Defunct park rides.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:12 PM

I'd forgotten all about the Boat Chute, but sure enough. It's an interesting ride, it was homemade and actually splashes down in the lake, not a cement trough. We loved it and rode it several times.

Other Mill Chute rides I got to ride were Over the Falls at Euclid Beach, Cascade at Idora, Lost River at Coney, and Journey to the Center of the Earth at Dorney (which also may have originally been a Cascade ride like Idora's, it had the shorter, less steep drop with a slight curve if I recall). Those rides were fun back then but they were certainly no Dudley Do-Right or Splash Mountain like we have today.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:58 AM

^Show-off. ;)

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:11 AM

Oh, I know. Please don't hate me for my oldness. :-)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 3:07 PM

Never would I do such a thing, MAC.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 3:28 PM

Flying Cages,Turbo and Moon Rocket.Its been a long time since I have seen any of those. :(

Racing whippet 76-77
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:23 PM


There is at least one Flying Cage Ride still in operation! Paul Bunyon Land in Brainard, Minnesota has this ride. There is another Mill Chute Ride in operation (Sort Of) Some years ago Seabreeze Park in Rochester, New York replaced the original boats on their Over-The-Falls ride with Logs, but the trough and Drop are still original. I'll leave it up to all of you to debate whether or not this is still a bona-fide Mill Chute or not. ;)

Answer my Prayers, Overbook my next Flight!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:42 PM
bjames's avatar

My childhood was recent enough that most of my memorable rides are still there. It was the 90s man.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 8:19 PM

Story Land:

-Voyage to the Moon-Trippy dark ride

Canobie Lake:



-Rocket to the Moon

Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

-Big Bad Wolf

-Wild Maus

-Le Mans Raceway


-Canyon River Rapids

Disney World:

-Snow White's Adventure (and Scary Adventure)

-Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

-Journey into Imagination

-World of Motion

-Legend of the Lion King


-Steel Phantom

Cedar Point:

-White Water Landing

-Disaster Transport


-Paddelwheel Excursions

Busch Gardens Tampa:


Six Flags Great America:

-Iron Wolf

-Roaring Thunder

Kings Island:

-Son of Beast version 1.0 and 2.0

-Antique Cars


-King Cobra

Six Flags Worlds of Adventure:

-Raging Wolf Bobs

-Rapids Ride

-Batman: whatever this was called

-Double Loop


-Big Dipper

-Shipwreck Falls


-X Flight

-Superman: Ultimate Escape

-Time Warp

King's Dominion

-Hypersonic XLC

Holiday World

-Freedom Train

2020 Trips: Canceled by Corona

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:52 PM

The Roller Coaster I sadly miss the most is Idora's Wildcat.:( If it were still operational only Kemah's Boardwalk Bullet and Dollywood's Thunderhead would rank higher). Coming in a very Close second is Elitch Gardens (Original) Mr Twister. Other Coasters I miss are:

Rampage- Alabama's Adventure

Texas Cyclone- Astroworld

Screechin Eagle - Lesourdville Lake

Megazeph - Six Flags New Orleans

The Villain - Geauga Lake

Raging Wolf Bobs - Geauga Lake

Big Dipper - Geauga Lake

Texas Tornado - Frontierland

And one Steel Coaster:

Big Bad Wolf - Busch Gardens Williamsburg

If I could travel back in time these are the first coasters I'd ride:

Cyclone - Crystal Beach (My Mother rode this Coaster!)

Bobs - Riverview

Flying Turns - Riverview

Cyclone Racer - Pike

Thriller - Euclid Beach

Flying Turns - Euclid Beach

Flying Dragon - Walled Lake

Thunderbolt - Willow Grove

Tornado - Coney Island

Comet - Forest Park Highlands

Flying Turns - Forest Park Highlands

Wildcat - Lakeside (Dayton)

Flying Turns - Lakeside (Dayton)

Jet Star - Olympic

Cyclone (Traver) - Palisades

Cyclone (McGee) - Palasades

Lightning - Revere Beach

Cyclone - Revere Beach

Zip - Oaks

And a (Expletive Deleted)load of others!

Last edited by Regulus, Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:14 PM
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Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:48 PM
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This is just my opinion. But, I think 3 or the worst coasters on the planet were at Geauga Lake. Those would be: The Villain, Raging Wolf Bobs, and Double loop. Rides, that only one ride was enough.

I was very excited to ride the Villain, and oh my god was it ever rough, and it was brand new the first time I rode it. My friend didn't like it either. Our backs hurt very badly after riding it.

As for Raging Wolf Bobs. Probably the WORST coaster I have ever been on, my friend Paul and I could not figure out why there was no line, while the other coasters were up near 45 minutes to an hour. I swear we both thought we were going to die a horrible death on that ride, and the train would jump off the track and go crashing into the woods. When I got off the ride, they asked how the ride was, and I said, if I owned it, I would sell it to you for a dollar. It sucked!

