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    Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    I'm not a big fan of ferris wheels, so I always skip this attraction at DCA, but a couple of months ago we were there with friends and while they were in line for the ride, we saw 3 separate pieces of something (maybe bolts?) fall from different places on the ferris wheel. This happened while the ride was in motion. We told a cast member, and they seemed pretty blase about it. (They also continued normal operation of the ride)

    Then we were there a couple of weeks ago, walking past, and telling someone else that story and she mentioned that just a few days before SHE had also seen pieces falling off that she took to be bolts.

    It's my understanding that this variety of ferris wheel wasn't designed for daily or Disney consumption, so it's no surprise that it needs some TLC -- but does anyone know if the maintenance team is regularly inspecting this? The CMs seemed uninterested, and an email to Guest Service got a canned response.

    I imagine that a ride like this is designed to function safely even with a few pieces missing, but at what point does it become unsafe?

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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    I highly doubt there would be falling bolts out of a ride every day and it would be still in operation.

    I almost gaurentee you it was dumb guests dropping change from the top of the ride. That is very common on rides all over the place. I was at knotts and walking under Supreme Scream, and then it started raining pennys.

    Its nothing to worry about, however the ride will go under work this fall to re-theme it and give it a new paint job and new lights as well as the mickey head, and Victorian queue.


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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    That's slightly frightening. As if I didn't feel like I was going to die already in those swinging gondalas!

    "I'm not funny. What I am is brave." - Lucille Ball


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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    i doubt any of the bolts would be falling and nothing serious happening. The bolts and screws that hold that thing up are huge.

    Like someone mentioned, it most likely was change or or items falling from people.


    If you want to see screws and bolts fall just head up north to Magic Mountain. It is not unusual to see bolts and screws fall from coasters like Colussus or cyclone. Wooden coasters normally stretch and adjust themeslevs loosening screws and bolts.

    That is the reason for propr inspection and test runs every morning

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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    If you want to see screws and bolts fall just head up north to Magic Mountain. It is not unusual to see bolts and screws fall from coasters like Colussus or cyclone. Wooden coasters normally stretch and adjust themeslevs loosening screws and bolts.
    That is the reason for propr inspection and test runs every morning
    It's always been my dream to ride a roller coaster I know is falling apart...


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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    what we saw was definitely bigger than change, and it looked like a big bolt. I am familiar with the bolts coming off of wooden coasters (Magic Mountain and Knotts) and the daily walk-the-line repairs that are done.

    Like I said, I'm sure that the ride is still safe, but sheesh -- falling stuff is scary! I have seen parts on the sidewalk as well, which is scary because what if it fell on someone? The wait queue sounds like the most dangerous spot! Even just from falling change.

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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by giddygirlie View Post
    what we saw was definitely bigger than change, and it looked like a big bolt. I am familiar with the bolts coming off of wooden coasters (Magic Mountain and Knotts) and the daily walk-the-line repairs that are done.

    Like I said, I'm sure that the ride is still safe, but sheesh -- falling stuff is scary! I have seen parts on the sidewalk as well, which is scary because what if it fell on someone? The wait queue sounds like the most dangerous spot! Even just from falling change.
    Is there a long wait for the ferris wheel? I've ridden it one time, and it was a walk-on. Just curious.


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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    I would not worry about it. I also find it hard to believe part of the ferris wheel are scattered on the walk way and are just left there.....

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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aura of Foreboding View Post
    Is there a long wait for the ferris wheel? I've ridden it one time, and it was a walk-on. Just curious.
    I'm guessing with the 2fer coupled with spring break all the rides at DCA will have a wait. The non swinging side is usually a walk on though.

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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by SCUBAbe View Post
    I'm guessing with the 2fer coupled with spring break all the rides at DCA will have a wait. The non swinging side is usually a walk on though.
    Oh that's right! There's two types of boxes: swinging and still. I completely forgot about that. This is how much I keep up on the goings-on at most of DCA. I really need to brush up.


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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    i doubt any of the bolts would be falling and nothing serious happening. The bolts and screws that hold that thing up are huge.

    Like someone mentioned, it most likely was change or or items falling from people.


    If you want to see screws and bolts fall just head up north to Magic Mountain. It is not unusual to see bolts and screws fall from coasters like Colussus or cyclone. Wooden coasters normally stretch and adjust themeslevs loosening screws and bolts.

    That is the reason for propr inspection and test runs every morning
    Actually, Cyclone was recently removed, from what I gather for this very reason.

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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    Its possible that the stuff falling was small pieces of metal from the inside joints of the weld. I know that when you ride, you can here it falling around the different beams and tubes. Though, you said it was fairly large.

    I wish I could remember the term for the stuff.

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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aura of Foreboding View Post
    It's always been my dream to ride a roller coaster I know is falling apart...
    If you want to ride the ultimate "falling apart" roller coaster, ride WDW's Space Mountain. No other "falling apart" roller coaster comes close to the majesticly horrendous state of WDW's Space Mountain. Duct tape is used to keep it together, at least it feels that way.

    I am not responsible for the several trips to the chiropracter you may have to take after riding WDW's Space Mountain.

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    Re: Rehab/Repair on Ferris Wheel @ DCA?

    I don't know what it is about that ride, but I hate it. I will ride any rollercoster or drop ride but stick me on a Ferris Wheel and I start to freak out. Last time I rode the Sunwheel I was not feeling too great (ok, I admit, I had a hang over), and I started to pour sweat and thinking "I am going to die trapped in this cage of death". And those sliding cages! OMG! Scares the crap out of me. Don't know why. Never again.

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