Libertyland ownership drama continues

Posted Friday, April 28, 2006 9:14 AM | Contributed by GWHayduke

A city attorney told the Memphis City Council this morning that the city owns the Libertyland carousel and the Zippin Pippin roller coaster. The MidSouth Fair Board has been trying to sell the two items in recent weeks

Read more from The Memphis Flyer. Robert Barnard, CEO of T-Rex Group Inc., said his company might be interested in purchasing the MidSouth Coliseum, and has already proposed leasing Libertyland for $10,000 a month for one year with an option to buy.

Read more from The Daily News.

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Sunday, April 30, 2006 12:47 AM
Isn't T-Rex group the same one that bought Joyland in Kansas this year?

Hopefully their interest might save the park, but, is it too late?

(Fingers crossed that Libertyland gets saved intact!!!)

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Sunday, April 30, 2006 11:03 AM
The Zippin Pippin looks like the kind of coaster I would love. Some of my favorites are Lake Winnie's Cannonball, Screechin Eagle and Conneaut Lake's Blue Streak. I hope I get a chance to ride it someday. I certainly hope the T-Rex Group can puchase more parks such as Joyland in Kansas and make them successful.

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Sunday, April 30, 2006 2:56 PM
Yes, the T-Rex Group is the same company that bought Joyland in Wichita.
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Sunday, April 30, 2006 6:27 PM
There's also interest from the people at Theme Parks LLC, which operates Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

It's not too late - the city has every authority to stop the auction, since the fair board doesn't own the property being auctioned!

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Sunday, April 30, 2006 7:15 PM
More and more it seems these inner city small parks are being threatened. It's great to hear there are some groups interested in keeping them going. Elvis's favorite coaster deserves the chance. I lot of history in the Zippin Pippin, and the coaster still has a lot of pop left in it.
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Sunday, April 30, 2006 9:34 PM
I had the oppurtunity to ride Zippin Pippin 2 summers ago, and have to say that it is an airtime monster. The kind of airtime you get when the train bottoms out from under you, as it's coming down a drop.

I loved the station, even though it is a little narrow for me(Guess I need to lose weight). It's a true classic, and should be treated as such, whether it was Elvis' favorite coaster or not.

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Monday, May 1, 2006 10:57 AM
Even though it's Memphis, I can't see the "Elvis' favorite" label doing a whole lot to save this (REALLY solid) coaster unless it can be profitable.

Even in the run-down area of town its located, at 10K/mo. I could see turning a decent profit on Libertyland. Gonna have to clean it up, ADVERTISE liberally, and get a lot more peeps INSIDE the gates than what we saw...


ThemeParks LLC is still Ed Hart's group, right? They lookin' to hire? ;)

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Monday, May 1, 2006 4:24 PM
I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to contact both Theme Parks LLC and T-Rex to encourage them. Both have taken closed or near-closed amusement parks and turned them into profitable operations.

If anyone wants to contact city officals in Memphis with facts and opinions, you can find contact info (and more news and commentary on the closing of Libertyland by the Fair Board at www.carousels.com .

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