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by ewilson
Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Great America "TM Productions"
Replies: 10
Views: 12308

I recognize this music very well. I danced to it as Foghorn in "Bugs Bunny's County Jamboree". This is the year the character show was on the stage at the old pavillion instead of Theatre Royale. I was told all the music for this show had come from "Bugs Bunny's Birthday Celabration" (or something l...
by ewilson
Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Quick Question
Replies: 4
Views: 3309

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by ewilson
Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:35 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Do you remember the food carousels?
Replies: 11
Views: 13925

I remember the action around them was a bit chaotic. If you were on the far end of where the food came out, half the french fries would be eaten out of the box and you would have only the mangled hamburgers to choose from. They also had these type of carosels at the Smithsonian museums in DC. and I ...
by ewilson
Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:22 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Carousel Song
Replies: 53
Views: 35688

In 1984 Evolution of Rock II had a live band in the Music Hall.
by ewilson
Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:18 pm
Forum: Shows
Topic: MGA Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes Parade
Replies: 3
Views: 7520

It had a section in the beginning where the parade would stop and Bugs Bunny ran off the float and did a dance with a voice track. After it went into the usual Gene Patrick amusement park type music over and over until the parade ended. I will have to find the tape I have and put it onto my site.
by ewilson
Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Shows
Topic: MGA Bugs Bunny Looney Tunes Parade
Replies: 3
Views: 7520

I sure do. I started off as the Uncle Sam that rides the back of the last float and stears the back like a fire engine. Then I did the Wile E. Coyote on rollerskates, and I did Bugs Bunny a few times. It was sure a nice break in the day from doing regular shows, and it was great to get all together ...
by ewilson
Sun Aug 21, 2005 6:21 pm
Forum: Shows
Topic: Question about the Looney Tunes stage shows at MGA
Replies: 1
Views: 5940

Mel Blanc did still do all the voices. He would occasionally come by and visit us at the shows and do the voices for us (many times saying words that you would never have heard them say in public). The sound difference you may hear is the diffeance between hearing them over your television speakers ...
by ewilson
Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:54 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Attendence
Replies: 10
Views: 14069

Attendance at rides and shows was kept because that is how budgeting was done. I was told that for every count the show/ride would get so many cents from the general fund. If a ride or show couldn't pay for itself, it would be closed.
by ewilson
Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:01 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Hot Shoppe at Marriott's Great America
Replies: 27
Views: 34173

Anytime I was walking by and had a nickel in my pocket.....and was not on the clock. The 5 cent rootbeers I got were served in something the size of a shot glass
by ewilson
Wed Aug 03, 2005 6:39 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Whack-a-Mole
Replies: 6
Views: 10268

This is the first I have ever heard of shooting galleries. I don't believe we ever had them at the Santa Clara park.

But of course Santa Clara is in California and we know how thier politics goes. :?
by ewilson
Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:44 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Roy Rogers/Farrell's
Replies: 3
Views: 7596

I don't remember at all there ever being a Farrell's or Roy Rogers in the Santa Clara park.
by ewilson
Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:40 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Restaurants and Shops from Santa Clara, 1976
Replies: 11
Views: 16618

I don't know how many people know where the names came from for many of the shops and restraunts. Maggie Brown is the wife of Dave Brown, the first GM of the SC park. He also previously owned the land the park is on. Penny P. Patrick is the wife of the first Director of Entertainment for both parks....
by ewilson
Tue Aug 02, 2005 6:27 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Vine-Covered Walkway
Replies: 16
Views: 21772

In the SC park during Holloween they constructed a haunted maze through this structure with the plants adding a lot of creepiness to it
by ewilson
Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:59 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: An Honest Observation
Replies: 35
Views: 20696

It was in the '90s that I last visited. It was so depressing to see closed buildings, others falling apart. The Music Hall show only had 6 people in the cast with a false procenium to make the opening smaller. There was no character show, no street entertainment, no parade, no fireworks. There were ...
by ewilson
Sat Jul 30, 2005 5:44 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Marriott out of the theme park business
Replies: 7
Views: 5803

profits

I was able to get ahold of a report for stock holders that came out in '83 when I was doing some work out of the main offices. It showed that the profit per dollar invested in amusement parks was paying back far less than what was put into hotel. Although they were not losing money, they were not ma...