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tazzman - December 5, 2008 08:06 AM (GMT)

James - December 5, 2008 09:53 AM (GMT)
Ok... I see the park with a Chance Skydiver.. But it says Fun-O-Ramma
But wasn't PFP the park with a Skydiver? Or did they both have them.. or was it moved between the parks Anyone?

freddy freemeal - December 17, 2008 08:51 PM (GMT)
Those photos were taken in the late sixties, the place was called Shaheens Fun O Rama, later Shaheens Fun Park. The Sky Diver was new, the Spider was booked on at that that time. The coaster and Dodgems were both still part of the fun at Salisbury Beach in those days.
Pirates Fun Park didn't come into being until the eighties. In the late eighties the Diver, Scramblerw/dome, and Himalaya, were all moved across the street to the newly formed Pirates Park. Before Pirates, and after the coaster, and dodgems were removed the place was known as Midway Park and was operated by Gene Dean. :).....F.M.

Thrillride93 - December 17, 2008 10:22 PM (GMT)
Does fiesta carry any of those pieces now

James - December 17, 2008 10:31 PM (GMT)
Maybe thats the SkyDiver they have laying down the road, still.

I remember when it would be at Revere.

Thrillride93 - December 17, 2008 11:20 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (James @ Dec 17 2008, 05:31 PM)
Maybe thats the SkyDiver they have laying down the road, still.


James - December 17, 2008 11:39 PM (GMT)
At the FS dumping grounds.. I mean.... storage area... (along route 1)

Thrillride93 - December 17, 2008 11:45 PM (GMT)
O I went by the dump in may and I didnt see it. I saw a sea dragon,the music fest,one pole position trailer, kiddie fun house thing, and one random turtle lying on the ground from there kiddie ride along with about 20 games.

James - December 18, 2008 12:51 AM (GMT)
For the longest time the SkyDriver was there. Even 3-4 years ago.
Also the last time I went there were at least 3 Pole trucks. FS messed up big time with that, sadly.
It was nice to see them try to add a coaster, but that one was just awful.

Thrillride93 - December 18, 2008 01:56 AM (GMT)
Ya it was but I think it was a spur of the moment desision because the flume was gone

freddy freemeal - December 18, 2008 04:45 AM (GMT)
Fiesta never carried any of the pieces from Shaheens. Where the skydiver went I havn't a clue, but I do know that the from rides from the beach had been galvenized dipped to protect them from the salt air. This process would have added some weight to the ride pieces, making them hard to handle for portable use. This process was done to the diver, scrambler, and Himalaya. The scrambler was sold to Pirates Park in the eighties, they passed on the diver, and himalaya, the latter going to a park in NYC. The AH Twister nicknamed The Fireball was sold to a park in Florida and briefly made a trip home to Salisbury Beach, when it was purchased by the ownership of PFP in the late nineties still wearing it's old paint scheme. The only piece that I can remember being used at both Midway Park and on the road by Fiesta was the Hurricane.F.M.

James - December 18, 2008 05:41 AM (GMT)
I remember riding a Hurricane at a fair in Wakefield a few times in the early 90s (on the lake by the hospital building)
I dont know who's show it was.. I think it ran with the Saturn 6 name.. and maybe it was blue and white? I LOVED the ride.. but as I was really young then.. the sound it made scared me (but I still rode it a lot, lol)

NHDEN - December 18, 2008 03:52 PM (GMT)
It was L&M amusements. They were out of Wilmington, MA

freddy freemeal - December 19, 2008 05:34 AM (GMT)
Hey NHDEN ..... You are pretty close they were known as LMC Amusements. This stands for Larry and Marion Cushing, they just go by Cushing Amusements these days. F.M.

AGS - December 19, 2008 11:56 PM (GMT)
Well, I'm sitting here reading and realised that I have some recent Info on/about "Fiesta's Sky Diver". My girlfriend's daughter is seeing someone who worked at Fryeburg Fair (2008). He told me: The "Astro Wheel" in the Kiddieland section, is from Fiesta Shows. I'll explain better. Bud Gilmore (Smokey's Greater Shows) had the Astro Wheel Seating - and they bought the Main trailer of Fiesta's Sky Diver, and built them into the Astro Wheel. I was told by(I believe Freddy Freemeal) that the Sky Diver took a fall from high winds when Fiesta had it a few years back, so they parked it up at the Seabrook storage location for many years until last year when the Astro Wheel was built up.

