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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby Kw6sTheatee » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:14 am

Please! Don’t take another skyride away from us just because some GP kid got scared on a breakdown, especially one that sounds so pretty going over the bay and all! :cry:
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:08 am

A few things:

1) That tends to happen when a ride with a wind limit of about 20 MPH runs in wind speeds that are 3 times that. The ride didn't do anything out of the ordinary here. Obviously the park didn't mean to run the ride in those conditions and it was a very sudden gust but they did and the ride's backup systems seem to have functioned as designed.

2) As for the specifics of what happened, thats above my pay grade. I think Rob Von Roll has an account here so maybe he can drop some knowledge. This is what I've gathered but all of this information basically comes from his posts so full credit to him and my apologies if I misinterpreted anything.

One of the main reasons that the ride can't run in high winds is that the cable can come off of the rollers on the tower. If it comes off towards the tower then it rests on the mechanics that support the rollers (which have a name but I don't know what that name is), if it comes off the other way there's a cable catcher on the outer frame so they definitely designed these rides with this scenario in mind. Apparently it came off towards the tower battery. Thanks to these backup systems the riders are totally safe but if the cable isn't on the rollers then you obviously can't bring the cabins in. This is a model, but basically this is what happened. The cabin wasn't going anywhere, but unfortunately "anywhere" includes "back to the station". :lol:

3) In order to get the cabins back to the station they need to adjust the counterweight to pull tension off of the cable, put the cable back on the rollers, put the tension back on the cable and bring them in with the backup motor so I would expect the ride to remain closed for a few days at least because it sounds like a real pain in the ass.

4) Someone should tell the fine people of San Diego that 49 degrees is not "freezing cold". Shut up. :lol:
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby Satans Hockey » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:16 am

coasterbill wrote:4) Someone should tell the fine people of San Diego that 49 degrees is not "freezing cold". Shut up. :lol:


Haha I was thinking this too, some of us in colder weather areas would absolutely love a 49 degree day.

Plus if there is a ride to be stuck on this one isn't bad, ya have a nice view and no seat restraints and can at least move around a bit. It's not like being stuck on a stand up or flying coaster for hours lol
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:22 am

I believe you can take beer on the ride too so if you plan ahead the wait to be rescued wouldn't be so bad. :lol:

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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:25 am

^ And I mean you could pee off the side if need be. :lol:

But yeah 49 is the highest its going to be here today. Shut the eff up you p*ssies. :lol:

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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:28 am

Thanks for the interesting clarification on how these 'work' when they 'break down'. So yeah, no danger, 49 degrees, and just some complaining Californians. Poor SeaWorld can't catch a break.

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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:57 am

SharkTums wrote:So yeah, no danger, 49 degrees, and just some complaining Californians.


:lol: That's what it sounds like to me.

By the way, here's a screen grab from a CBS news report. The position of the arm thingy (that's a technical term) pretty much confirms that the scenario laid out above is exactly what happened.

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PS: I think it's called a hanger and/or grip but IDFK, lol

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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:00 am

it's getting lots of coverage locally here (I wonder if it's because we're "close" to SeaWorld San Antonio).

I do fear this might cause this ride to shut for quite a while, as the headline on the morning news here was: passengers stuck for *hours* included a baby, and a partially paralyzed park goer.

To be 100% fair, I could absolutely see how terrifying it could be to have be evact from a swinging gondola if you have mobility issues. Tho no idea if this is one of the folks that's been talking to the news.

hopefully they wont' remove the ride, but for sure expect if/when it reopens, the slightest wind will bring the ride down.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:06 am

To be fair, as a life long Southern Californian who has only seen snow 5 times in his life...49 degrees might as well have been -20 :lol:

I saw on twitter that last night some gondolas got stuck after wind caused the circuit breaker to flip. 16 people had to be rescued. It was a cold night too. Had to be tough to rescue people above water. This won’t be good for the park but glad to hear everyone was rescued eventually.


As the news reports state, this is something that is practiced every year by all the responding parties.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:07 pm

Sorry if I missed it, but how far up off the water are these things? Like aside from the baby and paralyzed person, would it be possible to safely jump into the water? Not that Seaworld would recommend that, but I would do it. :Pr Are there life vests aboard the gondolas?

Honestly, it wouldn't be the worst ride to get stuck on. At least you have range of motion and you're not in some uncomfortable position. Hopefully this dies down and the ride doesn't have to be removed.
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