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 Review of Merry Go Round @ Yorks Wild Kingdom
0 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 8/27/2007 6:45:00 AM
Beaches and classic carousels go hand-and-hand in my opinion. While York’s technically isn’t on the beach, it is a 2-3 minute walk from the beautiful York Beach, and what do you know? This small park is actually home to a wooden carousel. But don’t get your hopes up since that really is all that this small carousel has going for it in my opinion, and trust me, it is far from being a classic carousel.

Located on the Beachside entrance right next to the park’s incredible Ferris Wheel, the Merry-Go-Round is nestled in and fits in nicely with the park’s atmosphere. However, the carousel, while it does have wooden horses, appears to be incredibly small, which indeed it is. Also, I’m not too high on the ride’s color scheme. Maybe it has a band organ? Nope, never has. Just a muffled recording of one. This never has any line at all though thanks to its high capacity at least.

Now onto the ride itself, which was pretty poor in my opinion. My biggest complaint stems from the small footprint of the carousel, leading to me feeling very cramped during my ride. Not only that, but the carousel seemed very jerky in my opinion, and the movement just simply didn’t feel fluid in my opinion. The cycle was pretty darn long though; however, the ride is so poor that it outweighs this.

The Merry-Go-Round simply is one of the poorest carousels I’ve been on. Thanks to its smaller footprint, the ride was very cramped and jerky in my opinion. Never before have I hated a wooden carousel as much as I dislike this one. That being said, this definitely is passable in a visit to York’s though carousel-enthusiasts might want to check this out. Just keep your expectations low.

Review Comments

mrceagle on 8/28/2007 3:02:33 PM said:
This ride is only 30-50 years old. I dont know anyone that has ever said it had a band organ. This is a portable Carousel and was meant to be more of a Kiddie/Family carousel
Canobie Coaster on 2/24/2009 10:35:34 PM said:
Nice to know. I never realized this was a portable. I will say this though, it is very nice looking then for a portable carousel.

The band organ comment was just there because for me, a carousel with wooden horses has to have a band organ. It's kind of like a bread and butter thing.
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