VertiGo (and whatever else it's called) Unstable?

Sunday, August 12, 2001 9:07 PM
So I was at CP today and VertiGo was running breifly. From the Magnum's lift hiil it looked impressive, but I was unprepared for how far the 3 towers bent in towards the middle. It had to be 20-30 degrees on each tower! They would bend in as the car went up, then sway back and forth for about 30 seconds afterward.

Does the one at SFMM do this too? I didn't catch it in the video posted the other day.

I only saw VertiGo run twice, then from Maggie it looked like a while lotta people standing around looking at it, but no one to ride it. Hopefully they're just chicken... :-)

I'm used to Stan Checkett's rides staying in place (sure, Power Tower and some other Space Shot/Turbo Drop stuff shakes, but not *bends*)...

Anybody else catch it today at CP?
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Sunday, August 12, 2001 9:33 PM
Yes, its supposed to sway up to an extent (8 feet maybe)?
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Sunday, August 12, 2001 9:37 PM
That's a relief... still looks a little freaky, though. :-)
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Sunday, August 12, 2001 10:27 PM
The towers are designed to sway up to 8 feet in each direction. Dont worry, its safe. And one hell of a ride I might add.
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Monday, August 13, 2001 6:15 AM
If you think about it, if they didn't sway, the towers would most likely break.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 6:59 AM
Certainly is freaky, isn't it? But yeah, it's designed that way. Actually, you can see the same sort of "give" on most all the coasters, just not as severe. If you have the chance to watch Raptor perform it's block check, really watch the platform where the block break is when the train stops there -- it gives more than a good foot, I'd say. And if you watch Mantis running while you're in line, check out how the footers react when the train goes over them -- especially the ones actually in the lagoon, just before you go up the stairs -- you can watch them sink. Pretty neat, but the most effective way to absorb the stresses of the ride.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 7:13 AM
youve obviously never seen an impulse coaster before:)

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HurricaneGeauga- Just in case
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Monday, August 13, 2001 7:32 AM
They're all lying this ride is extremelly unsafe do not ride! I repeat do not ride this! A small seven year child was launched into Lake Eerie this morning. Investigaters should be all over the place in a few days, but Cedar Point keeps this contraption of terror open. Oh the horror.

The paragraph above was a work of sarcasm.

KenK: Yes the ride is safe the park wouldn't open it if it wasn't

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Monday, August 13, 2001 7:44 AM
The impulse coaster sways a lot. Its scary.

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Monday, August 13, 2001 8:14 AM
I wouldn't mind being launched into Lake Erie..

Hmmm

Ride idea..
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Monday, August 13, 2001 9:26 AM
CrystalKat, I have seen the sinking footers on Mantis - it is cool stuff. I also noticed MF's supports on the bunny hop next to the station can move pretty far.

I never said VertiGo was unsafe - it just suprised me to see it bending so much, coupled with the fact that I never saw it run again yesterday led me to beleive that there *could* be a problem.

One of these days, I'm gonna have to go to CP with some CoasterBuzzers since my family is scared of certain rides (no one will ride Mantis with me, but they all love MF and Raptor...grr). I'd love to hop on VertiGo next time. :-)
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Monday, August 13, 2001 8:21 PM
As stated on a coaster show..."what people don't understand is that the ride is steel, and it's meant to sway...if it didn't sway it would break."

Suspended bridges such as the Bolden Gate Bridge sway in the wind...does that mean it's not safe? Of course not.

So yes, it's safe.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 6:58 AM
Hey, Vertigo can be as safe as it wants to be and I still won't go on it! :) Ripcord was bad enough, and I won't do that again (3 times single flyer). I'll stick to coasters, thank you very much, no matter how far they bend, sway, or move! It's weird, there isn't a coaster built that intimidates me in the least, but these freefall from a cable things freak me out. Not stuff like Power Tower, I'm great with drop rides, just not where I'm strapped to a wire and flung to who-knows-where. Ah well! Shorter lines for you on Vertigo, shorter lines on coasters for me! :)

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