I've done a little searching on here and couldn't find an answer, so here goes. I may be opening a can of worms but...Is Tomb Raider:The Ride, Delirium, or TTD considered prototypes. There has been a heated discussion on a PKI site and there was no clear answer. Care to take a shot at it?
Hmmm, I am not too sure about the giant Frisbees. Would the first regular Frisbee be a proto or just a further development of the swinging ship? The giant frisbees are not transportable and use a different propulsion system. Actually all they have in common is a swinging arm with a rotating gondola. What about the Jump2? It is as well a completely different ride than the small forerunner. I would agree with the giant TopSpin, though.
I have tried talking until I am blue in the face (yeah, I know, not really) to some of the peeps at PKIU and they will not relent that any of these are prototypes. I am not convinced that any of them are.
Actaully we were told at BeastBuzz about how on TR:TR each arm operates independent from the other and much of the challenge of operating the ride is the result of having to keep the arms so perfectly in sync.
Do the older, smaller top spins work that way?
If not, then I could see the calling TR:TR a prototype.
Sea Serpent is not the prototype. Reino Aventura [which became Six Flags Mexico]received the first, in 1982. Three opened in 1984, including Sea Serpent. A quick search of rcdb.com will give you this list.
And often the prototype is NOT the first one. Many times the prototype is a working model not meant for consumer use. I seem to recall that Vekoma built a full-scale model of a Boomerang to test, tweak, and make sure it worked before selling the first model to Reino Aventura.
But you are correct that it was the first Boomerang in the United States ;)
Gator: the S&S air-launch prototype that was at the factory in Utah was only a launch, tower, and brakes. IIRC they used those elements and added the rest of the track to make Hypersonic. So while you can't call HXLC the prototype portions of it came from it ;)