Spinball Whizzer: General Discussion

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  1. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

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    That sounds about right in terms of its actual, attained figure; I timed it at 642pph when I last rode.

    However, Maurer’s own theoretical figure is bizarrely 950pph. That doesn’t line up to me, as even if the ride always dispatched when the block section in front was clear, it would only attain around 730pph…
     
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    This ride is noisy, and the theme is odd and kind of clutching at straws, and yet, I love it. It never fails to make me laugh, especially if riding with a mate or two. Rode it in the dark once with a friend and oh my days, it was the most terrifying, disorientating ride I've ever had on it. I was still laughing all the way round though.

    Really glad single riders are allowed again, heading up to the Towers on Saturday and would like to get back on it.
     
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    I don't really have a problem with the themeing, though I guess I still think of it as Sonic Spinball - just without the IP. Still the 90s video game feel works well enough for me. Bit odd that it's not really in a themed area though, just a random part of the park near Towers Street...
     
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    Although Sonic Spinball had the exact same name as the 1993 Mega Drive game, it was themed to modern Sonic of the Sonic Adventure era onwards. Modern Sonic is slightly darker blue, has much longer limbs, a smaller head and green eyes. Classic Sonic had short legs, a rounded stomach, bigger head and spines and black eyes.

    Dr Robotnik (or Dr "Eggman" to youngsters) is still clearly visible on top of one of the bumpers in the middle of the half helix before the break run. Does anyone know if this was sorted at retheme back to Whizzer and the vinyl just came off or did they never cover him up? I think the voice of Sonic used at Towers was Roger Craig-Smiths version of him, although I could be wrong?
     
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    Having finally ridden my first Maurer spinner in the form of Spinning Racer at FA last week, I am really looking forward to riding Spinball next time I go to towers. I've been meaning to ride it for ages, I just kept forgetting about it and always left it too late. :oops:
    Next time I go I'm going to make sure I make time to give it a go in the early afternoon. :)
     
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    I've looked and can't find any evidence of anything ever covering it up, all the pictures showing that pole don't look like they have any sort of residue you might expect if vinyl had worn down.
     
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    I'd recommend some time around lunchtime, or the middle of the day; by this point, the majority of the crowds will have migrated to the other, more far-flung areas of the park, but you're close enough to the start of the day that no one will be heading out!
     
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    Anytime after 1pm should do for Spinball, looking forward to getting back on it next month as a solo rider!
     
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    I think it was covered up when the ride went back to Spinnall, but has since come off.

    You’ll also find when it breakdowns the announcements are still sonic themed, complete with the smashing of rings sound effect at the end of the announcement.
     
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    If my memory is right the eggman bumper was missing for ages and when it came back it still had him on.
     
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