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Photo: Deseret News

The Tumbler was a ride located in the South Midway . It opened in 1972, and closed around 1975. It was manufactured By: Hampton Amusement Company – Portage des Sioux, Missouri The Ride Model is Tubs-O-Fun.

Very little information is available about this short-lived ride at Lagoon. The Tumbler was a small, teacup-style ride. I’ve only received a few emails over the years from those who recall the ride. Here’s what they remember:

“The Tumbler was a compact flat ride that had about six or eight small tubs that went around in a circle. Each of the tubs had a wheel in the center so you could manually spin your tub, kind of like a teacup ride. It was not a very fancy ride; it was like one of those rides you see at traveling carnivals with the colored umbrella type thing that covers the whole ride. Kind of a kiddie ride.” -Gary

“It was probably one of the lamest rides that Lagoon has ever had. There never was a line and was usually just a walk-on. I think the only similarity to the teacups is that you could spin the tumbler that you were sitting in.” -Dave

“You would sit in a round vehicle that went around like a merry-go-round. You could make the car spin. It would also go up and down on small ‘hills’ that were on the tracks. I remember that the plastic/vinyl material that you sat on was different sparkly colors.” -Alan

The first two recalled The Tumbler being located on the South Midway. A Deseret News article which announced the addition of The Tumbler didn’t mention a location of the ride, but it did say that the Midway was “extended on both north and south ends to accommodate the new rides and for additional food and game stands.”

The Tumbler was only in this location for a single season and then moved north of Opera House Square , about where Air Race sits now.

Another newspaper article reported that The Tumbler had been moved along with the Space Scrambler to make room for the installation of Jet Star 2 in 1976. We know Space Scrambler was simply relocated, but whether The Tumbler was also relocated or removed from the park completely is uncertain. It’s fairly likely that it would have been removed if it wasn’t very popular. Plus, I have yet to find any reference to the ride past that time.

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