The Monster is an amusement ride manufactured by Eyerly Aircraft Corporation. The ride spins while moving up and down at a slow pace. Each car spins while giant arms move up and down in a circular motion. Riders may experience the feeling of weightlessness when going in the air and coming back down to ground level.
The Monster and the Spider are two different rides. The Spider is an offshoot of the Octopus, which has 8 arms with either one or two seats at the end, whereas the Spider has six arms with two seats at the end of each arm. The Monster has six arms similar to the Spider however it has four seats on the end with a rotating arms operated by electric motors where the seats are connected .
One example of this ride opened in 1970 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Another Monster ride is at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota, which is a sister park to Cedar Point, as well as at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. There is a Monster Ride called the Spider in Waldameer in Erie, Pennsylvania. Tom Evans United Shows travels the U.S. and has one known as the Spider.
- Bell's Amusement Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma had one known as the Spider.
- Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania purchased a Monster from Eyerly in January 1972, which was installed in the newly built Carrousel Circle for the 1972 season as part of Phase I of the park's redevelopment project. The ride was removed from operations after the 1983 season.
- Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania removed in 2010 due to rising maintenance costs.
- Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri had/has one known as the Octopus. Last Season 2014. Removed due to unavailability of spare parts.
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