Archive for March, 2013|Monthly archive page

WildCat in Jumbo Jet’s Corner!

I was thinking how I did not get to ride the WildCat my last visit in 2011, then by 2012 the WildCat was removed from the park. I guess that would have been the same feeling someone had when they came back in 1979 and not being able to ride the Jumbo Jet. I came across this great photo of the WildCat from 1980:

Needle and WildCat

Here is the park map from 1980:

Cedar Point 1980 Park Map

You can also catch the WildCat in action from the Space Needle at the end of this video:

I keep wondering if the WildCat was in fact sold for scrap? (See Sold for Scrap) A point to ponder!

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Cedar Point Souvenir Plate

Every once in a while I will head over to eBay just to see what Cedar Point collectables are available that feature the Jumbo Jet. Today I found this Cedar Point Plate 1960s Era Sandusky,Ohio Cedar Point amusement park roller coaster plate-VINTAGE!:

Cedar Point Plate 1972-1978

Here is a close up:

Jumbo Jet on CP Plate

If you are interested in adding this to your collection, just head over to eBay 1960s Era Sandusky,Ohio Cedar Point amusement park roller coaster plate-VINTAGE!.

I know what your thinking… Really? A dinner plate? Yep, I really like this “pop” art from the 70’s. This is the second time we have featured a plate. Check out the post “Thankful for the Jumbo Jet” from November 27th 2011 that features a “Blue Willow” Jumbo Jet.

Jumbo Jet at Výstaviště Praha in 1991?

So, I was snooping around this morning on the interweb looking for something new to post to thelostcoaster blog and came up with a big fat ZERO (not a thing, not anything, nil, naught/nought; zilch, zip, nada, diddly-squat, squat)!! Do you know how hard it is to find new information when this blog seems to be the authority on Jumbo Jet Roller Coasters? So as much as I try, “I” seem to get in my way. Anywho! Returning to thelostcoaster blog to do some general house keeping, I found 2 very cryptic comments under the post “What WE Know“. The 1st post was simply “Praha 1991 Vystaviste” and the second “Prague Praha 20.05.1991 Vystaviste Holesovice 28.10.1991”. After some time on Google Translation and WikipediA I came up with an interesting conclusion… Let me share… Výstaviště in Praha (Prague) in the suburb of Holešovice is an exhibition ground which is used for exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events.

entrance-to-the-grounds
ferris-wheel

These photos of Vystaviste, Prague Exhibition Grounds are courtesy of TripAdvisor

The second comment “Prague Praha 20.05.1991 Vystaviste Holesovice 28.10.1991”. Could this mean that Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet was in Výstaviště Holešovice Prague from May 20th 1991 to October 28th 1991? Let’s not forget what Andre Blunck revealed to us back in 2009 “…it (Jumbo Jet) stood in Sweden in a citypark. After this season Wieland bought the ride and rented it to Prague for a Expo Fair. After the Fair the ride was destroyed in Prague by some kids” (See post “MORE Bits and Pieces Revealed“). More to come…

Cedar Point’s “New World of Fun!”

Our FaceBook friend Jim Hammer is at it again. Jake posted these cool pictures on our FaceBook stream. Here is the cover of the 1972 Cedar Point Pleasure Company Annual Report:

Cedar Point Inc 1972 Annual Report

Inside the front cover describes both new attractions for 1972:

inside cover of the 1972 Cedar Point Inc. annual report

A BIG thank-you out to Jake Hammer!

Cedar Point’s Roller Coaster Challenge

The questions is “Can you ride all 5 in one day?

Cedar Point Roller Coaster Challenge

This newspaper add is from 1977 and challenges you to ride Cedar Point’s big five coasters, Cork Screw, Jumbo Jet, Mine Ride, Wildcat (original) and Blue Streak in one day. If you were one of the first 1,000 to do so each day you would receive a special bonus… A beautiful “High Rollers” sew-on patch if you completed the task.

Cedar Points High Rollers Club

On June 14, 1977 our facebook friend Jim Hammer completed the roller coaster challenge. Jim said “It wasn’t easy…the lines for the Corkscrew were 1 to 2 hours back in 1977!”. I wish today I could do this challenge, but sadly the Jumbo Jet is no more at Cedar Point. A big thank-you to Jake for posting these pictures on our FaceBook page!