Pirate Ride at Cedar Point???

Sunday, May 13, 2001 1:48 PM
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!
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Sunday, May 13, 2001 2:42 PM
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 and was so far outdated it was hilarious.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!

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Sunday, May 13, 2001 2:44 PM
LONG LIVE THE PIRATE RIDE

Now home to an arcade. A TERRIBLE arcade at that. Old Atari games nobody has even heard of. I spent many a summer riding the Pirate Ride. It was great.

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Sunday, May 13, 2001 4:54 PM
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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Sunday, May 13, 2001 5:39 PM

punk said:
"A TERRIBLE arcade at that. Old Atari games nobody has even heard of."


HEY!!! Don't knock Atari!
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Monday, May 14, 2001 4:02 AM
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)
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Monday, May 14, 2001 5:29 AM
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. ***
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Monday, May 14, 2001 7:09 AM
Bonus points for anyone who knows the name of the ship in the front of the Pirate Ride.

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Monday, May 14, 2001 7:34 AM
I couldn't agree more, the pirate ride used to be my favorite ride when I was little, CP already has enough arcades, it was a stupid move to take this cool ride out.
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Monday, May 14, 2001 8:17 AM
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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Jeff
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Monday, May 14, 2001 8:19 AM
They should have at least kept the ship.

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everything's better with a banjo
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Monday, May 14, 2001 10:47 AM
They took the pirate ride out???? ::bursts into tears::; j/k, but when did they take it out? man, i havent been to cp in so long...
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Monday, May 14, 2001 10:54 AM
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?
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Monday, May 14, 2001 11:01 AM
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, although not a huge park, has two cool dark rides: The haunted house, and the cave train, which was recently refurbished. Hats off to them for keeping them both.

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Monday, May 14, 2001 11:17 AM
Disney has Rockin Rollercoaster
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Monday, May 14, 2001 11:22 AM

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?"


PKI has a haunted theater dark ride.
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Monday, May 14, 2001 11:31 AM
Kennywood has 3. Noah's Ark, Old Mill, and Gold Rusher. Exterminator is a push.

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Monday, May 14, 2001 11:35 AM

kpjb said:
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punk said:
"A TERRIBLE arcade at that. Old Atari games nobody has even heard of."


HEY!!! Don't knock Atari!
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Could you describe the ruckus?"



I don't knock Atari, only the particular Atari games they chose to put in there. I love Atari and still play mine regularly. They are all no name games that arent any fun.

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Monday, May 14, 2001 12:19 PM
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.

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Monday, May 14, 2001 12:45 PM
It was probably removed for the same reason the got rid of Fasination, it was just too old.
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