(1985 Standing But Not Operating)
The Monster Spin was a standard production model Monster II ride produced by Schwarzkopf, which offered a fun and exciting ride which could be enjoyed by all ages. The ride was very popular with parks around the country and around the world, with dozens showing up in theme parks throughout the 1970's and 80's.
With the death of Anton Schwarzkopf, and the end of Schwarzkopf as a manufacturer, parts for the rides became scarce and expensive, so like many parks the ride was removed as the parts wore out and it became unfeasible to perform the required maintenance.
Today there are very few of these once plentiful rides still operating in parks, with one of the last located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois.
The Monster Spin was the second of three similar "monster" rides located
at Great Adventure, replacing the Pretty Monster (later called the Dream
Street Dazzler) in a location beside the Yum Yum Palace. The
site was originally home to "The Happening" show before Pretty
was moved there in 1976 when the park entrance was relocated.
Monster Spin took the place of the original ride in 1978, and operated in that location through 1987, with one year "standing but not operating" in 1985 as the ride's transmission and hydraulic systems underwent a major overhaul. During its first year of operation the Monster Spin was still adorned with the old Dream Street Dazzler sign.
The ride was removed at the end of the 1987 season, and the site sat vacant for several years until the Teacups were added in 1996.
|Watch A Video of the
East River Crawler,
Monster Spin's Sister Ride
At Six Flags Great America:
|Two decades after the Monster stopped spinning, the ride's central housing cover could still be spotted being used as a flaming cauldron prop as part of the park's haunted hayride during Fright Fest.|