Looking for Freedomland Information

Sunday, April 18, 2010 10:27 PM

Hello. I am looking for more information on Freedomland, a U.S. history based theme park in New York that operated from 1960-64. I had never even heard of the park before I read the book Theme Park by Scott LuKas. Were any of you fortunate enough to visit the park during its short life or know anybody who has? What were the rides and attractions? Was it comparable to any park around today? Why did it close? Did the theme work or turn people off? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Last edited by Amnesiac, Sunday, April 18, 2010 10:27 PM
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Monday, April 19, 2010 8:32 AM

I would check out You Tube and www.archive.org and type in Freedomland. Actually I will save you the work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpWcFZ-_LqU

The clip I believe came from an early 60's TV show.


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Monday, April 19, 2010 11:53 AM

Check out the book, "Roller Coasters, Flumes and Flying Saucers" by Robert Reynolds. It is a biography of Arrow Development based on interviews with Karl Bacon and Ed Morgan, and it includes a couple of chapters about Freedomland.

While you might never have been there, two of the dark rides ended up at Cedar Point: the Pirate Ride and Earthquake both came from Freedomland.

--Dave Althoff, Jr. <-- Too young to have ever gone there


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Monday, April 19, 2010 3:20 PM

And a third one from there went to Kennywood (Tornado).

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Monday, April 19, 2010 7:10 PM
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Awesome video, Chriscub! Thanks for sharing!


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Wednesday, June 2, 2010 9:30 PM

Thanks for the information. I found a pretty good article here.

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Friday, June 4, 2010 12:20 PM

There is a new book out about the place, just released a couple of days ago! Article about it was featured in today's Amusement Today email blast...

http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2010/06/03/bronx/bronxtimes-yn_bro...omland.txt

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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