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I received a comment on one of my many post from a reader named Pete… “I actually ran the Jumbo Jet in Old Orchard Beach from 1981 through 1984. I don’t think it was there in 1985 as it was replaced with other rides such as go carts. I know I have a photo that I can round up but it consists of 3 photos that when pieced together make up the Jumbo Jet. I remember that in the control booth, there were references written on the wall for cedar Point.” Perhaps MikeG can shed some light… Pete went on to say “The cars were motor driven to the top so if anything failed, we would have to climb a ladder built into the coaster to the car and with a break release bar we would bring it down in reverse 6 inches at a time” So I asked Pete if he could send me these pictures… Look what we have… Proof that Jumbo Jet was in Palace Playland and that it is the one from Cedar Point… Here is the picture all pieced together…
Thanks a bunch Pete…
There is this place in Maine called “Old Orchard Beach” and they have a small amusement park called Palace Playland that may be as old as Cedar Point itself, however it has not grown as large as Cedar Point. In my quest to complete Jumbo Jet’s timeline, I have contacted Palace Playland for more information about the Jumbo Jet that was at the park. According to Meagan, the park has changed hands as far as ownership goes and very few of the “Old Guard” still remain. Meagan did confirm that Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet was at Palace Playland, but was unsure of the actual dates. Here is the email that she sent me:
I’m sorry for the long delay, but I was able to find a few (very few) details about the Jumbo Jet that you were inquiring about. Here’s what I could gather:
-Manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf from Germany
-Originally from Cedar Point in Ohio
-left Old Orchard Beach previous to 1990, but that’s as much as we could find. It was sold to a traveling showman in the Netherlands (Holland)
I found this link in Wikipedia from entering Anton’s name, the Jumbo Jet from Cedar’s came up, here is the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumbo_Jet_(Cedar_Point)
I know that it is not too much information, but hopefully it will lead you to more! We do not have any photographs currently in our records, but if something turns up, I would be happy to forward along to you.
Best of luck,
I find it interesting that the only pictures I have been able to find of Jumbo Jet at Palace Playland is a couple of postcards that were emailed to me…. My quest continues… Let’s Ride!
If your a regular reader of this blog you may have seen the post cards that ryanjm13 sent me. (The post was entitled “Greetings from…”). Now ryanjm13 did not know that my email address had changed and he had sent something to my old live account and just by chance I decided to log in and boy am I glad that I did. ryanjm13 writes here is a view of the jumbo jet lit up at night along old orchard beach. the radar antenna used to look really good at night especially when you can see it from far away along the beachHow cool is that? Way Cool! Thanks out to ryanjm13 and make sure you send future emails to the new address! Let’s Ride!
Greetings from Old Orchard Beach Maine… I got an email from ryanjm13 after he placed a comment on this very blog:
I have an old post card from old orchard beach (palace playland) and the JJ that they used to have is consistent with the one from CP due to the red track with blue supports and the same style sign mounted on the top. RCDB.com also lists Cedar points and Palace Playlands as the same one.
Here is what he sent me:
Very Cool… We now have proof that Palace Playland had a Jumbo Jet, the only question is it our beloved Jumbo Jet from Cedar Point? The hunt continues for thelostcoaster! Got something in your collection that relates to the Jumbo Jet drop me a comment or find me on twitter @thelostcoaster