(2009 & 2010 Standing But Not Operating)
One of the most popular new rides to be produced in the past ten years has been the Zamperla Rockin' Tug which has been added to the many parks around the world in one form or another. The ride is available with a wide range of theme options from the manufacturer as well as an endless range of custom variations to fit any themed area or park.
heels of 2005's expansive and expensive Golden Kingdom attractions,
Great Adventure announced another round of additions in the autumn of
2005, which were set to open the following year.
For the 2006 season, the former Hernando's Hideaway area of the park, which had been incorporated into the Frontier Adventures section years earlier, was to be transformed and revitalized becoming Plaza del Carnaval.
The southwestern style of the architecture was conducive to transformation into a coastal tropical themed area with the bright colors and lush foliage. While the marquee attraction of the section was to be the new El Toro coaster, a second, more family friendly attraction named Tango was also added to help round out the offerings of the new section.
|To fit the Plaza del
Carnaval theme the Rockin' Tug ride was ordered with a completely
custom theme package which was bright and colorful in the style of
Carnaval. The car body was designed with a bright harlequin pattern and
a canopy structure (minus the canopy) decked with flowers and fruit. At
the center of the ride was a central post with four Carnaval mask style
The base platform of the ride was painted in matching green colors with its panels decorated with a larger version of the harlequin pattern found on the ride vehicle affixed to the framework.
|The ride featured an
equally colorful sign spanning the entrance and exit ramps. The ramps
led up to the ride platform and were surrounded with lush tropical
foliage including palm trees. At the top of the entrance ramp a small
operator booth was built with a simple log structure supporting a square
The plantings around the ride meant it was sometimes invisible to passing guests which meant on days of lower attendance the ride could be closed for all or part of a day and few would complain of the ride's not operating.
2009 and 2010 seasons, Tango remained standing but not operating as the
park looked to cut expenses and the extra capacity the ride offered was
rarely needed. Additional screening in the form of a row of juniper
bushes was added around the ride further hiding it from public view.
Many park goers complained about the absence of Tango and other flat rides that had been removed in the previous seasons, and many suspected that Tango would be removed completely. Instead the ride was mothballed until attendance and staffing levels would increase as the economy and finances of Six Flags improved.
|With the dawn of the 2011 season it was announced that Tango would be reopening with the park and resuming full time operations. The Tango sign has returned and the planters which once blocked the entrance have been removed. Tango is once again ready to dance!