Falling for the Rocky Point Park Freefall (Part II)

Between the modifications that Intamin made to the ride while it was at Marriot’s Great America, and the additional safety retrofits Rocky Point Park added in 1988, chances of a major accident on the Freefall were slim to none. The Freefall retained its popularity into the 1990s, and no matter where you were at Rocky… Continue reading Falling for the Rocky Point Park Freefall (Part II)

Falling for the Rocky Point Park Freefall!

Back in the early 1980s, a Freefall drop tower ride could only be found in theme parks with towering presences, such as Six Flags Magic Mountain, Marriot’s Great America, and Six Flags Over Texas.  It was given names such as Demon Drop, Texas Cliffhanger, Drop of Doom, and Stuntman’s Free Fall. Yet, somehow, in 1988,… Continue reading Falling for the Rocky Point Park Freefall!

Rocky Point’s Animal Attraction

Trying to find documentation about Rocky Point’s midway carousel is like riding it — round and round you go until you end up at the same place you started! Let’s begin with the year it was built: some say 1910, others say 1915, and a few say 1917.  So, let’s look at the facts: Rocky… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Animal Attraction

Rocky Point and SeaWorld: the common themes

What does the SeaWorld Orlando (Florida) theme park and the former Rocky Point Park (Warwick, RI) have in common?  More than you might think! The two parks are more than 1,000 miles apart and opened over a century apart — Rocky Point in 1847 and SeaWorld in 1973 – but those former Rocky Point patrons… Continue reading Rocky Point and SeaWorld: the common themes

The Rocky Point Road Trip (Part I)

Did you have a favorite Rocky Point Park ride that they’d give your eye teeth to ride again?  Well, no need to see your dentist.  Gas up your car, set your smart phone’s GPS, and let’s hit the road to see what we can find! Miss seeing this damsel in distress inside Rocky Point’s Castle of… Continue reading The Rocky Point Road Trip (Part I)

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

“And I just have to say that I’m pleased to visit the Rocky Point Palladium.  Hey, listen, this is the first time I’ve been to an amusement park in years.  In fact, I wanted to check out the Corkscrew, but the Secret Service guys wouldn’t let me do it.”  President George Bush at a Fundraising… Continue reading The year Rocky Point Park put a *cork* in it! (Part III)