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Ferris Wheel of Terror

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In a normal ferris wheel the individual gondolas are attached on pivots in such a way as to make sure that they are always orientated parallel to the ground. This is not the case in the Ferris Wheel of Terror.

In Ferris Wheel of Terror the gondolas are attached to the outside circumference of the rotating wheel with no means of pivoting. This means that as the main wheel rotates, the passengers must move around inside their compartment, bracing themselves against its openly caged walls as it gradually reorientates itself throughout its journey.

Safety harness would ensure that no one actually tumbles out, but the continual movement would mean that those entering the gondolas at the ground level 6 o'clock position would be standing on the floor that becomes the ceiling at the 12 o'clock position, with the adjoining walls interchanging at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock points.

Advanced version features rooms containing bolted down items of furniture that the participants must negotiate during the rotation process.

xenzag, Jul 01 2011

//if it was half submerged in North Atlantic waters// http://www.youtube....watch?v=tQxQfQU_hsk
[mouseposture, Jul 01 2011]

Semi-submersible Ferris wheel Semi-submersible_20Ferris_20wheel
…for [Grogster] [hippo, Jul 02 2011]


       So this is like a human hamster wheel that accomodates 40-60 and requires signed legal waivers and a paramedic team on standby...
Alterother, Jul 01 2011

       Not quite... it can move quite slowly in fact, but the effect will be the same.
xenzag, Jul 01 2011

       // Safety harness would ensure that no one actually tumbles out //   

       Bun withheld ...
8th of 7, Jul 01 2011

       And the effect is... A long walk to nowhere?
Alterother, Jul 01 2011

       I have been on a ferris wheel where each gondola rotates separately as the ferris wheel turns, so one is left hanging from the ceiling, so to say. I can't find a photo of one, or recall the name of the carnival ride.
xandram, Jul 01 2011

       I like the idea of a ferris wheel-like roller coaster, which spins faster and faster. The large circumference would mean that this would need to be rather more robust than a traditional ferris wheel.
bungston, Jul 01 2011

       It would be OH-SO-MUCH-MORE effective as an instrument of horror if it was half submerged in North Atlantic waters as it turned...
Grogster, Jul 01 2011

       Or jumped off the rails and rolling down the Santa Monica Pier, 1941-style.
Alterother, Jul 01 2011

       The failure of gondolas to rotate should be *unexpected* Perhaps a normal pivot with a locking mechanism.
mouseposture, Jul 01 2011

       Your title is overrating a piece of fun machinery that, to make things worse, already exists in the form of "The Hammer".
selenio, Jul 02 2011

       I had thought of each gondola taking the form of a partly furnished room where the hapless passengers would be forced to cling to items of furniture to prevent them from falling through one of the numerous gaps, then hanging on the end of their tethered harnesses, but that's taking it too far, don't you think?
xenzag, Jul 02 2011

       [Grogster] see link
hippo, Jul 02 2011

       Thanks, [hippo]! And, I see it has buns piled up like cord wood!
Grogster, Jul 02 2011

I remember seeing old footage of wheel which had wooden gondolas like sheds, with the axil at the top. The sheds went round like the balls on one of those perpetual motion machines, going up close to the axil then from tdc they ran out to the rim, and swung back and forth.
That would have been a scary ride.
j paul, Jul 04 2011


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