Oh, and isnt Marineland still open? I went to their webiste a few weeks ago to check out prices for the dolphin swim and they were still open.
Busch Gardens L.A. stood next to Busch's brewery in the San Fernando Valley (Van Nuys), until it was closed in the late 1970s. The story goes that Busch decided the property wasn't big enough for both the park and brewery... and chose the brewery. (To its defense, the 1970s was a tough period for the L.A. economy and the theme park competition was fierce from that newcomer Magic Mountain up the I-5....)
Busch Gardens L.A. was not Busch's first Southern California park, however. The *original* Busch Gardens, which was an actual garden - no rides, was located down the street from TPI world headquarters, right here in Pasadena, Calif. It's now a residential area just south of the Rose Bowl.
With that said: I also miss Marineland a bit, but I'm kinda glad it went away as well. I would not have wanted to be there during any kind of serious earthquake, and I would have felt the same about any of the animals.
Sea World Ohio? Went there once, was actually more impressed with it than most of the other SW parks. Seemed friendlier, somehow, which was probably directly related to it being smaller.
Oddly enough, I miss the "older" SFMM park (Valencia) as well, at least from the time they had their dolphin show. Probably has a lot to do with the fact that it's where I spent a lot of my volunteer time.
Oh, and Iris? Wrong Marineland. The one in Florida is indeed still operating, and is a fascinating piece of oceanarium history to visit. There was once one in California as well, built in the late 1950's at Rancho Palos Verdes.
Keep the peace(es).
I wonder who got the stocks you could take your picture with your head & hands poking through?I sure miss the days when a park was more about the theming than anything else.
Having been to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas you might have thought I'd have made the connection.
My vote goes to that Park as I think it would've provided an added dimension to the Strip.
Just before it closed, my wife-to-be and I spent a leisurely weekend there and were very impressed with their newest ride, Chaos - and indoor coaster where you wore those refracting glasses so all the lights looked like rainbows. That may have been my favorite coaster of all time.
Last I heard it had been sold to another park, then was dismantled and left out rusting in a field somewhere....