I don't even know what to say right now (if this is the truth), so I'll keep my mouth shut as I calm down... or try to calm down.
From the article:
George Oros, said he supported [the] plan to purchase the privately owned rides, but only because it would give the county greater flexibility in deciding how best to use the Playland property in the future.
Oros said he would not support the purchase of any new rides at Playland and repeated his belief that Westchester needs to look at other uses for the property.
I smell water front condos and/or other development.
*** Edited 7/20/2007 3:02:36 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
I never understood why people make such a big deal over the park losing money. Most counties own public parks. Westchester County has an amusement park. If the amusement park loses a little money, it's no different from the average public park that surely doesn't make any money either. Since an amusement park is a lot more fun than a regular park, what's the big deal?
Not too surprising they might want to rid themselves of rides where the patrons aren't always "visible"...NOT that I'm happy with the decision-making, but I kinda understand their POV...
Quote from story:
"The amusement industry changes every year, and people expect change all the time," Tartaglia said. "Just because something has been there a long time doesn't mean we necessarily want to keep it."
This tells me that NO ride is protected from removal. Ye Old Mill, Dragon Coaster, Whip -- all could be replaced by "high-tech" rides. As we all know, both Playland's dark rides have a deeper historical legacy than "something (that) has been there for a long time."
But isn't Playland Park supposed to be all about history and vintage attractions? Rides that are unique and/or the last of their kind? Tartaglia's statement and the impending removal of two historical dark rides contradicts all that.
And should the county approve the purchase of new attractions, are they going to be unique? A Sally Corp interactive dark ride (which puts guns into the hands of kids) can be found at dozens of other parks.
Seems to me that the county is either setting its taxpayers up for a huge bill for new rides or its setting Playland up to fail so it can sell the land to a developer -- the later option being the opinion of many posters across the Net.
The amusement industry changes every year? That's news to me. Roller coasters, carousels, Ferris wheels and darkrides have been around for about a century and they still seem pretty popular to me. Rye's guests are obviously behind the curve because I always see a lot of them riding Zombie Castle, the Flying Witch and the Old Mill- maybe someone should tell them that those rides are no longer "in" and they should move on to more modern things like the park's Volare coaster. Any one of the park's darkrides gets more riders in an hour than that thing gets in an entire day.
Rye in unquestionably one of those parks that thrives on tradition, history and nostalgia- after all, the entire thing is a National Landmark (making me wonder how those rides can be removed in the first place). Sounds like this Tartaglia guy isn't the right man for the job because he clearly doesn't understand. Remember when Rye tried to modernize by adding gates and charging admission? It was a miserable failure.
Still, no rides on the Derby Racer, and none on the kiddie woodie (maybe letting adults ride THAT would increase profitability). ;)
*** Edited 7/30/2007 1:19:41 PM UTC by Rob Ascough***
Anyway, rants are really easy, but visiting the park (and buying ride tickets, food,etc of course) actually does something to help it turn a profit. One of my favorite times to visit the park is coming up when 95.5 PLJ host s a free concert series in the park's mall.
Let me reiterate, all you have to do to attend these concerts is pay the 5 $ parking fee.
Tuesday - July 31st
PLAIN WHITE T'S
Thursday - August 9th
BOWLING FOR SOUP
Thursday - August 23rd
Hoping the Park is still kicking for my kids to visit many years down the line,
I am a firm believer is speaking up "with my wallet", which is one of many reasons why I visit the park a few times a year. But if those two darkrides are removed, I must say I'll be that much less inclined to venture there so frequently. Small changes make a big difference.
At the bottom of the article, it appears the two dark rides, among some other independently-owned rides, are safe for now. But the situation deems watching.
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