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The Twist is an amusement ride in which suspended riders spinning in cars experience the illusion that they will crash into other suspended, spinning cars. Riders are seated in small carriages clustered together and connected by beams at the top to a central point. The clustered vehicles are spun in one direction, while the ride as a whole spins in the opposite direction.
The minimum height requirement is 36 inches; anyone under 48 inches tall must ride with a responsible person.
Notable alternative names include:
- Cha Cha
- Cyclone
- Gee Whizzer
- Grasscutter
- Jambalaya
- Merry Mixer
- Scrambler
- Sizzler
- Twister
There are three different types of the twist rides, the Grasscutter/Scrambler, Sizzler, and Gee Whizzer.
In Australia there are two versions of the ride one being The Sizzler, which always has a more menacing demeanor, while the Cha Cha looks to be more for the kids, while actually the Cha Cha goes much faster than The Sizzler, both rides have the same function, the paint jobs and the cart shapes distinguish the two.
A grasscutter twist has a basic frame shape and no platform and is driven by a lower arm assembly. This type of twist is extremely popular in the USA, with the most common type being the Scrambler.
- Scrambler—These rides can be identified by a circular opening near the top of the ride. There are vertical bars that form a pyramid around the top, occasionally along with lights on them. These rides are manufactured by the Eli Bridge Company.
- Wisdom's Sizzler—This ride does not have a platform, but it still has thick arms at the top and bottom of each seating assembly. The top of the ride has 3 twisted metal structures. There are also lights all over the ride including the cars. This ride goes much faster than the Scrambler or the Wisdom's Super Sizzler. These are popular in the US, but are no longer made by Wisdom.
A Sizzler twist are twists which have thicker arms and a platform. It was when these type started being manufactured, the manufacturers concentrated on the ride aesthetics. Concerns have been raised about its safety, as the ride has been involved in at least five fatalities since 1997.
- Bennett & Pollards—These rides have a smaller circumference from the center of the ride to the seats. They are similar to Scrambler-type rides because they also have cylinder structures on top of the ride.
- PWS Sizzler, Sonacase Twister, & Twist—These rides each have a platform, but they do not have objects near the top of the ride such as a cylinder structure. There are lights all around the center structure of the ride. Thus, these rides look similar.
- Wisdom's Family Sizzler—this ride has thick arms and a platform, along with a central structure with dazzling lights. It has wheels to guide the three pods along underneath, and is quite fast when compared to a "Grasscutter Twist." They are found mostly at indoor fun centers and are the only type of Sizzler being made by Wisdom.
- Wisdom's Super Sizzler—This ride has a platform, and it looks similar to the Sizzler. Another difference is that it goes backwards, and this ride also has a backdrop with some colorful art. Wisdom has recently stopped making this type of Twist ride.
The 'Gee Whizzer' derivative was commissioned by the operators King Carnival amusements of Tasmania, Australia during the 1950s. The project was designed by David Ponsonby and manufactured at his Dabar productions workshop in Lenah Valley, Tasmania for approximately 50 000 pounds. This machine is currently the largest and fastest of the Twister type rides utilising a unique fully suspended balanced single sweep arm design, driven from the top resulting in no lower arm assembly. The centre support core is fully independent and does not require a support deck, instead eight extended stablisers are fitted to the core during assembly. Only one of these machines are known to be in existence, its longevity attributed to its design factor of up to ten times greater than normal load on gear teeth and bearings.
- Scrambler - Indiana Beach, Monticello, Indiana
- Blizzard - Great Escape & Wildwater Kingdom
- Scrambler - Lake Winnepesaukah Lakeview, Ga near Chattanooga, TN
- Scrambler - Sandspit[disambiguation needed] Cavendish PEI
- Scrambler - Thomas amusements operates seasonally at a traveling fair in Newfoundland Canada
- Scrambler - Funtown Splashtown USA operates this inside a dome with a light show and is called the "Astrosphere".
- Centrifuge - Casino Pier,destroyed by hurricane Sandy
- Scrambler - Kings Island (1972–present) originally operated at Coney Island, Cincinnati, Ohio (1957–1971)
- Scrambler - Bay Beach Amusement Park
- Scrambler - Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
- Scrambler - Idlewild and Soak Zone
- Scrambler - Playland[disambiguation needed]
- Scrambler - Knott's Berry Farm
- Scrambler - Hersheypark
- Scrambler - Waldameer Park and Water World
- Scrambler - Six Flags Great America, called the Hometown Fun Machine.
- Scarecrow Scrambler. - Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
- Space Scrambler - Lagoon, Farmington Utah
- Deja Vu - Six Flags Great Adventure (2012-present)
- Twister - Fantasy Island, UK
- Twist - Skeggness Pleasure Beach, UK
- Twister - Bridlington Coast, UK
- Sizzler - Mount Horeb Summer Frolic
- Sizzler - Beech Bend Park
- Sizzler - Wonder Shows in Winnipeg/southern Manitoba, Canada
- Scrambler - Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Or
- Scrambler - Cedar Point
- Zechtecneyuptehc - Klane Park
- Enzo scramble - Traveling Fair
- Psychodrome - Canobie Lake Park
- Shazam! - Six Flags St. Louis
- Sidewinder - Six Flags Over Texas
- Scrambler - Centreville Amusement Park
- Cyclone - Six Flags America
- Scrambler - Family Kingdom Amusement Park
- Sizzler - Martin's Fantasy Island (1994–2010)
- Mind Scrambler - Rye Playland, operated indoors but decommissioned after several accidents
- Scrambler - Darien Lake
- Twister - Calaway Park
- Gyrosphere - Seabreeze Amusement Park
- Twist History At the National Fairground Archive