Second Generation Freefalls.

Monday, March 25, 2002 3:01 PM
Can someone tell me how many there are and the names of them. I know Stuntmans Freefall Jeckyl and Heid (sp?) and the one at Cedar Point.
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Monday, March 25, 2002 3:12 PM
MR. Hydes nasty fall @ SFWoA

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Monday, March 25, 2002 3:14 PM
Those are all first generation free falls. Second generation are rides like Hellevator at SFKK and Giant Drop at SFGAM.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 5:34 PM

2nd generation free-falls are also Arachnophobia & Power Tower...

3rd generation will be the WWF Piledriver at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 5:44 PM

2nd generation free-falls are also Arachnophobia & Power Tower... 3rd generation will be the WWF Piledriver at Niagara Falls, Ontario.



Uh No They aren't. Third generation ate roto drops like Drop Zone and Agraphobia. And Power tower at CP is completely different its not the same company it is S and S and is not a "drop" ride. You are actually thrust to the ground.

1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation drop rides are all made by Intamin.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 5:47 PM

All of the First generation freefalls seem to look similar and work the same way. Unless I'm mistaken, if the car moves backwards onto a lifting track, then gets pushed to a secondary L shaped track where teh car is dropped and it fals onto its back to be rolled backwards onto the lower track for loading, it's a first gen (at least a first gen Intamin).

The S&S air powered space shots/space drops/double shots are second gens and simply rise up and fall along a single tower structure.

Good question: Where does the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror fall here? It is a unique ride (and IMHO the best of the bunch), but technically it's a freefall device.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 5:52 PM

MagnumForce said:

1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation drop rides are all made by Intamin.

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Umm, isn't that a rather narrow definition for the ride type? Although they use different techniques to drop you (mostly due to patents to protect teh mechanisms involved), the net effect is the same and safely fall into a "freefall" category. Just like B&M, Arrow, and Intamin all make "hypercoasters" in different ways, they still fall under the same category.



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Monday, March 25, 2002 5:54 PM

The generation labels are all Intiman's doing. Nothing to do with S&S.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 6:09 PM

Exactly what I was trying to say ravenguy. They Also don't seem to realize S and S Power Drops are a totally and completely different system and is not gravity powered. You dont simply go up a tower and fall back down. You are thrust down by air pressure at a speed faster then gravity.

As for the generation labels they are all Intamin.

First Generation being rides like Demon Drop, Second Generation being rides like Hellevator and Giant Drop, Third Generation being rides like Drop Zone and Acrophobia.

S and S rides fall under a category of their own, as do the others mentioned. The real question is what makes a reverse freefall not a drop ride but a coaster?

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*** This post was edited by MagnumForce on 3/25/2002. ***

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Monday, March 25, 2002 6:14 PM
To tell you the truth, I thoroughly enjoy the first gen free falls that act as elevators then "hang", giving riders anticipation of falling. The towers are great visuals for the parks but don't give the riders any scare. Maybe if they were enclosed until the moment of drop then it would be more fun.
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Monday, March 25, 2002 6:21 PM
Before there was anythign else these rides provided plenty of "scare" the hype surrounding Demon Drop was unreal. I still know people who swear it flew off the end of the track and smashed a ticket booth. Same way with all old rides.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 6:25 PM

MagnumForce said:
it flew off the end of the track and smashed a ticket booth. Same way with all old rides.



You know, that incident was really unfortunate, but at least it hasn't been as prominent in the public's mind since that 14 year old girl got her face ripped off on Power Tower.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 6:30 PM
LOL I know what ya mean ravenguy, and geez better get that last ride in on Magnum, they are taking it out after this year because it is sinking. Incidently I heard that one the other day again, I laughed my a** off. The girl who said it thought i was going crazy LOL.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 6:53 PM

MagnumForce said:
LOL I know what ya mean ravenguy, and geez better get that last ride in on Magnum, they are taking it out after this year because it is sinking.


PKI bought it so its not that big a deal anyways.

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Monday, March 25, 2002 7:16 PM
OHHHHH That solves everything then ;)

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