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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby montezooma » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:40 am

R.D.-

A couple of attic readers have asked me about this program and I wish I had it in my collection. Unfortunately I do not which is too bad cause I sure would love to see some POV from the Turn of the Century.

Speaking of Great America, there will be an update posted soon from 1991 at the CA park.
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby montezooma » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:59 pm

GREAT AMERICA 1988-1991

Well the 90's were very good to this park. It was finally taking a turn for the better after struggling under the ownership of the city of Santa Clara. KECO (Kings Entertainment CO, which would soon become Paramount Parks) had just purchased the park and all the assets in 1989, land not included, and had begun to heavily invest in the park. It seemed for a couple of years they closely followed the other Great America park in Gurnee. First they followed the Gurnee park with a stand up coaster then they followed with the inverted coaster. Things were looking good for this park...until the Cedar Fair era.

I don't know what is going to happen to this park now. If I was a gambling man I would be that this park is on it's last leg, soon to go the way of Geauga Lake and AstroWorld. Sad as that may be, let's look back on happier times. Shane's Amusement Attic is proud to present Great America in the 90's!

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First we do the build up to the 90's. Here is the park in 88
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1989: I might have rethought this addition since the ride SUCKED!
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park map and information 1988
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Hooray for the Tidal Wave!
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby Geauga Dog » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:57 pm

I've always enjoyed your posts in the Attic, even long before I became a member here. Thanks for all that you've posted the pat few years.

In 2001 I visited the Santa Clara park and I was somewhat surprised at how vastly different it was compared to the Gurnee park since both started out as identical twins (I guess that would be expected since both parks have different owners). When did Great America begin to lose the Marriott theming?

You say you would have rethought the addition of Skyhawk but I think they should have rethought Grizzly and made it more like Kings Dominion's version. The most boring coaster I've been on.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby CorkscrewFoley » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:21 pm

Just how many Flight Trainers were there in existence? I knew KI and now Great America had one...

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:17 pm

CorkscrewFoley wrote:Just how many Flight Trainers were there in existence? I knew KI and now Great America had one...


KD also had one that was known as sky pilot & was located roughly where dropzone is now.I was never really fond of that thing & was glad when they took it out a few years later...no doubt in response to the fatality on KI's flight commander.

Didn't KBF also have one?that brings the total up to four so far.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby Angry_Gumball » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:28 pm

I remember Great America's Skyhawk ride, wanted to try it out to break my fear of going upside down. Sadly, I never got on it. If I recall, the lines looked too long for me to want to wait in. And nobody else wanted to ride.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby Perilous Chris » Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:42 am

^^ KBF did have one. It was called XK-1. It replaced the Loop Trainer (Schwarzkopf enterprise) in the late 80's. It would later be replaced by Supreme Scream.

I rode it a few times and it was somewhat thrilling. When you turned the ride vehicle upside down, it would feel as though you were going to slide out.

Shane...I want to thank you for this thread. I have really enjoyed it, and it has brought back many positive memories.

I used to have similar brochures, but unfortunately many have been thrown out over the years. I still have some old Marineland (Palos Verdes) material, as well as a Magic Mountain brochure promoting Z-Force.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby jray21 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:28 am

Thanks a lot a for that Shane! I just relived my childhood. I remember when all those rides opened. I even remember the "Speed" movie! I also remember thinking Sky Hawk was the coolest ride ever invented! I remember being annoyed because it wouldn't let you just hang upside the whole ride! Man I miss when CGA always had something new and better every year :cry: Thanks again!
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby montezooma » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:27 am

Wasn't there also an Intamin Flight Trainer at Rye Playland? And the original announcement of the Las Vegas Stratosphere included a Flight Trainer on the top of the tower instead of the S&S tower.
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby thrillrider » Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:10 pm

Skyhawk?....

I am surprised another park chain has not used that name....oh wait... :b

The picture of the kiddie coaster, looks a lot like jr gemini at cedar point.
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