Posted Saturday, April 24, 2010 12:30 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Alberto Zamperla sweeps through the cavernous workshop here where his amusement rides are manufactured while workers measure and bang and solder enormous platforms, oddly shaped beams and assorted fiberglass vehicles. Mr. Zamperla racing against the clock: Coney Island in Brooklyn, where in just a few weeks he will present a new amusement park featuring 22 rides, including the Tickler, a family-oriented roller coaster; the whirly Mega Disko; and Air Race, a heart-gulping aerobatic experience.
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This is a fantastic profile of Zamperla. I have to say that I've been a fan for a long time. I couldn't tell you anything about the maintainability or cost, but I like their rides.
I really like their products as well. I am quite excited to see how this turns out. They did a great job with the sections at Dollywood and Silver Dollar City.
As for durability and price, I'm seeing more and more parks (small parks even) buy Zamperla rides and they've been able to hold onto them with what seems to be minor troubles.
Carnivals though, have had some issues, and other companies rides seem to have much better longevity (Eyerly, Eli Bridge)Last edited by john peck, Saturday, April 24, 2010 11:49 PM
Come to think of it, Camp Snoopy at Cedar Point is now 11 years old, and I can't ever recall any of the rides there being closed.
I don't think I have either... Cedar Point rarely has anything down for an extended period of time, though.
I cant remember who it was (Monty Jasper, maybe), but he said the park keeps a 99 percent up-time on their rides — of course, that was said before Dragster was built... but I think that the "kinks" are almost out of it.
Back to Zamperla... they also supply the rides for a small park in the middle of Central Park (not sure if they manage it, though - I think they might), so their not new to the New York area.Last edited by john peck, Sunday, April 25, 2010 9:17 AM
I've seen Camp Bus down for almost a whole day when I was working at Camp Snoopy the second year that it was open. Their were about 10 maintenance guys crawling all over the ride ride trying to fix it.
Woodstock Express has gone down for minor reasons before. It just needed to be reset, which, being the acting team lead, I learned how to do so we wouldn't have to wait for a maintenance guy to come. I don't think that I was supposed to fix the ride myself, but it was so dang easy, and it only took 30 seconds. I was just happy to not have to close the ride downs.
I think that I also remember Lolly Swings going down for a few hours because it was making a strange sound.
Overall, the rides at CS where very reliable, but that was many years ago.
Woodstock is a Vekoma ride. It's supposed to go down now and then. We're talking Zamperla here.
I think the Disk-O is a brilliant ride, and the variations are fun too... not counting the stand-up version. Not sure what they were thinking there. It's so boring.
Oops! I forgot about that.
Zamperla rides are less expensive than the competition, and as far as my experience goes they are less reliable. The thing is though, they are only a little less reliable while they are a lot less expensive, so I guess the trade-off is acceptable.
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