Viking Ships disguised as Fireballs

Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:27 AM

Six Flags parks have recently added the Fireball ride to their list of attractions. Is it just me, but to these rides have the same concept as Viking Ships? The motion is nearly the same. One might say Fireballs go upside down and Viking Ships do not, but some ships like the Looping Starship at Valleyfair do make a full 360 degree rotation. Are the new Fireball attractions cheaper than the Viking Ship, explaining why Six Flags decided to add them? It bugs me that this so called new attraction is not really new. Let me know your thoughts.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:22 AM

There are a crap ton of different rides from different manufacturers that essentially offer the same or similar experience. There are only so many ways you can travel in a circle.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 11:39 AM

Technically, there are two ways you can travel in a circle. Back. Forth. One or the other.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 1:18 PM

To be more precise: Clockwise or Counter-clockwise.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 1:27 PM

Lack of a winky-face isn't necessarily an indication that no off-the-cuff joke was made. This is especially true with my posts.

However, I should know by now that any slight exaggeration or hyperbole voiced in a CoasterBuzz thread, whether intended or not, will be immediately corrected. I'm a little disappointed there are no bullet-points and charts.

Last edited by Vater, Thursday, June 23, 2016 1:27 PM
Thursday, June 23, 2016 1:47 PM

You should have said, "There are only so many methods of propulsion for moving a subject in a roughly circular pattern."

Shessh. You'd think you'd be familiar with the CoasterBuzz guidebook by now.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 1:52 PM

Momentary lapse of website location awareness.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:22 PM

I was very, very confused for a few minutes. I thought this is what you were referring to:

Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:55 PM

That's not a very good disguise. You can totally tell it's a Viking ship.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:30 PM

It was intended to be a joke.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:53 PM


Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:56 PM

As was mine! 🙂

Thursday, June 23, 2016 5:02 PM

Wait, so do Viking ships count as credits now?

Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:14 PM

Only if you're a Viking ship enthusiast.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:18 PM

As a bit of an aside, I've always referred to swinging ship rides generically as "Pirate Ships" not "Viking Ships"

Is there a difference or is it a regional thing like pop vs soda or personal preference or am I just weird?

Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:34 PM

Amusingly, under the wikipedia entry for Pirate Ship (ride) there are images of both Pirate and Viking themed rides

Last edited by CreditWh0re, Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:36 PM
Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:59 PM

Let's see, there's Viking ships, pirate ships, space shuttles, canoes, ram's heads, dragon's heads, pharaoh's heads, flying carpets, flying saucers, rafts, frisbees, giant arrows, fireworks rockets, and bananas all swinging back and forth (and occasionally looping all the way around) for the thrill seeker's enjoyment.
Oh, not to mention the humble little ride that started it all, the Loop O Plane.

Proving, oh young O.P., that seldom are things new, but more often just re-imagined.

Last edited by RCMAC, Thursday, June 23, 2016 8:04 PM
Thursday, June 23, 2016 8:49 PM

Or, in short, a crap ton of different rides that go in circle.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:03 PM

Anyone ever seen pictures of the gigantic pirate ship ride in Japan?

Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:21 PM

Here's a Macback for you.
(Sorry, Gonch...)


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