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Bringing Back Rides from the Grave

King Kong came back as King Kong 360 and it was a success. What extinct ride would you like to come back and in what form?

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted September 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM
I would like Back to the Future to come back in 3D, HD and new footage.


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Rob Pastor
Posted September 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM
My sentiments exactly. Back to the Future was perhaps my favorite theme park attraction.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I think BTTF would be the top of my list.

I wouldn't mind seeing Mr. Toad's Wild Ride make a comeback!

From James Koehl
Posted September 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM
The San Francisco Earthquake at Cedar Point. The collapsing buildings scared the heck out of me as a kid.

From Dominick D
Posted September 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I must go BTTF.

From Karly Tenney
Posted September 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM
I'd like to see BTTF because I never saw it.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted September 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM
I would keep the Hill Valley part, and I would change the rest; maybe driving the DeLorean in the wild west?

From AJ Hummel
Posted September 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM
In no particular order, I'd like to see all of the following come back in an upgraded form:

-Back to the Future
-Adventure Thru Inner Space (I've always wondered what this was like since it closed before my time)
-Swiss Family Treehouse
-Kingdom of the Dinosaurs
-Space Mountain-De la terre a la lune (another ride I never got the chance to try)

I'd also love to see GCI recreate the Crystal Beach Cyclone. From pictures, that looks like the ultimate wood twister coaster.

From Rob P
Posted September 3, 2012 at 2:25 AM
Without even having to pause to think about this : It has to be the SkyRide at Magic Kingdom. What would I change ? Absolutely nothing at all.
There are some attractions that date. They relate to older themes that may or not be as relevant as they once were. But the Sky Ride was a timeless attraction in my opinion. It afforded spectacular views of the Magic KIngdom and a few moments of respite from the hectic Park schedule.
I can't think of any negatives really and still wonder why it was given the chop in the first place.

From Duncan Henny
Posted September 3, 2012 at 4:19 AM
bttf
jaws
ghostbusters

From Donna McKay
Posted September 3, 2012 at 5:23 AM
Alien Encounter!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 3, 2012 at 6:29 AM
James K, thank you for shining a light in all the Disney/Universal darkness.

I'd like to see KD's Hypersonic aand GAdv's Ultra Twister resurrected, but with a little more of a ride after the climb and drop.

Also I'd love for someone to rebuild...knowing what we do now about restraints and safety...the legendary but dangerous Cyclones from Revere Beach, MA and Crystal Beach, ONT.

From James Koehl
Posted September 3, 2012 at 6:47 AM
Mike, don't forget about Cedar Point's Cyclone. It stood on the same site as Disaster Transport did (originally an outdoor ride called Avalanche Run). Before that the Jumbo Jet coaster was on that site, and possibly another temporary coaster for a year or two (but I can't find anyone who can verity that). Next year it will be Gatekeeper. That spot must be a power nexus for roller coasters!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 3, 2012 at 7:55 AM
I've never read or seen much about CP's Cyclone. The ones I mentioned, I've read about. One of them, I'm not dure which (maybe both) had a nurse on duty to treat injuries sustained on the ride. Publicity stunt? Yeah, Yeah, probably, but a great one!

And I thought Disaster Transport's predecessor was called Avalanche *WALK*? ;)

From James Koehl
Posted September 3, 2012 at 8:05 AM
It was only called Avalanche Walk by those who had ridden it. "Run" was the official name. It actually felt a lot faster when it was enclosed.

From James Rao
Posted September 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Without a doubt, number one on my list is the ORIENT EXPRESS at Worlds of Fun. Truly one of the best steel coasters of the 80's...and one that was dismantled way too early! I would gladly give up Boomerang, Spinning Dragons, Planet Snoopy, and six new slides at Oceans of Fun to get the Orient back!!

I would also like to see someone do something with the Ozark Wildcat down at the now defunct Celebration City theme park in Branson, MO. It breaks my heart every time I drive past this dead coaster while visiting Silver Dollar City!

From a Disney perspective: I would like to see a return of Body Wars, Cranium Command, and Horizons, of course.

And finally, for Universal, just one change: actual dueling trains on Dueling Dragons/Dragon Challenge. I still can't believe Universal gave up so easily on this once proud coaster.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted September 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM
Yes, all I want is Dragon Challenge (hate calling it that) to duel again. It's just sad.

Me and my dad are going to Islands of Adventure soon and he's never been. I'm disappointed he won't get to see what it used to be.

From Karly Tenney
Posted September 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM
Rob I do believe that the Skyride at magic kingdom closed because a worker fell off.

From Dominick D
Posted September 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM
The ride was scheduled to close before the worker fell.

From Karly Tenney
Posted September 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Oh yes Dom you're right I remember it now.

From Bradley Keith
Posted September 3, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Drachen Fire at BGW

Maybe not as the actual Arrow coaster, but as a B&M creation. Busch Gardens gave up on Drachen Fire way too early. It was pretty rough, but it wasn't even 10 when it came down. I would love too see it as a B&M coaster, but not Arrow again, so maybe I'm bending the rules a bit. But I just wish BGW was a little more patient and waited a year.

Shooting Star at Coney Island

This was a great wooden coaster that came down partially because of Kings Island. I wish I got the chance to ride it, because people say it was a great ride.

