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Postby NegativeGLover » Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:58 pm

Calling any waterpark specialists or historians, or anyone that can help me out. I'm trying to find a defunct waterpark that was located in the Windy Hill section of Myrtle Beach,SC. The park's name was Mount Olympus, and it was a relatively small park (in the neighborhood of 6 slides or so).

Myrtle Beach has long been a favorite place for my family to vacation, being as we are from WV it seems like the thing to do. We always used to try and visit at least one waterpark during the week to have some fun. Myrtle Waves was always nice, and the Windy Hill Waterboggan was ok too (especially the Pipeline coaster!), but of all the places, Mount Olympus reigns supreme to me. The slides they had simply were the wildest most of out control slides I've ever encountered. At least, I think they were, me being very young at the time might not have helped. The park I believe stood somewhere near where the Chuck-E-Cheese/Kroger's area is now (not sure of this), and the park was torn down close to 15 years ago from my memory.

I tried looking the internet over and over for pics/brochures etc. I would love to have any info on this place, as its a great childhood memory. My family only has one or two pics of the place, and they suck as far as quality go. I was also too young to be in my brochure collecting phase. I tried looking on several Myrtle Beach forums, and had no luck, and the person I talked to at the Chamber of Commerce wasn't too helpful either. Any help anyone can give me as far as getting info on the place would be greatly appreciated. Thanks !

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Postby DRWP2005 » Mon Apr 25, 2005 2:00 pm

I would consider myself sort of a water park specialist, but not in parks that are no longer operating. I do know a lot about how parks function and a lot about slides and the such.

But sorry I do not know anything about that particular park. Hopefully you will be able to find some more information out.

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Postby Homey G. » Mon Apr 25, 2005 6:14 pm

I remember Mt. Olympus very much. :)

I grew up in Myrtle Beach and often frequented Olympus. You remember correctly that it was located about 3 blocks off of the bypass in North Myrtle Beach. At the time there was a small amusement park on the corner which held a small woodie called "These United States". I never rode it as a youngster, but always stared at it as we drove past it to Mount Olympus.

Check it : http://www.rcdb.com/ig2532.htm?picture=1

Anyway, on to M.O. As I recall it, there were only 3 slides from the top of the mountain. They varied from beginner, to intermediate to advanced. I do remember that a lesser slide broke into the advanced slide halfway down the mountain. I never really picked up on how they kept people from colliding with sliders from above, but I never remember a problem occuring. All the slides came together into one pool at the bottom. There may have been a tiny slide for the kiddies, but I don't recall.

My aunt and uncle have a huge house a few blocks from that and my dad's side of the family gather for Christmas there. We drive right down that road every year and I look at the lot which is razed completely to the ground and is flat as a pancake. Ahh, memories... like the corners of my mind. :)

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Postby Kroger8 » Mon Apr 25, 2005 7:44 pm

I remember seeing three water slides at one place a long time ago in Myrtle Beach. I remembered thinking what a small park, maybe im thinking of a different place. Anyone remember the Waterboggan place? With the rollercoaster and coconuts that fell on peoples heads?? I dont think it closed down too long ago. I think there were two, one at each end of the beach.

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Postby NegativeGLover » Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:27 pm

Home G - That helped a LOT ! Now, do you know where I could track down and pics of this place ??? I was trying to remember how many slides there were, but 3 sounds like it could be right. I especially remember the 3 levels of intensity, and for some reason I was thinking there were two "advanced" slides, and one was named Wild Thing. I know it was a small park, but the memories of flying down those slides on the old foam mats remains a huge memory to me...

And as for the Waterboggan ? I fondly remember it, and have some pics and stuff of it somewhere back home. There were three body tube slides, one was a small straight drop that I would run around to time after time. None of their other slides really did it for me that much, so I would stick to that slide and the Pipeline coaster. Man those places sure brought some good memories... (I talk about this like I'm an old man when I'm only 23, I cant imagine what I'll be like at 30)

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Postby Homey G. » Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:31 pm

HEY! ^

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Postby EpcotLova » Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:57 am

Are you sure it was Mt. Olympus?

the place i remember had three slides but one was named the Dolphin. They were beside a driving range and a putt putt course.

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Postby NegativeGLover » Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:28 pm

I can fondly remember the Water Boggan park. It had three dark blue body slides that replaced the Rampage sleds when they took them out. There were also about 4-5 regular slides which required a mat to go down. I know there was a small putt-putt place beside the Water Boggan, as well as a small arcade in the lobby of the place. I can also recall a batting cage somewhere close by, and if I remember right there was a driving range somewhere close by. Not sure if this is the place you were thinking of or not...

Mount Olympus definately only had 4 slides or so, and was very very small. I can definately remember that it was a man made and near the small amusement park that Homey G had stated. I cant remember many of the details about it though

There was also a Water Boggan down in the south end of Myrtle Beach, but I never went there, only drove by it, so I'm not sure what all kinds of slides they have... I have some pictures and brochures somewhere back home of the water boggan places burried in my collection, I might have to dig them out and take a look.
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Postby greshamb » Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:25 pm

Oh how I remember these things.....

There were several great slides all up and down the Grand Strand....If my memory serves correctly...

Water Boggan - South End across the street from the Grand Prix. Three slides, with one charging under a wooden bridge which lead to the top of the slides. Blue concrete with yellow trim. And those rubbery mats...good stuff. Later they added a Rampage slide near highway 17....I dont think that admission to the Rampage Slide was included with the price of admission

Water Boggan - Windy Hill across from one of the greatest mini golf courses on the strand....Jungle Golf. This park had three slides as well, with much better layout than the south end WB. Later they added two rampage slides, which were replaced by three blue enclosed tubular slides. Then, a few years before closing, they added the pipeline coaster. Nice addition to a small waterpark.

Wild Rapids - Downtown Myrtle Beach. Directly across from what is now the Magic kingdom and Swamp Fox coasters. This was one of the first fiberglass slides on the Strand, and if im correct, one if not the only slide located directly on the beach. Originally used rubber mats, but then switched to inflatable inner tubes. Also one of the first parks on the beach to have camelback hump slides and tower slides. I think this is now owned by Sea mist Resort...I may be mistaken though.

Magic Mountain - Garden City/Surfside - Next to Magic Harbor. I think this park fell through the cracks along with Magic Harbor. Great park with BRIGHT YELLOW fiberglass slides (3) with rubber mats. They also added a rampage slide towards the end of the parks existence to keep up with the waterslide "jonses" along the beach. I think Rampage was included with admission. Used heavily by the Ocean Lakes/Pirateland crowds.

Its very sad to see most of these parks go. Gone are the days of sliding double, head first on a rubber mat towards a 3 foot pool of warm chlorine bleached water. I can honestly say that if these parks were still in existence, I would most likely have more fun there than the large, commercial parks (Myrtle Waves, Wild Water and Wheels). But with time, so comes progression. Thanks so much for this thread. It brought back a lot of memories. I have some old brochures from back in the late seventies and early eighties. I think I have a few from these parks. If I find them, I will try and scan them in and upload them.

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Postby vwsrus » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:22 pm

Is anyone interested in this anymore? My family use to own the Water Boggan's both in South Myrtle and North Myrtle. I have a lot of old photos and tons of memories!!

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