Columbia Carousel

Columbia Carousel
Columbia Carousel
Columbia Carousel.jpg
The Columbia at Six Flags Great America in 2005.
California's Great America
Cost USD $1.5 million
Opening date 1976
Six Flags Great America
Area Carousel Plaza
Opening date 1976
General Statistics
Attraction Type Carousel
Manufacturer Chance Morgan
Model Double Deck Carousel
Height 100 ft (30 m)
Vehicles Over 100
Riders per vehicle 1

Carousel Columbia (also known as Columbia Carousel) is a pair of double-decked carousels at Six Flags Great America and at California's Great America (the parks were built by the Marriott hotel chain as sister properties but later sold to separate owners). To this date they are the world's tallest carousels.


In recent years a stage has been set up in front of Columbia at the Gurnee park.

The first Columbia opened in the Santa Clara park in 1976 and the Gurnee Columbia opened later that year. They opened as the world's biggest carousel and continues to hold that title to this day. Each horse on the carousels was a replica of one of the world's most famous carousel horses. In front of the carousels was a large reflecting pond with historic replicas of American flags flying along the sides. Today the flags still fly. The Columbia is often associated with the Carousel Song, produced especially for the Marriott's Great America theme parks by Gene Patrick. A clip of the Carousel Song can be heard here. The Carousel Song still plays at the Gurnee park every evening when the park closes.

In 1994, Santa Clara's Columbia received some minor renovations for its appearance in the movie Beverly Hills Cop III.

In the early 2000s both carousels received touches of red and blue paint. The original paint scheme was white with gold trim, however some of the gold trim still remains.


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