Carnival Midway

What’s New For 2018!

Fast Pass

Purchase a FastPass and use the FastPass lanes to avoid long lines! A limited quantity is sold each day.

Price: $10

Available at any onsite Butler Amusements ticket box and online

  • Only valid day of purchase
  • To be used on rides with a FastPass option
  • Rider must be wearing the FastPass wristband in addition to an unlimited ride wristband
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Introducing Smart Cards!

Butler Amusements is introducing an exciting new way to enjoy the carnival at the 2018 Alameda County Fair. Customers have the option of purchasing smart cards at our ticket boxes or at our new self serve kiosks.

  1. Choose the ticket package you want, pay using cash, credit or debit, receive a smart card with all of your tickets
  2. Keep your receipt in a safe place, and use the smart card to ride rides AND play games
  3. You can refill your smart card at any ticket box or self serve kiosk. You can also track where you used your tickets and check your balance


Unlimited ride wristbands still work as they always have: Purchase at a Carnival Ticket Box (keep your receipt in a safe place) and ride all the ride you want that day.

Sky Ride

Passengers will embark near the main carnival entrance/ Green Gate and have the option to disembark in Kidland near the Yellow Gate or to continue on for a round trip ride.

Price: $5 one way / $8 Unlimited Sky Rides for One Day

Purchase at Box Office – $36 unlimited ride wristband includes unlimited sky rides for one day

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Carnival Midway Tickets

Carnival Wristbands

Price: $28.00

At the gate:
$30 Wed & Thursday
$35 Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Fast Pass Tickets

Price: $10.00

A maximum number of 2,500 Advance Fast Passes will be available online. Fast Passes will continue to be sold during Fair. A Fast Pass may be used on ride tickets or an unlimited ride wristband.

Sky Ride Tickets

$5.00 one way
$8.00 unlimited

2018 Spectacular Rides

NEW – Turbo

Not for the faint-hearted. Riders are taken for a 70 mph ‘spin’ at the ends of a whirling arm that takes them 120 ft. in the air and sends them hurtling towards earth in an arc generating forces 3 times the pull of gravity. Features upside-down free-flipping action.

Super Shot Drop Tower

The world-class Super Shot Drop Tower is one of Butler Amusements’ most popular rides. Unlike any other ride on our midway, the Super Shot will bring a new dimension of thrills to your carnival goers. 12 passengers are loaded into each circular passenger station. Over the shoulder harnesses secure patrons while they are gently lifted up the 90 foot tower. Once the passenger station reaches the top, it is released in an accelerated freefall and riders experience G-Forces in excess of 3½ times normal. Riders are then cushioned by a magnetic braking system stopping the station before it reaches the base of the tower.


The Inversion features a tripod of passenger seats which can hold a total of 12 passengers. The main arm of the ride swings side to side like a pendulum then swings to invert passengers completely around and upside down. The inversion can reach a height of nearly 80 feet.


This fast paced thrill ride holds two passengers per car. Secured by a lap bar the ride spins and the main arm raises the center of the wheel creating a unique undulating sensation for each of the cars.


The A.R.M Vertigo towers over the midway at 100 feet in height and seats twenty-four passengers. Each seat holds two riders who are secured by a lap restraint. Once the ride begins, the entire center twists in a circular motion. Riders enjoy a swinging sensation as the entire center track lifts up slowly until reaching the top of the ride. Once the swing ride reaches the top it begins to slowly swing in a descent.

White Water Log Flume

The world-class White Water ride is one of Butler Amusements’ most spectacular acquisitions. Unlike any other ride on our midway, the new White Water brings a new dimension of thrills to carnival goers. Logs hold two passengers each and patrons make their way up two different hills – Once the log reaches the top, it descends rapidly splashing at the bottom of the water slide. The White Water is an exciting spectacular addition to the Butler midway.

Big Top

This circus themed funhouse will hypnotize patrons with its beautiful color changing LED light show and newly painted scenery. Enjoy an upper deck view of the midway on the second story once maneuvering the air tricks and the spinning steps. With so many tricks to master, including a roller floor, treadmill, ladder steps and surprising air fans, it will take days to master this funhouse!

Music Express

This sleigh ride of grandiose proportions is based on the caterpillar rides of Germany. This four trailer ride welcomes riders for an exciting spin, traveling forward, and around then traveling backwards while negotiating an undulating path to add to the excitement. Its unusual size, unforgettable scenery, lights, music and ride make being whisked around and around fun and exciting!