Mister Twister 1

Though it was basically impossible, I wish this one could have been relocated. Or, at least, an exact copy could have replaced it at the new location. Mister Twister 2 just simply doesn't deserve "Mister Twister" in it's name.

Zippin Pippin at Belmont Park

A true classic in my state. Can't blame the park for this one, when a place runs out of money, they run out of money.

Batman and Robin: The Chiller

Despite it's technical problems, Chiller seemed like a pretty cool coaster. The lap bars made it a really fun ride. I get my wish here, it's being re-built at "Beto Carrero World" in Brazil. Brazil? Maybe I won't get to ride it again...

From Flavio de Souza
Posted September 3, 2012 at 1:07 PM
MR. TOAD 2.0
Horizons
If I had wings

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM
Bradley,

I don't know of Belmont Park, but the only Zippin' Pippin listed on RCDB was Elvis' favorite coaster, located at Libertyland in your home state. And the only Belmont Park listed is in California.

If that IS the one to which you're referring, you got your wish last year..the Zippin' Pippin was rebuilt at bay Beach in Wisconsin.

If that's not the one you were referring to, my bad.

From Manny Barron
Posted September 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM
Back to the Future!!! It still is my favorite ride of all time. Hey, they use two domes for The Simpsons Ride, why not use one side for BTTF and the other for the Simpsons. It would be two rides in one.

From Zack McDonald
Posted September 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM
My Dad played a video of the Big Bend at Six Flags Texas, looked like a great ride. For those that want Mr. Toad back, well just go to Disneyland and ride it.

From Bradley Keith
Posted September 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM
Belmont Park...

Libertyland. It's clear I never went there. I wasn't sure what it was called. but I said it anyway. Yes, the one I meant is the one Elvis liked. You're right, I didn't know it was rebuilt. I remember hearing it might have gone to Dollywood, and I think this would have been much better. It'd stay in Tennessee, and it'd go to a much more popular park, in which it would be there to stay. I'm just glad it was rebuilt at all, though. It is a classic, and it would attract people wherever it is.

From Tim Hillman
Posted September 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM
I would love to see 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea re-open in one of the US parks. You can ride a version of it at Tokyo DisneySea, but you can't get it in the States anymore.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted September 3, 2012 at 8:09 PM
BTTF or Horizions

From Rob P
Posted September 4, 2012 at 2:36 AM
Karly, didn't know that a worker had fallen from the Skyride.

I suppose we never give safety on any rides enough consideration.......particularly the more genteel ones like Skyride even though they are still , obviously , potentially dangerous.

Anyway , for all that , maybe Mike could generate a decent theme park made up from all these old redundant rides and attractions that we're coming up with. A kind of Scrapyard Park.

I'd also like to add my votes to bring back some of those already mentioned :

BTTF ( but with Harry Potter technology )
Alien Encounter ( as was )
Perilous Plunge ( with some theming ! )
King Kong ( with advanced ride through plus the 3D experience )

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 4, 2012 at 4:34 AM
Rob P said: "Anyway , for all that , maybe Mike could generate a decent theme park made up from all these old redundant rides and attractions that we're coming up with. A kind of Scrapyard Park."

For the right price....or an unlimited Waffle House gift card!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 4, 2012 at 4:34 AM
Bradley, from what I've read, ZP is doing quite well in its new home.

From Bradley Keith
Posted September 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM
Good. And yeah, I want Perilous Plunge back. It's blocking expansion, but it wasn't old at all, and rather impressive. If Perilous Plunge doesn't end up at Dorney somehow, I think there's something seriously wrong with Cedar Fair. What am I saying? Of course it'll end up at Dorney. Awesome year for Dorney next year: Space Spiral, Disaster Transport, and Perilous Plunge. (Just kidding, of course.)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 4, 2012 at 4:12 PM
You may be closer to the truth than any of us know.

Space Spiral..Dorney has nothing of the type.

Disaster Transport...Dorney has no indoor or bobsled coaster.

Perilous Plunge..Well, Dorney DOES have a reasonable facsimile. But like MeatLoaf said..Two Outta Three Ain't Bad.

From chris cona
Posted September 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM
I would love them to bring back a hd back to the future it was one of my favorites as a kid

From Rob P
Posted September 5, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Mike, I'm sure we could all chip in and buy you ONE waffle....

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 5, 2012 at 2:56 AM
Come on Rob, let's go for two..they're not THAT expensive.

But remember, my food of choice at Waffle House is NOT waffles...

From Rob P
Posted September 5, 2012 at 4:21 AM
Are we talking T-Bones or Chilli here ??

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 5, 2012 at 6:04 AM
Neither.

We're talking Texas bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits.

I'm anticipating no Waffle House for me next weekend when I hit PA and OH..they have locations in those states, but I don't recall ever seeing any in the areas I'll be in :(

From Rob P
Posted September 5, 2012 at 6:37 AM
You don't want to be eating that Texas Bacon meal just before you go on Perilous Plunge !!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted September 5, 2012 at 7:54 AM
Yes, I do.

I'll eat it before I go on Dorney's coasters and spinners...why should a Shoot-the-Chutes be any different? :)

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