The Roundabout Boats were an original attraction when the park opened in 1974, as one of the five children's rides in the Ride-A-Rama section. The small boats actually floated in a circular pool with a small lighthouse at the center where the five boats were attached to spokes from a central hub. The boats were driven by small electric propellers at the rear of the three of the five boats, basically creating scaled down versions of boats with outboard motors. The propellers were shielded from small hands with metal coverings.
In 1976 when the park's entrance was relocated to its present location,
the children's rides were move to create the new Kiddie Kingdom area.
The Roundabout Boats were added to a central cluster of three small
rides at the heart of Kiddie Kingdom which shared a common roof
structure/ The boats were renamed the Great Cruisers.
In 1984, Kiddie Kingdom received a complete makeover with the arrival of the Shirt Tales characters. As part of the Shirt Tales Land redo, the boats were renamed Bogey's Bobbin' Boats.The Shirt Tales theme only lasted one season. When Six Flags acquired Great America in Gurnee, Illinois from Marriott, they acquired the licensing for the Looney Tunes characters, and for the 1985 season the children's area was renamed Looney Tunes Land. With the new theme, the boats were renamed the Bugs Bunny Bobbin' Boats.
|For the 1988 season, Looney Tunes Land received yet another makeover becoming Bugs Bunny Land. The rides were given a fresh new look and new names and this time the boats were renamed again becoming Pepe LePew's Pleasure Cruise.
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video of the Roundabout Boats:
|Roundabout Boats Relocated to The Great Escape
Lake George, NY as Yosemite Sam Shore Patrol
At the close of the 2004 season plans were announced for the demolition of Bugs Bunny Land as part of the reimagining of the area of the park to become The Golden Kingdom for the 2005 season.
The new themed section of the park would be home to Balin's Jungle Land, a new children's area utilizing some of the Bugs Bunny Land rides, but the boats ride was not among them, and the cruisers were retired from the Great Adventure ride lineup.
Today the boats can be found entertaining small sailors at the Great Escape in Lake George, NY.