Wild Mouse roller coaster
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A Wild Mouse roller coaster (also Mad Mouse or Crazy Mouse) is a type of roller coaster characterized by small cars that seat four people or fewer and ride on top of the track, taking tight, flat turns (without banking) at modest speeds, yet producing high lateral G-forces. The track work is characterized by many turns and bunny hops, the latter producing abrupt negative vertical G forces. When approaching a turn from a straight section the intended impression is that one will simply continue straight, and thus plunge off of the device, this since there are no transition sections as are in a conventional high speed coaster track and the turn itself is obscured upon close approach. Almost all Wild Mice feature "switchback" sections, consisting of several of these unbanked turns, separated by straight sections. Usually the turns on the switchback section are 180°, but some coasters feature 90° turns as well as more rarely steep runs with loops (for example Crazy Mouse at Tobu Zoo in Japan, which is no longer operating). Some riders, usually among taller people, report sustaining whiplash after being subjected to these turns.
The feeling of a Wild Mouse coaster is amplified by using cars that are wider than the track itself, giving the impression that the riders are hanging off the side or that they might fly out, thus giving it the name "wild".
Some may include trick-track — a "straight" piece of track banked slightly side to side designed to throw the rider left to right. Some wild mouse coasters, such as Primeval Whirl, also have spinning cars.
The modern Wild Mouse was invented by German designer Franz Mack (see: MACK Rides). In the original wooden Wild Mouse coasters of the 1960s and 1970s, the cars were so small that they could only fit two adults in close contact. While the low capacity of these rides led to long lines, the cars were small by design.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the Wild Mouse type coaster was nearly extinct. However, beginning in the mid-1990s, Wild Mouse-style rides made a comeback for two reasons: First, they were cheaper than larger, conventional coasters; second, they added to a park's "coaster count" with minimal impact on cost and square footage.
Examples of Wild Mouse roller coasters
- Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster at Warner Bros. Movie World in Queensland
- Mad Mouse at Royal Adelaide Show, now removed.
- Mad Mouse at Royal Melbourne Show, now removed.
- Wild Mouse Roller Coaster at Aussie World in Queensland
- Wild Mouse Roller Coaster at Luna Park Sydney.
- Wild Mouse Roller Coaster at Luna Park Melbourne.
- Speedy Bob at Bobbejaanland, Lichtaart
- Wild Mouse at Belmont Park, Montreal
- Wild Mouse at Playland, Vancouver (currently removed)
- The Fly at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario
- Toboggan Nordique at La Ronde in Montreal
- Ghost Chasers at Movie Park Germany, Bottrop
- Matterhorn Blitz at Europa Park, Rust
- Project X - Test Strecke at Legoland Deutschland, Günzburg
- Crazy-Mine at Hansa-Park, Sierksdorf
- Flying Dutchman Gold Mine at Walibi Holland, Biddinghuizen (moved to Mer de Sable in France as Tiger Express in 2011)
- Kopermijn at Drievliet Family Park, The Hague
- At the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, Moscow
- Fantasy Mouse at Fantasy Island (UK amusement park), Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire
- Walls Twister Coaster  at West Midlands Safari Park, Worcestershire
- The Rat at Loudoun Castle, Ayrshire
- Rattlesnake at Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington
- Treetop Twister at Lightwater Valley, Ripon
- Rock 'n' Roller at Bottons Pleasure Beach, Skegness, Lincolnshire
- Wild Mouse at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
- Wildcat at New Pleasureland, Southport
- Crazy Mouse at Brighton Pier
- The Wild Mouse roller coaster also makes a yearly appearance in Plymouth at the Civic Centre.
- King Solomon's Mines (Wooden) is also in storage in Margate in preparation for the Dreamland Heritage Park.
