The Zipper first made its wicked presence in Kansas in 1968 invented by Joseph Brown of Chance Mfg USA. Since this time more than 200 rides have been built - distributed all over the world, making it one of the most mass-produced modern-day rides of all time.

This ride is the standard measuring stick to which all other “scary” rides are measured - if your body can handle two and a half minutes on the Zipper you can handle any other ride on a carnival midway (with possible exception of its cousin - Turbo). The ride is lean, mean - and very rarely clean: the firmly padded, inner-carriage cushioning has its fair share of wipe-downs.

The Zipper is a great ride to watch - 19 tonnes of modestly decorated, well-welded steel. Minimal attempt has been made to modernise the ride over its 37 years of operation - the basic structural blue-prints remain the same. The Zipper isn’t out to impress its audience with any warm and fuzzy themes - just untamed, mechanical chaos in its purest form.

Zipper’s 12 passenger cages are all about practicality. Just large enough to encase two human bodies side by side - not for the weak-hearted or claustrophobic! No body-hugging safety restraints either, just a lap bar attached to the door, and some rungs to tightly hold on to (if you don’t your head will collide with the grab-bars in front of you!)

Each cage rotates freely on an off-centre axis, while the cages (connected to a cable) move around the main boom at 4 rpm. Furthermore, the whole boom rotates on its own axis at 7 rpm. This creates a completely chaotic ride pattern - flipping riders with maximum white-knuckle force. Definitely not something to take your grandma on!

The Zipper is a ride which is either loved and appreciated in all its mechanical glory - or despised as an evil machine of terror. You decide.

No carnival is complete without a Zipper - no ride even slightly resembles it; it’s truly unique and will always hold a space in any carnival of the future. While it’s not fun for the whole family, it never fails to hold appeal to a strong minority of adrenaline-junkie regular riders.

Number of cars 12
Maximum number of passengers per seat 2 adults or 3 children
Maximum passenger weight per seat 153kg (340lbs)
Maximum total passenger weight 1,836kg (4,080 lbs)
Minimum passenger height (unaccompanied) 122cm (4 feet)
Recommended ride duration 2 min.
Maximum ride duration 2.5 min.
Main Boom speed 7.5 RPM
Cable speed 4 RPM
Maximum ride weight (EMPTY) 43,000 lbs (19,350kg)
Maximum height 56ft (16.80m)
Ride width 17.1 m / 57 ft
Ride depth 16.2 m / 54 ft

In 1968, Joey Madriaga was fortunate to work on the 2nd Zipper ever made by Chance, belonging to West Coast Shows and offers this fascinating insight:

  • 3 Zipper’s were already ordered by West Coast Shows, while the first one was 60 days from being completed
  • The ride sold for a price of $32,000 in 1968. Nowadays, a new Zipper will set you back around USD$1 million.
  • The original speed on the first Zipper’s boom was 11rpm. (FAST) and the cable speed 7 rpm. These speeds are just under TWICE as fast as it operates now. At this speed, the operator could make the cars spin constantly - up to 8 times between the edges of the boom.
  • With operating speeds nearly double today’s, owners were paying ever-increasing insurance premiums with common cases of whiplash, back-aches and heart attack. Subsequently, Harold Chance had the speeds revised to today’s slower RPM.

210 Responses to “Zipper”

  1. i went to the sydeny show this year and i am only 12 and went on it i didn’t like it that much i will probly not go on it again.sorry.

    thanks heaps abbie

    abbie - April 20th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

  2. best ride i have ever rode. it’s not a fair without a zipper there. i love that feeling you get when you go around the top and you flip over. you feel like you are floating. thanks and keep on zipping.

    david grubb - April 24th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

  3. I love this ride and have been on it about five times. I am 12 and think it is a wonderful thing to go on if you like spontaneous bursts of adrenalin. I will probably never go on it again because the last time i went on it I was on for a total of 4 minutes and hit my head several times. The locks were also rusted and you should never trust to be safe when you get on the Zipper. Changes to make the ride more safe need to be updated. Many deaths have occurred while on this ride and manufactures need to take precaution of this and fix things to make sure that it will never happen again.

    Maria - April 27th, 2009 at 2:10 am

  4. This ride is absolutely amazing. I have been riding it for probably the last 9 years. It definitely beats anything at Great America. I want one in my backyard. =)

    Macenzie - May 3rd, 2009 at 4:51 am

  5. For those interested in how fast the original zippers used to run, this is just about the closest you’ll ever get to seeing what the original speed was. It’s a custom built model in Australia.

    Tom - May 4th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

  6. In the ’70’s, this ride was amazing. I loved it- my favorite ride of all time!

    Zipper’s today are still fun rides- but even the best ones pale in comparison!

    Bill - May 9th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

  7. A fair near me is bringing in a Zipper this year and I can’t wait to ride! It’s been way too long since I’ve subjected myself to its wonderful vertical assault lol. “Untamed, mechanical chaos in its purest form” is just the perfect way to describe Zipper.

    By the way, it’s nice to see your site back in full force!

    TheDoD3 - May 12th, 2009 at 8:31 am

  8. Hi David, I just got your email today -it is so great that your site is back and “in motion” once again! Since I’m naturally a crazy person, my first click was The Zipper! Despite all the modern technology -and the super hi-tech thrill rides that exist today, The Zipper is still the king of all scary rides! -I’m enjoying checking out your new and improved site!

    Michael - May 12th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

  9. Hi David, i went on the zipper when i was 6 and 7 well im 9 years old and i took a video of it

    Junior - May 18th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

  10. WoW!!!!

    Aaliyah Deveau - May 19th, 2009 at 10:22 am


    mike stellick - May 30th, 2009 at 4:01 am

  12. ive always been too chicken to ride it even though its at the big butler fair every year and i ride other spinny rides there.

    jenn - June 3rd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

  13. Sorry to abbie, 12 is probably a bit young. You must be 150cm to ride my Zipper. Peter Short.

    Peter Short - June 11th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

  14. Sorry Maria, no deaths in Australia. Please report rusted components to ride opperator and authorities. Peter Short.

    Peter Short - June 11th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

  15. RE:”this is just about the closest you’ll ever get to seeing what the original speed was..” THAT’S how a Zipper should run. I sure wish the ones in the US ran that way!!!

    edward - June 12th, 2009 at 2:37 am

  16. We love the zipper!! CAGE 5R IS THE BEST

    Kelley and Paige - June 13th, 2009 at 7:33 am

  17. We love the zipper!! CAGE 5R IS THE BEST!!! This ride is truely a danger to all the carnivals people…. Dont ride it unless you are willing to DIE!

    Kelley and Paige - June 13th, 2009 at 7:36 am

  18. I’ve riding the Zipper for many years and it is still an awesome ride. I rode it for a little over one hour non-stop a few years ago and am looking to attempt to take a two hour plus ride non-stop. I’d like to break this record and go for two and possibly three hours riding this non-stop. If someone is out there and can accommodate me on this crazy thing on the Zipper my e-mail is and I live in Florida.

    Bruce - June 17th, 2009 at 11:33 am

  19. the zipper comes to the church carnival every year and it is the ride with the most lines…

    Allison - June 23rd, 2009 at 7:59 am

  20. I went on the Zipper near the Fox River with my friend and it was right in font of a tree! it was awesome with capital letters! I love that ride! it is better than a roller coaster!

