Tuesday, July 18, 2000 3:49 PM
After reading the news about Disneyland reaching it's 45y.o. point, I was wondering which is the oldest operating Amusement Park in the U.S.? I know that Cedar Point is up there, but what is older than the Point?
Tuesday, July 18, 2000 3:57 PM
Coney Island maybe? Or does it not count cause its now astroland not whatever it was called b4?
Tuesday, July 18, 2000 4:03 PM
Cedar Point is one of the oldest, but I don't recall if they have the crown. Somebody correct me, but I think they're at 129 years as an amusement park.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2000 6:02 PM
The oldest continuously operating amusement resort in the U.S. is Lake Compounce. It has been open since 1846.
Tuesday, July 18, 2000 8:19 PM
Here's what I came up with for some a few of the oldest:
Lake Compounce 154 years
Willams Grove 150 years
Idlewild 122 years
Lakemont 106 years
Parks hit for 2000!
PKD,BGW,Knoebels,DP,HP,PKI,HW,SFKK,SFA, Camden, SFO,CP,WL,IW,KW,BP
Wednesday, July 19, 2000 2:03 PM
By the way, Holiday World is considered the oldest operating "theme" park.
Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill.
Wednesday, July 19, 2000 5:48 PM
This is the 130th running year of Cedar Point. opened in 1870. Think about that just 5 years after the Civil War was over, Cedar Point opened.
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Thursday, July 20, 2000 7:17 AM
Lake Compounce also considers itself a "theme park"
What about the oldest park in the world. There must be places in Europe older then Lake Compounce.
Coney Island gets the credit for being the site of the first roller coaster but none of the original parks exist. Astroland, Deno's Wonderland Park, and Coney Island Rides operate on the remnents of the old parks. Astroland opened sometime in the late sixties/early seventies.
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Thursday, July 20, 2000 4:57 PM
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen probably can be considered the oldest park in Europe, if not the world.
Friday, July 21, 2000 8:13 AM
Lake Compounce - 154 years
Willams Grove - 150 years
Cedar Point - 130 years
Idlewild - 122 years
Lakemont - 106 years
Kennywood - 102 years
Wow, 3 out of 4 of the Kennywood Entertainment parks are up there! GO KENNYWOOD!
[Steel Dragon 2000: It will be beaten. Kennywood in 2001]
Friday, July 21, 2000 8:47 PM
I think Dorney Park is in it's 117th season.
Sunday, July 23, 2000 11:00 PM
In the Cedar Point Park History section on there web site it says, "According to the National Amusement Park Historical Association, Cedar Point is the second oldest park in existence."
Seems wrong to me, but thats what it says...
What's life if you never get to the Point?
Monday, July 24, 2000 9:49 AM
Maybe they mean AMUSEMENT park and not THEME park.
Monday, July 24, 2000 11:15 AM
ACCORDING TO NAPHA:
Bakken, north of Copenhagen, which opened in 1583 now enjoys the status of the world's oldest operating amusement park.
Monday, July 24, 2000 10:37 PM
I think I heard that Knott's Berry Farm is the oldest.