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by akorbel
Sun Aug 28, 2005 2:40 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Un-Built Rides and Attractions
Replies: 18
Views: 13030

I think Steven's right about the reason for the low attendance. There are way too many attractions drawing away business, like Tanya mentioned there was Frontier Village but also Marine World Africa USA (30 minutes north) and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (30 minutes away on the coast). Not to ment...
by akorbel
Sun Aug 28, 2005 1:47 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave Memories (lots of pics!)
Replies: 30
Views: 21159

The Tidal Wave was one of my faves, too. It was a great, fun ride that had a lot of details that added up to more than the sum of its parts: HUGE and overpowering physical structure--especially the towers, the elaborate chasing lights at night (best of any ride at MGA, you could see it from outside ...
by akorbel
Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Which Looney Tunes character was used for which ride?
Replies: 2
Views: 2869

Which Looney Tunes character was used for which ride?

Hey, does anyone remember which Looney Tunes characters were used as height and ride guides for each of the MGA rides? It's probably easier to remember for people near SFGA since they still use Looney Tunes. I could be totally wrong but I think I remember these: Skywhirl: Tweety Bird (?). I always r...
by akorbel
Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Rides I never rode
Replies: 7
Views: 5716

With the exception of Skyhawk those were great rides. Skyhawk was added post-Marriott, BTW and as I recall it was often closed due to technical problems.
by akorbel
Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:20 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: July 4th
Replies: 8
Views: 5710

PGA definitely does fireworks on or around 4th of July. This year, I think they set them off the Friday and Saturday before the 4th. All of the freeway exits that you could use to access Great America Parkway were closed in preparation (a big mess!). They didn't set off fireworks on the 4th itself--...
by akorbel
Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:33 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Carousel Song
Replies: 53
Views: 37160

Thanks, Rick! Listening to the Carousel Song makes me nostalgic for the late 70s! Marriott's Great America was such a product of the late 70s with its contrived (but very effective!) innocence and quaintness. I doubt a song like this would even be written now because the general public have become s...
by akorbel
Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:28 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: No Dark Rides at Marriott's Great America
Replies: 3
Views: 3651

The Demon seems like it was an attempt to try a few dark ride elements. The only reason I can imagine they didn't do more is because their marketing studies determined that wasn't going to make them as much profit as traditional rides :(
by akorbel
Thu Aug 25, 2005 1:27 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: The Demon
Replies: 79
Views: 54304

I remember you would enter the first tunnel with the mist and I think the soundtrack was queued a bit past the point where the narrator starts to tell you how it became the Demon. I always remember hearing this part when I was in the first tunnel "A gigantic, subterranean upheavel of molten lava and...
by akorbel
Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:31 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Carousel Song
Replies: 53
Views: 37160

Looks like someone from SFGA posted the lyrics here: http://sfgam.net/carousel.php See the carousel spinning round and around there, It's a fantasy make believe. Take a journey on the merry-go-round, It's magic when you're young. Ride the sparkling steeds decked out in jewels, There's a knight in sh...
by akorbel
Mon Aug 15, 2005 3:14 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: White Water Rapids/Rip Roarin' Rapids
Replies: 3
Views: 3331

White Water Rapids/Rip Roarin' Rapids

I noticed in this MGA park map that Gurnee had a rapids ride while the park was still Marriott's: <http://www.themeparkbrochures.com/maps/1984/margram1984.html> Was a rapids ride for the Santa Clara park in the planning stages when the park was sold to the city? If so, are there any differences betw...
by akorbel
Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:51 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Demon Rock Scuplture
Replies: 11
Views: 7649

Last time I was at PGA-a few years ago now-I seem to remember that some of the rock structures had been removed?
by akorbel
Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:25 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: later advertisments omit Marriott's name
Replies: 2
Views: 2671

later advertisments omit Marriott's name

Sorry, this is all complete speculation but I noticed the "Get Carried Away" advertisement doesn't mention the "Marriott's"name. Same thing with the 1982 "Hand in hand" campaign. Interesting: I wonder if that was intentional? Perhaps Marriott was trying to disassociate their name from the parks as e...
by akorbel
Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:04 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Marriott out of the theme park business
Replies: 7
Views: 6079

Selling off Great America fit in with Marriott's business strategy which has been to focus on its hotel branding. In fact, I don't even believe Marriott actually owns any of the hotels anymore--hotel ownership has been transferred to a independent real estate trust (Host Marriott) and even the food ...
by akorbel
Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:59 am
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Marriott's Great America at night
Replies: 3
Views: 3358

Marriott's Great America at night

Marriott's Great America was great at night. I especially loved the Tidal Wave at night how the white lights traced the outside of the track, through the loop and up the towers but then when the car shot out of the station the lights changed to blue and followed the movement of the car (or something...
by akorbel
Fri Jul 22, 2005 9:58 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: The Life of Delta Flyer / Eagle's Flight / Southern Cross
Replies: 62
Views: 52884

There's also a cool (and really tall when it passes over the canyons) sky ride at the San Diego Zoo.