History buffs - Lake Placid Bobsled video clip (and more)

Saturday, December 17, 2011 5:15 PM

I've done lot's of research on various defunct parks over the past 20 years and I'll have to say this is the first actual clip I have seen of the Lake Placid Bobsled (Flying Turns ride at Palisades Park) in motion. Although the clip is just a few seconds, there are lot's of other clips of this once great amusement park to enjoy. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukQNWBKa_BI&feature

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 6:01 PM
CoasterDemon's avatar

Wow! Thanks for posting! That little clip of the Virgina Reel is a gem as well. That Roll-o-plane/Skydiver thing, too - what is that?

On a side note, swampfoxer, I have enjoyed your youtube videos for years. Thanks :)


Billy
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Saturday, December 17, 2011 7:03 PM

Watching something like this always brings me back to a question I've asked here and elsewhere:

Is it possible to be nostalgic for a place you have no specific memories of?

I know I went to Palisades Park. I was 7 years old when it closed for good on September 12, 1971..that day, was. in fact, my 7th birthday.

Seeing these clips makes me wonder which of these rides, if any, I rode as a child.

Thanks for posting this.


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

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 7:06 PM
CoasterDemon's avatar

^I think you can, Mike. I grew up listening to stories about the Riverview Bobs, Fireball, Shoots, etc. Those are good memories.


Billy
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Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:58 PM

CoasterDemon said:
Wow! Thanks for posting! That little clip of the Virgina Reel is a gem as well. That Roll-o-plane/Skydiver thing, too - what is that?

That would be a Hubretz Spitfire. Very popular ride in the 40's. There is more video of one here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q2OTGVt21Y

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Sunday, December 18, 2011 4:23 PM

WOW! A Boomerang ride. I would love to see more video of a Boomerang. That is a ride I wish somebody would remake.


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Sunday, December 18, 2011 7:05 PM

HighSpeedThrillCoaster said:
WOW! A Boomerang ride. I would love to see more video of a Boomerang. That is a ride I wish somebody would remake.

Wisdom Manufacturing did remake the Boomerang in the 70's or 80's. I have some photos of the one owned by Johnston's Amusements in 1985. I was also lucky enough to ride it at the Dixie Classic Fair (Winston-Salem, NC) in 1993. What a shock it was to see this in the midway. I least expected to see a Boomerang. The one dang time I didn't have my video camera. It operated just like the old ones. As for what ever happened to the Wisdom Boomerang, I have come to dead ends on that research.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011 10:08 PM

Always a joy to view videos of old or defunct parks. IMO parks today don't have the same vibe as parks of the past. But, then again I was never able to enjoy this park as well as quite a few others that are long gone now.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012 11:55 AM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

Good stuff!

I too would love to have experienced a Boomerang and a Virginia Reel. :-/


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Sunday, January 8, 2012 2:11 PM

Wow, love it. I adore footage like that from those classic parks. Nice song selection, too.

At 0:55 seconds, is that the Virginia Reel? What a fascinating-looking ride.


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Sunday, January 8, 2012 3:26 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar

Yes Mike. The spinning coaster ride is the Reel.


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Sunday, January 8, 2012 5:04 PM

Thanks, Matt. :)


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Friday, January 13, 2012 12:17 PM
janfrederick's avatar

Man, you just caused me to blow two hours of my day watching clips of old parks!


"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
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Friday, January 13, 2012 4:27 PM

Now, now, janfrederick, don't be so hard on yourself... we all know that's a perfectly acceptable way to spend part of a day. Or maybe even a whole day...

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