    Vera - June 30th, 2009 at 6:24 am

  21. I think Michael Jackson owned a Zipper

    Adam - July 1st, 2009 at 11:24 am

  22. I love this ride!

    Adam - July 1st, 2009 at 11:24 am

  23. I would like to challange anyone who wants to try to outride me on the Zipper. Three or four hour non-stop ride? I’m ready.

    Bruce - July 3rd, 2009 at 8:28 am

  24. Im ready to challange anyone who wants to try to outride me riding the Zipper. Three or Four hours non-stop? Not out of the question.

    Bruce - July 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 am

  25. I rode the zipper for the first time a week ago at the St Mike’s fair here in Levittown, PA, and this had the longest line! The operator sent me and my friend (she’s the one that got me to go on it, I got dizzy just watching it) spinning about 15 times in a row. We both got out and collapsed! Gotta love Reithoffer Shows!

    Ian Anderson - July 9th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

  26. This is hands down the best amusement ride ever created. The first time i ever went on this ride i was with my 250 pound older brother and his friend also just as big. i was maybe 12 years old and 70 pounds and my older brother was screaming constantly for the whole ride. i will never forget his shrieking (i’m laughing as i’m writing this) i had tears streaming down my face i was laughing at him sooo hard. he had such a genuine look of fear in his face. his big pal was quiet as a church-mouse but his eyes were wide as could be, he was overwhelmed with fear. the sound i remember still sticks in my head. a warble of music passing by on each rotation mixed with my laughing so loud at my brother and my brother himself shrieking at the top of his lungs and every so often when he could get out a phrase the only words i could make out were “I’m gonna die on a fly-by-night ride, a fly by night ride” the whole scene was a awesome memory i will never forget and to this day i will ride a zipper every time i see one. Paul Gordon

    Paul Gordon - July 10th, 2009 at 2:53 am

  27. I got a bad head ache on the Zipper

    4thecool - July 10th, 2009 at 5:35 am

  28. this is a fun but scary ride. the #1 favorite ride of mine!!!!

    tyler mccane - July 12th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

  29. I’ll tell you something better. I’m ready to attempt a four hour non-stop ride on the Zipper but at the same time while riding it, break the record of 167 non-stop flips in a row and go for over 200 non-stop and doing it on one that is fast as the ones in Australia. That’s the way to break a record or two. Anybody dare me? E-mail me at

    Bruce - July 13th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

  30. Im soooo happy im acually going to ride this and im going to beat the record and try to go for 6 hours ya i said it 6 hours, its going to be my first tim riding it and i need some tips so comment and i’ll always be on this site to see what you wrote Tyty

    Tyty - July 16th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

  31. Tyty, when you ride the Zipper as many times as I have, then you can try for six hours. One thing, you have to ride it alot in order to get used to it. I’ll tell you, after you go for six hours, Ill go for seven. Do you believe Tyty Dave? It is still a great ride.

    Bruce - July 19th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

  32. Can we please get our Zippers touring the UK again please? lol i think we have at least one in storage… it needs to be travelled! Would do well too with them being much rarer today… still yet to ride one :(

    Danny - July 22nd, 2009 at 5:25 am

  33. Best ride hands down :) I live in Maryland USA and need to find one within the tri state area . Heck I will even go 100 miles just for this ride. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    ETO - July 31st, 2009 at 11:47 pm

  34. took my 9 & 10 year olds on it for their first time ever today. the 9 yr old girl is a lifetime fan…the older boy, not so much.

    kari - August 1st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

  35. Rode this today in Bangor — there is no way that ride was only 2.5 minutes. I think it was closer to ten, on one of the older models. Yow!

    Dick Johnson - August 2nd, 2009 at 5:14 pm

  36. lol im going on the zipper this year

    creepy1100 - August 2nd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

  37. hell to the no bitchs

    anthony - August 10th, 2009 at 6:25 am

  38. I LOVE the Zipper. It is the best!!!! I’m going on it tomorrow. The first time is really scary though, because it seems when your cage is at the right angle you feel like your going to hit the ground. But the article didn’t mention the 4 people who died, and 2 that got injured. Go to to read about it!

    Love the zipper - August 12th, 2009 at 2:27 am

  39. THE BEST RIDE EVER! i’ve been riding the zipper for about 8 years… I can’t wait to go to the zipper tomorrow! ^.^ I live in hermiston, and the county fair comes to our city every year… and the carnival always comes with it!!

    Christina - August 12th, 2009 at 8:13 am

  40. I have not rode this but i would probably get sick :(

    Unknown - August 14th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

  41. Still the best ride. I still want to attempt to ride it three to four hours on one where the operator can flip the cages from the control panel. That would be one super ride.

    Super Ride. Hope I can attempt a three to four hour non-stop ride on one of the Zippers where the operator can flip the cages from the control panel. That’s where you can get many fast flips and they can do it an unlimited amount of times. You do not know where you are, but I am used to it. Anybody want to take me up on the three to four ride. My e-mail is

    Bruce - August 22nd, 2009 at 1:24 pm

  42. David, Where is the Chance Skydiver??? -an incredible ride that I always looked forward to! I heard it was discontinued by Chance in 1981 or 1982. Why? - - YouTube has footage - -loved it so much!!!

    Michael - August 23rd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

  43. hi Michael, the Chance Skydiver is one of a long list of classic rides on my ‘to add’ list. It certainly has its fans.

    Regards, David.

    David Burton - August 23rd, 2009 at 9:50 pm

  44. I freaking love the zipper. its the best ride ever. I live in ohio, and one comes every year to the great darke county fair. its been here as long as I can remember. I’m actually standing right now watching it, cause I’m on here on my phone!!!!

    kalli - August 24th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

  45. Only thing that sucks about this one is when you’re riding it with someone queasy.

    Erin - September 5th, 2009 at 10:24 am

  46. Today I got on.I was scared at first but then when I got on I started to feel better.So now I like zipper.ZIPPER THE BEST RIDE EVER!!!!!GO ZIPPER!!!!!

    Zipper Fan - September 5th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

  47. For info go to wikiapidia

    Zipper Fan - September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

  48. Fun to experience - gives you strange sensations - but left me afterwards feeling shaky, a little nauseated and a little headachy. Won’t go on it again because of the aftereffects.

    Bob - September 19th, 2009 at 11:50 am

  49. This ride is so awesome I went on it like 30 times in a row and I didn’t get sick.

    Karina - September 21st, 2009 at 1:15 pm

  50. I was 10 years old when I did it the zipper is my favorite ride

    Karina - September 21st, 2009 at 1:17 pm

  51. The zipper is awesome I went on it 30 times in a row and I didn’t get sick.I was 10 years old when I didi it the zipper is my favorite in the whole entire world.

    Karina - September 21st, 2009 at 1:19 pm

  52. This one appears every year at an annual 4-day carnival in the park just accross the street. I’ve only ridden it several times for a few years of when it has been around, but it’s badassedness never fails. I’m not too happy about the single riders rule though since I can’t just go by myself and ride when I want to.

    On one occassion, I had quite a dinner before riding the Zipper, then after riding, I proceeded to a collection of various spinning rides. After riding 6 or so other rides, I went on the Zipper again. I almost barfed after I got off, which was the sickest I’ve ever got from amusement rides. Never going to eat that much again before riding.

