Posted Friday, October 12, 2001 4:17 AM | Contributed by Chitown
You knew it had to come eventually. A sports park in Wisconsin Dells is building a true free fall ride where you fall several stories into a big net. You aren't attached to anything at all on what they're calling a "Suspended Catch Air Device."
I saw this attraction being hyped 6 or 7 years ago but had not heard if anyone built it. If I recall correctly, it was supposed to include multiple "rides" like bungee jumps, this "uncontrolled but controlled frefall", etc all on one tower.
in the video it looks like you have some kind of harness, that keeps you in a semi-tucked position, and you land on your back... It looks pretty extreme, i have to admit. You'd think that the experience would be scary enough to keep you from screwing around on it. I know when I rode the 300 ft. Skycoaster in Kissimee, Florida I was scared out of my wits, but when I rode the 100 ft. Skycoaster at SFMW, I was totally flailing around on the drop to attempt a somersault, as I knew the harness would save me from any foolishness.
It's called a SCAD dive. Not S&S. They were presenting in the 1999 and 2000 IAAPA shows. Basically, you are put into a harness, connected to a rope, hung out over the opening on the toip, and the guy pulls a lever and you drop down into the net.
At the Zero Gravity Thrill Park in Texas, they soak the net in water during the summer months, so that when you hit, you dissapear in an explosion of mist!
They had one of these at the Del Mar Fair this past summer here in San Diego. It wasn't open when I went though. I think I'll stick with S&S stuff. BTW...doesn't this kinda remind you of that movie "Contact"?
*** This post was edited by janfrederick on 10/12/2001. ***
Jeez!! 40 dollars for one ride on a Skycoaster?! I think thats a little high but the ride its self looks awesome. ----------------- KBF Net...The Next Generation In KBF Sites...http://kbfnet.thrillzing.net...It's Alive...Nov. 20...
So there is NO ROPES at all, period. You are in a harness that conects you to the lift but thats it and it does makesure you fall on your back. They plan to price it at about $30-60, in average to everything else thats there. Though within the past 5 years Wisconsin Dells, WI has sure become an indrenaline junkies dream come true. There might be a real rollercoaster park being built within the next 5-10 years.
----------------- I may be from IL, but i sure can't get enough of the FORCE. MF!!!
That has got to be fun. The anticipation must be huge. I would be scared but of course I would try it. ----------------- TOP 5 1. Alpengeist, 2. Magnum XL-200, 3. Superman: Ride of Steel (SFNE), 4. Volcano: The Blast Coaster, 5. Apollo's Chariot
Cedar Dells? Yeah, that would have a nice ring to it. ----------------- ========================= "The Peoples Elbow" or "The Spinaroonie?. Cant decide which is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!!! LOL
I also like that idea maybe Cedar Fair should be thinking of buying the dells. You could only imagine what a new giga coaster or some type of B&M would do for the dells one place I could think of were they could put more coasters would be Big Cheif Carts & Coasters. ----------------- 17 Parks In the 2001 Season! 105 Coasters in Track Record.
Big Chief owns ALOT of land especially around its 2 parks. If you notice the wooded areas next to Zeus and Cyclops, thats all owned by them and then some. ----------------- I may be from IL, but i sure can't get enough of the FORCE. MF!!!