How the Break Dance at Astroland Works
Astroland was a beloved amusement park located on the boardwalk in Coney Island, New York. The park first opened its gates in 1962 and, after 32 years of operation, was shut down for good on September 7, 2008. Astroland was designed to be a "space-age" amusement park and was considered futuristic at the time of its opening. In later years, however, visiting the park was more like stepping into a time machine. Astroland had a very interesting selection of rides that offered patrons a kitsch experience that was lacking in other more modern amusement parks. Some of the most popular attractions in Astroland were the Cyclone Roller Coaster, the Scrambler, Dante's Inferno, the Tilt-A-Whirl, Astrotower and, of course, the Break Dance.
The Break Dance
The Break Dance amusement park ride was designed by HUSS Maschinenfabrik in 1985. Upon release, the ride's design proved to be an instant hit with amusement park visitors of all ages. The Break Dance ride consisted of a dodecagon shaped platform with a 20 meter diameter. Four hubs, each bearing four two-person cars, are mounted on the platform. When the ride began, the platform rotated and the hubs rotated in the opposite direction of the platform. The combination of the platform's slope, the hub movement and the weight displacement within the cars caused them to rock back and forth. The cars rotated through 360 degrees.
Astroland was one of the most famous amusement parks in America until its closing in 2008. Along with the classic Cyclone Roller Coaster, The Break Dance was always one the parks most popular attractions. A ride on the Break Dance was an unforgettable experience.