Soon to be Gone?

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4:42 PM
In the past couple of years I have been planing different trips around the country trying to visit some of the smaller parks. With the closing of Myrtle Beach Pavilion at the end of the year, I decided to stop on the way back from Coaster Con. With the problems Conneaut Lake Park has been having year after year, I decided to go there.

Now, in reading the news articles in the past few months, it seems Santa's Village is still having problems.

For someone like myself who would like the opportunity to visit these parks before they are gone, can anyone make any sugestions of parks to visit that may have a short life expectancy? I would say that for the moment I'm only looking to Travel in the U.S. (maybe Canada or Mexico if it's something really worth while)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4:59 PM
Six Flags Magic Mountain lol.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006 5:03 PM
Six Flags Elitch Gardens
Tuesday, June 27, 2006 5:26 PM
Elitch Gardens.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006 6:03 PM
Wish that thread title was more specific.

As I mentioned in a previous thread somewhere, my closest park in Fostoria Ohio is SBNO and for sale. It was called Putt N' Pond Speed Park. I highly suggest you look into the very small local parks. They are going downhill left and right.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 7:26 PM
Ok, What title would you suggest? "I'm looking for parks that are closing and was wondering if you could please help me find some of them." A bit long don't you think. Sorry if I made you click a button. You didn't strain yourself did you. ;)

I'm also in Ohio and never got to Putt n' Pond, Americana (aka lesordsville), Dover Lake Park, etc. But, I figured people who lived around these parks that were having difficulties would be better informed to help me out. This is Hobby not a job. Your telling me to look into the very small local parks. What would you have me do, call all of them? I'm doing this as a hobby not a job. Maybe if I were 40 years older and retired. Or 15 years younger and not working, I would have that kind of time.

I figured this could be a good thread for people to taalk about these troubled parks, and perhaps reminise about the ones gone by the wayside.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 7:45 PM
I would have called it "Which endangered parks should I get to ASAP"

Anyway, Jason, you are doing what I have done the past few years. I have gotten to Miracle Strip, Gulf Shores Amusement Park, SFNO (not that I knew it was in danger when I went in 04), Astroworld, Adventure City and several others.

I try to do a handful of endangered/struggleing parks at least once a year.

I think Elitch and Frontier City would be good candidates as well as Fun Spot Park in Indiana (something tells me they aren't doing too well)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 9:31 PM
Joyland in Wichita, KS--hopefully they'll get the coaster up and running soon.

Also, Arnolds Park seems to be doing better now, but you never know.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 10:10 PM
That would have been a better title. Oh well, maybe next time.

John, You listed Adventure city with several Defunct/SBNO parks. Is that a different one than the one in Anaheim, California. If not, I'll put it on the "To Do List" Along with Frontier City, Arnolds Park, and Joyland. (provided the coaster gets going) <crossed fingers>

I may be able to hit a couple during Preservation Con this year.

Parks I've already had the pleasure to visit: SFNO, Astroworld, Elitch, and Fun Spot.

For those who plan on getting to Myrtle Beach Pavilion before the end of the year. Brace Yourself. And by that I mean, hold on for dear life. They built Hurricane in 2000, and that must have been the last time they put a wrench to it. I really liked the Mad Mouse and the Little Eagle though. It was some of the nicest theming I've seen on a Kiddie Coaster. If your tall, don't put your hands up though. :)


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