Pony Rides in Amusement Parks

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 6:43 AM
I was looking at the website for Conneaut Lake Park and it mentioned that CLP is one of the few parks that still has a pony ride.

Years ago, many parks had such a ride. Kennywood was one of them but they took it out to put in a new coaster back in 1980. Delgrossos (Blands) had ponies during the 1990s.

Normally pony rides were upcharge rides. Low capacity, high overhead, and the concern about not overworking the animals were the reasons for this. These factors may also be the main reasons why most of them are gone now not to mention the space that they took up. *** Edited 6/20/2006 10:55:22 AM UTC by Arthur Bahl***

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 7:50 AM
Delgrosso's still has a pony ride. I'm pretty sure it is an upcharge.

And do zoos count?
*** Edited 6/20/2006 4:47:20 PM UTC by millrace***

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 8:07 AM
I'm pretty sure Dutch Wonderland still has them. About 2 years ago when I went with my daughter, she went on them and yes it was an extra charge to ride the pony. I went last year but can't remember if they were still there.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 9:48 AM
I heard Cedar Point was thinking of putting in the tallest, fastest pony ride ever. It would send ponies with children climbing up over 300 feet, then galloping back down at top speed. The pony shoes were going to be fabricated by B&M for the smoothest ride possible and the restraints were going to be individual lap bars attatched to the saddles. *** Edited 6/20/2006 1:51:04 PM UTC by P18***
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:05 AM
Knott's had a mule ride across the street when I was a kid. They still have the stagecoach. Disneyland used to have both as well. Disney also has the horse drawn streetcars currently.

I think it's OK as long as the keepers treat the animals well. I'm not too sure about the rides where they walk in circles all day.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:19 AM
In addition to the ponies, Kennywood used to have an elephant that kids could ride.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:34 AM
Great Escape has the *Princess Pony* ride around the "Cinderella-type" castle...

Disney doesn't have a trademark on ponies, do they? ;)


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