For some reason that I can't figure out, the cars on the toboggan at Conneaut seemed smaller than the ones at Lakemont. I struggled to squeeze myself into Conneaut's but my wife and I both fit into one car at Lakemont! I may have put on a few pounds before my ride at Conneaut, but not *that* many pounds!
It's not a bad ride as long as you remember to keep your head down when approaching those final bunny hops. I didn't and got clonked pretty good!
I am curious about what happens if the power goes out and you're stuck inside that dark tube with no way to escape.
Millrace- If you're in the tube and the power goes out-it sucks really bad! Same thing if the lift motor fails or one of the chain dogs jams. We used to have two at Hershey and there were many times we had to "extract" the car or people from the tube. I know that Conneaut had to do a high-angle rescue (with the help of the fire dept) to get guests out of theirs when the chain jammed a couple of years ago.
Basically, someone has to come down the tube from the top, knock the hinge pins out of the canopy on the car, hoist out the canopy, and then hoist you out. It is a hot, greasy, nasty job that will make you greatly appreciate your rescuers!
Kinda makes you think twice before riding one. (I still do ride them, occasionally, but only after being prodded to do so!)
P18...I think more park managers and administrative staff should make themselves available online to respond to "the regular people" as you call them. Without the "regular people" we would all be looking for employment! Thanks for your comment! Millrace.....with respect to getting suck in the Toboggan, I regret to inform you that CometRider is accurate. The ONLY other option would be auxillary power...which we don't have.
^^ I like your approach, Barry. Not only is it nice to be able to converse with a park manager, but it's refreshing that you seem to have a genuine passion for what you do. For that reason alone, you have my attention... and respect.
I've only been on one Toboggan, and it was at the Flemington Fair, years and years ago. I was a lot smaller back then and probably fit into a Toboggan car a lot better than I would now, but I'd still love to give one a shot one of these days. Nothing says fun quite like being squeezed into a small car that travels vertically up a dark plastic tube and the subjects the rider to a dizzying spiral followed by suicidal bunny hops, right? ;)
I've got 4 Toboggan credits, maybe 5 (Iowa State Fair two different years), Lakemont, Little A-Merrik-A, and Trimpers. I am freakishly huge as Gator puts it, but manage to squeeze into the evil little contraptions. The thought of getting stuck in the tube never occurred to me. OMG!
I thought their flat ride selection was great. Good old classics, too! Best Tilt a Whirl ride since West View closed! The guy let us ride till we gave a thumbs up to get off.... (since the Boss has been reading/posting here I will give that operator a commendation! And the older gentleman who was operating the train was a lot of fun, too. I think he made pets out of those ducks) :)
Which brings me to why I was so concerned in the first place and started this post ... one filled car and no one in line. *** Edited 6/10/2007 11:40:49 PM UTC by Chooch249***
That bit about oceanfront parks closing is always so sad. Miracle Strip, Astroland, Pavilion, Ocean View, The Pike, Paragon, Revere Beach, Playland (San Francisco), etc. Somebody needs to put the foot down by keeping certain areas off-limits to the condos so that they can continue to have amusement areas, small shops and motels.
IF Trimpers goes, that would be really sad and Ocean City would never be the same. I just have to give credit to Morey's in NJ and the Landry people in Texas for their willingness to buck this trend. Long live the Great White and Boardwalk Bullet.
If Trimpers goes, that haunted house will need a new home. It's similar to the one that used to be in West View, only better, and some of us in western PA remember how good that West View ride used to be.
I hope this is just a rumor. The Maryland/Virginia area needs something besides the big corporate parks.