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Old 07-25-05, 12:32 PM   #1
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Favorite "deceased" theme rides/parks

I was browsing Fark today and saw the link to X-entertainment's article on Castle Dracula (http://www.x-entertainment.com/articles/0940). It's an interesting read that leads to another website, www.darkinthepark.com. Though I was never had a chance to go to those theme rides, it was sad reading about their demise.

I had even heard of this place when I was a kid through a friend that had family in Jersey. I always wanted to go, even pestered my parents to take me there just for Castle Dracula (I live in VA). This led to a discussion with a coworker about defunct theme parks that we missed.

I miss the old Silver Dollar City, which is now Dollywood. It was tons of fun for a 10 year old. When Dolly took over, I thought it sucked horribly. The inventor's mansion was turned into Dolly's museum (see the boustier from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas!), many of the older attractions have been bulldozed or built over. I used to love the flooded mine ride (ride a "boat" through a mine filled with convicts as it quickly flooded!), the log flume has been scrapped for a bunch of kiddie rides this year.

Of course there was The Land of Oz near Beech Mountain, NC. Yearly reunion weekends let you tour the grounds. It's sad seeing that stuff grown up with weeds and trees after looking at pictures of me there in the late 70's.

What are some other good ones?
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Old 07-25-05, 12:43 PM   #2
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As a massive Disney park guy, I'm sad to say I never rode the Submarines. By the time I went to WDW, they were already gone.

I'm hoping the FINDING NEMO ride at DL in 2007 will do the trick.
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Old 07-25-05, 12:47 PM   #4
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They didn't scrap Haunted Mansion, did they?

My pick: Mission to Mars at Disneyland.
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Old 07-25-05, 12:50 PM   #5
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As a massive Disney park guy, I'm sad to say I never rode the Submarines. By the time I went to WDW, they were already gone.

I'm hoping the FINDING NEMO ride at DL in 2007 will do the trick.
I did ride it and it was not worth it. Classic though, bad design. I remember once my son (very small at the time) saw it and wanted to ride. We must have waited close to 2 hours, then he realized you went down in the sub and totally freaked out! So we didn't ride.
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Old 07-25-05, 12:55 PM   #6
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For southern california otters.. here's the "deceased" from Magic Mountain:

Billy the Squid (1973)
Moon Bounce (1975)
Submarine Tubes (1988)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1985)
Circus Wheel (1999)
Crazy Barrels (1989)
Eagle's Flight--El Dorado side (1980)
Eagle's Flight--Galaxy Side (1994)
El Bumpo (1979)
Galaxy (1979)
Grand Prix (1986)
Troll Train (1981)
Jolly Monster (1981)
Mountain Express (1981)
Troll Bounce (1975)
Dragon (1981)
Trumbe Drum (1980)
Grant Centennial Excursion Railroad (1985)
Enterprise (1993)
Wizard's Village (1985)
Sarajevo Bobsleds (1986)
Shockwave (1988)
Z-Force (1993)
Condor (1989)
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Old 07-25-05, 12:55 PM   #7
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IIRC there was a Japanese themed amusement park near Knott's Berry Farm (Japanese Deer Park?). I remember it mainly because they had a good dolphin show and you could feed the deer. This was at least 35 years ago, so my memory is fuzzy.
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Old 07-25-05, 12:57 PM   #8
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Are the Grizzley and Rebel Yell still operating at Kings Dominion?
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Old 07-25-05, 12:58 PM   #9
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Anyone remember Busch Gardens in Van Nuys, Ca?
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Old 07-25-05, 12:58 PM   #10
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Are the Grizzley and Rebel Yell still operating at Kings Dominion?
I think so. The King Cobra there (back when I was a kid) was pretty badass. I think someone got killed on it though. It was just one giant loop.
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Old 07-25-05, 01:03 PM   #11
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Mountain Park

Brings me back...

