Rotor rides still in operation?

Monday, May 5, 2008 7:25 AM
rsscbell's avatar I would like for my 14yr old to experience one but all the ones I have rode are gone. They were at Kennywood,Cedar Point,Geauga lake,Hershey Park,Conneaut Lake and six flags St.Louis
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Monday, May 5, 2008 7:52 AM
I believe Lake Compounce, Adventureland (Iowa) and Canobie Lake all have Rotors. Canobie's is a rare SDC model if memory serves me correctly.

If there are others, I am sure someone else will chime in.

Monday, May 5, 2008 8:10 AM
Worlds of Fun still has theirs.

Prowler. Opens May,2 2009.

Monday, May 5, 2008 8:15 AM
Last time I was at Canobie (July 2007) it was still in operation.

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Monday, May 5, 2008 8:21 AM
Jason Hammond's avatar Did Six Flags Great Adventure get rid of theirs? I vaguely remember them having one. It may have been themed to the Tasmanian Devil. Although I suppose it could have been a different park. I went to a lot of parks that year. *** Edited 5/5/2008 12:23:00 PM UTC by Jason Hammond***

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Monday, May 5, 2008 9:21 AM
Great Adventure's Taz's Twister was sadly removed, after hardly operating in the shoulder seasons.

Conneaut Lake Park had a Hell Hole, not a rotor. Very similar, and only 3 made.

Most parks have removed theirs, and now you have to find a traveling show to get a good ride.

Kennywood had the newest one, now sold, made by Chance. All fiberglass. Quiet runner, but not as durable as the old days.

Monday, May 5, 2008 9:38 AM
^ AJ, wasn't Kennywood's moved to Lake Compounce?

And since we're on the Rotor topic, what year was Conneaut's Hell Hole originally built and who was the manufacturer? It resembled the old Rotors of the 50's with the multiple viewing decks and the larger drum that seemed to spin twice as fast as the Chance models.

It's a shame these rides are all but extinct. It was a unique experience that kids really seemed to like.

Monday, May 5, 2008 9:44 AM
Worlds of Fun's Rotor was never modified after the Cajun Cliffhanger incident at SFGAm. Not that the mod is a bad thing. I don't want my toes or heal pinched.
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Monday, May 5, 2008 10:09 AM
rollergator's avatar Until last PPP trip, I hadn't ridden a Rotor since PKD's. Friends talked me onto LC's....I'm glad they did. Not something I want to do all the time, but it was good to try one out again after about 30 years.

Is SFMM's gone, the one down by the mine train?

Monday, May 5, 2008 10:15 AM
Yes, its gone, along with the Tilt a whirl and Bayern Curve.
Monday, May 5, 2008 10:53 AM
Not sure if you're looking for a specific model or if just the Rotor 'experience,' and I'm not sure which type this is, but oddly enough, COSI (a science museum in Columbus, OH) has one. It only runs in good weather/staffing, so I'd be cautious if you have to travel a distance to get here -- but it's included with museum admission.

ETA: There's also a list of operating Rotors on Wikipedia, although as always the information is subject to not being accurate: *** Edited 5/5/2008 2:55:56 PM UTC by CarrieR***

Monday, May 5, 2008 12:07 PM
Yes the one at Lake Compounce is the one from kennywood. You can not wear sandles or flipflops on it. You can see a video of it.

Monday, May 5, 2008 4:03 PM
I believe that Coneaut's is a Mack, one of Mickey Hugh's early imports
Monday, May 5, 2008 4:07 PM
Well its landfill now. I operated it a few times when the Blue Streak was down for repairs. Love the earthquake effect with the floor. *** Edited 5/6/2008 12:36:53 AM UTC by Agent Johnson***
Monday, May 5, 2008 5:18 PM

I don't know how often you get to Columbus, but COSI, (the Center of Science and Industry) is a great family oriented science museum. There they have in the outdoor Science Park portion of the museum a Rotor called Centripetal Generotor. It's fun to see, as they have stripped the original Chance ride (which we were told came from a park in Maine) of it's top and outer shell, so the spinning drum, doors, etc. are visible from the ground. It's themed like a large generator of sorts with an oversized (huge) horseshoe magnet that's seemingly stuck to the side of the drum, as if to hold the riders inside in place. As with all things COSI, when you ride you get a science lesson about things like centripetal force, G forces, and so on. It's a great place with lots of fun and educational things for the entire family. Check it out.

Doesn't Hershey still have their's? It might be the closest to Erie for you.

Kennywood's Chance Rotor was one of the best, the floor went down very far away from the rider's feet. I rode Hoffmeister's Rotor at Cedar Point which I believe operated from the late 50's to late 60's. It was the old style gallery rotor with the large wooden drum and it was great. The scariest ever was the Hell Hole at Coney Island, NY. Like a torture device, it was. It went so fast the kids on it were crying. I was, too. I think there was finally a bad accident on that one (like a part of the wall coming off while it was in motion, or something) and it went away.

Monday, May 5, 2008 7:55 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar The one at Adventureland is a Chance Rotor.
Here is an interior photo during and after opperation.
And here is a 30 second video.
*** Edited 5/6/2008 12:01:03 AM UTC by Jason Hammond***

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Monday, May 5, 2008 9:32 PM
crazy horse's avatar Actualy, the rotor at cedarpoint ran untill the early 80's. I remember riding it and being just barley tall enough to get on.

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Monday, May 5, 2008 10:23 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar Cedar Point's first Rotor opened in 1961 and closed after the 1964 season. A new version (different make/model?) opened in 1967 and closed in after the 1984 season.

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Monday, May 5, 2008 10:44 PM
My first Rotor was at Kings Island in 1975. It stood in Oktoberfest near the Bavarian Beetle, I believe.

Always made me curious why these things went out of style. Was it the safety factor? I always wondered if there were any horror stories about passengers getting footgear or clothing pinched between the wall and the floor when the platform rises back up.

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Monday, May 5, 2008 11:56 PM
Cedar Points 2nd ride was a Chance Rotor. The Town Hall Museum has a shot of the 1st Rotor next to the French Frolic, which I thought we rode in '66. I may be wrong tho.

I don't know about them going out of style so much, but I don't believe they are made anymore. As they get older and worn out the parts may be harder to find, who knows?

Most Rotors operated so that the floor didn't come all the way back up to the riders feet, and as the ride slowed down the riders would slip slowly back down the last couple of inches to the the floor. When it stopped the riders would step to the center (sometimes there was a pole to grab onto for balance) and the operator would raise the floor back up to door level. The Chance rides had a nubby rubber covering on the wall, making it harder to slide down. The Hoffmeister rides had smooth walls, and usually they would let the riders slide all the way to the bottom, and not raise the floor back up at all until it had stopped completely. The Hell Hole I rode had an exit door at the bottom and they just let the riders out there, then raised the floor back up once everyone was gone.

I don't know of any horror stories, Mike, but one time at CP I saw a girl's flipflop fall between the floor and the wall, disappearing down below. The operator had to go to ground level, go in the small door at the back of the ride and retrieve the shoe for her. Neither the shoe nor the girl were injured. All in all it was a very safe ride, not much could go wrong, and most times didn't even post a height restriction.


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