Wicked looking ride at carnival. (Again)

Friday, July 4, 2003 10:07 PM
O.K. I screwed up and had these pics on "private". They are now of public viewing. I snapped a couple shots of this ride.

Anyway, I was at a festival in Hoffman Estates, Ill, and the carnival at this festival had a wild looking ride that I believe can be found in some amusement parks. Its 150ft tall and pulls 3 G's(According to the sign).

What is this ride called and who is the manufacturer? I would have ridden it but they wanted 8 tickets to get on this thing.

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/scott_m_eddy/lst?.dir=/My+Photos&.view=t

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Friday, July 4, 2003 10:09 PM
I've seen one of those on a Discovery Channel show. I think think they showed it during Memorial Weekend. People sometimes call them "Extreme Ferris Wheels." There is a big one somewhere in Orlando.

I don't know what the manufacturer is, and I've never ridden one, but if I come across one, I think it'd be willing to give it a try.

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Friday, July 4, 2003 10:15 PM
It looks like a Zamperla Turbo Force, though that style of ride is made by a few companies.

Among them, the original - Katanga - was made by GravityWorks.

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Friday, July 4, 2003 10:17 PM
You can find those lots of places. I believe they're commonly known as "Skyscraper" made by Gravity Works Inc.

They're usually an upcharge attraction.

EDIT - I think the one in the photo is indeed a Zamperla, good call.

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Friday, July 4, 2003 10:27 PM
There is one in the Pigeon Forge/Dollywood area in TN. I'll be sure to ride it the next time I go.

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Friday, July 4, 2003 11:01 PM
its really fun.. they have them on the strip in Panama City Beach FL.. for a few years now..
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Friday, July 4, 2003 11:09 PM
Maddie, you can actually tell it's the Zamperla model from those pics....wow, color me impressed.

I've only been on Katanga, but I think I'll get a shot at the Dania Beach one soon. Anyone know whether that's a GravityWorks or a Turbo-Force? Also, how does the Zamperla model compare in terms of ride experience...
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Friday, July 4, 2003 11:20 PM
I think that "diamond" shape gives away that it's Zamperla.

The Gravity Works version doesn't seem to have that extra bracing. (those are some sort of additional support-type thingies, right?)

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 4:57 AM
Yep....it's a Zamperla... Check out their website for it... http://www.zamperlarides.com/main/turbo_force.htm

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 5:28 AM
I rode the version of that at Dorney with loriu. Insane is the word. I loved it, though.

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 5:31 AM
Is that a coaster in the backround in those pics?

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 6:08 AM
Yep, they have one of those at Dorney called Skyscraper. It costs $13.50 for a one-person ride or $21.00 for a two-person ride.
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Saturday, July 5, 2003 6:21 AM
I saw it too on the Discovery Channel but it did look slighly different. Looks like fun!

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 6:28 AM
Gator:
The one at Boomer's by the DBH is a GravityWorks Skyscraper, and one of the most instense! The wind blowing in off the ocean makes for a more exciting ride. At the bottom of the arm, you are facing inland, so you are facing the ocen while upside-down at the top. If the wind is blowing enough, it will hold you upside down for a LONG time before you flip back over near the bottom.

I rode the Zamperla model at the IAAPA show a couple years back. It wasn't as intense, but we had a good ride because of the back-to-back seating. I rode with another adult, an the other side was loaded with some young girls. We got a lot of insane flipping, and when we stopped at the top, our weight caused us to be faacing down.

-Matt
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Saturday, July 5, 2003 6:41 AM

SFNE Dude said:
Is that a coaster in the backround in those pics?

It looks like a "Chicago Loop" or a "Ring of Fire". There common around Missouri - and especially at the MO and IA state fairs.

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 7:03 AM
The ride in the backround is either a Ring of Fire, or Fire Ball.
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Saturday, July 5, 2003 7:55 AM
Also known as a Fabbri Booster...

See http://www.booster-ride.com/

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 9:17 AM
They have one down at Virginia Beach, however, you can decide if it's worth the $25 price tag...

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 9:19 AM
I rode that ("Skyscraper") at Dorney park last Friday. Its a great ride and all but i don't know if i would trust them riding since they take the cars and the arms apart. I'm scared to ride the ferris wheels and ring of fire and the zipper thing because they take it apart. I still ride them but there is always the threat of having the car fall. We see more and more rides that are in theme parks in carnivals now a day. Like this ride but also in PA there was a carnival at Centry 3 mall. It had "the claw" looked like this and had a tower drop ride shown here. And the zipper show here. In Europe they have Eurostar shown here and here. They even have water rides in some. Log flume here. Would you ride some of these?

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Saturday, July 5, 2003 9:23 AM
I rode on one in Destin, Florida last year. It is an amazing ride.

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