Titanic Ride

Lily

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Hi Everyone, Has anyone heard of the Titanic slide? It's a ride you slide down and it's designed to look like the stern of the Titanic.It even Says Titanic (Liverpool) on the back ,It's here at our local fair right now. Does anyone know who manufactured this Titanic slide? I'm wondering if it would be insensitive of me to ride it, although I have seen numerous children enjoying themselves on it. Sincerely Lily
 
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William Conrad

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I haven't heard about this 'Titanic slide', I guess it must be in America? My personal feelings is that the Titanic subject has become far too commercialised lately. Yes, I think we should remember the Titanic, but always keep in mind that it was a terrible maritime shipping disaster!

Taking pictures and making films about the subject is acceptable, considering the massive social importance of the Titanic story, but raising artifacts, selling tons of Titanic merchandise and making a fairground 'Titanic slide', seems just a little bit too much to me...

Don't get me wrong, I'm not having a go at you, Lily! I just think that the whole Titanic industry has gone too far in profiteering off the public's interest in this subject...
 
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Dean Manning

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Hi Lily,

There was version of the slide you're talking about at a fair a few miles down the road from where I live(pennsylvania). I didn't ride on it, but it kinda looked like fun though. :)

-Dean
 
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Bill DeSena

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I'll bet about 1500 people would disagree about how fun slidding off the stern was. Only in America can we be so sensitimental and caring while being so vulgar and commercial.

Have fun maybe they can freeze the water too!

Not pickin on you folks just havin a bit of fun too;-)

Bill
 

Mike Smith

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HEY ALL

I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA AND WE HAVE A THEME PARK CALLED FOX STUDIOS. HERE THEY HAVE MANY OF THE SETS AND ARTIFACTS FROM THE FILM AND AN ACTUAL RIDE. ON THE RIDE U START OFF ON THE DOCKS IN SOUTHAMPTON WITH THE MASSIVE HULL IN FRONT OF U. THEN U BOARD THROUGH A GANGWAY AND GOTO A THIRD CLASS COMMON AREA, MAKING YOUR WAY THROUGH SOME SHORT PASSAGES. AS THE SHIP LEAVES THE DOCK U CAN FEEL THE SHIP MOVE UNDERNEATH YOU AND THE PRETEND CREW SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT STUFF. THEN THEY FAST TRACK TIME TO THAT FATEFUL NIGHT AND U SEE THE BERG THROUGH THE PORTHOLES AS SHE HITS AND WATER COMES IN ALL AROUND YOU.
YOU THEN EITHER GO TWO WAYS. ONE YOU GO UP THROUGH THE SHIP (PASSAGEWAYS, GYMNASIUM, BOATDECK) AND PUT INTO A LIFEBOAT. OR SECONDLY U GO DOWN INTO THE ENGINE ROOM THROUGH THE STORAGE HOLD WHERE U DIE. AFTER YOU DIE HOWEVER U ALL WALK UP THE MAIN STAIRCASE AND THROUGH THE FIRST CLASS AREA AS GHOSTS.
AS A PERSON WHO WENT ON THE RIDE IT WAS GREAT AND ANY OF YOU WHO ARE COMING OVERHERE TO AUSTRALIA FOR THE OLYMPICS I RECOMMEND U VISIT FOX STUDIOS AND GO ON THE RIDE.

BYE
 

Mike Smith

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IT IS NOT REALLY A RIDE BUT A WAY TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING THAT U CAN NORMALLY ONLY DO VIA THE FILM INDUSTRY. THIS WAY U CAN SEE, TOUCH AND DO INSTEAD OF JUST WATCH.
 
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Hi Mike, Ride or not, it still turns a very human tragedy into a carnival sideshow, and I can't say as I hold with it. Of course, if the promoters of this travesty (Sorry, but I have no kind words for something like this) want to add realism, why not just throw in freezing water at, say, 29 or 28 degrees F, run it at night with every light going out at the last minute so you can't see what you're doing, being electrocuted by the generators shorting out, and to add realism, throw in locked gates and an unfamilier labyrinth of passageways so there's a very real possibility of being trapped below decks, a breakup so violent that there's the possibility of being clobbered with flying debris...and on and on and on. Starts to lose it's appeal real quick that way, doesn't it? Guess what, that's the reality the people on the Titanic had to deal with at 2:20 am on 15 April 1912, and 1517 didn't live to tell about it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not flaming you or anything like that. I just wanted to point out why this isn't all that funny and the reason it shouldn't be turned into a public amusement.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 

Pat Cook

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This sort of reminds me of the 'Titanic' game that came out right after the Cameron movie (not to be confused others such as the Titanic Trivia game or with the 1976 version). I read the rules on the back of the box; I seem to remember they went something like this - the 'player', by following some sort of game plan, had to work his way (are you ready for this?) out of third class and into first and a better chance at getting into a lifeboat. I was appalled! Like you said, Michael, some people will cash in on anything for, well, the cash!

