Joyland Amusement Park in Witcha, KS??

Sunday, March 23, 2003 3:19 PM
While planning part of my trip for next year, I could not find any information on Joyland Amusement Park in Kansas (such as a website). I was trying to find their operating hours so that I knew when it was open and I can go. Does anyone know if this park is....alive?? The last I heard about this park was that their roller coaster got a new white paint job that looked real good. Other than that I hear flat out nothing about this park. I assume it's still operating otherwise I would hear something else. Does anyone know anything that's happening with this park or if they're going to open this year?? Thanks in advance.
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Sunday, March 23, 2003 4:00 PM
I thought they closed that park back in 91 or 92... correct me if I'm wrong.
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Sunday, March 23, 2003 4:47 PM
No, apparantly it's still operating. A quick search under www.rcdb.com revealed that it's been operating since 6/12/1949 and still continues to operate. Therefore it operated last year. Their address and phone number is listed there too. I'm looking for information on when and if the park will operate in 2003. Perhaps I should write to them. Anyone have any information on it?
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Sunday, March 23, 2003 5:30 PM
Well I tried their old website and it is no longer there. To find out information on the park itself - go to www.themeparksonline.org

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Sunday, March 23, 2003 6:04 PM
I have not heard anything definite about this year, but I was there last year in mid-August and enjoyed my trip. The Roller Coaster was fun, especially with the old springs that served as bumpers between the cars and added to the push-pull effect over the hills.

In addition to the coaster there was a Hopkins Log Flume, an Eli Bridge Scrambler, Eli Wheel, Hrubetz rim-powered Paratrooper, Chance Zumur (a small carnival style swing ride), Duce bumper cars, the Wacky Shack (a Bill Tracy dark ride), an Allan Herschell carousel, the first Chance C.P. Huntington Train, a Hrubetz Round-Up, a Thrilltime Skycoaster, go-karts and several kiddie rides. And, of course, Louie at the Wurlitzer.

Adam

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Sunday, March 23, 2003 6:12 PM
Joyland still exists. I went in July, last year.

Decent, if very little, park.

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Monday, March 24, 2003 2:27 AM
Joyland opened up this past saturday March 22nd here is a link to a post that gives price, time, etc http://www.themeparksonline.org/tpoforum3.asp?threadid=635&forumid=1 The Schmeck designed and built Roller Coaster is great as it is still running its orginal fixed lap bar PTCs.

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Jim Wolgamuth

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Monday, March 24, 2003 3:09 AM
What was the deal with the auction of the park? I saw that mentioned in the "Roller Coaster Rollback" a couple of days ago.
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Monday, March 24, 2003 4:26 AM
Saw that about a 1989 auction of Joyland. Not sure what that is about, unless the park sold intact to a new owner or just some of the rides were auctioned off.

Jim Wolgamuth

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Monday, March 24, 2003 4:50 AM
I seem to recall it was one of those "cleaning out the barn " auctions. The Ottaways still own and operate the park.
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Monday, March 24, 2003 5:37 AM
Wasn't there a Joyland park in Texas that was auctioned off years ago?

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-Rob

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Monday, March 24, 2003 5:58 AM
The Joyland auctioned in 1989 was in Topeka, KS.

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Monday, March 24, 2003 7:06 AM
Thats it... it was Kansas, not Texas. Forgive me, its Monday morning (well, it WAS Monday morning!)

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-Rob

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