Two that I remember were Freedomland and Paradise Lake.
Freedomland was opened in New York City in the earoly 1960s. It was a park themed around the USA and had an initial cost comparable to Disneyland. Unfortunately the park was a flop and was gone in several years. Several of its rides eventually made it to parks like Cedar Point and Kennywood.
Paradise Lake was a park in eastern Ohio with four themed areas. This park lasted for two seasons in the early 1980s before it closed.
Does anyone have any more details on these parks or on other parks that disappeared soon after they originally opened.
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Another Failed Theme Park was Marco Polo Park which was located on Interstate 95 just north of Daytona Beach, Florida. It opened in the early 1970s and closed a few years later, the victim of Gross Mismanagement. :(
Hanna-Barbara Land in central Texas was another failure. It was a smaller children's park that was started by Taft Broadcasting after the success of their Kings Island and Kings Dominion parks. The junior steel coaster was sent to Great America in CA after the park closed.
Both Busch Gardens in Southern California and in Houston, TX both failed as well during the 1970s.
Another failure was Little England. It was to have been across the Freeway (Interstate 4) from WDW but after a few Historic Buildings were brought "Across the Pond" from England the park never opened. The Florida Climate wrecked havoc on the buildings, which were eventually torn down. :(
In South Florida a Theme Park called Pirates World opened in the late 1960s. One of its attractions was the old Steeplechase Ride from Coney Island. Unfortunately this park fell on hard times and was closed in the mid 1970s. :(
Near Ocala there was a Western-Themed park called Six Gun Territory. It had some success when it opened in the late 1960s, but attendance dropped after WDW and other Theme Parks opened in the Orlando area. The park closed in the early 1980s, It was replaced by a Shopping Center called (Ironically) Six Gun Plaza. :(
I fondly remember Circus World/ Boardwalk and Baseball, which opened in the late 1970s west of Orlando. Featuring a Circus Theme when it opened. It was home to an Arrow Shuttle Loop called "Zoomerang" and a Wooden Coaster called "The Florida Hurricane". It featured some top-notch Circus Shows, (Including one where members of the Audience were selected to do Juggling, High-Wire and Trapese Acts) but it could never compete with the other Theme Parks in the area. In 1983 it was rethemed to resemble an old-time Traditional park with exhibits about Baseball (And had a Stadium where the Kansas City Royals had their Spring Training.) Unfortunately the park tanked, and was closed in 1986. A Housing Development is now being built where it was once located. :(
:) (The Zoomerang was relocated to Fun Spot, in Angola, Indiana (Near where Indiana, Ohio and Michigan Meet) while the Florida Hurricane now operates as "The Arkansas Twister" in Magic Springs Park in Hot Springs Arkansas) :) *** Edited 11/5/2006 2:10:48 PM UTC by Borntocoast*** *** Edited 11/5/2006 10:25:41 PM UTC by Borntocoast*** *** Edited 11/5/2006 10:28:19 PM UTC by Borntocoast***
Sure it was an animal park between 72 & 82 but of course it wasn't successful & let's not forget that Wild World didn't last too long either after going bankrupt in 90 I believe & the entire park remained SBNO for nearly two years facing demolition before premier parks bought it.
Wasn't there also SF power plant in Baltimore,which was a failure as well?
Add to that list "The World of Sid and Marty Kroft" It was a multi-story building (in Atlanta, I believe)
I'm not sure if it's the same park but I know that the current CNN building in Atlanta used to house an indoor amusement park. The escalator still operates today.
Prowler. Opens May,2 2009.
Erieview, Myrtle Pavilion, Williams' Grove, Miracle Strip, Six Flags' AstroWorld, Funtown Pier...SFMM, Frontier City, Adventure City and Elitch's are still operating...Wyandot only had to close for a year following my visit... ;)
I swear, Conneaut was having financial trouble before I ever got there! ;)
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I thought that pretty much summed it up.... :(
Wonder how Sandy Lake and Kiddie Park of San Antonio are doing? I guess Holy Land Experience won't close *until* I pay a visit... ;)
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