Posted 08 July 2008 - 03:12 PM
I always thought it was a high thrill ride. I didn't ride Typhoon until I was 15! I stopped riding it when by the time we were spoiled in '99, but by the summer of 2002, I rediscovered Taz and had allot of fun on it for a few more seasons.
Not to beat a dead horse, but I have respect for Time Warner for moving the ride when they decided a new ride would take it's location. The same could be said for Bally's. Attendance figures being what they are, it must have added to the good karma!
I was trained for the ride at a time when an operator and an attendant were required to work the ride together. I only worked there for a half a morning, but I think it would have never gotten old to work. Watching people's reaction before, on and after the ride was priceless. It was fun to work as El Sombrero and Rodeo Sombrero. Working Tango, no.
I rode Canobie and SFMM's version, where the floor drops a few feet further. Everybody seemed to have a great time and it was allot of fun for me to experience. SFMM got rid of theirs because it's a family ride, but this spotlight makes me want to go to Lake Compunce and ride their model.
My parents used to call this ride the Hell Hole. Are there any locations that anybody knows of that actually called the ride by that name?
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:12 PM
The ride on the Steeplechase Pier in Atlantic City use to be called The Hell Hole. I remember it had a huge devil on the front that reached out towards the crowd. It is the red and blue building in the photo below:
One of my favorite (and sickest) Great Adventure memories of the Rotor occurred in the early 80s when the ride was located on the FreeFall site. Me and three of my friends got on the ride, two of us on each side of the barrel. In between our two groups were about six other people. We started spinning really fast and the floor dropped as usual. After about two minutes the guy next to my friend across from us got sick, tilted his head to the side and proceeded to vomit. You can only imagine how puke looked under the centrifugal force! Well, the puke starts working its way around the wall headed towards my friend in slow motion. If that wasn't funny enough, the look of my friend and his strained desire to move along the wall in the opposite direction was priceless! Luckily for him, the ride slowed down and he was able to peel himself from the wall to escape being splattered.
If they only had on-ride photos for that one!
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Sidenote of trivia... Belinda Carlisle's Heaven is a Place on Earth was filmed on Magic Mountain's Chance Rotor ride. The video was directed by Diane Keaton and the ride has since closed. You can file that in your brain's useless crap category!
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