Thrillride93 - December 20, 2008 01:28 AM (GMT)
Thats awesome since those rides were so similar they are interchangable

freddy freemeal - December 21, 2008 07:07 AM (GMT)
When the diver was indroduced back in the sixties, the Astro wheel was brought out shortly there after, Chance promoted the rides as being interchangable. The same was said for the Radar, and Turbo.
I can remember the diver being new at Shaheens and have the chance to work on it. it was fun to operate, and alot of extra change could be, and was made by the crew.
Working at the beach from time to time put allot of new rides under my belt. The crowd, and rides, and experience was much different then at Canobie. I can remember sitting in Roger Shaheens office at my first job inerview and he asked if I had any ride experience. I replied proudly why yes I worked at Canobie Lake Park. I thought for sure he would fall off his chair as he exclaimed laughing very loudly why Canobie is nothing but a push button kiddie park. Those were the days when humans operated the rides, unlike today there weren't computers to do the job for you. Things have come along way since then, working at the park has become a labor of love these days. I'm glad that I decided to go back and give it another try, and I'm also happy that I took Coconuts advice a few years back.F.M. :)

malachite5 - December 24, 2008 11:36 PM (GMT)
Ok here is what i remember as a kid : the Himalaya was in the park in back of joes playland along with the enclosed scrambler and diver . there was also a big arcade building that had a dodgem inside the building . Down the street was a Bertazzon Indy 500 .
Someones Hurricane really messed up a lot of people in the beachmont area of Revere . Dont know who owned this ride . I dont recall this ride at salisbury and the Twister at the end was gas powered , kind of obsolete well past it"s time !

The last exit for the lost $$$$$$

freddy freemeal - December 26, 2008 08:16 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (malachite5 @ Dec 24 2008, 06:36 PM)
Ok here is what i remember as a kid : the Himalaya was in the park in back of joes playland along with the enclosed scrambler and diver . there was also  a big arcade building that had a dodgem inside the building . Down the street was a Bertazzon  Indy 500 .
Someones Hurricane really messed up a lot of people in the beachmont area of Revere . Dont know who owned this ride . I dont recall this ride at salisbury and the Twister at the end was gas powered , kind of obsolete well past it"s time !

The last exit for the lost    $$$$$$

If you check the photo of Shaheens, the one with with the Tilt, and Spider, just beyond the Tilt notice the funnel shaped light cluster. This is a deluxe model scrambler, the photo was taken in 1969. A few years later, the ride was moved into the old skating rink, near what is now the Pavillion/Beach Club , this was the first location of Space Odessey, before the dome.
The Indy 500 you remember was located near the go carts as you entered the beach. This piece was once owned by the Golder family and was operated at Paragon Park,before being relocated to Salisbury. It sat unused in Salisbury and was rotting/rusting away until removed. There was an electric go-cart at Shaheens for a few years it was a Reverchon and was owned by Charles Martin who also owned the famous Himalaya of that time period.
The Dodgem you remember was actually a bumper car ride operated by Shaheen in the location now occupied by Salisbury Discount. After the ride was removed shaheen opened a small arcade in the location.
On to the Hurricane, Dean and Flynn had it in Midway Park (Pirates Park) for one season 1977
The accident you remember involved the death of a young lady. It was determined that a faulty pressure release valve and an unintentive operator was the cause. The show in question was Lawrence Carr Show from Wilmington Ma. I also remember the accident happening in Charlestown Ma.,not Revere.
The Twister that was themed The Fireball was a early model Allen Herchell. i was gas powered in the beginning, toward the end it had been repowered with an electric motor upon it's return to Pirates Park where it only ran for one season before being scrapped. In the interm during 1976 -77 Carefree Park had a brand new Chance model Twister, that was set up next to the Flying Bobs......F.M. :)

malachite5 - December 28, 2008 09:50 PM (GMT)
Hey Freddie , i remember the dodgems and arcade in the same building circa mid 90's the dodgems were coin operated !!!! Also the Twister to the left of the Galaxi was gas motor driven easily visible from the back of the ride !. I remember the Indy operating around 1985 or so .

