Say good by to the Rotor at Lake Compounce

Saturday, November 13, 2010 1:15 PM

I'll just have to get to Canobie to ride theirs before it also disappears. The ride at this park is named the Turkish Twist.


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Sunday, November 14, 2010 11:23 AM

Kings Island opened with a Rotor (relocated from the former Cincy Coney Island). It was located on the spot where the Festhaus stands now. I'm not sure if it was a Chance or Hoffmeister version, but it was definitely a trailer mount, and not a permanent park installation.

Can't speak to its operations, as I only rode it once. The results prevented me from ever riding one again.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 8:26 AM
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I wish I could go into a time machine and ride the one at Kings Dominion in the 70's. It is legendary.

I rode Time Shaft several times in the 80s. It was really cool. I loved how the mountain housed 3 (good) rides. Granted, I love me some Volcano, but I wish they would have kept Time Shaft (the entrance is still there), and moved the Bayern Curve to another part of the park.


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Monday, November 15, 2010 9:19 AM
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The Bayern Curve (called Mt. Kilimanjaro) was gone long before Time Shaft, Haunted River and Smurf Mountain were removed for Volcano. It was actually in a separate, smaller mountain that's still there, strictly as scenery now (seen in the far right of this photo).

Also, I assume the '3 (good) rides' you mentioned didn't include Smurf Mountain, with which I'd agree.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 10:47 AM
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Yeah, Mt. Kilimanjaro was taken out for Avalanch, correct? That's the only coaster I've ever rode with my parents, and that was it's opening year.


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Monday, November 15, 2010 4:25 PM
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To be honest, I don't remember. Wikipedia claims it was removed in the early 90s, although another source mentions the late 80s. Avalanche was installed in '88, so they could have overlapped. I'm not sure for what ride it was removed, although technically it wasn't really removed for another ride, since nothing physically replaced it.

Last edited by Vater, Monday, November 15, 2010 4:28 PM
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Monday, November 15, 2010 4:35 PM
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Just thinking - all that old KD stuff (pre-Paramount) is mostly vague memories for me....but Vater suggested earlier that Mt. K was on the *other* side of Smurf Mtn, the side nearer to what is now I-305 and FoF. Avalanche is on the side nearer the parking lot...

Did get to see some cool Smurf Mtn. bits and baubles from the lift of Avalanche on the last KD trip...mostly the queue area of...whatever ride sat on that edge of the Mountain....


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Monday, November 15, 2010 4:37 PM
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I seem to recall thinking that they 'replaced' the Bayern Curve (my mom's & my favorite ride) with Avalanch (obviously not literally replaced, but I'm pretty sure it Mt. K wasn't there when Avalanch opened, though I do remember standing in line 2 hours for it).

I know we went in consecutive years (1987, 1988) as we were going yearly at that point, and I remember thinking that they took out the 'smaller version' for the 'larger version' (since both rides had similiar 'trains', and I thought as a kid that I wondered if they took the curve's trains and put them on Avalanch). But, then, I was like 7 years old when we went that year, so I dunno.

I wish they'd have kept Time Shaft open, moved the Curve, and then added Volcano, but I do miss the Haunted River.


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Monday, November 15, 2010 5:40 PM
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That's the thing, though--they wouldn't have even had to move the Bayern Curve. Its former location is still there (the 'tunnel' inside the mountain has been sealed up and trees/bushes are growing in front of it).

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 8:57 AM

Mike Gallagher said:


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

There was a Hell Hole in Seaside? I remember the one on Sportland pier in Wildwood but not Seaside

Last edited by billb7581, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 8:58 AM
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 11:46 AM

billb7581 said:


There was a Hell Hole in Seaside? I remember the one on Sportland pier in Wildwood but not Seaside

I spent more time at Seaside than Wildwood, especially as a teenager. That's where a lot of my memories kick in, so that's what's in my head. I was pretty sure that's the one I was thinking of. I remember it being on the right side of one of the piers as you faced the ocean. To its right (as you were facing it) was a Zipper and to its left was a Cinema180 "simulator"..you stood under a dome and watched a movie surround you, although "riders" never moved. But it could have been Wildwood...as a child, my family went there every summer. Always stayed at the Crusader Motel!


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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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:11 PM

I hope it's OK to link another site. Here's the one in Wildwood

http://www.funchase.com/Images/Sportland/Sportland.htm

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Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:55 PM

A Maga Disko will replace the Rotor.

http://www.courant.com/community/hc-community-articleresults,0,5942637,results.formprofile?Query=38778HC

There is pics of the Rotors peices in the lot and of whats left in its spot

http://www.sfneonline.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=52&start=30

Last edited by gamerguy, Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:59 PM
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Friday, November 19, 2010 4:10 AM

I dearly miss the Hell Hole at conneaut lake park. Geauga Lake used to have a similiar ride. Flats ride such as this are part of the experience of going to a park. As much as I love coasters, that isn't the only experience. Gotta keep the flats!!!!


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Friday, November 19, 2010 8:24 AM
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I had a sneaky feeling they were putting in a Disk-O. Good replacement, but still sad Rotor is leaving.


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Saturday, November 20, 2010 1:22 AM

[url][url]Here's another cool hellhole picture.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=114280308587694&set=a.114213988594326.19366.114204711928587

And one of the facade, it was the same price to ride or watch

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=114280308587694&set=a.114213988594326.19366.114204711928587#!/photo.php?fbid=121547444527647&set=a.114213988594326.19366.114204711928587&pid=320184&id=114204711928587

Last edited by billb7581, Saturday, November 20, 2010 1:25 AM
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Saturday, November 20, 2010 6:55 AM

See, I know there's a good chance I'm wrong, but those photos above have me more convinced than ever that the HellHole I referenced above was not in Wildwood, but Seaside. The one I remember did not have the pole in the middle of the floor, and the cylinder was semi-visible from outside the ride..it didn't have that facade. I wish I could find some sort of documentation of the ride I remember.


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 20, 2010 11:24 AM

^^God, I love the artwork on those old rides. That is a thing of beauty.


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Sunday, November 21, 2010 11:01 AM

I was in the opposite boat as you, Mike... we went to Wildwood almost every year but I only went to Seaside once or twice when I was young. I dont remember a hell hole in Seaside, but that doesnt mean there wasnt one.

I've also seen references to a Hell Hole in Atlantic City back before casinos, but I never saw it.

Last edited by billb7581, Sunday, November 21, 2010 11:10 AM
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Monday, November 22, 2010 12:18 AM

I'm pretty sure Lake Compounce's Rotor is the same one that I grew up with at Riverside Park in the 70s and 80s. Sad that this is going away.

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