Helicopters is a fun Kiddieland ride that a lot of children enjoy. It opened in April 1963. It was manufactured By: Allan Herschell Company, Inc. – North Tonawanda, New York.
Like many of the rides located in Kiddieland this one gives the rider the option to take the car they are riding in up or down by pushing or pulling on a bar.
This ride has been a part of Kiddieland for many years and as far as I know, it hasn't moved from the location it is currently in.
In 1999 or 2000 the ride got the paint job that it currently has making the ride more appealing to youngsters that wanted to ride. Before the new paint job all the helicopters were just blue and white.
he Helicopters are one of the longest-operating rides in the park. The ride was introduced by the Allan Herschell Company in 1956 amidst a boom in kiddie parks. That was also the year Mother Gooseland (now known as Kiddie Land) opened at Lagoon. The Helicopters were added a few years later in 1963 in addition to other Allan Herschell rides including the Baby Boats, Kiddie Coaster and Skyfighter.
Like most kiddie rides, the Helicopter’s operation is simple. As the ride spins counter-clockwise, riders can move the bar in front of them forward or backward to change their altitude, much like the Red Baron or OdySea.
The ride seems to have remained in the same general location west of Speedway, Jr . and north of Baby Boats. It’s had a few different color schemes as shown in the photos on this page. The current scheme has four different designs: fire department, police, military and KSL news chopper. A center tower with lights was removed during the ’70s or ’80s. One recent change was the addition of a pre-recorded safety spiel along with helicopter sound effects during the ride.