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 120° 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 110° 24 m (79 ft) 31.4 mph 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 40-50 Outward 120° 43 m (141 ft) 68 mph (110 km/h)
Intamin Gyro Swing[1] 32-40 Outward 120° 25 m (82 ft) 47 mph (75 km/h)
Jiuhua Rides Super Pendulum[2] 54 Outward 220° 26 m (85 ft)
KMG Afterburner (a.k.a. Fireball)[3][4] 24 Inward 240° 19.812 m (65.00 ft)
Freak Out 16 Inward 240° 21 m (69 ft)
XXL 20 Inward 240° 40 m (130 ft)
Luna-Park Rides Extreme 20 Inward 120° 20 m (66 ft)
Mondial Revolution 40 Outward 120° 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)
Street Fighter Revolution 16 Inward 360° 21 m (69 ft)
Typhoon 16–30 Outward 240° 30 m (98 ft)
Typhoon 360 16–30 Outward 360° 33 m (108 ft)
Zamperla Discovery 30 Outward 240° 21 m (69 ft) - 26 m (85 ft)
Discovery Revolution 16-30 Outward 360° 18 m (59 ft) - 30 m (98 ft)
Giant Discovery[5] 40 Outward 240° 44.8 m (147 ft) 68mmp 110 km/h
Mini Discovery 16 Outward 240° 15.5 m (51 ft)

UltraMax[edit]

The UltraMax is a type of amusement ride manufactured by Mondial which is like the HUSS Frisbee however passengers face outwards and are sitting one of the four seats on one of the six gondolas as the ride gets higher momentum and eventually starts going upside down. The ride is built with one arm with two supports and then the arm with the gondolas attached. It also uses the same harness as the ones used on the Top Scans.

Installations[edit]

