Original Rides From When Your Park Opened.

Monday, August 22, 2005 1:44 PM
So what are they?

Well my home park is SFA as of now, and it started as a water park, so the water slides, minus Tornado and Bahama Blast. Before that it was SFGAm

All I really no is that Columbia Caroseoul and Sky Trek Tower were there when they opened. Whizzer too I think. Correct me if im wrong and feel free to add more and add your park too.

EDIT: Thanks Gonch for editing the name. *** Edited 8/22/2005 6:07:07 PM UTC by Colin Fisher***

Monday, August 22, 2005 1:54 PM
Original rides at SFMM that are SBNO: Sky Tower, Metro, and Orient Express.

Still running from opening year, 1971: Bumper cars, round-up, Gold Rusher, carousel, Turnpike Cars [new location], log flume, bayurn curve, scrambler, rotor.

1971 attractions that have been removed: Mountain Express, octopus, bumper boats, trabant, crazy barrels, Intamin sky wheel, two steam trains, two sky rides, oriental gardens...and I'm sure there are more.

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:03 PM
Umm, my home park is Kennywood. I wish I had enough knowledge to even begin such a list covering over 100 years of history.

I did, however, fix the spelling for you. :)

EDIT - Then I fixed my spelling.

*** Edited 8/22/2005 6:03:35 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:05 PM
How about none.

Home park is Hersheypark. Originally (1907) there were no rides aside from playground type or rides.

Probably the two oldest rides in the park are the Carrousel (I am not sure of the year) and the Comet (1946)

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:06 PM
Gonchar, you rock. Yeah I figured that, the older parks would be kinda hard, but most SF parks are pretty new.

*** Edited 8/22/2005 6:07:30 PM UTC by Colin Fisher***

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:12 PM
My home park doesn't even exist anymore. But I think a ride or two is still around - somewhere.
Monday, August 22, 2005 2:13 PM
Six Flags Great America:

These are the ones I believe came with the park...

Whizzer (formerly Williard's Whizzer)
Columbia Carousel
Scenic Railway
Sky Trek Tower
Rue Le Dodge
East River Crawler (formerly the Lobster, this is a maybe)
Hometown Fun Machine
Triple Play
Demon (although it was originally configured as the Turn of the Century)
Orbit (originally Orleans Orbit, unsure if this was in the first season, this may have been an add in the second or third season)
Great American Raceway (formerly Barney Oldfield Cars)
Whirligig (several locations)
Ice Mountain Splash (originally the Yankee Clipper)
Logger's Run
Ricochet (originally the Big Top?)
Numerous kiddie rides (the bumble bee ride and the red baron ride come to mind)

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:15 PM
I going solely from memory here but here is what I recall for SFGAdv:

Runaway Train, SkyRide, Carousel, Big Wheel, Enchanted Tea Cups, both Flumes.

I'm not positive but think AutoBahn (Bumper Cars), Musik Express and Rotor (Taz Twister) were all there in the begining

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:31 PM
Autobahn is not the original bumper car ride. The old building was torn down in the mid 90s and in it's place went something that I forgot. The new one was built around that time.

I think the teacups are of a more recent vintage as well.

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:33 PM
Camden Park opened in 1903, and from what I understand it was just a dance hall and a picnic area along the river before any rides were installed.

The rides they have now (with the exception of the Skydiver, Kite Flyer, and the new Tilt) have been there since the 40's to the 60's, including both Dippers.

ALL the flats, with the exception on the ones I have mentioned above have been there as long as I have been alive at least. The only thing they have removed is the Thunderbolt Express.


Monday, August 22, 2005 2:37 PM

larrygator said:
I going solely from memory here but here is what I recall for SFGAdv: ... both Flumes.

My first visit to SFGrAdv came in around 1974 or 1975. The Log flume was there and running, but the Moon Flume (as it was called then) was not. It may have been there but it was not yet operating. It was running in 1978.

Monday, August 22, 2005 2:42 PM
Hey Colin, I can even remember when SFA was Largo Wildlife Preserve drive thru safari...opened in 1973 and closed a few years before they turned the place into Wild World, so really, everything is new from when the place first opened...lol...OK...I'm done showing my age!
Monday, August 22, 2005 2:53 PM
La Ronde has, left from 1967, year the park opened.

Minirail (monorail that goes around the park) It was reconfigured in 2002, to go through Vampire.

