This ho-hum looking ride found in the kiddie section at my home park, Carowinds has a wild alter-ego. I had always wondered about the interest hardcore theme park fans had in flying scooters or flyers as their called. Flyers can be flown with very little movement and taken as a nice, breezy ride. Or, riders can play the role of fighter pilots and make the vehicles do swoops, dives, and climbs. Some ride ops even encourage the insanity. When I went to CoasterStock the ride op was doing play-by-play as he looked to see who could make their scooter fly the highest.
Expert pilots get some pretty strange looks from the parents just looking to take their kids on a gentle family ride. I’d love to see a park theme one of these and give it a grown up makeover. For example, it would be pretty sick if it was placed indoor, in the dark, with some well-done space theming. Add in some faux rocket boosters and sound effects when you do certain manuevers and you could really unleash the thrill potential in this kiddie ride.
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