1 June 1968 -- 30 October 2005
Before there was Marriott's GREAT AMERICA, there was Astroworld. The park, located across interstate highway 610 from the Astrodome, was Judge Roy Hofheinz' answer to Disneyland and Six Flags over Texas. Astroworld was designed by R.Duell and Associates, the same firm that designed Marriott's GREAT AMERICA. Sharing this common heritage, Astroworld had several other similarities to Marriott's GREAT AMERICA. For example, Astroworld's first-of-its-kind Astrowheel, was a predecessor to and an inspiration for Marriott's GREAT AMERICA's Sky Whirl triple Ferris wheel.
With great sadness, Astroworld suddenly and unexpectedly met the wrecking ball. Astroworld's final day of operation was 30 October 2005. It is still difficult to fully accept that this "Wonderful World of Fun" was destroyed.
In honor of Astroworld here at GREATAMERICAparks.com, please visit the Astroworld photo album.
For more on the history of Astroworld, visit SixFlagsHouston.com