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Fairground rides. Yay or Nay?

Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:00 pm

Okay, just wondering what you guys all think of funfair rides? Love 'em? Hate 'em?

I know there are many views regarding the safety of these rides, whether or not they are infact 'safe' due to the constant assemble and reassembley of them.

I personally love travelling rides. The settings are generally much longer and faster and include effects such as smoke and strobes. 

I went to a fair a few weeks ago and got to experience ' the roller' for the first time, was pretty fun but also made me feel quite unsafe, so I can see why people avoid these sorts of rides.

So what are your views?
 
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Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:09 pm

NAY!!!!!!! I always feel unsafe. :shock:  They are also vile vomit machines, like flat rides. Just less enjoyable. They are run on extreme cycles. I wish TP ran their amazing collection of flats on cycles like that.
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Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:18 pm

I love fairground rides and have been on quite a lot of crazy ones over the years, most of them have been fantastic and I always like to visit a fair whether it be a local one or one further afield :)

Even though they travel, fair rides also have to be inspected and tested much like theme park ones so I consider them to be safe as well.
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:56 am

I'd have to say Yay as you don't get a Waltzer or Twister at a theme park and they have some unique rides. Our local fair does rides for £1 PP so its mega cheap and they even have a junior and normal coaster, not bad for a travelling fair.
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:51 pm

Yeah I always find that they are generally good value for money. The fair I most recently went to was £7 for a wristband and you got unlimited rides. Not bad I say.
 
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:34 pm

Best funfairs are:-

Fun Park - John Davis - Europe's Largest Travelling Theme Park.

http://www.johndavisfunfairs.co.uk/funpark.html

At one entrance fee of just £6.99, you can ride has many rides as you like during four hour sessions.

The Worldwide Travelling Theme Park - Monty Hammonds

http://www.hammondsthemeparks.co.uk
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:22 pm

NAY! Not only are the rides rubbish, but crime goes up by 30% (and can I point out that most of those 30% are robberies) every time the funfair is in town. I feel if I say any more it will land me in a spot of trouble, so I'll leave it at that.
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Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:30 pm

^^ I must admit my phone, keys and money remains safely in my pockets! Definatly wouldn't take a handbag and leave it on the platform.. probably wouldn't ever see it again.
 
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Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:03 am

Yes there's that a swell but I'm talking about full on house and garden robberies
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Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:37 pm

Having lived in a place for the majority of my life where there were no major theme parks and the only real source of ride fun was at a fair (even though it wasn't really a fair (because the rides there were flats and they were easily transportable yet they would remain in the same location for 5-6 months or so.) Some travelling for the winter, some not. I would have to say yay.

Because where I use to live was abroad, the atmosphere was much nicer, it was a lot of fun going on a lit up, smoke filled, music pumping flat ride at 12 o'clock at night with an enthusiastic ride op who would often give you 7 minute ride cycles. :D

Here were some of the beauties that could be found at that local park:

Rainbow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLmtcAIU6_s
Adrenaline: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pomPQPAYRRs
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Hard Rock Energy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsTbxQfMUrw
Vortex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYgTGCYbMvY
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So yay for me. :D
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Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:15 pm

Wow, that was some fair. What a great selection of rides! Although a couple of them would probably make me feel a bit icky.  :lol:
 
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Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:38 pm

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Wow, that was some fair. What a great selection of rides! Although a couple of them would probably make me feel a bit icky.  :lol:


Stargate really didn't do my stomach any favours. :lol:
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:14 pm

jamesc wrote:
Best funfairs are:-

Fun Park - John Davis - Europe's Largest Travelling Theme Park.

http://www.johndavisfunfairs.co.uk/funpark.html

At one entrance fee of just £6.99, you can ride has many rides as you like during four hour sessions.

The Worldwide Travelling Theme Park - Monty Hammonds

http://www.hammondsthemeparks.co.uk

Does the Fun Park have Rockrage by any chance?
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:27 pm

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NAY! Not only are the rides rubbish, but crime goes up by 30% (and can I point out that most of those 30% are robberies) every time the funfair is in town. I feel if I say any more it will land me in a spot of trouble, so I'll leave it at that.


