Bland's Park changes name, adds rides

Posted Thursday, November 16, 2000 10:41 AM | Contributed by RagingBull

Bland's Park, in Tipton, PA, is now known as Delgrosso's Amusement Park. Two new rides will debut in 2001: The Balloon Race and The Sea Dragon, a standard "pirate ship." For the first time in the park's history, a season pass will be available.

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Thursday, November 16, 2000 11:08 AM
Nice to see this small park expanding. I think Altoona park race will be heating up in the next few years.

Thursday, November 16, 2000 12:21 PM
The old name sounded a little "bland." ;)
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Thursday, November 16, 2000 1:46 PM
Why is it that most of the new Swinging Ships seemed to be named "Sea Dragon"?

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Thursday, November 16, 2000 3:28 PM
Could be because that's what Chance calls them in their catalog.
Friday, November 17, 2000 12:36 AM
john peck's avatar Im hoping this name change doesn't hurt their businss.
What do I mean? Well, the general public could look for a park called "Blands Park" and not find one and automatically assume that they closed, not ever knowing the truth.
You see?
But I am guessing that they will be able to make this EVEN more public if they haven't already.
Friday, November 17, 2000 7:10 AM
The name Bland's certainly never screamed EXCITING to me. I think a name change is a good idea but "Delgrosso's Amusement Park" seems a bit clumsy. "Hey let's head out to Delgrosso's!" Are we going to an amusement park or to pick up a pizza? Public confusion may not be an issue as small parks like this tend to draw a local crowd.
Friday, November 17, 2000 12:43 PM
Who comes up with this stuff?! Im pretty sure its some idiot getting paid 6 figures
Friday, November 17, 2000 3:54 PM
Delgrosso is the name of the family that own's the park. From what I understand they also manufacture spaghetti sauces as well and were planning on providing coupons on their jars. That would really increase name recognition around a much larger area. I imagine that most of their attendance is pretty local right now so when it is announced on the news I don't think that very many people will think that Bland's is gone for good.

Wednesday, November 29, 2000 8:39 PM
Does this park have any good thrill rides?

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