Rose Parade Float

Thursday, January 1, 2004 12:03 PM
Did anyone see the TOT float? it had a replica of the ferris wheel and california screamin at DCA, and stood 100 feet tall
Thursday, January 1, 2004 12:28 PM
Very nice work they did. I loved the riders hair.
Thursday, January 1, 2004 12:41 PM
it looked real cool. They started it in September! That took a lot of work.
Thursday, January 1, 2004 2:19 PM
I watched it expecting the thing to fall. I was dissapointed.

Seriously , I remember reading that it was supposed to fall.

Thursday, January 1, 2004 2:28 PM
Can someone post a link to pics of the float?

I remember the Rose Parade float back in the 80's that had a real looping coaster on it! The loop was very small, and I imagine the 2 riders were sick by the time the parade ended.

Thursday, January 1, 2004 3:26 PM
I remember that float Trillerman1. The TOT float in todays parade did fall a few inches once in a while. My boss was on our Lenscrafters float today too.
Thursday, January 1, 2004 8:48 PM
While it was impressive,(from my TV screen, that is!) it was nothing more than an advertisement for Disney. The parade administration discourages floats that pitch a product to the viewers--and that is almost exactly what the float did. (Along with the Roto-Rooter float, but to a lessor extent) *** Edited 1/2/2004 1:49:46 AM UTC by Dukeis#1***
Thursday, January 1, 2004 10:10 PM
First off, Happy 2004!

There have been many "real rides" on floats through the years.

Sixflags, planing and construction for next years parade begins Jan 2, with most heavy work starting in Feb.

The float is impressive in person, anyone in the Socal area can go see it at DCA from the 2-19 on Jan. *** Edited 1/2/2004 3:13:59 AM UTC by ExJPranger***

Thursday, January 1, 2004 11:24 PM
I'm wondering if and how much money Disney pumped into the Rose Bowl/parade. My guess would be, "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours."

I did notice A LOT of promoting of Mission Space today while watching all the Rose stuff.

"The Future of Roller Coasters"

Thursday, January 1, 2004 11:49 PM
^There was no discount for Disney, The ToR does not pay the float builders.

On average floats run $100,000 and up.

After checking the daily scedule for DCA, it would seem that they will be running the float at various times through out the day and that would never happen at post parade. So thats cool. *** Edited 1/2/2004 5:07:50 AM UTC by ExJPranger***

Friday, January 2, 2004 1:10 AM
Does anyone knows what happen to looping coaster float? Is it still around in some storage shed or did they wreck it? If it still around maybe they can donate to the National Roller Coaster Museum. I know it not built it but which city is going get the NRCMA?

Friday, January 2, 2004 2:49 AM
I hope to god that never gets built. That's such a lame thought... a museum... about coasters.

I mean, i'm into coasters, not like you guys are, anymore (cause i realized how pathetic most of you are, particularly the acer's and other clubbers), but something like that is just sad.

Friday, January 2, 2004 3:06 AM
^^That float has been gone a very long time. So I would guess the coaster is
scrap. *** Edited 1/3/2004 9:34:46 AM UTC by ExJPranger***
Friday, January 2, 2004 6:52 AM

BrentOs said:
(cause i realized how pathetic most of you are, particularly the acer's and other clubbers.

Birds of a feather and all...welcom to the flock of pathetic losers(you do know that you are also pathetic by association, so get off your high horse). The only pathetic person I see here is someone who trolls around making comments about people hes never even met.

Back on topic. I never saw the looping coaster float, that woulda been a sight. The DCA float is impressive by any standards, wonder if they'll ever use it again.

Friday, January 2, 2004 10:38 AM
Dukeis#1: Notice how every float in the parade (except for the ones built by local SoCal citys) ARE sponsoerd by large companies? Kodak, Lens Crafters, IHOP, and many many more. The rose parade has been commercialized for a LONG time now, Disney didn't invent that.

Also, one of my best friends was on that Disney float. He was standing in front of the replica of California Screamin'. *** Edited 1/2/2004 3:39:01 PM UTC by Soggy***

Friday, January 2, 2004 11:41 AM
It is possible that the float is still around. There is a museum, and where it is located escapes me right now, that will buy rose parade floats each year and then takes them back to their museum where they will redecorate them with fake flowers (so they will last longer). I believe it is called the "American Parade Museum" or something like that - I was just barely paying attention to KTLA when that was on (part of the pre-parade stuff).


Friday, January 2, 2004 4:25 PM

BrentOs said:
I hope to god that never gets built. That's such a lame thought... a museum... about coasters.

I mean, i'm into coasters, not like you guys are, anymore (cause i realized how pathetic most of you are, particularly the acer's and other clubbers), but something like that is just sad.

I don't know why you would generalize everyone on this site like that. You certainly aren't making any friends that way. I'm neither in a club nor in ACE at the moment, but I know plenty of people who are, and they are actually decent people.

And, what is so lame about a museum about coasters? Believe or not, there are a lot of people who would enjoy this museum outside of coasters enthusiasts I would think. Consider that one of the most visited museums (if not the top dog) is the Air & Space Museum in D.C., where people go to stare at airplanes and space rockets. And, they now have two locations (side note: I just found out they charge $12 to park at the new museum. Ouch.)

Friday, January 2, 2004 9:52 PM
As I recall, the looping coaster parade float was sponsored by Honda and had a Honda motor for the lift.
Friday, January 2, 2004 10:16 PM

1. You will be surprised at what has a museum dedicated to it. I chould think of a lot cheezier things then a Roller Coaster Musuem. Beside, it would be better then having stuff roting away in a warehouse.

2. Calling Enthusiats "Patheitic Losers" might score points on Westcoaster, but this is Coasterbuzz. A bunch of people on here are ACErs and other "Pathetic Losers". *** Edited 1/3/2004 3:17:07 AM UTC by Coaster File***

Friday, January 2, 2004 11:41 PM
In Baltimore alone, we have the B&O Train Museum, the Streetcar Museum, The Museum of Industry, the National Aquarium (yes, believe it or not, people pay good money to stare at fish), and the Science Museum. Hell, in my Texas guide they had a museum dedicated to Barb Wire!

Let's face it, most of us know our stuff when it comes to coasters, but many people don't. Just think of the history you could cover:
1) The invention of roller coasters
2) The boom of wooden roller coasters
3) Trolley Parks (see above)
4) The disappearance of thousands of coasters
5) Tubular Steel introduced
6) Resurgance of coasters
7) Safety devices
8) Accidents
9) New coaster types throughout the years
10) Different train designs throughout the years


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