Flying Carpet

Flying Carpet

Opened: 1986

Closed: 1999

Manufactured By: Weber Maschinenbau GmbH

Ride Model: 1001 Nacht

Flying Carpet was part of an expansion on the north end of the Midway in 1986. The development pushed the northern boundary of the park past Jet Star 2, the old Ferris Wheel and Boomerang onto land previously occupied by a part of the race track. The Flying Aces were re-introduced as part of the expansion as well. Much like Musik Express and Turn Of The Century, Flying Carpet also had speakers playing music throughout the day.

Flying Carpet installation
Flying Carpet’s installation in 1986. Photo: Deseret News

The ride experience was often compared to that of Tidal Wave. The major differences were that Flying Carpet’s gondola remained level during the ride and swung back and forth until it made complete revolutions. Even though both were manufactured by companies based in Bremen, Germany, Flying Carpet was manufactured by Weber¹, not Huss as many might assume. Huss had a very similar ride known as the Rainbow.

The model name “1001 Nacht” which appears on the ride, is German for “1001 Nights” which refers to the Arabian Nights stories from the Middle East.

Like many past rides, maintenance problems seem to have been the cause of the Flying Carpet’s removal. After the the 1999 season, Flying Carpet was dismantled and replaced by Samurai the following summer. For several years afterward, pieces of the Flying Carpet were easily visible in the “bone yard” north of the park, but have since disappeared.

The video below is from a local documentary series in 1986 called PM Magazine. The new expansion, including Flying Carpet, is shown starting at the 2:20 mark.

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Flying Carpet Gallery See more photos in the GALLERY

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NOTES

1. There doesn’t appear to be much information about Weber or its history online (at least in English), but from what I did find, the company was created by Alfred W. Weber, a former employee of Huss (responsible for Lagoon rides such as Tidal Wave, Centennial Screamer and a few past rides like Tri-Star). Weber began manufacturing rides around 1983 and had a few different models available, but the company went bankrupt in 1985. That may have been a factor in the closure of Lagoon’s Flying Carpet. For example, when the ride had maintenance issues, parts may have been very expensive or hard to find.

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SOURCES

Hills, Bruce. Lagoon will open its gates with new rides, games and fun. Deseret News, 13 Apr 1986.

Past Ride: Flying Carpet. Lagoon Is Fun Forum, 21 Mar 2010.

Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Company Profile. Amusement Point, accessed 18 May 2012.

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