Best regards,
Cook
 
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Hello Pat, the carnival atmousphere never ceases to amaze does it? I wonder if people would be willing to play some of these games or try the sideshows if they knew there was a sixty% + chance that they wouldn't get out of it alive?

The Trivial Persuit game I can understand, but a sideshow like what this gentlman described? Some things just aren't very funny!

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 

Pat Cook

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Hi Michael,

You'd probably be surprised what people do in a 'carnival atmosphere'. Trust me on this one. I worked in an amusement park in Houston for 7 years.

Best regards,
Cook
 
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Good evening Pat, No I wouldn't be all that surprised at what people do in a carnival atmousphere. I had some chums that worked in a strip joint in San Diego. That sould tell you a lot about the sort of behavior I've seen. ;-)

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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Richard

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Yesterday the kids slide (an inflatable Titanic and iceberg) were in British Columbia, Canada.
At first I thought it was fine but the more I think about it, the more I agree with you guys;
It is wrong.

I do not feel the same way about that Titanic thing at the theme park in Australia. As I understand it, it is more of a simulation. That is
fine, in my mind and fit for anyone interested in
this. Do those of you who think this is wrong also
disagree with Titanic simulation computer games?

It's all a matter of distate. The slide is pushing
the limit.
 
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Hi Richard, my own personal opinion is that the sideshow in Australia is going beyond the limit and all in the name of entertainment. No simulation can ever approach the horror of the real thing, and it's that element of terror that the passangers and crew on the Titanic had to deal with that leaves me cold about it. Making a popular entertainment out of it strikes me as being in excruciatingly bad taste.

I can't speak to the computer games. The only one I've ever seen was a cloak and dagger thing involving spies and trying to save the Titanic. Tacky in my opinion, but if somebody wants it, then I hope they enjoy it. Shucks, they may even learn something if the graphics are any good.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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Jerry De Marco

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I do not mean to attack anyone with this response, just merely try to look at the big picture. Some of you say that is alright to take pictures and make movies of the catastrophe, but, it is wrong to commercialize it in any way. Many of the survivors felt that pictures and any movies of the Titanic is an invasion of their emotional privacy and would have preferred for others to let it alone. They did not want to be reminded of the awful circumstances. On the other hand, making rides and selling T-shirts is a way to introduce this aspect of history to a whole new younger generation. one ancient philosopher once said," To allow people to forget, is to allow history to repeat itself." I feel that they should make rides and T-shirts about WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, etc. Many of these things are not even taught in schools anymore. My 15 yr. old daughter could not tell me who fought in WWI or who won! To remember the past is to possibly improve the future. Look at the improvements that came to the shipping industry because of the Titanic disaster. As far as the commercialization of The Titanic, everyone has a right to make a decent living, selling is a way of life and a chance to improve our situation. to take this away from someone could be taking food out of their childrens mouths or clothes off of their backs. It is hard to say how far one should be allowed to carry things. For every proponent of an idea their are two people in disagreement. People in general aught to take this energy that they have and channel it against more important things, such as the environment, corrupt politicians, Government spending, homelessness and starvation, fighting AIDS and other diseases as well as the worst problem facing todays society......IGNORANCE!!!! Focus people, what is REALLY detrimental to our lives, don't complain about it, FIX IT.

Here's hoping that all of you are living the lives that you dreamed of. God love you all and protect you. Jerry
 
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Jerry, some of the problems youmentioned are certainly worthy of attention but are a tad outside the scope of this forum.

To keep it on point...focus as you say...the point that's causing the disdain is turning a disaster into a sideshow which these rides cetainly do. Yes, the promoters have every right to put it on. but that doesn't mean anyone has to go along with it if they feel it's in bad taste. Books and documentaries can add to our knowladge of the events surrounding the RMS Titanic and pass the memory of the ship and her very human tragedy on to future generations. Sideshows don't.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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Hey Paul, good to see you here. Interesting little article, but I think that so much money is paid for anything Titanic that I fear this stuff will go on and on........

Thanks for sharing that.
Maureen.