    I’ve also seen the ride ops flip one of the cars continuously one time. Never got to ride those though.

    Sam - September 27th, 2009 at 6:54 am

  53. Hey! I can’t remember when the last time we had The Zipper here at my hometown. We have a fair called Deep South Fair. We had different shows coming to our fair since the late 90’s. Kissel Rides and Shows in 1996-2002 and now Modern Midways 2003-present. None of these shows have The Zipper. So I just stop going to the our fair. Even time when they come to town they say they have “new rides” but it not true. When I was a kid they use to have the Giant Wheel, Ring of Fire, Gravitron, Scrambler, The Zipper, Paratrooper, The Wipeout and Kamikaze. They had a couple more rides but those rides. Maybe in the future they’ll bring back the Zipper to our fair hopefully.

    Prince06 - September 30th, 2009 at 3:00 am

  54. This ride is the bomb! I used to be able do hundreds of flips even while the operator was loading the ride. That was back when they allowed single riders. The ride operator said he had never seen anyone do that before. Wow, those were the days!!

    Mike - October 1st, 2009 at 7:01 am

  55. BEST RIDE EVER! i wish i was a little kid again so i can ride this thing all day like i used to. went on one recently after not being on one for a while and it was exactly how i remembered. pure euphoria!

    tim - October 5th, 2009 at 7:44 am

  56. Chance rides really ruined the enjoyment of riding the Zipper, when they placed this rediculous single rider restriction. You can put a dummy or inflateable in the cage in order to fill the space of the second rider. What is happening is if you attend a fair where they have a Zipper ride by yourself or the person you are with doesn’t want to ride, you are penalized as you would not be permitted to ride. The people at Chance Rides do not think of that. If you are paired with someone, you run the risk of riding with someone under the influence of the funny stuff. I know. I had that happen and couldn’t wait to get away from these individuals. As far as I’m concerned, Chance Rides is not a customer friendly company.

    Bruce - October 6th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

  57. I just went on this ride with my friend, we screamed our guts out. Best. Ride. Ever. Although we started screaming before the ride even started, and when the operator opened the door. We stumbled out hugging each other. BUT, I repeat, BEST RIDE EVER. Wheew. I think I’m still hyped out over it.

    Ahem. I’m curious, though, does anyone know how many G’s it gets up to on the Zipper?

    Jessie - October 9th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

  58. hi i am cheese i love the zipper i am 11 years old and i have beem riding since i was 8 and could go on it well hope yo guys like it to

    cheese - October 10th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

  59. The zipper is by far the most amazing machine ever built. I’ve only rode it a couple times. I was terrified… it was fun.

    cybermars - October 18th, 2009 at 8:50 am

  60. rode 10 times down in LA, fav ride

    Ride enthuist - October 21st, 2009 at 4:45 am

  61. omg! i love this ride. i rode it twice today at the carnival. even though my head did hit the grab bars that were in front of me (it hurt lol) i still loved it and will go on it eveytime i see it :)

    maddie - October 25th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

  62. dude…. this ride is one of my top favs…

    same with the inverter

    joel - December 1st, 2009 at 10:46 am

  63. Hi Dave - Thanks for leaving a comment on my website. Yup that Zipper Ride sure scared the crap out of me as a kid. Here is a photo of one at a fall fair in Bracebridge, Canada

    Ed - December 10th, 2009 at 8:52 am

  64. I first saw the Zipper when I was 9 in 1979 and was fasinated by it for years but was too young n small to go on it. I went on it 6yrs latter at 15 and loved it….its a shame u don’t see it at many fairground in U.K……LONG LIVE THE ZIPPER….BEST RIDE EVER.

    plax - December 17th, 2009 at 9:23 am

  65. i recently went on the zipper and my arm hyperextened and i broke myarm, and i am a very healthy person this ride is ok

    tara - January 3rd, 2010 at 10:38 pm

  66. My best friend and I got introduced to the Zipper at age 18 in Ocean city MD. We tried to spin the car as many times as possible each summer when we went to OC. Our best was 103 times in a ride. The best was when they were loading people, they stopped us at the bottom and asked if we could stop until the ride started going fully loaded….we were shaking the whole thing as they tried to load people on.

    Patrick - January 29th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  67. i have had the pleasure of running the zipper for carnival time shows ,and even though im no longer a carnie, i still love to go to the fair to stand and watch the zipper .it is the best ride chance rides has ever made

    rick apodaca - January 30th, 2010 at 12:37 am

  68. cool, i ran this ride for almost 17 years and have rebuilt four of them, it doesn’t get any better then the zipper

    marty blood - February 3rd, 2010 at 6:33 am

  69. the zipper is the funest ride ever you sould go on it on anuther fair.

    johnny crawford - March 4th, 2010 at 7:16 am

  70. Hi David. Someone asked you about Chance Skydiver. I know Chance discontinuted that with The Astro Wheel as well can we start a petition on Chance bring these rides back.

    jaymorgan - March 19th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

  71. I just came back from a fair that had the Zipper. Man..I remember riding this when I was little and hitting my head a bunch of times and hating the ride/thinking I was going to fall out. But after riding it again for the first time in 10 years tonight…I can’t believe how thrilling and amazing this thing is. I mean the way it flips you in every way, and the speeds at which it does so…it’s superior to any roller coaster I’ve been on, and I have ridden tons of them. I went on a bunch of rides at this fair and after getting off a few of them I was thinking to myself “that was good/alright.” But when I got off the Zipper I must have had an adrenaline rush or something because that ride made my entire night.

    Jess - April 4th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

  72. Went on this ride a couple years ago with my older sister. She loved it and I prayed to God while it went upside down lol xD

    Aiasha - April 26th, 2010 at 6:50 am

  73. Johnny Crawford, You can contact Chance Rides all you want. They will never answer you. They are not a customer friendly company.

    Bruce Bell - April 26th, 2010 at 9:07 am

  74. I use to love this ride.. Once me and my friends at a lot of food at the carnival and then we went on abunch of rides and lastly the zipper and i puked the whole time we rolled in it and everything. I was sick for hours and since it was a sleepover my friends held my hair the whole night and we just sat in the bathroom.

    Well... - April 27th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

  75. Just lock me in the Zipper cage and start the ride at its fastest speed and keep the ride going for at least four hours or more. Anybody who wants to take me up on this my e-mail is I would like to attempt this possible record setting ride.

    Bruce Bell - May 1st, 2010 at 12:54 pm

  76. okaay, so i must say, the carnival is in town ! im going today, a bit later!! im kinda getting forced to ride the ZIPPER! first time… really dont want to barf at all! my worst fear!!! so wish me luck !! if i dont chicken out :)

    Jamie - May 2nd, 2010 at 7:13 am

  77. ok so i have never really went on the zipper b4 i know im lame but my friends and little sister hav (she’s 8 and i’m 13 wow)but imma go on it this year fosho and im sooo exited YAY <—- lol i was doing research on it because imma nerd like that and found this site and if u are reading this email me at cuz i want to know how ur experence on the zipper was (lol did not spell that right) but yeah im sooo exited for next week me going to the carnival me the zipper and whatever friends want to g on it with me i swear to u that i will go on it just for u and yes i do mean u (PS: im very sorry i did not spell a lot of things in this right and it probley did not make sence forgive my and plz send me any thing that u want to send me at my email address!!!) YAY GO ZIPPER!!!

