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Postby montezooma » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:17 pm

I have been going through all my old coaster stuff that has been stored in my attic since the 80's. I came across these great magazine ads from parks in California and thought I would share them.

I miss the golden years of the theme parks, everything was so new and exciting then.

If anyone else has ads like these from parks in their area I would love to see them.

I hope you enjoy these ads from the hey day of the California park beginnings.

Lets start with Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, and Marriott's Great America below.

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PS. If you love looking at old nostalgic amusement park stuff check out my thread that is dedicated to all the old parks, rides and fun stuff of the past. I will be updating it with old stuff every now and again so check back often.

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Here's some links to other ads:
Universal Studios, Sea World, Six Flags Atanta, and Elitch Gardens
Magic Mountain
Kings Island's The Bat
Taft Parks & Disneyland
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The Corkscrew was a HUGE deal back in those days. Hold on 70 feet and two 360 loops!!!!
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I loved the Roaring 20's airfield, shame it has stripped of all its charm. Notice rides like the Loop trainer, Propeller spin and Whirlwind
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Knott's used to be such a quaint park that really follows it's theme intent. Now it seems like a hodge podge of random ideas that don't really belong together
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Postby californiascreamer1 » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:19 pm

Those are really cool! Its neat to be abel to see how parks advertised in the 70's. How did you find them?

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Postby montezooma » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:19 pm

Now onto Disneyland.

It was a huge deal when the Matterhorn was shut down and the inside of the mountain was refurbished to include snow scenes and the menacing abominable snow monster.

Space Mountain was also a huge deal the attraction cost more than the original cost of the entire Disney park.
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I love this ad. The lines for the Matterhorn where over 90 minutes long when the abominable snow man first appeared
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This picture is a model of the attraction

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Postby montezooma » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:27 pm

Marriott's Great America opened the bicentennial year of 1976. The Turn of the Century was all the rage in those days. It oringinally had two extreme air time bunny hills where the current loops of the Demon are today. Oh those where the days.

When Marriott owned the park it was true to the theme of Great America. Most of those theme elements have been watered down or are completely missing from the park.

Anyone remember the Yukon Yahoo or the Saskatchewan Scrambler?
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This is the ad from the year the park opened
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This year the park added the Yankee harbor themed Tidal Wave.
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For Fun and Pictorium were added in 1979

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Postby montezooma » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:29 pm

Coming shortly the early years of Magic Mountain and the transition to Six Flags Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Sea World and for some reason I have a couple ads for Six Flags Atlanta and one from the original Elitch Gardens.

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Postby astroworldfan1 » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:33 pm

Oh wow, these are really nice! See what you can get when you save and preserve things like this! Great find!

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Postby robbalvey » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:52 pm

Those old school Knott's brochures really make me sad. :(

I totally remember the "Minutes away - worlds apart" campaign!

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Postby robbalvey » Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:58 pm

BTW Shane - GREAT THREAD!

This is exactly the kind of thing I like to see people post in the off season when most of the parks are closed. It's interesting and it gives us all something to talk about. Keep it up!

I've put it on the front page as an incentive you get you to scan in even more! =)

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Postby SharkTums » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:02 pm

Very interesting stuff, thanks Shane!

It seems like Knotts and Mariotts used the same ad company!

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Postby Team Thriller » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:03 pm

Awesome! The parks looked so fun and magical back then. Now it's all about 'We have better than they do...etc"

Thanks for sharing! :b
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