Sunday, June 17, 2007

SchemeLand

Bear with me, this one's a bit complicated.

According to the BBC Kent website, some old rides from Southport's Pleasureland, which abruptly closed last September, are being put in storage in preparation for the opening of a heritage amusement park on the Dreamland site in Margate.

Now, as far as I can recall, there are currently no plans for a 'heritage amusement park' on the Dreamland site, which has been closed since last year, apart from two tentative proposals put forward by property developers the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company, aka Waterbridge, aka J Godden Esq (40%). And it's true that one of these proposals mumbled something about putting a few old ferris wheels around the listed scenic railway in order to justify a whole pile of luxury apartments, hotels, 'leisure', the usual old crap.

However, these proposals remain just that, proposals. They are not approved plans, and go totally against the view of a government inspector that the entire site should remain devoted to traditional seaside attractions. So the storage of these rides would appear rather premature.

Premature, that is, until you realise that the Save Dreamland Campaign which has long battled against the developers, has now rolled over and had its tummy tickled by them. Not only do the plans for this 'heritage amusement park' appear on the SDC website, but the SDC's website, in a touching show of mutual appreciation, now appears as a link on the developers' website. So it all now looks rather like a fait accompli.

Still with me? It gets better. Having only been closed for a few months, the reason for putting Southport's Pleasureland rides into storage is because it is being transformed into a '£100m+ Euro Park', according to local sources. Something that Dreamland could only ever, er, dream of it seems.

15 comments:

derick97 said...

leaves a somewhat dirty taste in
your mouth, does it not

Anonymous said...

Please dont say we're going to have to put up *again* with someones old rusty garbage they have thrown out..... Oh that was the Gormley (less) thing.... Art'angle'... Shmart'angle'....

Due to their paucity of ideas our 'leaders' have gone for the least expensive option, not fought for a way forward for Margate. Drivel from idiots who are coming up with ideas like 'men with ballons' and 'local robots', pathetic.

Eastcliff Richard said...

It strikes me that it's not 'men with ballons' we need as far as Dreamland is concerned, it's men, and women, with b*lls!

stuart said...

Mr. Eastcliff, the SDC has been forced to rethink and come up with a plan B because the men and women at our council have no balls!

Eastcliff Richard said...

Hmm, fair point.

Nick Laister said...

You say that there are only two proposals for a heritage amusement park, put forward by the developers of Dreamland. I take it you haven't seen our own proposals on the savedreamland.co.uk website, then? Jean-Marc Toussaint drew up our concept plan without having seen the proposals put forward by the developers.

Furthermore, despite your claim to the contrary, the developers' plans do not appear on the SDC website. They are our own, completely independent (and different) plans.

And the £100m+ Euro Attractions Park at Southport you refer to is a temporary funfair for 18 months, whilst the long term future of the site is decided. Whether it is better or worse than our proposals for a heritage amusement park is completely irrelevant.

We proposed the heritage amusement park concept for Dreamland because we believed that it would be a unique attraction for Margate, a world's first, and would be an appropriate setting for the listed Scenic Railway. It would also allow much of the UK's amusement park heritage that would otherwise have been lost to be saved. We think it is a great concept that might just capture the public's imagination.

Eastcliff Richard said...

OK, so it's one of those strange coincidences that happen every now and again.

And maybe, as you suggest, Norman Wallis is bullsh*tting about his €100m plans for Stockport's Pleasureland.

And as my most recent post makes clear, I was more intending to have a dig at our local council than the Save Dreamland Campaign.

What I will say, however, is I went to a heritage amusement park in the US recently, and once the nostalgia wore off after ten minutes it was quite the lamest 'fun' experience I've ever endured.

I think the people of Margate, who have suffered from endless and fruitless schemes and dreams for long enough, deserve better.

derick97 said...

strange when money raises its ugly
head how many people with the best possible reasons are somehow put in to such a defensive mode

emmeline said...

Makes even the park for retired communist statues near Budapest seem exciting!

Nick said...

Where was the 'heritage amusement park' in the US? I wasn't aware that there was one.

derick97 said...

try this one nick

Just outside Denver a small family-run amusement park is clanging and sparkling its way through its eightyfourth season. It shares the raffish, plaintive charm of its counterparts across the country, but there is a good deal more to Lakeside. The little park is a superb collection of Art Deco architecture, as striking in its way as the muchheralded Moderne district in Miami Beach.

