Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock|
|Theme||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
|Height||72 ft (22 m)|
|Speed||25 mph (40 km/h)|
|Riders per vehicle||1|
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock is a Gerstlauer Sky Fly operating at Nickelodeon Universe. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock was opened on March 17, 2012, and was the first of its kind in the United States. The ride was installed by Ride Entertainment Group, who handles all of Gerstlauer's operations in the Western Hemisphere.
On July 25, 2011, Park Thoughts had an interview with the marketing director of Nickelodeon Universe, and they confirmed that a new major attraction in the works for the 2012 season. Then on January 20, 2012, Nickelodeon Universe announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock for the 2012 season that is expected to open in March 2012. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock replaced Tak Attack that closed on November 14, 2011 to make room.
On March 16, 2012, around 1:00 pm, the ride malfunctioned, causing it to freeze in the air. The ride held 12 people, all of which were okay. It took ride developers about 15–20 minutes until they were able unfreeze the ride, bringing all passengers safely down. The ride passengers included four children and 8 adults. The ride continued to occasionally freeze in air throughout the first week of operation.
On March 16, 2012, at around 2:30 pm, the ride froze in operation, taking ride operators over 10 minutes to get passengers down. The ride at that time was holding 11 passengers (two children and 9 adults). The ride was then closed and re-opened two hours later.
On March 17, 2012, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock officially opened at Nickelodeon Universe. Nickelodeon Universe also hosted the event Be A Part of Turtles History at Nickelodeon Universe®! to conduct the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of Ninja Turtles. The record was broken on March 17, 2012, with 836 people dressed up as Ninja Turtles in front of "Shell Shock". The previous record for the largest gathering of Ninja Turtles was set at Rutgers University in 2008 with 786 people.
As of mid-April,[when?] the ride has been closed, stating "maintenance" as the official reason. This closure is likely an attempt to fix the issues of the ride stopping mid-air as was an issue the ride first experienced. As of June 2012, the ride is now open and hasn't experienced ride faults ever since its reopening.
Once the 12 single-rider gondolas are carried up, the gondola brakes then are released and for the control wings every rider is able to roll over. Each rider decides whether the ride turns into a thrill or scenic ride. Since the boom is tilted, the riders go up 72 feet (22 m) and come down each revolution around the central tower at speeds of 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).
Riders will enter through a queue themed to look the Ninja Turtles' underground sewer headquarters before boarding the attraction featuring a turtle shell on the back.
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