Thursday, April 15, 2010

An Old-Fashioned Ferris Wheel

Sitting next to the Ozark Wildcat roller coaster at the now closed Celebration City amusement park in Branson, Missouri is this old-style, yet colorful, Electric Star Wheel.  Celebration City was opened in 2003 as a small town America and beachside boardwalk themed amusement park.  Apparently the wilder rides found in other parks, including sister park Silver Dollar City, were more attractive to today's adventurers.  Celebration City closed in October 2008.  It still stands, silently.

Much of the park is visible from the hills surrounding it and from the roads bordering the property (from where I took these shots).  I like looking at the park as it reminds me of the local carnivals when I grew up.  These rides were also more my speed, though my son has gotten me on a couple of the tamer water rides at Silver Dollar City.

I don't know what the future holds for this property.  It's sad to see it all just sit there.  But the memories it evokes are very fun to revisit.

Thanks for taking a look.  Better yet, come to Branson and see it for yourself --- and visit all the exciting shows and attractions that are up and running!

1 comment:

Carolyn Bounds said...

How sad to see something that was intended to bring joy into the lives of its visitors sit their silent and alone. I hope someone is able to breathe new life back into it!!!