I figured this was appropriate here since this was essentially an amusement park. I have to say, MJ did a good job on this place. Rides, games, a zoo, fountains, landscaping, etc. They showcase the rides well. This park had a Dragon Wagon kiddie coaster but it isn't shown in this vid. A re-make of Billie Jean is played during the vid.
Regardless what you thought of MJ, his property was pretty freakin cool.Sunday, June 28, 2009 5:31 AM
Riding the Zipper took on a whole new meaning at Neverland.
He was totally normal.
Like Uncle Walt.
Seriously, it's a shame he didn't just stick to the more widely accepted piercings, tattoos, and dreads as his means of sticking it to "The Man." His chosen forms of self expression are just not at all acceptable. ;)
Don't forget baggy, low-hanging pants.
Neat. I always wondered what was there. I understand the place was for little kids, but a zipper and not at least a family coaster? I'm curious as to how often the "park" actually operated and what was involved in staffing and maintaining it. Did all the rides have to be certified every year, etc...?
^They had a kiddie coaster and bumper cars along with a full arcade which arent shown in the vid.Last edited by Chitown, Sunday, June 28, 2009 11:13 PM
I got to meet the two ride mechanics that took care of the Neverland rides at an AIMS conference in Cleveland a number of years ago.
While they were not permitted to discuss some of the goings on at the Ranch, they did tell me that they worked twelve hour shifts, as "The Gloved One" would often would want to go riding in the middle of the night. As a side note, on what was probably his last public apperance in San Diego, he and his entourage ducked out a side door of the hotel were he was giving an award (can't recall if it was the Hyatt or the Marriott) and scooted down the boardwalk to Seaport Village, where they took over the last ride of the evening on the Broadway Flying Horses.
Michael Jackson: Flat ride enthusiast?
Elvis was a enthusiast.
He loved bumper cars and almost had some built at graceland. And we all know about his love for a certain rollercoaster.
An interesting bit of ride information about the neverland ranch. the Spider ride that was at neverland ranch was originally at Deer Park Funland. (Michigan's Adventure) I think there was a log flume at the park, or they were planning to add one. A coaster too.
As for the park being open. I heard they bussed in kids on certain days. Most of whom were from battered homes, orphans, and kids who had a terminal illness. he was very generous to them.
Other old news attacthed to Michael Jackson, was the amusement park he planned to build in the Detroit area, that never happened. There was talk of it being the first park in michigan with a vertical loop coaster. I can not recall what they were going to call the park. But, it never happened.
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