Six Flags Autoworld

Friday, March 7, 2003 6:48 PM
I just got done watching Michael Moore's 1989 documentary "Roger and Me," about the problems in Flint, MI after GM closed the factories.

There was a bit during the movie about how the city tried to revitalize the tourism industry in the city by building Six Flags Autoworld. There's a little bit of footage about this strange attraction. I liked the "show" with the factory worker singing to the robot that was replacing him in the factory, calling him "My buddy."

Did anyone here visit this attraction during it's (short) span of operation?


P.S. - This movie is a must-see, just as much so as Michael Moore's current movie "Bowling For Columbine," now up for an oscar!

Friday, March 7, 2003 7:17 PM
I never did see Roger and Me, and I have never seen any pictures of AutoWorld, did they have any coasters there? However I have seen Bowling for Columbine and I think it is a wonderful movie
Saturday, March 8, 2003 1:48 PM
I grew up in the suburbs of Flint and went to Autoworld several times. I even drew a car of the future in elementary school which was entered into a competition to be posted on a wall with other cars of the future. (I wasn't a very good artist, so my car didn't go up) It was actually a pretty nice place with wonderful theming. The main dome made you feel like you were walking through a very different version of Flint from the past.

Autoworld had a carousel, ferris wheel, bumper cars, a couple of dark rides, some theaters, an IMAX theater and some other things. It was pretty nice, but there was nothing left to see once you had been there once.

I was there once when it was being built with my Cub Scout troop. Then I went there with my family shortly after in opened. I remember going there for my eighth grade field trip. And then I was there a couple of times after the park closed and tried opening seasonally for a Christmas celebration.

I am always sad when I think of Autoworld, because it really was a nice place that was just managed very poorly. I look at the kids rides like Runaway Raptor at Kings Island and realize how nicely something like that would have fit in and offered a more exciting time.

Now, Autoworld has been demolished and is being used as part of the campus for University of Michigan - Flint.


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