Flying Carpet
Flying Carpet
was part of an expansion on the north end of the Midway in 1986. The development pushed the northern boundary of the park past Jet Star 2, the old Ferris Wheel and Boomerang onto land previously occupied by a part of the race track. The Flying Aces were re-introduced as part of the expansion as well. Much like Musik Express and Turn of The Century, Flying Carpet also had speakers playing music throughout the day.

The ride experience was often compared to that of Tidal Wave. The major differences were that Flying Carpet’s gondola remained level during the ride and swung back and forth until it made complete revolutions. Even though both were manufactured by companies based in Bremen, Germany, Flying Carpet was manufactured by Weber¹, not Huss as many might assume. Huss had a very similar ride known as the Rainbow.

The model name “1001 Nacht” which appears on the ride, is German for “1001 Nights” which refers to the Arabian Nights stories from the Middle East.

Like many past rides, maintenance problems seem to have been the cause of the Flying Carpet’s removal. After the the 1999 season, Flying Carpet was dismantled and replaced by Samurai the following summer. For several years afterward, pieces of the Flying Carpet were easily visible in the “bone yard” north of the park, but have since disappeared.

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