Mighty Mouse Coaster Offers Big Thrills For Small Coaster At State Fair
So we finally made it to the Missouri State Fair midway on Friday night and rode the Mighty Mouse Coaster and it was a great thrilling ride.
The Mighty Mouse Coaster is a type of roller coaster called a wild mouse coaster. According to Wikipedia, it's "a roller coaster consisting of single cars traversing a tight-winding track with an emphasis on sharp, unbanked turns. The upper portion of the track usually features multiple 180-degree turns, known as flat turns, that produce high lateral G-forces even at modest speeds. Cars are often designed to be wider than the track to enhance the illusion of hanging over the edge. Lower portions of the track typically feature small hills and bunny hops."
Historically Wikipedia says the coaster appeared in the 1950s, but fell out of favor in the 1980s, before making a comeback in the 90s because its footprint was smaller, they were cheaper to build, added to amusement parks' coaster counts, and there were more innovative designs.
The Mighty Mouse coaster at The Missouri State Fair is owned by Wade Shows and joined the Wade Shows lineup in June of 2014 after operating at Mount Olympus Water Park in the Wisconsin Dells.
Let me tell you I loved riding this coaster. It's filled with the same type of thrills you feel on much bigger coasters, and at least once I thought I experienced a little bit of air time, something which while looking at the coaster I didn't expect I'd feel.
As Wikipedia explained, it's really the tight hairpin turns and the wide cars allowing all four of us to sit together that really make it a thrilling ride. It always seems like you're about to fly off the track before the coaster makes that hairpin turn. Additionally, the dips and hills throughout the ride make it more fun.
Part of me was a little concerned before riding because the cars themselves spin on the track during the second half of the ride, and I don't always do well with amusement rides that do that. Yet, on this ride, it adds to the fun and didn't impact me negatively at all. According to the ride's manufacturer, Zamperla, "The ride starts off with a standard experience, but halfway through the ride the vehicle unlocks and begins to free spin 360 degrees."
This is a fun ride that we all enjoyed riding and didn't come off it with our brains too scrambled. If you want to experience the Mighty Mouse Coaster without riding it, here's a Youtube video of the ride in action from Park Rovers shot a few years ago:
I can't wait until next year's fair and see whether we get the Mighty Mouse coaster back, The Super Cyclone that was at the 2019 fair, or one of the two largest coasters on Wade Show's ride offerings the Comet II or the RC-48.
Speaking of brain-scrambling, I'm not sure any of us did as well on the Super Polar Himalaya, a ride I wanted to ride because it's the type of ride that was my favorite at the church carnival as a kid. I'll say this, it's a fast ride, but I prefer the version of the ride with cars attached to axles that actually swing while in motion. The music also left a little to be desired there. The Killers into Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" is an interesting radio segue, but rather kills the moment while you're whirling around on the ride.
If anyone from Wade Shows or the Missouri State Fair reads this, bring the Alpine Bobs to next year's fair and let Mike Pettis and I run the music and do some hype work for the ride for two or three hours one night. We'll give people some high-octane music and fun, and I promise no Vanessa Carlton.
Can you tell we had a good time at the Missouri State Fair this weekend?