Lakeside didn’t start out that way. It began by billing itself, like many amusement parks of the era, as the White City. Its owner and promoter was Adolph Zang, a prosperous Denver brewer; on opening day—May 30, 1908—a public still awed by lavish displays of electricity turned out fifty thousand strong to cheer as Denver’s mayor pressed a button in his downtown office and illuminated the park’s hundred thousand bulbs. As the lights blazed on, Zang’s daughter Gertrude smashed a bottle of champagne against Lakeside’s showpiece, the 150-foot Tower of Jewels.

Taller than any building in Denver at the time, the tower welcomed patrons to what its promoters called a “Rocky Mountain Fairyland, filled with wonders that had never been seen out West.” There were forty-one things to do: rides with names like Dip the Dips and Shoot the Chutes, and miniature trains circling the lake pulled by two steam engines built for the 1904 world’s fair, Puffing Billy and Whistling Tom.

The Denver press exulted: “Lakeside is the place! All promises were kept. The scenic railroad stretches like a serpent, walks are graveled, fountains are playing.” Lakeside was an immediate success and prospered on into the 1920s. But the 1930s found the park in trouble; not only had the Depression come but patrons were beginning to find the operation old-fashioned. The Lakeside Amusement Company looked for a new owner and came up with one in its own back yard

Ben Krasner, a Russian immigrant, grew up in Binghamton, New York, early in the century and then moved on to Denver. In 1917 he set up shop in Lakeside as a concessionaire, and by the late 1930s his family and friends back East had done well enough to put up the cash for the park.

The new owner’s first order of business was renovation. He added new rides—the Octopus, the Loop-0-Plane, the Hurricane- and replaced the serpentine Derby coaster with the Cyclone. But more important than any single attraction was his revamping the whole look of the park. To move Lakeside from the Edwardian to the streamlined age, Krasner hired a young West Coast architect named Richard Crowther who was fresh from helping design the pastel spires of San Francisco’s Golden Gate International Exposition. “I had come to Denver from California,” says Crowther, who is still practicing architecture in his eighties. “Out there I could do anything I wanted. Denver was much more traditional, but Mr. Krasner wanted the park to be modern. I always felt Mr. Krasner himself was very conservative, but he understood the amusement business and realized the park needed a new look. Some things, however, he didn’t want touched. I wanted to do something with the tower, but he wouldn’t let me. Said it was too much of a landmark.”

Nevertheless, Crowther had a free enough hand to turn out a remarkably uniform and pleasins sroup of Hieh Deco buildings. Using neon as his predecessors had used incandescent bulbs, he created sinuous signs and etched his buildings with the rainbow-hued tubes. In front of each ride he set a new ticket booth that might have jumped off the cover of Amazing Stories—delightful buildings, as sleek and stylized as the Bakelite radios of the era, and not so very much larger.

The new look helped business; so did the Second World War, which brought thousands of young men and women to Denver’s military facilities and turned them loose on weekends with money in their pockets. After the war a few new rides came in from Europe, but the basic transformation that Crowther had worked remained remarkably intact.

Ben Krasner died in 1965, and four years later his daughter, Rhoda, became general manager. Only a few years out of college, she found herself facing myriad problems and details. “You had a young daughter and her mother,” she recalls, “who were very conscientious about running the merry-go-round, but were pretty naive. But we learned.”

Still, running an amusement park is no easy job. Rhoda Krasner mentions the Tumble Bug. “That was a grand old ride. It had a moderate degree of thrill and was the kind of ride where the grandparents and their seven-year-old grandchild could both enjoy it. It was old, and the insurance company asked, ‘How’s the center shaft?’ It was built so sturdily that we had to dynamite the concrete to get the center shaft out, and when we pulled it, it was fine. But we had destroyed the ride.”

Out where the public doesn’t go, the sharpfinned Buck Rogers cars of the Rocket Ship lie in the grass. The ride suffered the same fate as the Tumble Bug. “Once again, the shaft was fine. But once you take a ride down, it never goes up again.”

