Traveling Tower (Launched or freefall)

Friday, June 20, 2003 11:03 AM
Living in a Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, I attend a carnival nearby in Niles every year, as it is usually the best carnival around. Upon driving by, I noticed something I had never seen before at a traveling carnival...a drop tower! It had three seats on each of the four sides, and wasn't very tall (probably the shortest availible), but I was really excited. The seating reminded me of an S&S double shot, but I never knew that they were portable. The other name that came to mind was Fabbri, but I didn't see a tower on their website with this type of seating. Do any of you know which company most likely manufactures this drop tower?

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Friday, June 20, 2003 11:30 AM
Chance and Zamperla both make traveling drop towers.
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Friday, June 20, 2003 11:40 AM
I learn something new every day. Thanks!

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Friday, June 20, 2003 11:44 AM
Actually, I just learned Zamperla's version is only a park model, so I'm guessing you saw a Chance Slingshot. Was it yellow?
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Friday, June 20, 2003 11:48 AM
This is what a Fabbri drop tower looks like and here is a link to the Chance portable drop tower.
*** This post was edited by Karl DeAngelo 6/20/2003 3:50:45 PM ***
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Friday, June 20, 2003 11:57 AM
The Fabbri version looks too tall- but they both could be the one I saw. I'd probably lean toward the Chance model.

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Friday, June 20, 2003 11:57 AM
Moser also makes a portable drop tower, which travels with Conklin: http://www.carnivalwarehouse.com/mcw/photo_gallery/conklin_shows/index.html

My guess is that it was, in fact, a Fabbri ride, probably the one recently purchased by Astro Amusements, since they're based in IL. If so, get out and ride this thing!! Fabbri's drop rides are the best out there.

-Nate K

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Friday, June 20, 2003 12:25 PM
I saw one at a carnival at Balmoral Race Track in Crete illinois. They had one their. i believe it was the 120ft astro Mega Drop. Almost positive it was. It was a nice ride, except it costs $10 a drop.
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Friday, June 20, 2003 1:40 PM

Ben G. said:
Living in a Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, I attend a carnival nearby in Niles every year, as it is usually the best carnival around. Upon driving by, I noticed something I had never seen before at a traveling carnival...a drop tower! It had three seats on each of the four sides, and wasn't very tall (probably the shortest availible), but I was really excited. The seating reminded me of an S&S double shot, but I never knew that they were portable. The other name that came to mind was Fabbri, but I didn't see a tower on their website with this type of seating. Do any of you know which company most likely manufactures this drop tower?

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Is that the carnival at Prosel Park. If it is, I haven't been there in years, but I remember it being good.

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Friday, June 20, 2003 4:52 PM
I dont know if it was the same one or not that you saw, But 2 weeks ago there was one in the southlake mall parking lot in merrillville Indiana. Didnt look like the chance one tho. But could also be 2 different things that we saw. Lol All i know is there was a toothless carnie dancing to ja rule when i drove by
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Saturday, June 21, 2003 6:52 PM

Tuffy303 said:
I saw one at a carnival at Balmoral Race Track in Crete illinois. They had one their. i believe it was the 120ft astro Mega Drop. Almost positive it was. It was a nice ride, except it costs $10 a drop.

Yikes.....that is pretty steep for a carni drop.

-Tina

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Sunday, June 22, 2003 8:26 AM
"Actually, I just learned Zamperla's version is only a park model, so I'm guessing you saw a Chance Slingshot. Was it yellow?"

Although it sounds like the tower in question was the Fabbri tower I did want to add that the Zamperla version can travel, also. It racks on two trailers. Right now Mighty BlueGrass Shows is the only U.S. show that moves with one, there is one that moves in the U.K., too (owned by showman James Mellor).

Adam

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Sunday, June 22, 2003 9:22 PM
Anybody know the model of the tower-esque ride that keeps showing up at the IX Indoor Amusement Park?

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Monday, June 23, 2003 5:49 AM
I actually went and rode the thing, and the ride attendant told me it was 92 feet tall. It was a fun ride for a carnival, but the drop was really short and cost $3.75 (not too bad). The carnival was a plain Fantasy Rides one, and the title "Super Shot" was printed above the seats on the ride. Also, I dont know if this happens on most drop rides or not (I dont reatlly pay attention), but this rack carries the car up to the top of the tower, and then the car separates and drops.

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Monday, June 23, 2003 5:51 AM
Was it the carnival at Prosel Park in Niles, Ben G.?

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Monday, June 23, 2003 5:54 AM
That is made by A.R.M., I don't remember what their generic name is, I think the Drop Zone.

Adam

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Monday, June 23, 2003 5:54 AM
Actually, it was at Our Lady of Ransom church.

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Monday, June 23, 2003 5:56 AM
For the past few years there has been a tower at the York Fair (York PA). The one here is a chance model and it is both a launched and free fall which surprised me. Watching it the first time, I saw that the seats were at the top and then dropped down (I just assumed they were pulled up there and then fell). I was quite surprised when I was sitting in the seats and suddenly was shot up to the top of the tower. Their production name is "Sling Shot".

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Kind of hard to take a post as objective if a park or coaster name is part of the "user name"

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Monday, June 23, 2003 5:57 AM

Ben G. said:
Actually, it was at Our Lady of Ransom church.

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I know where that is. I've never been to that one though. A couple of kids from my basketball team went to school there.

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Monday, June 23, 2003 6:13 AM
The Fabbri tower is fab... very intense. Rode it in the dome at IAAPA 2000. The Chance tower... well... I've yet to see one not down mechanical.

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