Tra-La-La... What Park Is Featured Here?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:33 PM

yea, it's more about the Sunlight Pool there than anything else. I would visit the rides when we'd go to the Cincinnati Flower Show in the spring. (it's since moved from Coney Island) What I loved was that the atmosphere of the original park is still there, even though the rides are not the greatest, it was still fun to imagine and remember the park as it was.

That Pepsi Python coaster there is a complete ouch-fest. But you get some oldies but goodies, the Tempest, of course, always fun , RoundUp, Flying Bobs, and what has to be the world's oldest operating Trabant.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:50 PM

Here's another version that features a sky ride and shows a brief glimpse of a Trabant.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8jlJpceXpY

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 5:59 PM

The 1st skyride looks like KI, the second one toward the end is SFOT. The Trabant is the El Sombrero, or Mexican Hat at SFOT, which may have been the first ever installation of a Trabant in the US.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:32 PM

That's without a doubt SFoT's Mine Train coming up out of the underwater tunnel at the end. And the tunneled flume drop made me think of SFoT right away.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 8:45 PM

The ending video credits would show the Coney Island, OH flume and the Shooting Star track which ran very close to it. Also, the flume clip at the 1:35 mark is Coney's. The big fountain can make that clear.

I remember so well the Banana Splits. I was glued to the TV set when they would sing their songs during the show as they would often have clips of SFoT.

I think they had the best Big Bend clips ever. I wonder if those are still archived somewhere??

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:21 AM

On a similar note to this topic does anyone remember that TV show from the early 70s that was shot at Hersheypark?

At the time our local NBC station aired it ( WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland ) on Saturday afternoon. The only station we could pick up at our old house LOL

Two things I remember about this show...the camera shots that were done ON the rides and seeing Diana Ross singing "Last Time I Saw Him"..as she was walking the tracks on the Comet roller coaster while she was waving to the crowds below.

Other than those tidbits, I don't remember much else about this show. I would like to say it was a talent show with kids with a guest star I assume ( like maybe Diana Ross was ) but even there I am not so sure.

Also I would like to say NBC-TV (?) themselves had some show of their own that was taped at an amusement park back in the 70s. "GO"? I think it was called or something like that . Not sure if it was NBC but I do remember the show had JoAnn Worley from Laugh-In hamming it up with the guests getting on and off the rides. And like the show done at Hersheypark...this show had shots done on the rides too.

Its a shame the Banana Splits never did an entire show that was done at either Coney Island or Six Flags over Texas the same way the Bradys & Partridges did at Kings Island.

Last edited by Chriscub, Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:29 AM
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Thursday, June 18, 2009 11:12 AM

You might be thinking of the Al Alberts TV Showcase. This article mentions that the Showcase was featured when the amphitheatre was opened in 1973.
(No mention of Diana Ross walking the tracks though).

http://www.hersheypa.com/town_of_hershey/history/hersheypark.html

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 4:28 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
You might be thinking of the Al Alberts TV Showcase. This article mentions that the Showcase was featured when the amphitheatre was opened in 1973.
(No mention of Diana Ross walking the tracks though).

http://www.hersheypa.com/town_of_hershey/history/hersheypark.html

Thanks for the link. I think that is the show I was thinking about.

About Ross..some years back I seem to remember reading in the paper where the song "Last Time I saw Him" was one of the worst tunes of the 70s and Diana herself no longer performs that tune at concerts. Maybe Hersheypark is doing Miss Ross a "favor" by helping keep that tune dead and buried LOL

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Thursday, June 18, 2009 7:58 PM

I remember when Wonder Woman went to Hersheypark and saved the riders on Superdooperlooper from being derailed because of a bomb messing up the track in the loop. That was amazing!

Almost as amazing as when KISS went to Magic Mountain.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009 10:05 AM

Mamoosh said:
^^^Jo - You're not the only one who's "old" around here. I used to watch the show when it first aired. FYI, Paul Winchell also one of the character voices too. Paul's most well-loved character voice: Tiggger.

I can top that-I remember Paul Winchell also did a show called the "Paul Winchell Show" (in B&W!) with his beloved puppets Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smith...I LOVED that show when I was a kid! :)
Also didnt Paul Winchell play the voice of Snidley Whiplash and Muttley in the Wacky Races?
I will get my walker and move on now ;)

Jo

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Saturday, June 20, 2009 11:17 AM

I remember that show too, Jo :)

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