Conneaut Lake Park Announces Removal Of A Classic Ride
The Tumble Bug, an iconic amusement ride, was a staple of the American Amusement Park from the 1920’s through the 1970’s. They were seen at parks suck as Kings Island, Coney Island, Kennywood, Cedar Point, Hersheypark, and even Geauga Lake. Until today, there were two surviving models — one located at Kennywood and the other at the New Conneaut Lake Park.
In a post published to Facebook, New Conneaut Lake Park announced the closure of their classic attraction:
I wanted to give an update to our April 1 post about the Tumble Bug. As stated before the Tumble Bug needed many repairs and our hope was to have it fixed and ready for 2022. The issues with the Tumble Bug were not able to be repaired and we were unable to save it. Please believe me when I say, we tried. It was not the outlook we wanted but it was beyond repair. Unfortunately nothing lasts forever.
We did not want to scrap the cars, so we have placed them inside the park, where they belong, to cherish the memories. When we open, guests may sit in the them to take pictures. Thanks to all of you who are being supportive.
The ride, originally built in 1925, was the older of the two models still in operation. The ride was designed and built by the Traver Engineering. The lack of up-keep, lack of spare parts, and lost knowledge on the manufacturing of the hand made parts were identified as the reason for the removal. The surviving model, Turtle at Kennywood is a 1927 installation that uses parts bought from the 1925 installation originally built at Cincinnati’s Coney Island.
The park has indicated they will keep the cars onsite as a photo opportunity for parkgoers.
For more information, visit the official Conneaut Lake Park website by clicking here.
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