Now THIS is a Top Spin ride!

Monday, September 24, 2007 9:52 PM
I seriously don't know if I could handle the second video since it starts out like a clothes dryer:) The most intense programs I've experienced have been first at Kennywood and then with Strates Shows.

With Strates, I was able to look in the booth and I could see that he was running a program at first, and then would switch over to manual mode. I think I counted over twenty flips.

My favorite Top Spin so far though is still Tomb Raider Firefall at KD, even though the seat dividers can pinch your family jewels. It has enough action—but it's not too far over the top—that I was shocked that Paramount installed it as is.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 6:23 PM
I would hate to ride that at Oktoberfest...all that Dunkel bouncing around in my stomach
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 6:34 PM

Goliath Freak said:
Minus the water effects, when is was SFWoA when people asked for lots of flips, we used this program, it was rare, but I know it was used at least 3 times back in 2003

I remember asking for one of those rides that year. I was with some friends who worked there, and they said "ask for program 5" or whatever the number was. It sat down at the bottom and flipped us 17 times in a row. :)

-Josh

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 6:57 PM
HOLY ****! I was on that this past Sunday. Trip report forthcoming!!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:56 PM
I remember in either 01 or 02 riding at GL/sfwoa and they must have been operating manually as they gave a wild ride and then went back later in the day and it was much lamer. Got to love those ride ops that do what they aren't suppossed to...
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Monday, October 1, 2007 10:41 AM
Now, watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNYyTRRzmxA

107 flips on a Top Spin 2.

This is for a fan-group in a small park in Germany. They usually run the ride in programmed mode, but somehow this operartor must have perfected his skills.

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Monday, October 1, 2007 2:53 PM
Oh My God. The good thing is those people showed up expecting that treatment. Begged for it. Probably got off and immediately rode again.
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Monday, October 1, 2007 3:38 PM
^^Yes, that op indeed had practiced to get THAT good. A well-run manual-op ride can beat the daylights out of ANY program that a manufacturer would set.

The difference between WG'S Twister and that TopSpin ride is I think I could actually handle the 100+ flips....the spinning got to me after only a few minutes.

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Monday, October 1, 2007 4:02 PM
20 bucks says I mighta puke my guts out after about 30 times.

Still unreal thought. I wonder how long it took the bearings and motors to cool down.

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Monday, October 1, 2007 8:08 PM
I just went on a top spin a few nights ago at a local county fair. It was this very ride: http://www.midwayoffun.com/ride7.htm

We flipped exactly 100 times in 1 ride. It was a bit much, but they were paying attention to the ride, so I felt confident that if someone needed it to be stopped, they would have.

Flipping too much takes all of the fun out of the ride, I like the mystery of not knowing what is happening next.


Quite the opposite, at SF Discovery Kingdom, they have Voodoo, a Huss Top Spin. It has a set program, and it couldn't be worse. It does 2-3 flips right near the start of the ride depending on weight, then swings you back and forth, making you think it's going to do something. Then finally you head from the top towards the front and the carriage brakes, so you face the water pit (there is not water anymore), at which point the brake releases too early!

Check out a video of one of the worst Top Spin programs ever!
http://youtube.com/watch?v=qaWhuWz7a_8
I just found this video, I did not take it.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 3:05 AM
I just saw the video as a featured on Youtube. The main question I have is How many people were blacking out on that ride? I know those things produce up to 4-5 Gs.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 1:12 PM
^Apparantly they are all fine and wouldn´t have minded to go on even longer.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007 3:06 PM
When I saw the video featured on youtube I was pretty shocked, it looks like no one could actually survive this treatment...

but after searching around a bit I found that going with a lot of flips on TopSpins is not that unheard of.

Now someone will have to be guineepig for the big worldrecord of TopSpinFlipping

:P (not me)

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