Ok, I was looking over www.usedrides.com as usual to collect my pieces for my fantasy midway, and I came across the newest listing under the specatcular rides category (with out photos). Williams Grove is for sale, for a mere asking price of $2 million. Too bad I wouldn't hit the powerball or megamillions right now. *Sigh* *** Edited 9/13/2006 10:25:55 PM UTC by phoenixphan :-)***
They did not open this year... And I considered buying hte park when I sold my home, at least a downpayment. Of course it needs repair and cleaning and advertising, but overall it would may have survived, as long as I didn't sell out to Six Flags........ ;-)
Wow, I guess I didn't miss much by not knowing about this park when it was open. Still I would love to operate a small park like this, no matter how profitable it would be. There is something about these obscure parks that I love.
I have seen on several sites trip reports, and everyone seems to have enjoyed the Cyclone/Zipper. I think the layout is interesting, and worth being preserved as the last Oscar Bitler coaster in operation.
I actually enjoyed my couple of visits to Williams Grove, phoenixphan. The first time I was there (OK, for a few minutes I wasn't sure I was even there because I came in the back way into the Grange field with the old railroad cars and farm equipment), I thought I'd be there for about an hour then head over to Hershey. But I ended up staying for almost 4 hours.
It was the total antithesis of the corporate parks. I wear my "I survived the Williams Grove Cyclone" t-shirt with pride. Best 6 bucks I spent in a long time.
^ Only woodie I can think of where that shirt would actually be "appropriate". I, too, survived...barely. Have to wonder how that thing rode when it was new, because the way it was running more recently, that could NOT have been intended... ;)
Side note: Now that Cyclone has failed to run for an entire season, doesn't it lose any "grandfathering" in terms of building codes and such? I'm thinking about two wooden coasters in particular that fell (are falling?) victim to the *newer building codes* deal. AstroWorld's Cyclone, and Clementon's JackRabbit. And what I'm thinking is if Cyclone could operate again at all, and if so, how much work and $$$ it might take to get it to meet current building codes. Not saying that I know that it wouldn't...just that I'm pretty sure they frown these days on the "tie it up to a tree" means of supporting the structure... *** Edited 9/15/2006 2:11:46 AM UTC by rollergator***
I wouldn't necessarily call Williams Grove a bad amusement park. Actually, it was a very good amusement park. It had tons of great flats and a unique charm. Sure it was a little run-down and the crowd (both the patrons and the employees) were the finest example of "I don't give a sh*t white trash) but it was definitely an experience. I realize the place wasn't for everyone but that doesn't make it a bad park.