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User Input: The Danger is Fake, The Vomit is Real

The Ferris wheel was created in 1893 for the World’s Fair. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower as something really tall that people could go up on for fun and awe. Since then, engineers have designed all manner of mechanical contraptions meant to do things to the human body that one could not normally do in nature. The Ferris wheel gave people a grand vista, and the thrill of being way up in the air. But that wasn’t enough. Now we need to be flung violently under the full wrath of angular momentum. We must plummet seemingly to our doom and survive under heavy braking at the last moment. We must accept the fact that our safety and lives are in the hands of a man who’s qualifications are more teeth than arrests, and was the least drunk that morning. And given the price of tickets, you know he was drinking the good stuff.

What’s the best carnival ride?

[“User Input” is the AtomicToasters Question of the Day™ asking you, the teeming millions, to answer our pressing questions.]

  • PrawoJazdy

    As much of a coaster dork as I am, I refuse to get on anything not permanently installed.

    • SSurfer321

      You do realize the permanently installed coaster were built by the lowest bidder right?

      • PrawoJazdy

        Actually I know the contractor that builds almost every ride I have been on. Adena corp installed everything Cedar Fair owns. Johnson & Fort for Six Flags. They don't bid out to contractors for major rides. Small carnival/flat rides at most parks are installed by in house crews. Prior to Cedar Fairs takeover of Kings Island and other Paramount parks, design and construction was also done in house. The Beast at Kings Island is a great example of this.

        • SSurfer321

          I forgot the /joke tag on my previous post. It wasn't intended to be malicious and I apologize if you read it that way.

          and since you brought it up (again not trying to be malicious)

          Adena's name may be on the job trailer, but I know they've bid out portions of the projects. I've furnished quite a bit of material to be installed out at Cedar Point in the past.

          • PrawoJazdy

            Sorry. I didn't take it as malicious at all and I hope I didn't come across in my response as crass.

            From what I understand, electrical wiring, station construction, cement walkways, waiting pads and such is contracted out. With the steel being put up by Adena. I thought you were talking about the structures themselves. I'm not too worried about electrical components failing or the cement cracking in the line. Although I would worry about the cement in the foundation being bad.

          • SSurfer321

            I believe there are only 1 or two manufactures of the steel track systems and any AISC erector can put them up as it is all bolted connections. This helps greatly in reducing errors/accidents.

            I've furnished the reinforcing steel for the foundations for a few of the coasters in the past but I don't recall who poured them.

            But I agree that a lot of the minor stuff you mentioned can be contracted out.

          • PrawoJazdy

            I got a brief tour from the head of maintenance last week and he told me the steel is manufactured by the ride manufacturer.

            When Maverick had to have the heartline roll removed before opening and replaced with an S-curve, they had to wait for the track to get off the boat from Switzerland which is where Intamin AG is based. B&M (makers of Raptor & Mantis) has a place here in the states where they make their track. I think they moved into the old Arrow (Magnum, Corkscrew) property.

            Did you have anything to do with the new ride, Windseeker? They are having ridiculous problems with it and it has not opened yet. I've been calling it Whenseeker.

          • SSurfer321

            No. The last ride I worked on was Top Thrill Dragster. And that was budgeting for it years before it was actually built.

          • PrawoJazdy

            The coaster forums went ape-fucking-shit when they poured the foundation a season early. As the tower started to gain height, the rumors were becoming more and more ludicrous. That was the first time I had ever seen construction be used as a major free marketing tool. Which turned out to be the best marketing I had ever witnessed.

          • SSurfer321

            I do remember hearing about that!

    • OA5599

      It's always more thrilling when you don't know how it will end. Hundreds of disassebly/reassembly cycles ad a bit more mystery to the possible conclusions.

      • I started to reply to this thread, which in turn got out of control and caused me to write a whole 'nother post.

        Terror, fear of death, traveling carnivals and sketchy carnies. Yeah, I feel ya. To this day I'm always looking at machines and wondering how neglect, defect and someone's oversight can kill you. Most people just skip along blissfully unaware… but they don't know. I know. You know? (grabs a stiff drink of milk)
        http://atomictoasters.com/2011/06/favorite-childh

    • P161911

      I've always been tempted to bring a handful of rusty nuts and sheared off bolts to Six Flags. As I get off the ride hand it to the guy and say "I found this in my seat" and walk away.