    Sidney - May 14th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

  78. I haven’t ridden it yet but I plan to face my fears of big kid rides AND RIDE THAT PUPPY!!!! (sorry, lol) I’m 13 and I can barely stand the pharaoh’s fury

    Lily - May 14th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

  79. Have never went on it, but it look like a ride created in hell, look kinda rusty too, but fun :D probably on my top ten over scariest rides together with such as The Eclipse and Booster(thou i haven´t tried them either)but both like te zipper contains hella fast neckbreaking upside down movements and you are guarenteed throwing up if you have just eaten a softice lol! There´s allso a double Pheriswheel very similar to The Zipper!

    Julian - May 25th, 2010 at 3:17 am

  80. I loove this ride it is so much fun. I love the weightlessness you get from it

    Tony - June 6th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

  81. never rode it but wat to

    cman101 - June 21st, 2010 at 9:26 am

  82. Still would like to have somebody contact me in my quest to break my own record of one hour plus in riding the Zipper. I would like to go for three to four hours on this ride. My e-mail is I really want to establish a record of at least four hours riding the Zipper. I would like to do this on one of the Australian Zippers as they are faster than the ones in the US,but I do not think this is possible. Just set the US Zippers at a faster speed.

    Bruce Bell - June 21st, 2010 at 11:12 am

  83. i would like to see newwer safer modles and like how many people died 4-7.if it was newwer and safer it would be alot better but other wise it kicks ass

    kyle beerstra - June 22nd, 2010 at 2:48 pm

  84. i noticed everyone saying “great ride!” “so fun!” well, my experience wasn’t so fun . I went on it last year, when i was about 4″11 , & weighed 80 pounds. I sat in that cart, the bar across my legs, and held onto the top for dear life. All I can say, is my ride was an awful experience, with whiplash, irriation from the bar, a head almost hitting the cage, legs coming out from unter the bar and tears. I suggest that if you are too small , or undeweight NOT to step foot on the Zipper carnival ride.

    Meghan - June 26th, 2010 at 10:49 am

  85. Does anyone know about a similar ride? It is a small ferris wheel-type design with just 6 cars. The cars are 2-person, pivot like those on the Zipper, and are egg-shaped. The cars are much easier to spin from a stationary position and the pivot brake is accessible from within the car. This allows much more control over the spinning of the car and it is very easy to keep the car upside down during multiple revolutions of the ride.

    It has been close to 10 years since I last saw one in southern California. It was painted white with red triangles or something on the outer panels of the cars.

    Joe - June 29th, 2010 at 2:54 am

  86. K, the zipper is definity the best ride on the planet!! last year i rode it for at least 3 hours if anyone can beat me u rule, the fair is tommorow were live in Canada and im ready to break my record, so all ya yankies better bring it on!!!

    KC - July 1st, 2010 at 8:55 am

  87. ya meghan i no wat ride ur talkin bout we call it the rock and roll and it makes me sick, i banged my head like 3 times! “ouch” the zipper is waaay better

    KC - July 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am

  88. The fair started yesterday in my town and i rode the zipper for the first time!!(im 12 i know ima wimp) But it was frikin amazin!! its my favorite ride forever and i love it! Email me anything about it.


    Dylan - July 7th, 2010 at 4:30 am

  89. I think the zipper is best ride ever.

    Rowdy - July 7th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

  90. KC I’m ready to beat you in going for four hours riding the Zipper. I’m looking for some connection that will accommodate me to do this. My e-mail is and I live in Florida. Again’ I’m ready to beat your three hours.

    Bruce Bell - July 15th, 2010 at 8:54 am

  91. omg i love the zipper me and my friend jenny went on it and my other friend was to chicken me and jenny did 5 backflips in a row it was soooo awesome

    sam - July 16th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

  92. i am going on it in like 3 days cant wait i love to spin the most me and my sis got 31 spins and me and my friend mikal z got 27 it was so awsome it doesnt make me sick it makes my stomach feel better:)

    breanna - July 25th, 2010 at 11:57 am

  93. I would like to go for a world’s record for the longest non-stop ride riding the Zipper. I saw three hours on one of your earlier comments but I’m ready to break that and go for four hours and possibly beyond that length of time. It would be great if I rode one that is set as fast as the Australian Zippers. Spread the word that I want to attempt this and hopefully somebody that will be able to accommodate to do this will contact me at

    Bruce Bell - July 26th, 2010 at 10:29 am

  94. Comment #86. Hey KC, put your money where your mouth is. I’m determined to go for a world’s record for the longest non-stop ride, riding the Zipper and that would better your three hours if the proper connections that can accommodate me would contact me. I can be reached at Hey Joe, that ride you’re referring to is the Rock-O-Plane and I would also go for a real long record setting length of time riding that.

    Bruce Bell - July 26th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

  95. Has anyone ever seen one of these in person?

    I have never seen a themed Zipper but apparantly chance offered it.

    Great page, keep it up! I’m a collector of amusement memorabilia and the Zipper is one of my favorites. If anyone has an extra Zipper operator’s manual or photos I would be happy to purchase!

    James - August 4th, 2010 at 10:05 am

  96. One of the best carnival rides out there. Any carnival or park I go to, there is always a 20-60 minute wait for this one. However, the last time I went on it, the ride was incredibly squeaky, rusty, and looked as if it needed new tires, track, metal, paint, and locks. Why did Chance discontinue the manufacturing of this ride. Since it is one of the greatest in amusement history, you think they would at least update the ones already out there, right?

    Daniel - August 12th, 2010 at 2:45 am

  97. I loved this ride! I went on it for the first time 2 nights ago when I hung out with my friends. I love the thrill I get. It’s my favorite ride in the fair! (:

    Lauren - August 13th, 2010 at 4:12 am

  98. Omg I went on the Zipper for the first and probably the only time on Saturday lol, it was fun but scary plus the persons money from infront of my friend and i kept falling on my face :(

    Kris - August 17th, 2010 at 7:31 am

  99. okay, so i wanna go on this ride high (on pot) but someone told me they tell u not to go on it while under the influence of drugs. why? what will happen if i do?

    Jenny - August 20th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

  100. Finally went on this today. It was just as amazing as I expected, but it wasn’t the most enjoyable ride. I loved it, but I feel like it isn’t safe, even at the normal speed. That doesn’t mean I won’t do it again, but it wasn’t fun getting stuck upside-down, because my head would be pushed against the (thankfully padded) ceiling, and the bar hurt my legs after a while. It was still amazing, though!

    Christian - August 21st, 2010 at 8:00 am

  101. In my opinion, this is the best carnival ride of all time. I never rode the Turbo though.

    Justin Huber - August 23rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm

  102. This ride is awesome. Long live the Zipper. Zippity do dah, Zippity yay.

    Mb - August 29th, 2010 at 8:12 am

  103. Hey MB I agree with you that this ride is awesome. That’s why I rode it for one hour plus non-stop a few years ago and I continue to ride it and want to break my own record in attempting to ride it for a few hours. This ride will be around for a real long time. I still see long lines at the fairs as this ride is still very popular.

