Posted Thursday, March 1, 2007 12:56 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Demolishing an entertainment hub the size of The Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park is a new experience for the veteran crew of Charleston-based Lowcountry Wrecking, including operations manager Joe McCready. Since rolling onto the site in December, the crew has used excavators, claws and even the occasional chainsaw to pull apart the landmark, including a building on the oceanfront that had been around for 58 years - surviving hurricanes and the corrosive sea air but giving way to the pressure of redeveloping the pricey land.
Read more from The Sun News.
Thursday, March 1, 2007 1:47 PM
It's hard to imagine that no one wanted a CCI coaster running Gerstlauer trains. Yeah right! One ride was probably all it took for any prospective buyers.
Thursday, March 1, 2007 2:09 PM
But with a little work the ride probably could have been good. And a steel structure guaranteed it was in decent shape. Surprised no one was interested, unless the price was too high.
Anyone know what happened to the trains?
Thursday, March 1, 2007 2:12 PM
Thing is, According to the terms of what it was going to be sold for. The trains weren't included.
This tells me that they've either been sold to another park or Hard Rock is keeping them for future use.
Thursday, March 1, 2007 2:21 PM
I'm pretty sure the trains were already sold and that's why they weren't offered with the ride.
Thursday, March 1, 2007 3:04 PM
Just like Texas Cyclone--the worst part of the ride was saved. :(
Thursday, March 1, 2007 3:43 PM
This makes me very, very sad. I have a beach house north of Myrtle Beach and rode the coaster every year since its installation. The first year, the Hurricane was a fantastic ride. It got pretty rough but actually ran decent in my last rides last summer. I think CCI did a great job building a ride in the space they were allowed and I will sorely miss seeing and riding it. It's a damn shame it couldn't have been refurbed and put into use among restaurants and stores, it could have been a killer concept. Instead we lose another coaster for development. RIP Hurricane 5/6/2000-9/30/2006.
Thursday, March 1, 2007 4:36 PM
Live webcam of the Hurricane being demolished:
Thursday, March 1, 2007 6:14 PM
And yet another dark ride is lost as well. That makes 3 dark rides demolished in the last 6 months.
Thursday, March 1, 2007 9:25 PM
Hmmm.. sold Gerstlauer trains.. new trains for Son of Beast.. Eh?
Friday, March 2, 2007 9:40 AM
Was this the coaster? http://italintl.com/detail_page.php?record_id=940
Friday, March 2, 2007 9:50 AM
Not a good time to be a supporter of traditional parks and their darkrides and coasters.
Friday, March 2, 2007 10:17 AM
Flyingscooter, that's the one.
Saturday, March 3, 2007 9:06 AM
Saturday, March 3, 2007 2:23 PM
Up here in Toronto there's been a bunch of Myrtle Beach tourism ads on tv. There's one that talks about all the "thrills" of Myrtle Beach and shows the now defunct coaster. Someone should update the tourism board on the status of the attraction featured in the ads....
Sunday, March 4, 2007 10:31 AM
Flyingscooter, Thanks for posting that link, I've never seen it before. I noticed HyperSonic XLC on there, too.
Sunday, March 4, 2007 3:22 PM
Hard to believe that Hurricane was built the same year and at the same price as Boulder dash. What a difference!!
Sunday, March 4, 2007 9:50 PM
Anyone know where they sold the calypso to?
Tuesday, March 6, 2007 12:38 PM
^^ Remember, LC paid for PTC trains *specifically and separately*. MBP got the Gerstlauers because at that point, PTC was no longer dealing with CCI. By NO means am I insinuating that the trains made ALL the difference between the two....but certainly more than enough of a difference, and NOT in favor of the seaside coaster.
Salt air + intense ride + little/no routine maintenance + Gerstaluers = :(
Tuesday, March 6, 2007 1:34 PM