Trabant is comprised of a circular disc with seats arranged around the edges. The disc is attached to a hydraulic lifting arm that is in turn attached to a rotating mechanism underneath the rides decking. The traditional late 60s light package for one of these rides includes red and off yellow turbo lights with off yellow florescent light tubes. Retro looking would be the nice way to put it.
Riders are secured with a strange lapbar that is connected to the floor on one side and to the wall on the other. Some Trabants have another bar connected to the lapbar that snaps into a holder in front of the seat. I beleive this is simply a backup lock.
Once the ride is started, the disc spins via a tire drive that skirts along the underside of the disc. On rainy days, or if the tire is needing to be replaced, the tire will squeal and let out a loud Velcro farting type noise as it rotates up to speed. Once up to speed the arm rises to an angle and finally the mechanism that holds the disc begins to rotate in the opposite direction making the disc do a wave type motion.
Trabant is able to go forwards and backwards with some Trabant cycles starting forwards and switching to backwards halfway through and some starting backwards and ending forwards, it’s really up to the ride operator. Some people feel a stomach dropping sensation at the apex of the spin, but this ride is more known for the laterals which border on horrible. The seats are tilted downward a bit so the riders are already being pushed into the wall, add the spinning and it could leave a nice bruise if you have another person sitting with you.
For the longest time, I had no idea what the hell a ‘trabant’ was; I mean, it’s not in the dictionary or anything. Apparently it’s just the word ‘satellite’ in German. In 1991 Chance made a successor to Trabant called Wipeout which features face to face seating compartments, hydraulic motors (forgoing the old tire drive) and additional flash. Mack also makes a Trabant type ride called Hully Gully which is, for all intents and purposes, a flashed out Trabant with backwall and excessive lighting.
The Wave, a themed Trabant owned by Tommy’s Midway. It’s not too bad looking with some cool surf inspired paintings on the bottom flash. It also deviates from the norm and goes with a blue, orange and yellow paint scheme. This Trabant also spins faster than hell as you’ll see!10: Yo Yo | 9: Trabant | 8: Hustler | 7: Cobra | 6: Ring of Fire | 5: Paratrooper | 4: Scat | 3: Zipper | 2: Hi-Roller | 1: Sky Diver | WTCR Home