Amusement Park Rides That Could Be Movies–Kind of

With Pirates of the Caribbean’s popularity, perhaps the think-tank at Disney is wondering what other amusement park rides can spin-off into a blockbuster movie. With this in mind, at Blogzarro: “the blog of comics, movies, television and bizarre thoughts,” James A. wrote a clever post with such possibilities. Most of his ideas are horror film or action thriller varieties involving rides like The Cyclone roller coaster of Coney Island fame, bumper cars and the Tilt-A-Whirl.

In “The Cyclone: The Movie,” the plot has something to do with Bruce Willis working as a roller coaster operator. Things go haywire when an actual cyclone shows up and Willis has to save the day.

In another, Ashton Kutcher and Johnny Knoxville are illegal bumper car drag racers. James A has even made Disney World and Disneyland’s “It’s small world ” ride into a horror movie where everyone was shrunk by an evil giant and the soundtrack of “It’s a small world” has been switched to a song performed by Marilyn Manson.

If you want to go on one of these rides to see if blockbuster movie ideas come your way here are a couple recommendations:

At the bumper car ride, Skooters at Knobels in Elysville, Pennsylvania is number three on the top rides list. It also names the Twirly Turtle at Storyland in Glen, New Hampshire as one of the best. In case you want to make your Tilt -a-Whirl ride experience even more whirly, here are some tips from RandomTerrain.

A Renovated Coney Island??

Well, I’m surprised I read this first in a UK newspaper, but, apparently, there are some big changes headed for Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Most Americans probably know the park more for its past than its present: either its heyday 60 or so years ago, or its cameo in the movie The Warriors. But its future might be looking up–depending on who you ask.

A developer named Thor Equities has bought up large chunks of the area and is cleaning house. Apparently, the famous 80-year-old, Cyclone wooden roller coaster will stay, but much of the kitsch, old shops, junk vendors, and t-shirt shops will be torn down. Astroland will probably close. And, in its place? Twenty-one new theme park rides, costing $250m, to be opened by 2011.

And that’s not all: expect a Vegas-style megahotel, an indoor water park, and new luxury apartment developments as part of the project.