Spinball Whizzer: General Discussion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Matt N, 10th Jul 2021.

  1. Rick

    Rick TowersStreet Member

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    This is going to be circular argument unless specifies a vantage point.
     
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    Maybe I am missing something, but either neither is Spinball. Granted it looks close in some spots, but never in front of them. I have checked streeview and still cannot find anything more offensive than X sector is to towers. If there is a specific angle that blocks the towers vistas, as in, Spinball appearing infront of the towers, then I will stand corrected. But I haven't found it.
     
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    The fact it’s located as close as it is is a crime
     
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    I don't know about the view, but can we at least agree its not as good as Dragons Fury?...
     
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    I was just going to post how much I prefer it to Fury but I'd imagine if there was a dislike button everyone would be hammering it hard
     
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    I prefer dragons fury when its spinning well.
     
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    Spinball Whizzer is a very underrated coaster for me. Always great fun to ride, a top family coaster!
     
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    It's an essential attraction for me. It's not pretty, not well themed and the location is questionable. But it's fun, inclusive for older families and I think it plays an important role in the park lineup. I've never understood the view of those calling for its demise.
     
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    Given the fact that Oblivion, The Smiler, Rita and Thirteen are all located closer to the Towers than Spinball is. Does that make it a crime for them also?

    I'm just trying to understand, I am confident alot of the hate towards Spinball comes from purely that the ride is disliked quite a lot. As I am yet to hear a valid substantial argument. As all arguments put forward are true for other rides which do not get the same stick. Makes for an interesting discussion though!
     
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    Spinball will be traded for planning permission at some point (it was going to be for the cross valley coaster before the Smiler accident shelved those plans). But it isn’t because of the impact on the heritage side of things. It’s because the residents of Farley hate it as it’s so noisy.

    When they next want to do something up near the valley they will offer up spinball as a sacrificial lamb (and it will probably end up being installed in a Lego Park).
     
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    Would fit quite well in a Legoland park. Could theme it to the Spinjitzu series. :)
     
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    I would expect Legoland Windsor would have the same issue with noise, that's why they previously got rid of the Technic jungle coaster.

    Would love to see a similar ride but indoors, like Crush's Coaster at WDSP go in at Alton Towers. Pretty sure it could be done next to the Cred Street theatre area and making it indoors deals with the noise issues.
     
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    I agree! I always said that I thought relocating Spinball to TWODW and putting it inside a warehouse would be a great decision for the park, but that might not be the most practical option, as Spinball hasn’t got the easiest layout to enclose.

    Maybe a Mack spinning coaster, like Storm Chaser at Paultons, would work better? Storm Chaser has a theoretical capacity of 1,000pph (although that being said, Spinball’s is 950pph, so it may not be too much different), and the Sierra Sidewinder model (the layout of Storm Chaser) has been enclosed before at IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai.
     
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    Weirdly if they were to just relocate Spinball, it would make sense to put it at Thorpe. They don't have as many noise issues really and it would add another 1.2m ride which the park is somewhat lacking in. Whack some Angry Birds graphics on and job done.
     
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    Just out of curiosity didn't John Wardley once say that spinball was going to have a moving track before the lift hill that was cancelled for budget reasons?
     
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    A bouncing track as seen on Winjas. Who doesn't prefer a straight, flat piece of track anyway?
     
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    That would have been cool to serve the pinball theme, which I imagine was scaled-down from the initial plans. Nonetheless, the Winjas 'bounce' section is basically fruitless.
     
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    Yes I think he compared it to winjas but not sure. It for sure would have been cool it would have added to the theme and actually made the ride immersive as I presume it would have been done in a tunnel with special effects.
     
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    If Spinball was relocated and enclosed in a building a trick-track section could be added maybe.
     
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    I suppose it could but I suppose it might decrease compacity and increase maintenance costs which I presume is why it was cut in the first place.
     
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