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This ride was originally located where the swings (The WaveSwinger or what used to be called Das Wiberlwind ~Whirlwind in German) are as of today 2010.

Just like the Katipult, this type of ride is very common. However, Busch Gardens never did anything common and the ride was well themed down to the painted spider web pavement underneath the ride.

At night, it lit up and looked amazing. The sounds of the swings nearby, the German Polka Music Playing, and the BBW coaster running along side made those late 80's summer nights oh-so fun!

Most amusement parks and carnivals call this the Octopus... but not Busch Gardens... "Die Schwarze Spinne" (pronounced Dee Sh'vart'za Shpeen'na) ~ or The Black Spider in German.
 

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Nora said:
Most amusement parks and carnivals call this the Octopus... but not Busch Gardens... "Die Schwarze Spinne" (pronounced Dee Sh'vart'za Shpeen'na) ~ or The Black Spider in German.

I actually saw that the manufacturer had a slightly different design that was called the Octopus. The only difference is that on the Octopus the arms go out are straight, and the Spider design featured arms that were curved.

It also looks like this was not the "Spider" model, rather, it looks like the "Monster" model by this manufacturer (Eyerly).
 
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That is interesting Chris... I actually did not know there were various types- like standard models; just that most places that had something similar called it the Octopus. I think every Midway carnival that came to town had one. Thanks for the info.

This photo was in a book of mine and I was happy that you can slightly see the painted web design underneath.

It was so pretty lit up at night too next to the swings. (Back in the day)
 
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