Question about NY parks...

Monday, May 20, 2002 12:16 PM

Went to Darien Lake this past weekend, noticed a break on the second to the last bunny hill coming back from the station on Superman...was on and slowed down the ride long has this break been there and how long have they been using it?

Also, at Martin's Fantasy Island, in Grand Island, NY, they put up a drop tower, a very mild one at that. It shoots you up, holds you at the top, and then drops you down. Does anyone know who manufactured this? The ride ops did not know.

Thanks! :-)

Monday, May 20, 2002 12:19 PM

I think it was installed for its second year. I'm not a bit surprised either because the brake run is far too short, and I believe there had been some slippage when the kicker wheels get wet.

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Monday, May 20, 2002 12:22 PM
I thought the bunny hill brake was installed a few months after opening when "Mr. Big" was ejected. The ride never failed to amaze me when I went last summer, and I'm sure Jeff can tell you about SFA's version...

My two favorite coasters are named Superman.

Monday, May 20, 2002 12:28 PM

The crappy drop tower is actually a Chance manufactured ride. If the ride-ops don't know (which they usually don't), you'll find the brand name somewhere on the ride.

If you goto, you'll see a park model of it there.

The break was probably put in on the 2nd year. Only the seat-belts were installed after the big-guy got a little "real" air-time, and kinda missed the coaster on the way down.

....Summer is only a short 91 days long. How much of that time are you going to use at the amusement parks??

Monday, May 20, 2002 5:36 PM

Yet another one who notices the difference... I agree w/ you man, that last hill just isn't close to what it used to be. It is sad that everyone can no longer feel the full force of that monster bunny hop. I will never forget that feeling of being ripped over the top. I think it was only a month or two after opening weekend 1999 that it was added, like sombody else mentioned, but not 100% sure. I remember not getting too many more rides in before I noticed the fiendish brakes. I didn't even see them at first, and after riding and crawling through the end, I knew something was wrong... then I saw the brakes and screamed in horror....

And as Dawg Byte mentioned, it is manufactured by Chance rides and goes under the manufacturer name of Slingshot (not to be confused with any other of the same name)

*** This post was edited by SFDL_Dude on 5/20/2002. ***


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