Swing rides have been a long time staple of theme parks and amusement parks around the world. Various sizes of these rides have been created from those designed for toddlers to extreme thrill towers.
|Last update to this page: October 6, 2011 (Original Publication)
|The Mini Swings were
added to the Kiddie Kingdom area of the park in 1979. They were an
example of the trend of adding a kid sized version of an adult ride to
help cater to the needs of families. Great Adventure also added
pintsized bumper cars, carousel ,and Ferris wheel in 1979.
The Mini Swings were located in the same spot at the front edge of the children's area through its incarnations as Shirt Tales Land, Looney Tunes Land and finally Bugs Bunny Land.
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of the Mini Swings:
The Mini Swings went through an extensive refurbishment and remained closed for most of the 2000 season. When it returned to operation, half of the swings were removed leaving every other chair position vacant. This helped to prevent the chairs from hitting each other as the starts and stops of the swings were often abrupt.
The Mini Swings were very popular with the smallest of guests, offering the first thrill for thousands of toddlers over the years.
Through the Years
Tasmanian Devil Tornado
in Balin's Jungleland
|At the end of the
2004 season Bugs Bunny Land was closed to make way for the new Golden
Kingdom area of the park. As part of the new jungle themed section, a
new children's ride area known as Balin's Jungle Land was added, and it
included three of the former Bugs Bunny Land rides including the swings.
As part of the Balin's Jungle Land section, the swings got a brand new look and name becoming Monkey Around. The ride was repainted and decorative touches like the leaf and bamboo design on the central column along with monkeys and bunches of bananas around the top of the canopy.
At the start of the 2009 season the Monkey Around ride was closed and marked for removal. A week later the ride was gone along with the other rides of Balin's Jungle Land. Guest outcry over the ride's removal brought several of these back within weeks.
For the 2011 season the Monkey Around ride was removed from the park again as the Balin's Jungle Land area was closed to make way for expansion of the new Safari Discoveries area created after the tigers were moved to the Wild Safari.