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January 16, 2011

Belmont Park Opens Octotron Unicoaster Thrill Ride

San Diego, CA – San Diego's Belmont Park will debut the delayed Octotron thrill ride today. The park had hoped to open it last month, but unforeseen circumstances delayed it and state inspectors finally gave the ok for it to open.

Octotron Control Freak Ride Belmont Park San Diego
Riders go for a spin on Belmont Park's new Octotron thrill ride.

Octotron is designed to simulate a looping roller coaster ride with a hilly track that varies in height along a circular course. Riders are seated in open seats, two abreast beside a large rotating wheel.

What makes the ride unique is the "twin-spin" effect. Both passengers can actually control the forward and backward direction of the spinning as they travel around the circular course.

Octotron is designed by Wichita, Kansas based Chance Morgan and is the second ride of its kind in the United States. The first "unicoaster" as its called by the manufacturer opened at Nickelodeon Universe inside the Mall of America in Minnesota and is named Brain Surge.

Belmont Park retired the Chaos ride for the Octotron and swapped locations the existing Tilt-A-Whirl ride.

Belmonth Park is located at San Diego's Mission Beach. Parking and admission to the park are free. Rides are prices on a pay-one-price or individual basis.

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Control Freak photo courtesy of Belmont Park. All rights reserved.

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