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.
|Added as part of the 1999 "War on
Lines" in the Looney Tunes Seaport area of the park, Yosemite Sam's
Seaplane Flight Tour would be the park's second airplane style ride. The
ride was unique in that it featured a pool beneath the ride vehicles,
which featured pontoon style landing gear. The ride was a Zamperla "Mini
Jet Crop-duster" model, as was featured in the promotional materials
from the manufacturer.
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Yosemite Sam's Seaplane Flight School
The colorful Seaplanes like many of the other attractions of Looney
Tunes Seaport were designed for parents to be able to ride alongside
their children, which was an improvement over the existing plane ride in
Bugs Bunny Land which was only able to accommodate children.
|Though the Seaplanes
were a popular ride, over time additional children's areas were added to
the park and the number of rides geared towards children was more than
was necessary. The Royal Elephants ride was added in 2005 which gave
essentially the same ride experience, then the Bugs Bunny Ranger Pilots
ride was added in 2006, replicating the Red Baron ride which had been
removed as part of Bugs Bunny Land at the end of the 2004 season. In
2007 the Big Red Planes were added as part of the new Wiggles World area
of the park, bringing the total number of plane type rides in the park
Between the 2008 and 2009 seasons the Seaplanes were removed from Looney Tunes Seaport and put into storage. The former site of the ride was turned into a planter.