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This small animation was created by Duane Alan Hahn. It's an edited version of Ken Denton's original color video. Used with Ken Denton's permission.

Tilt-A-Whirl Tribute

One of the best amusement park rides ever invented.

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Tilt-A-Whirl Tips by Duane Alan Hahn

The Tilt-A-Whirl is a near-perfect blend of chaos and skill. Most amusement park rides have two problems: they are devoid of randomness and your participation usually starts and ends with getting in and holding on. No matter how exciting the ride is, you're usually stuck with what you might call a passive experience. You don't have those problems with the Tilt-A-Whirl.

Tilt-A-Whirl Randomness

You never know which way your car is going to spin. If you sit there and try to do nothing, one minute you could be spinning clockwise and the next minute you're spinning the other way.

Tilt-A-Whirl Control

The person at the controls can affect your spin at certain times if they want to, but skillful riders can also:

  1. Influence the direction of the spin during lulls.

  2. Make their car spin faster.

  3. Help to defuse the spin in some cases if they are riding with someone who starts to feel sick to their stomach.

Tilt-A-Whirl Tip for Newbies

You can try to get your car to spin in the direction you'd like during lulls, but if your car seems to be favoring a certain direction, it's usually best to go with the flow. If you don't fight it and choose to help it along, the ride will usually be more enjoyable since you'll get faster spins.

Tilt-A-Whirl Tips for Wimps

  1. If spinning fast makes you sick, don't get on the Tilt-A-Whirl.

  2. Stay away from the Tilt-A-Whirl if you hate the uncertainty that randomness provides.

  3. When you don't want to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl because of one of the reasons above, but someone talks you into it anyway, watch the cars while standing in line. Sometimes one of the cars will be kind of a dud. It just doesn't seem to want to spin that much. Keep your eye on that car and try to be the first to grab it when you're let in.



Note: Please do not copy what I wrote above and post it in forums or blogs or anywhere else. Just give a link to this page if you want to share. Thanks.




Tilt-a-Whirl E-Mail from Bill Lambert
(Friday, August 28, 2009)

I operated and helped move a Tilt-a-Whirl numerous times while in the employ of Astro Amusements out of Crystal Lake Illinois. I worked for them on and off over the course of 3 yrs in the early '90s and worked on a few of their rides. I consider the "Tilt" one of the greatest rides ever built. Its drive train was so sturdy and serviceable that it remained basically unchanged until the mid '80s. That's where Tim comes in.


Tim Morris, this particular "tilt's" Foreman, was a wild man and a good friend. This man had no real education, nor design of acquiring one. He was chaotic on all aspects of life except running the tilt and being loyal to people dear to him. Chaotic movement and a chaotic man, is there a better pair?


When the new electric 7 came out, Astro bought one and relegated the old one to the second unit. Tim got to run the new one. Once it was a couple years old, Tim was made foreman. He then developed a way to manipulate the tubs spinning in such a refined way never seen before. At any given time 6 of the 7 tubs would run chaotic while one remained under his thumb. The tub could be any one of the 7. He would pick them at random and take control of its movement.


Many a "tilt man" has done this with the old units equipped with a single motor and clutch. With the new 7 motor system Tim was able to do it better than anyone had ever done it before and I saw potential. The last half of my last season I was put on the tilt to help Tim. We took it to the next level soon thereafter.


The pendant consists of three buttons. An on button, an off button, and a button labeled joy. The joy button is the only one needing explanation. It kills the power to all the motors and applies the brake to the table but not to the tub. This allows the tub to keep spinning free while the table brake redirects force to the free spinning tub. Instead of letting it run at or just below full speed, we would set one tub on the high side left of the gate and lean it toward swinging down hill going counterclockwise. Once it comes around you lift off the joy button and the 7 motors apply force to the table yanking the tub the rest of the way around. With practice we got our timing down to where we could take two minutes to let the table make one revolution while concentrating on the one tub. It spun so fast that the rotational force would lift the whole bullplate and dolly up from the track and slam back down instantly like the back end of a rubber band every time it came to the low side, three times in a revolution. The G-forces involved in spinning so fast, I can only guess. I know from personal experience that the force of the Kamikaze, running at full speed doesn't compare.