I only remember the himalaya ,enclosed scrambler and skydiver in the park in back of Joes playland , i dont exactly remember what was at the latter day pirates fun park , was the galaxi there in the mid 80's?

redsoxgirl14 - December 29, 2008 08:11 AM (GMT)
I remember going to Shaheen's Fun-o-rama in the 70's, Wednesday kiddie ride day and it was either half price or some kind of deal. This is how I remember the layout in the mid 70's.....when you walked in, the Rocket ship ride (I think it was called the toboggan was on the right, then the skydiver. Next to the sky diver was a bubble bounce. I remember the Fireball being on the left towards the front of the park, then I think it was moved back, towards the Himalaya and there was a walk-through funhouse in it's place. I also think at time in the late 70's there was a cobra ride in there as well. I don't remember a lot about the rest of the rides in there. I do think I remember a Radar being there one year, but it was down at the end of the boardwalk, past where the more recent pirates fun park was. If anyone else remembers that, please reply so I don't think I am crazy. I know it was a HUGE ride, looked like two radar-shaped ferris wheels back to back, and the whole thing turned. Anyway.....that's what I remember. What I do remember is that there was no better place to go on a weekend nite, than Salisbury Beach with your friends, especially the Himalaya!!!!! (remember those guys in the white pants and red & white shirts???!!!!)

canobiecrazy - December 29, 2008 08:27 PM (GMT)
Chance only made a few Radars, or Ravens, i think 5 total, so someone might know if it was there, due to how easy tracking the history of 5 rides is. I missed out on salisbury beach all together. I heard of pirates fun park but never went. Thyen one day i heard it just closed. :(

freddy freemeal - December 29, 2008 09:09 PM (GMT)
The Radar was at Carefree Park around 1975, true there wasn't many of those made, it like the Astro Wheel, Skydiver, the radar was a tame version of the Turbo.
I remember right after the big coaster, and Dodgems were removed the land was rented and filled with rides brought in by showman Les Colgrove. three of the rides set up were a Polar Express, The City Jet, a small compact steel coaster, and an Eli Wheel. There were other rides but those seem to stick in my mind, this was in 1976.
In 1977, Gene Dean had some rides at the park. Hurricane, Eli Wheel, Scooter, King of Beast fun house, an English Tilt a Whirl type ride The Super Waltzer, and a ride called The Surf. which he purchased from Carowinds Theme Park. There was also a galaxi type coaster refered to as The Russian Eight. It was a few years later that an actual Galaxi was purchased from Paragon Park.
Do you remember the haunted house walk thru that operated at Shaheens for a few years? This is the same unit that is now set up a Yorks Wild Kingdom.Shaheen operated many different rides at the park over the years. It seems he had a deal with Chance to have many of the new rides of the time that the company produced. :) .....F.M.

malachite5 - December 29, 2008 11:44 PM (GMT)

Pic i took in 1996: Galaxi removal starts , notice the 2 trucks . Bummer , but i was on it in 94 and you were lucky to get around the first curve at the top!!!

malachite5 - December 29, 2008 11:54 PM (GMT)
Sorry people for some reason i cant post scans or pics on this site . imagebam access denied { among others ] and files wont attatch .

Ferret - January 2, 2009 02:44 PM (GMT)

freddy freemeal - January 2, 2009 10:36 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Ferret @ Jan 2 2009, 09:44 AM)

Nice find Ferret. It never ceases to amaze me how sometimes in the attempt and attempt is the key word here, to try and improve something it ends up taking a real big step backwards. Case in point, the three photos of the center area of Salisbury Beach. The buildings, the trees, the general come have some fun look at this once proud fun spot, to the events of the last few years..
To most of the members that view this board, these are photos from the dark ages. Actually they're from the mild to late 1960s. The third card is interesting entering Shaheens, the photo was taken early in the afternoon, and the reason for knowing this was the light crowd. This was not a normal look for the park as the crowds were normally heavy, for the most part it was hard to move on a Friday and Saturday evening. The fence and umbrella on the left is the Scrambler, the Himalaya in the shot is owned by Amusements Inc and was booked on. This was my first year at Shaheens and I spent many fun nights on this ride. The uniform consisted of a red blazer white slacks, and white bucks, If your uniform wasn't up to par you heard about it. Top song of the summer of 69 was Sugar Sugar, by the Archies, and the signature last song of the night was Detroit City. The operation we like to think was top notch. I guess I still compare all music rides to this operation, that's why I was so turned off by the way Canobie ran the Matterhorn. Again Ferret thanks for the memories, I was smart enough to make a tape of the ride on that warm Saturday night in 1969 from the opening It'll be a real fast ride, to the sound to the sounds of the siren and the happy screams of the riders.........F.M. :slap:

