: > Hello and TIA for any help -
: > We will be vacationing on the Jersey shore in May, and wonder if
: > anyone knows whether the Bulgy the Whale kiddie ride can be found
: > anywhere up and down the shore. I believe there is a Bulgy at
: > Jenkinson's Pier in Point Pleasant Beach, & would appreciate
: > confirmation, & any other Bulgys that may still exist in the area.
: > Bulgy the Whale was my favorite ride in Ocean City, at Gillian's Fun
: > Deck (long gone), when I was a little one, and now with a kiddo of my
: > own I'm feeling nostalgic & hope Benjamin will enjoy that ride as much
: > as I did.
: > Thanks!
: > janet
: Bulgy... is Bulgy the vagely disturbing kiddie water ride where you sit in a
: two-bench 'whale' that floats around a toroid water pool on arm connected to
: a central shaft? Alright, that's overly complex.
No. You are thinking of "Winky the Whale" which is also supposed to have
a water spray coming out of the top of the centerpole. That was a
Rideworks product...you know Rideworks, the same people who brought us the
"Drummer Boy" ride.
Bulgy the Whale is an ancient kiddie ride from our friends at the Eyerly
Aircraft Company. The ride has eight bulbous fishies (they really don't look
like whales because they have *vertical* tails) with each fish attached to
the end of a sweep. On the end of the sweep is a wide wheel comparable to
the wheels found on a Tumble Bug sweep. This wheel rides on a track; the
track provides an undulating path with four crests and four troughs, with
a total displacement of about 18". The ride tub (fish) is mounted
directly over the sweep, so it bounces up and down without rocking...a bit
like the vertical motion of a Mack Seesturmbahn.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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