaneous fluids, has tire drives, and squeaks like crazy!

Hi-Roller: It's funny how the oval track is always off balance due to the heavy train. It can bairly make the loops sometimes!

Cobra: Tire drives galore, and a small metal bar to hold you in. This thing needs more than that little bar because this ride is crazy! Also if it rains the top of the main arms arn't covered so when you go under them you get doused in "carnie water" (my fav. FSCR)

Skydiver: The Spinning Death Cages, complete with tire drives, off balance cars and a wheel that you can't turn easily.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:13 PM
The Zipper is definitely king of the freaks!
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:38 PM
...and the best flat ride in existence.

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-Mike Buscema

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:42 PM
Agreed

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 9:34 PM
i'm getting too old... damn Zipper gave me montion sickness last time i got on. Thats why I prefrer the Fabbrii
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 10:00 PM
Clearly, Vater, you haven't experienced the flat ride bliss that is the Zamperal Windshear.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 11:33 PM

onceler said:
i'm getting too old... damn Zipper gave me montion sickness last time i got on. Thats why I prefrer the Fabbrii

Fabbri is a flat ride manufacturer, not a specific ride.

-Nate

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 2:34 AM
You forgott about the Gravitron, the Tilt-A-Whirl, and one of those "Hurrricane" things that make the loud noises. :)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 4:55 AM
I've never seen any Carnival/Fair rides kept up and in decent shape. 2 years ago in my home town, a bolt broke off and jammed the gears in a ride called the spin out. Its got 3 arms with 4 seats on each arm and it spins u upside down and around for about a minute. People were stuck upside down for 2 hours. Pretty Crazy. The zipper at the carnival was pretty shady.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 5:26 AM
"I've never seen any Carnival/Fair rides kept up and in decent shape."

It is too bad you have hit such bad carnivals. Ray Cammack Shows, Funtastic, McDonagh Amusements, Farrow Shows, Belle City Amusements, Spectacular Midways, etc., all have rides that are better cared for than a lot of the parks I have visited. Are there bad carnivals out there...absolutely. But, like parks, they run the gammit between good and bad.

Adam
*** This post was edited by LONNOL 10/8/2003 9:33:20 AM ***

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 6:01 AM

Chernabog said:
Clearly, Vater, you haven't experienced the flat ride bliss that is the Zamperal Windshear.
You are correct, Chernabog. However, while the Windshear looks like a fun (and gratifyingly chaotic) ride, I can't help but think that it wouldn't exceed the free-spinning unpredictability of a Zipper. Additionally, it doesn't have those intimidating Cages of Deathâ„¢. I could be wrong, of course (it happens on occasion ;) ), but I'd definitely like to know for certain. Do you know where I might find one of these Windshears, so I could sample a ride?

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-Mike Buscema

'No matter how skilled the designer is, every time we push the envelope we learn new things about coaster design.' --Dana Morgan
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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 6:06 AM
I saw a Hi-Roller for the first time at this year's Meadowlands Fair and couldn't believe it... the thing looked so ancient, it was almost laughable. The ride made a horrible clattering sound when it started to move, and the movement looked to be anything but smooth. While I was curious, I passed on it... the Crazy Mouse was calling me.

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-Rob
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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 6:21 AM
I haven't seen a High Roller for years, and even then it was a horrible ride. I don't think they ever had a "smooth" movement.

I actually like the "spinning death cages" of a SkyDiver although it's been years since I have ridden one.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 7:18 AM
Millrace posted this link in a different topic. Take a look at Turbo. I saw one as a kid, but have never had a chance to actually ride one. Sounds crazy:

http://www.ride-extravaganza.com/rides/

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 7:24 AM
Ya know, we don't have much here in West Virginia, but we do have a great state fair, and I have to say that most of the rides are in good condition, kept looking clean, and its my only chance so far @ riding a Schwarzkopf coaster. Its Reithoffer shows, I think, and their stuff always looks good. However, I do like Zippers(I too am getting old and can't stomach it much anymore), but they are rather daunting to look at.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 7:30 AM
Years ago at the WI State Fair there was a ride that looked just like Turbo, only the seats were more like a Ferris Wheel, but your legs dangled. It was called Radar if I remember correctly...

I rode it, it was fun, but have never seen it again.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 7:32 AM

Crashmando said:
I've never seen any Carnival/Fair rides kept and in decent shape

Never been to the Iowa State Fair then have you? That has to be one of the best midways in existence. To me, it reminds me of Oktoberfest in Germany - well without the Looping Bahn and Eurostar. They do have coasters there at IA State Fair though.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 8:06 AM
Never been there swoosh. I been to the Carnival in my town, the NJ state Fair and PA State fair. Both not that nice. Iowa sounds nice. I like Oktoberfest stuff. Maybe one day I can go to it.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 9:04 AM
Hey Carl, there is a picture of the Radar on that site.

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 9:26 AM
Carl, the Radar and Turbo are, as I understand it, basically the same ride, only with different tubs.

I rode the Turbo at Old Indiana Fun Park years ago. I didn't think it terribly spectacular, but someone told me later that it wasn't being run to its full potential. That ride was sold to Conneaut Lake which discovered that, like most of the rides sold at the Old Indiana auction, it really wasn't in very good shape.

I don't know what Conneaut did with the ride.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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