As a native Southern Californian, I’m a little surprised that I’ve never seen any photos of Pacific Ocean Park. It’s one of those lost pleasuredomes that people of a certain (really old) age like to reminisce about on local-access documentaries as if it was Xanadu on earth (it’s not. There’s only one Xanadu on earth and it involves my two favorite acronyms: ONJ and ELO).
But this recent trove of vintage photos on Boing Boing shows that those old fogies may have been on to something after all. It certainly looks and sounds like a delightfully weird place. Aside from the aforementioned Mystery Island Banana Train (which, the more I think about it, can’t possibly be as incredible as it seems), there were simulated earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, “coconut-throwing monkeys” and something called a “Goony Bird,” the latter of which probably lives on in the drug-addled nightmares of many a Boomer.
Anyhoo, while we’re all here, let’s share some childhood theme park highlights/lowlights if you have any. My go-to story would be the time that I was on the skyline at Disneyland and my way-more-socially-unhinged-than-me best friend tried to goad me into hocking loogies over the side with him. We were thoroughly (and rightfully) yelled at by a college-aged man in a spacesuit when we debarked. I think they permanently closed that ride because of us. Embarrassing!
(via Boing Boing)