Here is the link to Six Flags' description of it:
*** Edited 12/10/2003 5:03:42 AM UTC by Alex Nagel***
Alex Nagel said:
it was operated at Great Adventure
Really? Never got to see it operating at GAdv, have to admit I was *hoping* that it would swing "back and forth" rather than the single revolution....ah well, I guess that's why there's a Delirium waiting for me next Springtime...:)
It originally performed as you described: wheel spins, arm is lifted 180°, wheel slows down, speeds back up, arm is returning to the base. Passengers get off disappointed.
The ride was THE showstopper when it appeared ten years ago. Even the biggest mobile coasters looked ordinary next to this gargantuan machine. But the ride cycle left people underwhelmed.
To make the ride experience more attractive the pre-programmed cycle was changed to manual operations. This allowed stopping the arm at every position which made the ride absolutely stunning but not suitable for every stomach.
High transport costs quickly marked the end of the two transportable versions. One was sold to an italian park and was passed on to Viennas Prater Park. The other one went to SFGadv. I never understood why they had so many problems with the ride, as it was operating very reliably on the fairgrounds.
(is the Huss Jump running at all?)
Evolution probably isn't operating with its mid-cycle stop because my impression is that it's that which gave the ride much of its problems.
What gave me that impression? Arriving at Great Adventure to find the ride suspended upside down and talking with maintenance as they tied their winch around a tree and dragged the ride back around.
Don't step it and it doesn't get stuck, see?
The ride can still be stopped at any point and then restarted to continue it's cycle.
The ride boom stopped at a point 180 degrees away from where it started -- midway through the ride cycle. The lower disc keeps spinning throughout the entire ride.
Theoretically, the ride can be stopped and restarted at any time. In reality, I believe it tends to get stuck upside down.
You can find pictures of the ride operating here and there's a nice picture on the Six Flags site. While the ride does indeed look like a giant frisbee, it doesn't operate like one. Riders sit facing outward in gondolas that can flip forwards and backwards like Chaos cars. When the giant wheel stars spinning fast, centripetal force pulls the bottom of the cars ou to 90* (leaving the riders facing straight up at the sky). Then the boom makes one revolution *very* slowly (unlike the frisbee, it rotates completely around and does not swing - it just moves at a very gradual, steady pace). Once the wheel returns to the bottom position, the wheel stops spinning and the ride is over. It's a very impressive-looking ride, and while it was much more fun than I expected (especially visual-wise), it's not nearly as thrilling as, say, a giant frisbee.
-Nate *** Edited 12/10/2003 7:08:57 PM UTC by coasterdude318***
Now that I see the ride in operation, it looks kinda like an Enterprise wheel mounted on the end of a giant boom. How fast does that wheel spin?
Just making sure I understood correctly- if the bottoms of the cars are heaviest, then wouldn't riders be facing the ground when the wheel started spinning?
The wheel rotates at "Enterprise speed" so that the cars swing outside and passengers will then lie on their backs. This is a pretty cool sensation, as the acceleration is quite strong.
When operated in "freestyle mode", the pole would also stop at 90°, giving you the sensation of multiple sideways loops.
When the pole stops at the top, you will face the ground. Operators used to slow down the wheel and you could then see the other passengers in the other inward facing gondolas. I liked the freaky sensation when the wheel was gaining speed again, while the giant pole would tip over.
Nightrides on fairs would be fantastic, sometimes lasting up to ten minutes!
I wonder why only two were ever constructed? It sounds like a good ride! Were they expensive? And if so, then why did SF buy one? They tend to go for "cheap" when it comes to flats, it seems.
Six Flags bought the ride used, so it was "cheap" when they purchased it. It's not that SF necessarily goes for cheap flats, though, it's that they go with the same standard manufacturers (mainly Zamperla and Chance) because it seems there's good relationships there. SF just hasn't yet taken the risk on the newer, modern flats from companies like Mondial, KMG, and Fabbri.
*** Edited 12/11/2003 2:36:24 AM UTC by coasterdude318***
Well, only two of the "giant-sized" Evolutions were ever constructed, mainly because they're costly.
Actually THREE were produced simultaniously: Two mobile versions were built for german fairs (Evolution and Imperator). The third model was a park model which went to a theme park in Japan. (Kure Portopialand, i think).
The showmen were quite eager to get rid of the monstrous rides, when they had to realize that the ride generated far more spectators than riders! Many people were afraid of the height. Some thought the admission was too high for a relatively short ridetime. (when it opened it just ran the short, pre-programmed cycle).
Maybe the "need" to sell off a relatively new ride made for a relatively low price.
The Huss Jump at SFGAdv is the third model in a series of three.
Again, two models were built and sold by Huss to renowned german showmen. (Distel and Bruch)
It was a time when Huss was under big pressure to deliver a new, top-selling "hit-ride".
After Breakdance became the best selling flatride of all time expectations were high. Some rides they built afterwards didn´t meet the high expectations and were considered flops.
The Frisbee became the last big seller, but it was basically just a re-invented swinging ship. Huss thought they had to set a statement and declared to build the worlds first "freefall flat ride".
The "Jumping" as it was first called was incredibly complicated and "heavy". The shaft in the middle houses gazillions of gallons of oil to catapult the gondolas skyward. Sadly, the much publizised freefall effect was underwhelming, while the manic spinning of the gondolas distracted evenm further from the sensation.
The first two versions were plagued with downtime and used to be a mechanical nightmare in its first month of operation. There was much re-designing and re-building to be done. Ontop of this the public wasn´t too eager to shell out their money for a good looking but boring ride.
The third showman who was waiting for his model to be delivered was not too happy when he found out that he bought a flop ride. He decided to buy it relatively "naked" without much additional lights and eyecandy. It was rumoured that he immediately considered to sell the ride after it was delivered to him. The "yellow" Jump did a few fair appearances but it soon disappeared to SFGAdv.
The Distel family, who own the prototype, managed to turn their once dumb ride into one of the most beautiful and spectacular to look at carny rides in germany. Garnered with neon-lights, bubble throwers, fog machines and millions of spectacular light effect this elegant machine is surreal in it beauty at night. It still appears at the biggest german fairs and is obviously making money. I prefer to watch, though.
I think that the failure of the "Jumping" and all the bad blood it caused in the relationship between Huss and the showmen marked the end of Huss producing carny rides. After the wonderful "Booster" failed to become a top seller as well they went on to produce park rides only.
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