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Selva Mágica is the “Magic Jungle”!

One of the last standing Jet Star 3 is named the Tornado at “Selva Mágica” (Which is Spanish for “Magic Jungle”) in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In case you want to go, here is a map of the park:Here is what the MidWay looks like:The Tornado is the same layout as Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet. Here is a view from the satellite:Check out all of “Selva Mágica” from above. So instead of going to China or Belarus to ride a Jet Star 3, you can head south to Mexico. Time to pack your bags? Let’s Ride!

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FunFacts: Cedar Point 1972

Now that Cedar Point has opened for the 2010 season, I thought it would be fun to look back to 1972. Cedar Point’s Opening day was Saturday Funday May 20th 1972 and here are some FunFacts (Check out all the Cedar Point facts at Roller Coaster Freak):

Cedar Point opens for their 103rd season (May 20)
Open daily at 9am
Causeway is 50 cents round trip
Funday Adult admission age 12 and up $6 

Funday Junior admission age 4 through 11 $5
Fun Nite Adult admission $5
Fun Nite Junior admission $4
Date Nite admission $7 (per couple)
General Admission $3 adult, $2 Junior
Children 3 and under are free
Cedar point has the nations biggest capacity at 86,000 rides per hour.
Cedar Point has 200 rides and attractions including 4 coasters.
Giant Wheel opens. It is 15 stories high, carries over 200 people, and sparkles with over 3,800 lights. It is North America’s Largest Ferris Wheel
Jumbo Jet opens. It features 70 degree banked turns at speeds up to 60mph. A picnic shelter is removed to accommodate Jumbo Jet
Hotel Breakers rates range from $19 to $52,
Crib $4, Rollaway Bed $4
Hotel Breakers is open from May 19th to September 4th
Closing Day is Labor Day

Cedar Point 2010

WOW! What a great time I had yesterday at Cedar Point’s opening day.
Arrived about 8:45, just in time for the opening ceremonies. Then headed back to Maverick for early ride time (did I see @drewborg in line?), then on to MF, WildCat, a break for lunch at the car. After lunch things started to get crazy busy, Raptor had a 1 and 3/4 hour wait. Headed over to the Giant Wheel (did I mention I hate heights?): Rode Wicked Twister (while I was getting strapped in my cell phone went off, CoasterBob62 was calling). Meet up with CoasterBob62, who was grabbing lots of video of STR and other rides. He took time to ride MaxAir with us. By this time there was almost a 2 hour for MF and I had just about enough of the crowd by then. With a 3 hour drive a head of us, we left the park knowing full well we would be back again to ride all the rides. The one and only; Cedar Point, Ride On!

The bulls will not run tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Cedar Point’s opening day and I will be there. Saturday FUNDAY May 15th is at our door step. I always look forward to my first trip to Cedar Point. One thing that I do miss is “The Running of the Bulls”, now we have ERT. Back in the day you would get to Cedar Point by 9am when the gates opened and the rides did not start till 10am. When the gates opened at 9am everyone would run like a madman to get to the new ride of the year or their favorite ride hoping to be the 1st one of the day to ride that particular ride. So tomorrow when I get to Cedar Point and the gates open at 9am there will be no running of the bulls, but there will be ERT. I will get to experience ERT for the 1st time since I have a Cedar Fair Platinum Pass and just for fun or old time sakes I will run like a madman to my 1st ride of the day. Let’s Ride!
Link to Cedar Point’s 2010 Park Map

Tornado On Ride Video

WOW this is a great on ride video for the Tornado at Selva Mágica in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The Tornado is actually the Jet Star 3 that was at Bush Gardens Williamsburg name Glissade and is the same layout as Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet. If the Jumbo Jet was standing today at Cedar Point this is what you would see:

Polka Dot Refreshments!

