One of the most entertaining rise that you can go on it any carnival is called the Octopus. As the name suggests, there are eight components to the ride, places where people can sit at and experience the ride with friends and family. In most cases, you can fit three regular sized people in each cart, for if there are smaller people, and each person will have a belt that must be worn. More than any of the other rides, having this type of protection is necessary because of how quickly the ride goes up and down. At the same time, you are going to experience some type of centripetal force, especially as it gets going faster, spinning in circles. Here is an overview of what you can expect on this ride, how it functions, and why this might become one of your favorite carnival rides of all time.
What Does The Octopus Do?
When the Octopus is at rest, all eight of its arms are at the lowest possible level, allowing people to get out of each cart if the right has just completed, allowing people to get in that have been waiting in line. That carts spin individually, set at an angle, so that by shifting your body weight, you can actually get the carts to spin much more quickly. You won’t have much of a problem at all getting the carts to spin, however, as the arms go up in the air. The arms go up and down multiple times during the ride, but it is the spinning action of the ride itself which causes the carts to automatically spin, making this one of the most fun rides ever created.
The Dangers Of The Octopus
The Octopus can be a little bit dangerous, primarily for those that forget to strap themselves in, or if they decide to be a little bit dangerous and unlatch the safety belts. If this occurs, and the ride is going at full speed, if the carts are spending too quickly, people have actually been ejected from their seats, causing damage. This is why it is always important to simply leave the safety mechanism in place, and focus more upon leaning your body weight to one side or the other. The more people that you have in each cart, and if everyone is moving synchronously, you can get the carts to spin very quickly.
Finding One At A Local Carnival
You will more than likely be able to find this ride at both state fairs, and carnivals that are traveling all across the country. They take quite a bit of set up because of the arms and carts that are used, but once they are ready to go, you will definitely have a lot of fun. Just make sure that you are strapped in, and if you are with small children, that you hold them as tightly as you can. Try not to spend too much with little ones as this ride, more than others, can generate high rotational speeds, causing them to not only get scared but get sick by the end of the ride.
Hopefully you will be able to try out the Octopus at some point in time, considered to be one of the best rides ever created. It is definitely not designed for people that get sick driving in cars with curves on the road, so keep that in mind before you actually get on to try out this fun filled ride with you, your friends and family.