Also, after they removed the train, they opened up the midway behind Columbia Carousel to go straight through.
The idea behind Marriott's original layout was to keep the rest of the park hidden from the front gate.
Why the changes? I know Paramount owns the park and they can do what they please but why change something that really didn't need changing?
As for SFGA 11's comments above, I entirely agree that Paramount's interest lies solely in their "own" history, not what came before. The list of removed attractions from that park is staggering. But hey, at least they kept the Sky ride! :)
I think Paramount has been doing a pretty good job of running this park given the limited space and competition from Six Flags. (Did King's Entertainment or Paramount sell all the extra land orginally owned by the park?)
Although a lot has been removed, they have been adding new attractions pretty regularly. It seems better than the lean years after Marriott's sold the park, what did we get then? Grizzly and a lame water ride if I remember correctly.
I'll post a picture when I find one.
Edit: I'm not on my computer or I'd post a better picture, but I have this one online: Stealth Picture
If you look at one of the supports toward the bottom of the first drop, you'll notice it makes a shape like this /-\ for the train to go under. *** Edited 6/19/2004 5:28:29 PM UTC by GoliathKills***
Over here on the east coast, the same can be said for Carowinds. Paramount is good at adding roller coasters(the park now has 13), but they really don't give a rat's ass when it comes to the slower, older attractions or the original theme of the park. God forbid anything be themed to North or South Carolina outside of Carolina Boardwalk.
Just last season, one of the oldest & most beloved attractions at the park, the Carolina Sternwheeler Riverboat, was destructively ripped out after a hole was knocked in the side of it. The original plan was to just park it behind the Borg Ass/Stealth, but evidently Paramount couldn't spare any money to fix the boat up for static display.
PKD also lost it's Steam Railroad, the "Old Dominion Line", in 1994 for unknown reasons. The railroad operated part way into the season(Evan after Wayne's World opened), but then in June it was shut down.
Just from looking at the two Great Americas, Six Flags has done a much better job at keeping their park together. Still some pretty good theming in the park that goes with the name. (Southwest Territory, the New Orleans renovations) *** Edited 6/19/2004 7:32:48 PM UTC by Dukeis#1***
At least one,or both of the trains continue to run at BGT where I'm sure they're well taken care of but it still would've been nice if PKD had decided to hold onto it instead of ripping it out for what proved to be a rather mediocre coaster.
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