Rhoda Krasner’s ties to the park run deep. “As a youngster I worked at whatever needed to be done. I sacked peanuts in a room behind the popcorn stand and helped with the games.” She remembers her father as a man “fascinated by watching people enjoying themselves- especially children. When I went looking for him in the park, I always found him on a bench near Kiddieland.”

Today times are nearly as tough as when Ben Krasner took over. In the early 1900s there were more than two thousand amusement parks In America. Now there are fewer than four hundred, only seventy of them family-owned traditional parks. And although Lakeside is a wonderfully complete vision of late 1930s luxe, it may appear archaic to an audience accustomed to the big theme parks.

Nevertheless, Rhoda Krasner is working to keep her park open. “My family has logged an awful lot of years here. We want to promote the past with the new. But we can’t let it get to a point where it’s just a dream. The park has to operate as a contemporary business, and we have to keep it entertainine.”

She continues. “We work with many organizations that hold their company picnics at the park. The people who make those decisions learned to swim here, met their wives in the ballroom. They have very personal attachments. But these people are nearing retirement age. We can only hope that our visitors today will have their first roller-coaster ride on the Cyclone or their first train ride on the miniature railroad. We have to continue those attachments.”

The ghosts of eighty-four summers ride the Cyclone, the Satellite, the Rock-O-Plane. Puffing Billy and Whistling Tom still head up the trains that circle Lake Rhoda—Ben Krasner renamed it when his daughter was born —and the lights of the Tower of Jewels shimmer, reflected in the placid water. And the verve and confidence of Richard Crowther’s Deco buildings have a power to charm that increases with every passing season.

derick97 said...

or perhaps this one nick

Cedar Point. People throughout the entire world know about it. It's the number-one rated amusement park on the planet. It's also the second oldest amusement park in North America. With a history dating back to 1870, the classic amusement park/resort on the shore of Lake Erie has seen its share of rides, roller coasters, trends and history.

Prior to 1870 the Cedar Point Peninsula was mainly used for fishing and hunting. However, that all changed with an editorial in the local newspaper in 1867 calling on “some enterprising person” to utilize the magnificent beach on the lake side of Cedar Point. In the summer of 1870, local businessperson Louis Zistel opened a small beer garden, bathhouse and dance floor on the peninsula. He would bring guests over to Cedar Point on his steamboat, Young Reindeer, for the modest price of 25 cents. By the 1880s it was noted in the local paper that “sailing and bathing parties to Cedar Point are all the rage.”

The history of thrill rides at Cedar Point began in 1892 with the introduction of the peninsula’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway. The addition of the 25-foot-tall, 10-mph scream machine would forever shape the future of Cedar Point. Later years would bring a wide variety of rides, roller coasters, games, shows and more. Visionaries such as George Boeckling, George Roose, Emile Legros, Robert L. Munger, Jr. and Richard Kinzel have all played a significant part in creating the ultimate amusement park that more than 3 million guests trek to each and every summer.

With all the changes over the years, the Cedar Point of today wouldn't be recognized by a guest who visited in 1870 — with two exceptions. The first thing is the beach, the beautiful, sandy Lake Erie beach. The second thing — and the best thing — is the smiles. The smiles that Cedar Point guests have been sharing since the first ferry crossed Sandusky Bay so many years ago. The same smiles that are sure to be echoed at Cedar Point in the future, as Lake Erie's summertime tradition continues with the very best in family fun and excitement.


