Now I remember the Pirtae Ride but does anyone know why they took it out? It seems stupid that they took it out and put a couple of stupid video games in its place. I know that it was a boring ride but I was always the one to force the whole family on it!
The Pirate Ride was most likely removed because of the equipment: it was bought for CP used back in the '60s (right?) and was so far outdated it was hilarious. Putting the video games in it's place isn't all that exciting, true, but oh well. I think they should have tried to put a small restroom in that area, because it really is needed back in there. Also, the rest of the space is used for storage and the new (or was new) Blue Streak computer. I do miss the Pirate Ride now, and I wish that CP would put in a dark ride that could be for the whole family like that. But they could do so much better now!
I liked the Pirate Ride also....good way to relax after all the coaster riding there. But I really liked the Earthquake ride they used to have on the main midway that was taken out YEARS ago and replaced with the Ber.Bears. Almost all Dark Rides are fun!
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What are you talking about? Cedar Point HAS a Pirate ride. What do you call Ocean Motion??? That is a Pirate Ride!!!
Now, I only first visited the park last year, So this is the correction I need...
Is there some other ride that was called "The Pirate" that is not a swinging ship?? Because everyone on here says their Pirate is gone at Cedar Point, and my stereotype when I hear the ride name of "The Pirate" is the swinging ship ride (which I thought was Ocean Motion)
The Pirate Ride was located in what is now called the Quarterdeck Arcade which is located near the Blue Streak station. It was a dark ride purchased from the defunct Freedomland and installed for the 1966 season and removed in 1996.
The ride featured boat like cars that traveled on a track through various pirate scenes. My personal favorite was the giant octopus that "swallows" the boat. It was a classic and fun ride that I always enojoyed riding. The entrance of the ride featured a large pirate ship with a small "moat" around the base. "Pirate Ride" was written across the sails. My parents used to have us climb on board the boat and take our picture. http://cedarpoint.virtualave.net/postcards/pirater.jpg
You may have noticed that the arcade building has a "piraty" theme" with the stone facade and cannons coming out the walls. If you look carefully at this picture: http://cedarpoint.virtualave.net/lostrides/pr.jpg You can still see the marks on the floor where the boats used to travel and the pirate mural behind the arcade games. It has always been my understanding that the ride was removed based on a combination of reasons including vandalism, low ridership, high maintenance, and the need for storage space in that area of the park. I've also heard that some of the characters from the ride still show up as part of Halloweekends
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*** This post was edited by millrace on 5/14/2001. ***
They didn't take the ride out to build an arcade, they took the ride out because it was expensive to maintain. The arcade is just a make-good to fill space and avoid a big empty building sitting on a midway.
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When I worked at CP, the pirate ride was never allowed to open during the weekdays. Too much vadalism and people getting out of their "boats" was what our manager told us. It may have been outdated, but how many big parks still have a dark ride?
coasterbill73 said: "When I worked at CP, the pirate ride was never allowed to open during the weekdays. Too much vadalism and people getting out of their "boats" was what our manager told us. It may have been outdated, but how many big parks still have a dark ride?"
Pirate Ride was removed after the 1996 season, I believe. I've never heard of it "not being allowed to open on weekdays" though, since in 1996 it was open whenever it was operational, weekdays or not. It's possible that they managed to have better security devices in there by then, though.