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The Wolf's last howl, and other theme park notes for the weekend

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Published: July 24, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Four quick theme park news items for the weekend:

Busch Gardens Williamsburg fans are mourning the impending closure of the Big Bad Wolf roller coaster, which the park announced today would make its final run on Sept. 7.

Universal Studios Hollywood promises backstage updates from Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy, via new Twitter and Facebook pages.

The Orlando Sentinel has a fun story about Walt Disney World's cast member canoe races, now in their 37th year in Florida. I paddled in the CROW when I worked TSI back in 1990. Despite being on the MK West team, which supposedly had a "home river" advantage, we got smoked. And soaked. And my arms hurt for days afterward.

Cedar Fair's found a way to make millions of dollars during this recession. It's selling land. The amusement park chain pocketed $50 million by selling 85 acres of land next to Canada's Wonderland. A land for coaster swap? Maybe not. Cedar Fair said it will use the money to pay down corporate debt.

Readers' Opinions

From James Rao on July 24, 2009 at 8:18 PM
Robert, as part of your summer road trip I know you are on your way to BGW, so whatever you do on your tour of the park, do NOT miss riding the Big Bad Wolf. While not a state of the art coaster by any means, it is definitely a great ride for the whole family, and one that will be sorely missed by fans everywhere.
From Raul Araoz on July 24, 2009 at 8:41 PM
Here! Here!

Robert, please try to get some great shots of this soon-to-be-gone classic. I wept a little when the announcement was made.

I personally feel that the suspended coaster never got the acclaim it deserved. IMHO, no coaster style created the sensation of flight like suspendeds. There is a freedom, in the swinging sensation, that only they can provide. The inverted and flying coasters were the beginning of the end for the suspended style. We will start to see the remaining suspended coasters fall by the wayside as well.

I would love to see Disney or Universal try their hand at a themed version. This style is great for the whole family.

From Jay Posteraro on July 24, 2009 at 9:26 PM
While a musician for the summer in the now defunct Festa Italiana Show in '89, I rode this ride TONS of times (as well as Nessy). It will be sad to see the Wolf go.....
From SC Todbear on July 25, 2009 at 6:23 AM
BBW was alway a don't miss for me. The themeing of the ride was incredible, and if you were fortunate enough to ride after dark it was even better. Hate to see another good ride go away.
From 173.62.4.88 on July 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM
No! I love Big Bad Wolf! It was great because it weaved through the woods and the village, making riders feel integrated into the "story." I will miss it very much, since it was a wonderful ride in a gorgeous park.
From Phil Beska on July 27, 2009 at 9:30 PM
An online petition has been started to save The Big Bad Wolf. Go there and show you support: Petition Spot
From Joe Schwartz on July 29, 2009 at 12:26 PM
I will mthe BBW it was a great family ride and my kids enjoyed it when they were small. Cedar Fair owns the last three of these type coasters and manages to maintain them. KD will soon be my favorite park in that area with BBW gone.
From Barry Wallace on July 30, 2009 at 6:37 AM
How about as a replacement, a Dark Ride celebrating the world of the Brothers Grimm? Can't get more German than that, and the setting of that area with the trees, etc would really lend itself to something like that. Even if you had to tack on a thrill element like the nearby Escape from Pompeii, a trip through the bizarre fairy tale worlds of Grimm could be creepy enough to satisfy adults, but not too scary that kids wouldn't get too scared. Something like the Haunted Mansion.
From Robeson Kitchin on July 30, 2009 at 3:45 PM
Save the Wolf!!!

Join the Facebook group:
http://tinyurl.com/SAVETHEWOLF

Sign the petition:
http://301.to/5u8

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