List of closed rides and attractions

The following are amusement park rides and attractions that have been closed. In some cases they may have been removed and replaced by another ride, while in other cases they may be standing but not operating.

Ardent Leisure


Cedar Fair

California's Great America

  • Greased Lightnin' - closed after the 2002 season
  • Gulf Coaster - closed in 1980
  • Invertigo - closed on October 31, 2010 and opened up at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom as Stinger
  • Stealth - closed in 2003 and was relocated to Carowinds in 2004 as the Borg: Assimilator, now known as Nighthawk
  • Sky Whirl - a triple Ferris wheel; closed after the 1997 season to make room for Invertigo
  • Triple Play - closed in 2004
  • Whizzer - closed after the 1988 season

Canada's Wonderland


  • Black Widow (formerly Witchdoctor) - removed in 1989
  • Carolina Speedway - removed in 1991 to make room for the Vortex stand-up coaster
  • Carolina Sternwheeler - removed in 2003; BORG: Assimilator (now Nighthawk) currently operates on this spot
  • Carowinds Monorail - removed in 1994
  • Flying Super Saturator - removed in 2008 due to low capacity and high maintenance costs; replaced by Carolina Cobra in 2009
  • Frenzoid - removed in 2005 but put beside the Afterburn coaster in 2007
  • Joe Cool's Driving School - removed in the 2012-2013 off season
  • Oaken Bucket - removed after the 1987 season; the ride was located across from the Log Flume
  • Old Jalopies - removed in 1987
  • Thunder Road - Demolished in 2015 to make room for Carolina Harbor.
  • Smurf Island - its elements were removed with Carolina Sternwheeler (see above)
  • Surfer - removed in 1976
  • Waltzer - removed in 1976
  • Whirling Dervish - removed in 2001
  • White Lightnin' - removed in 1988 and sold to Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Wild Bull - removed in 1998 and replaced by Top Gun: The Jet Coaster (now Afterburn)
  • The Wild Thornberry's River Adventure - removed during the 2009 season

Cedar Point

Geauga Lake

  • The dry side of the Geauga Lake amusement park closed after its last operating day of the 2007 season, September 16, 2007. Cedar Fair relocated or auctioned off most of the park's roller coasters and flat rides. Geauga Lake's water park, Wildwater Kingdom closed after its 2016 season as the last amusement park on Geauga Lake.

Kings Dominion

  • Apple Turnover was an Enterprise that was manufactured by Anton Schwarzkopf. It operated from 1976-1993.
  • Diamond Falls manufactured by Intamin, opened in 1985 and closed due to maintenance issues in 2002. It was demolished in 2005, and the Italian Job Stunt Coaster (later renamed to the Back Lot Stunt Coaster in 2006) opened in an adjacent area where Diamond Falls once stood.
  • El Dorado opened in 2008 and was removed in 2010 to make way for the Windseeker.
  • Galaxie opened in 1975 and was closed after the 1983 season; in 1983 a rider fatally struck his head on metal supports when he leaned out to one side of the coaster train. Galaxie was manufactured by SDC.
  • Hypersonic XLC (known for an 80+ MPH high speed launch followed by a 90-degree true vertical ascent and drop; 2001–2007) was closed due to high maintenance and low hourly capacity at the end of the 2007 season. The ride was later scrapped.
  • King Kobra opened in 1977 and was removed after the 1986 season and relocated to Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Ocean City, Maryland, then to Alton Towers as Thunderlooper. As of 1999, it hass been operating at Hopi Hari Brazil as Katapul - Superman em Defesa da Central de Energia.
  • Lake Charles, which hosted shows in the early days of Kings Dominion, was mostly filled in during the early 1990s to make room for a portion of Kings Dominion's new water park. As of the 2005 season, part of the lake still remained.
  • Lion Country Safari was closed after the 1992 season; the area the monorail station was located in was rethemed to Congo.
  • Monster was an Eyerly Monster ride that operated from 1975-1988. It was located within Candy Apple Grove.
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro was a Bayern Kurve which opened in 1976 and was removed in 1989.
  • Old Dominion Line was a classic steam powered train that went through the forests of Old Virginia. It opened with the park in 1975 but closed in 1995.
  • Racing Rivers operated from 1987-1996. It was a complex of three different water slides which consisted of Torpedo, Riptide, and Splashdown. Depending on the slide, riders rode on sleds or dinghies. Riders rode Racing Rivers in their street clothes.
  • Sky Pilot opened in 1989 and was removed in the 1998 season due to maintenance issues. A fatality took place on an identical ride at sister park Kings Island in Ohio. Sky Pilot was manufactured by Intamin.
  • Sky Ride opened in 1975 and closed in 1995. Sky Ride was a cable car ride which had stations located in Hanna Barbera Land and Candy Apple Grove.
  • Time Shaft (Rotor Ride), Haunted River (formerly Journey to Atlantis), Smurf Mountain (formerly The Land of Dooz) were closed and removed in 1995 to make room for Volcano: The Blast Coaster.
  • Vertigo was a caterpillar type ride manufactured by Mack Rides that opened in 1975 and closed in 1983.
  • Shockwave was the last Togo stand-up roller coaster in North America. It was located in Candy Apple Grove. Shockwave stayed from 1986-2015. It gave 22 million rides in its lifetime.

