Rare Classic Rides

Idora Park once had a Turbo. Of course, we all know that both it and the Turbo are now gone.

Arthur Bahl

my trip to Australia next summer will hopefully score me a ride on a turbo. there is one there w/ a carnival and it is currently being rebuilt. Supposedly it will make an appearance later this year.
swampfoxer, in regarding to your question about Twin Grove: yes, Twin Grove Park and Twin Grove Campground are the same place. According to their website, they list the Cuddle Up as a current attraction.

http://www.twingroveparkcampground.com/

Mamoosh's avatar
Anyone know how many discs Twin Grove's Cuddle Up is? IIRC it was more than two.
Maybe I'll have to take a ride down there this weekend to find out.
Mamoosh's avatar
If you do please take your camera ;)
I wrote to Twin Grove asking them about the cuddle up. I have not gotten a response. I have heard from other people that confirmed they have it, but it is not yet operating.

If Twin Grove gets the cuddle up and the circle swing running, it will quickly become a destination park for me! I've never ridden either one but have wanted to for years! I love the crazy dazy (and irritated that Stricker's got rid of theirs).

I've seen pictures of a moon rocket in the Knoebels book (I think that's where I saw it). It looked similar to a Bayern Curve.

Speaking of Turbos, what about the related Radar? Willow Mill had one.

What I really want to find is a boomerang, not the coaster, but the evil little flatride. Bertrand Island, Riverview Chicago, and a place on the Jersey Shore had them. I've since heard a report about an updated version that showed up at a carnival, but I haven't been able to find out any info about it.

There must be a ton old stuff in storage...somewhere.


Ex_Westview and KW_worker said:
It was called "Moon Shot",Ill try to describe it..

It had cars like a caterpillar and a round track that was tilted about 45 degrees.It went around in a circle with no hills or valleys,went pretty fast.


Was it similar to the ride in this picture? The one that says "Moon Rocket". This is (was) at Carolina Beach.

http://members.aol.com/k9660r/carolina_beach.jpg

Look forward to hearing more about this Cuddle Up at Twin Grove.

That ride was called "Moon Rocket". Three parks that once had them were West View, Conneaut Lake, and Rockaway's Playland. There certainly were many others.

Arthur Bahl


swampfoxer said:

Ex_Westview and KW_worker said:
It was called "Moon Shot",Ill try to describe it..

It had cars like a caterpillar and a round track that was tilted about 45 degrees.It went around in a circle with no hills or valleys,went pretty fast.


Was it similar to the ride in this picture? The one that says "Moon Rocket". This is (was) at Carolina Beach.

http://members.aol.com/k9660r/carolina_beach.jpg


Yes thats it!

That is the correct name of the one at Conneaut,it was "moon rocket" instead of what I said "moon shot"

*** Edited 8/11/2006 2:15:07 PM UTC by Ex_Westview and KW_worker***


Racing whippet 76-77
What was the ride at Kings Island that looked like huge wooden shoes? If I remember correctly, it went around in circles much like a yo-yo.
Was that the same ride that is now at Kentucky Kingdom?
http://tinyurl.com/nzaxg
I love this thread.

Okay folks, I took all three pages of this information and compiled it all into a Microsoft Excel file that lists each ride type, manufacturer, park, location and status. It is by no means a complete file and there are a lot of "holes" but it's a start. I think it would be a good idea to use it to create a complete list of classic rides since some are extremely rare and others are getting there.

I'm trying to shy away from roller coasters and European rides, even though I do have the Calypso listed. I guess we need to determine what makes a ride "classic"? Maybe it should consist of rides of a certain age? Perhaps rides that can no longer be purchased new, al least in their original forms? A park can install a new set of flying scooters, but they won't be from Bisch-Rocco.

If anyone wants to help, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you the file. I only ask that you message me if you feel you have something you can contribute. I know that Knoebels has a Mangels Whip in operation but I don't know where Parc Safari is or what the status is of the Old Mill at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, or where the Iowa State Fairgrounds are for that matter. Get my drift?

I think this could be fun...


gomez said:
Intamin 1st generation freefalls are becoming more and more rare (ie: Demon Drop - Cedar Point). Is Demon Drop the only one still running?

(Paramount's) Canada Wonderland had one at one point (I'm pretty sure about that). But they also have some other early generation rides there. I'd say what they are, but I don't know the names (you can check it out on their website under family rides) <http://www3.paramountparks.com/canadaswonderland/attractions/category.cfm?ac_id=24>


Dustin Kern
Mamoosh's avatar
There certainly were many others.

Coney Isand [NY] had a Moon Rocket as well.

Millrace, that is the same ride that I was referring to.
Rob, what about completely defunct rides, are you planning ongetting into that too? They could number in the hundreds!

The Iowa State Fairgrounds is in Des Moines. My uncle is there with his electric car exhibit. :)


Acoustic Viscosity said:
The MB Pavillion has a Calypso.
Isn't Worlds of Fun's Zulu an Enterprise? Doesn't Cedar Point have one near Gemini?

Yes, CP has one and it is called the Witches Wheel.


Coasterbuzzer said:
What was the ride at Kings Island that looked like huge wooden shoes? If I remember correctly, it went around in circles much like a yo-yo.

It was called the Flying Dutchman and operated from the time the park opened in 1972 until 1990. They put the since removed Skylab in it's spot.

Cedar Point once had TWO Calypso rides, the other being called the Tiki Twirl back in the 1980's.

Their Calypso suffered a freak accident back then when the whole centerpiece of the ride collapsed. Nobody was hurt but that centerpiece is gone and the cars no longer have little umbrella roofs over them.

Tom


You have disturbed the forbidden temple, now-you-will-pay!!!

Nah, I was thinking of starting small and listing just current rides.
http://www.americanaamusementpark.com/spacecombat.htm

This ride at Lesourdsville was like a big herschel Helicopter ride with cars that spun around and went up and down, It had guns that would sound and flashing lights and such.

It was never a bit thriller although it was fun. I can remember riding in the late 70's and the ride had a killer sound system. I remember Bay City Rollers S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y Night and Afternoon delight being played on it.

Of course Lesourdsville had a Indy 500 gokart race that ran on electric strips and a Kangaroo at one point.

I believe the last SPACE COMBAT ride as linked above I heard about was either in the Pacific Northwest or at that Boston park.

Chuck

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