Riders help send off the Giant Slide at Morey's Pier

Posted Monday, October 11, 2010 12:49 PM | Contributed by Jeff

For many longtime area residents and visitors, the Giant Slide was a piece of nostalgia, on which children speeded down on burlap sacks with their fathers behind them. On Sunday, 200 people who won a contest through Morey's went down the slide for the last time before it is disassembled.

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Monday, October 11, 2010 1:14 PM

Kings Dominion had one of these back in the 70s, situated right next to the Galaxi coaster. I remember wanting to ride it, but my folks thought I was too small. Go figure, I was older than my son is now, and I let him ride one at our local farm festival by himself a couple weeks ago. I rode it too, and I'm almost embarrassed to say it was my first ride on one of these. Pretty fun, though...I can only imagine what it was like as a kid.

it was theonly ride at the amusement park that used burlap sacks.

Really? I thought they were optional on Great Nor'Easter as well.

Monday, October 11, 2010 1:18 PM

Isn't there that snake-type slide next to Great White that uses burlap sacks?

Sad to see fun nostalgic rides like that go, but the replacement for it looks to be pretty awesome, too.

Monday, October 11, 2010 6:32 PM

Kings Island used to have one, as well as Camden Park, if I recall correctly (a LOOOoooooooon time ago). Our local fairs get the smaller version every once in a while. It's a fun ride.

What other parks have these slides? HersheyPark is the only one that I can think of, and it's a smaller one like my local fairs get.

Monday, October 11, 2010 10:47 PM

Dutch Wonderland used to have a large slide like the one at Morey's but it was replaced with 2 smaller slides like the ones that Hershey has. I like the larger slides better because the drops are bigger and there is some space in between the drops. The one thing I didn't like about Morey's slide is that there was only 1 lane open every time I have been there which makes it a long wait.

Monday, October 11, 2010 11:45 PM

Cedar Point had one behind the Pagoda Gift Shop. I suspect it was one of the first "big" things that people my age could ride there.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 12:02 AM

Cypress Gardens had one before the ride removal.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 1:49 PM

Beech Bend has a smaller one.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:25 PM

Lakeside in Salem Va had a great one before it closed in 86.. I would love to have the Slide at KD back over Shockwave any day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:45 PM

Vater, I can so clearly remember the KD ride....it was SO well located with an amazing view of the park (and the Galaxi!).

Wild Adventures has one and Puyallup has a GREAT one - but the best ones are the spiral slides. The only two I know of in the US are at Santa's Workshop (just below Pike's Peak), and the one at...just for Gonch....Knoebel's Groves!

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:46 PM
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 2:55 PM

That spiral slide was tons o' fun this weekend.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 1:35 AM

The Ohio State Fair still has a full size, permanently installed one on the grounds.

KI's was in the Hanna-Barbera area, until the mid to late 90s.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:32 AM

I went on the one at KI during my very first trip to that park, and yeah, it was a pretty big ride for a little kid who couldn't go on any coasters other than Beastie. That was around 1982 or 83, and it's a very strong memory fo me. Up to that point, outside of carnivals, I believe I had only been to Fantasy Farm.

Nostalgia is surely a strong factor, but I loved the feel of KI in the 80s. Paramount gutted the soul of that place and it was never the same.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:00 AM

The big slide at KI was moved to Hanna Barbara land from over near the Racers turnaround, I believe.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:06 PM

Martin's Fantasy Island near Niagara Falls had one when I last visited it in 2008. Does anyone know if it's still there?

I remember in the late 1960s these slides were EVERYWHERE. Not only were they at Amusement Parks, Fairs and Zoo, but it seemed like every Shopping Center in Town had one as well! Then, one by one, they began coming down. Now, only a handfull exist! :(

Last edited by Regulus, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:07 PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:11 PM

We visited Martin's in August, and the slide is still there.

Interestingly, I had a dream about one of those the other night. I was driving along, and noticed a playground with a giant slide. I thought this was very unusual and made a mental note to take Ava there sometime. Too bad it was only a dream. :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 1:58 PM

pkidelirium said:
The Ohio State Fair still has a full size, permanently installed one on the grounds.

KI's was in the Hanna-Barbera area, until the mid to late 90s.

I know it was shown in at least one version of the opening credits for the Banana Splits Show that was filmed at the park in the late 60's- early 70's.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:42 PM

One banana, two banana, three banana, four.....

Wow, haven't thought about that show for years. Way to make me feel old, Bear

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 3:59 PM

You don't eat them for dessert!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:26 PM

When I worked at the Point, the SKY Slide was still popular. The staff shared ops on that with Ocean Motion. They were actually pretty good ladies, lining up 15 people, and doing the 3-2-1 countdown.

Conneaut Lake Park had, I think a 9 lane, and was going to turn it around from facing the Blue Streak, and incorporate into the new waterpark for the 1986 season. That never happened, and it was removed quietly after Labor Day 1985.

Dutch Wonderland had another 9 lane, and it was removed for newer twin 3 lane slides. It was removed for the same reason Morey's is removing theirs, age and maintenence.

Geauga Lake also had a 15 lane slide, which I ride in 1975, and they actually moved theirs to drop into the lake. Which i think lasted one whole season. Someone probably knows that story better.


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