One of the most ubiquitous rides found in nearly every fair, boardwalk or amusement park is the Tilt-A-Whirl, a mechanically simple ride that offers thrills to all ages of riders.

` For the 1978 season Great Adventure added a Tilt-A-Whirl ride to replace the Super Cat ride that had been in the park since 1975.

The park's Tilt-A-Whirl was a standard model ride found in fairs and parks from coast to coast.  The simple ride was part of the Fun Fair area of the park that featured many flat rides which appealed to a wide array of guests offering mild thrills to those too old for children's rides and too young or not brave enough for the biggest thrill rides.
Technical Information
Ride Model: Tilt-A-Whirl
Ride Manufacturer: Sellner Manufacturing Co.- Fairbuult, MN
Number of Cars: 7
Capacity per Car: 4 Adults or 6 Children 
Weight Capacity per Car: 800 lbs or 360kg
Hourly Capacity 840 Guests
Height: 12 ft 4 in
Diameter: 43 ft
Circumference: 135 ft
Area: 2800 sq ft or 360 sq m
Weight of ride: 28,640 lbs (without riders)
The Tilt-A-Whirl remained in the same location from 1978 through 1982 when it and the Rotor were moved to make way for the arrival of the Freefall ride for the 1983 season.

For 1983 the Tilt-A-Whirl found a new home in the Hernando's Hideaway area of the park where it was placed along the edge of the lake. 

The ride stayed in the same location until it was removed at the end of the 1987 season as part of the park's cost cutting measures as they adapted to lower attendance. The ride pad would sit vacant until the 1993 season when the Schwabinchen ride (which had been removed from the park in 1986) was reintroduced as El Sombrero with a new theme to fit the Spanish themed section of the park.

Original Spotlight:  May 26, 2011; Updated: February 22, 2017.  GAH Reference #:  RIDE-1978-006