I was on a job at the Ohio Expo Center today and noticed they had marked out the lot for this years midway. Once again Amusements of America has the contract, and booked on pieces that have arrived so far seem to be Bates Bros. Here's what this years ride collection seems to be so far.
KMG Fireball, Mondial Heart Breaker (new this year), MTV Funhouse, Cave of Doom, Rock and Roll (Bertazzon Matterhorn?), Rock and Roll (Bertazzon Musik Express?), Power Surge (in past years these last three pieces have been brought in by Belle City Amusements), Mardi Gras, Rainbow Rock, Banzai, Zipper, YoYo (Bates), Crazy Mouse, Space Roller, Rock-o-Plane, Pharaoh's Fury, Tilt a Whirl, Wave Swinger, Inverter (Bates), Gravitron, Drop Tower (Belle City?), 3 different Scooters, Viper (this may be the new Wisdom remake of the Cobra), Cliff Hanger, Quasar, Avalanche coaster (formerly HW's Firecracker), and Giant Wheel. There may be more, there were some spots with trucks sitting on them, and some marked where I couldn't read the writing. (For instance, one space was marked either "Shake" or "Snake". The space looked way too small for it to be a Shake [rats!] so it's probably Snake.[reptile side show?])
All this is subject to change, of course, and there may be errors here on my part. I'll try to update this periodically as new pieces arrive. The Fair opens Wed. Jul 30 and runs through Sun. Aug 10. This is the big week for set up, but some pieces are still on the road from Delaware until a day or two before the Fair starts. Makes it tough on the inspectors.
The Heart Breaker should be a highlight this year, I think. They hadn't taken possesion of it in time for last year's Ohio show, I think it made it's debut in Dallas.
A of A sold theirs in 2002 or 03, and it just hasen't been the same.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
And yeah, Jason Hammond and RideMan, wasn't that G-Force the worst? I passed on it at the fair last year- when I watched it operate all I heard coming from the passengers was "ouch, ouch, ouch." But they had it set up outside at IAAPA last year so I tried it then. Ouch, ouch, ouch. It belongs to Bates, natch, having been built by A.R.M. and I suspect it's still one of a kind. It was originally conceptualized as a "roller coaster/drop tower hybrid." Check this out-
Looks a lot different (and better maybe?) than what finally came to pass, doesn't it? The good news is I don't see it marked out anywhere on the midway yet.
Nor do I see a Scrambler anywhere, john peck. Sorry.
Was there more than one of these? They had one set up at the IX indoor amusement park earlier this year as well. I didn't go, so don't have any pictures for comparison, but I remembered seeing it in some ads for the park.
Shame. The single-trailer and simple concept could have been executed so much better.
Add to the list- Bumper Boats, Persian Fun House, and I lied about the Tornado not being there. They are setting up at least two, maybe even three.
I remember Gooding's show as being good, too, Dutchman. It's where we got to ride a Turbo every summer of our lives.
No G-Force (which was awesome in my opinion), Flying Bobs, Spin Out, and no Super Loops (Ring of Fire).
Added Rock-O-Plane, Pharoah's Fury, Tornado, Heart Breaker, Quasar (It looks like it would give the same ride as the Flying Bobs would.), Zipper, Yo-Yo, Viper, and the Inverter.
It seems quite different to me.
This ride reminds of the Chance Chaos, and is it going to have problems like X? http://youtube.com/watch?v=4B46MlTLKb4&feature=related
Quasar is more like a really fast Trabant with swinging cars. Once it gets going the cars don't have a lot of swing to them. Dancing Fly is a better model of a similar ride.
There was a YoYo last year, but someone elses. The one there this year is still trailered, but it looks really nice- pink, yellow and green. It may be a new piece for Bates, or a reconditioned one. (They own at least two that I've seen).
This is the Heart Breaker that we will be getting.
It's a small 1 trailer ride, unusual for Mondial. (Best to describe it as a slanted Miami that flips.) The Mondial rep at IAAPA told me he wished they had designed it a little bigger with a larger back flash. Apparently the ride's low visibility keeps it from doing better business, especially in Europe where the spectacular flat ride is king. I think it looks like a blast, and like most Mondial rides, the action is random.
Hi Matt! ;)
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