1> What is the oldest operating flat ride in the world? How about the USA? If it's a carousel, then what is the flat thrill ride?
2> Although nobody will really be able to answer this one with knowledge... how come really no parks in North America have chosen Mondial for a ride manufacture, when they have some of the best and unique flat rides around (aside from, obviously, Canada's Wonderland)?
3> I saw many old footage of this ride, but I cannot find out what kind of ride it is, and not sure if it qualifies as a flat-ride or a coaster, but I've been dying to know what ride it is, and who had it. I'll try to describe it because I can't find it since I have no idea what it was called.
-- It looked like a rollercoaster that would fit on a regular flat ride... like a Trabant, only looks made of wood and 2 levels where the track went around, and it tilted around (like a trabant, without the spinning), and the coaster-like train followed the track as it tilted around (kind of like a top as it loses its power). It seemed really interesting, but I've only seen some old b/w footage of it when they show classic rides. I know I'm being vague on that, but it definately exists on old park footage of classic rides.
Because of that little tid-bit, I was able to locate a photo of the ride right here (the last photo). Anyone know the concept of the ride, and who the manufacture was (and the manufacture's history of other rides)? It just seems like a really odd, but interesting ride. *** Edited 7/22/2007 4:07:29 PM UTC by DawgByte II***
There was a permanent Shake at Six Flags New Orleans called Catwoman's Whip, but that didn't turn out so well as you well know. I'm sure the ride is toast after sitting in all the muck. And I'm pretty sure that I've read that there's at least one traveling Shake on the American fair circuit.
As for why virtually no one chooses Mondial, I don't think they have one of the best mechanical reputations from what I've read. Maybe someone else can confirm that? If you look at their catalog of rides, most of them are enormous, and hence, probably require a) a lot of money to acquire and b) require a lot more tlc to keep them operating
Yup. It's called Magnum and is themed after the Tom Selleck detective show. I've ridden it at the Del Mar [aka San Diego] Fair.
As far as a non-carousel, Dorney's Whip has been there since 1920. Anyone know of anything older?
3. Here's a site http://www.westland.net/coneyisland/articles/coasterlist.htm with good info about the coasters @ Coney, including the "Scenic Spiral Wheel" aka The Top. It's #36 in the list. *** Edited 7/22/2007 11:21:46 PM UTC by RatherGoodBear***
The original Ferris Wheel was in Chicago and is long gone, but anybody remember where the second one was built? I think that one might still be operating.
Pretty sure though that RGB is on the right track and a carousel will turn out to be the oldest operating ride.
The ride doesn't travel to many carnivals because it travels on a lot of trucks, and probably takes a long time to put it up. Compared to other flats, it does cost a lot of money (1.5 million is what I heard). Compared to the Huss rides, it doesn't cost that much though.
Personally, I think that amusement parks won't buy this ride because it's a more intense ride, and amusement parks only want roller coasters to be more intense. which is ???
I would love for amusement parks to get this ride. I never tried it before though. There are tons of rides I would love to see at amusement parks, but it's not going to happen sadly.
I spoke to a man that drove part of the Space Roller (Top Scan) to the Ohio State Fair last summer. He said it's tough to transport and the truck that carries the base is overweight in a lot of states. He claimed to have the only traveling model in the country. Mondial rides in general are large and some (Night Fly / Airwolf for example) can't be transported in the U.S., and that's why we don't see them on the road. Permanent installations are our best bet here, and it's probably difficult.
Flat ride lovers- if you haven't yet been on the Space Roller, find it soon. It's a blast- I can't remember the name of the show that owns it, but it's appeared at the Florida, Minnesota, and Ohio State Fairs that I've seen, and it runs a great program. Fast, chaotic, flipping scariness. I don't know how the park installations in North America compare.
The Magnum (Shake) is also a great ride- it played our Fair for a couple of years. When an accident happened on another piece owned by the same show the Magnum was never booked back to Ohio. I've seen it at other fairs since, though.
That wasn't a flat ride, Chooch. It was part of a funhouse. And unless it's been removed you can still experience one in England [Blackpool?].
That spinning turntable was in the funhouse at Pleasureland Southport (owned by the same company that owns Blackpool). Sadly that park closed last year and most of the rides were removed. However--someone has leased that site and may reopen the park as a summer fair. The funhouse and turntable may still be intact and could reopen.
Doesn't look like too many of the rides were saved at all, and most if not all of the "classics" seem to have fallen victim to Amanda's mighty axe. :(
That's pretty freakin' old. And impressive.
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