    Bruce Bell - August 31st, 2010 at 11:14 am

  104. from a purely technical standpoint, I’d agree that the Zipper is the best carnival ride ever (in the mechanical, propelled revolution catagory). There are other, equally thrilling rides involving bungees, free-falls, etc…, but the Zipper gets the nod as best mechanical. I last rode it in the late 70’s, so too bad for all the new afficionados that the RPM’s have been slowed a bit. Still, nothing new matches its deviancy. Some “liner notes” if your are of weak stomach, make sure you consume plenty of beverages, of whatever potency, before riding. You do not want the dry heaves and you certainly don’t want huge chunks bouncing around your cage for the 2.5 minutes (which does seem like 10 after you’ve puked). Better yet, consume copious amounts of fluid and see if you can time your emission at the apex, which will rain down joy upon your fellow riders. Good times.

    dashiell - September 1st, 2010 at 5:53 am

  105. omg i love dat ride

    russell crist - September 1st, 2010 at 8:53 am

  106. I first rode the zipper on my 11th birthday. Every year at my local county fair there are unlimited ride wristband days. I go on those days to ride the zipper all day long.

    It’s tradition. Orgasmic.

    Patrick - September 3rd, 2010 at 4:03 pm

  107. Josh, I may be in several places on the net as it’s about enjoying these rides including the Zipper. Nothing wrong with that. In the state where I live all the theme parks are open all year round and the fairs will be starting up for the fall and winter in a few weeks. Yes, I’m always looking to take marathon rides on these thrill machines and I feel the best way of expressing this is by putting it on the net.

    Bruce Bell - September 13th, 2010 at 11:38 am

  108. I am a 62yr old guy ,and the Zipper never ceases to thrill me.One of the best carnival rides ever invented.If I had one complaint it is that they do not allow single riders,(even when not full)and most of my friend’s young and older are afraid to ride.I can see young kids not going alone,but for an adult it should be no problem!

    Bill Jeffrey - September 23rd, 2010 at 8:48 am

  109. Kt, This column is devoted to the positives and negatives concerning the Zipper ride. Your comment is totally meaningless, as it has nothing to do with this great ride. The Zipper will always appear at the fairs in the future, even with these new high tech rides that are being offered by the Amusement Industry, that the carnival organizations are adding.

    Bruce Bell - September 26th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

  110. Great ’site! I’ve rode these for 35 years & still think the Zipper is the greatest carny ride. It does suck about the no “single” riders policy; Chance is just covering their butt though. Most carnys will let an adult ride alone (I’m 45) with maybe a stern warning. The best rides are the older ones; easy to spot, as they do not have a large chain/sprocket driving the boom; instead, they have a huge metal wheel, & it’s driven by 2 tires on the mast…And, the cable wheels are driven by what looks like 2 truck differentials (axles), 1 at each end of the boom, the “wagon wheels” being mounted to them like a truck tire. Exactly opposite of the later Zippers. (The boom is tire driven & the cable mechanically on these old versions.) & it will not give off that “air-raid siren” hydraulic sound the newer ones make. It’ll just be squeaky & grindy, like a worn-out Scrambler sounds!A lot of them have been re-painted & modern signage & lights installed; but look at the drive system; it’l be a dead giveaway. These older versions are getting harder to find, enjoy them while you can. As for a posting about a “Ferris wheel” type ride W/ egg shaped cars & a clutch bar; Look up Eylery (Spelling?)aircrafts “Rock O Plane”; there are a few websites that have pics & info on this & a lot of now defunct rides. M

    Mike - September 27th, 2010 at 2:37 am

  111. TOTALY AGREE MIKE. We need to get behind this an hope dav will add the Rock O Plane!!!!! I will work on one myself on facebook. I have made a zipper facebook site. with heaps of different zippers and photos of them.

    Josh - September 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

  112. I used to love to zipper growing up. But now as a 6′4 22 year old male, those cages are too uncomfortable for a guy my size.

    Ryan - September 27th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

  113. If you’re familiar with Coney Island, they modernized it and put in all Zamperla rides. I saw videos of what they did on You Tube. It’s not the same. I like the old Coney Island with the Zipper on 12th Street. Rode it many times and they let you ride it solo. I miss that. Also they had a ride called the Hammer, an Eyerly Loop -O-Plane. I rode it and they had it going really fast. Both of these rides today still belong in Coney Island, but with today’s high tech rides being added, including a Funtime Slingshot, these great rides are gone, but not forgotten.

    Bruce Bell - September 29th, 2010 at 10:20 am

  114. i love this ride so much!

    bee - September 30th, 2010 at 6:16 pm


    BRUNO - October 7th, 2010 at 10:37 am

  116. Hey Bruno, I agree with you. Send your suggestion to They make the Zipper.

    Bruce B - October 7th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

  117. ii love dhiis ridee riqht hea . qot on it 10 timesz in ah row . until ii had tah qo home && couldn’t sleep cauz ii was dizzy ! l000. . BEST RIDE EVER ! hope theyy have it aqain at dhaa fair !

    Patrick F. - October 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 am

  118. Zipper is still one of the best rides, even with new high tech rides that are coming out. Still one of my favorite rides, but Chance Rides, who makes the Zipper should get rid of this rediculous single rider restriction and let everyone enjoy this ride.

    Bruce B - December 9th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

  119. Rock o Plane. Its taken a while, but this is a page with some photos. more to come. Please all feel free to post your reviews and experiances on here, until we got one on this website! :)!/pages/The-Rock-o-Plane/119769494757584?v=wall

    tom - December 19th, 2010 at 10:18 am

  120. re-edit that link to:!/pages/The-Rock-o-Plane/119769494757584?v=wall

    tom - December 19th, 2010 at 10:20 am


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    Angel - December 21st, 2010 at 6:19 am

  123. Angel, Even with more high tech rides out there, the Zipper will still be around. I’ll bet that in a few years you’ll be riding it. I rode this for over an hour non-stop and I would like to ride this for four hours and at the same time do 500 non-stop flips. I doubt that this will ever happen, but if the opportunity ever came up, I would definitely attempt to go for it.

    Bruce B - January 3rd, 2011 at 1:07 pm

  124. I went to a carnival last night, and went on the zipper. It was one of the most fun rides you could ever have gone on because it’s thrilling and exciting. I love that part when you get to the top and flip backwards in a series of twirls. This is the best amusement park ride ever!

    Morgan - February 6th, 2011 at 4:44 am

  125. show name:7th China (Guangzhou) International Game&Amusement Exhibition(CIAE2011) Date:March 3rd –March 5th,2011 Hours:9am-5pm Venue:China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou Address:Hall 2.1, China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou Website:, tel:(+86)-20-23318524 fax:(+86)-20-82579220

    This is Ella from CIAE2011 Organizing Committee.Our trade show–7th China (Guangzhou) International Game&Amusement Exhibition(CIAE2011) will be held on March 3-5,2011.I have sent you some details by accessories.If you are interested in it,check it please! Welcome to exhibit or visit the fair!

