A friend of mine has been asking me questions about cedar point, and the subject of challenge park came up. I made the mistake of mentioning one of the upcharge attractions they had, that collapsed a few years back. Does anyone remember the same of it?
All I remember about it was that it was a 3 tower ride with a cage car in the middle, that was raised up and down by cables. The cage had 3 seats on it, that were able to flip as the cage was raised and lowered. I remember seeing it on an extreme rides program, but can't remember the name. Was it Xtreme or something like that?
I was wondering if anyone ever had the chance to ride it?
Vertigo. Or Vertigone. I rode it. Wasn't impressed.
I was thinking it was something like that. Thanks Jeff. Now I can tell my friend from kalamazoo, so he will stop asking me about it.
Did they build this type of ride anywhere else? Or, have they gone the route of MA's Chaos, and have all been scrapped? I think another park had one, but, I think it was removed as well.
Great Adventure used to have the same ride, it was removed I think in 2011 and they replaced it with a Slingshot. Frontier City's is SBNO but I think closed permanently.
Magic Mountain also had one for a while down by Psyclone and Deja Vu.
Frontier City's was included with POP. Can't even imagine the line at GAdv, CP or SFMM if it wasn't an upcharge at those parks.
Nonetheless, the one at Celebration Centre in Utah was *the* ride...named Sky Sling, and probably the most frightened I've ever been on any ride. The aptly-named "suicide seats" were perhaps too thrilling. This after leaving a 360' tower ride without brakes....
The ride ops at Knott's called it "Vertigo, Vertigoing, Vertigone." I thought it was cute. It was a pretty cool ride. Not all that intense, but the seating arrangement was scary.
Didn't Cedar Point remove it because one of the towers just fell over for no reason? Or am I thinking of a different upcharge ride outside of Soak City?
Yup, that's what happened. Fortunately it was mid winter.
I never rode it but that was mainly because I thought it looked awfully scary. I thought an interesting aspect of these was that you could choose the experience. The options were to ride upright the entire ride, or let the seat rotate different directions as you go, or ride the entire ride upside down. I couldn't see spending the money for option one, but didn't want to endure the other two.
It didn't fall down for no apparent reason. It was due to vortex shedding. Take that issue and think of a stretched out paperclip and bend it side to side over and over only in this case it is a vibration frequency within the tower. It caused the steel to weaken and eventually collapse. This is because the ride was stored with the ride vehicle off, which left the three towers free to sway in the Lake Erie breezes. Had the ride been stored with the vehicle left on this probably wouldn't have happened.
I think Kings Island could do with a little Vortex shedding of its own...
I will agree, however, a lot of people that I talk to really love Vortex for whatever reason.
Those are the people I like to call 'easily entertained masochists'.
The days of all Arrow mega loopers are numbered.
Tennessee Tornado can stay. And maybe Ninja.
Hey now, I like Vortex. It's a people-eater if the ops are good, I like the inversions, it's an interesting course, and you get nice air in the back over the first hill. Just make sure to keep your head out of the OTSRs or it becomes a ping pong ball...
Some day when all we have are super-smooth B&M coasters all over, y'all will long for the days of rattletrap Arrow coasters. Well, maybe not everyone.. not most.. not even a majority... but a few will miss them :D
Count me in as a Vortex lover. Second seat to the back is a great experience. Airtime on the drop, and it's not very bumpy. And it just looks so darn good from the midway.
I guess I'm the only one who wants to talk shed about Vortex.
D vo, that's my seat, too. Front seat, last car. The turn into the first drop is thrilling and you're right about the air. There's a decent rather unobstructed view for there, too, especially going through the loops. If Vortex should ever go I know I'll shed sentimental tears.
RCMAC is right about the seat selection. When you sit there, the first drop on Vortex gives you even more than back seat Gemini level air time. The loops on Vortex are so intense, also. The problem is the corkscrews and other inversions that bang your head to pain. :(
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