As for double loop, I didn't think there could possibly be a looping coaster shorter than the corkscrew at Michigan's Adventure. Drop, 2 loops and done. They should have kept the corkscrew, and got rid of double loop. At least Corkscrew was fun. Their other crappy ride was the vekoma shuttle, ouch.

The best part of that day was back to back rides of Superman. Not sure what Cedar Fair called it. But, besides Dominator, it was one of the best rides there, and we loved x-flight. We also loved the Big Dipper, and it's one of the rides, that I wished they would have saved.

As for Disneyworld. I thought snow white's scary adventure was nothing more than a ride through carnival-style Haunted house with snow white charactors. Rode it the first time when I was 17. Thought it was a bit too scary for little kids. I know it scared the crap out of my aunt. She screamed all the way though it, and all I did was laugh, as it made very quick fast turns, with something always popping out at you. I like it, but wouldn't wait more than 10 minutes to ride it. When we went on it the wait was a half hour. We got on Peter Pan's Flight in 10 minutes, which was ok.

Last edited by Timber-Rider, Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:02 PM

I didn't do it! I swear!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:04 PM

Well, in Double Loop's defense, it was a pretty old ride and an early Arrow at that. It was built in 1977 and was the first coaster ever to feature two vertical loops back to back, hence the simple but appropriate name. It caused a sensation when it was new.

Geauga had a standard corkscrew, too, so the two rides kind of made a nice pair. I'll never forget the jingle: "Double Loop... Corkscrew, too!"

Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:12 PM
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I rode double loop a few times, on my trips to Geauga Lake. Mainly because there was hardly enyone waiting to ride. Also, unlike Demon at great America, the loops seemed very slow, though there was a lot of "hang time" in the loops. But, it just seemed like a 1 trip pony. Nice ride to go on if there is zero wait, but mainly just for the count.

Still wonder to this day, if those rides are still there, or if they have been demolished. Cedar Fair had a decent park on their hands, and I think the main reason they purchased it, was to get their hands on it's rides, so they could relocate them to their other parks. Which they did. Kinda sad, it could have become a really great park.

I didn't do it! I swear!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:19 PM
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I will agree that one of my least favorite coasters ever was at Geauga Lake, but it wasn't the Villain. Whe that ride was running well, it was pretty on. Big Dipper, on the other hand was always just "meh" to me. It was fun-ish most of the time, but it really needed some work.

As far as double loop, I think it was actually longer than a standard corkscrew. It wasn't just a drop, 2 loops and done - it dropped, went up a ramp, around a turn, down another ramp, through the 2 loops, which were set so far down in the ground they needed concrete troughs built around them, up over one of the most violent air hills I've ever experienced that banked at the top into a helix, it was a full on ride, and in now way like you're describing it.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:22 PM

Timber-Rider said:

Still wonder to this day, if those rides are still there, or if they have been demolished. Cedar Fair had a decent park on their hands, and I think the main reason they purchased it, was to get their hands on it's rides, so they could relocate them to their other parks. Which they did. Kinda sad, it could have become a really great park.

Don't. Start.

Friday, June 14, 2013 10:16 AM
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Thanks guys for the responses.

So if I am understanding correctly, a cuddle-up is a 5 table version of a "teacups" style ride, which a crazy daisy has daisy shaped tubs and is a 2 table version. And there are no cuddle-ups left?

How do the modern day tea cup rides fit in? Like the one at the Magic Kingdom and BGW? Are those newer versions of a cuddle-up?

Vater - The Trabant - Rodeo - has been moved from Hersheypark to their sister park Dutch Wonderland, they moved it maybe 4 or 5 years ago.

Friday, June 14, 2013 11:38 AM

The Crazy Daisy is essentially a smaller version of the CuddleUp, with just two two tables instead of five. And no, I'm pretty sure there's no full sized rides left.
Zamperla's Demolition Derby is a current version of a two table model, and I believe they contracted with Disney for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree at DCA. It's actually two rides, side by side, with three tables each. It's cool, visually it looks like the cars are moving around in a mixed up mess.
The Disney teacups, Mad Hatter's Tea Party, has a large table with smaller ones that turn separately. The spinning cups are fixed to the smaller discs and the riders control the spinning with a central wheel. This is unlike the CuddleUp where the tubs move from each stationary but turning table to the next, and the spinning is random, caused by the weight distribution in the car. (hence the name, if riders moved close together the spinning was better- a perfect date night ride) The newer daisy cars had a stationary ring in the center for riders to hold on to, the original cars were open in the middle and had a bar that encircled the outside of the bench back, so you could put your arms up to hang on. Which was another excuse to get close to your date.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 2:00 PM

I figured a historic video deserved its own thread:

The legendary Bat takes flight again.


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