The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part II)

In the 2007 movie, You Must Be This Tall: The Story Of Rocky Point Park, amusement park historian John Carothers holds up the postcard below. Carothers whimsically explains that the postcard is fraudulent; that this is not Rocky Point’s Corkscrew coaster.  He then goes on to point out the differences between the two coasters. Carothers was… Continue reading The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part II)

The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part I)

“Rocky Point is getting what?!” That was the reaction of most Rocky Point Park faithful in late 1983 when they learned that their traditional Warwick, RI park would be getting an esteemed Arrow Development Corkscrew coaster for the 1984 season.  I mean, Corkscrew coasters were staples in the big theme parks such as Knotts Berry… Continue reading The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part I)

Backtracking at Rocky Point Park

To some it’s a reprieve from a day of white knuckle terror.  To others it’s an enchanting escape into unknown terrain, with joyful anticipation of what lies beyond the next bend. For  centuries, the smaller-than scale-train has been a staple in American amusement parks.   The train ride appeals to all demographics – from train… Continue reading Backtracking at Rocky Point Park

A Castle, a Rocket, and Salty Brine. My first visit to Rocky Point Park.

For most of you who park in the city lot and walk down the former amusement park roadway to Rocky Point State Park, you probably think of the Flume when you eventually look to your left.  Not me.  The park’s kiddieland is engrained into my memory; the first rides I saw upon my initial visit… Continue reading A Castle, a Rocket, and Salty Brine. My first visit to Rocky Point Park.