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Chimelong Water Park announced Wiegand Slide Wheel.


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That's what I thought, but they just posted it on their facebook. Not sure who they may do some manufacturing for.

It looks like Gerstlauer track to me. Since I believe Mack does most of their manufacturing in Rust.

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Visually, it looks incredible, but based off that POV, the ride experience looks incredibly boring.

 

Also, this may be a stupid question, but what keeps the water flowing through the ride? Wouldn't it build up in the bottom corners of the slide?

 

Wouldn't the 'puddle' of water the raft is in move through with the raft? Problem?

 

This is basically just a giant auger pump.

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That's what I thought, but they just posted it on their facebook. Not sure who they may do some manufacturing for.

It looks like Gerstlauer track to me. Since I believe Mack does most of their manufacturing in Rust.

Ah you could be right, I was just putting it out there as a suggestion - I can't really tell the difference between Mack and Gerstlauer track

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Yeah this is at the Gerst plant. I believe at least some of the track is for the Eurofighter heading to Oaks amusement park and the green track has been there for ages and I think is supposed to be a ride for Medowlands. you know when that finally opens

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Video from TubeRides' Youtube channel of the ride testing, including POV footage. At the moment riders are wearing wetsuits, helmets and possibly back protection, but not sure if this is just for the testing stage or whether this would be a permanent requirement.

 

I still quite like the appeal of not knowing when you're going to stop/start although it's probably a 'once and done' kinda experience. We'll see - it's certainly an interesting concept!

 

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I agree the POV looks a lot more fun than the rendering did, but it's clear they edited out the portions of the ride where you stall / rock back and forth until the next drop. I'm sure it was just to reduce the video length and focus in on the more thrilling aspects of the ride, but I'm still curious how the full length of the ride experience will feel, stalls and all. I'd still definitely give it a try, at least.

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Here's an update on the Slide Wheel via Wiegand's Instagram. It is complete and already testing. I think when Wiegand asked what colour Chimelong wanted, their response was 'all of them'.

 

Also they have sold another three:

 

Reda Waterpark, Poland

Nantong Waterpark, China

Jinzhong Waterpark, China

 

I would love to see a full, unedited POV of this. The fact the raft randomly stops and starts (and without warning) within the wheel could make or break this ride in my opinion. It could be fun and add another dimension, or it could just interrupt the flow of the ride. I suppose the motion will be similar to Mickey's Sun Wheel but without the benefit of having a point of reference to see when you will stop/start.

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They are wearing helmets during testing because of site regulations

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They are wearing helmets during testing because of site regulations

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