With a tear in my eye, I took these photos of what once was Zingo and her friends at Bell's Amusement park. All the people were gone, but the screams and cheers and laughter echoed through the old park as if it was begging to stay.
Zingo is being dismantled piece by piece, I trust she will zoom once again in a different location to entertain thousands of riders and thrill the young and old alike.
As I drove away, I caught a glimpse of a twinkle in her eye of one of the many lights that lit up the wonderous Roller Coaster. As if she was saying I will Thrill again....
Thanks for the memories Zingo and friends.
Enjoy the photos.....
Panama City (Miracle Strip)
I haven/t heard the stats for Myrtle Beach or Tulsa but I won't be surprised if their Tourism Numbers head south also!
2022 Trips: WDW, Sea World San Diego & Orlando, CP, KI, BGW, Bay Beach, Canobie Lake, Universal Orlando
Zingo was FABULOUS. Hope she lives on.
Great site about the Dark Ride at Bell's
Who doesn't travel across the country to shop at the same collection of chain stores they have back home? ;)
Rob Ascough said:
Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if people do that. "Ooooh, we haven't shopped in that Pier One!"
Honestly cannot say I haven't heard something along those lines before. I live right near the King Of Prussia Plaza, and we get people from everywhere coming to this mall (I believe the largest on the east coast). I see plates from all over the country in the parking lot.
Great pictures though, very pretty. The ones of the sunset on the coaster remind me of those old time "techni-color" postcards of coasters and parks (if that makes sense/anyone knows what I'm talking about) *** Edited 4/26/2007 8:48:02 PM UTC by P18***
I can think of one: The Beverly Center in Los Angeles. I used to work there and it receives a huge number of tourists looking to buy designer clothes and hunt for the famous. And it's featured in quite a few movies...most notably that Anne Heche stinker "Volcano."
I'll love to see the look on their faces when the city gets less money each year since they kicked bell's out. Oh well, at least the new location won't be so hard to get to, hopefully.
The city didn't kick Bell's out, Exposition Square did. The City of Tulsa had no say in the matter since the park wasn't actually in the city. Bell's was on land owned by Expo Square / State Fair. The City wanted Bell's to remain but there wasn't anything they could really do.
Same goes for AstroWorld...short of the city buying the park (which even if they tried most likely wouldn't have happend since SF didn't want to sell it as a park), there wasn't much the city could do.
Meh, I'm still disappointed the closest I got to Bell's was a short visit in their parking lot...but they had one of the greatest signs going - *almost* as good as the one at Valleyfair!
Have to wonder if Bell's and Joyland couldn't put *something* successful together by working cooperatively...
Still though, it should be noted somewhere in here that Bell's will re-open again, hopefully next year. We still don't know where or how, but it's been said that Bell's 2.0 will have something like 7 new rides and a new Phantasmagoria. Anyone heard more yet?
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