I've submitted for news but I'm bored and want to disuss with people.
I don't know the restraint system but isn't it just 1 bar that goes across the seating area? Possible for a small child to stand up? Does this ride swing violent enough to toss a kid?
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,292087,00.html *** Edited 8/4/2007 2:33:49 AM UTC by Crashmando***
An accident happened at SFNO a few years ago when a woman was not in her car and was dragged and killed when the ride started up. That was operator error.
Personally I think that the media shouldn't report on the accident until they know more of the facts, but we all know that won't happen. Anything for a story!
*** Edited 8/4/2007 3:45:01 AM UTC by Coasterfantom2***
To add to what I had said, this article gives a little more info...
"It happened when she stood up on the ride and fell out. It was a four-foot drop."
The girl was a 4-yr old and according to the article "appears to be in good condition."
*** Edited 8/4/2007 3:58:14 AM UTC by Coaster Lover***
The ride, I think, may be a Zamperla Polyp, or something similar. It only have 5 arms, and I don't think it goes up 25 feet high. 15 feet or so maybe, but 25 seems a bit high.
I've ridden this ride before. There is a single hydraulic T-style lap bar that covers both riders in each car. I'm assuming that if she was next to someone larger, that there was enough space for her to get out from under the bar and stand up.
I would like to know where her guardian was and what they were doing. Fortunately, they expect her to make a full recovery. This one can be chalked up to rider error (and possibly parental error, though that's another story).
A mother and 3 kids reported a sudden jolt and stop on the Orbit. This is a Schwarzkopf version of a Huss Enterprise. I don't believe this one as no-one else on the ride was hurt and it opened back up the same day after being inspected.
Besides the bar, there's a seat belt. And there's no way that thing goes up to 25 feet. *** Edited 8/4/2007 7:07:28 AM UTC by ilovethewildone***
http://flatrides.com/Ride%20Index%20Pages/polyp.htm *** Edited 8/4/2007 4:59:05 PM UTC by Scottt***
According to this, she fell 4 feet after she stood up.
Hope the kid's alright though.
Sadly, this proves my point. The most accidents happen because of PEOPLE doing stupid stuff, or because the people have problems (mentally challenged, heart condition). *** Edited 8/4/2007 2:18:35 PM UTC by Spinout***
And the best part of that ride is where it is- close enough to Shipwreck Falls to catch a bit of the splash!
If you look down at the part where you step into the cars, it says "ELP." That stands for Emiliana Luna Park, and yes, the rides look identical to each other when you compare back and forth. Maybe it's licensed to Emiliana Luna Park by Satori? I don't know.
I don't think the word "trademark" exists in the Italian language, as I've seen all kinds of knockoffs of not only Italian products from Zamperla by other Italian companies, but American and German flats as well.
As for the ride itself, it packs one powerful punch when it first gets started up, and there are definitely seatbelts. According to the Emiliana Luna Park page, the max height is five meters, or about 16.4 feet. *** Edited 8/4/2007 5:13:02 PM UTC by Intamin Fan***
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