: Hey all-I recently bought World's Greatest Coaster Thrills and was
: wondering about a ride shown on it. At Dreamworld, in Australia, there is
: a rather strange pirate-ship-flipping type ride. If you don't have the
: video, it is this wide thing, that is two rows wide, with about 15 people
: in each row. The rows face outward and are held up by two large suports.
: One of the supports twists up, so the whole thing is at an angle. Then
: both supports start flipping around so that you flipping over and over
: while the whole thing is tilted. I was wondering if this ride was to be
: found anywhere in the US-it looks like a lot of fun, as my second
: favorite non-coaster ride is the looping pirate ships.
Its called "WipeOut", its meant to simulate being dumped by a huge wave.
An inverting pirate ship is boring after you've been on this. I don't know
about whether such a device exists in the US as I live in Australia, and have
visited the US only once. I know it is the only one in the southern hemisphere
though. It was made by VEKOMA. (I think it was designed specifically for Dreamworld
but can't garentee that) For those of you who haven't seen or heard of it before
I will try to describe it further:
Picture two large steel arms seperated by about 25-30 feet, mounted to rotate
vertically about a horizontal axis. (the same axis for both) A long platform
with 40 seats back to back, (20 each side), joins the end of one arm to the end
of the other arm. (In the loading position it looks like a large square 'U' shape)
The platform containing passangers is also free to rotate on its own axis, parrallel
to its length. This rotation is a combination of motor driven and gravity induced
swinging (Not simultaniously).
The ride has three modes of operation:
The ride starts with both supporting arms rotating in the same direction which
basically rolls you over and over a couple of times. The arms then stop in the
upward direction leaving you sitting upright about 25 feet in the air. Phase 2
then begins. The two arms rotate in oposite directions. The passenger platform
twists and twurls, throwing you upside down, back the front, after a while you
start to loose track of which way is up! The arms then come to a rest again in the
upward position as before. Phase 3 begins. The arms rotate in the same direction
this time BUT at slightly different speeds, which again twists and rolls you around
and around. The arms then return to the downward position and the over-the-shoulder
harnesses are released to allow patrons to stumble off and pick up their belongings.
The setting for the ride is infront of a huge fibre glass wave which has Water
continously flowing over it into to a large pool of water over which the ride is
supported. You honestly feel at times that you are going to make contact with the
water, both from the wave and the pool below you. There is also a token fibre glass
shark that swims around the pool for effect. (just in case you were interested).
I would try my hand at ascii art but it would be a first attempt and would probably
confuse you more than the text. Although if common interests demand I could attempt
one at a later date. Unfortunately I don't have access to a scanner otherwise I
could make available some photos, if anyone was interested.
I hope this has been informative, to someone :o)