Re: the lack of Ferris wheel at KI--do any of the former Paramount parks have one? I know KI and KD don't, and I'm fairly certain Carowinds doesn't either. What about GA and CW?
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CW doesn't or never had one.. EVER! That is something I would LOVE to see there... a Ferris wheel.
Rob Ascough said: It's very rare to see a large Ferris wheel operated at capacity. Ones I've seen at Cedar Point, Morey's Piers and Great Adventure are never completely full, despite a line. Come to think of it, the only large Ferris wheel I've ever seen filled to capacity is Coney's Wonder Wheel.
Darien Lakes has been full quite a few times actually WITH full or half full queue lines. But then again that wheel IS big compared to everything at the park besides ROS. Also the new one they built on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, ON has been full on the day I visited, all those new high-tec gondals full of tourists checkin out the falls.
King's Island had the Zodiac until the early 90's, which was replaced by the horrbile Flight Commander. It was a 2-arm Intamin Star Wheel. Great America had the 3-arm Triple Tree Wheel that was replaced by the lackluster Invertigo.
A ferris wheel is one of the worst logistically designed rides for loading there is, closey followed by an Eyerly monster. They take forever to load and the ride time is way too short because of it. The Intamin double and trip wheels fixed this problem, and were spectacular rides to look at. It is a shame that they are all just about gone and none in the US.
^^ The Intamin wheels fascinated me because of the way they made loading/unloading a non-issue. That, and they looked really cool. Hershey's dual wheel was something special to watch in action so I can only begin to imagine how great the triple wheels were. Too bad all the U.S. Intamin wheels are gone. There are at least two triples overseas, right?
Even better about the Intamin ferris wheels is that they could double as really evil teacups in the sky! I've told this story before, but my friend Alan had us spinning so hard at HP that my other friend had a coin sticking to the back support!
And to think they tore it down for a ride that never was erected!
^ Yea, Rob. That's too bad. Hershey's Giant Wheel was like a park icon for years. It was cool to look at, and you're right--you could get those things spinning good. One of the scariest parts of the ride, though, was the fact that each car was held on only by 2 chains!