Which Closed Parks do you wish you could have experienced?

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Which Closed Parks do you wish you could have experienced?

Post by Vonni » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:47 am

Inspired by another thread (which closed parks have you been to?)

My list:

Geauga Lake
Chain of Rocks
Six Flags New Orleans
Dogpatch USA
Kiddieland (IL)
Joyland (KS)
Fairyland (MO)
Chippewa Lake Park
Idora Park
Old Chicago
Freestyle (Hard Rock) Music Park


And apparently, there was a Busch Gardens in Houston TX that I just found out about. Anyone know any details about that?

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Re: Which Closed Parks do you wish you could have experience

Post by Paul Drabek » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:43 am

Riverview Park in Chicago as I would give body parts for a ride on the Bobs and it would have been amazing to see a park with something like seven wooden coasters open at the same time.

Idora Park as the Wildcat looked amazingly sick.

Puritans Springs for what was the ultimate terrain coaster.

Cascade Park for another amazing terrain coaster.

Those would have been amazing places to go to.

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Re: Which Closed Parks do you wish you could have experience

Post by Sora » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:14 pm

Paul Drabek wrote:it would have been amazing to see a park with something like seven wooden coasters open at the same time.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has five woodies, all currently operating. :)

As for me, there are many and it's kind of hard to restrict myself to five. For the ones without Fred Church coasters, they would be:

Geauga lake
Americana
Puritas Springs
Woodcliff Pleasure Park (home of the Blue Streak - tallest coaster before The Beast)
Crystal Beach

Honourable mentions:

Morecambe Pleasure Park AKA Frontierland (Had a Traver out and back)
Erie Beach (their Schmeck Wildcat looked sick )
Rocky Glen (for the Traver Jazz Railway)
Euclid Beach (Finest flying turns ever built was there)
Wellington Centennial Exhibition, New Zealand (held during World War II and had New Zealand's only wooden coaster, The Cyclone)

For the ones with Church coasters, they would be:

Riverview Park
Lick Pier (when it had the Giant Dipper)
Venice Amusement Park (had two Church coasters at one point)
Redondo Beach
Forest Park, Genoa, Ohio.

Honourable mentions:

Belle Vue Park (Manchester)
Waikiki Park (Hawaii)
Revere Beach
Long Beach Pike
Playland at the Beach, San Francisco (had two Church coasters at one point)

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Re: Which Closed Parks do you wish you could have experience

Post by CptBeeble » Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:26 am

Idora, to see if that damn Wildcat was as good as everyone says.
Crystal Beach, when the Cyclone was still running, for the same rason as above.

Ooo, and Bob-lo Island to experience that quirky-as-hell "Sky Streak"

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Re: Which Closed Parks do you wish you could have experience

Post by bratman » Sun Dec 08, 2013 4:42 pm

Hmmm.....

Crystal Beach - yes I live in Toronto and never went. Was too young to drive and I could take the bus to Wonderland
Sunnyside Park - now occupied by an expressway in Toronto - I have seen lots of pictures and after having done boardwalk parks like Santa Cruz, I know I would have been happy there.
Belmont Park (Montreal) - for much the same reason as the above two - it was on the water and looked like fun. Shame they bulldozed it so quickly under mysterious circumstances.
Boblo Island - there is a running theme here - parks on the water. I never knew it existed until it was gone.

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