P.S. It's a flat ride....IMO.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Conneaut still operates theirs, too.
It was in pieces as of mid-august last season. Along with a few other of their flats :(
And I still think people would ride a modern, well executed Fun House.
And for a reference, here you go: http://www.flatrides.com/
Not complete, but getting there...;)
Edit: Dang it mOOSH, you made me edit this.....and RT:M may be two rides, but I only rode "forwards"....1/2 credit? ;)
*** Edited 4/29/2004 11:17:58 PM UTC by rollergator***
Chambers also produced the rockets for the old Circle Swings correct?
Whatever happened to Kings Island's tumble bug. Scrapped or is it still in storage somewhere...?
Actually, the Tumble Bug was the oldest ride to ever operate at King's Island.
It was originally built for Cincinnati's Coney Island in 1925. Many think the carousel is the oldest to ever operate at PKI, however it was not completed by PTC for CCI until 1927. Just to complicate matters... the carousel still operates at PKI today... so it's tenure has outlasted the Tumble Bug by nearly 20 years.
The Tumble Bug was located next to the Racer on Coney Mall. It resided in a plot of land that is now home to a basketball toss game, a rope climb game and the Cyber Sez virtual game. It's original Driver's Booth still exists (last time I checked... may have been removed for the rope climb which was added last season) and could seen by the trained eye when exiting the Racer. (The Racer's exit used to walk you next to queue ramp up to the Tumble Bug loading platform.)
After the Tumble Bug was removed for the addition of Skylab (opened in 1986), the Operator's Booth was retained and also used as Skylab's Operator's Booth. Unfortunately, the Tuble Bug was scrapped and not relocated anywhere. The ride had nearly worn itself out and overall maintenance did not warrant the amount of upkeep required. Also, the land it sat upon (right at the main entrance to Coney Mall) was prime real-estate and was ripe for the dramatic placement of the Skylab Huss Giant Enterprise. Of course to detail Skylab's unusual saga at the park would require an entire post in itself.
Here is a picture I found of the Tumble Bug that was at KI.
Actually, the picture was taken when the ride still operated at Cincinnati's Coney Island... and pre 1964 or so (You can tell because of the Wildcat in the background.)
I'll continue to hunt for more pics of the Tumble Bug for you. But another great resource (should you want to see it in actual operation) is the infamous Brady Bunch episode filmed at KI. In the show, the Tumble Bug can be seen in various overhead shots as the inital opening credits roll.
Also, it has the distinction of being the ride that Marcia and Jan were exiting when Jan realized she had lost the Yogi Bear poster she bought for the kid she babysat. "Guess I'll just have to get another one!" Of course she had actually switched the poster with Mike's Architectural renderings designed for the park. "Jan, the entire reason for our trip is in these cylinders."
Probably way more info than you wanted, but it's fun to recollect. I was able to ride the Tumble Bug a number of times during my early visits to KI. It was not a "thrilling" ride, but was fun and guests enjoyed it. It usually had a line, but was also known as being a very slow wait due to low capacity and lengthy loading times.
As others have said, the closest to PKI, still operating Tumble Bug resides at Kennywood.
*** Edited 4/30/2004 2:01:35 PM UTC by Shaggy***
Seriously, tho...thanks for the history lesson. I was at the park in 1983 and skipped the Tumble Bug...d'oh!
Oh I'd never miss a good tumble.... bug that is. ;-)
Didn't head off to Texas for the Spring Con huh? Me neither :-(
*** Edited 4/30/2004 2:15:19 PM UTC by Shaggy***
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