View Full Version : Storyland - NH - FlyerScooters!

12-04-2005, 04:13 AM
Storyland in NH will be adding Flying Scooters for the 2006 season. The ride will be called "The Flying Fish"... So im guessing it will go in the oceans of fun part of the park.

Eight colorful Flying Fish will whirl high in the air, with you at the controls! With a little help from Mother Nature this winter and spring, this brand new ride will be flying high right from the beginning of the season. We'll post more details about this ride in the "Rides" section of the "At The Park" page on this web site.

Word is they are the Whalom Park scooters.. But I dont know if thats a fact.

Sir Willow
12-05-2005, 01:12 PM
I can tell you just from looking at them that they're not Whalom's skooters. They're a new model from Larson with the double wide tub that can seat two adults very comfortably. It also means that they're big and heavy and barely move, let alone have any chance of snapping. It's just about a waste of time even moving the fin on them.

12-05-2005, 03:48 PM
And I thought Carowinds did a weird job with our flyers. lol

Hopefully they won't be as slow as Holiday World's.

Sir Willow
12-05-2005, 06:48 PM
^ If it's at all like the ones at Cypress Gardens, and they look just like them, they're going to make HW's look fast and active. Seriously, the ones at Cypress don't move at all, no matter what you do with the fin. And I've snapped Knoebel's and PGA's, and got some decent movement on HW's.

12-06-2005, 06:18 AM
Well storyland IS a kiddie park so even if they were snapable I bet the park has the anti-sanp chaines.

I have snapped at Knoebels Whalom INBeach.. And thats it :X Knoebels and Hershey I got crap at.. And Canobie has antimovement chaines. ANd I dont remember PKDs. Oh and LCs ran bad the last time I went on them.

12-06-2005, 08:05 AM
^ Well then there's a reason to come back to Carowinds ;) Ours can be snapped. lol

You should have seen it on ACE night in August. It was scary. I thought for sure one of them would go flying out into the parking lot. lol

12-06-2005, 07:28 PM
^Carowinds' flyers are home to some insane snappage.

The world could always use more Flyers. :)

12-10-2005, 12:20 PM
One of the greatest flat rides ever! I like the paint job on these too. Nice colorful flying fish!

02-20-2006, 07:42 PM
The park has tested the ride now!

02-20-2006, 09:30 PM
Get me on it...I'll give it a REAL test....

02-20-2006, 09:45 PM
What is snapping? I haven't ever been on one of these and they look really fun. If only SFoT was getting one of these instead of one of the other rides....

02-21-2006, 12:46 AM
Snapping is the highest and sometimes coveted achievement of serious riders on a Flying Scooter ride. When you get thecars "flying" enough the cables will give a nice whiping SNAP. It works like this.

When the ride is turning the closer you are to the center of the ride, the slower you are moving. When the cars swing away from the center, they gain speed because they are moving on a wider path through the air. The basic affect of swinging in and out causes the cars to speed up, sometimes slightly faster than the ride is turning, and the rear cable will tip the car forward and slow it down. While slowing down, the car swings down towards the center of the ride again. The car can then slow down below the speed of the ride. When the cables on the front of the car tighten up, they will make a nice "SNAP" sound, and yank the car forward, and hurl it up through the air again. It can get pretty wild to watch as well as ride. The cars have to be pretty light, and the ride has to turn at a decent speed for it to be accomplished. Real pros can get slower models to do it though. This is one thing that enthusiasts love about these rides. They can get almost out of control. I have even heard of a couple of instances where riders actually managed to twist the car all the way around and wind the cables up a bit. Older ones had the operator in the center of the ride and riders could swing the cars in so far that the operator had been bumped as well.

02-22-2006, 04:37 PM
A video is worth a billion words:


Check out the opening day 2005 videos. You'll likely figure out what snapping is.

02-22-2006, 06:10 PM
Too bad they're Larson's...they're a little tougher to snap than the old Bisch-Rocco's (Knoebel's, Carowinds).

Notice that the Old Bisch Rocco's do not have the same "connection piece" from the cables to the tubs: http://www.themeparkreview.com/photos/knoebels/flyers.htm