Ok, well I've been to the park and seen the plans, Valleyfair is getting a double installation Screaming Swing for '06. Each side will have 20 seats, 10 facing each direction, for a total capacity of 40 people. Because of the increased capacity, this will not be an upcharge attraction.
With the addition of this ride, another ride is being removed. The swing will take the place of the Northern Lights which will be permanently removed from the park following maintenence issues it's had in the past couple years.
Obviously, other than what I have just typed, I have no actual proof that I can post to this board so don't bother to ask.
Anyways, it should make a nice addition, though I'm sad to see Northern Lights go.
Also, talk of moving the waterpark has died down but not gone away. So far, there are no concrete plans for the '07 season so anyone that tells you otherwise is making it up.
I sort of believe it too. Not sure why. Anyway, Northern Lights runs crappy programs and half the time they reject single riders and there is a Chance Falling Star at MOA so I won't really miss it. A screaming swing that is not an upcharge will probably be very cool.
I thought the only parks that were getting a Screamin Swing were Kennywood and Lake Compounce. And those are the biggest models they make and that is 32 seats. They don't make a 40 seater as far as I know. I could be wrong.
Oooh, a Screaming Swing at VF would be an excellent addition to the park. I'd hate to see a Northern Lights dissapear, but thankfully many other Midwestern parks still have their own variations of Falling Stars/Northern Lights.
I assume you are the same Drew I've seen elsewhere, and if so, I'd be the first to likely believe you.
Yes, I'm the Drewbie you've seen before talking about VF. So far the only thing I've been wrong in predicting for them was the moving of the waterpark to being a second gate over by the employee dorms. The only reason I was wrong on that was because management changed their minds/didn't have the money.
Anyways, they signed the deal for the Screaming Swing last year while Northern Lights was on the fritz all the time. They had 2 years of lots of maintenence costs before this years flawless operation, but the papers were already signed so it's moving on.
As far as the capacity questions, the plans I saw had 4 seperate towers, so basically 2 rides that ran independantly and just happened to be sitting next to each other. So basically you've got a 20 person ride sitting next to a 20 person ride rather than one single 40 person one. Ups capacity in the same way power tower does I suppose.