    Ella Peng - February 11th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  126. 1 Best Amusement Ride in the Entire World The Zipper! Thanks to the Person who Invented it! Love this Amusement Ride Alway’s have a Blast whenever I’ve gone on it! Many Thanks. Billy Hackett Nanaimo,British Columbia Canada

    Billy Hackett - February 16th, 2011 at 7:00 am

  127. how long does it take to set a zipper up? anyone know?

    the big bubble o bill - February 19th, 2011 at 11:00 am

  128. My first ride on the Zipper was at a fair. I had seen it years before but parents thought I was too small to ride it - it mesmerized me. The next year once I had them watch me ride the Loop-o-Plane without incident, they ok’d THE ZIPPER. I was 13….Now Im 53 and STILL RIDE IT. I will actually strike up conversation with carney running it to be able to get several rides without getting off. I wish there were a model of it so I could build, motorize and pretend. LOL. Anyone ever hear of any ZIPPER accidents? great site! boryzark

    Rob Williams - March 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  129. hey, i might go on this ride this year at the ix indoor amusement park with 2 really hot guys mason and jace and one of my best friends sylvie but see im 12 and i might be to scared to ride it so guys help me out tell me if u get a headache or hit your head and how to keep ur body straight give me some tips and anything to know about the ZIPPER thankz guys and PLEASE COMMENT I NEED HELP, i mean cmon 2 hot guys riding on a ride with me HELLP

    nicki - March 23rd, 2011 at 8:17 am

  130. hey, Its awesome fun little one! your head wont get hit. or any headacks. Just hold on tight to them hot lucky boys, they’ll sure look after you! ;) Any more help just email me direct, :)

    Bruce Bell - March 23rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

  131. OMG!!!! the Zipper is the most amazing ride EVER! i want one in my bedroom and bathroom(:

    ezra - April 8th, 2011 at 7:22 am

  132. Hey dave, You need some more photos on here of the zipper. its by far the best ride.

    Ronald McDonald - May 1st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

  133. does anyone know why the zipper is called the zipper?

    Cori - May 13th, 2011 at 10:57 am

  134. Cori, It supposedly looks like a zipper. I fail to see the resemblance as well. It looks more like a chainsaw to me. However, if view from the back while the boom is in the loading position, the main support tower looks like the zipper pull thing, and I guess the cars can pass for the teeth.

    I love everything about this ride. The design and the lights and the whirring haunted sound the cable makes on the rim drive models all make this ride. Does anyone know what causes the cable to make that sound?

    My first Zipper was reithoffer shows. I really like the older ones with the cars that are complete cages with numbers on them instead of the chance redesign.

    Jim - May 27th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

  135. Absoulutly Fantastic Amusement/Fair Ride! Love the Sensation you get when you go over the Top or edge of the Ride when your on it! Don’t Go on this Ride if your Hung-Over! You’ll puke!

    Billy Hackett - May 28th, 2011 at 9:50 am

  136. The Zipper is a timeless classic; especially with the variations in lettering and lighting design. A well lit Zipper is always fun to watch! Last year I saw a Zipper that should have been put to rest in a ride graveyard; it was an older model with the block style lettering and the diamond shaped tube lighting. Moreover, a good portion of those lights were burnt out. Pretty sad.

    M Time - June 6th, 2011 at 9:38 am

  137. love this ride they had it at the st.josephs fair only 1 a yer they have the the fair.i won a fish.i smack my head while it was moving and fell asleep for half the ride.the best ride was scary. sebelt hold on 2 the door

    paola paz - June 11th, 2011 at 7:05 am

  138. at mountain view california near graham middle school the best middle school at mountain

    paola paz - June 11th, 2011 at 7:06 am

  139. Michael Jackson holds the world record on the “Zipper” carnival ride – he rode for 35 minutes straight!!! <3


    Romi - June 16th, 2011 at 10:42 am


    LADY JENJEN THE GREEN KNIGHT - June 20th, 2011 at 11:34 am

  141. Geez, Bruce Bell…we get it. You want to ride the Zipper for 4 hours and beat everyone’s record. Good for you…now move on! The incessant repetition is a little annoying…just sayin’

    Spike - June 23rd, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  142. Hey Spike - since when are you the comments police? If Bruce Bell wants to post 50 times about his desire to break a world’s record on the Zipper, that’s fine. You don’t need to tell anyone to “move on”! If you don’t like the comment, don’t read it…just sayin’…

    Jeremy - July 2nd, 2011 at 3:05 pm

  143. haha lol freakizoids

    Harrison - July 5th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  144. this ride sux arse hole

    storm - July 5th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

  145. Here is video of one of the very first zippers made that runs twice the speed of the zippers that came after.

    Tom - July 19th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

  146. I took my 5 year old on this last year he loved it, he can’t wait to ride it this year.

    Bill - August 6th, 2011 at 6:36 am

  147. Best Ride! If you go to the Northern California State Fair, they usually have two Zippers! You shouldn’t chicken out or get scared. My friend asked me yesterday “Why do you call it the Zipper?” Well that’s what it’s called. I sometimes call it the Taco, though

    Gabe - August 7th, 2011 at 12:06 am

  148. ZIPPER BEST AMUSMENT RIDE EVER. Rode it over 50 times.

    ROCKO - September 7th, 2011 at 7:13 am

  149. I agree, ROCKO. The only thing holding be back is the mysterious “no single riders” restriction.

    The Flaming Pencil - September 15th, 2011 at 1:49 am

  150. i rode skerbeck’s zipper this ride is very fun

    andrew croad - September 21st, 2011 at 5:02 am

  151. i rode the zipper and im 9 the most funnest ride ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Britta - September 26th, 2011 at 4:31 am

  152. at the nez perce county fair

    Britta - September 26th, 2011 at 4:33 am

  153. I rode the Zipper. My daughter talked me into going on it with her. By the time the ride was over, I felt like I didn’t know where I was, what day it was, or even know my own name! LOL… Thank God I didn’t get sick! To put it mildly, this ride is INSANE!

    Butch - October 10th, 2011 at 3:44 am

  154. I work for a carnival and live under the principal that if you want to operate a ride you need to ride it, at least once. So I rode the Zipper once, in one direction only, even though it is very rare for a girl to operate a major ride on the show I was working for. And I rode it with one friend on either side of me (3 adult, with no freak accidents) and before the ride started one of my supervisors popped up out of no where saying “hello ladies” and started flipping the tub upside down before the ride could begin. It was insane. I love the mechanical aspects of the zipper, and I would really like to learn to set it up and tear it down completely, especially since it is my boyfriends favorite carnival ride and he wants to teach it to me as well, but I have no shame in saying that I hated every minute of riding the zipper and I had them stop the ride half way through and let me off. I was scared going on to it, so at least I got that far. It’s strange calling it the zipper for me, because the first show I worked for called it the Chainsaw and I had never seen the ride before that.

    Marie - October 12th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

  155. The best of the best. Our company runs two full time with a third in reserve. The third model was built in 1974 and was fully restored last winter. The other two are going in the winter for new lighting. Swapping out the Turbolites for LED’s.

    Chuck - October 31st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

  156. From what i’ve heard the Zipper sounda really fun but really scary 2012 will be my first year going on the Zipper so this year will be my first year riding on the Zipper i am sooooo excited because i will be 11 and actually have the courage to go on the Zipper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    jessica - January 3rd, 2012 at 6:53 am

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    regulatory scientist - January 4th, 2012 at 3:50 am

  158. i’ve got to be honest with you i travelled a zipper for 2 yrs and it was a nightmare worst ride i have ever operated alays breaking down and a complete arse to pull down and build i was so glad when it left on a boat for holland, if it hadnt of left when it did i would have had to burn the piece of s##t down!

    mikey - January 9th, 2012 at 7:11 am

  159. To jessica omg i rode this when i was 9 take that im braver then you plus is wasant even scary ts awsome when you flip!

