The Flying Coaster

Saturday, March 1, 2003 5:57 PM
Does anyone think we will see another coaster similar to "The Flying Coaster" at SFEG?

I haven't heard a lot about the ride. All I know is that it's very small. This is a good thing since SFEG has very little room.

What are your thoughts on the future of this ride and it's manufacterer. Also, for those who have ridden it, how was it?

Thanks.

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Saturday, March 1, 2003 6:07 PM
u will know when u see it
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Saturday, March 1, 2003 6:43 PM
"U" will know why your account is deleted soon.

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Saturday, March 1, 2003 6:44 PM
Hey fatkat, the whole reason for him asking was to find out more about the ride. He might not even live close to it or may never see it. **done ranting**

-Anyway, I've heard it's not the smoothest of rides or enjoyable either. Maybe check the trip reports for more info, although I don't know what you might find. Have a nice day. :)

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Saturday, March 1, 2003 6:44 PM
Rentzy: It is a poor ride at best. I hate to say that too because I thought there would be a market for such a product. The design of the cars is fundamentally flawed, though. I would have never considered "throat bashing" and injuries to the Adam's Apple before that ride!

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Saturday, March 1, 2003 7:06 PM
Hopefully they'll come up with a swinging flying coaster next. I just thought of that today after browsing RCT.
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Saturday, March 1, 2003 7:28 PM
Hmm, I typed a post, but it did not seem to appear. Anyway, to sum everything up, it's not a good coaster. At least it looks cool:

http://www.pbase.com/image/9392007

http://www.pbase.com/image/10794111

There is one being built over in Europe:

http://www.rcdb.com/quicksearch.htm?quicksearch=volare
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Saturday, March 1, 2003 8:46 PM
Ah, The Flying Coaster. This ride really was a sort of nightmare for us last summer. Between the fact that it can't operate in the rain or cold weather and the badly designed cars, I do not think this ride will be too popular in a couple years. Unless Zamperla modified the design heavilym for the new Volares being built, I wouldn't be surprised to hear similar complaints from these other parks too. The ride is a cool concept, but it just wasn't done well.

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Sunday, March 2, 2003 12:05 AM
I hear these Zamperla verisons of the flying coaster are rough...
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Sunday, March 2, 2003 4:53 AM
Yeah, when it first opened last year all of my friends got to ride it and when I asked them what they thought they all said it sucked. They said the whole flying thing would have been more enjoyable if you weren't worrying about how to not get injured. I was in awe so I didn't really notce how much it hurt.

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Sunday, March 2, 2003 6:10 AM
Here's my thoughts:
-It isn't that bad of a ride, to me the braking seems to be excessive, especially the final brake, I've heard many exclamations from that point as the unloader.
-It requires four people to operate and 3 of the 4 positions are completely boring.
-Reliability got better as the season wore on.
-When viewed from the observation tower, it looks completely pathetic.
-However, the lift is pretty cool.
-Zamperla should probably stick to the flat rides but if they can make the cars more comfortable, fix the bugs in the computer system, and make a portable version, I think they could do well with the ride.
-Fishing for lost articles is a pain as the whole structure rests on a grid of wide flange beams, so watch your stuff.
-There is a lot of change to find at the end of the day :)
-It's all right for a ride or two, as long as the queue is in the queue house, but I will stick with my Arrow Shuttle, Sidewinder.

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Sunday, March 2, 2003 8:37 AM

J. said:
to me the braking seems to be excessive, especially the final brake,

I actually like the brakes, since I feel like it goes too fast through the turns, which seems to help contribute to roughness. Being in the flying position for such a compact ride doesn't seem right. Spread out the layout! :)

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Sunday, March 2, 2003 4:27 PM
Yeah I was looking at pictures and the turns look awfully tight.

I would hate to see how this one ages! (Probably like Viper at SFGAdv.)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 9:23 AM
RollerJunkie,
I'd had the same idea after my idea of retrofitting Arrow suspendeds with invert style open-air seats was stolen by Chessington (though supposedly that didn't improve the ride so much)
Anyway, I think putting flying style seating would make for an awesome experience. Imagine it on BBW, flying headfirst towards the river... it'd be an awesome experience.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 9:41 AM
The Volare is said to be up and running already, and will not open in 2004 as said on RCDB.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 9:49 AM
Retrofit the cars with nerf, theme the cars like bats, and put it inside a mountain.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 9:58 AM
"Zamperla should probably stick to the flat rides but if they can make the cars more comfortable, fix the bugs in the computer system, and make a portable version, I think they could do well with the ride."

I think it would sell very badly as a portable version. In the states it would be just too large to sell many units. Maybe someone like Reithoffer or RCS would be interested, but I doubt they would sell more than one or two because of the number of trailers required. In England, where road laws allow larger rides, the Pinfari Xpress debuting this year will take ten trailers. My guess is that if Zamperla racked this up it would need twenty to thirty trailers to be road legal here and a crane. Not something you would want to take on the road a whole lot unless you are in a unique situtation with spots like Funtastic or Ray Cammack. In Europe it might sell a little better, but again, the number of people willing to buy and move this would still be pretty small.

Adam

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Tuesday, March 4, 2003 10:08 AM
Yah, they should allow carnies to pile up rides in old jalopies like the Beverly Hillbillies. :)

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