Also, the Cyclone at the old Riverside Park (now Six Flags and actually mucxh better than it was...with this one exception)
They ruined the first drop:

The track on the bottom was the old first drop, the top is the new. It was much more intense back in the day.
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Old 07-25-05, 01:05 PM   #12
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Wow.. a whole write up to Castle Dracula! I spent many summers in Wildwood, and was sad to hear of it burning down also. I've only been to Wildwood once in the past five years, and of course much has changed. I'd almost be afraid of going back at this point.. Thank you for posting that!
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Old 07-25-05, 01:05 PM   #13
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Anyone remember Busch Gardens in Van Nuys, Ca?
Yes! I grew up not far from there and we used to take out of town company there all the time. It was ultimately closed when the public's appetite for beer forced them to tear out the gardens to expand the brewery.

Later in my teen and college years, I frequented the Tommy's Burger across the street. I still associate their food with the smell from the brewery!
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Old 07-25-05, 01:06 PM   #14
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Old 07-25-05, 01:07 PM   #15
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I think so. The King Cobra there (back when I was a kid) was pretty badass. I think someone got killed on it though. It was just one giant loop.

Heck, I don't think the King Cobra was there the last time I went which was probably 15 years ago. I think they had replaced it with one of those loops where you stand up rather than sit.

I'm not really into the upside down ones. I like the traditional coasters.

One coaster I would have liked to try is the Loch Ness Monster in Busch Gardens Williamsburg - is that still there?
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Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City, FL. Now gone and with condos taking its place.

Had a cool wooden coaster, a big ride-through haunted house, log ride, etc.
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Later in my teen and college years, I frequented the Tommy's Burger across the street. I still associate their food with the smell from the brewery!
I used to eat at that Tommy's Burger in college.
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Old 07-25-05, 01:20 PM   #18
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I loved Castle Dracula. I live about 30 minutes away from it, and I used to go there all the time. It was such a creepy place, so of course we always had a blast. I still can't believe those kids burned it down.
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Old 07-25-05, 01:22 PM   #19
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Only parks I know of that closed are Lenape, PA and Brigatine Castle Brigatine, NJ.
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I miss it cuz we'd do hop out and switch cars during the ride...
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Old 07-25-05, 01:28 PM   #21
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Only parks I know of that closed are Lenape, PA and Brigatine Castle Brigatine, NJ.
Brigantine Castle is profiled on the website I listed above, www.darkinthepark.com
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Old 07-25-05, 01:30 PM   #22
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Wow.. a whole write up to Castle Dracula! I spent many summers in Wildwood, and was sad to hear of it burning down also. I've only been to Wildwood once in the past five years, and of course much has changed. I'd almost be afraid of going back at this point.. Thank you for posting that!
Wildwood isn't bad at all. Certainly better than Point Pleasant or Seaside Heights.

I remember a haunted house attraction in Long Branch. The commercials were better than the house itself. I loves me a good haunted house. There was one in Six Flags in Jackson NJ, but it burned down in 84 and killed 8 teenagers.
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Old 07-25-05, 01:33 PM   #23
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One coaster I would have liked to try is the Loch Ness Monster in Busch Gardens Williamsburg - is that still there?
I think so, it is still listed as an attraction on the official website. I spent many an hour on that coaster back in the 80s.
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Old 07-25-05, 01:34 PM   #24
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Heck, I don't think the King Cobra was there the last time I went which was probably 15 years ago. I think they had replaced it with one of those loops where you stand up rather than sit.

I'm not really into the upside down ones. I like the traditional coasters.

One coaster I would have liked to try is the Loch Ness Monster in Busch Gardens Williamsburg - is that still there?
The King Cobra was moved from Kings Dominion in '86 and is now, amazingly, in Brazil, at a park called Hopi Hari.

The Loch Ness Monster is an absolute classic. It's still around.
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Old 07-25-05, 01:35 PM   #25
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Here in Honolulu, we had a semi-theme park called Castle Park during the 1980's, it was basically a glorified video game amusement park, that contained a water slide area, several minature golfs, a racing area, some small children rides and the "castle" itself was 2-stories of ultra 80s arcade madness.

Now its a place for K-Mart, Sack 'N Save, and McDonald's...
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