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Larson International, Inc. now makes the infamous Tilt-A-Whirl™ ride which has thrilled guests of all ages since 1926. It is with great pride we are able to offer this classic attraction that has such a rich history.

The Tilt-A-Whirl™ is a large segmented undulating spinning platform with 7 vehicles spread over the surface. Each vehicle spins on its own axis and depending on the weight location of each guest every thrilling ride is unique. The Tilt-A-Whirl™ can be themed traditional 1930's or all the way to the modern G5 vehicles without bonnets. The ride can even have custom themed characters for the vehicles.

Come take a whirl on this truly classic amusement park—carnival icon.


Tilt-A-WhirlTilt-A-Whirl™ is a classic family favorite
Electric 7 Drive gives this ride top performance
Optional Generation 5 Tilt-A-Whirl, Electric 7 with fiberglass car bodies
Seven cars; 4 adults or 6 children per car.
Many colors and themes available
In an hour's time, the Tilt-A-Whirl can handle over 500 passengers.

Tilt-A-Whirl™ Power Requirements:

208 Volt - 60hz, Three Phase. 100 amps.

Seven 2 h.p. 1740 rpm. Three Phase
230 Volt - 60 hz electric motors

Seven cars; 4 adults or 6 children per car.
800 lbs. (360 kg) capacity per car
Hourly Capacity: 840 patrons

Off the transport trailer (ride only): 12' 4" (3.76 m)
On the transport trailer: 13' 6" (4.11 m)

Circumference 135' (41.2 m)
43' (12.9 m) Diameter
plus an additional 6' x 9.5' (1.8 m x 2.9 m) entrance area
and two additional 6' x 3.5' (1.8 m x 1.1 m) exits.
2800 Sq. ft. (360 sq. m)

Off the transport trailer (ride only): 28,640 lbs. (12,991 kg) without patrons
On transport trailer: 42,640 lbs. (19,341 kg)

Operators Pedestal Controls:
Emergency Stop
Quartz Lights
Main Light System
Key Switch (Ride Power)

Average set-up time is 3 hours with four people.
Average take-down time is 2½ hours with four people.

Local Regulation:
Any and all special modifications or documentation that are requested to be made on the Tilt-A-Whirl or its accessories due to codes, rules and regulations as placed in force by insurance companies, towns, cities, states, countries or other political subdivisions or government agencies are the responsibility of the buyer.


Generation 5 "G5" Tilt-A-Whirl™ Electric 7:
All the features of a traditional Tilt-A-Whirl with fiberglass car bodies.

Light Systems Both Traditional and Generation 5 Tilt-A-Whirls come with lights.

All three light packages include stainless steel light boxes, three back-lit signs with Tilt-A-Whirl logo, three 1500 watt Quartz lights for illuminating the sidewalk areas during loading and unloading. Please choose from the following three light systems::

Ultra-Light System - UL recognized E-14 sockets and lenses made from unbreakable UL approved Lexan. Lenses are available in 14 standard translucent colors. Ultra-Lights chase using a Rocox flasher.

LED Lights - Bright and Energy efficient with Lexan lenses.

Fluorescent Light System - Standard fluorescent tubes with protective sleeves available in many colors.


Transport Trailer: 53' Drop deck trailer with air ride suspension. Includes one ton electric hoist and trolley. 150' 4/5" Lead wire and connector package for portable E-7 Tilt-A-Whirl also included.

Custom Themes:
Pricing for custom projects are determined on a per order basis. For example, your company logo can be added to any decal package for an additional cost. Camera-ready artwork is requested. Custom vehicles (i.e. mascots), color schemes, flags, coordinating paint, canvas, decals and signage are also available for additional costs. Custom Design The Tilt-A-Whirl™ can be tailored or customized to meet your specific needs. Through customization you can add your own company logo, select coordinating color schemes, canvas and decals. Or, you can develop an entirely new theme for your Tilt-A-Whirl. The Tilt-A- Whirl™ has been custom designed to have giant turtle cars and matching theming. The custom ride is called the "Turtle Whirl". Traditional Tilt-A-Whirl™, Electric 7






Turtle Tilt-A-Whirl

Larson International, Inc. offers the option of creating a One-of-a-Kind Tilt-A-Whirls™ to match any park theme!

The Tilt-A-Whirl™ lends itself well to customization to meet your specific needs. Through customization you can add your company logo, select coordinating color schemes, canvas and decals. Turkey Tilt-A-Whirl

Larson also offers the option of developing an entirely new theme for your Tilt-A-Whirl™. Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey customized their Tilt-A-Whirl™ to have a turtle theme called "Turtle Whirl". Holiday World in Santa Clause, Indiana also created a custom turkey theme for their Tilt-A-Whirl™.


With your ideas and our designers, Larson International can design a One-of-a-Kind ride themed just for YOU!


Tilt-A-Whirl platformMuch of the fun of an amusement ride results from its stomach-churning, mind-jangling Science of Fununpredictability. The Tilt-A-Whirl™ for example, spins its passengers in one direction, then another, sometimes hesitating between forays and sometimes swinging abruptly from one motion to another. The rider never knows exactly what to expect next.

Kautz and Huggard, students at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, studied the ride's motion in the hope that it might entertain students studying chaos theory, a branch of mathematics that analyzes the behavior of unpredictable systems such as weather patterns. The Tilt-A-Whirl consists of seven cars which travel around an undulating track, spinning in either direction and independently of each other. It is impossible to predict how a car will behave during the ride.

Moreover, what happens to an individual car is highly dependent on the weight of its passengers and where they sit—a characteristic of chaotic systems, in which small changes in the starting conditions produce wildly different results. The two researchers also found that passengers can dramatically affect what their car does by throwing their weight in a certain direction at a key moment. In 100,000 simulated rides, no two are exactly the same.

Tilt-A-WhirlThe ride was invented in 1926 by Herbert Sellner of Minnesota. The Tilt-A-Whirl™ first operated in 1926 at an amusement park in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Most likely, the ride's inventor, Herbert W. Sellner discovered its unpredictable dynamics not through mathematical analysis but by building one and trying it out.

The mathematical model indicates that when the platforms travel at very low speeds along the track, the cars complete one backward revolution as their platforms go over each hill. At high speeds, a car swings to its platform's outer edge and stays locked in that position.

The mathematical naivety of the amusement park industry may be a thing of the past. Kautz and Huggard's analysis has caught the attention of manufacturers who are interested in designing more chaotic motion into future models to make them more fun. An engineer with Chance Operations of Wichita, Kansas, says computer programs for designing rides should be able to take account of chaotic motions and introduce extra thrills.

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