Fans "mourn" the closure of aging theme park attractions

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As parks replace old attractions with new ones, fans embrace the final moments of their favorites with nostalgia and twinges of bitterness. In some cases, the goodbyes have grown into unofficial celebratory gatherings.

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Those Twister fans make the worst coaster enthusiasts seem well-adjusted.

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I'll admit I miss the cheesiness that was Maelstrom, and will miss the current incarnation of Soarin' -and the Osbourne lights will be a huge loss. But I don't need to dress up like a viking for the last day.

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I thought this was an Onion article when I read the headline.

"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

I'd totally dress like a Viking for a goodbye for a Viking themed attraction. But just because I wanted to dress like a Viking. *grin*

I understand where some people are coming from in terms of keeping Epcot from total "Disneyfication", keeping it more about culture and technology and education, but at the same time, I don't get the people who freak out about it. Like there are some people who post on Facebook about how if wooden coasters are re-profiled at all or they're saved from being demolished by RMC, and these people FLIP THE EFF OUT. Automatically they state the ride is ruined. If GCI smooths out Cyclone, it's not worth ever riding again (this IS the same ride that broke a guy's neck and killed him not all that long ago). Change happens, sometimes good, sometimes bad, but it happens. If ridership is down, repairs are up, etc., it's likely inevitable. The irrational nostalgia-fueled anger and resentment is just bizarre.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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