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)
“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)
Of all the amusement parks I’ve visited and/or researched, I can’t think of one that had so many “moving parts” than post-1948 Rocky Point Park. Trying to document the rides’ comings and goings, as well the movement of rides over the midway, is like trying to measure the speed of dark. However, I’m going to… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Movers & Shakers, Part I
Do a Google search of Rocky Point and most of the images you’ll see are of our beloved Rocky Point Park in Warwick, RI. (1947 to 1998). But scroll down. You’ll be intrigued by what else you find. For instance, there’s Rock Point Park in Elwood, PA (1885 to 1911). And there’s Rocky Springs Park in… Continue reading Rocky ’round the world!
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
Those old enough to have walked through the ruins of Rocky Point Park in the fall of 1938 would tell you they had seen the apocalypse. With the exception of a few attractions, namely the Rock Cafe, the Flying Turns, the midway carousel and the Tumble Bug, most of the park was leveled by… Continue reading 1948: Rocky Point Park 2.0
Perhaps no amusement park ride has captured the imagination than the Ferris Wheel and its proverbial “stop at the top”… and perhaps a smooch! Whereas Rocky Point Park and Crescent Park had various forms of wheels early in their respective histories, today we are going to look at the two parks’ Eli Bridge Ferris… Continue reading Hot Wheels! At Rocky and Crescent!