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Larson International, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Marie Mann.

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Larson International, Incorporated.  

J & S Rides DBA Larson International, Inc., is a ride manufacturer from Plainview, Texas. Larson is best known for their ride, Fireball and the 22M Giant Loop. In 2011, Larson acquired Sellner Manufacturing, best known for their Tilt-a-Whirl ride.

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Frontier Flyers, from 2013. Photo courtesy of Shawn Marie Mann. 

Hersheypark has another well known Larson ride, a Flying Scooters called Frontier Flyers. Installed in 2003 behind Dry Gulch Railroad’s station and Pioneer Frontier Food Court, the ride has 8 cars, allowing for 16 riders at a time. You are spun around in a circle and you can control how far the car swings out from the center by controlling the wing on the back of the car.

Hersheypark had a prototype version of this ride, called Aerial Joy Ride. Frontier Flyers was installed as a recall to that ride, which was in Hersheypark from 1941-1961.


To read more about other ride manufacturers that have made rides for Hersheypark, click here.

 

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Harry Michelson View All

I have a wide variety of interests, from sports to politics, music to Star Trek. I write about the history of amusement parks on my website, The Amusement Parkives, which I founded in 2016.

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