Highlights From Cedar Point’s Glorious Past
1870: Cedar Point opens as a public bathing beach. First passengers arrive at Cedar Point Resort on the Steamer, "Young Reindeer." 1882: Dock built at Biemiller's Cove area; new dance hall and eight bathhouses also built there. Steamer "R.B. Hayes" begins service to Biemiller's Cove while the Steamer "Lutts" goes to the Cedar Point Lighthouse. A new dock is built between Biemiller's Cove and the Lighthouse. 1884: Great Western Band performed at Grove on lakeshore. Biemiller's Cove served by Steamer "H.B. Wilson." 1888: The enormous Grand Pavilion opens, featuring an auditorium, bowling alleys and dining facilities. The adjacent Ladies' Pavilion provided refreshments suitable for ladies and children. Band stand added in front of Grand Pavilion for Great Western Band. Steamer "I.M. Weston" chartered. 1889: Brush Electric Dynamo power plant installed. 1891: Steamer "A.J. Wehrle, Jr." began service. 1892: The park’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway, opens. It stood an amazing 25 feet tall and reached an unbelievable top speed of 10 mph. 1894: Beach additions include a pony track, diving platform, water toboggan, horizontal bars, water trapeze and bicycle boats. 1897: Four owners (Adam J. Stoll, Jacob Kuebeler, Louis Adolph and Charles Bretz) sold interest in Cedar Point to the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company of Indiana. This marked the coming of George A. Boeckling to the management of Cedar Point. 1899: Cedar Point opened its first hotel, the Bay Shore Hotel. 1901: The White House Hotel was built and designed by architect Oliver W. Marble. 1902: The Figure-Eight Roller Toboggan opens as the second roller coaster ever built at Cedar Point. 1905: The historic Hotel Breakers welcomes its first guests. The hotel offered 600 rooms making it one of the largest hotels in the Midwest. Crystal Rock Palace built to serve food and beverages. Movie "The Great Train Robbery" played the season at Cedar Point Theatre. 1906: A new midway is built featuring various rides, games, fortunetellers, merchandise shops, a skating rink, a massive Coliseum with a grand ballroom and other attractions. A new electric plant is built. Steamer "New York" purchased by Cedar Point. 1907: Arrival of Steamer "Eastland." Beginning of steamship service to Cedar Point from Cleveland. 1908: Following the season, engines of the Steamer "New York" were removed and placed in the newly built Steamer - "G.A. Boeckling." 1909: Steamer "G.A. Boeckling" christened on June 28. 1910: Aviation great Glenn H. Curtiss establishes a new world record for flying over water when he completes a 65-mile-long flight from Euclid Beach to the Cedar Point Beach. 1911: Cedar Point announced that a roadway would be built to the resort, connecting it with the main arteries coming into the Sandusky area. 1913: College football legend and Notre Dame great, Knute Rockne, works as a lifeguard at Cedar Point with teammate Gus Dorais. During their free time they perfect the forward pass on the Cedar Point Beach. 1914: On July 19, the roadway (Cedar Point Chausee) was opened to the public. 1915: The White House was remodeled. Opened June 20 under new name, "The Cedars." Goodyear employees from Akron had an excursion to the resort, numbering 18,000 people. 1919: Captain William H. Long of Lorain, Ohio, began daily sight-seeing flights. 1920: Cleveland Road entrance of Chausee opened. 1925: The legendary Helen Keller speaks at the Annual Convention of Lions International hosted in the park’s Convention Center. 1929: The classic Cedar Point Cyclone roller coaster opens along the beach. It is billed as “Scientifically Built for Speed, Thrills and Safety.” 1939: Dance floor and skating rink of the Coliseum converted to a Ballroom and refreshment service added. Top name big bands performed in Cedar Point's Grand Ballroom. 1946: A family favorite, the Midway Carousel, debuts at Cedar Point. 1952: Regular steamer service between Sandusky and Cedar Point was discontinued. Steamer "G.A. Boeckling" put out of service; sold and removed to Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., where it became a floating warehouse. 1957: A group of investors from Cleveland (including George Roose and Emile Legros) acquired ownership of Cedar Point. The Cedar Point Causeway opened on June 12. 1959: Construction is completed on the Cedar Point Marina, one of the largest on the Great Lakes. The Cedar Point Marina celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1999 with a multi-million dollar facelift. The two-year project was completed in the spring of 2000. 1960: Cadillac Cars, Scrambler and Tiki Twirl open. 1961: Sky Ride and Star Voyager (formerly called Super Jets) open. 1962: Sky Wheel opens. 1963: Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad and Mill Race open. 1964: The oldest operating roller coaster at Cedar Point today, the Blue Streak, opens. Western Cruise (now called Paddlewheel Excursions) also opens. 