Dodgem' Cars destroyed by fire at Camden Park

Posted Monday, July 22, 2013 10:43 AM | Contributed by LostKause

Camden Park is closed for two days after the Dodgem' Cars were destroyed in an electrical fire early Sunday morning. The cause of the fire was a power surge that occurred when power was restored after an outage during an overnight storm, according to a news release from the park.

Read more from The Herald Dispatch.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 10:59 AM
Tekwardo's avatar

This is sad. Hopefully they'll get money to replace the bumper cars.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 12:41 PM
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Even if insurance pays for it, which I assume it will, I imagine they only get money for the depreciated value. That's a bummer, because it's not like you get new amusement rides cheap.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 7:35 PM

Right. When Wyandot Lake's Dodgem burned down they promised a great, new, more exciting ride in it's replacement. So what we got were those tiny, round bumper boat shaped things that skid and spin across a metal floor, like what you find in an FEC at the mall. And it was maybe half the size of what was already a pretty small ride. Oh well.

I rode Camden's ride many many times when I was a kid. Over the years it had grown pretty tacky looking and had those low, glittery cars that looked like they came used off of some carnival. I'm just grateful the Whip, which is right next door, was spared. There'd be no replacing that one.

Monday, July 22, 2013 7:53 PM
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It's a very sad loss to those who have visited the park over the years. I feel like a part of my childhood has burned down along with the Dodgem. It was an area of the park that always had a line of happy visitors. The Dodgem building was a very memorable icon at the park, and many people will miss it terribly.

It is a long shot, but I would love to see the park rebuild the ride to look like nothing happened at all, complete with the twisted neon, flashing Dodgem sign.

I remember seeing that the Haunted House had been repainted a few years ago, along with new scenery and a new facade, and feeling very sad that I would never get to see the attraction that I grew up with. I feel the same way about Dodgem.

I told my Mother, and she almost cried. I have been taking the memories that I have from that park for granted.

Edited to fix the spelling of the ride that the story is about. Derrr.

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, July 22, 2013 8:24 PM
Monday, July 22, 2013 8:03 PM

So... Does the Doge ride the Dogem?


Monday, July 22, 2013 8:25 PM
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Fixed. lol

Monday, July 22, 2013 8:30 PM
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Should have purchased "better car replacement" - could have ended up with Lusse Auto Skooters!

Thankful no one was injured.

Monday, July 22, 2013 8:58 PM

Tekwardo said:

This is sad. Hopefully they'll get money to replace the bumper cars.

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Monday, July 22, 2013 10:37 PM

It's a shame. I worry about misfortune occurring at little parks like this. When a warehouse burns up at Cedar Point, it's a financial blip. When a single antiquated attraction incinerates at a place like Camden, the hit is a bit harder.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:01 AM

I found the Dodgem at Camden to be one of the best Non Lusse I'd ridden, At least Par with IB and it had springboard bumpers on the outside. Something rare these days..


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