Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Amusing Ads Archive - S&S Worldwide 1997

If you've ever been quickly launched into the air, or slowly taken up only to plummet down faster than gravity, chances are you've been on one of S&S Worldwide's tower rides.

Blasting (pun intended) onto the scene in 1995 with their compressed air launch Space Shot rides, the company experienced great success and quickly parks everywhere were adding them. A couple years later S&S created the Turbo Drop, really the Space Shot in reverse, which proved equally popular.

Then came the Double Shot, a smaller tower that was capable of providing both ride sensations in one. The large towers were also capable of being changed to provide both experiences in one, and suddenly the possibilities seemed endless. The company built the rides at small parks, huge theme parks, on top of towers, almost anywhere you can think of.

The company has gone on to open dozens of their tower rides, and has expanded their ride catalogue greatly as well - but that's for another week's column!