Ferret - January 6, 2009 03:50 PM (GMT)

heres another one for ya freddy... sounds like you have some great memories!

freddy freemeal - January 8, 2009 04:40 AM (GMT)
Another nice find Ferret. The lot in the photo sits right across from what is now Salisbury discount. McDonalds and an arcade occupied this lot for a few years, in fact the buildings are still there.
A plan was put in place to move the mini golf up over the Scooter building, and for a few years the Chance Toboggan was moved from the main park. It soon was joined by a Reverchon Lemans electric go cart. The name of the bar Mickeys in the background was purchased by Harold Nabhan and the name changed to the Sands. Just a little more history of the center of Salisbury Beach. :) ....F.M.

Ferret - January 15, 2009 07:05 PM (GMT)

Ferret - January 15, 2009 07:06 PM (GMT)

NHDEN - January 15, 2009 08:02 PM (GMT)
Ferret, what is really sad, is that I bet you and I both rode some of those rides... in the 70's and early 80's.

James - January 15, 2009 11:58 PM (GMT)
Mmm, Skydiver.

Ferret - January 16, 2009 02:42 PM (GMT)
sadly, i dont think i ever went up to the salibury/ hampton area until i was 16, in 1991. Im not sure why, but my parents never took us up there. We went to every other small park and carnivals all the time.

NHDEN - January 16, 2009 04:08 PM (GMT)
Hmmm, that is sad...

I am old enough, but still young enough to remember, The 3 Great Massachusetts Beachside Amusements. Nantasket Beach (Paragon Park), Revere Beach and Salisbury Beach............ So sad.............

James - January 16, 2009 04:35 PM (GMT)
I dont think I started going to Salisbury until 92or 93. I remember riding the Galaxi at PFP and the Pirate ride (I never rode it after it was rethemed.. as it was closed)

I also did my first BumperBoats there!

freddy freemeal - January 16, 2009 09:31 PM (GMT)
James if 92,93, is when you started to go to Salisbury, the wind in it's sails was all ready gone.
The pirate type ride at the beach was the Sea Dragon, it was owned by PFP which is turn was owned by the same people that owned and operated Up Town Festivals USA, who in turn was backed by non other then our old friend Fiasco Shows. :) F.M.

James - January 17, 2009 01:12 AM (GMT)
Well I never really knew about it. We ended up at PFP for some fieldtrip over April Vacation way back in the early 90s. I went at least 2 times with the Galaxi and at least once without any coaster.. (I remember wondering what happened to the Gala). Then I went maybe 5 years without going.. And once with them having the Orient Express. The time after that... OE was gone.. the park was like 1/3 its size.. and everyone was closed but I think the park WAS still running, just not while I was there.

I remember the Fireball/Superball (Chance/Hersh TWISTER) being my favorite ride there. (I think it had superheros painted on the backdrop.. Wonderwomen comes to mind?)

freddy freemeal - January 17, 2009 02:46 AM (GMT)
Ya it's to bad you caught it right at the end of it's life. I can remember the local paper The Eagle Tribune playing up the arrival of the Wisdom Disaster, ahhh Orient Express. they mad it sound like something special, and all it was, was a glorified kiddie coaster, the Canobie Kiddie Dragon puts it to shame.
I think that I remember stating that the Galaxi was brought in from Paragon Park. PFP didn't know how to care for one heck they couldn't care for a Sea Dragon correctly.
The AH Twister, aka The FireBall had the super hero back drop that you remember, it was done back in the 60s and was orginally part of Shaheens Fun Park Believe it or not it was one of the more popular rides of the late 60s, next to the Himalaya. :) F.M.

malachite5 - January 28, 2009 01:21 AM (GMT)
I think the Matterhorn from Paragon went to Palace Playland , looks like the same one . Revere Beach had one which if the location it was in today would be located next to Bill Ashes . it was themed in mostly red , looked new and was there one or two seasons .

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