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P. 766: Haunt Has Risen from the Grave

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I think top spins are super fun to both ride and watch. Especially ones like this with such great theming. I’m sad to see KD has removed two of their most unique and well-themed rides in 2 seasons without replacement. (And if the replacement is a B&M wing coaster... )

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I personally love top spins. I don’t see the reasoning at this point. All the US parks are pulling them meanwhile parks overseas that have them have refurbished them and they’re running like new. Cedar Fair Parks are literally becoming coaster parks with a kids section lol. Wait Voodoo at SixFlags Discovery Kingdom is still SBNO after almost 7 or 8 years now with overgrown weeds and vines all over it.

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I personally love top spins. I don’t see the reasoning at this point. All the US parks are pulling them meanwhile parks overseas that have them have refurbished them and they’re running like new. Cedar Fair Parks are literally becoming coaster parks with a kids section lol. Wait Voodoo at SixFlags Discovery Kingdom is still SBNO after almost 7 or 8 years now with overgrown weeds and vines all over it.

 

Alton Towers and Chessington have also removed theirs.

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Moser's model seems to just do a lot less. You can never get that model to do 6+ whiplash-speed spins like you can with the HUSS models. From what I've experienced the original HUSS Top Spin with the floored carriage is the most intense - once momentum gets going there you really feel like you're out of control. The floorless model like Crypt could have some intense moments but it never got the crushing-G's intensity that the floored models produce.

 

The floorless model built into the wall at Phantasialand is on my bucket list.

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I personally love top spins. I don’t see the reasoning at this point. All the US parks are pulling them meanwhile parks overseas that have them have refurbished them and they’re running like new. Cedar Fair Parks are literally becoming coaster parks with a kids section lol. Wait Voodoo at SixFlags Discovery Kingdom is still SBNO after almost 7 or 8 years now with overgrown weeds and vines all over it.

Maybe it's coincidence, but I always saw a lot of nearly empty cycles on top spins.

 

Voodoo must be the new Hanibarrels, which probably set a world record for SBNO at SFStl. Likely, it's only a matter of time before Voodoo becomes an all-new attraction at La Ronde.

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Kings Dominion has quietly announced that The Crypt has closed permanently with only a tease that "things are lurking in the jungle." This is likely tied to the larger project taking place in the plot of the former Volcano coaster next door.

 

Edit: I missed that this was already posted... Sorry about that!

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Maybe?

 

That thing is not long for this world though. It's so ridiculously unpopular. I'm sure they're just using up the mountain of spare parts they got from removing every other top spin in the chain and then they'll finally remove it.

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Maybe I've gotten lucky, but my rides on Cyborg have flipped from start to finish. I didn't get those rides with endless rocking I see others talk about.

 

Same here. Although I rode Harley Quinn at SFOT, not Cyborg. I think the tops spins are more intense, but Harley Quinn was more disorienting and less painful!

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Stop removing stuff...

I'm sure there are reasons. I'm also sure they did what they could to keep said attractions, especially in the case of Volcano. Rides get old. They become increasingly difficult to maintain, especially when the company no longer exists and you can't get parts for them anymore (as was the case with The Crypt). It would have been better had there been a replacement on hand, but in the case of these 2, there was none, due to it not being planned for.

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Stop removing stuff...

I'm sure there are reasons. I'm also sure they did what they could to keep said attractions, especially in the case of Volcano. Rides get old. They become increasingly difficult to maintain, especially when the company no longer exists and you can't get parts for them anymore (as was the case with The Crypt). It would have been better had there been a replacement on hand, but in the case of these 2, there was none, due to it not being planned for.

 

Um, Huss still exists and still manufacturers the Top Spin. I'm sure they could get parts if they wanted to.

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