Pole Position Coaster

The Giant Pole Position Spinning Roller Coaster is Fabbri Groups first spinning coaster delivered to  North America. This Italian made, world class coaster is composed of three levels, with the very top measuring 55 feet high. Each of the five coaster cars are painted just like racing cars and holds four passengers. This is not an ordinary coaster. The ride will also have extra sound effects to dramatize when the car goes around a corner or gains in elevation. Riders hold on tight while the car gently climbs to the  very top, after a moment of anticipation riders experience a free fall while the car itself actually spins  while maneuvering along the track. A superior coaster experience!


A midway favorite, the Fireball, from Holland, lifts riders high into the air, 24 at a time. As the main boom swings back and forth, the base of six groups of seats begin to spin, giving the passengers a feeling of weightlessness while they soar through the air with their feet swinging free! This ride creates a thrilling, unforgettable experience for its riders and provides a spectacular show.

1001 Nachts (Nights)

Our European 1001 Nachts ride is a spectacular bright ride on the midway and is a thrill to fairgoers. It is a platform ride that goes completely up and over in a circular fashion as riders leave their stomach behind. This colorful attraction is also energy efficient as it has been equipped with state-of-the art LED bulbs.

Giant Scooters

A new innovation on a traditional ride, our Scooters are an original. Riders, seated in their “cars” begin a trip over a rectangular floor, bumping and dodging other drivers in their way! Coupled with the thrill of the ride is a light show, TV videos visible around the center of the platform, music and more special effects at night! The Scooters are a custom-built attraction – the first in the United States, available only through Butler Amusements.

Wave Swinger

The German Wave Swinger is a work of art, combining the traditional swing ride with lavish, hand painted scenery. The Wave Swinger lifts riders slowly from the platform and then proceeds to take them on a leisurely ride, tilting one way and another to add to the excitement. Its unusual size, unforgettable scenery, lights, music and ride make the Wave Swinger a Butler Amusements classic.

Giant Wheel

A towering tradition of Butler Amusements, the majestic Giant Wheel dominates the Midway day and night, offering patrons a sweeping view from a height of nearly 100 feet! Passengers are seated in separate gondolas and then whisked smoothly over the top and down again, reminiscent of the ferris wheel. The Giant Wheel is a pleasant ride for the entire family. The Giant Wheel is more of a showcase than ever! Equipped with an impressive LED lighting package, the wheel uses less energy and produces a magnificent light show!

Flying Bobs

The Flying Bobs has 18 seats each capable of carrying 2 adults. A fun and exciting ride which revolves around in a 360 degree circle and goes up and down hills.

Zillerator Coaster

Up, down and around aboard a car for four, passengers enjoy the Zillerator coaster! The Zillerator will attract all thrill seekers, standing at 48 1/2 feet tall, it has 6 cars each capable of holding up to 4 people. A ride for teens and adults, the Zillerator sends riders on a thrilling trip over the tracks – curving, rising and descending – a journey for the bravest.

Ring of Fire

Love of the Midway is a burnin’ thing, and in this case, it makes a fiery ring. On the Ring of Fire passengers are firmly secured in their seats within a train of cars and are taken on a journey that circumnavigates the inside of a ‘ring of fire’. The train pauses only once at the top before cascading down the track backwards! The Ring of Fire is a spectacular ride just for teens and adults.

Century Wheel

Towering 67 feet, the Century Wheel is sure to offer spectacular views of the midway. More than 6,000 multicolored LED lights and 16 different computerized programs create kaleidoscopic effects for a spectacular light show.


The Zipper has been one of the Midway’s most recognizable attractions for years, providing thrills to riders from teens to adults. There’s more spinning going on with the Zipper than an out of control top. While the ‘cages’ holding two passengers each rise and descend on a tower boom, each spins independently and the entire boom turns, too. Three times the action, backed by spectacular lighting bringing them back for more.

The Grand Carousel

For decades, audiences have been awed by the beautifully handcrafted majesty of the carousel. To witness The Grand Carousel is to see this piece of Americana in all its glory. This 38 foot Carousel features 36 jumping horses, and 2 chariots. Parents and children create memories while they enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful ride together!


The lights and excitement of the midway literally become a blur as Gravitron sweeps you off of your feet. Spinning at 24 RPM, The Gravitron uses centrifugal force to float the passengers off the floor, giving them the feeling of weightlessness. All aboard this 45-person capacity Gravitron for one wild ride.