Celebrants at Octoberfest, some in traditional German dress
Name Park Location Manufacturer Model Opened Status
Apollo Wheel Happy Valley Beijing China China Huss Giant Frisbee Unknown Operating
Aztec Swing Energylandia Poland Poland SBF Visa Group Maxi Dance Party Unknown Operating
Beach Blaster Belmont Park United States United States Unknown Unknown Unknown Operating
Beach Party Coney Beach Pleasure Park United Kingdom United Kingdom KMG Afterburner Unknown Operating
Crazy Flywheel Jin Jiang Action Park China China Zamperla Discovery Unknown Operating
Discovery Dream Park Egypt Egypt Unknown Unknown Unknown Operating
Freakout Botton's Pleasure Beach United Kingdom United Kingdom KMG Freak Out Unknown Operating
Free Swing Tongdo Fantasia South Korea South Korea Huss Frisbee Unknown Operating
Frisbee Nagashima Spa Land Japan Japan Huss Frisbee Unknown Operating
Giant Frisbee Nagashima Spa Land Japan Japan Zamperla Giant Discovery Unknown Operating
Hurricane Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park China China Beijing Shibaolai Amusement Equipment Unknown Unknown Operating
Hurricane Everland South Korea South Korea Huss Frisbee Unknown Operating
It Morey's Piers United States United States KMG Afterburner Unknown Operating
Side Winder Adventure Island India India Unknown Unknown Unknown Operating
Sonic Twister Galaxyland Canada Canada Moser's Rides Sidewinder 12 Unknown Removed
Star Frisbee Star City Philippines Philippines Unknown Unknown Unknown Operating
Super Frisbee Nicolândia Center Park Brazil Brazil Unknown Unknown Unknown Operating
Super Gyro Swing Happy Valley Shanghai China China Intamin Gyro Swing Unknown Operating
The Rattler Camden Park United States United States Unknown Unknown Unknown Operating
The Rattler Wild Adventures United States United States Moser's Rides Sidewinder Unknown Operating
Thunder Mirabilandia Brazil Brazil Unknown Unknown Unknown Operating
Tondemina Fuji-Q Highland Japan Japan Unknown Unknown Unknown Operating
Tornado Gyeongju World South Korea South Korea Zamperla Discovery Unknown Operating
La Máquina Parque de Atracciones de Madrid Spain Spain Huss Frisbee 1997 Operating
Frisbee Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States Huss Frisbee 1998 Removed
Tasmanian Devil Six Flags Discovery Kingdom United States United States Huss Frisbee 1999 Operating
Tomahawk Six Flags New England United States United States Huss Frisbee 1999 Operating
Frisbee Särkänniemi Finland Finland Huss Frisbee 2000 Removed
Side Kick
Formerly Blazing Saddles
Movie Park Germany Germany Germany Huss Frisbee 2000 Operating
Tomahawk Walibi Holland Netherlands Netherlands SBF Visa Group Dance Party 2000 Operating
Gyro Swing Lotte World South Korea South Korea Intamin Gyro Swing 2001 Operating
Mad Mill Duinrell Netherlands Netherlands Huss Frisbee 2001 Operating
Vortex Thorpe Park United Kingdom United Kingdom KMG Afterburner 2001 Operating
Black Fly West Midlands Safari Park United Kingdom United Kingdom Fabbri Group Boomerang 2002 Operating
Delirium California's Great America United States United States Chance Rides Revolution 32 2002 Operating
Maelstrom Drayton Manor United Kingdom United Kingdom Intamin Gyro Swing 2002 Operating
Psyclone Canada's Wonderland Canada Canada Mondial Revolution 2002 Operating
Sledge Hammer Bobbejaanland Belgium Belgium Huss Giant Frisbee 2002 Operating
Delirium Kings Island United States United States Huss Giant Frisbee 2003 Operating
Freak Out Barry's Amusements United Kingdom United Kingdom KMG Freak Out 2003 Removed
Manitou La Ronde Canada Canada Zamperla Discovery 2003 Operating
The Claw Hersheypark United States United States Chance Rides Revolution 32 2003 Operating
Crazy Beach Party Playland Canada Canada Huss Frisbee 2004 Operating
Eagle's Claw Lightwater Valley United Kingdom United Kingdom KMG Afterburner 2004 Operating
Revolution
Formerly Pendulum
Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great Adventure
United States United States Huss Frisbee 2004
1999 to 2003
Operating
Sidewinder Adventureland United States United States Moser's Rides Sidewinder 2004 Operating
SynKope Terra Mítica Spain Spain Mondial Revolution 2004 Operating
The Claw Dreamworld Australia Australia Intamin Gyro Swing 2004 Operating
Typhoon PowerLand Finland Finland Technical Park Typhoon 2004 Operating
maXair Cedar Point United States United States Huss Giant Frisbee 2005 Operating
Frisbee Adventureland United States United States Huss Frisbee 2006 Operating
Giant Discovery China Dinosaurs Park China China Zamperla Giant Discovery 2006 Operating
Fandango Knoebels Amusement Resort United States United States Moser's Rides Sidewinder 2007 Operating
Flip Flop Flamingo Land United Kingdom United Kingdom Fabbri Group Top Swing 2007 Operating
Xtreme Frisbee Canobie Lake Park United States United States Huss Frisbee 2007 Operating
SpinSpider Tusenfryd Norway Norway Zamperla Giant Discovery 2009 Operating
