Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 7:44 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond
While the Six Flag ride King Chaos will have its swan song Sunday, the park will announce what is to come in 2018 on Aug. 31.
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Gosh, another Top Spin bites the dust. It looks like it's a pretty ride. Was it any good?
And #ChaseTheStorm2018? Does this Park have its Larson Loop yet?
Top Spins are fun until you have to maintain one.
It was in pretty good shape a couple of years ago when I visited. But yeah I am sure the maintenance on them is just a nightmare.
Loading them is probably a nightmare. And I don't know enough about how these rides operate to understand why there is always an extended pause between cycles. What happens between the time riders vacate their seats and the time that the next group is summoned forward? Anyway, Hangtime at Dorney, which bit the dust a couple of years ago, was my favorite flat ride in the park.
The portable Top Spins at the European funfairs are plentiful. Big, flashy things, lots of riders and looong programs.
Then you got your park models, like Talocan. I had to ride it, and... urp! It was exciting and I was scared to death but it was so cool I had to.
Now I don't!
We took a couple of spins on it last season. My step daughter loved it. I'm very curious to know what will replace it. It's a shame that HUSS has made so many fun rides that are or were maintenance nightmares.
Still haven't gotten on a Huss top spin outside of Crypt at KI. Got on the Mondial one at Canada's Wonderland, and it was super good. Tried to get on the one at KD before it went down for guest illness and I simply ran out of time to get to it again.
I liked Tomb Raider, even though the novelty wore off pretty quick. I tried to ride it many times after it became The Crypt. It was always down or broke down while I was in line. It's kinda sad to see a 20 million dollar investment reduced to an empty building. What's even sadder is that wasn't even close to Paramount's biggest mistake.
Just so everyone knows, this Top Spin ran a very short cycle that moved backwards up to the top, locked, did the normal flip maneuver resulting in 4 flips (sometimes a 5th if it was front-weighted), then it would go forward up to the top, lock, and do a slight fake out face down without getting anywhere near the fountains or going upside down.
The initial 4-5 flip maneuver was may more intense than the cycle that used to run on the old Myrtle Beach Pavilion Top Spin (my only other time on a forward-facing-only model) but everyone always just wished it would run twice.
The loading process also always took 2-3 attempts to get the bars all locked before someone huge had to do the walk of shame. Combined w/ this park's notoriously slow operations it might get 1 very short cycle in 10 minutes.Last edited by RollrCoastrCrazy, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:21 PM
Interesting. We spent 4 days there last year, rode King Chaos twice and didn't experience or witness anything close to what you stated. In fact, I was very tempted to write my first trip report on it because we experienced very little of the stereotypical issues that Six Flags parks are bemoaned for. Granted, it's not on par with Cedar Fair parks, with the exception of the ride operations, which I thought were slightly better due to their proactive stance against line cutting. Last year and this year (so far) the line cutting at King's Island has been pretty common. I didn't have many complaints about my experience at SF:GrAm last season. Then again, I'm not the type of person who goes to Burger King expecting Ruth Chris quality.
Edited to add: Your explanation of the ride cycle was very accurate.Last edited by Blackie, Thursday, August 24, 2017 8:52 AM
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