Vote of the week: Which park do you miss?
Please use the comments to reminisce....
I loved Boardwalk & Baseball. My family always got season passes. I loved the All Star game every year. Met a ton of people in the park. Most memorable is Tony Gwynn and Rick Sutcliff... and that dune buggy Wade Boggs drove up in.
I only went to Circus World once when I was a wee lad in the very early eighties and I have very fond memories of it.
And how can anyone vote for Circus World?! They almost killed me when there ferris wheel decided to fall apart... plus that horrible, horrible clown. scary stuff.
There was a Busch Gardens in Los Angeles??? Are you kidding me???
Woa!! A Busch Gardens in LA? when was this? Holy cow...I thought I knew about all the theme parks that ever existed....But, my vote goes to Boardwalk and Baseball, had some good times there.
The vote option is for Marineland that used to be in Palos Verde, southwest of L.A. (Many of its animals ended up at SeaWorld San Diego, if I recall correctly.)
LOL. I have never heard of none of these parks!
Had to go with "other", Crescent Park & Rocky Point in RI and Lincoln Park & Paragon Park in MA. These were the parks that I went to with my parents, on class trips and when I turned 16 and could drive there myself. I have tons of memories there and they will always be my favorite parks.
'Other' here. Specifically, I miss the old Marine World/Africa USA. Heck, I grew up with the place! Sure, it had its faults, but no park is perfect. MW/AUSA had a true sense of 'family' to it that extended itself around any regular if you stuck with the place long enough, and you could always get an honest answer out of any of the animal handlers about what was going on, good or bad.
I think the park I miss the most, for purely sentimental reasons, is a park that isn't on this list: Frontier Village (San Jose, CA). We spent a family day there back in the 1960s, and I remember liking the place quite a bit. It didn't have big thrill rides, but there was the very cool "Lost Dutchman Mine" dark ride. Too bad I never had the chance to visit the park again before they tore the place down.
Thank you Bruce, Robert already cleared that up for me. Maybe next time the poll should be a tad bit more specific on which park is being indicated, especially when there is more than one park with the same name. I really dont like feeling like an idiot or make me look that way.
I miss Old Chicago. For all you "Youngsters" out there, Old Chicago in Bolingbrook Il was the first (to my knowledge) full size indoor amusement park in the US. If I am wrong, I am sure the faithfull TPI readers will help me out. You should google it and read up on the history. It was really doomed for failure from the ground breaking, but it was pretty neat for a couple years in the mid-late 70's.
I voted "other". I also miss the Old Chicago indoor park in Illinois like Mark H. I used to get dragged there by my older cousins once it opened back in '75 I believe? Back then it was kind of nice to have a indoor park to go to while the harsh Chicago winters blew in. You could ride some basic rides and a couple coasters. I remember the coaster called the Chicago Loop. You were also able to shop in a surrounding mall like setting. I think it closed down in the early '80's but can't remember exactly why? Like previous post stated, I'm sure more info is available on the web. Look at the Mall of America now and imagine something simular back then.
I don't get to visit parks very often due to lack of funds. The only one on the list I actually got to visit is Astroworld but I missed out on Opryland, Marineland, & Jazzland, well all of 'em really but those 3 I wanted to visit more. I bugged my husband for a long time to visit the New Orleans parks & the Aquarium just to be told in a whiny voice "But I don't WANNA go" & now they're gone. Ya know, next time I'm just going by myself, it'd save a LOT of a$$kicking later. We were also set to visit Opryland back in the '90s but at the last minute, he decides that he wants to go alone which really ticked me off so NEXT time, I'm going regardless. (sorry don't mean to rant, I just keep kicking myself for not going anyway at some point just because I didn't "wanna go w/o him, to avoid hurting his feelings". Next time I'm saying screw it, I'm going! That's the only way it'll happen, that's how I got to goto SFMM last fall, I said screw you, I'm going, and I did!) :)
I live in Niagara Falls, Ont. and ,yes, Marineland is still open and going strong. They even added a new ride that just opened and hopefully by 2008 they are going to have a boat on a river through the park and a train ride.
Pontchartrain Beach, New Orleans. I got my first woodie there, the Zephyr. Ah, good times...good times.
Land of OZ is one few still remember...true it lacked on rides, but had lots of special memories for little ones.
Boardwalk and Baseball is the US park I miss most.On my first trip to Orlando (and indeed the US) it was the highlight, I loved the place, it was fun without all the in your face commercialism of Disney and it had the areas only woodie, something Orlando still lacks!
Those on the list I have not been to, except for the old Marineland near L.A. It was called Marineland of the Pacific back then I believe; our (5th-grade) class went there on a day-long field trip, which would have been in 1984 or '85 depending on the time of year. (Some might recall that park also featured in an episode of Emergency!.)
Ocean View Park in Norfolk, Virginia and Buckroe Beach Park in Hampton, VA are two places sorely missed by many of us Tidewater area residents. We have Busch Gardens, which is wonderful, and King's Dominion 90 minutes away, but there was nothing like the parks on the Chesapeake Bay on the hot, humid summer evenings. Thanks for asking and evoking those happy memories!
At Sea World of Ohio, I remember taking my son to the fishing hole and my daughter to the calm pond. The water ski show in Geauga Lake was great. Only dolphins and sea lions back then. Probably about 25 years ago.
I know what you mean there Barbara. One of mom's favorite subjects to talk about is when she went to Buckroe Beach as a kid. She says we're lucky that we the Griffon and AC and all she had as a kid was 1 wooden coaster.
opryland is the park i miss the most. my girls grew up there. had great rides at that time and also great shows. still se a few of the preformers we got to know. could let my young daughters do what they wanted to do and husband and i what we wanted we all had a good time.
Now that some of you have mentioned specific memories you have at now-defunct parks, it's brought back a lot of mine.
My wife and I went to Opry Mills (the mall that replaced Opryland) yesterday.
I confess to not being familiar with any of these Parks and would love to know more about the MGM Grand Adventures Park. Where was it ( California ? ) and what was there ?
If you grew up in the NY, NJ area you have no choice but to miss Palisades Park in New Jersey. They had one of the greatest wooden coasters (The Cyclone) and the largest "salt water" pool you can imagine. Great fries with vinegar also. Of course, it didn't hurt that my uncle worked there and I got on all the rides for free.
The MGM Grand Adventures theme park was located behind the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas. It opened with the hotel in 1993, was converted to a private-party hosting facility in 2000 and closed entirely in 2002, and now stands where MGM Grand is building condos.
I also miss Opryland - that and Six Flags Over Georgia were the fixtures of my childhood growing up in East Tennessee.
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