The Turn of the Century is one of those rides that mix relaxing with thrilling. The gentle rotation of the ride with the swinging motion over the lagoon is great. And with this being one of the few rides on the park with music it really adds to the fun of riding.
Often known to guests as the swings this ride was installed the same year as the Centennial Screamer to celebrate Lagoon's 100 years in operation.
If you want to ride this ride make sure you wear shoes that protect the toes. Lagoon has a very strict policy about open-toed shoes on this ride and the Paratrooper. Take tennis shoes with your or wear sandals that cover the toes.
This ride went through a small change in 2004 when they added double seats to the ride.
As part of Lagoon’s centennial celebration in 1987, two new rides were added – a Huss Enterprise and a Zierer Wave Swinger. When the park opened in April, only the Enterprise (named Centennial Screamer) was operating. The Wave Swinger was projected to open later in May, but the opening of the ride wasn’t announced in newspaper ads until mid-June. A contest was held that spring to decide the name of the new ride with prizes including a season pass. The winning entry – Turn Of The Century – also paid tribute to the park’s centennial.
Turn Of The Century replaced a somewhat similar ride. It stands in the former location of the Rockets which had been swinging guests over Lagoon Lake for almost 70 years.
Not a lot of major changes have been made to the ride over the years. The color scheme has stayed mostly the same except for the roof, which changed from orange and yellowish-green to white and light blue in the early ’90s. Modifications to the queue were made in 1992 to make the ride more accessible. In 2004, the 16 seats of the inside row were replaced with eight double-seats, giving riders an option to sit together.