Sizzler - 55' deep x 55' wide x 18' tall
Scrambler - 60' Circle
I couldn't find dimensions for the Merry Mixer. But perhaps size matters?
I suppose you could also throw in Calypso into the "mix" and possibly even Troika...although Troika is VERY different. In any case Calypsos are INSANE! I never really appreciated Scramblers after my first ride on a Calypso.
Tempests were especially popular in traveling carnivals because they were trailer mounted and very easy to set up.
Sizzler's are a little painful after a minute. The reason is because I feel like neck feels like it's going to get snapped off. I still ride it, but if it didn't look so good, I would probably avoid it altogether.
For the Super Sizzler, this ride is very unlike the regular Sizzler. It doesn't hurt, it goes fast, and sometimes they go backwards. However, one carnival by me had one, and it didn't go backwards which is a shame because I think it's a great ride when it goes backwards and forwards.
Super Sizzler Picture -http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/1036615605036074235NGKrQd
I have never been on the Merry Mixer.
However again, when the Super Sizzler goes backwards and forwards, it beats the other 2 rides.
Sorry Dave, I beat ya to it! lol!
I like scramblers the best of the four with the cycloid coming in second.
Never liked the Sizzlers much.. they seem to run faster and Im not a fan on constant lateral force
I rode the Merry Mixer at Knoebels (last one left?) and MANY many Scramblers. I have yet to ride a Sizzler but as age creeps up on me I don't know if I can handle it.
The Cycloid looks crazy FUN...but I imagine I-X no longer has one, huh?
And what's worse at carnivals is that parents don't like to ride with their kids because that's extra money, so they go alone, or they go with another kid that wants to get out of the ride vehicle while it's moving.
Wisdom also has a family Sizzler I've never been on. http://www.wisdomrides.com/catalog/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=12&category_id=0fe22d16796ccc7b8f7d8297bacf670f *** Edited 6/23/2008 7:18:58 PM UTC by Spinout***
The only Merry Mixer I know of is the one RatherGoodBear mentions at Knoebels. I thought it was rather snappy, and the four plus four arrangement made it seem to "cut through" a little bit quicker than a Scambler, if that makes any sense. The lateral forces seemed more pronounced. The cars are cute, and a little more comfortable, too.
Another ride that is similar is the Twist, or Twister. They are common in the UK and Australia, but I've seen one show up with Bates Bros. traveling show. (IX Indoor Amusement Park) I don't know the manufacturer and Flat Joint doesn't list it. Here's a Wikipedia link.
Interesting distinction between a Sizzler type (platform) and grasscutter type (Scrambler, no platform)
I have seen two other Merry Mixers other than the one at Knoebels. One was at a carnival outside of Harrisburg, PA, which had all manner of Garbrick equipment (in fact, I think every piece I saw on that lot was Garbrick!), but I didn't get to see that one operate. The other was also on a carnival, and the neat thing about it was that the ride sits on a flatbed trailer that is designed to drop flat on the ground, much like the Cycloid trailer. I have a few photos but I don't seem to have those photos available electronically at the moment...
If you are looking to talk about all kinds of rides that incorporate the Scrambler motion, then you certainly want to include the Calypso (Cedar Point has a nice one, although most of the decoration is gone) and the larger Calypso variation that Schwarzkopf built. There is a significant difference from the Scrambler, though, because on the Calypso, the car arms travel in the same direction as the main platform, while the Scrambler runs them in opposite directions. The result is a different acceleration pattern. In fact, that's why the Cycloid is called the Cycloid: when the center is reversed, it produces the cyclodic action of the Calypso.
It might also be appropriate to include the big Polyp ride of the style found at Kiddieland, which adds a vertical variation to the ride and at first seems to have more in common with the Eyerly Monster, except that the cars don't rotate.
There is an additional variation, with the addition of rotating cars, and that would include the Huss Break Dance, Huss Magic, and Eyerly Monster if you don't mind also including vertical components to the motion.
Backing up a little, there are also small Scrambler variants available from Eli Bridge: there is a little kiddie Scrambler, and there is a suspended version using little swings called SpiderMania, which I think could translate nicely into a cool adult ride.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Here's my take on it. Since the Cycloid has only one speed, 8 rpm, it feels too slow when the sweeps revolve like the Scrambler, in opposite directions, or anti-cycloidal. When the same speed is applied in "reverse", or both center and sweeps going the same direction,(cycloidal) it feels too fast. I've been on it several times here in Ohio, (Bates plays a lot of fairs here these days) and each time I thought the cycloidal portion of the cycle was quite uncomfortable. The forces were much too strong, amplified by the fact that the high backed seats had absolutely no padding (and still dont) which killed the back of my head. Not good.
Which leads me to think of a ride that some of you might remember from the 70's and 80's, the Cobra by Venture/Wisdom.
It was a fast ride and operated both center and sweeps in the same direction- the G forces were fierce. At IAAPA I saw they were introducing a new version of it that was called Viper. It's on a Tornado base, so it loads all tubs at once, then raises in the air. The video of it showed the ride running Scrambler-like, in opposite directions. When I asked the rep about it, he said they hadn't figured out a way to vary the speed of the sweeps- fast for one direction and slower for the other. So for now it runs just one direction only, avoiding the painful forces that the Cycloid delivers.
It makes me wonder why ride manufacturers think they need to run a ride two directions, anyway. Why not find a sane but thrilling speed and run it the way it was intended, just one direction?
Gator: That looks like a strange Paratrooper knock-off that I saw at the Saint Somebodyorother Festival down the road last week. Again, I didn't go to the festival, just saw the ride during setup the day before, so I don't have any info on it. Not yet, anyway.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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