A lot of things have changed at Cedar Point in the last 36 years and I have experienced most of those changes. Gone is the Jumbo Jet that left Cedar Point at the end of the season in 1978. To replace the Jumbo Jet was the WildCat. If you were like me, then you would ride all the rides in that area, which included the Space Needle. What breath taking views of Cedar Point as you rode up and down on the Space Needle and who could forget the Polka Dot Roof? The Polk Dots, I believe were on top of this building which had a single sign “Refreshments”. Each year that you went you would ride the Space Needle for the breath taking views and the Polka Dots! Last year as I rode Max Air and I looked on all the roof tops looking for those Polka Dots. Gone is the Jumbo Jet and gone are the Polka Dots, but both still are there in my memory. So this year as you ride the Space Needle remember this article and look for the Polka Dots and the Jumbo Jet, they’ll be there but only in your memory! Let’s Ride!

Jumbo Jet, No Limits

If you can’t ride em, then take a little time to build em with “No Limits”. This computer program allows you to build roller coasters and then take a “virtual ride” after you complete them. I can’t believe that someone has created a Jumbo Jet simulation with the same color scheme that Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet had:

So if someone created the look and feel of the Jumbo Jet, then there is a video out there somewhere. All I need to do if find it… We will keep you posted. Let’s Ride, even if it’s a virtual ride.

Cool Jumbo Jet

I was surfing over at RCDB.com and found this very COOL picture of the Jumbo Jet in the middle of winter at Cedar Point:
I am always amazed that I can go for months on end and not find anything new to post, then in the course of one weekend I find lots of stuff to post. I hope that RCDB.com does not mind that I borrowed this. The hunt continues for new pictures and information on Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet, if you have anything new leave me a comment or contact me through Twitter @thelostcoaster. Let’s RIde!

Can you hear me now??

I have meet some really neat people while writing this little blog. One of those people is CoasterBob62, who has lent me some really cool stuff to post on my blog. A few months back CoasterBob62 told me he had gone to Cedar Point and recorded the sounds of Cedar Point back in the 70’s including the sound of my favorite ride, the Jumbo Jet. He emailed me back saying that he could not find the cassette tape. Well I got an email from CoasterBob62 this weekend advising me that he had found that tape and put together a little something for this very blog on YouTube:

I watched and listened to this file and I swear I could smell the air around Cedar Point. Do this; close your eyes and listen and you’ll feel as if you are at Cedar Point and that you will in-fact smell Cedar Point. How Cool! Thanks very much CoasterBob62 for bringing back some great memories to me. As always, I am always looking for pictures, video and stories of the Jumbo Jet. Just leave me a post here or contact me via Twitter @thelostcoaster. Let’s Ride!

What WE know!

What we know is not much as to the location of Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet. My favorite picture of Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet. Thanks CoasterBob62!

For the most part here is the timeline that I can come up with:
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The Lost Coaster:
Jumbo Jet (Jet Star 3)
1972 – 1978 at Cedar Point
0000 – 0000 at Palace PlayLand, Orchard Beach Maine
0000 – 0000 at ???? Touring Europe
0000 – 0000 at Malmö Folkets Park, Sweden
0000 – 0000 at ????, Prague
0000 – 0000 at Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
0000 – 0000 at Minsk, Belarus
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From what I can tell this is mostly correct even though I am missing a lot of dates. I have tried to contact Palace Playland to see if I they had any information on the Jumbo Jet and my emails have gone unanswered. I do know that a Jumbo Jet was at Palace Playland in 1983 because there is a picture in the Lewiston Daily Sun May 14 1983 edition. Thanks to Ryanjm13 who sent me the link! It’s like putting together a BIG jigsaw puzzle and you have to put 2 and 2 together to get 4. You get a little info here and get an “I think” there and a “not really sure” in an email, one thing is for sure, the hunt continues and if you know anything about Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet or have some great pictures let me know. Together we will find the location of out favorite ride, CP’s Jumbo Jet!

UPDATE 7:00am 05/01/2010
I just checked Google Maps and the view from above shows the Jumbo Jet being dismantled at Beoland. Not sure when this image was taken:

I have taken a screen shot of the image to preserve this moment. See Google Map’s Jumbo Jet being dismantled at Beoland!

UPDATE #2 According to Bing Maps the Jumbo Jet that was at Beoland is gone:

Check out Bing Maps and see Beoland is no more. Thanks to @drewborg on Twitter for the heads up. Looks as if this Jumbo Jet is truly thelostcoaster!