Your home parks.......... years ago.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001 5:44 PM
Does anyone have any info about their home parks history or different kind of rides that used to occupy the park?? I was just looking for interesting things about SFGAm, and I found some pretty neat things.

1) I found a map if anyone would like it of the 1982 season of the park. It had 2 sky things that took you to opposite ends of the park, it had another car track, and it is just strange.

2) Under the big "DEMON" letters on the logo, there is a pipe that has red eyes and a small pool of fake blood there. They buried that because of some religious group. That is kindof mysterious, i wish they resurrected that.

Anyone have other interesting tidbits of your park in the past??

BTW, does anyone have any pictures of the Delta Flyer (where condor is) or Rolling thunder?? Where does that ride currently reside, could someone email me a pic?
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:02 PM
My park used to be a wild animal safari, then a water park with a few portable rides, along with a 1918 woodie moved to the site, then it slowly evolved into a real park!


Peace, Love, and Rollercoasters.........we need more of all three. *** This post was edited by WildOne on 2/13/2001. ***
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:05 PM
Rolling Thunder now operates at Great Escape as Alpine Bobsled.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:23 PM
My home park is Worlds of Fun, Im lucky its only a short 15 minute drive from my house in KC. I have an what could be considered an obsession with my home parks history, but not to get to mushy here I will always remember the few times I went there as a little kid and the first and only time I rode the Sky Hi Ride (a Doppelmayr/Von Roll Air car ride). Its my most vivid memory and it was taken out in 1987 (seems like only yesterday). When I went up to CP last year my main ride that I HAD to ride was the Sky Ride you have. I didn't know it before I got up there, but it is the EXACT same ride as the Sky Hi was, all the way down to the cars, same everything, and the same thump as you leave the station.... Of course I rode that I believe 3 or 4 times.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:35 PM
I have great memories of the Frontier Lift and Sky Slide at Cedar Point. The park has changed so much since the Disco era.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:50 PM
Memories will now begin for me on Sky Whirl at SFGAm. I dont know how many times back in high school I would take a girl up on that ride and make out. A 10 minute ride is definitely a plus in this circumstance.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:51 PM
OOOOH!! Where to begin with Knoebels?

When I first started goin there was in the mid to late 70's as a little rug rat. Even before the Phoenix and Twister days.

I remember a small petting zoo someplace near the giant wheel. it was removed in the late 70's early 80's.

Cinema 180 located near the giant wheel.From mid 80's till early 90's.

The Rocket Slide was originally a motion simulator from the 50's. It was located on the site of the Galleon.

They had pony rides (weekends only) near the enterance to Kiddieland. A local farmer owned the horses. The pony path was the walkway back to the new site of the Rocket Slide. They stopped that in the 80's too.

Flying Gyms/ Cages were located where the handstamp booths are now. They left around the time the Phoenix arrived.

The Whirlwind replaced the Jet star in the early 90's. The Jet Star went to Moreys Pier in Jersey.

The Fire Ball a Chance twister was located near Skloosh. That arived somtime shortly after the Phoenix and was removed in the early 90's.

Knoebels also had an old Ferris Wheel (like the one in RCT). The center of the wheel was about as tall as a Roll O Plane in the up position. It was located next to the Satellite where the Swings are now.

The Power Surge replaced the AXIS last season.

Knoebels used to be split down the middle with a road. They had crossing guards to stop the people to let traffic thru. They did away with that in the early 90's as well.

Before the Phoenix that entire area was a small parking lot. After the Antique Cars the lot got even smaller.

Thats all the changes I can remember in my lifetime. Although Knoebels added and removed lots of rides the feel and atmosphere didn't change at all.

2000 stats: 135 coasters in 26 parks
Not Too Shabby For A Summer
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 7:06 PM
well i will moarn the shy wirl it symbolizes SFGA since i would go there as a litte kid. It had to be my favorite ride back then.
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 7:53 PM
My home park is Silver Dollar City!!

I remember when Silver Dollar City only had five rides and I still loved it!

The American Plunge (a flume ride)was called Jim Owens Ozark Float Trip and consisted of "jon boats". When the ride became the American Plunge, a 5 story drop was added.

Fire in the Hole (an indoor roller coaster)rolls through a town that is set on fire by the Baldknobbers. The addition to this ride is an unexpected splash-down.

Lost River of the Ozarks (a river raft ride)was a submarine-like ride that simulated a dive into Lake Silver. It was called Rube Dergin's Diving Belle.

