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madmike
03-09-2008, 06:09 PM
I want to try to build a elevator ride for our haunt which by the way is our first year opening. Anyway if anyone has any ideas, pics, links, or anything that might help us construct one one a limited budget it would be greatly appreciated.. thanks, madmike

hauntedhousenut
03-09-2008, 06:18 PM
Randy Bates is selling his, ready to go.

Smiley
03-09-2008, 06:19 PM
Here are a few threads of elevator info:

Haunted Elevator (http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_house_forums/showthread.php?t=3362&highlight=elevator)

Hellevator (http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_house_forums/showthread.php?t=3407&highlight=elevator)

Karl Fields
03-09-2008, 06:31 PM
Mike,
Before going through all the trouble and expense of an elevator, one thing to consider is how your elevator will effect through put. We use one, but use it in combination with Vortex tunnel. Send one group to the elevator, next two groups to the tunnel, next to the elevator and so on. If we were limited to the 45 second reset time to reload a group on the elevator, busy nights would really suck!

The dual path method also eliminates the single point of failure if the elevator ever stops working.

madmike
03-09-2008, 06:53 PM
Thanks for the quick responses i'll take the time factor into consideration, happy haunting madmike.

Jim Warfield
03-10-2008, 12:42 AM
Want maximum throughput ? Try this elevator design, make it just a box with no floor, yank it straight up and the customers walk right ahead and away quickly then.
Sending some people through the spinning tunnel and sending some through the elevator might have the tunnel-people wishing they had gotten the shaft.

If they insist tell them you forget and under-charged them for their tickets. "$45.oo each please!"
Now they got the shaft!

Smiley
03-10-2008, 02:12 AM
Try this elevator design, make it just a box with no floor, yank it straight up and the customers walk right ahead and away quickly then.

Yeah, like the Disney Haunted Mansion's rising walls. Sounds simple enough. All you need is a good pulley system, a motor, and some vertical space, right?

Jim Warfield
03-10-2008, 08:21 AM
OOPs, sorry if I copied "Disney", never been there, not a student of the place.

Think how light you could build the walls since customers really shouldn't be getting a chance to lean on or beat on them.
Maybe much headroom wouldn't be needed if they were canvas with a frame at the bottom to quickly pull it up by, like an awning. A counter-weight could do it fast, maybe even this action of the quick folding would catch most customers standing there completely off guard?

Greg Chrise
03-10-2008, 12:25 PM
How about an egyptian elevator? You get in the cage and water flows from bamboo tubes, filling animal skin sacks of water on ropes and pulleys that rise the platform and customers when the weight is right.

It lifts only two feet and the back opens like a freight elevator and there is the vortex tunnel. A toilet flushing sound is head and the elevator goes down.

Note, the elevator might go up and spin 90 degrees with some side cages to watch this mechanism work and know they are really moving. It might actually be some kind of electric fork truck and all an illusion.

People when they get in an elevator are trained to face the door they got into. so the door opens and a big monster comes at them, the door closes and a back one opens or the whole thing spins to the monster and then to the vortex.

If through put is a problem you just have 3 of these in a line. No problem, only about $45,000 worth of stuff for 4 minutes of entertainment! Lets see 17 similar scenes and the whole haunt only costs $765,000. Set up and tear down should only be about $25,000 per year. Groovy.

But it would all work out, you'ld make a million! of which the combination of food stamps and public food banks, One nice couch to sit waiting for the next season, it would all work. Just don't eat too much where you need sacks of water to get off the couch.