I remeber back in the winter Hershey was gonna add another coaster to the mix. Turbulence was the name, and it looked like a sure bet it was gonna be there, with them having it on the site and all. Who was gonna manufacture it and also why did the plans fall through, ie maybe the company went under or they just totally scrapped the plans, i mean it just seemed a bit strange that they would just up and get rid of the whole idea.
Steel prices went up, the manufacturer tried to push the cost off on Hershey, it wasn't in the contract, Hershey balked on it, called breach of contract and the ride went off to join the ranks of all those "almost" rides.
There was nothing on-site at least above ground. HP put two older rides it had in storage (Balloon Flite and Starship America) back into Founder's Circle, where the Giant Wheel was and were Turbulence was supposed to go.
Actually, I was pleasantly surprised. Those rides actually fit in well with the old-time park ambience the park wanted to create around the Carousel-- much better than a ride like Turbulence would have looked. And it actually makes that area look more open and less of a bottleneck for traffic than had been there previously.
It was called a tower Grind. Or something similar to that. But It looked like the top tier of a wild mouse just going down. Like those quick curves and such. it sat like four people or something, but moosh was right on low capacity. It was definately not gonna eat up alot. I thought that it was a novel idea in coasters, since we havent seen a new innovation in a few years. It might not have been the best thing since sliced bread but it was something new.
The Frequent Faller looks like fugly fun to me....really LOOKS very similar to the Screamin' Squirrel from GardaLand (and elsewhere?)....but the rail orientation and trains make the ride experience *completely* different.
To me, this is the *family version* of the S&S product, and IF Interactive Rides doesn't make it...I almost *expect* Stan Checketts to make a deal to at least take on their product line...
Interactive Rides may not be able to withstand....the Turbulence...
Why is a Frequent Faller considered a Coaster IF first generation free falls (Mr.Hyde's Nasty Fall, Stuntman Free Fall) are not? Both have verticle lifts and have tracked four person vehicles that use gravity as their source of locomotion as they descent to where they started?
For the record... I personally don't count these free falls as coasters... but I could see a good argument beign made by anyone who would want to count them using Frequent Faller as their guide. *** Edited 7/20/2005 2:56:17 PM UTC by SLFAKE***