      • PrawoJazdy

        I'll help you. I have a few bolts from an Arrow Suspended coaster.

  • highmileage_v1

    Best Carnival ride? Saturn V. That much thrust would keep any adrenaline junkie happy.

  • PowerTryp

    I freaking love the gravitron! Nothing like a ton of gforce holding you to a wall and then lifting you off the ground.

    That was taken at the Calgary Stampede wasn't it?

    • Deartháir

      Nope, taken at the Googles.

      I've never been to the Stampede. I try and avoid Calgary as much as humanly possible. I'm from BC, and currently living in Edmonton. I'm pre-programmed to hate Calgary.

      • PowerTryp

        Well Number_Six and I can attest to it not being all bad here. Plus if you've never been to the Stampede, you're really missing out on a spectical of internationally appeal.

  • PowerTryp

    I'm gunna go out on a limb here and announce that as of monday my room mates (sister and brother in law) are moving out. Why am I telling you this?

    This free's up two bedrooms, my basement and I've always got a couch to spare. Why does this matter you ask? Well the Calgary Stampede is only a month away and if you've got an air mattress (sorry they're taking their bed with them) or don't mind a couch there is a free place to stay that's only 10 minutes away from the Stampede grounds.

    • McQueen

      Mmmmm Buckle Bunnies and Stampede Burgers

      • Deartháir

        Mmm, Buckle-Bunnies.

  • TechieInHell

    They're called beaver tails

    • BlackIce_GTS

      Those are different.
      I've had Beavertails* with garlic butter before, but I think Funnel Cake is always sweet.
      Both are available up here.

      *also called Whale's Tails and Elephant Ears. Probably any other big flat bit of an animal you can think of.

  • PrawoJazdy

    I lied. After Mitch posted the Gravitron, I remembered the Rotor. I will get on one of those.

  • SSurfer321

    I'll mail you some funnel cakes if you mail me those easter eggs with the toy inside (name escapes me).

    • PowerTryp

      Kinder Surprise eggs.

    • TechieInHell

      Kinder Suprises are where chocolate goes to die. They were cool when I was a kid, but now the chocolate is awful and the toys aren't nearly as nifty.

      • Deartháir

        Ignore Techie. He's lost all sense of fun since we locked him in his dungeon and failed to let him out for the last four years.

        I kid. Actually, he did that to himself.

      • Mad_Hungarian

        Kinder Surprises are also mega illegal in the US, I think because they are deemed to be a choking hazard. People coming from Canada with one of the lousy things in their bags have been threatened by Customs with everything short of waterboarding and a one way ticket to Gitmo.

  • PrawoJazdy

    You really need to come spend a weekend in Dustrobvania (Formerly known as Detroit). Make sure it's in the summer. I'm going to take you to the best park on the planet. 17 roller coasters. 76 Rides. It's party heaven.

  • OA5599

    I've only been moderately scared on one coaster. About two weeks later, a passenger was thrown from the ride and fell to his death. The accident happened the last day at that location, and from what I read in the papers, the ride got packed away before investigators arrived.

  • P161911

    The only time I have experienced true fear on a coaster was about 10 years ago on the Batman ride at Six Flags GA. I am as Homer Simpson would say a "Husky sized gentleman". The Batman ride has a rigid harness than goes over the shoulders and a saddlehorn type protrusion on the seat. A belt attaches from the rigid harness to the saddlehorn thing. It required the ride attendant pushing down on the harness to snap in the belt. As the coaster starts up the first hill the belt goes "Plink!" and comes loose. I held on for dear life the rest of the ride. I was pretty sure the belt was just a secondary backup restraint, but I wasn't entirely sure. I'm not sure I have been back to Six Flags since.

    I have noticed that Disney does seem to size there rides for those of us that wear XXXL. Universal Orlando has a few special cars on some rides for the XXXL+ set. It actually helped skip some of the line a few times.

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