It makes sense that dark ride companies would offer a selection of "prefab" themes, as well as a selection of stunts. There might be more info at www.dafe.org
Well, part of it.
Great thing to see as a long-time guest...the inability to finish cleaning up a mess.
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Shoot...I remember at SFSTL as a kid a dark ride or 2, a jungle cruise ride, a paddlewheel boat, etc. Not much like that now!
It was a great compliment on the Blue Streak mini-midway, with the Calypso, the Streak, the Rockets, and the turnpike cars. Something for everyone.
I wish I had visited Cedar Point about 30 years ago, back when it was transitioning from the traditional park it was to the hybrid amusement/theme giant it is today. Sounds as though a lot of cool rides were lost, including one of the darkrides from Freedomland. Thanks to the Great Escape, Tornado is gone too.
I have a lot of love for most Sally dark rides. There's pretty not a park out there that wouldn't be better with one of those, IMO.
CP is worried about attendance being flat so why not add some big attractions for the non-coaster crowd.
Shapiro wants a more family oriented Six Flags and adding darkrides would be a good thing to do there as well.
In have to give a lot of credit to parks such as KW, IB, HW, KG, and LC for having something for everyone, not to mention the destination parks. Cedar Fair and Six Flags need to do more of this. At least Shapiro sees this need. Now is the time for him to act on this.
I remember back in the early 80s when SFOG was a nice, well-balanced park, sort of a bigger version of today's Lake Compounce but with more theming (and without the waterpark -- waterparks hadn't become a big thing yet.).
In those days, Kings Island shared attributes with both Disneyland and traditional parks. I do remember that the Schotts advised Disney on matters involving Disneyland and they later were to incorporate some of the Disney ideas into their theme park.
I was pretty young when they killed off Earthquake but I remember being heartbroken when I found out it wasn't there anymore. I looked forward to that ride the entire drive, and I was angry when I saw that stupid indoor Berenstain Bears playground in its place (in retrospect, it was better than the Snoopy giftshop).
Millrace was the first "big" ride I ever rode at Cedar Point. I was not happy to see it gone. I've never been a fan of Raptor so in my opinion, the trade was not worthwhile. My favorite part was the water falling across the trough right where it went through the mill building. The water would shut off as the log approached. It was fun to see everybody duck.
Now I live about 2 hours from Cedar Point and I hardly ever visit. It isn't the same park I used to love. Most of the additions from the past 10 years really don't interest me. Some coaster enthusiast I am. :)
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