Friday, April 18, 2008 3:26 PM
Ride question for all involved. What has everyone's take been on the Half Pipe at Elitch Gardens? Not having been there, I do not have any experience with it, but it seems like it might be a neat ride. Not a megacoaster, but a good family ride. But by the same token, there hasn't been one put in since '06, and there is only one in the US. Has it been problem plagued?
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Friday, April 18, 2008 3:37 PM
Another one opened at the Mall of America last month.
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Friday, April 18, 2008 4:07 PM
^^I believe the Zamperla product, for MUCH cheaper, has proven more reliable and just as big a hit with the public. Plus Zamperla was quick to *evolve* the ride (see: Survivor the Ride, Avatar, and Cosmic Chaos at KW). Intamin still offers the 20m and 30m pipes, just as initially announced.

Intamin's half-pipe has a faster "launch" phase IMO, but that's not necessarily a good thing. Seating should be in rows for launches, otherwise the poor suckers who (like me) get seated facing sideways get a nice ear-bashing as soon as the cycle starts. Bad beginning to any ride...

The Intamin ride may "coast", but the Zamperla product is more fun, is open more, and has a better seating/restraint configuration.

....and now, for some opposing viewpoints... ;)

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Saturday, April 19, 2008 12:39 PM
The Half Pipe was definately the biggest surprise for me at EG. It doesn't look like much, but it really was thrilling. Now, I'm not a fan of spinning flatrides, but the spinning was not bad enough to turn me off. gator: I can't remember which way I was facing for the launch, but I don't remember it being painful.

Don't know if I'd call it a family ride, it may be pretty scary for kids.

All in all, the Half Pipe is a great ride, but far fom a destination type of coaster. It works for a landlocked and relatively slow park like EG. If you find yourself in Denver, go for it.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008 4:42 AM
I've not ridden the Elitch Gardens version; it was down the day I was there. Ditto for the version at Sarkanniemi. However, I did get to ride the one at Wet'n'Wild in Australia earlier this year and it was a lot of fun. However the cycle time was simply too short for me. I don't know if the others are better.

Trip report here:
http://www.bannister.org/coasters/trips/2008/0317.htm

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