Tidal Wave at Twenty-Five, 2002 Documentary Video

The Tidal Wave roller coaster in Santa Clara, California reached its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2002. As part of the anniversary celebration, I created this documentary video on the history of the Tidal Wave. The premiere showing of this video was at the American Coaster Enthusiasts’ Coaster Con XXV in Southern California. It was also shown at the park, then Paramount’s Great America, during the celebration on the actual anniversary date of July 8, 2002. The Tidal Wave video project led directly to the creation of the GREATAMERICAparks.com website with the park’s blessing.

This video is a tribute to Anton Schwarzkopf and Werner Stengel, the joint creators of the classic Tidal Wave shuttle loop roller coaster and many other. It should be of interest to all Tidal Wave fans, Gurnee included. The video should also be of interest to all Anton Schwarzkopf and Werner Stengel roller coaster fans. For its online debut, the song for the Tidal Wave “music video” portion has been switched out from the original video because I don’t have a license to use the song online.

Please enjoy the video and let me know your comments!

For more information about the Tidal Wave, see the Tidal Wave page here.

8 Replies to “Tidal Wave at Twenty-Five, 2002 Documentary Video”

    1. Marriott’s Great America Theme Park. Santa Clara, CA. The video was made In 2002 and it was a 25 year anniversary of a ride called Tidal Wave, which debuted in 1977. The reason I know this is because I watched the video. 🙂

  1. What was the music you had to cut out of the video? Was it a special song made for the ride (like the demon song)? I LOVE that “Drunken Sailor/Preview Center ” music medley! Man, I wish we had specially written music for the parks still.

    1. Lucas,

      The song originally used had nothing to do with the ride or the park. We decided to use it at the time because we liked it and it sounded great, a relatively little-known commercial pop song completely unrelated to the park.

      Regarding original music created for the park, it was first-rate for sure. That music was the work of Gene Patrick and Tom Merriman and their teams. I wish that I had the complete collection of all of it.

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