Say good by to the Rotor at Lake Compounce

Friday, November 12, 2010 11:28 AM
DaveStroem's avatar

According to their FB post the Rotor at LC is being replaced by another attraction.

Say Goodbye to The Rotor! Wondering what will be going in its place?? Check our Facebook page and www.lakecompounce.com on Monday for clues!

I hate the thought of losing another classic flat ride. My Daughter absolutely loves Rotors and must ride them at least once when we are at a park with one.

Last edited by DaveStroem, Friday, November 12, 2010 11:32 AM

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Friday, November 12, 2010 11:32 AM
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Well that sucks! I'm very (VERY) happy I got to ride it for the first time in September, then. I hate that rotors are disappearing. That was my first one in over 20 years.


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Friday, November 12, 2010 11:59 AM

Does anyone know if the Rotor at Columbus OH COSI is still running?

It has always been closed when we were there.


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Friday, November 12, 2010 12:00 PM
Vater's avatar

I have a love/hate relationship with rotors. Actually, more of a kind-of-like/hate relationship. I like the ride experience, but hate the loss of sustenance that sometimes occurs afterwards.

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Friday, November 12, 2010 12:29 PM

Tekwardo said:
Well that sucks! I'm very (VERY) happy I got to ride it for the first time in September, then. I hate that rotors are disappearing. That was my first one in over 20 years.

My thoughts (almost) exactly. I love Rotors. Nothing will EVER top the HellHole on the Seaside Boards here in Jersey back in the 70's. The carny who usually operated it was absolutely psychotic, and I loved him for it. Stopping, then starting up again as people were walking toward the door. 10-15 minute cycles. Slowing enough that you slid ALL the way down..and the floor was a LOT further down back then. Not caring WHAT position you took on the wall. Good times, baby.

I rode Compounce's in July for the first time, but I couldn't say what my previous one was (wasn't as long a gap as Tek, though.) At Compounce, I entered the chamber, then saw my companion on the observation deck. They wouldn't let her on because she was wearing sandals. Next thing I know she comes in and takes her spot next to me. The door attendant had offered to let my companion wear her own sneakers..actually loaned them to her for the ride. How (bleeping) cool is that?


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Friday, November 12, 2010 2:13 PM
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According to Elizabeth, the Rotor at COSI is in fact running (I wasn't with her the last time she went with school). She must ride it every time we go.


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Friday, November 12, 2010 2:33 PM
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Glad I took a ride over PPP weekend. I can't handle them as much as I used to, but I'm sure going to miss it the next time I'm at LC.


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Friday, November 12, 2010 2:36 PM
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Parden my stupidity, but what is COSI?


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Friday, November 12, 2010 2:51 PM

When my wife isn't in the mood we just get COSI.

(Center of Science and Industry in Columbus.)

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Friday, November 12, 2010 2:53 PM
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Center of Science and Industry, in Columbus. For a while there was one in Toledo as well. The web site says the Generotor will close for the 2009 season on November 1... so I guess it's at least still there, but probably not running at the moment.

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Friday, November 12, 2010 5:19 PM
Vater's avatar

Tekwardo said:
Parden my stupidity, but what is COSI?

I'm stupid as well, apparently. I was thinking, 'Cosi has a Rotor?'

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Friday, November 12, 2010 5:54 PM

bye rotor at lake compounce

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Friday, November 12, 2010 7:19 PM

Get this, Vater. When Cosi came to town it was very confusing for us residents of Columbus, and nobody knew how to pronounce the name of the eatery, let alone figure out what they do there. They posted signs at the restaurants to explain that Cosi had nothing to do with their dear friends at COSI. Then to confuse matters they opened up an outlet in the science center and it was called, you guessed it, Cosi at COSI! I'm not sure if it's still there.

I rode the big Hoffmeister Rotor at Cedar Point several times in the 60's, it was almost a right of passage for us kids at the time. Euclid Beach had one too, but it had the same very homemade, generic look as most of the other stuff there. I was tickled to come across the Hell Hole at Brooklyn's Coney Island in the 70's because it was very similar to an "original" - it also turned out to be one of the scariest rides I've ever had in my life. Similar to Mike Gallagher's experience, the operator was nuts, the thing was powered by what sounded like a motor cycle engine, and it spun so fast we almost went unconscious. It was impossible to move. When he finally slowed it down we slid to the floor as it was being raised then when it was quite a bit slower he cut the floor to the bottom one more time and we all fell. Hard. So dizzy. The exit door was at street level and we staggered outta there and rode the nearest bench for an hour.

Of the "park model" Chance Rotors I seem to remember Kennywood's as being great, the floor went far away from the riders. Boblo's was memorable too, as they had altered the riders pictured on the facade of the ride so they looked like characters from a bad 70's disco/soul movie, complete with lots of glitter. It made me laugh.

I guess I've always had a fascination with Rotors and I never pass by the opportunity to ride one. I, too, am sad they're going away - again.

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Friday, November 12, 2010 9:31 PM
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The only Roter I remember riding was at Kennywood, but I believe that I rode one at Hersheypark as well. Wait a minute. I also rode the one at Great Adventure. Does Great Adventure still operate theirs?

I wish I could go into a time machine and ride the one at Kings Dominion in the 70's. It is legendary.

I too, really like these rides, but they make me sort of sick.


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Saturday, November 13, 2010 6:54 AM

LostKause said:
The only Roter I remember riding was at Kennywood, but I believe that I rode one at Hersheypark as well. Wait a minute. I also rode the one at Great Adventure. Does Great Adventure still operate theirs?

Gone for some years now. Its last incarnation was the Taz Twister. I dunno exactly how long it's been gone, but I can't even remember its location in the park. I wanna say it was near the now-also-departed Ultra Twister.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Saturday, November 13, 2010 8:24 AM
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I rode the Roter at Great Adventure sometime near 2005. My guess now is that it was removed when construction for El Toro began. It was located across from and down from Rolling Thunder's entrance.

I think it is #87 on this map.


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Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:05 AM
Vater's avatar

Hershey's Rotor (#27 on this map) was located right next to Comet in Comet Hollow. Fortunately for me, the restrooms were right next door.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:32 AM
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...And it was replaced by the Tilt-a-Whirl.

It is strange that I can't remember riding the HersheyPark Rotor. Maybe I didn't. Was it removed before 1989, the year of my first HersheyPark visit?


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Saturday, November 13, 2010 11:30 AM

LostKause said:
I rode the Roter at Great Adventure sometime near 2005. My guess now is that it was removed when construction for El Toro began. It was located across from and down from Rolling Thunder's entrance.

I think it is #87 on this map.

Good call, Travis. Maybe because I go there so much, it just feels like it's been gone a lot longer than 5 years. Funny thing is, I can't find a reference on this site for it as Taz.

http://www.greatadventurehistory.com/Rotor.htm


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Saturday, November 13, 2010 12:51 PM
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I remember riding the one at geauga lake as well.

Taz twister at great adventure has been gone for a few years now. I have a few pictures of the ride around here somewhere......


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I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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