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Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:20 pm

I love Haunted Swings, or what some might also call Mad Houses. The principle is simple, but as with all I have ridden around the world (and there still many, thankfully), the outside and inside theming of the whole attraction, is what makes some of these to be so awesomely unique, even with a different story line attached to it. Just love them, even the more simple ones, too.

I have a folder for these attractions, and here are ten of what I have collected in photos, so far.
I am also not captioning them, as several will probably be memorable to you, as well as myself. Enjoy.

And please post and regale your experiences and adventures
with a very unique "flat ride" (ha). With photos, too!

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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby anonymouscactus » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:28 pm

I'm familiar with the Vekoma(?) Mad House... Houdini, etc. --- are these a similar concept but on a much smaller scale? I have not seen these before? Sounds like a Google search is in order...

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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:16 pm

^ It's honestly the same concept I have found, around the world.

SPOILER!!! You sit in a balanced bench like setup, with the outer "walls"
turning around you, and over and over. You enter and exit at the ends of the "tube".
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby KarlaKoaster » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:56 pm

Yeah, Vekoma just bought the concept back to the fore with Villa Volta and many more since then. Mack also do a version too. My favourite is probably Hex at Alton Towers. It has a lot of depth of narrative and is actually based on a real local legend. There are a lot of nice touches throughout the ride and it's extremely detailed. The music is also one of my favourite scores on this type of ride.

The one at Parc Asterix I thought was outstanding. The preshows (both of them) were just about the best I've ever done on a Mad House; the first one is super clever, the second is just spectacular. And the actual ride itself is very cleverly themed with it looking like you're on a capsizing boat. It's like no other Mad House I've done.

I also really like the music on Efteling's Villa Volta, but as a non-Dutch speaker the pre-shows go on for too long and aren't visual enough for me to really enjoy. I also am not such a fan of the brightly-lit room.

I remember enjoying Merlin's Magic Castle at Walibi World and also Houdini's Great Escape at Bellewaerde too, whereas Europa Park's (by Mack) is extremely ordinary.

Regarding the more classic-style ones, I've only done the one that was at Blackpool, and also one at the end of Alpine Hotel which is a German transportable fun house. Neither of them do anything for me as the trick is not convincing at all, but I love what Vekoma have done with the idea since.

I think Legoland Windsor is getting one this year which I'm looking forward to as it has the potential to be really unique.

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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:47 am

Hex is probably my favorite all-around Mad House but I also like the one at Phantasialand and SFNE's Houdini.

Clark's Trading Post also has one, but I don't remember it too well since I rode it when I was 5 or 6.
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby hoppedup » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:04 am

I remember being amazed by Blackbeard's Revenge at Carowinds when I did it the first time as a kid. Looks like it was one of two Magic Rooms built by Arrow. Once I figured out the illusion, the re-ride factor dropped considerably. My daughter and I did Houdini's Great Escape at Great Adventure during a coaster break last year. I had no clue what it was going in, but memories of Carowinds in the early 80s came flooding back after it got going.
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby cfc » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:31 am

Hex was the first "Madhouse" ride I ever experienced, and I liked it quite a bit. Who here has been in the Surprising House at Hanayashiki in Japan?

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It seems "homemade," like the one at Dutch Wonderland.
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby yawetag » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:54 am

hoppedup wrote:I remember being amazed by Blackbeard's Revenge at Carowinds when I did it the first time as a kid.

THANK YOU! I *knew* I'd ridden one of these, but couldn't place where it was. I don't specifically remember the details at all, but knowing there was one at Carowinds does enough to know I'm not completely crazy.

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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:56 am

^ I found that a lot of the smaller ones, and mainly in Japan, build a house-like structure around it.
Then, it's just a matter of how they wanted to theme it, decorate it, etc. I enjoyed the one at Hanayashiki.
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This is the one at Tobu Zoo in Japan. Pretty plain on the outside. Not exactly small, either.
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Re: Haunted Swings & Mad House Things!

Postby ryder » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:20 pm

I wouldn't mind a few credits...where is the Bug House and the Dutch Wonder House located?

I enjoy these attractions a lot as well. Whenever I visit SFGA, I find myself enjoying Houdini's Great Escape more than nearly any other ride there. I really don't know why these haven't hit more on the Western half of the US. Personally, I think one of these would go great at Knott's Berry Farm... they don't take up much space, it's very family friendly, and I think they could have fun giving it a haunted western theme of some kind.

For many years, we did have a "mad house" style attraction on the West coast... the old ice/volcano/mummy tunnel at the end of the Studio Tram Tour at Universal Studios! That one was especially memorable to me as it was unexpected to drive into one, and because it went the entire length of the tram, seemed to stretch on forever!

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