Posted Wednesday, December 6, 2006 9:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Piece by historic piece, the 58-year-old Pavilion building on the oceanfront has started to come down. As the historic building starts coming down, locals and tourists still are waiting to find out what will replace it. Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc.'s redevelopment plan won't be released by year's end as the company estimated this summer.
Read more from The Sun News.
I am saddened by the loss of the Pavillion though, as it was a big part of my teenage years as part of our family vacations. It was around that time that I could drive by myself, and I can still remember all the cars that were cruising up and down the road playing "Licence to Ill" by the Beastie Boys. Oh well, I shall return in 2008 for the Hardrock Cafe park.
*** This post was edited by Intamin Fan 12/7/2006 12:20:13 AM ***
No offence but IMHO that sucks.
I schlepped down to MB from the Northeast during labor day for my first rides on the thing ever. We logged in over 50 rides on that masterpiece and every ride was better than the last one. I didn't mind the trains that much - they are certainly better than Morgan's wood coaster trains (gasp), but I will admit that we could only handle one ride on the back seat since the laterals and tracking made a very intense experience back there to the point where it couldn't be enjoyed. It was a very physical coaster, the way a wild woodie should be - out of control and with a violent temper (ie. Coney Cyclone). The trick to enjoying the ride and being able to stand the intensity of over four dozen wild rides was to sit in the front seat of any of those Gersh cars, even second to back. Great drop out of the station and excellent first drop, some nice negative g's as well and the helices were insanse. Overall just a damn fun ride due to it's location in that great park - the maintenance staff we great and the people riding it were always laughing their asses off when the train hit the breaks. There was always cool vintage rock and roll music blasting into the station from somewhere which made for a cool vibe as well. Even if someone moves it, it will certainly be missed at that great seaside setting. If it's moved, it will be freshly tracked, and with the addition of wood trains to replace the Gershes, it's definately top twenty maybe even top ten material, seriously.*** This post was edited by Rye.D.Ziner 12/7/2006 1:22:55 AM ***
As for Pavilion itself, it is really sad to see that it is really going away now. It was Myrtle Beach for many people, not just enthusiasts. Non enthusiast co-workers and friends of mine who visit Myrtle Beach regularly are equally dissapointed in its loss. Unfortunately, a major part of a Myrtle Beach vacation has dissappeared.
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