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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby wlmoorer » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:17 pm

I am always disappointed that I never had the chance to visit this park before it closed...its a shame that Houston (the forth largest metro population in the US) does not have a major regional park!
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby PortugePunk » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:33 pm

Thanks for sharing these, Shane. I only got to visit AstroWorld once before it closed, but it was such a weird park! I love seeing more about it. I rode Montezooma's Revenge @ KBF today and it reminded me of Greezed Lightnin'!

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby disney4me2001 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:03 am

wlmoorer wrote:I am always disappointed that I never had the chance to visit this park before it closed...its a shame that Houston (the forth largest metro population in the US) does not have a major regional park!


Me neither...the sad part is that my grandparents live in Houston and I visit them every summer...and we didn't make it to Astroworld once :(

But does anyone know what happened to each coaster? I know Greezed Lightning is in storage and a couple of them were scrapped, but what about the others? Specifically I want to know about Batman: The Escape and Viper if anyone knows anything.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby thrillerman1 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:31 am

It still astounds me that SF would pull out of the 4th largest market in the US. Not really sure what Kieran Burke was thinking.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby ebl » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:32 am

^^^ Remember that Montezooma's Revenge and Greezed Lightning were both flywheel launched versions of the Schwarzkopf shuttle. Carowinds, Kings Dominion, and the two Great America parks had the older weight-drop version. There was indeed a difference in the ride experience.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby montezooma » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:33 am

Worlds of Fun 1981

I always love a good AstroWorld post and yes I am amazed that a market as large as Houston is now without a park. Almost as good as AstroWorld is Worlds of Fun circa 1980's. World's of Fun always seemed a small park that kept up with the big boys. Think about it, they were one of the firsts to feature a Corkscrew roller coaster and then they followed it up with one of the greatest coasters of the early 80's, The Orient Express! Along with AstroWorld they were one of the first parks to feature a waterpark side by side with the theme park.

Well how do you follow up the success of "The Orient Express"??? How about with a Cinema 180? Well not so good as it seemed attendance was never as high in the 80's as when the Orient Express opened. I am still trying to understand why Cedar Fair took that ride out. The park has never been the same since Cedar Fair took it over...It has become a stip mall park like the rest of the other Cedars.

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Postby montezooma » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:44 am

want more Worlds Of Fun? I have more press releases and brochures for the parks 15th and 20th anniversary coming up soon!
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby Olsor » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:31 pm

Very cool as always, Shane.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like WoF moved the park entrance at some point. Anyone have a year for when that occurred?

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby adamico2 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:55 pm

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But does anyone know what happened to each coaster? I know Greezed Lightning is in storage and a couple of them were scrapped, but what about the others? Specifically I want to know about Batman: The Escape and Viper if anyone knows anything.[/quote]

I do know that Batman is currently "in storage," and by "in storage" I mean sitting in a field across the street form Darien Lake, fully exposed to the elements.
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby mightbeawannabe » Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:26 pm

^^They didn't move it. The removed the Americana entrance, or the main one. It was located where the pier thingy to the Grand Prix is now. Screamroller would be on the right as you enter. The Scandinavian entrance was the lesser entrance, but now it's the only WoF-exclusive one.

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