TR: I-X Indoor Amusement Park (carnival)

TR: I-X Indoor Amusement Park (carnival)

Post by Dave Altho » Sun, 11 May 1997 04:00:00


Trip Report - I-X Indoor Amu***t Park
Cleveland, Ohio - 04/12/1997

Note:  At this time, this report is of little more than academic
interest, as the show closed on April 20.  But the Bates Bros. show
continues to tour the region, so be on the lookout for this show at
other dates.

Arrive:  5:48pm
Parking:  $5
Admission:  $14 POP

The I-X Indoor Amu***t Park is an annual month-long event designed
to be mutually beneficial to everyone...I-X isn't needed for a big
show in April, and the Bates carnival can't count on good dates on
account of the weather.  So Bates brings both units indoors to the IX
Center, sets up most of the rides and joints, perhaps books in a few
others, and puts on a big show.  IX augments the carnival with a
couple of performances, an interactive sports area (batting cage,
inline skating, wall climbing, etc.) and a children's play area well
stocked with plastic ride-on children's toys provided by a well-known
local manufacturer.  Oh, and the IX Center has a Chance gondola wheel
right in the middle, sticking up through the roof.  Hmmm...When the
AIMS* Expo is held at the IX, I wonder if the Chance booth is
adjacent to that wheel...

<footnote>
*Amu***t Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers (I think),
http://SportToday.org/
</footnote>

There are a couple of problems with holding a show such as the IX
Indoor Amu***t Park, beginning with the difficulty of loud rides in
an enclosed space.  There are also Kings Island-like crowd control
problems when the show is busy, as long ride lines intertwine and
intersect.  Speaking of rides...

Ride complement:
(K) means kiddie ride; ($) means $1 extra-pay.  
28'? AH MGR
Granny Bug (K)
Wisdom Heart Flip (like King Frolic) 12 RPM
Chance 18' MGR
Chance Yo-Yo
Wisdom Dragon Wagon (K) - 4-motor friction drive
Eli Mini Scrambler (K)
? Swing (K)
Mardi Gras fun house ($)
Eli 16-seat rim-drive wheel
AH Helicopter (K)
Chance Thunder Bolt
Chance Pharaoh's Fury
Reverchon White Water Flume (1995)
Chance Zipper
Dartron Hurricane (looks new)
Larson Ring of Fire
Sellner Barrel of Fun
AH MGR
Mini Himalaya-type (K) x2
? Super Slide
Hampton Dune Buggy (K)
? Quadzilla (K)
? Raiders (K,$)
? Red Garter fun-house ($)
Majestic Musik Express (running backwards)
A.R.M Ali-Baba
A.R.M. High Flyer (like Kamikaze, but w/only one tub)
Majestic Scooter
ORI Rock-O-Plane
Alpine Village fun house ($)
Sartori? Super Trooper (running backwards)
LMC Super Loops
Mystery Manor dark ride ($)
A.R.M. Quasar
Wisdom Sizzler (running backwards)
Eyerly Spider
Chance Yo-Yo
Hrubetz Hurricane
Hrubetz Tip-Top
Pinfari Zyklon-37m "      "
Sartori? Super Trooper (running backwards)
Sellner Electric-7 Tilt
? Round-Up
Eli T/M Scrambler
? kid swing (K)
AH Skyfighter (K)
? Super Slide
Hamton Jump Cycle
Wisdom Tornado
Eli 16 Double Eagle wheel
AH Helicopter w/kangaroo tubs (K)
AH Helicopter (K)
Hampton car/cycle (K)
Zamperla Rio Grande train (K)
Odyssey 2000 ($)
Sellner Bear Affair
Das Fun Haus ($)
Wisdom Dragon Wagon (electric drive)

Although it may not look like it, each ride on the show is listed
exactly once.  Repeats are due mostly to the presence of duplicate
pieces on the show.  

There were no spectacular new pieces this year (as Chaos and Looping
Star last year), but the flume ride was an interesting newcomer.  The
Wild River flume has been present in prior years, but this year's
Reverchon flume is a bit more elaborate, even featuring a double-dip
after the first lift.  This thing appeared to be taller than the
Zyklon.

Speaking of the Zyklon, this one was running at an abysmal 320 pph
(est.) and it took me about 40 minutes to get aboard.  This coaster
felt like it was overdue for new wheels, but apart from that is
fairly good.  Well, hey, it's a Zyklon.

