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Extinct theme park ride types

Postby Timh121 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:55 pm

Can anyone here think of any theme park ride types that used to be popular but are not around anymore?. If so which ones do you miss the most? Thank you

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Re: Extinct theme park ride types

Postby palmerleeberry » Tue May 14, 2019 2:32 pm

The Funhouse comes to mind. Many years ago Busch Gardens Williamsburg used to have the most fun house of its kind, until they decided to convert the building into an arcade.

And while there are still just a handful of parks that still have a funhouse attraction (Noah's Ark in Kennywood and Pirate's Cove in Trimper's Rides come to mind), I cannot remember any new funhouses that debuted in theme parks in the past few decades.

Methinks that is a plain shame for surely the ride designers can come up with the designs for a new funhouse that will still provide the fun, yet be safe as apple pie, to its riders. They can have tricks that would fool the senses, surprises that will cause laughter, and some new innovations that never been used in a funhouse before.

So come on guys, lets us riders and amusement park flyers see a new funhouse in the future! =)

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Postby Intamin_coyote » Tue May 14, 2019 2:49 pm

The only Huss Giant Top Spin ever built was popular... VERY popular, at a time...

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Postby BDD27 » Tue May 14, 2019 3:01 pm

The north American Togo stand ups are now extinct, although one lives on far from home.

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Postby Too Fast For Comfort » Wed May 15, 2019 6:43 am

Wooden wild mouses are either extinct, or endangered. And I think that they used to be commonplace across the country. It was funny too how they were a staple of RCT but nobody could ever find one! Virginia Reels and side friction coasters are examples of other coasters that used to be the gold standard that are either endangered or extinct. And, big staples of RCT as well.

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Re: Extinct theme park ride types

Postby coasterbill » Wed May 15, 2019 6:46 am

Volcanic Blast coasters

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Postby michaellynn4 » Wed May 15, 2019 6:51 am

coasterbill wrote:Volcanic Blast coasters


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Re: Extinct theme park ride types

Postby pryonisys » Wed May 15, 2019 8:49 am

It seems like rotors are disappearing. I haven't seen a permanent one for quite some time, but I do see the Gravatron's at fairs still

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Re: Extinct theme park ride types

Postby BitterOldHag » Wed May 15, 2019 9:04 am

pryonisys wrote:It seems like rotors are disappearing. I haven't seen a permanent one for quite some time, but I do see the Gravatron's at fairs still


As far as I know, there are only three Rotor rides (permanent or mobile) left in the States. A Chance portable model at Sylvan Beach, a permanent Chance model called the Tumbleweed at Frontier City, and the rare SDC model called Turkish Twist at Canobie Lake.

Overseas though it's a different story as it seems there are several traveling Rotor rides on the fair circuit, including a new SBF/Visa model called Gravity with translucent barrel walls, and the classic Pluschies Rotor that tours the German Fun Fairs. This Rotor features a walk-through fun house as the queue, and the main ride structure is surrounded by a three-tiered viewing area just like the good old days. I think I mentioned this before, but there are some really crazy pictures of old Rotor rides from the 50's where the entire viewing area is packed with people watching the brave riders. And back then, you had to pay the same amount to watch as you did to ride, so I assume the ROI was pretty good for a Rotor ride!

That's one thing I never liked about Gravitrons. The ride was not designed for spectators. Heck, first time I saw one I had no idea what went on in there! ;)

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Re: Extinct theme park ride types

Postby pryonisys » Wed May 15, 2019 9:34 am

BitterOldHag wrote:
pryonisys wrote:It seems like rotors are disappearing. I haven't seen a permanent one for quite some time, but I do see the Gravatron's at fairs still


As far as I know, there are only three Rotor rides (permanent or mobile) left in the States. A Chance portable model at Sylvan Beach, a permanent Chance model called the Tumbleweed at Frontier City, and the rare SDC model called Turkish Twist at Canobie Lake.

Overseas though it's a different story as it seems there are several traveling Rotor rides on the fair circuit, including a new SBF/Visa model called Gravity with translucent barrel walls, and the classic Pluschies Rotor that tours the German Fun Fairs. This Rotor features a walk-through fun house as the queue, and the main ride structure is surrounded by a three-tiered viewing area just like the good old days. I think I mentioned this before, but there are some really crazy pictures of old Rotor rides from the 50's where the entire viewing area is packed with people watching the brave riders. And back then, you had to pay the same amount to watch as you did to ride, so I assume the ROI was pretty good for a Rotor ride!

That's one thing I never liked about Gravitrons. The ride was not designed for spectators. Heck, first time I saw one I had no idea what went on in there! ;)

There was a rotor at Conneaut Lake Park when I was a kid name the "Hell Hole" that I was never big enough to ride, when I was finally old enough to ride it the park had ripped it out. It was a really good ride for spectators though.
I completely understand why parks have gotten rid of them over the years.

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