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chuxtrux
07-17-2005, 07:20 PM
I was wondering if any of you guys remember the old amusement park on 75th and Prospect. I am trying to remember what was so special about that park, do you guys remember what special features it had that it stayed in business for almost 50 years.

sd4chiefs
07-17-2005, 07:31 PM
I remember that it had a large wooden rollercoaster but thats about it.

GMitch
07-17-2005, 08:01 PM
I remember that it had a large wooden rollercoaster but thats about it.
They dismantled it and it's now at Frontier City in Oklahoma City.

I remember going there as a kid but I don't remember any details except one year we went there for Fourth of July and I think they must have had a fire in the area where they set off the fireworks because everything went up at once. It was really something, at least to a young kid.

Logical
07-17-2005, 08:20 PM
Here are a couple of good pictures of it.http://www.umkc.edu/orgs/kcjazz/images/venues/f_land_02.jpg
The park's landmark roller coaster defines its boundary along the right-hand side of this photograph

http://apnostalgia.crosswinds.net/pix/7/fland2.jpg


It was also known for its Fairyland Ballroom where Jazz greats of the 30s, 40, 50s, and 60s performed, greats such as Count Basie were know to perform there.

Michael Michigan
07-17-2005, 08:25 PM
I remember going there very young.

Did it close before WOF or was that the death knell?

Mosbonian
07-17-2005, 08:26 PM
I was wondering if any of you guys remember the old amusement park on 75th and Prospect. I am trying to remember what was so special about that park, do you guys remember what special features it had that it stayed in business for almost 50 years.

Back in those days it was the only amusement park in the area....it was either go to Swope Park Zoo or Fairyland Park. The big attraction was the roller coaster, along with a few games, but ti was pretty droll once you got past 12 years old.

The only attraction towards the end of the life of Fairyland Park was that right next to it was a twin Drive In (no not the Twin Drive-in) that showed R & X-rated movies on one side. (Not that I ever went there)

mmaddog
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Logical
07-17-2005, 08:44 PM
I remember going there very young.

Did it close before WOF or was that the death knell?It closed in 1978, IIRC WOF opened in 1973 so it probably brought on the death of Fairlyland Park, but as I recall it was dying on its own due to location.

chuxtrux
07-17-2005, 09:41 PM
Was the ballroom and the olympic size pool still there in the 70's?

Logical
07-17-2005, 10:21 PM
Was the ballroom and the olympic size pool still there in the 70's?I really do not know.

Coach
07-17-2005, 10:26 PM
It closed in 1978, IIRC WOF opened in 1973 so it probably brought on the death of Fairlyland Park, but as I recall it was dying on its own due to location.

And I'm just curious, since I'm just a young pup, but How did Frontier City come into play here?

Logical
07-17-2005, 10:29 PM
And I'm just curious, since I'm just a young pup, but How did Frontier City come into play here?They bought the Wildcat (wooden coaster) from Fairyland and reassembled it at their park.

Coach
07-17-2005, 10:30 PM
They bought the Wildcat (wooden coaster) from Fairyland and reassembled it at their park.

Ah, makes sense now. I been to Frontier twice in 98 and 99. While it's not the Six Flags, it's a decent park. I haven't been there since.

Deberg_1990
07-17-2005, 11:18 PM
I just read that Worlds of Fun is finally getting a new super duper coaster. (Spinning Dragons) doesnt count. A new B&M invert. sounds sweet!

http://www.rcdb.com/ig3244.htm

elvomito
07-18-2005, 03:32 AM
my grandfather grew up across the street from fairyland park. its neat to look at his old pictures and see how much the city has changed.
he's also got a photo from the top of a tower over there, showing a broad view of all the houses in the area where 71 hwy is now.

how many of you know anything about electric park (http://www.defunctparks.com/parks/MO/electricpark/electricpark.htm)?

J Diddy
07-18-2005, 03:39 AM
my grandfather grew up across the street from fairyland park. its neat to look at his old pictures and see how much the city has changed.
he's also got a photo from the top of a tower over there, showing a broad view of all the houses in the area where 71 hwy is now.

how many of you know anything about electric park (http://www.defunctparks.com/parks/MO/electricpark/electricpark.htm)?


I know I want to rock down to electric avenue. Nothing more nothing less.

Ultra Peanut
07-18-2005, 04:48 AM
Fairyland?

The most popular feature had to have been its glory holes...

Fairplay
07-18-2005, 05:54 AM
My nieghbors said one summer they shut down the rollar coaster ride at Fairyland Park because it went off its tracks. :reaper:

Bob Dole
07-18-2005, 06:19 AM
Bob Dole finds that this site is a good stop when reminiscing.

www.oldkc.com

chuxtrux
07-18-2005, 02:23 PM
I heard Electric park was where all the drunks would hang out. I believei t was 45th to 47th Pasaeo and closed in 1925

tomahawk kid
07-18-2005, 02:29 PM
Bob Dole finds that this site is a good stop when reminiscing.

www.oldkc.com

You have to PAY to LOOK at the pictures on that site.

ROYC75
07-18-2005, 03:02 PM
It closed in 1978, IIRC WOF opened in 1973 so it probably brought on the death of Fairlyland Park, but as I recall it was dying on its own due to location.


Yep, you are right on ....... I had 4 cousins that worked there in the 60's. We got in 1/2 price when we went.

Mark is correct about the drive in's as well, the x-rated shows were the hottest ticket about the park for a few years . But even it died out after awhile, by 1976, the drive in was making plans to shut down.

Bearcat
07-18-2005, 03:22 PM
Anyone ever go to Dogpatch, USA (http://home.alltel.net/phillipc1/) in Arkansas? We went one year when I was probably 10 or so... apparently it's closed now, but some of the stuff remains...

ROYC75
07-18-2005, 03:27 PM
Anyone ever go to Dogpatch, USA (http://home.alltel.net/phillipc1/) in Arkansas? We went one year when I was probably 10 or so... apparently it's closed now, but some of the stuff remains...


As a kid ,We went one year for vacation when we went to Table Rock Lake..... it was all right .

Bob Dole
07-18-2005, 04:00 PM
You have to PAY to LOOK at the pictures on that site.

Wah.

Maybe you should stop ****ing around on the interweb and get a job?

Hog Rider
07-18-2005, 04:42 PM
We used to go to Fairyland Park all the time. My grandmother lived around 76th and Pennsyvania. Kiddieland was also fun in those days, it was south on Wornall.

The old wooden coaster, Wildcat, was the first one I ever rode. They also had the Teeter Dip, and Sky Rocket.

I have pictures of my grandfather at Electric Park on the beach, but I'm not sure of the year.

JP

Duck Dog
07-18-2005, 04:44 PM
Man, I don't even remember it.

:(

Duck Dog
07-18-2005, 04:47 PM
Anyone ever go to Dogpatch, USA (http://home.alltel.net/phillipc1/) in Arkansas? We went one year when I was probably 10 or so... apparently it's closed now, but some of the stuff remains...


Now that I remember! And Silver Dollar City too.

AeroSquid
07-18-2005, 05:49 PM
reading this brought back some memories. A+ thread.