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by soupkid
Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: 49er's possible BACKUP PLAN for stadium in PGA parking lot
Replies: 6
Views: 6330

If they were to sell or lease the land to the 49ers, they would have to build some sort of parking structure. It would probably be similar to Disneyland's Mickey and Friends parking structure that most people hate, although it would be a lot smaller. Doesn't Great America/Cedar Fair actually lease ...
by soupkid
Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:16 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: What the #^%!~ did PGA do to the park?
Replies: 2
Views: 3939

What the #^%!~ did PGA do to the park?

I visited the park this past weekend, the first time in several years. I was saddened to see what PGA has done to the place. There is no "Great America" theme anymore. Its just an amusement park now. What they did to Yukon Territory is disgusting. Gone is the name and the rustic look. Its now a Nick...
by soupkid
Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Santa Clara Train...where is it now?
Replies: 12
Views: 21379

I miss the train now that i have kids. It would be a nice break for them to ride it and get to the other side of the park. Do you think its gone forever or perhaps Cedar Fair will bring it back????? One can hope....right! Not sure how they would do it, unless it was completely outside of the park. ...
by soupkid
Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: Rides
Topic: Tidal Wave Question
Replies: 2
Views: 3331

Yes, it did. Lighting sequence was the same. The lights also scrolled in the direction the train was going.

I can't believe PGA got rid of it. That ride and the Sky Whirl were the trademarks of the park, IMO.
by soupkid
Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:52 am
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Aerial View of Santa Clara Park
Replies: 4
Views: 10540

It sucks that they sold off the parking lot just to the south of the main gates (A & B lots?) so some high tech companies can build high rises right next to the Sky Tower and Pictorium. UGLY!!!!!
by soupkid
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:47 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: PGA Security Patrol Cars
Replies: 4
Views: 9235

I know this is an old thread, but I thought I'd comment. When I was a Security Officer at PGA (before it was Paramount), we drove retired Santa Clara Police cars, complete with the cage in back and red and blue lights. We only used the lights and sirens in emergencies, but really weren't supposed to...
by soupkid
Wed Jun 28, 2006 9:12 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: The VIP
Replies: 1
Views: 3196

There's always some VIP or famous person in the park. One time, one of my co-workers in Security was assigned to escort Whoopie Goldberg and her kids around the park. They would bypass the lines and go up thru the exits, and to avoid fans they would go backstage to get from one place to another. As ...
by soupkid
Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:10 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: Security 1985-1988
Replies: 7
Views: 6712

Ed was cool. He was more of a diplomat than a security officer, but then he also could be really mean if he needed to be. I think he also played professional baseball, but I don't remember which team. He once showed us his trading card. I tried to look it up once but I could never remember how to sp...
by soupkid
Thu Jun 22, 2006 10:12 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: Security 1985-1988
Replies: 7
Views: 6712

Yeah, we alternated between Denny's and El Torito, but mostly Denny's as we knew the bartender ;) . As July 4th is coming up, I am reminded of how much action we had on that day. Especially if you worked day shift, you always ended up working a double. One July 4, I worked a double shift on dispatch...
by soupkid
Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:19 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: Orleans Orbit removal
Replies: 30
Views: 35335

[quote="Glorfindel7"]Maybe what actually happened is similar to what happened with the Whizzer where public outcry convinced park officials that renovating it and keeping it was a good idea?


But the Whizzer WAS taken out.


Soupkid
Security 1985-1988
by soupkid
Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: Security 1985-1988
Replies: 7
Views: 6712

Security 1985-1988

I worked in Security 1985 - 1988 as an in-park and mobile unit, dispatcher, and shift seargent. I got canned in 1988 because we got caught having too much fun during grave shift during the off season. We cruised around the park on one of the mechanic's little Honda motorcyles that they used to get t...