Pitoune (1967 Arrow Log Flume). Still the same as 1967... except the park lost half its logs for it through the years.

Marche du Mille Patte (1967 Arrow Mini Mine Train). Originally known as "Les Petites Montagnes Russes". the little roller coaster!!, it was repainted and renamed this year.

Tchou-Tchou and Les Joyeux Moussaillons, 2 kiddy Arrow rides.

That's it! Since then, the park lost a major dark ride in 1980, when the park started installing "modern rides". It lost a Schwarzkopf Wildcat coaster in 1984, which was where the Monstre helix is right now. It lost so many good flat rides, its bad. *** Edited 8/22/2005 6:54:08 PM UTC by Absimilliard***

Monday, August 22, 2005 3:00 PM
Carowinds opened in 1973. There are still 5 original rides still operating from 1973. 1) Goldrusher, 2) Skytower, 3) Kaliedoscope, aka: scrambler, 4) Log Flume, [1st drop modified in the 80's], 5) Shortline RR, moved from the back of the park to the front.

I'd love to see the Waltzer, Surfer, Witchdoctor & White Lightnin' return. I also miss the large steam locomotive, monorail, cable skyway & the recently removed Sternwheeler.

visit my webpage for pictures of all the old rides from the early to late 70's:


Monday, August 22, 2005 3:19 PM
Adventureland (Altoona, IA) didn't have much of anything in its first season.
They have removed several rides over the years though:
-Antique Cars (replaced by picnic grove)
-Flyers (replaced by Balloon Race)
-Scrambler, location 1 (replaced by Rainbow)
-Scrambler, location 2 (replaced by Sawmill Splash)
-Rainbow (this was meant to be a temporary ride (replaced by the Falling Star
-Der Flitzer (flitzer coaster, replaced by Sky Wheel)
-Riverview Himalaya (lot became game area and path to Outlaw Gultch)
-Riverview Carousel (replaced by a new Himalaya)
-Super Screamer (galaxi coaster, replaced by Inverter)

I think that's all of them. Oh wait. The aqua-theater was replaced by the Underground (wooden coaster/dark ride)

A check of Adventureland's history page mentions some kiddie rides that I wasn't aware of:
The trolley runs outside the park now as a shuttle to the Inn. I think there used to be a parking lot shuttle service like WOF used to have as well. *** Edited 8/22/2005 7:27:07 PM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***

Monday, August 22, 2005 3:33 PM

Colin Fisher said:
So what are they?

Well my home park is SFA as of now, and it started as a water park, so the water slides, minus Tornado and Bahama Blast. Before that it was SFGAm

Actually, not all of the water slides presently in the water park were there when SFA originally opened. I believe Deer Park Plunge and what is now Paradise Plunge/Reef Runner are the only original slides that remain in the water park. The wave pool came the year after the water park opened.

Monday, August 22, 2005 4:49 PM
The Enchanted Tea Cups at Great Adventure opened in 1999, didn't they?

I guess my home park is either Fun Forest or Enchanted Village and I know precisely nothing about either one of them. I'll say that the Space Needle is one of Fun Forest's original attractions, however.

Monday, August 22, 2005 5:13 PM
Well I consider both CP and GL my home parks. GL had no rides when it opened, but the oldest coaster is the Big Dipper(1926).

CP had this slide/roller coaster type thing. A whip ride, and this toboggan coaster. Like Gonchar said...it's hard to compile data from a park that is over 100 years old.

Monday, August 22, 2005 6:32 PM
Well, I don't really HAVE a home park per se... the one I've been to the most would probably be SFMM. And Knotts.

GOD DAMN I miss "Berry Tales". I am soooo sad that I never got to take my wife on that... but we DID get to ride the soap box derby racers. And even though we hit the park no less than five times while it was standing - we never DID get a ride on Windjammer. (Probably a good thing, but it IS a rather annoying hole in my otherwise perfect record of Knott's coasters.)

Monday, August 22, 2005 7:17 PM
Hmmmm, I think the oldest ride at Knoebels is the Carousel, which has been there since 1940 or so, although it was built around 1912. Some of the other oldies include the Dodgems, the Rocket Slide, HSTC, Satellite, the Panther Cars, which have been there since the early/mid 50s.

My original, original home park (Lakewood) had its rides either sold off or left to rot in place. :( Best news is that the original carousel is at a museum in Grand Rapids MI, and a few things like kiddie cars were bought by Knoebels.


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