After I got into the park we hit MAD MOUSE, an Arrow wild mouse. Can we get some paint for this thing, it looks like its gonna fall apart. The supports under the crest of the lift have so much oil on them that they are almost completely black. The ride has gotten so jerky and is virtually unenjoyable except for the turns at the top and the view of the ocean. * 1/2 (out of five)
Next was TOP SPIN, a Huss Top Spin (gasp!)! I really like this ride and they have put it on a slightly longer mode than last year. It still doesn't match the one I rode at the NC State Fair because it had a much better pattern of flips. This ride is also getting pretty ugly. Several seats were broken and all the seats and bars are beat up and very faded. ***
Several other flats were next including Wave Swinger (swings). Tilt-A-Whirl - and Starship 2000. These aren't big enough to rate, just average attractions.
Next was HURRICANE, the great, uncared for, poorly maintained, and getting sh***ier by the minute CCI coaster. I really loved this ride when it opened and since then it has just gone down hill. I cannot blame the Gerstlauer trains for its roughness, but I can blame the Pavilion for letting it rot in the S.C. sun. The ride has gotten so jerky in the helix that is hurts my legs and side. The ride jerks a lot at the bottom of this element and is also brutal in the final helix. Its a damn shame to let a good ride like this become so bad and I sure hope that it will be overhauled in the near future. ** 1/2
After this we rode Enterprise (the best one in my opinion, and it was scary because the wind was blowing the carts around.), the Log Flume (decent for such a small park) and then we went to Hydro Surge.
At this point it began to storm so all the rides closed for about ten minutes. They then reopened... all except Hydro Surge whose lazy crew was goofing off. It opened about 45 minutes later and we snagged two rides. While its not a very attractive river rapids ride, it is fun and you actually get wet, all I ask for on a summer day. *** 1/2
At this point it was time to go, and I wasn't at all happy that the best ride in the park, the Rainbow, was closed yet again. What is the deal with this ride, it was closed last time I was here. I guess they can't figure out how to run it!
As you can tell, the MBP needs some serious work. It has potential (decent rides, nice location, atmosphere) but crappy crews who barely speak or move, poor maintanace standards, and a ridiculous gate price (I mean come on, SFOG was two bucks cheaper and has DEJA VU, Superman, Batman, Scorcher...) make this park disappointing. The Park gets a D+
On a better note, I did finally get to ride TOP STAR at the Grand Prix and loved it. It's a Zamperela ride and for those who don't know what it is, go here: http://www.zamperlarides.com/main/images/spectacularrides/topstartour3.jpg
Wow what great g's and hangtime. ***1/2
I would have ridden Swamp Fox but Family Kingdom didn't open until four, but from what I remember it was a lot smoother than Hurricane is now.
*** This post was edited by Willh51 7/8/2003 12:02:56 AM ***
Really though, it is bad to hear that Hurricane is still not getting the love it deserves. There were some bad potholes when I was there 2 years ago, and someone who rode it this summer told me it was "like riding down a gravel road."
For some reason the MBP thinks it is a major Amusment Park, while it is really nothing but a Tourist Trap with a Large Wooden Coaster.
Does anybody know if the City Council is still trying to get the Pavilion to move to a different location?
"The Mountain Slidewinder. Voted The #1 Non-Rollercoaster Ride in America Amusement Business Magazine, 1991"
Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.
Top Thrill Dragster -- The most intense, unbelievable, and spectacular fifteen seconds on any coaster, anywhere, ever.
...and someone who rode it this summer told me it was "like riding down a gravel road.
Hey now, some gravel roads aren't that rough. I mean if you're going anywhere in Louisiana, you have to drive on one and some are actually better than the highways. ;)
*** This post was edited by The Shy One 7/13/2003 7:06:47 PM ***
The Hurricane was the biggest disappointment. It was unbearably rough. The only way I could justify paying the $23.95 was to marathon the Hurricane, but I could tolerate only about 8 rides on it this year. It is just incredibly rough in the first helix, first speed hill, and final helix.
The park is managed by a guy named David Melton (unless he was fired recently) and I have to say I do not care for his managing. A few crappy pay-per-ride attractions have been added while old rides are looking shabby. Who this guy knows and how he got this position is beyond me. Rich Hair was the manager for a while (I believe he is now at Blackpool Pleasure Beach) and he was partially responsible for bringing in the Hurricane. Alan Kanter took over when Rich left and he was fabulous. He wanted a drop tower and lots of Hurricane merchandise, etc. The park just looked incredible when he was in charge. Everything worked, everything looked great, etc. Now it is falling apart and quickly becoming a signature crappy Myrtle Beach money trap.
I did enjoy my time at the park, but couldn't help but notice its sudden decline. Anyone else have any experiences there this year?
The new theme park in Myrtle Beach probably won't happen. I just don't think the market is strong enough to build a year-round big park. What will probably happen eventually is the Pavilion will move. As I typed that last sentence, I realized that maybe the reason the park is in such bad shape now is because they are planning on moving within the next few years. It's been proposed many times and the park's answer was always "no" under Rich and Alan's management, but has changed to "maybe" now. That would sure be interesting. Hmmm....
I miss that Corkscrew, it was my first upside down coaster.
I believe it was my first steel coaster. It was either that or the one kiddy coaster they had at the Magic Harbor down the road.
Anyway, that is sad to hear about the Pavillion's demise. I grew up going to MB almost every summer as a kid and looked forward to the Pavilion, MK, and MH.
BTW, does the Pavillion still have that enclosed ride that was in a tent and was air-conditioned? They played the best music and all you could see was strobe and laser lights.
Feel The DragsterGasm....
Not only was scrambler once in a tent, there was also a casino ride in a tent that was pretty cool.
Hurricane is rough as hell
I had no problem withthe admission price though.
KIMBERLY LAKE INC.
*** This post was edited by john13601 7/15/2003 11:35:39 AM ***
I think what has happened is the Pavilion is really in serious financial trouble. I think the reason Alan Kanter got fired was because attendance had been slowly but surely rising year after year, and then sharply decreased the year of the Hurricane's opening. I am pretty sure it's been way below expected since. Couple that with a $6 million plus investment in a major coaster that has relatively high maintenance costs, and the park has problems. I attribute to this the park's willingness to at least hear out proposals for their moving. If they aren't planning on moving the park soon, unfortunately I think the park's declining condition is caused by a lack of money.
*** This post was edited by DropZone 7/15/2003 6:29:51 PM ***
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