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Postby cphw on July 30th, 2007, 10:48 pm
Hey everyone. I was looking at themeparktimelines and noticed that it said there was a ride called the Hilltopper that opened with the park. I have not seen it mentioned anywhere else though. Could anybody tell me what this ride was exactly? Thanks.
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Postby [jonrev] on July 30th, 2007, 11:21 pm
Hilltopper was located next to the lift hill of Turn of the Century (now Demon). I think it was a Himalaya or Super Himalaya ride.

The only photo of it I've seen of Hilltopper is at the Great America parks site.
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Postby cphw on July 30th, 2007, 11:37 pm
O.K. Now, do you happen to know what the difference was between that and the Hay Bayler?
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Postby [jonrev] on July 30th, 2007, 11:56 pm
Hay Baler was a Matterhorn ride. The cars were suspended, and the cars swung out as the ride sped up (I remember Hay Baler being really fast, the cars would go from sitting vertical to flying horizontal when the ride was at full speed). Hilltopper was most likely a Super Himalaya. The cars did not swing out, giving the riders plenty of lateral G's.

Also, Hay Baler was inside a barn-like building. Hilltopper was outside.
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Postby cphw on July 31st, 2007, 12:00 am
O.K. I was just wondering and thought I'd ask.

Thanks a lot for the help. :D
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Postby FParker185 on July 31st, 2007, 5:26 am
Yeah, Hilltopper appears to be a Reverchon or Mack Himilaya, there was one also at Santas Village. If you go to just about any carinval there will be a himiliaya, same sort of ride, though smaller, cheaper and more painful :)

Also the Music Express ride at Indiana Beach would be another example of this sort of ride, it's the ride that is right next to the falling star at the bottom of the ramp down from the suspension bridge.
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Postby Stoogie on August 21st, 2007, 11:35 pm
Hilltopper was also Industrial Revolution. :)
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Postby Mr.SIX on August 22nd, 2007, 9:19 pm
I never rode Hay Baler :cry: I remember seeing it when I was little but never rode it. Why did they close it I know its been discussed alot but idk where that topic is any links or the reason why it was closed?
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Postby rcoaster on August 22nd, 2007, 9:22 pm
I too would like too know because I have never personally seen it. Did they move it or destroy it?
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Postby Chitown on August 23rd, 2007, 1:01 am
Mr.SIX wrote:I never rode Hay Baler :cry: I remember seeing it when I was little but never rode it. Why did they close it I know its been discussed alot but idk where that topic is any links or the reason why it was closed?


They removed Hay Bayler to make room for Deja-Vu. Haybaler was just to the right of the hotdog stand that sits next to Deja-Vu.

Skywhirl and Haybaler were both removed for DV.
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Postby Sedir on August 23rd, 2007, 6:43 pm
Mr.SIX wrote:I never rode Hay Baler :cry: I remember seeing it when I was little but never rode it. Why did they close it I know its been discussed alot but idk where that topic is any links or the reason why it was closed?


It was taken out for Deja Vu.
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Postby Trailblazer Tony on August 25th, 2007, 11:24 pm
^However that ride was off the park map and not running before 2001 right? I could be wrong, i don't have the maps with me, but i thought so...
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Postby FParker185 on August 26th, 2007, 12:27 am
I dont know if Haybaler was off the map in 00, but it did not run most if not all of 2000 (in fact I dont think it ran a good part of 99 either)
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Postby [jonrev] on August 26th, 2007, 12:49 am
I rode it in 2000, that and Sky Whirl.
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Postby watcher on January 4th, 2013, 10:12 pm
I ran the ride when the park opened in 1976. I found a way to override the governor by putting the ride in forward and then reversing it and it would go forward full speed.We could do the same for reverse. Kathy W. was the lead. She had beautiful long blond hair. She was the most beautiful and fun girl at the park.

It was located under the chain for Turn of The Century.

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Postby Stoogie on January 6th, 2013, 8:41 pm
i remember riding Industrial Revolution and thinking the ride really sucked compared to other rides of it's type. I also remember another ride like a Trabant. Anyone remember it?
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Postby FParker185 on January 6th, 2013, 10:39 pm
That would be Bottoms Up, a Trabant where Orbit is now. That was back when Orbit was back in Orleans Place/Mardi Gras
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Postby Stoogie on January 6th, 2013, 10:42 pm
Ah yeah that's right.


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