Profile: Bugs Bunny World
Bugs Bunny World at Six Flags Magic Mountain is a special place for the youngest park guests, the thrill seekers in training. It’s a collection of rides and entertainment that are age appropriate and slightly secluded from the rest of the park. Rather than profile each ride individually, like I have done for all of the bigger rides, I’ve grouped them all here in a collective profile due to their diminutive size.
When Magic Mountain first opened in 1971, this area dedicated to kids rides was known as Children’s World and the Looney Tunes characters were the park’s official mascots. In 1972, the Looney Tunes characters were replaced by the park’s own mascots, the Wizard and his trolls. To promote the new mascots, Children’s World was expanded with the addition of Wizard’s Village, which contained lots more fun activities for kids. Children’s World continued to expand and evolve over the years.
In 1985, Six Flags Magic Mountain, as it was now known, retired the Wizard and troll mascots and brought back the Looney Tunes characters as the official park mascots. To celebrate their return, Children’s World was transformed into Bugs Bunny World, with virtually everything now being themed after the Looney Tunes characters.
A giant Sequoia tree in the heart of High Sierra Territory marks the official entrance to Bugs Bunny World, which has become one of the park’s signature icons. At 140′ tall, it’s not only visible from many places in the park, but it’s also the world’s tallest fake tree:
I’ve been told and read that it’s called the General Sam Tree, named after Yosemite Sam. However, I can’t find any reference that Yosemite Sam was a general in any of his cartoon appearances. Since I like the name, I’m going to keep using it until proven wrong.
At the base of the tree is where you’ll find the entrance to Bugs Bunny World. There is a path that actually goes through the bottom of the tree, right into Bugs Bunny World:
Merrie Melodies Carousel
All good amusement parks have a classic carousel. Six Flags Magic Mountain is no exception with their Grand Carousel. Since kids love carousels as well, there is a pint-sized carousel called Merrie Melodies Carousel made specifically for the little tykes:
The much smaller horses stand two-by-two, with both standing and jumper types:
Yosemite Sam’s Flight School
For those kids who are into flying, there is Yosemite Sam’s Flight School:
Six planes, seating up to four (little) people each, circle round and round. A yoke in each plane allows the rider to make the plane go up and down as it flies the pattern:
Taz’s Lumber Co.
For those who prefer to remain more grounded, there is Taz’s Lumber Company:
The kids are strapped into their very own 4×4 which automatically navigates a tracked course:
Foghorn Leghorn’s Barnyard Railway
For those who don’t have a driver’s license, or just prefer to have someone else do the driving, there is Foghorn Leghorn’s Barnyard Railway:
Sit back, relax, and take in the scenery as your train circles a small track around the farm:
Daffy’s Adventure Tours
For a guided tour of the local wilderness, I suggest Daffy’s Adventure Tours:
Once the bus is loaded, the giant arms that it’s connected to start to move, causing the bus to rise up and down, forwards and backwards, as the arms slowly spin:
Pepe LePew’s Tea Party
Check out Pepe LePew and the feisty feline he’s infatuated with on Pepe LePew’s Tea Party:
This is a classic tea cup ride. Don’t worry, it doesn’t spin that fast:
Elmer’s Weather Balloons
For a ride that’s lighter than air, there is Elmer’s Weather Balloons:
Once the baskets are loaded, the balloons start to rise as the entire ride starts to spin. The baskets slowly go up and down until settling back down to Earth at the end:
Sylvester’s Pounce & Bounce
For something that doesn’t spin, check out Sylvester’s Pounce & Bounce:
This is a classic frog hopper ride. Once the gondola is loaded, the six passengers are slowly raised upwards, where Sylvester tries to get Tweety Bird. When Tweety smacks Sylvester on the head with the mallet, the gondola starts to fall back down. However, it gently bounces on the way down until reaching the bottom. It isn’t a free fall ride like Lex Luthor:
You think Tweety has it easy? Find out on Tweety’s Escape:
Each rider is put into one of Tweety’s bird cages. The cages slowly spin in circles as the riders hold on inside the cage. If you’re good, the ride operator will let you out at the end:
For the bravest of the brave in Bugs Bunny World, there is Canyon Blaster:
Canyon Blaster is a small roller coaster. There are six cars, seating two riders each, that resemble wood crates of TNT. It reaches a maximum height of about 10′ and travels in a big oval pattern, with a small 360° helix in the middle:
Canyon Blaster is the second smallest roller coaster in the park, just one step up from Magic Flyer in Whistlestop Park. When a kid is ready to graduate up from Canyon Blaster, their next roller coaster would be Road Runner Express, at the opposite end of Bugs Bunny World.
Besides the rides, there are a few other fun things for kids to do in Bugs Bunny World. For example, here is Bugs Bunny’s burrow:
It’s pretty sparse inside, but he’s usually out taking pictures with people anyways:
There are lots of plywood cutouts of the various Looney Tunes characters scattered around the area. Kids can have their picture taken in this famous Bugs, Daffy, and Elmer scene:
Here’s a wacky fountain to have your family picture taken in front of:
Behind the fountain is the Carrot Club Theater:
Built in 1993, this was originally known as Animal Star Theatre, where different animals performed tricks. During the 2012 season, it was primarily used for kids karaoke. With the recent demise of the Warner Bros. Kids Club stage to make way for a brand new themed area, I expect more kids stage entertainment will be held here once again:
There is a special Birthday Parlor located behind Wascal’s, but I’m not quite sure what it’s used for. The park has a birthday party package that can be purchased, but it is held in the Mooseburger Lodge, not here. This may actually no longer be used:
During October, when the rest of the park has been prepared for Fright Fest, Bugs Bunny World gets transformed into Looney Tunes Harvest Fest. There are special Halloween crafts and activities for kids, the Looney Tunes characters stroll around in their Halloween ooutfits, and kids can show up in their costumes to trick-or-treat around the area:
There is another major attraction in Bugs Bunny World that I didn’t cover here. It’s called the Looney Tunes Lodge and it’s a giant foam ball playhouse for kids. Look for a dedicated profile on this attraction in the very near future.