Wyandot Lake's new bumper cars?

Tuesday, June 3, 2003 8:05 PM
I've been terribly busy and haven't visited this year (I live 10 miles away and haven't visited :(), but I saw an ad touting their "new" bumper cars - apparently replacing the old ones that lost their building to fire. These appear to be the indoor floor-powered type with big innertubes on the outside.

Does anyone have any more information? Thanks!

Jim

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003 3:03 AM

Don't even bother with their new bumper cars.......they basically cut 1/4 of the bumper car section, and put in these new ones that are terrible. They are the ones that have a inflatable rubber disc around them and you can control them using joysticks...... They are very very slow and when you hit something, the "jolt" usually gets absorbed by these inflatable rubber discs..
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Wednesday, June 4, 2003 4:44 AM
I haven't seen the new installation yet...

...But I do know that Wyandot Lake now has a set of 18 RDC bumper cars, making Wyandot the only park in the State that has a set, so far as I know (I know these things operate in a couple of FECs, including Magic Mountain FEC out near Brice Rd.).

The cars are a neat design, with a single motor that runs all the time and a pair of CVTs that drive the two drive wheels independently in either direction. This means the ride is completely different from what you would expect from a 'typical' bumper car. These things also have a lower height requirement than most modern bumper cars...44" instead of 54". I also understand that the new bumper car floor is actually larger than the old one, but I haven't yet seen it myself yet.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003 5:29 AM
I haven't seen the new ones either but they really couldn't much worse than what they had before. 8 or 9 *working* cars, most of which ran really slow. They were also covered with about 3 inches of grime. The mural on the back wall was pretty neat though.

Where did those old ones end up? I understand they survived the fire.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003 6:53 AM
I haven't heard. But I did hear that the old cars were out in the parking lot, oddly enough, when the fire started, as the building had already been cleared out to make room for the haunted house. I'm just glad they got new cars instead of bringing back the old cruddy ones. Finally! A new ride for Wyandot Lake!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003 6:56 AM
If I recall correctly, didn't Americana have this type under their circus tent for few years?

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003 7:04 AM
La Ronde got a set of 25 RDC bumper cars this year, to replace the crummy, slow, unreliable Reverchon ones they had before. Actually, the ones at La Ronde are run great, according to a few people. Fast and you actually feel it when you bump somebody!
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Wednesday, June 4, 2003 7:13 AM
I love this style of bumper car. Yes, they used to have them at Americana. I believe they were damaged in a fire.

Riding them once, I bumped an empty car, which then ran over an employee who was stupidly walking on the floor. It was funny. ;)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003 7:16 AM
Thanks guys - sems to be some differing opinions, guess I'll have to check 'em out sometime ;)

While were on this topis, did they rebuild the rest of the structures (gift shop, Guessing Game, etc.)?

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