Martins Fantasy Island new for 2002??? yeah right!

Monday, March 4, 2002 6:47 PM

Screamscape has just added a new "News and Rumors" blurb about Martin's "New for 2002" attraction.

**Disclaimer** - Let me preface that I read Screamscape for amusement only and put no faith into anything that is stated there.

However, this one intrigued me, so I visited the park's website. Indeed, the park is billing a drop ride as their "new for 2002" attraction.

But, I rode a tower ride there last summer. It was a Chance, I believe, and it was terribly painful The poor Jane and John Doe's that were not used to riding such devices were leaving with neck cramps even though ride ops instructed them to keep their heads back.

You see, what they had was a launch tower/ drop ride combo.

My question is, is it the same ride that they are just billing as new for 2002 or is it a brand new one? I hope the latter is true as the other was a baaaaaad purchase.

Rewind back to the 2000 IAAPA in Atlanta. Chance had one of the towers there for a demonstration on the "Magical Midway"and I rode. I got off thinking, "Man, who would ever buy one of these?" Well, as of last summer... Martins. Ouch!

Anyone know?

Shaggy

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Monday, March 4, 2002 7:26 PM

It's the very same ride, Shaggy... very same ride. Some reader of Screamscape must have just stumbled across their "official" web site (if you look closely, outside of the title page, the rest of the page's URL is a part of AOL users), and saw that it said "new for 2002" because it still fits the theme of "Niagara's Newest Fall" which for the longest time, was the Silver Comet.

For the entire 2001 season, it was never mentioned in their web site, even though the ride was built & ready by June of that year. I think they had many problems with the ride, and it was down a lot...

...so they do the dumb thing and just tag this on as a "new for '02", even though it was not only built in 2001, but running last year as well!!!

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Monday, March 4, 2002 7:39 PM

I never got to ride that thing at IAAPA 2000... it was always down. That was fine, because the Fabbri tower was much better anyway!

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Monday, March 4, 2002 7:43 PM

Oh my gosh yes Jeff! That Fabbri model was incredible. Quite honestly, with the exception of Drop Zone at PKI (because of it's sheer height) it is the best I have ridden.

I bet I rode that thing 10 times while I was there and wish I had ridden more. It was easily the best attraction on the Midway that year. It's sad that we have not seen any pop up in the US (as far as I know.)

Shaggy

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*** This post was edited by Shaggy on 3/5/2002. ***

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Monday, March 4, 2002 8:05 PM
Does Screamscape get it 100% correct all the time? No, but it's a heck of a lot more accurate than another website which is threatening to reappear in spring.

Alright now, I must defend the Chance tower. I rode one at the York Fair in September, and found it perfectly comfortable.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 10:22 AM

I gotta jump in with some "praise" for the Chance tower as well.

I rode one at Frontier City in Oklahoma City, OK in 2001. The launch up was actually not too bad, but there was zero airtime at the top. Then the thing does this *shimmy* for like thirty seconds at the top.

Well, you have no idea when it's going to drop, and when it does, it isn't much really, but I got a little tickle out of it...then the best part comes.

The most SEVERE stop on *any* drop ride I've done (Yes, even more severe than Hellevator and Acrophobia). It made me yell OY! everytime.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 11:00 AM

Intamin Fan said:
...it's a heck of a lot more accurate than another website which is threatening to reappear in spring.


I assume you're talking about Thrill Ride. I don't believe that Thrill Ride is going to be returning in its old form. I've heard that Robert Coker is just using the address for a site to promote his new book that will be published this spring.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 12:12 PM
I rode the Chance version at Gibtown in 2001. I can take it or leave it. Its okay, but not the signature attraction.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 2:19 PM
I don't think it ever operated last year at all.... I do know that as of September one of the op's who work there told me it never ran a single day she was there, hence, new for 2002 (kinda like X....)
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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 2:33 PM

Well, they made a lame local commercial that sure made it look like it worked for 2001 season. It definately looked like the ride (lame unthemed, unlandscaped setting... and looks the same as in the current pic on their "official" web site), and had riders in it. I know it could have been just for promo uses... but still, at one point it was working.

Too bad it's such a sucky ride to hold off a year to call it "new for 02"... that's the "Chance" you take by going with the carnie manufacture instead of better drop manufactures (S&S, Intamin AG).

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Wednesday, March 6, 2002 6:54 PM
Lance (owner of Screamscape) did make a correction on the site today. Dawgbyte, I wouldn't say Intamin makes the most reliable rides either (and yes, I know they're part of my screen name).
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Thursday, March 7, 2002 3:41 AM
Well, technically... I never said "most reliable" rides were made by Intamin... but you got to admit that their drop rides along with S&S are 10 fold better than anything done by Chance.
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Thursday, March 7, 2002 4:03 AM

Lance (owner of Screamscape) did make a correction on the site today.

This is exactly my "beef" with Screamscape. Although in this case he did list it on the initial news page as a "correction." Typically when information changes or is proved false, he re-writes or removes the information as though it was never posted.

Never trust a rumor....

Shaggy

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Thursday, March 7, 2002 4:49 AM
Shaggy, actually, I've found that very often Lance *will* put some denotation that the rumor was false, usually via words like "update" or "correction" or the like. True enough, he *does* remove the 'false' information, but what is the point of leaving something up that you know is erroneous?

I still think Screamscape is the best site for the "scoop" on upcoming theme/amusement park projects.
jeremy
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