Park in Hairspray?

Friday, August 8, 2003 9:18 AM
John Waters' Hairspray was on last night. Although the setting was Detroit, Waters is from Baltimore. Does anybody know what park they used for "Tilted Acres"?

The coaster is an unpainted out and back that looked fairly new (early '90s?).

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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Friday, August 8, 2003 9:26 AM
From a Waters interview:

'It's seems like it wouldn't be a good idea. I've shot scenes… The amusement park in "Hairspray" was in Pennsylvania.'

Dorney? I've never seen Hairspray, so I'm not sure. I know I'll catch hell for this later.

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Friday, August 8, 2003 9:28 AM
Hairspray came out in 1988... so it can't be all that new (15yrs old).

But other than that factiod, I never watched the movie from beginning to end, or vice versa.

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Friday, August 8, 2003 9:31 AM
It's Dorney.

Click on 'Hairspray' in the left-hand side menu, then look under 'trivia' when the Hairspray page comes up.
*** This post was edited by chris 8/8/2003 1:32:44 PM ***

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Friday, August 8, 2003 9:57 AM
Definitely Dorney [no link].

mOOSH [no where's that DIET COKE?]

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Friday, August 8, 2003 10:48 AM
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janfrederick said:
John Waters' Hairspray was on last night. Although the setting was Detroit, Waters is from Baltimore. Does anybody know what park they used for "Tilted Acres"?

The coaster is an unpainted out and back that looked fairly new (early '90s?).

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-The movie takes place in Baltimore, Maryland not Detroit, Michigan

-The movie was filmed in 1988, not early 1990's

-The park shown in the movie is Dorney Park, in Allentown, PA (watch the credits)

-That unpainted out-and-back rollercoaster was indeed a yellow painted figure eight Thunderhawk

-Thunderhawk was hardly new in 1988, it was more like 65 years old

*The shots in the movie show great views of the park pre-Cedar Fair. Great shot of the old Journey to the Center of the Earth ride.

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*** This post was edited by DorneyDante 8/8/2003 3:01:29 PM ***

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Friday, August 8, 2003 11:36 AM
"Your hairspray bill alone is eating all the profits from the tilt-a-whirl!"

Waters used Maryland's Enchanted Forest in 1990's Cry Baby. "Ever hear of a Theme Park? Well, that's where I'm going, stallion."

Sorry, but I looove John Waters and have seen those movies a million times. It will be a million and one when I force Chris to watch them, Diet Coke in hand.

And, on a sad note, the man who Corny Collins was based on, and the inspiration for Hairspray, died last week. His name was Buddy Deane and he had a dance show in Baltimore in the early 60's.

Maggie
*** This post was edited by Top Thrill Magster 8/8/2003 3:37:53 PM ***

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Friday, August 8, 2003 11:42 AM
Wow, that movie came out much longer ago than I thought.

Dorney makes sense being close to Maryland and all. Thunderhawk looked like a spring chicken! I guess I assumed the coaster was new because it wasn't white. I know...Phoenix isn't white and you could probably name quite a few other ones (Blue Streak??), but you know...

Anyway, I don't know where I got Detroit from knowing that his movies take place in Baltimore. To be fair, I was semi-comatose...which explains why I didn't catch the credits. ;)

Thanks!

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"I go out at 3 o' clock for a quart of milk and come home to my son treating his body like an amusement park!" - Estelle Costanza

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Friday, August 8, 2003 7:22 PM
Old style parks are almost non existent in Maryland now. I believe (somebody correct me if I'm wrong) Trimpers is the last of the old parks left. The beachfront location didn't fit the script, so they headed north to Allentown.
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Friday, August 8, 2003 10:28 PM
I haven't seen the movie, but my understanding is the park that was represented in the movie was Gwynn Oak, closed since the late '60's. It was located in NW Baltimore and was very popular in it's day...my parents took me there several times. I believe it made national news in the early '60's when efforts were made to intergrate it.

If it had survived, I bet it would be similar to what Kennywood is today...I was reminded a bit of Gwynn Oak there...

Trimpers is a classic...the indoor section is incredibly old...the whip looks like it could be the first one ever made!! Whats neat about Trimpers is you can ride the same rides your Dad rode, your Granddad rode, even your great granddad..when they were kids!!

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*** This post was edited by micrip 8/9/2003 2:33:31 AM ***

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