(Standing But Not Operating from May 1999 - October 2000)
A longtime staple of parks around the world has been an octopus or monster style ride, and many variations on these rides have been manufactured over the years. Throughout the history of Great Adventure, the park has featured three variations on the ride all unique in their own ways.
|Added as part of the
1999 "War on Lines", Spinnaker was the park's third monster/octopus
style ride since the park opened in 1974. The first of these rides
was the Pretty Monster, later known as the Dream Street Dazzler, which
was a more primitive version of the ride, featuring fixed cars, but with
fanciful faces and flowers.
The second of this style ride was the Monster Spin, with was a more advanced model, featuring cars that spun independently, but was a very stark black and gold structure.
The third of these rides was the Spinnaker, which combined the best features of its predecessors, with the full range of spinning motions, and theme elements that made it something more than a run of the mill carnival ride. The ride featured an elaborate central octopus figure, with arms that raised and lowered as the ride cycled. The arms of the ride were fierce looking sea dragons, with the cars featuring fish style faces. The ride was well suited to the surrounding nautically themed area, and the queue and fencing were even given nautical touches to match, with piling style posts wrapped in ropes.
Click the placard below to see video of
At Six Flags America, a similar ride to the Spinnaker
|The Spinnaker was
rarely seen running in the short time it was in the park, suffering
maintenance difficulties and staffing shortages.
After a only two years in the park and very limited operations, Spinnaker was removed, with the ride pad becoming home to the Super Round Up ride, now known as Fantasy Fling.
Fantasy Fling was relocated to the Spinnaker's site in 2001 to make way for the new queue for Nitro, and has been operating on there ever since.