Frisbee (ride)

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Zamperla's giant discovery model, SpinSpider, at TusenFryd, Norway

The frisbee is a type of pendulum amusement ride featuring a circular gondola that rotates as it swings back and forth. Riders are seated on the gondola facing inward or outward depending on the model.

Design and operation[edit]

A pendulum is suspended between two support frames. Attached to the base of this pendulum is a circular gondola. Riders are seated in the gondola, facing either inwards or outwards. When the ride cycle starts, the gondola begins to rotate. In addition, the pendulum arm begins to swing through an arc, maxing out between 170° and 360° (full revolution). Most parks require riders to be at least 48 inches (120 cm) tall.

Variants[edit]

Manufacturer Model Riders Seating Swing Height Speed
Fabbri Group Boomerang 32 Inward 15 m (49 ft)
Space Jam 24 Inward 22 m (72 ft)
Top Swing 24-30 Outward 24 m (79 ft) 31,4mmp 50 km/h
HUSS Park Attractions Frisbee 40 Either 180° 20 m (66 ft)
Frisbee XL 40 Outward 260° 36 m (118 ft)
Giant Frisbee 50 Outward 240° 42 m (138 ft)
Intamin Gyro Swing[1] 32-50 Outward 240° 27.15 m (89.1 ft)
Jiuhua Rides Super Pendulum[2] 54 Outward 220° 26 m (85 ft)
KMG Afterburner (a.k.a Fireball)[3] 24-32 Inward 240° 19.812 m (65.00 ft)
Freak Out 16 Inward 21 m (69 ft)
XXL 20 Inward 40 m (130 ft)
Mondial Revolution 40 Outward 35 m (115 ft) 54mmp 88 km/h
Moser's Rides Sidewinder 24-40 Outward 240°
Sidewinder 12 12 Outward
SBF Visa Group Dance Party 40 Inward
Maxi Dance Party 24 Outward 240° 27 m (89 ft) 37mmp 59.2 km/h
Maxi Dance Party 360 24 Outward 360° 33 m
Technical Park Street Fighter 16 Inward 240° 18 m (59 ft)
Typhoon 24 Outward 240° 23 m (75 ft)
Westechrides Discovery 20-30 Either 21 m (69 ft) 26,2mmp 43 km/h
Giant Discovery[4] 40 Outward 240° 44.8 m (147 ft) 68mmp 110 km/h
Mini Discovery 12 Outward 7.6 m (25 ft) 7,7mmp 12,3 km/h

Appearances[edit]

One travelling Technical Park Street Fighter, Uses the name "Hard Rock" owned by Johnsons Amusements. One travelling Zamperla Discovery, uses the name "Nitro" owned by Show West.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gyro Swing". Intamin. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Super Pendulum Pictures and Stats". 
  3. ^ Rotondo, Christie (28 July 2011). "Riding ‘It’ is a hair-raising experience". Shore News Today. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  4. ^ McKay, Gretchen (16 December 2011). "Kennywood's newest thrill: Black Widow". Pittsborough Post-Gazette. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 

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