- Magic Mouse at Brean Leisure Park
- Alton Mouse at Alton Towers, Now removed after an accident
- Coast Rider at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California
- Crazy Coaster at The Orange County Fair in California
- Crazy Mouse at DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton, Pennsylvania
- Crazy Mouse at Rye Playland in Rye, New York
- Crazy Mouse at the San Diego County Fair in San Diego
- Crazy Mouse at the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, South Carolina
- Crazy Mouse at Martin's Fantasy Island in Grand Island, New York
- Cyclone at Wonderland Amusement Park
- The Doo Wopper ay Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey
- The Dark Knight Coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, and Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey
- The Exterminator at Kennywood, in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
- Galaxy Spin at Fun Spot USA in Kissimmee, Florida
- Go Bananas at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia
- Goofy's Sky School at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California
- Gotham City Gauntlet: Escape from Arkham Asylum at Six Flags New England
- Lego Technic Test Track at Legoland California
- Klondike Gold Rusher at Wild Waves in Federal Way, Washington
- Mad Mouse at Michigan's Adventure, Muskegon, Michigan
- Mad Mouse at Myrtle Beach Pavilion in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Mad Mouse at Uncle Cliff's (Now Cliff's Amusement Park) in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Mad Mouse at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota
- Mad Mouse at Little Amerricka in Marshall, Wisconsin
- Monster Mouse at the Puyallup Fair in Puyallup, Washington
- OPA Roller Coaster at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
- Primeval Whirl at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
- Psycho Mouse at California's Great America in Santa Clara, California
- Rajun' Cajun at Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois, in the Chicago metropolitan area
- Ricochet at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia
- Ricochet at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Sand Serpent at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida
- Spinning Dragons at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri
- Steel Dragon at Waldameer in Erie, Pennsylvania
- Twist 'n' Shout at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls at Hot Springs, Arkansas
- Wild Chipmunk at Lakeside Amusement Park in Lakeside, Colorado
- Wild Mouse at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania
- Wild Mouse at Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida
- Wild Mouse at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania
- Wild Mouse at Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Texas
- Wild Mouse at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah
- Wild Mouse at Idlewild and Soak Zone in Ligonier, Pennsylvania
- Wild Mouse at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey (currently dismantled and in storage due to the pier/boardwalk reconstruction after Hurricane Sandy)
- Wild Mouse at Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco, Maine
- Wild Mouse at Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont
- Power Trip Coaster at Fun Spot USA in Kissimmee, Florida
- Crazy Mouse at the 2012 South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida
- Twenty-year-old Gemma Savage died on 21 June 2001 following an accident the previous day when two carriages collided on the Treetop Twister at Lightwater Valley, Ripon, England. Police decided not to prosecute a maintenance worker, who claimed that he had only received an hour's training on that ride and had not seen its manual. Faulty wiring had also caused a malfunction on the ride. In October 2004, the deputy coroner ruled death by misadventure. On November 14, 2006, the park was charged with failing to ensure the health and safety of riders, and the ride operator was charged with failing to ensure safety through his work. Both pleaded guilty. The ride manufacturer, Reverchon Industries SA, was convicted of two charges of failing to ensure the ride's safe design and construction.
- On May 29, 2004, a 52-year-old ride mechanic from Zion, Illinois was killed by a roller-coaster car as he attempted to cross the tracks. Suffering from a traumatic head injury, he died at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.
- In December 2005, two sisters, 11 and 9, fell 10 feet (three meters) off Alpha 8, a wild mouse ride at Escape Theme Park, Singapore, and sustained back injuries. They were rushed to hospital, in critical but stable condition. The cause may have been a faulty car restraint. The ride has been closed since.
- At the 2006 Indiana State Fair, a 24 year old woman was thrown out of the ride's car and sustained minor injuries. The cause has been determined to have been operator error.
- At the 2006 South Carolina State Fair, a boy, (estimated at the age 12) whose name has not yet been released (as of October 25, 2006), was thrown out of the ride's car and suffered a fractured femur on Saturday, October 21, 2006. The ride was the same one responsible for the injuries in Indiana (see above).
- In early 2007, when Legoland Billund had only been open for a short time, a female employee was hit by a Test Track (similar to Jungle Coaster at Legoland Windsor) car and died immediately. The cause was her attempting to retrieve a guest's dropped purse; she crossed the restricted area, was hit by a rushing car, and lost consciousness. Inspectors found that the ride was operating correctly and stated that the accident was due to the employee's own negligence.
- In late 2007, 63 year old Karen Price, a ride attendant for the Primeval Whirl at Walt Disney World in Florida died after being hit by one of the moving vehicles and falling from a platform and hitting her head. Price was conscious, alert, and talking at the time of the injury, but her condition deteriorated several days later, sheriff spokesman Jim Solomons said. Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Polak said the ride was operating normally at the time of the accident. The ride was closed for the remainder of the day and reopened the following day. Disney has since added clear warning signs and safeguards to prevent employees from being in restricted areas while the ride is in operation.
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- Wild Mouse Rides: Early History in North America
- Amusement Ride Extravaganza - Wild Mouse History in Australia