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  1. Channel 5 news reported 13 full time positions and 270 seasonal positions will be lost. I got a bad feeling when they axed Falloween back in July. I agree with KI Guy, 100%. Just follow the money trail. pilotank
  2. Could it be a coincidence or Pittsburgh Conspiracy ? On this date the Island Queen was destroyed. How ironic: Today in History, September 9: Coney Island's Island Queen steamboat destroyed. On Sept. 9, 1947, Coney Island's steamboat Island Queen was destroyed in an explosion while docked at Pittsburgh's Monongahela River Wharf. Reference: Today in History https://www.cincinnati.com/ pilotank
  3. Dear CoasterRZ, My heart goes out to you. I lost my mom right before the season opened up. My sister still carries her pass. My mom and dad met at a big band concert at Moonlight Gardens. She was a season pass member since they started selling season passes. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. pilotank
  4. So I judge popularity by how much Sweetmaize Kettle Korn we sell at the old Ticket Booth. This year was a record breaking year, which included Balloon Glow, Kroger's, Tri-Health and Christ Hospital this past summer to name just a few. I believe all the corporate picnics will be lost. I have always been a proponent to expand the rides at Coney. There's more than one million people who live in the 275 beltway south of I-74. More than enough to support an updated amusement park. Coney just took two steps backward to 1972. I can see it now being sold to the Gaming Industry
  5. Looks like we are not quite done yet! You can understand why CI moved to KI, but it sure wold be nice for it to return to it's glory days. Pilotank
  6. I agree!! Also, I would love to see inside pictures of the Windjammer:) Pilotank
  7. A few observations: The overflow parking lot where the ferry parked by the lighthouse was used as a campground for the Boy Scouts over every Memorial Weekend Many of the Ginkgo ice cream push-up trees are still there They still had duo ways to ride the rides, tickets and POP Since then, Lake Como's configuration was changed. Excellent posts! Pilotank
  8. Since CI has close to a million people living within a 15 mile radius, I would like to see the midway brought back with many of the old style rides back. I know Riverbend is located where the turnaround for the Shooting Star is, however it could be redesigned. I work Balloon Glow and some crowds are estimated at over 20,000 people. You can always dream! Pilotank
  9. Check out this video of the former Six Flags Park in New Orleans has been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina hit the area more than 10 years ago: https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/video/abandoned-and-left-to-rot-over-a-decade-ago pilotank
  10. The only thing left is a plaque in the Business Office of the Cincinnati Water Works. Which is ironic, because the reason they closed is that the didn't pay their water bill . I was surprised it didn't survive because they had better public transportation than Coney. pilotank
  11. Here is a website: http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/article/20-haunting-photos-of-disneys-abandoned-water-park/ss-BBqDmSD of Disney's abandoned waterpark. I remember it fondly. Gone the way of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. pilotank
  12. Speaking of WCET and documentaries, has anyone gained access to Relive the Magic? I think it is ca 1984. I have been looking for years without any luck:( pilotank
  13. Isn't it sad and ironic that the final trip of the Island Queen was to Pittsburg:( Fantastic job and thanks for bringing it back to life. pioltank
  14. And who can forget the beginning of The Banana Splits: It shows The Log Flume, Lost River, Moonlight Gardens and many more... pilotank
  15. Did they ever install a center rail? My older brother said he remembers one about ca 1970. pilotank
  16. http://www.cincinnativiews.net/images/Coney%20Island%20Large.jpg Hopefully you can see part of the pond/fountain from this post card. I actually meant near Moonlite Pavilion. One of the maintenance workers told me that they had to replace the original roof because of dry rot from non-use and flooding. So they removed the roof over the dance floor and adapted it for Moonlight Pavilion. I am looking for documentation. Hope to post it soon. pilotank
  17. The original water fountain by Coney's Moonlite Pavilion is still there but recently was upgraded. It use to have a flower clock adjacent to it. The roof over Moonlite Gardens is now over Moonlite Pavilion. Many of the Ice Cream Push-up Ginko Trees are still there. You also can see parts of the original midway looking east from the Moonlite Gardens. pilotank
  18. Wow! What a great addition! Too bad we lost the title of World's Largest Circulating Pool. At least we still have largest in North America pilotank
  19. It was great! I heard crowd estimates at over 30,000! We ran out of Kettle Corn by the time the fireworks started. And the rain stayed away. The rides stayed open past midnight! pilotank
  20. They better move them fast. The Ohio River is approaching flood stage. Riverbend has already canceled the James Taylor concert! pilotank
  21. Yes, Congratulations! What was nice is the placement of the rides. Right where the midway use to be. pilotank
  22. I went to Belterra Park for my 80 yoa mom on Mother's Day. The big topic of conversation was that BP is up for sale. The owner's Pinnacle Entertainment, whom also own Belterra Casino are in talks with Gaming and Leisure Properties. Pinnacle would still manage. I found this article in the Cincinnati Enquirer: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2015/05/04/belterra-owner-sale-talks/26887019/ The quality of thoroughbreds is about the same as River Downs. The big difference is that only 5 to 6 horses in each race. I hope this won't affect CI. They seemed to work nicely with BP las
  23. Yeah, as much as I am a huge proponent to return Coney to it's glory days (circa 1970), to deal with the flooding year after year has to take it's toll. Since Belterra Park also had to shut down, maybe some type of flood control could be implemented. Probably a flood wall would be the easiest, but very expensive. pilotank
  24. I was actually at a wedding reception there. You may know them Deb Haas and Eddie Fingers of WLW. It was excellent and Coney did an awesome job. However, you would need an extremely large crowd or it will seem empty. pilotank
  25. Wow! They do look identical. I need to make a trip to Chattanooga. pilotank
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