2018 Major Rides


Round and round they go and where they stop, nobody knows! An old favorite that has thrilled and excited patrons for generations, the Tilt-A-Whirl is a swirling experience for teens and adults. Separate cars rotate individually as the entire ride revolves up, down and around!


Pirates of the Midway

Thrill-seekers have touted this ride as one of the Midway’s “craziest!” On the Footloose the ride’s two gigantic arms loop counter-clockwise to each other, turning completely upside down. Riders are secured by over the shoulder harnesses while their legs dangle free in the open air. This ride is sure to thrill even the bravest of riders.

Mardi Gras

Celebrate one of America’s brightest and boldest holidays without having to travel far. The Mardi Gras is a self-contained celebration of the famed New Orleans Holiday. Two stories of exciting mirror mazes, moving escalators, music and lights combine for thrills, inside and out – day or night!


Zig and zag your way to an amazing time on the Scrambler. The Scrambler has 12 seats each seat capable of holding 3 people. The main frame spins as each arm of seats spins independently, creating a feeling of funky flight. The Scrambler also features Deluxe Lighting and programmed incandescent “Ultra Lights.”

Eagle 16

A staple of the American Midway, this 16-seat ferris wheel has eight front facing cars holding two riders in each. It offers both a gentle ride around the 360-degree vertical circle and a thrilling view, as riders are lifted high above the ground and able to see for miles.


The Alameda County Fair has been a playground for kids of all ages for over 100 years. And no playground would ever be complete without a slide! Kids of any age enjoy the thrill of this giant slide as they sail down the undulating path. Passengers climb a stairway, higher and higher to the top of the slide and then laugh and squeal with delight as they sail to the bottom.

Kite Flyer

The Kite Flyer is an unusual amusement ride where, instead of sitting, passengers lie horizontally within the frame of colorful gliders. After riders are buckled in, the ride begins to turn and then rises in the air for a thrilling, soaring sensation before gently gliding back to “Earth”.

Grand Carousel

For decades, audiences have been awed by the beautifully handcrafted majesty of the carousel. To witness The Carousel is to see this piece of Americana in all its glory. This 30 foot Americana Themed Carousel features jumping horses, and 2 chariots. Parents and children create memories while they enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful ride together!

State Fair Slide

The Slide is a ride for the whole family. It towers 35 feet high and has hills to slide down. Fairgoers of any age enjoy the thrill of our slide as they sail down the undulating path. Passengers climb a stairway, higher and higher to the top of the slide and then laugh and scream with delight as they sail to the bottom.

Zombie Carnival

Passengers are invited to climb aboard carriages which seat two passengers at a time. When the operator engages the ride, passengers creep along a winding track which takes them inside the mysteries of the Zombie Carnival. Complete darkness awaits riders as their carriage navigates twists and turns.

2018 Family Rides

(Rides that adults and children may ride together)

Pirate Jets

The Pirate Jet is the first of its kind in the U.S. Passengers climb aboard and join an armada of six pirate ships each capable of holding 4 children or 1 adult and 2 children per ship while they gently rotate around a central friendly pirate character. Each ship sails up and down simulating a trip on the high seas!

Wacky Worm

The Wacky Worm coaster is designed for the whole family. This two level family roller coaster is a great way for the entire family to enjoy the carnival. This brightly painted worm, surrounded by flower cup lights, is a charming addition to the Midway.

The Spinning Family Coaster

The Spinning Family Coaster features a figure eight track design that provides four spinning cars plenty of velocity within a small footprint. Perfect for teens and kids alike, the spinning coaster is unlike most coasters which have a fixed, facing forward seat design. Instead, the spinning coaster cars each independently spin around adding extra thrills as the cars maneuver the bi-level track.

Jet Ski

Get your little motor runnin’ on this high-octane kiddy ride. The Jet Ski’s is an umbrella ride with mini water craft to ride in which travel in a 360 degree rotation. This ride will bring out the wave jumper in any child!

Dizzy Dragon

On the Dizzy Dragon four magical dragons welcome children and parents aboard for a smooth ride. Passengers can move the ride at their own pace by turning a giant steering wheel inside the dragon’s belly spinning themselves round and round while the entire ride revolves as well. This ride is a great introduction for ride enthusiasts in training before stepping up to the Tilt A Whirl.

Balloon Samba

Manufactured in Italy, this kids ride features hot air balloon carriages and is truly a marvel to look at. The bright lights make it especially magnificent to look at during the evening. The Balloon Samba seats32 children in 6 air balloons. Fluffy white cloud cut-outs and bright, smiling suns grace the safety barrier and give kids the illusion of floating up in the sky.