I did ride a few other rides.  The Force-10 was absent this year, but
they did bring along an A.R.M. "Quasar".  Like the Force-10, this is
an extremely high-force ride from the UK.  The ride consists of a
large wheel, mounted very slightly off-center on a subframe assembly.
 Suspended from the wheel are two-passenger tubs equipped with lap
bars and mounted in such a way that they can swing laterally, like
the tubs on a Huss Troika or a Chance Thunder Bolt.  During the ride,
the subframe stretches out a little, causing the main wheel to rise
almost straight up a few feet, while also moving the axis of rotation
slightly off-center, which causes the tubs to oscillate.  According
to the data plate, the Quasar is designed to have the subframe rotate
counter-clockwise at 18 RPM, as the main arms rotate clockwise at 36
RPM.  I presume that this 36 RPM figure is the shaft speed, which
would result in a rotation relative to ground of 18 RPM clockwise.  
In any case, I clocked the subframe at "only" 12 RPM, and the main
arms at 20 RPM relative to ground, which would put that axle speed at
a mere 32 RPM.  In any case, it was plenty fast!  Are there any ARM
experts here who can verify my assessment of the main arm rotation
speed?

This show was also my first in-person look at an Eli Bridge "Double
Eagle" wheel.  It is essentially a standard Eli 16-seat wheel, but
differs from the standard wheel in that every other seat is mounted
backwards.  The whole ride assembly is trailer mounted and
hydraulically driven with a wheel speed up to 5.0 RPM.  Under the
center of the wheel is a platform on a hydraulic lift which rises
under the wheel to assist in loading.  This is where the reversed
seats come into play:  because adjacent seats face each other, it is
possible to load two seats at a time instead of just one.  The idea
is so simple, I had to wonder why it took so many years before the
Sullivans built one (the Double Eagle was introduced within the past
ten years).

Another piece I had never seen before was the Wisdom Tornado.  Not to
be confused with the Huss Tornado, this might be described as "King
Frolic meets tivoli Orbiter."  The ride consists of a six overhead
sweeps attached to  central frame.  At the end of each sweep, a shaft
hangs down.  Pivotally attached to the shaft is a tub with four
seats, all seats facing the center shaft.  Rigidly attached to the
shaft is a large wheel.  By grasping the wheel and applying Newton's
Third Law of Motion*, riders can spin the ride tub about the shaft.  
The shafts are pivotally attached to the sweeps so that they may
swing outward as the ride picks up speed.  The main armature, holding
the sweeps, rotates, then the center column rises at an angle,
creating a tilted plane of rotation.  Unfortunately, I was unable to
experience the full effect of the ride...the young man seated to my
right looked rather uncomfortable, and I exerted my influence as the
largest and strongest person in the tub to severely limit the tub
rotation.  This proved to be a wise move on my part, as the gentleman
I referred to expressed his discomfort in unmistakably graphic terms
seconds after the ride frame landed.  8-{

<footnote>
*"For every action, there is a reaction equal in magnitude
but opposite in direction."
</footnote>

There you have it.  If you are in Cleveland during April, the I-X
Center is worth a visit, though probably not worth a special trip
unless you are nuts like I am.  Watch for some of these neat flat
rides at a carnival near you!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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TR: I-X Indoor Amusement Park (carnival)

Post by edr » Thu, 15 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> There are a couple of problems with holding a show such as the IX
> Indoor Amu***t Park, beginning with the difficulty of loud rides in
> an enclosed space.  There are also Kings Island-like crowd control
> problems when the show is busy, as long ride lines intertwine and
> intersect.  Speaking of rides...

WOW.....