I'd love to see proof of this seeing as though I'm a showman myself and you're basically accusing myself and fellow showmen of being criminals!

It's nothing to do with the fair being in town, you don't have time to do anything else other then work!
 
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:39 pm

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jamesc wrote:
Best funfairs are:-

Fun Park - John Davis - Europe's Largest Travelling Theme Park.

http://www.johndavisfunfairs.co.uk/funpark.html

At one entrance fee of just £6.99, you can ride has many rides as you like during four hour sessions.

The Worldwide Travelling Theme Park - Monty Hammonds

http://www.hammondsthemeparks.co.uk

Does the Fun Park have Rockrage by any chance?


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Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:39 pm

Had the joy of riding one of these a few weeks ago, it was horrible to say the least; i felt like i was going to throw up and my head kept jolting to the side of the restraint.. luckily it only lasted about a minute and a half 
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Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:43 pm

I don't know if you're brave for going on that or mad! 

At least it wasn't a long ride
 
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Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:07 pm

Joshysqaushy wrote:
Had the joy of riding one of these a few weeks ago, it was horrible to say the least; i felt like i was going to throw up and my head kept jolting to the side of the restraint.. luckily it only lasted about a minute and a half 
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Did your ride cycle go around clockwise then stop and go anti-clcokwise? If so thats the best one on over the top one of my fav fairground rides lol
 
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Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:12 pm

Now now, to answer this topic, let's make a distinction - I have no interest in the crappy little fairs that turn up in people's local parks, but if you go to a really good fair, it's far far superior to any theme park. That's why in a typical year I'll go to 4 or 5 German/Dutch fairs, and only 2 or 3 UK ones (one of those being Winter Wonderland, which is the UK's only German style fair).

If you're a fan of Ripsaw, for example, you clearly haven't ridden a Huss Top Spin at a fair, as you'll get a much much better ride - and let's not forget that the "Top Spin + fountain" idea did NOT start at CWoA, it started on the fairs (the travelling model uses water ballast to steady itself, which showmen quickly used to enhance the ride.

Likewise, anyone who rates Samurai highly needs to ride a Top Scan at full pelt. Extreme, for example, which usually attends Foire Du Trone in Paris, truly makes Samurai look like a kiddie ride. Same with Break Dances, I rode Alton's old Dynamo at Tilburg fair a year or 2 ago, and it was running at double the speed it ran at Alton.

And then there's the rides that you simple don't see at parks. My favourite rides of all time are all portable - Devil Rock (Huss Flic Flac), Airwolf (Mondial Inferno), Commander (Mondial Shake), and Frisbee (Huss Frisbee).

Not only that, they offer excellent catering - restaurants like Cafe Grell and Schwarzwald Christel offer far better meals than anything Alton offers, while the beer tents are legendary.

The problem is that in the UK, fairs have a bad reputation because, frankly, the majority of UK fairs are frankly rubbish. However, we do have some great rides - Top Buzz, Air, and 2Xtreme for example (Mondial Top Scan, Zierer Star Shape, and Mondial Capriolo respectively).


And anyway, for anyone who said nay to the original question, would you really turn down the chance to ride Olympia Looping?

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Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:49 pm

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A wrote:
NAY! Not only are the rides rubbish, but crime goes up by 30% (and can I point out that most of those 30% are robberies) every time the funfair is in town. I feel if I say any more it will land me in a spot of trouble, so I'll leave it at that.


I'd love to see proof of this seeing as though I'm a showman myself and you're basically accusing myself and fellow showmen of being criminals!

It's nothing to do with the fair being in town, you don't have time to do anything else other then work!


Firstly, these statistics were released into the local news paper about 3 years ago and so despite my best efforts, I can't find a trace of that on the web. So in this instance you'll just have to take my word for it and chose to believe it or not, it's up to you.

Secondly, I'm not saying all showmen are criminals, in fact I would say that 95% are probably good folks but there are always that dodgy few who give everyone in the business a bad name.

Thirdly, if it's anything to go by from the fair that visits my town, all the rides close by 9-9:30 so there is plenty of time for evening activities.

Take this however you will but I stick firmly with my belief that there are one or two dodgy characters that go around with funfairs that have the capability of causing trouble.
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