Rides geared towards children generally are a variation on the transportation ride or a spinning ride (either horizontal or vertical), with manufacturers always looking to create unique versions of the ride experience. One of the leading manufacturers of these rides has been Zamperla, who continue to innovate children's and family rides with new styles and thematic options.
|Like many children's
rides, Pepe LePew's Heart's Aweigh is a scaled down version of a popular
adult ride, in this case a kid sized version of the "tea cups" ride
found all over the world. The ride was added in 1999 as part of the "War
on Lines" in the Looney Tunes Seaport area of the park.
That Got Away...
Originally, the ride's centerpiece was a fiberglass swordfish which went with the nautical theme of the area. This was replaced by an oversized perfume bottle of "Love Potion #10" prior to the ride's opening.
The Heart's Aweigh ride is a simplified version of a tea cup ride, with just a single spinning platform and six spinning tubs, where the adult versions of the ride generally feature turntables within a larger turntable, adding an extra spin to the ride. The tubs are scaled down to kids size, but are still large enough to allow adults to ride with them, making this a family ride.
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Pepe Le Pew's Heart's Aweigh
|The thematic tie-in
to the nautical theme of Looney Tunes Seaport comes from the life
ring design on the outside of the tubs.
The tubs spin independently like tea cups, with a center wheel that allows riders to control the speed. The cups can then be stopped by the ride operator so they don't spin while guests are loading or unloading.
|The colorful Hearts
Aweigh ride has been quite popular since it was introduced, with lines
of children eager to spin as fast as they can. The adults who ride with
them often seem to wish the tubs wouldn't spin,
with the irony being that their weight on one side of the tub often
makes it spin faster.
Since it was introduced in 1999, the Heart's Aweigh ride has been very popular, giving thousands of dizzying rides to delighted children. Despite the introduction of several other children's rides which have similar spinning motions, it remains popular as an introductory version of the ride, never leaving the ground unlike the Balloon rides which either lift and tilt or rise high up a tower.