Parks built as carnival, grown to full?

Thursday, July 12, 2001 6:23 PM
Are there any parks that were built as fairs, or temporary parks like festivals or carnivals that eventually bred into full amusement parks? If so, can anyone give me the story?
Thanks!

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Friday, July 13, 2001 5:09 AM
La Ronde started out at the '68 (i think thats the year) worlds fair. The land it was built on is acutally and extension of the island in the st lawrence seaway. They filled in the seaway to build the island.
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Friday, July 13, 2001 6:54 AM
Is that how part of Coney Island NY started? I mean one of the parks? I think Steeplechase was built out of leftovers from a world's fair. Can anybody help me here?

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Rollercoasters are the secret of life!

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Friday, July 13, 2001 7:06 AM
I'm pretty sure that's how SFKK started. It's on the Kentucky State Fairgrounds.
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Sunday, July 15, 2001 8:14 PM
LaRonde was built (or parts of it anyways) for the Exhibition but I thought it was in 1967. I could easily be wrong but didn't the Montreal Expos (baseball) start in 1967 and I thought it was the year of the World's Fair (hence the name.)
I know at some point around 1976 LaRonde was called Man and His World also.
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Sunday, July 15, 2001 8:30 PM
Den,
I think so too, but I can't be sure. Haven't been around long enough. But they way they open it up for the fair makes me think it started that way. Also makes me angry as a season pass holder... Why should I pay $6 for 7 tickets to ride Chang? But that's another story...

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We are the ones who wait in line for hours for a 45-second thrill, and consider it time well spent.
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Sunday, July 15, 2001 9:08 PM
A lot of parks have intresting starts. Indiana beach was built like a year or so have lake shaffer and its sister lake was built in attempts to make resorts and stuff. Michigans adventure started out from a petting zoo. Coney Island was built by a poor broker that had a dream and a loan. We all know about walt disney.

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Jordon "the jackal" Dunham
Team Berserk Blue
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Sunday, July 15, 2001 10:22 PM
How do you define a "carnival type" park to a full fledged "amusement park"? To me, its when the park transforms from a strictly pay-per-ride park to an option of pay-per-ride and a P.O.P. park or obviously solely a P.O.P. park. The size and the number of rides really has nothing to do with it.

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Chitowns 6 year old daughter says "Daddy, Dippin Dots are nasty!!" I must say that I agree!!
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