    Isen - January 26th, 2012 at 9:58 am

  160. I love the zipper, just went to a Carnival in Round Rock TX!! It was the best ride there, and I laughed the whole time while on it

    Ashley - March 16th, 2012 at 7:26 am

  161. Some Chance Zipper ride models still have fluorescent lighting and I am curious to know if those traveling carnival companies any where in the world plan to keep the same lighting , or someday can be replaced with the newer lighting which are bulbs formed like an arrow and have more than one color. I have asked some of the carnival companies by phone who own the Zipper here in the United States and some don,t seem to be interested. I was 15 years old when I rode a Zipper for the first time and I screamed every time the seat cart flipped over but was still a fun ride, I might always ride the Chance Zipper for as long as I enjoy carnivals.

    Carlos Saltz - March 26th, 2012 at 8:47 am

  162. At this one fair, I had a wristband so I could go on any ride unlimited times.When I went on the zipper, the idiot who was operating it put me in with only 1 other rider. She was skinny, so we were all over the place in the cage. At one point I slipped out of the seat. It was traumatizing.

    Lys - May 11th, 2012 at 11:36 am

  163. Amazing ride just wondering if you can have one in the backyard?

    RIDER - May 26th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  164. I am interested in sponsoring a church Fall Festival-type carnival in mid October. Will you please share the necessary information with me so that I may begin preparing for this event?

    Looking forward to speaking with you soon, Vanessa

    Vanessa Wilson - May 28th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  165. I heard that they discontinued the Zipper due to too many deaths or injuries. Is this true?? I am 29 and STILL love this ride! I look for it at every carnival near my home in Michigan EVERY year! I have not seen one in a few years though. Please tell me it’s not so?

    MandyMarv - May 31st, 2012 at 7:25 am

  166. I remember going on it as a little girl and ever since have been attracted to it. Went on it again for this first time in ages, yesterday with my nine year old son (my 7 yr old daughter would of gone too but was too short)….as soon as it begun I apologized to him for bringing him on….I was too busy keeping him calm to feel too much fear myself…he made it through it and don’t think he was scarred…..It was SO SCARY BUT AMAZING….can’t wait to again…..and take mydaughter lol….she wantsto ride it.

    Jennifer - May 31st, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  167. Best carnival ride ever!

    zarzo - June 8th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  168. I will be going on this in a few days, and I’m REALLY pumped! Can’t wait to ride one of he best rides made by Chance.

    ultradude306 - June 12th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  169. This is the best ride ever! Im 13 but last year i rode it 17 times in one day! Cant wait for the fair this year(:

    Fairkidd - June 20th, 2012 at 4:23 am

  170. where can i rent one?

    natalia - June 22nd, 2012 at 2:55 am

  171. Okay all you Zipper lovers. I have a challenge.

    Does anyone have any pictures of the 16 car zipper???? It says on Wikipedia that there were something like 14 made by Chance with 16 cars. I have looked on the web and can’t find any with 16 cars!!!!

    Stefan from NY - June 26th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  172. By far the best amusement ride i have ever been on. I live in Australia, so i think I experience the faster version - definitely a plus! I first rode the Zipper last year, with a crush of mine. While we were sitting up the top in our cage, waiting for those below us to be let out, he attempted to kiss me - definitely not a good idea, considering i had a bad case of dry mouth from screaming so hard! This year at our Royal Townsville Show in Australia, I rode the Zipper around about 15-20 times, after purchasing a $20 unlimited ride pass. However I was a bit alarmed to see that the maximum weight capacity of the cages is 153kg… I rode with two large friends plus myself, the weight would have atleast been 200kg combined. Disappointed that the ride operators didn’t advise us of the weight restrictions because I would have hated the thought of an accident! But definitely the best ride I have experienced, the feeling of sailing over the top curve and spinning head first facing the ground, and lifting off your seat, is one of the most thrilling things ever.

    eloise - July 6th, 2012 at 10:20 am

  173. I never been on the zipper i weight 250 or so and i am5′5 i just dont think a hinge locked door with a lap bar will or will ever be safe the latch could come undone it is unsafe and our fair they dont care they will put two fatties in the same seat ounce i got on and they had this 255 pound woman sit in by me i told the guy i wanted off that it was too unsafe with her sitting by me too much weoght plz make updates to this ride please n make it manditory that all old zippers be returned

    cassandra - July 7th, 2012 at 10:37 am

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    Katie M - July 11th, 2012 at 10:59 am

  175. i been on this once and never been on it again. told the operater it was my first time and he was going to take it easy. he had that thing to the floor. after the ride i was out of there and to the nearest trash can.. good times good times.

    James - July 25th, 2012 at 7:08 am

  176. I Blacked out on this because I hit my head on the ceiling and got a mild concussion I dislike this ride

    Faith - September 9th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  177. I love the zipper! Best and most unique fair ride! And today I asked the manager if anyone died on the ride and he said no!? Wtf?! And he said we will get it back in 2014 :)

    Kayleigh - September 15th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  178. The zipper is the best fucking ride ever fucking invented. I fuckin’ love it, yo. Fuck yeaaah, boiiii.

    Poopiehead - October 8th, 2012 at 6:46 am

  179. I love the zipper yo. It be da bomb, dawggg. Ef yaaaaa, boiiii. <3

    Poopiehead - October 8th, 2012 at 6:47 am

  180. Just get in line…

    Rodent - December 27th, 2012 at 2:33 am

  181. The Zipper is a very intense ride. Every time I ride it my inner wuss is hollering: “Make it stop! Make it stop!” While my crazy side is simultaneously yelling: “Yeah! Faster! Faster! More! More!” I see the maximum ride duration is listed as 2.5 min, yet I have had some rides on it that have lasted up to ten minutes. You also might mention this is a ride where single riders are not treated fairly. The policy for this ride is usually no single riders allowed. If you try to get on single, instead of trying to pair you up, the carnies will usually rudely turn you away. That being said it is usually a good idea to find a riding partner before joining the line.

    Mike Ford - April 28th, 2013 at 5:09 am

  182. There’s a fair with a zipper coming in August. I might ride the zipper. But I’m scared.


    Jacob - May 22nd, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  183. does anybody have any photos of this ride packed for transport …it would help me alot

    chris - June 6th, 2013 at 4:34 am

  184. you can find pics online dude and yes the zipper is coming to my town in wisconsin. it is gonna be wristband day so im gonna ride the zipper and try to break the world record of flips which is 284 me and a friend are going for 350

    michael smith - June 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 am

  185. the zipper ride is pretty fucking awsome

    michael smith - June 23rd, 2013 at 11:19 am

  186. Today i was in line for the new name for the zipper the chainsaw and while i was in line one of the wheels fell of the ride???? while people were in the carts they were on the top middle and end stuck while the coaster went ever so slowly while they try to rescue them. The ride was awsome when it was not broken but now that i have the chance of dieing on it i dont know if i will ever go on it again????

