Monster 87ft Tall Wave-Swinger

Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:18 PM
Has anybody ever seen/ridden one of these?

(Click on Wave Swinger 64 when the page loads)

I was surprised to learn that Zierer builds them that big. It can hold 64 Passengers at a time, with an hourly capacity of 1000 riders. Doesn't look to stable or balanced for a ride that can travel around with a carnival.

So, is the ride more exciting than a standard one, or is it about the same?
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*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 9/25/2003 12:14:06 AM ***

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:33 PM
Wow! I'm not sure if they have any of these in permanent amusement parks, but they look awesome. Most parks seem to go with the shorter ones...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 6:40 PM
No, but does a 200+ foot tall pirate ship count? :)

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*** This post was edited by Peabody 9/25/2003 12:18:33 AM ***

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 7:02 PM
Wow, them're really bad ass.....

I really like Zierer Wave Swingers. Anything else is just a cheap rip-off (but I don't have any strict objection to the Yo-Yo of course). They are absolutely beautiful rides and are probably my favorite "flat" (can I call them that?).

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 7:46 PM
Peabody...can you check that link? I got an error.

mOOSH

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 7:50 PM
Me too. Love WS, I want to ride the 64 NOW

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:12 PM
Yea, it really looks Kick-Butt. I'm surprised that no parks in the US have installed one. Seems perfect for some of the larger parks out there like CP or Kings Island. (Both of which have smaller versions)

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*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 9/25/2003 12:14:40 AM ***

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:18 PM
Moosh, fixed it....the link is http://www.coastergallery.com/japan/N08.html

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 8:24 PM
Thanks, that was so cool. I think you could add Wave Swinger and that 200ft Pirate ride into the land of giants.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 9:34 PM
Hmmm.... Any other Chi-town native know how big the one at Navy Pier is? It's a heck of a lot bigger than anything I've seen at an amusment park, but I don't think it's quite that big...

The ride on the Navy Pier one, by the way, isn't exactly more exciting, but it's very different. You're so high up that you never really feel like you're going to hit anything, but this is compensated in that your seats can be twisted almost a full 360 degrees in either direction. When you time the unwinding with either the apex or nadir of the up/down motion, the whip-like affect is quite extraodinary.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 11:13 PM

Dukeis#1 said:
Not to mention all those coasters in the background.

Yeah, a 70's Corkscrew and an Ultra Twister. Big wow.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2003 11:38 PM
Can someone explain to me the logic behind two gigantic swing ships next to one that's regular sized? That just looks like a waste of money.

mOOSH

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:17 AM

Yes, probably a waste of money but the dwarfing effect is pretty neat!
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 12:54 AM
Smaller ship for younger less thrillseeking riders. Big ship for us.

Sfog has both types of free fall and used to have both pirate ship and looping starship.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 2:49 AM

Dukeis#1 said:
Well, I guess that proves that Japan certainly kicks our ass in the Amusement Park world.

lol, right......

Reminds me of whenever Europe gets a cool new ride, and at least ONE person has to say "OMG, why can't we get anything cool like that over here?!?!?! Europe's coasters are so much better!!!!"

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 5:22 AM
I want to say the Wave Swinger at Navy Pier is a Zierer Wave Swinger 40. Also, my guess is that the uber-Wave Swinger doesn't travel. The traveling swing rides are hard to keep balanced now, so I can't imagine the headache of trying to keep one of these in check. Of course, with technology the way it is you could probably create some sort of unbalance system through a computer and quickly balance people out once loaded instead of "eyeballing it." The only large Wave Swinger I know of is in Japan, which is where those pictures are from.

Adam

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 10:43 AM
Anybody know what Batwing is @ SFEG? It's a swing type ride that is pretty tall. You sit side by side in a 2 person car that has wings on either side that you can control similar to flying eagles, but they barely work. I've never seen anything like it, but it's a pretty tall swing ride.
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Thursday, September 25, 2003 10:46 AM
I think the Yo Yo at Indiana Beach is the best ride of that type that I've been on. It's built on a small pier over the lake. Super fun. Too bad it isn't 100' tall! ;)

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 10:48 AM
What about that wave swinger at DCA? That thing seemed pretty big.

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Thursday, September 25, 2003 11:02 AM
That Giant Pirate Ship looks psychotic. I wonder why it has two sides (does the park really get that crowded?), and why they have a smaller (regular) one right next to it. Why would anyone ride it with that monstrous thing next door?

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