(2009 & 2010 Standing But Not Operating)
Theme parks everywhere have train rides designed specifically for young children. There are various styles and types of these train rides made by many manufacturers, but the most common version is built by Zamperla. Zamperla trains have been made in many styles to fit the design of the parks they have been created.
|Trains in the
children's sections of parks are among the most popular attractions,
offering a gentle ride for the youngest of riders. Six Flags Great
Adventure already featured a train in the park, introduced as part of
Bugs Bunny Land in 1988 which later was incorporated into Balin's Jungle
Land in 2005 as the Jungleland Express.
For the 2006 season the park introduced a second train ride from Zamperla as part of the new Bugs Bunny National Park, but this one had the unique twist of taking the form of a stagecoach and team of horses.
Leghorn Stagecoach Express ride was brand new for 2006, and though it
had a unique form, it utilized the same type of track as the existing
Jungle Land Express train ride. The ride vehicles share the same wheels
and electric drive motors as other Zamperla train rides.
There are two ride experiences offered with the stagecoach style ride, with children either riding inside the stagecoach or on saddles on the back of the team of four horses. The horses actually "gallop" as they travel along, offering a more exciting ride. Because of the open riding position of the horse saddles, there are different height requirements for passengers on the horses than passenger in the stagecoach.
The track for the Stagecoach runs out in a previously undeveloped area of the park on the peninsula below the Log Flume which is full of mature trees. A few props were placed along the track along with several bushes.
|Because of the
remote location of the Stagecoach Express it was often not seen by
guests. On days with low staffing the ride was a natural choice for
closure since it was practically invisible and offered a similar
experience to the Jungleland Express.
On days when the ride was not in operation, the ride vehicles were parked on the back side of the track where they were less visible.
After just three years of operating, the ride was closed and the ride
vehicles put into storage in order to save money in maintenance and
operating costs. The stagecoach and horse vehicles sat out of the
weather in the Autobahn bumper car building waiting to return to the
In 1976 the penninsula area was scheduled to become home to
the antique car ride to accomodate relocation of the park entrance. Plans for relocating the electric antique cars never came
to pass, but the addition of the Stagecoach Express harkens back to the
The track and operators booth of the ride were left in place ready to
reopen. The signage was removed and put into storage, but everything
else was untouched. The rustic fences and structures are a great
example of simple thematic touches that enhance the ride and guest
For the 2011 season the Foghorn Leghorn Stagecoach Express is scheduled to return to operations offering a children's train style ride that the park is lacking.
|Click below to watch a
video of the
Foghorn Leghorn Stage Coach Express: