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Did I mention that I dig YouTube because you never know what you’ll find. While searching “jet star roller coaster”, I came across this video. The title states that this ride is a Jet Star 3, (Karuzela ROBLAND rollercoaster Jet Star 3 Ustronie Morskie 2009. ) – YouTube translation “Carousel ROBLAND rollercoaster Jet Star 3 Ustronie Morskie“, however it is not. The support structures are that of a Jet Star 2. Now I am not sure what the description says “Zjazd z Kolejki górskiej w Ustroniu Morskim- SUPER przeżycie Polecam” – YouTube translation “Exit from the roller coasters in Ustronie Morskie-SUPER experience I recommend“. Thought that you might enjoy this:
First off I would like to thank JohnnyUpSideDown.com for allowing me to post these pictures of the Jet Star 2 at the Lagoon in Utah. Since there are no Jumbo Jets close, the next best thing is the Jet Star 2!
So now all you have to do is plan your trip to Utah to ride the Jet Star 2. Are you ready? I am…. Let’s Ride!
All I want for Christmas is a Spiral Lift Hill! This video from YouTube really shows the spiral lift in action on a Jet Star 2 at the Lagoon in Utah.
The main difference between the Jumbo Jet and a Jet Star 2 is the support structures are different and the Jumbo Jet has a longer track…. For the most part they are the same ride… Yes all I want for Christmas is a SPRIAL LIFT HILL! Let’s Ride!
One of the coolest things about the Jumbo Jet is the spiral lift hill. You take a leisurely ride up the spiral and then it’s all downhill from there. Some think that the spiral lift hill is very boring, however the spiral lift gives you time to think about what is going to happen… that first rude drop! Not to mention the view that you got of Cedar Point and the lake as you took this trip. I found this picture of Astroland’s Jumbo Jet and it gives you an up close view of the spiral lift hill.
The spiral lift hill, a unique way to start a roller coaster ride… Who else is ready to ride the Jumbo Jet with me? Let’s Ride!
You just never know what you’ll find at any given time on the interweb. On one of my recent travels, I found a link to a 1978 silent video on YouTube of Kaufman’s Steeplechase Park. Steeplechase Park had a Jumbo Jet just like the one that was at Cedar Point. Check out this video and see the Jumbo Jet (On Ride 2:05, Distant 5:26):
One of the coolest little coasters I’ve been on is at Indiana Beach, it’s called “The Lost Coaster” which is a converted dark ride with a wooden coaster. This little coaster is basically The Gravity Group’s “Splinter” coaster. TGG keeps coming up with great ideas and their sister company Gravity Kraft has just announced a new train for wooden coasters called the Timberliner!
Postcard (front an back) from GK’s website.
According to TGG’s Twitter post to me, “The Timberliner is designed to revive and smooth the experience of all wooden roller coasters!” Perhaps this could tame Cedar Point’s Mean Streak? Things to ponder on the off season…
The last good picture of Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet is the one that I have posted on this very blog while at Beoland Russia, however it is missing the Jumbo Jet sign. Where oh where did this sign go? Keep in mind that this ride has been to Cedar Point, then on to Palace Playland, showed up in the Netherlands and made a stop in Sweden. I made a stop at RCDB and found this picture of a “WildCat” style of coaster, at a Sweden park, sporting a Jumbo Jet sign:
Photo from RCDB.
Could this be the missing sign of our beloved Jumbo Jet? Only God knows.
In all my travels on the interweb, I had not come across this Jumbo Jet at Amigoland in Le Grau du Roi, France (Google Map Satellite) . I guess that I did not read Andre Blunck’s email close enough. He mentions; “Another Jumbo is played every summer at the Southcoast in a french Lunapark (similar with a Pier)“. I thought you might be interested to see Amigoland’s Jumbo Jet:
A YouTube video of Amigoland’s Jumbo Jet in action:
Pack your bags next summer for a trip to France, China or Belarus for a chance at riding a Jumbo Jet… My bags are packed are yours? Let’s Ride!
Well it looks as if someone has noticed my little blog… A Wikipedia entry for the Jumbo Jet(Cedar Point) gives us some credit and a link back to our little blog. “The Lost Coaster, a blog devoted discovering the ultimate fate of Jumbo Jet” WOW how cool is that? Check out the Jumbo Jet(Cedar Point) at Wikipedia! Also in this Wikipedia entry there is a link to a 1972 Map of Cedar Point in the Toledo Blade (Date 05/26/1972). Of course you never know what we will dig up next… Like some really cool pictures of a Jumbo Jet in France. Stay tuned!
Some of you might ask “What is the point of this blog?” or “Why the obsession with some ancient ride?”, Well believe me I’ve asked those questions to myself several times and it all comes back to that one day back in 1974. My first trip to the most magical place in the Midwest… Cedar Point. This trip was the first time that my parents were not involved, it was my 8th grade trip to Greenfield Village / Henry Ford Museum and on the return trip home we made a stop at Cedar Point! WOW I was hooked… Back then there were just 4 coasters; Blue Streak, Jumbo Jet, Wildcat and the Cedar Creek Mine Ride, not the mega coasters of today. Cedar Point was the best amusement park you could ever go to. I don’t know if you would say I was a geek back then, perhaps a bit backwards leaning toward nerd might describe me. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Free, without my parents, to just be ME… a kid. I rode all the rides with what little friends I had. When it came to the Blue Streak and Jumbo Jet, I could not find anyone to ride with me. I returned to the bus disappointed that I would not be able to ride Blue Streak or the Jumbo Jet. It turned out that the bus driver was an old friend of my dad and he asked me if I had ridden all the rides.. I replied yes for the most part. He asked me how I liked the Blue Streak and the Jumbo Jet… I let him know that I had not ridden the big rides, because I could not find any one to ride with me. So off we went and got in line for the Blue Streak and then we headed to the Jumbo Jet and it was the best ride of the day. So as I approach the big FIVE-OH all I want to do is return to that magical day back in 1974, the day that I rode the Jumbo Jet.. and as Paul Harvey would say “and now you know the rest of the story!” ~ Lets Ride!