Tilt-A-Whirl is a flat ride similar to the Waltzer in Europe, designed for commercial use at amusement parks, fairs, and carnivals, in which it is commonly found. The rides are manufactured by Larson International of Plainview, Texas.
The ride consists of seven freely-spinning cars that hold three or four riders each, which are attached at fixed pivot points on a rotating platform. As the platform rotates, parts of the platform are raised and lowered, with the resulting centrifugal and gravitational forces on the revolving cars causing them to spin in different directions and at variable speeds. The weight of passengers in these cars (as well as the weight distribution) may intensify or dampen the spinning motion of the cars, adding to the unpredictable nature known as chaotic motion.
Herbert Sellner invented the Tilt-A-Whirl in 1926 at his Faribault, Minnesota, home. In 1927, the first 14 Tilt-A-Whirls were built in Sellner's basement and yard. Sellner Manufacturing opened its factory in Faribault and the ride debuted at the Minnesota State Fair. More than a thousand rides were eventually built. Some of the rides produced in the 1940s and 1950s are still in operation.
The earliest Tilt-A-Whirls were constructed of wood, powered by gas motors, and featured nine cars. Modern rides are constructed of steel, aluminum and fiberglass, and it is powered by seven small electric motors, and has seven cars.
In 1995, Tovah Sellner took over Sellner Manufacturing after the loss of her husband Bruce Sellner; her daughter Erin Sellner joined her in 1998 and the two of them ran the business together.
Modern Tilt-A-Whirls cost in excess of US$300,000 to purchase. A Tilt-A-Whirl package comes with a choice to employ either the famous domed tipkarts (which were introduced back during the 1930s), or Waltzer-style open squat podkarts having headrest bars (that option was introduced by Sellner Manufacturing in 2003).
The oldest operating Tilt-A-Whirl is a 1927 model, traveling with Tom Evans United Shows in the US Midwest. Between six- and seven hundred Tilt-A-Whirls are in operation.
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Adventure Park USA||Unknown||Open||Open-topped cars. Cars have desert scenes painted on them. Ride also referred to as Rattlesnake.|
|Tilt-A-Whirl||Adventurer's Park (Brooklyn, New York)||Unknown||Open|||
|Tilt-A-Whirl||Alabama Splash Adventure||Open|||
|Tilt-A-Whirl||All Star Adventures (Wichita, Kansas)||Unknown||Open|||
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Amusements of America (Showman)||Unknown||Open|||
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Bay Beach Amusement Park||Unknown|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Beech Bend Park||Unknown||Open|||
|Unknown||Bell's Amusement Park||Closed|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Belle City Amusements (Showman)||Unknown||Open|||
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Belmont Park||Unknown||Open||Includes ice cream-shaped ride vehicles.|
|Tilt-A-Whirl||Bertrand Island Amusement Park||Unknown||Closed|
|Tilt-A-Whirl||Big Rock Amusements (Showman)||Unknown||Open|
|Tilt-A-Whirl||Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'||Unknown||Open|
|Tilt-A-Whirl||Blue Sky Amusements (Showman)||Unknown||Unknown|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Boblo Island Amusement Park||Unknown||Closed|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Bowcraft Amusement Park||Unknown||Closed|
|Tilt-O-World||Buckroe Beach Amusement Park||Unknown||Closed|
|Unknown||Bushkill Park||Unknown||Closed||Purchased by and refurbished by Eldridge Park.|
|Tilt A Whirl||Butler Amusements (Showman)||Unknown||Open|
|Tilt-A-Whirl||Camp's Amusements (Showman)||Unknown||Open|||
|Twist & Shout||Canobie Lake Park||Unknown||Open||Relocated from Palisades Amusement Park.|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Carousel Gardens Amusement Park||Unknown||Open||Open-topped cars.|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Casino Pier||Unknown||Open||Open-topped cars.|
|Linus' Beetle Bugs||Cedar Point||Open||Previously known as Tilt-a-Whirl. Named after Peanuts character Linus.|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Fun Spot America Theme Parks (Kissimmee)||Unknown||Open|||
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Fun Spot America Theme Parks (Orlando)||Unknown||Open||Open-topped cars.|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Funtimes Fun Park||Open||Originally at Geauga Lake.|
|Turkey Whirl||Holiday World & Splashin' Safari||Unknown||Open||Includes turkey-shaped ride vehicles.|
|Turtle Twirl||Story Land||Unknown||Open||Includes turtle-shaped ride vehicles.|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Lagoon Amusement Park||Open|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Land Of Make Believe||Unknown||Open|
|Shark Frenzy||Pacific Park||Open||Includes shark-shaped ride vehicles.|
|HARLEY QUINN Wild Whirl||Six Flags Over Georgia||Open||Previously known as Harley Quinn Spinsanity.|
|Tilt-a-Whirl||Thomas Amusements (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Seasonal|||
|Tilter||Valleyfair!||1976||Seasonal||Previously known as Tilt-A-Whirl. Originally installed near the end of High Roller rollercoaster next
to the Giant Tilt Ride. It was moved next to the entrance of Wild Thing rollercoaster in 1996 when that was built.
It was moved again in 2014 underneath the figure 8 portion of Wild Thing with the installation of the
Route 66 area. 
|Giant Tilt Ride||Valleyfair!||1976||Closed Date Unknown||This was the only Super Tilt model of Tilt-A-Whirl ever manufactured by Sellner Manufacturing Company, Inc. It
featured 14 cars in two rows and was strangely placed right next to Valleyfair!'s other Tilt-A-Whirl ride. 
|Tilt-A-Whirl |Long Park Park, Geneseo, NY, West Side of Conesus Lake |1950-1990 |Tilt-A-Whirl Ride was sold at the Long Point Park Auction of the rides by Norton Auctioneers on September 1990. Not sure where the ride went from there as the newspaper's report listed many errors pertaining to the rides new owners. </ref>
Incidents and accidents
On September 22, 2018, A Tilt-A-Whirl operated by Thomas Amusements in St. John's, Newfoundland malfunctioned when two of the cars crashed into each other causing the top of one of the cars to fall off and on to the platform. No serious injuries resulted but some of the passengers suffered minor injuries.
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