I must now note that ride operators caught doing these techniques are heavily fined by the rides owners. The tilt was never designed to hold up to such activities. It breaks apart the dollies and wheels. It also tears up the track over time and warps the bullplates. But man what a ride.


Tim's been dead about four years now. He is missed by many.


Bill Lambert





Tilt-A-Whirl Links

Image used with permission of which doesn't seem to be around anymore

Larson International, Inc.

In 2011, this company acquired Sellner Manufacturing Company (builders of the Tilt-A-Whirl and other family amusement rides).


Building Up The Tilt-A-Whirl

Image used with permission of which doesn't seem to be around anymore

Images of a Tilt-A-Whirl being put together from start to finish (Lawrie's Carnival and Amusement Park Pages).


Tilt-A-Whirl Chaos (I)

Part one of two articles about the Tilt-A-Whirl and chaotic systems by Ivars Peterson.


Image used with permission of which doesn't seem to be around anymore

Tilt-A-Whirl Chaos (II)

Part two of two articles about the Tilt-A-Whirl and chaotic systems by Ivars Peterson (Science News Online).




In Case You Didn’t Know


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Litterbugs = Bad

Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.



Climate Change Cash Grab = Bad

Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.


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The Climate Agenda



Hydrofracking = Bad

Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.



Hydroxychloroquine = Good

Although some people with certain conditions may not be able to take it, hydroxychloroquine is a cheap drug that has been prescribed by doctors since the 1950s and it seems to be helping many people who have COVID-19 when administered early enough. (Hydroxychloroquine is also supposedly safe and tolerable as an anti-cancer therapy.) Seems like most news sources are going out of their way to make it sound like hydroxychloroquine is the most dangerous drug in the world, but they also make it sound like it’s the greatest drug in the world for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients. They basically say that using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients would be taking that great and wonderful drug away from the other patients who need it. So which is it? Is hydroxychloroquine deadly or divine?


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Bryan Fischer said in an article that Dr. Fauci has known since 2005 that chloroquine is an effective inhibitor of coronaviruses. You might also want to check out the following three links:

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Chloroquine Is a Potent Inhibitor of SARS Coronavirus Infection and Spread (2005)

Sequential CQ / HCQ Research Papers and Reports


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In case you’re interested, here are a few COVID-19 patients who appear to claim that hydroxychloroquine saved their lives: elderly couple Louis Amen and Dolores Amen, Daniel Dae Kim, Rio Giardinieri, John McConnell, Margaret Novins, Jim Santilli, Billy Saracino, and Karen Whitsett (Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives).


Tilt-A-Whirl Videos

If you have or know about a Tilt-A-Whirl video at YouTube that I don't already have in the playlist below, please let me know about it and I'll add it to the playlist if I like it.

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My First Ride

I first rode the Tilt-A-Whirl at Lakeside Amusement Park in Salem, Virginia, near Roanoke. You can learn about the history of Lakeside by reading the article by Mary Hill on my Lakeside Lament page.



From where I live, the closest amusement park is Carowinds. I've been there 3 or 4 times over the years and I'm never going back unless they get a Tilt-A-Whirl. They have about 2 rides that I like, so it's a waste of time and money. If they would get a Tilt-A-Whirl, I'd try to go a few times a year.


No Waltzers

I've never been on a Waltzer, so this page doesn't include them. And if you can believe what you can find using Google, the Tilt-A-Whirl was invented in 1927 and the Waltzer was invented in 1933, so it appears the Waltzer was possibly a rip-off of the Tilt-A-Whirl.


You can watch videos of the Waltzer at YouTube.


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Ride the Tilt-A-Whirl at your own risk. If you puke up a pickle or your wig goes flying off your head, I am not responsible.


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