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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
San Francisco/Sacramento, California
Scrambler
 
 

Surprising Facts About Scat-A-Bout

The history and popularity of this classic ride

One of the most popular amusement park rides of all time can be found at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The ride is known in the industry by the production name “Scrambler.” It can regularly be found at most amusement parks and fairs around the country, and our very own continues to be a fan favorite for all ages. Our scrambler ride, Scat-A-Bout, has a unique history.

About Scat-A-Bout
Scat-A-Bout delivers nonstop spinning action. The classic scrambler ride will begin to twist around the center. Before you know it, your cluster of cars pivots on its own axis, circling around all the other whirling riders. You’ll get dizzy just thinking about it! Your spin gets faster and faster with each swirling rotation.

Scat-A-Bout is known for its fun action of sliding next to your riding partner. This makes it fun to either squish your friends and family or snuggle close to your date. This action is created by the rotation of each group of seats at the end of each of the three moving arms. Riders being scrunched together is guaranteed to bring out smiles in everyone.

A History of the Scrambler
Scramblers are built by the Eli Bridge company. As the name suggests, the company was established to erect bridges. After visiting the 1893 Columbian Exposition, W. E. Sullivan took a ride on the famous observation wheel built by George Washington Ferris. It is this name from which Ferris wheel has become commonly known. Mr. Sullivan’s life would then change forever. So fascinated by his ride on the wheel, he turned his business direction from building bridges to building Ferris wheels. The first one was built in 1900 and the company found great success.

In 1955, Eli Bridge Co. branched out and built their first non-wheel ride. It was called the Scrambler. Its rotating motion took the world by storm and became a “must have” for every theme park and carnival. How many do you think they have built?

Believe it or not, the company has manufactured an unbelievable 490 of them! As Eli Bridge Co. nears its 500th model, CEO and granddaughter of W. E. Sullivan, Patty Sullivan says, “I wish there were more! The darn things just last a long time.” When asked about the popularity of the ride, Sullivan smiles, “It gives you the same thrill without being terrified. Little kids to adults — they love it.”

 

*Tim Baldwin – editor of RollerCoaster! Magazine, staff writer at Amusement Today and Communications Director for American Coaster Enthusiasts – contributed to this article.

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