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August 22, 2007



Somebody else will have to explain the ride to me...I am completely uninterested in potential death.


Wild Mouse (Idlewild)

Wild Mouse is the name of a roller coaster at Idlewild Park in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. It is the one of two coasters in the park, along with the small classic wooden Rollo Coaster, and its only steel roller coaster.

The Wild Mouse was designed for Alton Towers, an amusement park in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. Built by Vekoma, it is thus for the only wild mouse coaster designed by this corporation. When it opened in 1987, its original name was the Alton Mouse. The ride originally featured a covered lift hill, which was used to conceal the trecherous curves at the top of the hill from patrons until they reached the top. The Alton Mouse was close in 1992 because the harsh curve and braking system had diminished its popularity.

In 1993, the Wild Mouse reopened at Idlewild. An interesting new feature was a new tilted lift hill. Rough airbrakes continuned to hinder the ride until 2002, when a new, much smoother magnetic braking sytem was installed by Pribonics Technologies.

The Wild Mouse features a traditional setup, including tight, unbanked curves and short but steep hills. However, the ride's height is somewhat taller than that of the average wild mouse coaster and includes a somewhat rougher ride.


I haven't heard of Mark Moreland individually, but I do remember Wall of Voodoo and "Mexican Radio" from the early days of MTV (the early 80's - you know, back when they played music?). I hadn't realized they were a band for that long, though.

"I wish I was in Tijuana, eating barbecued iguana.." Well, not really.

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