If anyone is in the market to buy ocean motion, here ya go.....
Hello, Holiday World? We found your Mayflower....
I'll say it again, they just replaced the boat on Ocean Motion.
And how do you feel about it being listed for sale online after they spent money the past 2 years rehabing it???? :)
Scratching my head, as I do for most decisions in that company these days.
...especially considering there must be one park in the chain that doesn't have a swinging ship and could market it as a new ride next year.
^ It would make a nice addition at Carowinds for 2011 along with a new addition in the waterpark.
Carowinds has a swinging ship ride. It inverts, but its still a ship.Last edited by Tekwardo, Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:53 PM
Those inverting swinging ship rides are horrible. Those Pirats are awesome.
One thought about that, though...what ever became of the Sea Dragon at Geauga Lake? One potential problem with Ocean Motion is that it is not self-contained. It's a hydraulic-drive ride with the hydraulic plant located out in the picnic grove. Could Cedar Point be considering replacing the big Huss ride with a smaller, self-contained Chance ride, which may, in fact, be an electric-drive version?
It's only a thought. I, for one, will be sorry to see Ocean Motion go unless they are planning to replace it with something comparable.
(how about a Traumschiff? That would be cool...!)
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
RideMan said: (how about a Traumschiff? That would be cool...!)
Lucy, you have some 'splainin to do. WTF is a Traumschiff? And yes, I did a google search for it.
One thought about that, though...what ever became of the Sea Dragon at Geauga Lake?
Did you mean Bounty? If so, Bounty (Chance Pirate Ship) was sold at auction for $35,000 to Jeff Henry from Schlitterbahn Water Parks. I assume it is now located with most of the rest of his Geauga Lake purchases in the new Kansas City park.
Yeah, Sea Dragon was the coaster...which is still there.
As for the ships, I always have preferred the Intamin ones over the Huss variety. I don't think I've ever ridden a Chance ship. It's all about the max swing height for me.
EDIT: Just realized that "Sea Dragon" is what Chance calls their "Swinging Ship". Oops!Last edited by Pagoda Gift Shop, Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:40 PM
Jason had it right. The Sea Dragon/Pharaoh's Fury is the Chance pendulum boat ride. Narrower than the Pirat, but it can be a pretty darned good ride. Not to be confused with the Sea Dragon coaster, which is at Jungle Jack's Landing at the Columbus Zoo.
The Traumschiff was the *biggest* of the Huss pendulum boats. Roughly double the size of the Pirat, if I remember correctly, and I think they built one that was double, with two "boats" on it. Ah, I see why the Google search didn't help much, as you didn't know exactly what you were looking for. But I did find some photos...this one really shows the scale--
Apparently at Nagashima Spaland.
Not so obvious until you count the rows in this shot--
If I am reading the German-language discussion board correctly (too lazy to run it through translate, and my German is pretty lousy) I think the single one pictured was in Moscow at a park there.
--Dave Althoff, Jr
Ah. Thanks :)
Is the KI boat the larger Huss version? It is definitely quite a bit larger than the Point's.
KI's is made by Intamin. I believe it is bigger than the Huss version at Cedar Point though.
The larger Huss version that is in Japan is HUGE. I prefer the swinging ships to inverting ones because the inverting Intamin ships have uncomfortable restraints.
Can't understand why CP would get rid of a perfectly fine flat ride instead of placing a new ride elsewhere, or moving the old ride. It isn't like those Pirate Ships are huge maintainence hogs.
If you think about it, can you really put much stock in "kinzel's word"? Don't believe me, just ask jack. I don't put a whole lot of faith in anything that man says.
He could just be blowing smoke...
I'm with mlnem on this one. It just doesn't make any sense to sell the ride. I got back from Sandusky yesterday. We decided not to make the trip over to the Point and it really did come down to cost. I just could not justify spending what we were going to spend for two adults, two seniors and two kids to get in...only for the four of us to spend most of the time watching the little ones in the Snoopy areas.
Of course, my wife...being the sweet woman she is...offered to watch the kids with Grandma and Grandpa so that I could go ride some of the coasters...alone...but there isn't much fun in that.
So, we went to the movies and Tofts instead.
Does anyone even ride Ocean Motion anymore? It would make sense to move it out of the hidden corner, or keep it and build another attraction or two near it to draw attention to it.
Edited to add - I worked at the park for 3 years, and visited the park a number of other times, and I have never rode it.Last edited by LostKause, Thursday, July 22, 2010 1:43 PM
I've ridden it many times - but on the last voyage - the kids behind me kept screaming that their "ding a ling" felt funny on it... I didn't feel right about riding it again after that....Last edited by Jerry, Thursday, July 22, 2010 2:28 PM
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