Yeah, it's a shame isn't it. I've seen that website before. And everytime I come across it, I loathe Six Flags more and more. The park as of the past 10-15 years has been pretty much a dump in the making. Find me another amusement park of such magnitute and size in such a pathetic state. You probably won't. Ew. What 10-some years of "neglect" can do to a place that was once so beautiful.
Acoustic Viscosity said: Awesome and very depressing at the same time. That is what the park should strive to be again. Go retro and focus on atmosphere instead of new bigger thrills.
I agree, and I love looking at older photos of parks. It seems like alot of parks really loose their "magic" and charm over the years, like when I saw older pictures of kings dominion and kings island with th singing mushrooms and everything. Id love to go back to when parks were like that. From pics ive seen it seems alot of european parks hold onto a little of that kind of atmosphere I see in old pictures of major american parks.
American theme parks switched from kooky "niche" characters and theming to widely-accepted and highly marketable stuff. I think that did a lot to change the theme park landscape because it stifled creativity.
^^ They actually had 2 train rides at one time, the Old 99 was used for the "Train to Trollywood" train ride. Go here for pix and more depressing reminders of what a magical fun park Magic Mtn used to be:
I remember going to Magic Mountain in the late 70's. It was almost as exciting for the family to go there as Disneyland. You can see how this used to be a family park.
The idea that too many roller coasters makes it impossible for a park to be family friendly again is an idiotic argument. It's just an excuse to dump the park for some short term profit.
We're not talking about reinventing the wheel here. It doesn't have to be a bunch of expensive, heavily themed dark rides that turn things around. Some bumper boats, a train, a yo-yo, some fair rides, just a few more options for other family members to ride other than extreme-thrills. Its just so sad folks have given up on this park. *** Edited 9/19/2006 5:50:32 PM UTC by rc-madness***
The Trollywood Railway was located kind of where Goliath is now. It ran a short course out of Kiddieland out past some troll dioramas (Trollville, Rastus' house, etc.).
The other railroad was much larger and it's main station was where Batman is now. it ran out to the western edge of the property and then turned south. This section of the railway ran past wild animals, as the park was trying for a bit of a "safari" feel here. The train then circled around past Spilliken Corners (where Psucklone and Vu are now) and there was another station in the corners. It then made it's way back to station one. You can still see some remnants of the tracks at the base of the path that runs up from Vu to the Rapids Ride.