Sea Dragon At Columbus Zoo.

Sunday, June 13, 2010 12:10 PM

And I'm ashamed to admit it's the one (currently operating) coaster credit in Ohio I don't have. Doesn't Little Dipper require a younger rider to accompany? My daughter only had about a two year window during which she was big enough to get on, but still wanted to ride. She was well on her way to graduating from kiddie (real, genuine 'kiddie', not family) coasters by the time she was four. I still don't have the credit for Kennywood's L'il Phantom for that same reason.

@LK: Lol. It's all good, dude. :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010 7:01 PM

LostKause said:
DOH! (Slaps forehead)

I read "in the State" as "in the United States". I thought that LtD was being overlooked. We can resume talking about Ohio now. Sorry. :)

Lol, don't worry...I thought the same thing. :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:50 PM

^^ Nope, no child necessary. In fact, it's rather awkward to ride with someone else in the seat. :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010 11:25 PM

Really? I'll have to head up there and see if anybody squints at me funny when I try to ride alone.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:28 PM

Agreed Rideman about the dry park's inadequacy. Mostly mini rides run in b mode. No real scenery or theme to the park, just flats kind of plopped on concrete slabs. Even the classic Sea Dragon which used to be on Wyandot Lake's midway is now more or less tucked in a corner. While the flume is decent, it's location (backed up to the parking lot at the front corner of the park) is rather blah.

Last edited by JoelWhy, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:55 PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:31 PM

All right, Joel, I have to ask...

I know what you mean by "B mode". What I wonder is if that is an intentional allusion to the Allan Herschell ride packaging, where each ride could be purchased in three different grades, from "Basic" to "Complete", depending on whether it had platforms, "fencing", or overhead canopy..... :)

Actually, both Jungle Jack's Landing and Zoombezi Bay are pretty inadequate. Zoombezi Bay is about half the size of Wyandot Lake's combined waterpark, and in fact Jungle Jack's Landing is sitting on what was once Wyandot Lake's wave pool and beach area. Zoombezi Bay occupies the old Christopher's Island and about half of the old picnic grove, down to where the road cuts through where the end of the midway used to be.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:02 AM

Please tell the rest of us what b mode is.

I just might attempt to plan a visit here soon, because of the Log Flume alone!

Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:06 AM

Heads up on the little dipper. It IS worse than it looks. Be prepared for whip lash! Those little bunny hops on the opposite side of the station kick a punch! I wonder how many kids would actually like bigger roller coasters if it wasn't for that ride? It's definitely not your average smooth kiddie ride.


Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:10 AM

^ Is it any worse than HSTC's bunny hops used to be?

Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:37 AM

RollerCoasterGod said:
It's definitely not your average smooth kiddie ride.

Neither are the Scooby Doos (or whatever the hell CF is calling them now). But I'm a lot less resilient when it comes to their roughness than I was when I was a kid...partially due to the fact that I didn't require a shoehorn to get into the trains then.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 11:10 PM

I have to say Rideman hit it on the head with B Mode. Actually I was just referring to the ride cycles run.

As far as the flume LK, I didn't see it running on my last trip and heard it hasn't been up this season.

Friday, June 18, 2010 1:06 PM

tambo said:
^ Is it any worse than HSTC's bunny hops used to be?

MUCH worse than HTSC's bunny hops. If you are male and planning on adding to your family, the Little Dipper at Memphis may eliminate THAT option for you if you are not prepared.


Last edited by LdScotsman, Friday, June 18, 2010 1:08 PM
Monday, June 21, 2010 1:13 AM

Back to the Sea Dragon--

It is running rather nicely, although there is some weird wheel chatter on the left-rear wheel (car #4). The ride looks pretty much like it did when Wyandot Lake closed, although they have fixed the dodgy roll pivot bearings on the back of Car #3.

You can buy individual ride tickets, or a POP for all the rides at the Zoo is $8. As of Sunday 6/20, the flume, the swinging ship and the little car ride are all not operating, allegedly because the State has not inspected them yet. I was told that they expected to complete the State inspection on Wednesday of this week.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Monday, June 21, 2010 5:53 PM

If I went and the log flume wasn't open, I'd be extremely disappointed. That would be my number one reason for going.

Thanks for the info, Dave. I wonder why they don't post that info on their website.

Monday, June 21, 2010 6:13 PM

That would require keeping the website updated. It's easier to just put a note there that says, "Call us to see what random rides are closed today."

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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