Thursday, October 14, 2010

Opryland USA, Part Two

Today I am posting the last four photos from Opryland USA! (See the first batch here).

The "Antique Car Ride" looks like very similar to the kind you might have seen in Freedomland, Astroworld, or even the New York World's Fair. I wonder if Arrow Development had anything to do with this version?

Every amusement park worth its salt needed a "Sky Ride" back in the good old days. Opryland's version was a doozy, it looks like it was really tall! The lush Tennessee foliage added beauty to the trip.

A second view positions us above a roller coaster that reminds me very much of the "Gold Rusher" at Magic Mountain (for those of you familiar with that park)!

At first I thought that somebody had taken a photo of my bedroom, but this is in fact the "Menagerie Gift Shop". Plush animals in every shape, size and color. Made in China too I'll wager, which means you get extra melamine and lead in each toy. Mmmm, melamine...

I hope you've enjoyed your trip to Opryland USA!


TokyoMagic! said...

The steep incline into the Skyride station also reminds me of Magic Mt. What a shame this park no longer exists.

The lead and melamine won't hurt the kids as long as they don't put their fingers in their mouths after touching the toys....oops, too late for the little girl!

Pegleg Pete said...

I had forgotten that the Skyride at Opryland went that high! The roller coaster shown was known at that point as The Timber Topper and was a nice little mine train style coaster. In 1975 Opryland added a corkscrew coaster identical to the one which opened that same year at Knotts and which was shown in last Friday's post.

JG said...

Fun stuff, thank you Major.


Chiana_Chat said...

Wow that's dauntingly tall, that skyway. But sure looks like it was a pretty view with all those trees! hehe now they could charge extra in Autumn as an attraction to catch the foliage tourists.

Thanks for the added info Pete!

Major Pepperidge said...

Chiana, don't even give anyone ideas about charging extra for every little thing!!