Where are the remaining Wacky Shacks?

Friday, April 14, 2006 1:31 PM
All in the topic title! I'm asking this cause my mom just finished reading a book on Montreal's defunct Parc Belmont and she was in tears at the end! So many souvenirs...

Anyway, the ride she remember the most was the park's Wacky Shack! Are there any remaining?

Friday, April 14, 2006 1:34 PM
Waldameer Park has an original and very well-kept Bill Tracey Whacky Shack, and if I'm not mistaken, Bell's Amusement Park has one called Phantasmagoria, which features the exact same facade.

Those are the only ones I can think of...

Ray P.

Friday, April 14, 2006 1:37 PM
rollergator's avatar Waldameer's:


*** Edited 4/14/2006 5:38:53 PM UTC by rollergator***

Friday, April 14, 2006 1:41 PM
Waldameer? Humm.. that's on the road to Cedar Point from Montreal. We'll probably hit it this summer. Is it good?
Friday, April 14, 2006 1:47 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Here's a shot of the full facade. (not that Gator's weren't great pics)
Friday, April 14, 2006 1:54 PM
rollergator's avatar ^ Well that there is a perfessional site...LOL!
Friday, April 14, 2006 1:58 PM
Wonderland (Amarillo) has a similar type ride called Fantastic Journey. Either Bell's or Wonderland has an original Bill Tracey ride, and the other is an in-house copy. I think Wonderland's is the in-house version.

Joyland in Kansas also has a Whacky Shack.

Friday, April 14, 2006 2:14 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Ha! Errm...yeah..professional..that's the ticket.
Friday, April 14, 2006 2:34 PM
State Fair of Texas has a Bill tracy Wacky Shack.
Friday, April 14, 2006 2:47 PM
There is a fantastic one in Ocean City, Maryland at Trimper's on the Boardwalk. Ocean City, Maryland is a hidden gem, trust me!
Friday, April 14, 2006 3:02 PM
rollergator's avatar Rob, are you referring to the one with the coffins for cars? That WAS cool as anything...
Friday, April 14, 2006 4:09 PM
That's nice... now, another question: the Noah's Arks... were those indoor walkthroughs with gags and it ended with a slide?
Friday, April 14, 2006 4:16 PM
Kennywood's got the only Noah's Ark I know of, but it ends with a cheesy illusion of a room about to be flooded.

It does have some dangerous stuff (vibrating staircase, rotating room).

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Friday, April 14, 2006 4:38 PM
Sawblade5's avatar SDC has a shack built in the 1960's called Grandfather's Mansion and is located right off the main square behind the Country Store on the pathway between the Country Store and the Ice Cream Shoppe (1880 Hotel). It is a walk through with moving walls, an Upside down room, and a very very uneven basement with a chair swing, a pool table that almost never misses a shot (I've seen it miss before it funny when it happens), a fake safe, a puzzling bed, and at the end a hall of infinite mirrors.

This is one of the oldest attractions at SDC and its a fun one to go through and relax in. It also makes good practice of crooked floors and walkways before taking a Marvel Cave Tour, which has plenty of those added to low clearance spots.

*** Edited 4/14/2006 9:26:31 PM UTC by Sawblade5***

Chris Knight

Friday, April 14, 2006 4:57 PM
Mamoosh's avatar This might help: www.dafe.org
Friday, April 14, 2006 8:45 PM
a_hoffman50's avatar I wish the dark ride enthusiasts had as nicer sites... Not saying dafe.org is not a nice site, it just is not as nice as say rcdb or coasterbuzz or negative-g.
Friday, April 14, 2006 11:53 PM
Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England has the World's only other existing Noah's Ark beside Kennywood's
Friday, April 14, 2006 11:53 PM
I digital video'd the one at Trimpers. Like a crazy 7-8 minutes long. Crazy man, crazy.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 8:49 AM
Kennywood's Noah's Ark never had a slide. It did once have a tilt room, moving floorboards, 'waddling lillypads', and other such stunts. All have been removed for safety reasons. At least it still has the shaking floorboards and the boat still rocks like it did when it was originally built in 1936. The boat had to be rebuilt in 1996, but, most guests don't even realize that it is new.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 9:31 AM
The dark ride currently operating at Camden Park started life as a Wacky Shack... It's a gravity driven ride similar to the one at Conneaut... the original decor is gone now, but it had that wacky house-with-a face look. I'm not sure if it was a Bill Tracy design or a knock off.

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