Friday, January 06, 2006

Wanna buy a roller coaster?

Six Flags Astroworld in Houston closed back in October. Six Flags held on to some of the rides and equipment, presumably to move to their other parks, but they're auctioning off a lot this weekend. Included in the auction are three roller coasters (Greezed Lightnin' is pictured above, in a photo by Joe Schwartz of and a "Looping Starship" ride, which is like one of those swinging pirate ships, except that it swings all the way around (and doesn't look like a pirate ship). (By the way, how did pirate ships become the standard theming for that ride? Why not a viking ship? Or a cruise ship? Or heck, why even a boat? It isn't on water).

On a related note, I've heard that the Adventure City kiddie amusement park in Orange County will be closing down sometime later this year. I used to work just a couple miles from this place, and they've got a handful of attractions I'd be interested in (two small coasters and a petting zoo), but I never visited mostly because in a place so geared toward kids, a 32-year-old man hanging out by himself would look really creepy. Anyway, I hope their rides can find a good home when they close instead of ending up on a scrap heap. I've heard that their wild mouse coaster is pretty fun (photo above by Ric Turner, found on And maybe I can find somebody with kids to go there with and not look like a pervert.


At Friday, January 6, 2006 at 4:13:00 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, the "swinging ship" ride at the main amusement park in Tulsa 20 years ago was in fact a Viking ship. A realistic boat ride would move you around very slowly, tossing you enough to make you sick but not enough to entertain you.

At Friday, January 6, 2006 at 2:47:00 PM PST, Blogger Adam Villani said...

That'd be Bell's Amusement Park. Here's some photos of it from a guy on the rollercoastertalk yahoogroup:

No shots of a swinging ship, though. Come to think of it, the swinging ship ride they have at Knott's Berry Farm is themed as a big dragon. No explanation is given as to why a dragon would be carrying people, or why he swings back and forth. Some things you just have to take on faith.

At Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 11:54:00 AM PST, Anonymous clynne said...

I'll go to the kiddy park with you. I even have friends with children who might be willing to loan them out briefly, but we might have more fun without them.


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