It was pretty grand when The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, Cedar Point (previously
) , started offering HD quality perspective videos
of their coasters for those of us far away from home.
Recently, Google Street View
has mapped the entire amusement park for our enjoyment!
(SLVimeo) where roller coasters and other amusement park rides, without their tracks or frames
, move excited riders around downtown Buenos Aires.
Don't want to hassle with going to an amusement park? Build your own rollercoaster!
So long, and thanks for all the thrills.
This weekend, Astroworld (I refuse to prepend "Six Flags") will close its doors. Envisioned in 1968 by Judge Roy Hofheinz
(who also brought us Houstonians a major league baseball team
, and a stadium
in which they could play), the amusement park was where I spent a lot of my childhood in the 70s. Grass roots
movements to save the park have failed
, and thus it's time to say goodbye to the place that played host to one of the best rollercoasters
in the world, a ride that scared the crap
out of me, a double ferris wheel
with a twist, as well as the Boogie Fog Disco
, where I learned how to do The Hustle. All's not lost, as at least I can download the Texas Cyclone
, but I still feel a little misty-eyed for the boy who spent most of his weekends in this magical and wondrous place. Farewell.