Carousels are one of the most traditional rides found in fairs, carnivals and amusement and theme parks throughout the world. Many manufacturers have created the rides throughout the years, with the original rides being hand carved by artisans giving way to mass produced rides with metal or fiberglass figures and rounding boards which were more practical and affordable.

 
     
     
With the increasing popularity and growing crowds at Great Adventure in the 1970's, investments were made throughout the park to expand and improve the ride offerings. The Kiddie Kingdom area of the park had several additional rides added including the park's second (smaller) carousel ride which was originally named the Kiddie Karousel.

   
     
     

CAROUSEL TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Allen Hershell Co., New York
Ride Rotation Clockwise
Number of Units: 20 Horses & 2 Bench Seats
Unit Capacity: 1
Cycle Capacity: 22
Riding Time: 90 Seconds
Loading Time: 2 Minutes
Unloading Time: 1 Minute
Cycle Time: 4 Minutes 30 Seconds
Cycles Per Hour: 13.3
Hourly Capacity: 260
Restraining Device: Seat belts

 
     
     
Over time the children's area evolved and changed, transitioning from Kiddie Kingdom to Shirt Tales Land for the 1984 season. The carousel was renamed Kip's Kiddie Karousel, named for the Kip the Kangaroo. The Shirt Tales were momentary residents of Great Adventure and were replaced the following season when the Looney Tunes took up residence in the park.



With Six Flags acquisition of Great America in Gurnee Illinois, the park chain also got the rights for use of the Looney Tunes characters in their parks from the Marriott Corporation, so Bugs Bunny and his friends came to Great Adventure in 1985 with Shirt Tales Land becoming Looney Tunes Land.



For the 1988 season Looney Tunes Land underwent a major makeover as it became Bugs Bunny Land with an updated and more modern look and new names for the existing rides and attractions. Bugs Bunny Land would remain until the end of the 2004 season as the area was redeveloped to become the Golden Kingdom.  
 
   
 
     
     
Kiddie Karousel Names Through The Years

1979-1983
Kiddie Karousel
1984 
Kip's Kiddie Karousel
1985-1987 
Tweety Carousel
1988-2005
Tweety Roundup
2006-Present
Bugs Bunny Camp Carousel

   
     
 
     
Click below to view a video of
KIDDIE KAROUSEL


     
     


With the removal of Bugs Bunny Land the Kiddie Karousel (then known as the Tweety Roundup) was removed from what had been its original location since it was installed in the park and found a new home near Rolling Thunder.  The ride was reassembled on an existing ride pad that had sat vacant for several seasons since the Sombrero (Schwabinchen) ride had been removed in 2001.

   
 
     
     
     
The lakeside location for the carousel was ideal with the water reflecting the bright colors. As wonderful as the Tweety Roundup was in this spot, it was a short lived home as plans were in place for a redevelopment of the entire area for the 2006 season with the introduction of Plaza del Carnaval and El Toro.

   
     
     
     
 
     


In the fall of 2005 the carousel was disassembled as construction work began for Plaza del Carnaval. The ride would be relocated once again as part of the brand new Bugs Bunny National Park children's section of the park which would also debut in the spring of 2006.

   
     
     
     
     
The new location of the carousel came not only a new name as the Bugs Bunny Camp Carousel, but a new look with specially made rounding boards featuring the Looney Tunes characters. The central hub of the ride was decorated with re-creations of posters for some of the classic Looney Tunes shorts. This new location elevated the carousel from being a small ride tucked away in a corner to a centerpiece of the new children's area.
 
     
Click below to view a video of
BUGS BUNNY CAMP CAROUSEL
 
     
     
     
While the Kiddie Karousel was a simple, scaled down and mass produced ride, the details of the figures are quite nice. The ride had much more character than many of the fiberglass carousels produced today and was the perfect scale for kids. 

Parents were invited to stand alongside their horse-riding children however they were not permitted to mount the stallions. 
     
     
One of the most unique features of the carousel was the griffon benches that allowed adults and those who didn't want to ride a horse another riding option.
     
     
     
     
 
     
The Kiddie Karousel has been renamed, relocated and repainted over the decades it has been at Great Adventure, with the canvas roof being replaced every few years. Throughout that time it has delighted millions of guests and should continue to do so for many years to come.
   
     
     
     
CAROUSEL PART ON EBAY After the replacement of the rounding boards on the Kiddie Karousel when it was relocated to Bugs Bunny National Park, one of the original rounding boards showed up on eBay with an over the top paint job.