That’s right, we are gearing up to get an Eyerly Spider into RCT3 and there are questions about the history of the ride. Now what is an Eyerly Spider you ask? Well, why don’t I show you as I am most expert on this particular ride.
How this ride works is quite simple. Before I start thought, let me inform you it can rotate both directions.
The main chassis of the ride is called the Clutch and sits atop the base and motor. The main chassis usually rotates counter clockwise. There are arms and at the end of the arms are tubs on what we call a dual finger. The tubs have on more modern spiders a brake for passengers to cut the spinning of the tub they are in down. The arms are attached to connecting rods that anchor to a round plate called a “Collar” and this has bearings on the inside and rests on what is called the crank. As the ride rotates one way, the operator engages the secondary clutch which releases the crank which rotates in the opposite direction, this case ‘clockwise’… As the crank goes around, it pulls the collar and the connecting rod stays with the collar pulling the main arm up.
Now normally, the connecting rod would break from the weight of the main arm. But it gets help from hydraulic shocks on the ride and this reduces the stress on the connecting rod. This mechanical application also applies to the original Eyerly Octopus and also the Eyerly Monster ride. Wanna see those in action? Okay hang on… I’ll explain more as I go along here. Fun huh, making a short escape from the horrors of communized life here being able to enjoy a bit of good ol’ fashioned American ingenuity when these were Made in a real American.
The original Eyerly ‘Octopus’ ride.
and they released the Monster ride in 1963. Here is an Eyerly Monster ride below.
and if you would like to experience a ride on the Eyerly Monster, watch this one.
And so you have seen what are essentially the spider series of rides. By the way, Eyerly is now owned by ‘Oregon Rides’ and Bill and the gang over there. Now for the big mystery, are you ready?
Lets get the armature count down first. An Octopus ride ride has 8 arms, a Spider ride 6 arms and an Eyerly Monster has 6 main arms with a small cross section containing 4 tubs each. With me so far? Great and here is where historically it gets mucky!
The tubs on the Octopus were different then those used on the Monster and later Spider series of rides. Now take a look at this rare ride in the photo, count the arms, note the themed curved arms and more modern tubs and what is this?
The spider on the right.
Now if you look at that Spider ride, how many arms and tubs are there? 8 right? Octopus have 8 arms, spiders have 6. Before the release of the 1967 Eyerly Spider, the Eyerly Aircraft company made some hybrid Octopus rides. Those rides used Spider arms and tubs, thus making it not a traditional octopus, but also not the forthcoming spider. A hybrid and it is quite rare to even locate a photo of this, but there it is. I dickered a bit with Bill at Oregon rides so we could get this nailed.
And so, you have learned a lot about the disappearing spider rides and their season of fun.