Meanwhile in Vienna: FunTime, the inventors of the StarFlyer, where building a new ride for Prater Park. The project was called "Kupferlady" (copper lady) and was announced as a giant swing in the form of a church bell with people riding on the clapper.
Even after looking at blueprints it was not exactly clear what this ride was all about and why someone would build anything like this.
Well, it opened yesterday as "Die Glocke" (the bell) and I still don´t know why would anybody would build anything like this. It sure looks impressive! but still...
Funny ride and I really mean it, I'm actually laughing out loud at the sheer silliness of that thing. Feels like something out of a slapstick comedy - "And the passengers, they are attached to a clapper inside a huge bell! Amazing, eh?"
Edit: Prater can of course tolerate low capacity better than most parks as it's pay as you go, but still... couldn't they get any more seats on it? *** Edited 8/26/2005 9:02:35 PM UTC by Drift***
Drift said: Prater can of course tolerate low capacity better than most parks as it's pay as you go, but still... couldn't they get any more seats on it?
Actually, capacity tends to matter more to pay-per-ride parks because the fewer riders they get, the less money they make. When you go to a canival, you see them cranking people through the rides because they know more riders means more money. You'll never see that kind of capacity on POP flat rides.
I have to agree with the RCT comment. I can't imagine what the cost of that ride was and I mean, it's kind of cool to look at but, I think it's just WAY over the top and completely inefficient. That's simply an empirical opinion though.
LOL...the RCT resemblance is just too true. Can we agree that it looks like something out of Wacky Worlds?!
I forgot to tell you that admission is €4 (ca. $5) per ride. And from what I heard the ride sensation is alledgedly very good and thrilling. The seat rotation and the "delayed" swinging seem to offer a unique ride.
But hey just think, what if this type of theming was affixed to the outside of a Giant Frisbee? Tell me you folks wouldn't be lining up to ride it. Come to think of it, Paula, maybe that's something your folks out there would like to consider. lata, jeremy