1965: Earthquake, Space Spiral and Turnpike Cars open. Jungle Larry's African Safari opens. "Jungle Larry" and "Safari Jane" Tetzlaff entertained guests for 30 years with their ever-expanding menagerie of tigers, leopards, exotic snakes, chimpanzees, monkeys and an occasional elephant. Jungle Larry's African Safari ran through the 1994 season. 1966: Pirate Ride opens. 1967: Cedar Downs Racing Derby, Rotor and Shoot-the-Rapids open. Frontiertown opens. 1968: Cedar Point’s live entertainment department is formed. Frontier Lift, Kiddieland Carousel and Sky Slide open. 1969: The Cedar Creek Mine Ride, one of the first roller coasters to utilize steel tubular track, opens. Antique Cars open. Town Hall Museum opens in Frontiertown; displays photos and memorabilia from the park's colorful past. 1970: This was Cedar Point's Centennial year. WildCat, Bayern Kurve, Dodgem #2, Monster, Schwabinchen, Calypso and Super Himilaya open. Centennial Theatre opens. Kiddieland was opened at its present site with 14 rides and a Lost Children's area. Sealand, a large walk-through marine exhibit, opened on the beach. Sealand had eye-level windows for guest viewing of sharks, penguins, and a variety of other aquatic animals. Converted to an arcade after the 1998 season. The aquarium was razed after the 2001 season to make room for Wicked Twister. 1971: Trabant opens. Connecting Frontiertown with the main midway, the Frontier Trail was built near the lagoons on the bay side of the peninsula. It offered a shaded walkway with log cabins and craft demonstrations, Fort Sandusky and the Petting Farm. Camper Village RV Campground opens with 224 RV campsites. 1972: Frontiertown Carousel, Jumbo Jet, Giant Wheel and Matterhorn open. 1975: The Cedar Point Cinema with IMAX projection system opened in June. "Man Belongs to the Earth" was shown. The Cinema had a total area of 19,000 square feet. The area was divided into the Cinema Showcase and the Main Theatre. (The Main Theatre housed one of the world's largest indoor motion picture screens -- 66 feet high by 88 feet wide.) 950 guests watched the film in the Main Theatre while guests in the Cinema Showcase were entertained by the zany Showcase performers. The Cedar Point Cinema was converted to the Good Time Theatre in 2002. 1976: The red, white and blue Corkscrew roller coaster debuts at Cedar Point. Troika opens. "Circus World" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1977: Witches' Wheel opens. "To Fly" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1978: The Gemini racing roller coaster opens as the tallest and fastest scream machine on the planet. "North of Superior" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1979: Jr. Gemini and Wave Swinger open. "Man Belongs to the Earth" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. In May, Robert L. Munger, Jr. was elected President and Chairman of the Board. 1980: Oceana, a 1,600-seat dolphin stadium and aquazoo, opens. "To Fly" once again played in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1981: Ocean Motion opens. "Living Planet" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. Sky Wheel, Funhouse and Shoot-the-Rapids were removed after the season. 1982: White Water Landing opens (removed after 2005 season). Kid Arthur's Court opens (removed after 1999 season). "Hail Columbia" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1983: Demon Drop opens. "Flyers" was shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. Cedar Fair, L.P. was formed with Robert L. Munger, Jr. its Chief Executive Officer. 1985: Avalanche Run (re-themed as Disaster Transport in 1990) opens. Berenstain Bear Country indoor complex opens. "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1986: Thunder Canyon white water raft ride opens. Sir Rub-A-Dub's Tubs added to Kiddy Kingdom. "The Dream Is Alive" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. Steadily declining health forces Robert L. Munger, Jr. to step down. Richard L. Kinzel became the new President and Chief Executive Officer. 1987: Iron Dragon suspended coaster opens. "On the Wing" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1988: Soak City waterpark opens. The original complex consisted of 10 slides. In 1990, Main Stram and Tadpole Town were added. In 1995, Zoom Flume, Renegade River and Choo-Choo Lagoon were added. A 6.5-acre addition in 1997 included a 22,500-sq. ft. wave pool, an action slide area with three twisting enclosed inner tube raft slides, an activity pool section with various interactive water elements and an adult activity area with whirpools and a swimup refreshment center. Splash Zone was added in 2004. "Skyward" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1989: The world’s first coaster to top the elusive 200-foot-tall threshold, the Magnum XL-200, opens. "North of Superior" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1990: Sandcastle Suites opened with 96 suites. In 1992, 91 additional suites were added. 