Vepsen Kongeparken Norway Norway Fabbri Group Boomerang 2009 Operating
Yukatan Cavallino Matto Italy Italy Technical Park Typhoon 2009 Operating
Giant Discovery Kaeson Youth Park North Korea North Korea Zamperla Giant Discovery 2010 Operating
Luna 360 Luna Park United States United States Zamperla Midi Discovery 2010 Operating
Svend Svingarm BonBon-Land Denmark Denmark Zamperla Giant Discovery 2010 Operating
Eretic Festyland France France Zamperla Discovery 2011 Operating
Giant Swing Trans Studio Mini Bandung
inside the Transmart Buah Batu Square
Indonesia Indonesia Zamperla Midi Discovery 2011 Operating
Nautilus Drievliet Netherlands Netherlands KMG Afterburner 2011 Operating
Black Widow Kennywood United States United States Zamperla Giant Discovery 2012 Operating
The Rattler Camden Park United States United States Zamperla Midi Discovery 2012 Operating
Petir JungleLand Indonesia Indonesia Zamperla Discovery 2013 Operating
Scream Machine Adlabs Imagica India India Zamperla Giant Discovery 2013 Operating
SpinCycle Silverwood Theme Park United States United States SBF Visa Group Maxi Dance Party 360 2013 Operating
Extreme Supernova Great Escape United States United States Zamperla Midi Discovery 2014 Operating
Stratosfear Rainbow's End New Zealand New Zealand Zamperla Discovery Revolution 2014 Operating
Cyclos Kentucky Kingdom United States United States Zamperla Midi Discovery Revolution 2015 Operating
The Beast Playland Canada Canada KMG XXL 2015 Operating
The Riddler Revenge Six Flags Over Texas United States United States Zamperla Giant Discovery 2016 Operating
X Särkänniemi Finland Finland Zamperla Discovery Revolution 2016 Operating
Goliath Adventure World Australia Australia Intamin Gyro Swing 2017 Operating
Loke Liseberg Sweden Sweden Intamin Gyro Swing 2017 Operating
Sky-Force
Formerly Pendulus
Flambards
Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
United Kingdom United Kingdom Huss Frisbee 2017
2003 to 2016
Operating
Titan La Ronde Canada Canada Zamperla Giant Discovery 2017 Operating
Twister Park at OWA United States United States Zamperla Midi Discovery 2017 Operating
Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth Six Flags Discovery Kingdom United States United States Zamperla Giant Discovery 2017 Operating
CraZanity Six Flags Magic Mountain United States United States Zamperla Giant Discovery 2018 Operating
Harley Quinn Spinsanity Six Flags New England United States United States Zamperla Giant Discovery 2018 Operating
Pandemonium Six Flags Over Georgia United States United States Zamperla Giant Discovery 2018 Operating
Pendulum Dreamland Margate United Kingdom United Kingdom Zamperla Midi Discovery 2018 Operating
Chaos Waldameer Park United States United States Zamperla Discovery Revolution 2019 Under construction
Joker Wild Card Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States Zamperla Giant Discovery 2019 Under construction
Sea Swinger SeaWorld San Antonio United States United States Zamperla Midi Discovery 2019 Under construction
Tigeren Djurs Sommerland Denmark Denmark Intamin Gyro Swing 2019 Under construction
Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth Six Flags Great Adventure United States United States Zamperla Giant Discovery 2019 Under construction

Incidents[edit]

In May 2017, greasing material on a KMG Freak Out ride at Barry's Amusements at Portrush in Northern Ireland was dislodged, causing a loud bang and oil to spray over people and the nearby children's rollercoaster. Nobody was injured, but the ride remained closed for the rest of the day whilst park staff investigated.

In July 2017, an 18-year old was killed while riding a KMG Fireball (aka Afterburner) ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, sending him flying more than 50 feet in the air. Seven others were injured as well.[6][7] Numerous fairs and exhibitions have either shut down or pulled the Fireball from their attractions in response to the incident. KMG stated that the malfunction was due to a corroded support beam.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gyro Swing" (PDF). Intamin. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  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. ^ "Afterburner (Fahrgeschäft)".[better source needed]
  5. ^ McKay, Gretchen (16 December 2011). "Kennywood's newest thrill: Black Widow". Pittsborough Post-Gazette. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  6. ^ "1 Dead, 7 Injured When Fire Ball Ride Flies Apart At Ohio State Fair". HuffPost. 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  7. ^ "Ohio State Fair ride video: Video shows moment Fire Ball ride broke mid-swing, killing 1". WCPO. Scripps Media. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  8. ^ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/06/corroded-beam-caused-fatal-state-fair-accident/543858001/

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