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Postby montezooma » Tue May 13, 2008 9:35 am

Old Chicago

Here is a great read from a great publication "Amusement Park Journal". Old Chicago was a great idea just executed wrong, at the wrong time, and the wrong place. You'll see what that means when you read the article.

This park had some pretty major rides for an indoor facility. An Arrow Corkscrew, "The Chicago Loop" which eventually ended up at Canobie Lake. The Pinfari "Chicago Cat" and a Chance Toboggan. There was also an Arrow Flume and a Bradley & Kaye Barnstormer.

One story that I heard but have never been able to validate was that Old Chicago had ordered a Scwarzkopf Shuttle Loop to install. Of course the park went bankrupt and the story is that the coaster went to Walibi Belgium.

All that is left of this place is memories and the street where the park was located is still called Old Chicago Drive.

Credit goes to Charles J. Jacques Jr. for this great article.

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Postby ebl » Tue May 13, 2008 1:53 pm

Where did the Corkscrew eventually go?

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Postby coastercrazed49 » Tue May 13, 2008 1:56 pm

^It went to Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire, which now its called Canobie Corkscrew.
Great Article Shane, its sad to see this park gone.
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Postby ebl » Tue May 13, 2008 2:05 pm

Honestly, I think indoor parks would be all the rage---especially in areas where they have harsh winters that don't allow year round operation of outdoor ones.

You'd think such parks would be goldmines, too.

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Postby montezooma » Tue May 13, 2008 5:53 pm

^ I am not a fan of the indoor amusement parks, the ones I have been to are loud and just lack the fun atmosphere of outdoor parks. The exception to that being the Little Mermaid themed area at DisneySea in Tokyo. That indoor amusement area works!!!
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Postby Jim1013 » Tue May 13, 2008 10:03 pm

What was unfortunate for Old Chicago was the lack of sunlight, other than that rotunda in the middle it looks like a huge dark warehouse, but that was era and what was available at the time. Imagine the MOA Camp Snoopy/Nick Universe with the skylights all blacked out.

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Postby ebl » Tue May 13, 2008 10:47 pm

^ An indoor park filled with "dark" rides. :P

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Postby packfanlv » Wed May 14, 2008 8:02 am

montezooma wrote:^ I am not a fan of the indoor amusement parks, the ones I have been to are loud and just lack the fun atmosphere of outdoor parks. The exception to that being the Little Mermaid themed area at DisneySea in Tokyo. That indoor amusement area works!!!


I actually disagree. I think both Nick Universe and Adventuredome are fun parks. The noise does become a bit of an issue, but that just doesn't bother me. Ultimately it is hard to compare an indoor park to one that is outdoors, because of the space restrictions an indoor park has. My only complaint of indoor parks is that the attractions are usually packed in so tightly.

Nice article by the way. I really enjoyed learning about this park. It is amazing how many parks were doomed to fail from the beginning because of bad business plans.
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Postby themepark321 » Wed May 14, 2008 4:22 pm

We are finally dying to see the original 1994 opening commercial for "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" at Walt Disney World. The one with the high school kids following the footsteps of the tragic five.

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Re: The opening 1994 Tower of Terror commercial

Postby montezooma » Thu May 15, 2008 11:03 am

themepark321 wrote:We are finally dying to see the original 1994 opening commercial for "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" at Walt Disney World. The one with the high school kids following the footsteps of the tragic five.


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