    Matthew - July 1st, 2013 at 8:28 am

  187. I went on the zipper with my younger cousin and sister last night and we only wanted to go on once and the first ride was fine and super fun! 8 spins in a row :) but once it was time for us to get off the carnies wouldn’t let us off and trapped us in there for another ride no matter how loud we were screamed at them to let us out, my sister had a panic attack and puked all over us and then my cousin started balling her eyes out. Don’t think ill ever ride the zipper again after that…

    Chloe - July 26th, 2013 at 7:46 am

  188. The zipper is amazing I was scared to go on it at first because I was only 8 but I’ve been riding it ever since its the best carnival ride ever made I’d say I’ve been on it about a good 30 to 40 times and it still is awesome I’m gona ride this til the day I die

    Brayden - August 2nd, 2013 at 4:52 am

  189. This ride is notorious for killing people. Sometimes the doors fly open and people fall out. This has happened 5 times my dad told me at the Benton County Fair. They even let my 5 year old sister ride and she’s only 48″ tall! I wouldn’t ride this ever because of the death rate on it!

    Hawk - August 8th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

  190. I remember when my cousin’s ‘forced’ me to go onto to this ride, and the side winder. The side winder was scary anough. I was about 11 yrs old. Holy cow, did it scare the crap out of me. But when the ride was over.. I couldn’t wait to get on it again! Now, I am in my 40’s, and when the fair comes to town, this is the ONLY ride I will go on, as it is by far the best one. Most rides just spin and spin in the same direction, and it makes me nauseated. Because the zipper spins in all sorts of different directions, and throws you around like a rag doll, it’s just awesome. Best ride to take ppl on that have never been on it before. I just love the looks of their faces, when they go through their first spin,TERROR! Can’t wait to ride it again!

    Paul - August 14th, 2013 at 8:09 am

  191. I was foreman of a Zipper for 4 seasons and the actual height is 57ft and the max weight per bucket is not 340lbs. Two grown men weigh more than that. In the manual received with the ride by Chance Rides, they only give an estimate of ride of amount of riders, not a total weight.

    Ken Brooks - August 26th, 2013 at 11:15 am

  192. I am so buying one of these whenever my parents win the lottery!!! I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS RIDE!!!!!!!!! ZIPPER 4 LIFE <3<3<3

    Holden Dardar - August 31st, 2013 at 12:58 pm

  193. So, they made a film about the Zipper leaving Coney Island. Uh, why can’t we have the Zipper there again?! I love the rejuvenation of Luna Park and Coney Island, but I honestly think the rides are really tame and totally lame. The best city in the world deserves the best amusement’s in the world. I know that most of the rides are made by Zamperla, but wouldn’t it be cool if Coney Island was a showcase of the best flat rides ever made? And since the park is run so well, they could always keep the rides in tip-top condition and not have to worry about traveling them all over the country. I take rides VERY SERIOUSLY because they have provided me with some of the BEST memories and good times, that I’ve ever had. Let’s start a movement to bring the Zipper back! Hell, let’s get a Turbo!

    bachrodi - September 1st, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  194. I run a zipper and she’s s 68modle and old girl runs great i have s lot of fun with sucker

    bing - October 6th, 2013 at 6:45 am

  195. All you people you think the Zipper is such a wonderful ride, tell that to my friend in Bedford Co., Pa. Her 16 year old daughter was KILLED on this great ride. The door came open and she fell from the top of the ride to the ground hitting the cross bars on the way. You tell her what a wonderful ride this is.

    Harriet Clapper - October 25th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

  196. The Zipper is my favorite ride. Something about being in a cage with no control. I also love the Rocko O Plane that is awesome as well. The ride im dying to ride is the Skydiver but I cant find them around anywhere. When I ride that I will feel complete. Keep coming with crazier cage chance rides.

    Matthew Lozanov - January 26th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

  197. I just rode this ride earlier and thought I was going to die. I was sure the metal cage would open and I would plummet to an early grave. My body still hurts. Thanks, Zipper!

    Lauren - April 1st, 2014 at 2:44 pm

  198. I was scared to death but it was pretty epic

    lucinda - April 9th, 2014 at 6:52 am


    Holden Dardar - June 23rd, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  200. I seen a young girl killed on a zipper at a fair years ago I would never ride one.

    dave - July 31st, 2014 at 11:38 am

  201. This ride is so awesome i went on one three times yesterday

    joseph - August 19th, 2014 at 1:22 am

  202. Today I rode the Zipper for the 1st time at the kootenai county fair! It was scary and a little bit fun, but when I got back, I was dizzy.

    Bridger Crawford - August 25th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

  203. This ride is awesome I went on it at st anne

    Joe - October 5th, 2014 at 11:39 am

  204. i love the zipper but i love the twin flip better that ride comes too my fair and allows single rides it’s more crazy then zipper

    andrew - October 18th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

  205. As bad as it is to know that someone has gotten killed by the zipper, it is equally as bad to blame the ride. Stop blaming the ride, it is a machine that has nothing to do with anyone getting killed. if you are gonna blame anything try blaming the operater. come on people you are smaarter than that. I feel horrible to any one that lost a loved one or a friend to death on the zipper. I have been and still am an operater myself and i have never had an accident except a skinned knee. Also some shows dont keep the maintenance up like they should. They in my opinion are the most guilty of all. If you cant keep it maintained dont get a fucking zipper. its that easy.

    Anthony Dale - December 17th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  206. The zipper is fun and they have one at the south florida fair and the florida state fair its the wildest ride there

    Green Ninja - January 12th, 2015 at 11:22 am

  207. the florida state fair i think has more rides these were good: Tango Fighter Freak Out Zipper Stinger Ferris Wheel(s) Gravatron And more

    Green Ninja - January 12th, 2015 at 11:24 am

  208. How much will it be to rent this ride?

    Kelly Madera - February 7th, 2015 at 4:46 am

  209. Zipper ride can be fun or nauseating, but for sure it is a gamble in safety if and when door locking problems do occur, even if many rides have no incidents.

    Older models use a spring latch, a safety catch for the lapbar, and a pin inserted into a safety knob as a backup for the spring latch. That didn’t prevent an accident a few years ago–the operator forgot to put in the pin, so when the spring latch did fail, the lapbar catch also failed, and even the top hinge of the door secured by a backup cable broke off when the door fully opened. Each locking part should be independent of the other locking parts, and door hinges backed up by a cable should not be breaking off: unsafe!

    Newer models use a top knob with a bolt that locks into a notch, a secondary slider bolt that locks into a hole, and there’s still the catch for the lapbar. However, operators still have to push the top knob towards the notch to make sure the safety bolt is fully in the notch, even when the springs should be strong enough to do that. When the seat is being rocked, the secondary slider lock can be seen moving back and forth in the locking hole, so over time either that hole is going to get larger or the slider lock is going to start to weaken from all that back and forth motion against the hole. Given that the lapbar catch is the same design as the older model, I know I wouldn’t trust it to hold if both the knob lock and slider lock both failed.

    So, it’s clear enough to me that Zipper safety doesn’t actually have three locks–it has three locking components that combine for a single lock.

    And it’s only door design problems that make the ride scary. It’s only 50 feet high at the top of the boom when it’s fully vertical. It doesn’t rise to 66 feet, spin the center, spin the arms in the center that start flipping the seats like a Tango ride does.

    RideSafetyAdvocate - February 25th, 2015 at 10:28 pm


    ZIPPER QUEEN - March 12th, 2015 at 7:07 am

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