The Great Shoot Out in the Floded Mine (a dark, float trip ride)winds through a mine in which prisoners are scheming to take over. An addition of targets and laser guns (which keep players' scores)was added. When a player hits a target different special effects occur.

Wilderness Waterboggan (a water toboggan ride)that plumets you through tubes at high rates of speed. It won number one non-coaster ride in the mid-eighties.

The addition of rides include...
Thunderation - 1993
Thunderation - 1994
Backward seats introduced
Geyser Gulch - 1997 (an amazing
kid-friendly zone with foam-ball
shooters, geyser erruptions and
much, much more!)
Splash Harbor - 1998 an addition to
Gyser Gulch
Buzzsaw Falls - 1999 (first liquid coaster!)
Wildfire - 2001 - awesome coaster
awaiting fans

The first attraction drawing guests from afar was Marvel Cave. Official tours started in 1894. This expansive cave networks itself under the entire 'City.'

Excitement is building for the opening day, April 4, 2001, Of Silver Dollar City's
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 8:10 PM
Our home park was Crystal Beach, in Ontario Canada. Although we live near Buffalo, NY., Crystal Beach was the park to go to. We could travel directly to Crystal Beach by either car or one of 3 ships that would dock at the park.
It was the original home of the COMET which now runs at Great Escape, in Lake George, NY. Our memories of the comet were of climbing the lift hill with Lake Erie right along the side. As kids, we always felt that the coaster would fall over and we would plunge into the lake over the breakwall. Now the Comet has lost its appeal since they placed it near a hillside with lots of trees. It no longer has the feel of a stagering height with the trees coming up along side it. But, still and all, it forever will remain a great coaster.
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 12:32 AM
Going to Cedar Point every year since I was a kid, I remember the old Shoot the Rapids in Frontiertown which had a double drop at the end. The Frontier Lift from where Coasters is now to the building next to the Mine Ride. Jumbo Jet was located where Disaster Transport is. Does Avalanche Run count? I thought it was better at night.

I remember when Corkscrew was brand new and the area occupied by Magnum and Gemini was still undeveloped. The Tiki Twirl (a Polynesian themed Calypso) was where the Matterhorn is now. The Super Jets that used to fly next to Blue Streak (where the current Calypso now stands). That ride was loud due to the hydraulics of raising and lowering the planes.

Can't forget the Bayern Kurve that was next to the IMAX theater, with Schwabinchen as its neighbor and the Monster (octopus ride) was right across the midway next to the Western Cruise dock. Wildcat was on the Oceana site. The Rotor was where Schwabinchen is now by the Giant Wheel. The Cedar Classic mini golf and Super Slide was where the Peanuts Playground is. The Pirate Ride that is now an arcade (boo hiss) and the Earthquake Ride was where Snoopy Boutique is now. Both being good quality dark rides. And what greeted you when you entered the park was a double ferris wheel.

SFWOA: An Unofficial Guide *** This post was edited by X Factor on 2/14/2001. ***
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 3:19 AM
Michigan's Adventure used to be Deer Park Funland. I remember going there once in the 70's. All they had was a bunch of deer, lots of trees (can you imagine that), a scrambler, and some silly Mother Goose houses. I never went back until they built the Wolverine Wildcat.
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 5:04 AM
Let's see, my home park was SFGAm for 22 years. Some of the things that I remember:

Z-Force (aka Flashback @ SFMM) sat where Iron Wolf is now.

Delta Flyer was called Yukon Yahoo and was somewhere near the current 'Camp Cartoon Network'/'Looney Toons National Park' area.

Southwest Territory was a dead end. The only entrace was the path by viper.

The 'Ricochet' used to be in County Fair by the Eagle and was called the Big Top.

There was a high dive show back by Logger's Run.

The Edge was where Power Dive now sits.

Of Course Batman took the place of Tidal Wave.

The 'East River Crawler' was simply know as the Lobster.

That's about all I can think of off hand.
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 6:06 AM
My home park is BGT. When I first started going there, the only 2 coasters they had were python and scorpion. Acbar's Adventures use to be Questor. There use to be an Octopus ride by Python, and the whole safari thing wasn't there.
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 7:59 AM
No one mentioned the funhouse CP had. It was a walk thru and I think it was near oceana. Outside it looked like an upside down house.

