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Postby montezooma » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:04 am

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Postby lil jimmy norton » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:00 pm

Just in time for the 09 season. :)

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1980 park brochures

Postby montezooma » Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:57 pm

1980 Park Brochures

As the 2009 season grows closer I thought March would be a great time to look back at the 1980 season. 1980 was an exciting season especially for AstroWorld, they premiered the FIRST whitewater rafting ride that is now a staple attraction at theme parks around the world. New coaster attractions were the Laser Loop at Kennywood the Carolina Cyclone, and the conversions of the two Turn of the Centuries into the Demon. At that time they held the record for the most inversion on a coaster - 4.

1980 was also the year of the Buccaneer swing ships for the Six Flags Park and the first year that Magic Mountain became part of the Six Flags family.

Make sure you check in everyday this month to see your favorite parks brochure and relive that great 1980 season.

AstroWorld
Busch Gardens "The Dark Continent"
Busch Gardens "The Old Country"
Carowinds
Cedar Point
Elitch Gardens
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Kennywood
Kings Dominion
Kings Island
Libertyland
Marriott's Great America - CA
Marriott's Great America - IL
Opryland U.S.A
Riverside
Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags over Georgia
Six Flags over Mid-America
Six Flags over Texas
Valleyfair!
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Six Flags over Georgia 1976
Six Flags over Georgia 1978
Six Flags over Mid-America 1977
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AstroWorld 1980

Postby montezooma » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:06 pm

AstroWorld

It is sad to start this look back with AstroWorld. It is a park that I miss with every new season. 1980 was a huge year for this park as they introduced a ride almost as popular as the roller coaster. Thunder River debuted to much fan fair and also many problems. As a member of the opening crew I remember all the problems the ride experienced its opening year. Boat jams, sinking boats, conveyor belt problems and all the rest. Over the years they have worked out all the problems and we now see these rides everywhere.

AstroWorld is sorely missed as well as all it's great attractions. RIP Marvel Mc Fey!!!
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THUNDER RIVER!
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Postby astroworldfan1 » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:33 pm

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Postby thrillerman1 » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:49 pm

AstroWorld really was a gem of a park back in the 80's. I'm glad I got to visit it (1982ish) and again on the final closing weekend. I will never understand Six Flags' (i.e. Kieran Burke) rationale for pulling out of the 4th biggest market in the US. I think Shapiro would have given it more of a chance of survival.

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Re: AstroWorld 1980

Postby linearinduction » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:59 pm

montezooma wrote:AstroWorld

It is sad to start this look back with AstroWorld. It is a park that I miss with every new season. 1980 was a huge year for this park as they introduced a ride almost as popular as the roller coaster. Thunder River debuted to much fan fair and also many problems. As a member of the opening crew I remember all the problems the ride experienced its opening year. Boat jams, sinking boats, conveyor belt problems and all the rest. Over the years they have worked out all the problems and we now see these rides everywhere.

AstroWorld is sorely missed as well as all it's great attractions. RIP Marvel Mc Fey!!!
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Busch Gardens "The Dark Continent"

Postby montezooma » Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:29 am

Busch Gardens "The Dark Continent"

The 80's saw both of the Busch park grow into the power house parks they are today. Timbuktu themed land and several new rides including the Schwarzkopf "Scorpion" coaster were great additions to this park in 1980. The park also opened their water park "Adventure Island" this year.
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Postby montezooma » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:48 pm

Busch Gardens "The Old Country"

Leave it to Busch to not just add a simple ride...but an entire new theme area. The country of Italy was a huge part of the parks expansion during the 80's. The first section of the country was added in 1980.

I hope we will see a new land added to this park in the near future.
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Such a GREAT park even back in 1980. This park has not lost an ounce of its charm IMO
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Carowinds 1980

Postby montezooma » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:04 am

Carowinds

Big shout out for Carowinds my FAVORITE park!!! 1980 was a big year for "this little park that could" with the introduction of the worlds first quad-loop coaster, the Carolina Cyclone!

I was creative director for this park for several of the Paramount years and a lot of my heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears went into this park. One of my first jobs at the park was the changing of the drab green and burnt orange color scheme of the Carolina Cyclone.

Carowinds is still closed on Fridays, I never understood this policy
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not actually the Carolina Cyclone but a Cedar Point interpretation of it
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White Lightnin, Kenny & Dolly...some of the great attractions that are no more : (
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still closed on Fridays...wtf???
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