Quote:
> Ride complement:
> (K) means kiddie ride; ($) means $1 extra-pay.
> 28'? AH MGR
> Granny Bug (K)
> Wisdom Heart Flip (like King Frolic) 12 RPM
> Chance 18' MGR
> Chance Yo-Yo
> Wisdom Dragon Wagon (K) - 4-motor friction drive
> Eli Mini Scrambler (K)
> ? Swing (K)
> Mardi Gras fun house ($)
> Eli 16-seat rim-drive wheel
> AH Helicopter (K)
> Chance Thunder Bolt
> Chance Pharaoh's Fury
> Reverchon White Water Flume (1995)
> Chance Zipper
> Dartron Hurricane (looks new)
> Larson Ring of Fire
> Sellner Barrel of Fun
> AH MGR
> Mini Himalaya-type (K) x2
> ? Super Slide
> Hampton Dune Buggy (K)
> ? Quadzilla (K)
> ? Raiders (K,$)
> ? Red Garter fun-house ($)
> Majestic Musik Express (running backwards)
> A.R.M Ali-Baba
> A.R.M. High Flyer (like Kamikaze, but w/only one tub)
> Majestic Scooter
> ORI Rock-O-Plane
> Alpine Village fun house ($)
> Sartori? Super Trooper (running backwards)
> LMC Super Loops
> Mystery Manor dark ride ($)
> A.R.M. Quasar
> Wisdom Sizzler (running backwards)
> Eyerly Spider
> Chance Yo-Yo
> Hrubetz Hurricane
> Hrubetz Tip-Top
> Pinfari Zyklon-37m "      "
> Sartori? Super Trooper (running backwards)
> Sellner Electric-7 Tilt
> ? Round-Up
> Eli T/M Scrambler
> ? kid swing (K)
> AH Skyfighter (K)
> ? Super Slide
> Hamton Jump Cycle
> Wisdom Tornado
> Eli 16 Double Eagle wheel
> AH Helicopter w/kangaroo tubs (K)
> AH Helicopter (K)
> Hampton car/cycle (K)
> Zamperla Rio Grande train (K)
> Odyssey 2000 ($)
> Sellner Bear Affair
> Das Fun Haus ($)
> Wisdom Dragon Wagon (electric drive)

All of this, indoors and running at once?! my ears are ringing jst
thinking of it. But what fun... Old chicago revisited?!
Quote:

> There were no spectacular new pieces this year (as Chaos and Looping
> Star last year), but the flume ride was an interesting newcomer.  The
> Wild River flume has been present in prior years, but this year's
> Reverchon flume is a bit more elaborate, even featuring a double-dip
> after the first lift.  This thing appeared to be taller than the
> Zyklon.

Funny I was just looking at the Rev. catalog this morning and thought
this little flume would look nice in our park. Tell me was the ride
smooth, ride time was ??? long. PPH was ? do you remember?

Quote:
> This show was also my first in-person look at an Eli Bridge "Double
> Eagle" wheel.  It is essentially a standard Eli 16-seat wheel, but
> differs from the standard wheel in that every other seat is mounted
> backwards.  The whole ride assembly is trailer mounted and
> hydraulically driven with a wheel speed up to 5.0 RPM.  Under the
> center of the wheel is a platform on a hydraulic lift which rises
> under the wheel to assist in loading.  This is where the reversed
> seats come into play:  because adjacent seats face each other, it is
> possible to load two seats at a time instead of just one.  The idea
> is so simple, I had to wonder why it took so many years before the
> Sullivans built one (the Double Eagle was introduced within the past
> ten years).

I WANT ONE AT OUR PARK!

- Show quoted text -

Quote:
> Another piece I had never seen before was the Wisdom Tornado.  Not to
> be confused with the Huss Tornado, this might be described as "King
> Frolic meets tivoli Orbiter."  The ride consists of a six overhead
> sweeps attached to  central frame.  At the end of each sweep, a shaft
> hangs down.  Pivotally attached to the shaft is a tub with four
> seats, all seats facing the center shaft.  Rigidly attached to the
> shaft is a large wheel.  By grasping the wheel and applying Newton's
> Third Law of Motion*, riders can spin the ride tub about the shaft.
> The shafts are pivotally attached to the sweeps so that they may
> swing outward as the ride picks up speed.  The main armature, holding
> the sweeps, rotates, then the center column rises at an angle,
> creating a tilted plane of rotation.  Unfortunately, I was unable to
> experience the full effect of the ride...the young man seated to my
> right looked rather uncomfortable, and I exerted my influence as the
> largest and strongest person in the tub to severely limit the tub
> rotation.  This proved to be a wise move on my part, as the gentleman
> I referred to expressed his discomfort in unmistakably graphic terms
> seconds after the ride frame landed.  8-{

 Dave, I saw, and rode 8^( this god awful thing at the lesure expo last
year. I near had the same experiance as the chap that rode with you. I
also felt rather unsure of the ride, this is one ride that needed better
restrants.

Great TR dave, as usual,

Ed