Wild West World owners spending $10 million on rides with Chance-Morgan and Zamperla

Posted Monday, June 27, 2005 8:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Thomas Etheredge plans to spend $10 million with two companies to buy amusement rides for his Wild West World amusement park. Some of that business will go to a Wichita company that has an international reputation for building amusement rides, Chance Morgan Inc.

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Monday, June 27, 2005 10:59 AM
Just don't go buyin' a friggin' Choas!

Im sorry, was that harsh?

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Monday, June 27, 2005 11:51 AM
^ Not really. They really shouldn't buy one if they ever plan to have it running.
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Monday, June 27, 2005 12:25 PM
Wherever you see a Chaos, you will also see a mechanic who is either working on the Chaos, just worked on the Chaos, or is about to work on the Chaos.

Wherever you see an Inverter, you will also see an empty ticket can.

Just about anything else that Chance builds, on the other hand, tends to be a pretty successful ride. Chance makes a lot of good product; just stay away from the Chaos and Inverter.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, June 27, 2005 12:50 PM
Chaos isn't even listed on the Chance-Morgan site anymore. That's really a shame. It's such a neat ride. I can't believe it has suffered so many nearly catastrophic failures.
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Monday, June 27, 2005 12:56 PM
Two Zamperla coasters? I suspect a mouse or spinning mouse will be one. Let's hope the other is NOT a Volare ;)
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Monday, June 27, 2005 1:28 PM
I always thought the Choas was an incredibly genius ride. It was so simple, and just did so much. Plus, I thought it was very smart to transport them to shows since it's on one trailer and can carry 32 people.

Too bad about it's problems, I think they made it too complex for it's own good.

The other ride I love thats simple? A frisbee. Another? Flying Scooters

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Monday, June 27, 2005 1:51 PM
Dave, while they made a lot of good rides, I have to add the Slingshot to the duo of the Chaos and Inverter. From spurting hydraulic fluid on the Minnesota Midway during its debut to being the worst of the trailer-mounted freefall rides I have seen, this is just not a good ride. Plus, the one at Martin's hurts...bad. I still haven't figured out how a ride can be painful and boring, but the park model Slingshot accomplishes just that. As I said, the company has done a lot of great things, but this trio from the late 90's just sucks.

Adam

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Monday, June 27, 2005 2:39 PM
The Slingshot at Circus Circus in Las Vegas isn't rough at all, but it was closed when I was there last week and mechanics were working on it the whole four hours I was there. Chance rides are very cool, but it does make you wonder...

However their Chaos and Inverter never broke down in that amount of time.

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Monday, June 27, 2005 3:14 PM
Slingshot at Circus Circus is always breaking down, sometimes they just leave it closed for the day so they dont have to worry about it.

Adventuredome's Inverter and Chaos are both really reliable. Inverter is just painful on the legs, but the little kids like it as it makes a big impact at the front of the park.

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Monday, June 27, 2005 3:24 PM
Only Slingshot I rode was the Adventuredome's one. It wasn't as bad as I through! I could have done without the shot up (a bit too sudden for my taste), but the freefall down was on par with the Intamin freefalls (and even my brother, a non enthusiast agreed).
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Monday, June 27, 2005 3:25 PM
I agree that the Chaos is well-chaotic. I feel that the Chaos brings out some of the best elements of the Zipper, without the loading problems that the Zipper has. But, I've talked before about my experiences with Krypton Comet which were always interesting. I became very friendly with the flatride mechanic at SFA (needless to say), and learned a lot of interesting things about the ride. I became pretty good at figuring out what was wrong before he arrived. I also learned some of the secrets of the ride that I won't share with the GP. It's such a shame that KC has been down for the count for the last several weeks. It's one of the few flatrides that you can actually manipulate to better your ride. I have still yet to max out over eight flips, and that's working in tandem with someone, but I here nine is possible.

The Inverter is just plain played out. Every decent carnival operator seems to have one. It's just not that exciting of a ride. That's probably one of the reasons that the double Inverter disappeared from Great Adventure so quickly. I do think the Wipeout is great though, especially if they run it backwards. The Alpine Bobs aren't bad either. I saw both of those as proposed rides for the park a few weeks back.

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Monday, June 27, 2005 3:34 PM
What happened to the Zamperla Power Surge? Did anyone buy one? I haven't been paying attention. Rode it at IAAPA in 2000 and thought it was pretty sweet.
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Monday, June 27, 2005 3:54 PM
The Power Surge? Both Wild Adventures and Cypress Gardens got one. I heard a vendor at Coney Island got one. Magic Springs and Knoebels got one too.
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Monday, June 27, 2005 4:01 PM
Plus they sold about 8 or more to carnivals. Beech Bend has one too.

Adam

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Monday, June 27, 2005 4:23 PM
Cedar Point has fitted their Chaos with a manual release on every car, so the ride op has to visit each car twice per cycle. Really kills cycle time, but now that I think about it might also keep us from, say, falling out or something. Shame about all that- I love the Chaos and ride it every time I go.

Power Surge is coming to the Ohio State Fair this year, so either Big A bought one, or it's booked on. I remember the Chance Slingshot came to the OSF a number of years ago- it was brand new, right out of the box from Chance. I got to ride it once (enough- ouch) but it was down most of the run of the fair.*** This post was edited by RCMAC 6/27/2005 4:24:08 PM ***

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Monday, June 27, 2005 4:25 PM
The Ohio State Fair is supposed to have one (Power Surge) this year too, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
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Monday, June 27, 2005 4:37 PM
If he wants to avoid frequent breakdowns, he should also consider avoiding cheap Zamperla crap altogether.

-Nate

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Monday, June 27, 2005 5:45 PM
how could you call Zamperla cheap crap? they make some pretty cool rides. Knoebels is like a Zamperla showcase, a good amount of their rides are Zamperla and you dont see them having many problems at all with down time. They had a problem with Axis because of the maintanence, but traded it for a Power Surge and their fine with it.
*** This post was edited by P18 6/27/2005 5:49:27 PM ***
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Monday, June 27, 2005 6:16 PM
Zamperla crap? Zamperla Roto shakes are one of the funnest inverters out there! Atleast I think.

-Colin-

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