I love in the Six Flags commercial, "So if you can't make it to Disney hop over to Six Flags." I don't know, but to me that doesn't seem like a good marketing strategy to me.
Great stuff Shane, can't wait to see more.
EBL [9:16pm]: I'm not much into politics. I got turned off while Abraham Lincoln was in office.
So what was it like inside Old Chicago? Not really more than a carnival inside a big warehouse. Here is a clip from a movie called "the Fury" this scene takes place inside Old Chicago and you can really get a sense of what the place was like. You can see the Toboggan and the Chicago Loop corkscrew roller coaster operating with a 4-car train.
So far I have posted all kinds of things that I find up in my attic: park brochures, souvenir books, maps, photos, commercials and videos.
Well I have dug up some interesting things out of the attic this week. Conceptual art for attractions before they were built. Back before the days of computer animation the marketing department had to have some kind of visual to show the general public to generate buzz about there new attraction. I have collected a few and have them here to display.
This is totally old school compared to the stuff that the parks put out today but it is a lost art form from the hey-day of theme parks.
The Great American Revolution
The American Eagle
The Loch Ness Monster
Raging Wolf Bobs
White Water Landing
Arrow Shoot the Chutes
Arrow Shoot the Chutes
Arrow Pipeline Coaster
And here are a few other Curtis Summer designs that never made it off the drawing table.
I hope this stuff is interesting for you, I love seeing this old style art. Let me know what you think...
In this souvenir book you can take a look at the beautiful Busch Gardens park the way it was back in 1977. You can see it has a different name, different lands and different rides.
At the time they had two "of the fastest coasters in the world", Die Wildkatze and Glissade, both of which are no longer there.
Can you imagine Busch Gardens with out the Loch Ness Monster? While most parks seem to lose their charm and direction with time, Busch Gardens has continued to improve each year with only one major mistake along the way...cough...drachen fire...cough
This park is truly one of my favorite parks!!! Rides, Theme, Charm...all the elements are spot on!
Here is a look at the park map from the days before the Big Bad Wolf.
Well with all the Universal Studios news lately I thought what better time to post this old commercial than now. This ad from 1981 doesn't really show the park but it sure gives you a feel for what the park was 27 years ago when it was "Universal Studios Tour"
Also as a bonus here is another old Knott's spot from the Urban Cowboy days.
Hello friends of the attic...Several of you have wrote me and asked if I had run out of things and if Shane's Amusement Attic has come to an end.
I am happy to report that my attic is still full and I have many more great historical things to post, but I have noticed that during the summer season this site is full of GREAT photos and trip reports of todays amusement parks and there are just so many great threads to follow.
Shane's Amusement Attic is going to take the summer off and be back in Fall with a great NEW SEASON of old things.
Thanks to all of you "loyals" who regularly check in and comment on this thread and I'll see you all again in the Fall for season 2 of Shane's Amusement Attic!
Have a GREAT summer!
PS- Well before I sign off for the summer I want to leave you with one last little gem...It may be a little off topic but I think some of you may really enjoy it.
I have noticed that many of us TPR enthusiasts also shave several other similar interests one of them being video games. Well the theme of the Attic is to take a look at how things used to be back in the day.
About the same time that we were going thru the Roller Coaster Revolution we were also going thru the video game revolution.
While we were obsessed with being turned upside down we were also obsessed with little creatures from outer space. Take a look back at the beginning of video games and see how far we truly have progressed.
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