Types of rides every amusement park should have?

Friday, July 12, 2002 12:07 PM

I think every amusement park should have some sort of freefall ride and a launched coaster, especially because many launched coasters fit into relatively small spaces.

Any thoughts?

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Friday, July 12, 2002 12:10 PM
Ones that are open would be nice!

And I *would* say that every park needs a merry-go-round, but since one of my top ten parks actually doesnt have one (shame Paula, shame) I guess they really dont *need* anything.

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Friday, July 12, 2002 12:10 PM
I'm more of a classics buff myself.........To me, all amusement parks should have a Scrambler, a Tilt-A-Whirl, and a Wild Mouse. Throw in a Himalaya and a Round-Up for good measure, too. ;)
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Friday, July 12, 2002 12:15 PM

Lallen said:
I'm more of a classics buff myself.........To me, all amusement parks should have a Scrambler, a Tilt-A-Whirl, and a Wild Mouse. Throw in a Himalaya and a Round-Up for good measure, too.


My home park SFOG, has NONE of those, while a certain TINY park an hour north of me has ALL of those.

I think every park needs a Ferris Wheel, not to mention a coaster.

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Friday, July 12, 2002 12:18 PM

5 items every park SHOULD have (jeremy's exception duly noted):

1) A wooden coaster....(SFGAdv need not apply, as "crap wood" does NOT satisfy the requirement)

2) A Merry-go-round....KG wins out due to brass rings, but the music SHOULD really come from an "authentic" source

3) A Flying Swings....BGT apparently had some at one point, but took them out....yeah, 5 flats IS enough for anybody I guess....

Other rides of note that really are important: flyers, bumper cars, and a ferris wheel....in deference to our DAFE (daffy?) friends, a dark ride is a big hit as well.....;)

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Friday, July 12, 2002 12:36 PM

Yea, I feel what you are saying, PKI really needs a big Ferris wheel. I don't really care as I can go to a certain park about 10 miles away from there and ride a ton of BRAND NEW shiny flats and a coaster with a massive amount of airtime. Anyone know what it is? ;-)

I love riddles.

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Friday, July 12, 2002 12:49 PM
Parks need an assortment of coasters, a Ferris wheel, steam train, some water rides and slides, dodgems, a Chaos type spinny ride, a carousel and a space spiral. A good variety so that everyone has a good time.

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Friday, July 12, 2002 1:48 PM

1. A carousel

2. A Schwarzkopf coaster

3. A woodie

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Friday, July 12, 2002 3:05 PM
An interactive dark ride (Den of Lost Thieves, Scooby Doo, MIB)

They are so much fun! Addictive little things!

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So many coasters, so little vacation time....

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Friday, July 12, 2002 4:08 PM

The Shy One said:

1. A carousel

2. A Schwarzkopf coaster

3. A woodie

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all Schwarzkopf coasters will be gone forever when the whizzer at sfgam goes down

we should start a petetion to get rid of shockwave instead

SAVE THE WHIZZER

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1. RAGING BULL @ SFGAM FRONT ROW WHAT A HEAD CHOPPER 2. DEMON WITH A LOOSE RESTRAINT ON THE BACK CAR.
3. X FRONT ROW LEFT SEAT WOO HOO
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Friday, July 12, 2002 4:16 PM
What are you talking about?

There's dozens of Schwarzkopf coasters left!

Did you smoke your lunch?

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So many coasters, so little vacation time....

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Friday, July 12, 2002 4:20 PM

RollerFreak said:
What are you talking about?

There's dozens of Schwarzkopf coasters left!

Did you smoke your lunch?

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So many coasters, so little vacation time....



only one Anton Schwarzkopf Speedracer left oops anyways still save the whizzer and so what if i had a little toke session this morning a man should always have weed at breakfast

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TOP TIME ALL FIRST DROPS
1. RAGING BULL @ SFGAM FRONT ROW WHAT A HEAD CHOPPER 2. DEMON WITH A LOOSE RESTRAINT ON THE BACK CAR.
3. X FRONT ROW LEFT SEAT WOO HOO
4. AMERICAN EAGLE FRONT ROW RED TRAIN

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Monday, July 15, 2002 5:39 AM

For the last few years at the York Fair (York PA), Reithoffer Shows has a ride called "Wild Claw" (a KMG Afterburner).

Research shows that the only permanent Afterburner is located at Thorpe Park and is called Vortex. (Pics show this is of course larger than the travelling version).

I want to see some of these rides showing up at parks!

I love this ride!

As for the Schwarzkopf coasters being gone after Whizzer:

Off the top of my head I can think of 3 that I have ridden (sooperdooperlooper (Hershey), Laser (Dorney), Scorpion (BGT)). I can also think of Revolution (SFMM) along with various Jumbo Jets etc... plus many I can not think of.

As for the "Speed Racer" models... according to one web site on Schwarzkopf, sooperdooperlooper and Revolution are also considered Speed Racers.

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*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 7/15/2002. ***

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Monday, July 15, 2002 6:55 AM

Every park should have...

A Launched coaster

A wooden Coaster

Some sort of coaster that has inversions

A water ride of some sort

A ferris wheel

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Monday, July 15, 2002 6:57 AM

If I was starting up an amusement park, I'd make sure to have the following rides:

* Mack Musik Express- there are many companies that make "Himalaya-style" rides, but for some reason, I love the look of Mack's model. It just looks so, well, retro! And the light package is spectacular (until Six Flags gets their hands on it).

* Mack Matterhorn- again, many companies make this type of ride. But Mack's original Matterhorn reigns supreme. Add in the excellent light package and you've got a winner.

* Zamperla Flying Carousel- probably the best looking Wave Swinger ride out there. The ride is colorful, popular, and has an outstanding light package.

* Giant Ferris Wheel- I still say Cedar Point has the best Giant Wheel I've been on. The view from the top is stunning and the lighting package is outstanding. The Chance models are pretty nice too.. and surprisingly seem to be reliable.

* Flying Scooters- since Larson Mfg is making these once again, I think this would be a perfect addition, mainly because they are pretty popular among the general public and of course the enthusiasts.

Add in a CCI woodie and an Intamin hyper and you'd have a pretty nice start up package for a park. Oh, and in case you couldn't tell, I'm a sucker for a nice lighting package. I really think a park's atmosphere is enhanced at night with all of the lights. Too bad a certain Six Flags park in Aurora, Ohio doesn't seem to share that same view!

Ray P.

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Monday, July 15, 2002 7:02 AM

Rides like the Kangaroo!! It was the original "flying coaster" (or at least thats what the historical society sign out front of it says). And Tumblebugs like the Turtle (big Kennywood influence here ... )

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Monday, July 15, 2002 7:57 AM

Merry-Go-Round - just doesn't feel right without one.

Ferris Wheel of some sort - see above

Dark Ride - the world needs more dark rides

Some classic flats

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Wood - Raven
Steel - Millennium Force
Generic, isn't it?

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Monday, July 15, 2002 8:05 AM

1) A good woodie or a good mine train

2) A kiddie coaster

3) A ferris wheel or a carousel

4) Two non-inverting flat rides

5) An inverting flat ride

That's about it... I guess...

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Monday, July 15, 2002 8:23 AM
I think that every park should have a Carousel, some sort of Ferris Wheel, a decent free fall ride (Intamin 1st Gen. are great), a few other more intense flat rides (chaos, tilt-a-whirl, etc.), and a wooden roller coaster packed with airtime.
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