Boblo Island was a home park for me. I used to love the two hour boat ride. Time to anticipate the fun ahead and time to reflect on the fun we had. Boblo wasn't a spectacular park, but it was fun. Unfortunately it ran into a lot of problems in the 70's and changed hands a couple of times. In the 80's the park got a boost and changed hands a couple of times, but took a dive again by 1990. An entraprenuer took a shot at it in 93. I remember he gave away a lot of free days at the park and put on live shows with nationally recognized bands. Unfortunatly, the guy was hurt bad in a car wreck and the park was sold for development of a resort community.

There was one ride there that I've never seen anywhere else. It was like a ferris wheel with tubular cars connected at the nose and tail, in-line with the direction of the wheels rotation. The cars could be rotated on the nose/tail axis what was like a fixed steering wheel in front of the seats. Call me loopy, but I just loved this ride. I would get the car spinning so fast that it would rotate three times from the time the nose reached the loading platform to the time the tail exited it. Anyone familiar with this ride? Remember it's name? Know where anything like it exists?

I loved the Tilt-a-Whirl too. Any wonder?

There's a pretty good compilation of Boblo Island history at the Coaster Enthusiasts of Canada site under closed parks

Thanx for the memories
If I'da thought about it a little longer, I'da spent more time thinking.
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 8:30 AM
Even tho im in vegas i still consider SFMM my home park.

let's see, since ive been alive...

Z-force - Intamin Looping Star (taken out for Batman and the Gotham City remodel in 1993)

Reactor - Schwartzkof Enterprise (same as above)

Eagle's Flight - The galaxy side taken out after the Northridge quake

Mystic Lake Ampitheatre - Former home of Batman Stunt show

Jet Stream - Used to have two sides to the last drop (before Ninja)

Shockwave -now Batman: The Escape at Astroworld used to be near where Psyclone is now(was a youngin when that was out there)

Crazy Barrels - never rode it but saw it operate

Circus Wheel - was Jolly Roger, was Baile de los flores in Baja Ridge near old entrance to Revolution

the big tent pavillion thing at what is now the entrance to Gotham City Backlot (dont remember the name)

there's more but i cant think of them at this moment

Wednesday, February 14, 2001 9:52 AM
Darien Lake is my home park, and there are a few great memories of the past that I wish existed today which is Six Flags Darien Lake.

I remember when The Viper was their only rollercoaster. That was that way for 7 years until Predator came along. The line for Viper used to be some hour & a half!! Now, for the most part, you can get on in 10 minutes.

-There used to be a Ferry boat on Darien Lake (the lake) that took you on a little tour from the shore to the island and back.
-They used to have a beach area where you can just swim freely in the lake. They also had these big plastic water sleds (I forget the name of that ride) where you shoot straight down and into the water. It was great fun. The only downside is that if you wanted to ride it, you had to lug those yellow sleds up the stairs yourself! Let me tell you, those things were HEAVY! Imagine water & sand in those things. It weighed like 50lbs each! Fortunately, they were moved to the water park and they added a convayer belt to carry up the sleds... unfortunately, they tore down that water attraction 2yrs ago!!!

- They had a circus I vaguely remember.
- They had a boat-tag ride where you shoot balls at 2 riders in tank-like boats. Glad that's gone.
- I remember a great watershow w/ jet-boats and water skiiers by the Giant Wheel.
- I remember a great mini-golf where the Loony Tunes Seaport is. That one was much better than where they relocated it to!!

Soo many memories, so little time.
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 10:01 AM
My home park is PKI... Specifics I know of are:

It once had a chair-sky thingie (maybe called a chairlift or sumthin...) that was removed after being sutck in lighning for hours...

It once had a wild-animal safari that was removed after an employee was killed by a lion.

Only a few people have fallen from the tower.

It was built on a 1600 acre lot as a replacement for Coney Island (Cinci).

It had the first Arrow suspended coaster, The Bat, that was where the Vortex now is...

It had an Arrow shuttle looper.

It had the BAvarian Beetle, a old coaster from Coney.

I had a lot of other attractions that were removed for no apparent reason... Many were from Coney.
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 10:32 AM
my home park is, obviously sfgadv. I remember when lighting loops was over kinda by where viper is. But that girl got killed so they shut it down 2 years later. Then there was ultra twister but Texas stole that one from us...:)
Wednesday, February 14, 2001 10:51 AM
My home park is Kennywood. All I know is:

The Racer and The Jack-Rabbit are the oldest coasters there. Then I think Kennywood built The Pippen(Thunderbolt). Then a guy redesighned some of The Pippen to make The Thunderbolt. Then Arrow desighned the greatest coaster Kennywood will ever build. The Steel Phantom(R.I.P.). Then the Aero 360 was built. Sorry if I missed some stuff. I'm not that old.

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