Quite often children's rides are scaled down versions of adult rides, with the ride simply miniaturized to suit smaller riders and reducing the thrill level. Himalaya style rides are found in parks and fairs throughout the world, and the smaller kid-sized versions of these rides are also very popular.
|The Wile E. Coyote
Canyon Blaster is a "Mini-Himalaya" ride designed by Venture
Rides Manufacturing. This pint-sized attraction
was installed as part of the Bugs Bunny National Park area.
Mini-Himalaya rides are generally themed as alpine sleighs, but the Canyon Blaster was retrofitted with cartoon style rocket sled panels and the ride's backdrop was painted with a southwestern scene right out of the Roadrunner cartoons.
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Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster
|The center of the Canyon Blaster features a canvas bulls-eye with a cartoon style rocket on the center point. One of the great details often missed by guests is the splat mark in the shape of Wile E. Coyote on the target, which is easier to spot from the Skyride as it passes over the ride. Atop one of the rock spires that are part of the backdrop, a fiberglass Roadrunner figure looks down on the scene like he was responsible for the Coyote's fall, just like in the cartoons.
|Like all the rides of Bugs Bunny National Park, the Canyon Blaster was designed so that parents could ride alongside their children, making it a family favorite ever since it opened in the spring of 2006.