Chopper Hopper

Kids of all ages can swirl and twirl through the air like a chopper flying daredevil. The Chopper Hopper is a family ride and boasts eight cartoon themed helicopters. Each helicopter holds four passengers and is large enough to accommodate children as well as adults. The helicopters move up and down the center pole and riders control the spinning action with a push of a button.

Looney Tooter Train

All aboard!! This fun-filled train trip for the whole family takes place in brightly colored cartoon-like cars. Passengers board the train at the station and with merry music, and bright scenery, the journey begins around a circular track. Fun for everyone is in store on the Looney tooter.


The Raiders is an all time favorite to the little ones. Fun for the whole family. Featuring walk through punching bags, a cargo net climb and many more features will keep the littlest of visitors wanting to come back for more.

1st Squadron

The 1st Squadron is a great ride for the whole family! These jet fighters have a small steering wheel that allows the children to maneuver the ride up and down as if they are the ones flying the jet through the air.

Big Foot Trucks

The Bigfoot Trucks are an all-time favorite of the kiddies featuring mini-monster trucks. The children feel as if they are driving around the track. Mom and Dad can even ride in the back!

Kid Town

This is your chance to see what it’s like to live in the wacky world of your favorite cartoons. Kid Town attracts kids and adults of all ages on a walk through a funhouse with many exciting obstacles. Toon Town also has a video camera set up on the inside that the kids can stand in front of and they will appear on the screen on the front of the ride for all to see.

U-Toob Funhouse

The U-Toob Funhouse is a walk through funhouse with a home movie twist. Patrons can enjoy clips of various funny home movies while navigating obstacles. Unusual sights and sounds mixed with classic funhouse tricks makes the U-Toob fun for the entire family. The beautiful scenery and two stories of fun will attract all funhouse enthusiasts.

Rock N Tug

Those who normally go with the flow are encouraged to rock the boat a little this year at the Fair. This little tug boat spins, dips and peaks like riding an ocean swell. The Rock N Tug seats approximately 20 individuals so parents can take to the high seas with their children.

Lilli Swing

Enjoy all of the fun of the sweet colors and savory sensation of a lollipop without the calories and sugar! This brightly colored ride has 16 swings decorated with large swirl lollipops and lights. The centerpiece is a large clown complete with a red nose and floppy shoes.

Jumpin’ Jumbos

Adding yet another humorous touch to the Midway are our Jumpin’ Jumbos. This cadre of eight comedic elephants rise into the air and then gently descends while rotating from a center tower.

Jumpin’ Jumbos

Adding yet another humorous touch to the Midway are our Jumpin’ Jumbos. This cadre of eight comedic elephants rise into the air and then gently descends while rotating from a center tower.

2018 Kids Rides

Jungle of Fun

The Jungle of Fun is an interactive jungle gym for children measuring 36″ to 48” inches. It includes a cargo net to climb a tunnel to traverse, obstacle punching bags and a ball pit.

Frog Hopper

The Frog Hopper is a first of its kind, fully interactive family ride that is sure to be a hit among kids of all ages. The Frog Hopper combines stadium style seating with an adorable frog theme utilizing a unique, patent pending interactive bouncing motion.

Wet Boats

This kid ride features individual mini boats that float in water along a circular path. A great carnival ride for first timers!


Get your little motor runnin’ on this high-octane kiddy ride. The Roadsters is an umbrella ride with mini classic cars to ride in which travel in a 360 degree rotation. This ride will bring out the little grease monkey in any child!

Tom Kangaroo

Experience the graceful, gentle ride of a baby kangaroo carried in the safety of his mother’s pouch. Four Kangaroos welcome children and parents aboard for a smooth ride. Passengers sit inside each kangaroo and as the ride turns, each kangaroo slowly revolves as well.

Quad Runner

The Quad Runner is great for first time riders. Souped-up 4-wheelers seat two children each and travel in a circle.

Rides Disclaimers

  • No casts allowed on any ride, this includes, slings, brace, walking casts or walking boots, hard casts, soft casts.
  • No intoxicated individuals on any ride.
  • No pregnant persons.
  • We cannot allow anyone with a pre-existing injury to ride carnival rides as it may aggravate their condition.
  • Children under 36 inches cannot ride any carnival rides and children between 36-48 inches can only ride on selected rides.
  • Infants are not allowed on carnival rides.
  • All riders must have either a wristband or carnival coupons. Riders require 3-5 coupons each.

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