Great American Shows - Great American Carnival - Our Midway

Great American Shows
Our Midway - Rides
  Cars & Trucks

This classic kiddie 'umbrella ride' takes riders round and round in their choice of anything from a dune-buggy to the moon in the 6-wheel APV cars!

  Classic Carousel

In a world that often moves too fast, people still find time to take the carrousel’s magical voyage. Children experience pure wonder, parents and grandparents see life through younger eyes, teens forget their inhibitions … even romance finds its spark beneath the dazzling lights.

  F-80 Airplanes


The Gravitron will energize thrill seekers into the 21st century!  Its spectacular scenery and exhilarating lighting draws huge crowds. This fantastic action experience guarantees satisfied customers. Spinning at 24 RPM, The Gravitron uses centrifugal force to float the passengers off the floor, giving them the feeling of weightlessness. Dollar for dollar, the best thrill ride value in the amusement business: The Gravitron features capacity for 45 people. Its fast loading and unloading is capable of handling 1000 riders per hour!


Bring out the young biker in any child with a spin on this classic 'umbrella ride' for kids with a motorcycle to ride for everyone.  Gentle hills and valleys make this ride great for any youngster.


The Paratrooper, also known as an "Umbrella Ride", is a type of fairground ride based on cars suspended below a wheel which rotates at an oblique angle. The cars are free to rock sideways and swing out under centrifugal force and the wheel rotates. Invariably, the cars on a Paratrooper have an umbrella or other shaped canopy above the riders. In contrast to modern thrill rides, the Paratrooper is a ride suitable for almost all ages (except for infants and very small children).


The Sizzler is an amusement ride in which suspended riders spinning in cars experience the illusion that they will crash into other suspended, spinning cars. Riders are seated in small carriages clustered together and connected by beams at the top to a central point. The clustered vehicles are spun in one direction, while the ride as a whole spins in the opposite direction.

  Sky Fighter

  Super Slide

Our Super Slide isn’t an ordinary playground slide.  Our slide is over 100' long and has three lanes so that riders can race to the finish.


The Tempest features a long main arm, with two short arms attached to it at center points (one at each end of the long arm).  When the ride operatres, the long arm and both short arms turn in the same direction.  At the ends of the short arms are 4 large seats that can hold up to 7 persons.  These seats use gravity and momemtum to spin as the ride operates in it's circular pattern.  All while tilting at around 30 degrees creates a totally unique experience.

  The Big Wheel

Enjoy this family classic on the Great American Shows midway!


The Tilt-a-Whirl is a platform-type ride, consisting of seven freely-spinning cars that hold three - four riders each, which are attached at fixed pivot points on a rotating platform. As the platform revolves, parts of the platform are raised and lowered, and the resulting centrifugal and gravitational forces on the cars cause them to spin in different directions and at variable speeds.

  Zero Gravity

The Zero Gravity is an amusement ride consisting of a circular horizontal platform with a vertical cage-like wall around the edge. The platform is attached to a motor on a hydraulic arm. The ride starts out by spinning until the centrifugal force is enough to push riders against the wall. Then, the arm raises the horizontal platform to a vertical position in which riders, instead of spinning horizontally, are now spinning vertically.


The Zipper has a long oblong frame that rotates like a Ferris wheel, with free-flipping cars suspended on off-center axes that move around the sides of the boom via a pulley system. Each passenger car is essentially a bench seat that snugly fits two people, built into a compartment of metal mesh contoured to protect the riders' entire bodies. The odd shaped cars spaced evenly along the perimeter of the boom, look very much like the rows of interlocking teeth on a zipper, the characteristic for which the ride was named.

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