1991: Mean Streak opens as the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster on planet Earth. "A Freedom To Move" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1992: Challenge Park, featuring an exciting go-kart track and two 18-hole miniature golf courses, opens. Outdoor complex added to Bernstain Bear Country, including Bear County Railroad (changed to Peanuts Express in 1999). "To Fly" is once again shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1993: Snake River Falls, the tallest, fastest and steepest water flume ride in the world, opens. "Flyers" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema." 1994: Cedar Point unleashes Raptor as the tallest and fastest inverted roller coaster in the world. "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1995: Breakers East is added to Hotel Breakers. "Flight of the Aquanaut" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. Laser Show projected on a huge screen measuring 50 ft. high by 72 ft. wide near Main Train Station. 1996: The $12 million Mantis opens as the tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster in the universe. "Speed" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1997: Chaos opens. "Speed" is once again shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1998: Cedar Point debuts Power Tower, a 300-foot-tall thriller that either launches its riders up 240 feet or blasts them down 240 feet at speeds of up to 50 mph. "Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 1999: Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy, help Cedar Point open Camp Snoopy, a family playland that features seven rides, including the Woodstock Express roller coaster. The Aquatic Stadium, a 1,600 seat capacity complex featuring Splash!, an innovative and daring high diving demonstration opens (originally opened as Oceana dolphin stadium in 1980. Breakers Tower is added to Hotel Breakers. "Extreme" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 2000: Cedar Point stuns the coaster world when it debuts the tallest (310 feet) and fastest (93 mph) “giga-coaster” on the planet, Millennium Force. The 350-room Breakers Express is added on Causeway Drive. "Alien Adventure" is shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 2001: The charming Lighthouse Point opens, featuring 50 cottages, 10 cabins and 59 luxury RV campsites. "Michael Jordan To The MAX" is the last movie to be shown in the Cedar Point Cinema. 2002: The park debuts its 15th roller coaster, Wicked Twister, and a PEANUTS ice-skating program, “Snoopy Rocks! On Ice” in the Good Time Theatre (formerly the Cedar Point Cinema). 2003: Cedar Point shocks thrill-seekers yet again with the debut of the 420-foot-tall, 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster – making Cedar Point home of the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world. 2004: Cedar Point invests nearly $10 million in capital improvements for its 2004 season with expansions at its Lighthouse Point luxury camping complex and Soak City waterpark. Cedar Point also makes a big splash with the addition of its new $22 million Castaway Bay indoor waterpark resort. 2005: Cedar Point takes its guests to new heights with the introduction of its 68th ride – maXair. 2006: Skyhawk flies into Frontiertown as Cedar Point’s latest thrill ride. Hot Summer Lights, an all-new sensory experience debuts. It features music, sound, lights, video, pyrotechnics and a new special effect, "FireWater." 2007: Cedar Point takes guests to a new frontier in 2007. The historic amusement park/ resort announced plans for a new roller coaster named Maverick. Located in Frontiertown, Maverick treats riders to multiple terrain-hugging elements that have never been experienced on a Cedar Point roller coaster.

don't know much at all realy do you

nick said...

Lakeside and Cedar Point (both of which I know very well, by the way) are no more 'heritage amusement parks' than Blackpool Pleasure Beach is in this country. All three of those are modern amusement parks, which install the latest attractions and operate them alongside vintage rides which they have preserved. Amazing places all three (in my opinion), but not the same as what we are proposing at Dreamland. The Dreamland project is to be the first ever living amusement park museum, more like Beamish or the Black Country Living Museum than Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lakeside or Cedar Point. There will be no modern rides in the Dreamland Heritage Amusement Park.

Eastcliff Richard said...

As a vision I'm afraid it doesn't sound very exciting, and I'm not sure it's something the people of Thanet should be taking a punt on. There again, it may be the last throw of the dice as far as Dreamland's concerned.

Oh well, what do I know? I'm 'the worst offender for misinformation'!

emmeline said...

I like carousels - I even had ride on one at palm bay last weekend. If your idea for dreamland includes at least one traditional carousel with horses then I'll make a supreme effort to travel to the north of the island to ride on it.