Thursday, February 13, 2003 6:50 AM
It seems that a new carousel from Zamperla is coming to La Ronde this year. Does anyone know if they removed their beautiful antique carousel and what happened to it? As I recall it was from the late 1800's and very ornate. It looked more European in style to me than American, but I don't know its origin. I hope it is being restored somewhere and I dread thinking that it is being auctioned off in pieces.
Thursday, February 13, 2003 1:08 PM
According to the marketing manager, it's being restored and will return to the park in a new location at a later date.
Thursday, February 13, 2003 5:27 PM
Thank you Mtl Shag. Not only is that good news for the future of La Ronde's carousel, but it gives me a better impression of Six Flags - that they would undertake such a worthwhile project.
Thursday, February 13, 2003 6:02 PM
Six Flags sure has been treating this park well... :)
Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.
Sunday, March 30, 2003 10:55 AM
The new Carousel is in front of the principal entrance.
Also, a flying carousel will be instaled
Sunday, May 4, 2003 6:51 AM
Yeah... about the carousel... I heard on the news the other day that it was hard to get it restored, and that it's condition was pretty bad. They were gonna restore it and not use it though. They will place it in the section where they will build the memory lane, it will be on display. I don't know something like that...
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Sunday, May 4, 2003 11:42 AM
Actually, I believe the new carousel is from Chance-Morgan, not Zamperla.
Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:25 PM
They can have it restored to a completely functioning machine again. It will cost them a bundle, however, as it was neglected for a large part of it's life there. I know of a French built salon carousel that is in a private collection here in the US that cost several million to bring back up to snuff. I imagine that the La Ronde's machine would cost close to that. I seem to recall that it wasn't as big as the machine that I mentioned above. I would surmise also that they couldn't send it down to the states for work without running afoul of the laws of Canada, and the province of Quebec. I would suspect that SF couldn't piece it out, either, without causing a furor. I doubt that corporate is willing to spend six figures on a ride that has a rph of barely 200.Quite frankly, I think it's going to be in that warehouse for a while.