Bell's Remembered - The Last of Zingo at Expo Square

Thursday, April 26, 2007 8:38 PM
That would have been really cool if he bought Joyland, I wonder if he's got the kind of money to buy Joyland.. I think it would really make an awesome place if he did, just think what could be done to the Whacky Shack with phantasmagoria's old guts!

I really do wonder if they will call the park Bell's 2.0, or what? :-p

Thursday, April 26, 2007 10:39 PM

rollergator said:
^^SF was going to sell to the HIGHEST bidder, regardless of where the highest bid came from...but it clearly was NOT coming from someone who wanted the land for an amusement park.

I don't know if they originally had an offer for the land or not...or just sold based on what they thought they could get for the land.

I do know that they indeed did have an offer from a company to buy the entire park and keep it as a park for a good amount more than the land eventually sold for...but they refused.

Here's a site with some info and links to how Bell's ended up getting evicted and a lot of it just doesn't make sense. I had some links to several good articles on the tulsaworld site but they all seem to be dead now. *** Edited 4/27/2007 3:00:23 AM UTC by Jason Knutson***

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Thursday, April 26, 2007 11:26 PM
Things change each day in regard to Bells 2.0 - I know they are still in discussions with several cities in NE Oklahoma including one close to the Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma border (highly doubt they will move there, but Robby at least listened to their plan).

Relocation of this park is not 100% certain, there are a lot of things that are still up in the air and could keep Bells 2.0 from happening. Keep Robby in your thoughts and prayers. He needs all the support he can get.

Let the good times roll - Zingo
Thursday, April 26, 2007 11:36 PM
Ride of Steel's avatar Did anyone see the "spitters corner" sign?

It gave me a good laugh :) .

Friday, April 27, 2007 12:02 AM
^They used it too. Kept a lot of the problems down.

^^Erg, they are still in talks? I'm starting to get peeved now. So many offers have been given to Robbie, but still he waits as if for someone to take the park from him, re-build it in a perfect new location, and give it back to him. It's getting kind of ridiculous when you turn down free land on the river, like what was offered in Sand Springs. I know he works harder than anyone I know, but he needs to put his efforts into what counts - getting the park down and finding a new location for it. Recently it appears (from an outside view) that he is slacking in those both areas, but I could be very wrong. I just want to hear from him again with some definate plans, or at least a general direction for the park.

Oh yeah, here's a sweet fact: in addition to the huge new roller coaster Bell's planned to build in 08', Bell's also planned to build a brand new thrill ride for the 07' season that would have cost the park $750,000.
One of the fair's primary reasons for kicking the park out was failure to see a future for the park.
Sunday, April 29, 2007 12:12 AM
Here is a story in regard to the Log Flume coming down at Bell's.

Let the good times roll - Zingo
Sunday, April 29, 2007 12:36 AM
"It is one half of a double flume that was built specifically for the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. The other half of this is at Dollywood in Tennessee," Bell said. "This flume has a tremendous amount of history."

Dude, I had no idea! I always heard that this came from a world's fair, but I never thought that was true. Does anyone have pics of the old DW flume, I heard that it got taken out a few years ago. It's a shame now that I know how important it was.
Anyhow, it turns out this flume will make it to the new spot, if there is one; that's great news.
Sunday, April 29, 2007 1:34 PM
Check it out!!! ->

On Bell's website it says that they will be announcing their new location and future plans soon! This means that the 'Bell's 2.0' plans will indeed become a reality! I can't begin to describe how happy I am right now...
Sunday, April 29, 2007 2:20 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar Seems like good news to me. :)

AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

Sunday, April 29, 2007 2:55 PM
rollergator's avatar When Robbie gets 2.0 up and running, he's *guaranteed* at least one visitor...and I will do my very best to bring others with me... ;)
Sunday, April 29, 2007 4:55 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar I'm sure Bass will come along. ;)

AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

Sunday, April 29, 2007 8:09 PM
rollergator's avatar ^He's not allowed...I'd like to RIDE Zingo this time... ;)

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Monday, April 30, 2007 12:06 PM
rollergator's avatar Thanks to the ACE SouthCentral folks, I got linked to an interesting article re: those "Fair" people we've been dissing since the *arbitrary and unreasonable* eviction of Bell's. Seems the Board is now fighting annexation by the City, don't want people scrutinizing they way they've circumvented the public will for their own political benefit.

Linky (warning, kinda long...but WORTH it):

Monday, April 30, 2007 12:34 PM
"Iinterrupted and pointed out that Bjorklund was in a position to answer the neighbor's very specific question: Does Expo Square hire security services to protect its property? Bjorklund answered yes.

In fact, every tenant and exhibitor at Expo Square is responsible for providing its own security. The claim that annexation would burden the City with an extra $500,000 in law-enforcement costs is bogus."

Awesome, they completely pwned Bjorkland, and more than once. It's a great article, too bad it came out so late.

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