If you’ve ever been a passenger on one of those drop tower rides, you know how the combination of speed and plummeting toward Earth can be quite the thrill. Art of Engineering talks us through the history of these rides, and the different techniques that have been used to bring a hurtling mass of steel and people to a safe stop.
Awesome Amusement Parks
Johnny Knoxville’s film Action Point was a semi-fictitious tribute to the world’s most dangerous amusement park. Seth Porges and Chris Charles Scott’s documentary takes us inside the true story of New Jersey’s thrilling, but terrifying Action Park, and the many crimes and misdemeanors that took place during its existence.
CoasterDynamix is known for its miniature roller coaster models. But in this video, they show off working O-scale versions of a tumbler and spinning rocketship amusement park rides. They also make a teensy ferris wheel, and a LEGO-compatible roller coaster.
Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey has a new ride at its Metropolis section. Called the Cyborg Cyber Spin, the ride will make you wonder which side is up with its dizzying three-axis twists and turns. The dude in the middle in the demo video looks like he’s had enough.
LEGO fanatic Shadow Elenter created this sweet Technic setup – a thrill ride for Minifigs that combines elements of a roller coaster, a spinner, and other amusement park rides in a small footprint. This should be an official LEGO Technic set. POV footage at 1:45.
Water slides can be fun, but they take up a lot of real estate – especially if you want to build up any speed. Thrill ride maker Wigand Maelzer is testing an insane new water slide that spins like a ferris wheel, providing faster, longer rides in a very small space.
If flying down a zipline isn’t thrilling enough, Skywalker Adventure Builders‘ crazy ride suspends a bendy track from an overhead structure, adding twists and turns to the mix. We’re not sure if it’s made by the same guys, but this one in Australia is 2.5 mi. long.
Ever ride one of those tilting, spinning amusement park rides? Now imagine the same idea without seats or harnesses. The Tagada not only look horribly unsafe, we can only imagine that its riders leave with bruises, broken bones, and their lunch anywhere but in their stomachs.