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Postby montezooma » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:41 am

I posted this over on the other thread about Northern California theme parks back in 1979 but wanted to put it here in my thread too.

What a Day! What a Place! Marriott's Great America

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=yTds7WH2Y1Q[/youtube]
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Postby RIP Psyclone » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:10 am

^What a great classic commercial! I heard about an old commercial for Freefall at SFMM with fighter jets or something, have you seen that? And by the way, excellent, excellent work in regard to your Knott's video.

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Postby cycamps » Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:06 pm

^I agree, great commercial. I love seeing history of the Mariott's parks.

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Postby montezooma » Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:41 pm

^Those aren't actual commercials for Great America, the background music is from an old Marriott's radio ad, but all the videos are home movies I shot and edited together.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:33 pm

Cool. It sure looks like they ran Tidal Wave the same way Kentucky Kingdom's Greezed Lightning does now. I guess it has always been braked quite a bit in the station.

Edit: Oops Wrong Great America. :lmao:

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Postby astroworldfan1 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:43 pm

Is it me or did the Tidal Wave seem really slow? Weight drops aren't as good as Flywheels like GL @ Astroworld.

Anyone agree?

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Postby ebl » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:21 pm

Flywheel shuttles > weight drop shuttle.

That's one of the reasons I've always liked Montezooma's Revenge.

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Postby jtizzle » Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:09 pm

Do you have anymore on the old Elitch Gardens? Maybe late 80s early 90s. I loved that place as a kid. Thanks for showin what you've got.

Also, what about the new Elitch's in 1995?

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Postby montezooma » Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:08 am

TOWERS - INTAMIN Part 1

Your going down the freeway, anxiously anticipating your arrival to Kings Dominion..."where is it? Where is it?" Nothing but trees...and finally you spot it! The Eiffel Tower. It stands majestically over the park and makes quite a statement. The same is true for many other parks, Magic Mountain, Six Flags over Texas, even the Sea Worlds in Orlando and San Diego. They can be seen for miles around and signal your arrival.

Towers have always been favorite attractions of mine because they really symbolize the amusement park. While these towers usually serve as a landmark to parks, unfortunately not all of them have survived. "The Great Gasp" from Six Flags over Georgia is sorely missed from their skyline, especially at night. The "Sky Jump" at Knott's has been mutilated having all of it's arms cut off. And I am pretty sure that the Sky Scraper from Geauga Lake is soon to meet the same fate that AstroWorld's "AstroNeedle" did.

This update takes a look at the beautiful structures designed, built and conceptualized by Intamin. I picked up this brochure from the Intamin IAAPA booth and it has been one of my favorite pieces of manufacturer literature since.
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Now this would have been a cool tower, too bad no one ever built this.
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Postby ebl » Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:30 am

I really enjoyed the Intamin tower information, as towers are one of my favorite attractions at parks. I wonder how many people know that SFMM's Sky Tower really was destined to be a Playboy Club (hence the wording on it in the brochure) in Chicago (I think) before that deal fell through and the tower was made available to Sea World/Newhall Land and Farming Co. when Magic Mountain was on the drawing boards?

Interesting, also, is the fact that Intamin apparently offered the combination parachute and observation tower, but so far only Knott's ordered one (that I know of).

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