Kings Island

  • The Bat - operated from 1981-1983; it was made by Arrow Development
  • King Cobra - operated from 1984-2001; it was made by TOGO
  • Son of Beast - made by Werner Stengel; operated from 2000-2009
  • The Crypt - Giant HUSS Top Spin that operated from 2002-2011. It was scrapped due to maintenance issues.

Knott's Berry Farm

  • Bigfoot Rapids (1987-2018) - Now Calico River Rapids - Opening May 17, 2019.
  • Boomerang (1990-2017)
  • Corkscrew (1975–1989)
  • Gran Slammer (1987–2003)
  • Haunted Shack (1954–2000)
  • HeadAche (1990–1999; formerly Greased Lightnin' until 1996)
  • Kingdom of the Dinosaurs (1987–2004)
  • Knott's Bear-y Tales (1975–1986)
  • Mexican Whip (1969–1986)
  • Propeller Spin (1975–1989)
  • Sky Jump (1976–1999)
  • Tampico Tumbler (1987–2003)
  • Wacky Soapbox Racers (1976–1996; formerly Motorcycle Chase until 1980)
  • Walter K. Steamboat
  • Wilderness Scrambler (1975–2007; formerly Whirlpool and HeadSpin)
  • Windjammer Surf Racers (1997–2000)
  • XK-1 (1989–1998)

Worlds of Fun

  • Aerodrome (1978–1986)
  • Alpine Petting Zoo (1973–1986)
  • Barnstormer (1978–1983)
  • Berenstain Bear Country (1997–2000)
  • Cotton Blossom (1973–1995) - the riverboat built for MGM's 1951 film production of Show Boat
  • Either Oar (1987–2000)
  • Extremeroller (EXT) (1976–1988; formerly Screamroller until 1983)
  • Half Pint's Peak (1977–1986)
  • Humpty's Haven (1978–1987)
  • Incred-O-Dome (1981–1997)
  • Krazy Kars (1973–2015)
  • Omegatron (1986–2001)
  • Orient Express (1980–2003)
  • Pandamonium! (1987–1996)
  • The Python Plunge (1988–1999)
  • Rockin' Reeler (1991–2005)
  • The Safari (1973–1978)
  • Schussboomer (1973–1984)
  • Silly Serpent (1973–1987; formerly Funicular until 1979)
  • Ski Heis/Sky Hi (1973–1987)
  • Snoopy's Moon Bounce (2011–2015)
  • U.S.S. Henrietta (1973–1998)
  • Victrix Firing Range (1973–1993)
  • Wing Ding (1978–1980)
  • Wobble Wheel (1977–1993)
  • Zambezi Zinger (1973–1997)
  • Finnish Fling (1973-2017)

Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company


Seattle Center

Fun Forest

  • Practically all installed rides have been removed. Special events may include temporary rides.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Adventure Island

  • Barratuba
  • Tampa Typhoon: a water slide that closed after the 2005 season. The slide opened in the late 1980s and shared a tower with Gulf Scream, a current water slide attraction. Standing nearly 70 feet (21 m), or seven stories tall, the ride allowed patrons to see for miles around, including a view of the nearby MOSI museum.
  • Gulf Scream

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • The Monorail - closed and removed in 1999
  • The original brewery - demolished and Gwazi was built in its place
  • The Python - closed October 31, 2006 and demolished as part of a renovation of the Congo area of the park; Jungala took its place
  • Rhino Rally - closed in 2012 due to low ridership
  • Gwazi - closed in 2015 due to cost and low ridership
  • Tanganyika Tidal Wave - closed in 2017 due to cost

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

  • Big Bad Wolf (1984–2009)
  • Corkscrew Hill (2001–2009)
  • Curse of DarKastle (2005-2017)
  • Das Kätzchen (1976–1984)
  • Die Wildkatze (1976–1983)
  • Drachen Fire (1992–1998; demolished in 2002)
  • Europe in the Air (2010-2016)
  • Gladiator's Gauntlet (1988–1993)
  • Glissade (1975–1985)
  • Le Mans Raceway (1975–2006)
  • Wild Maus (formerly Izzy) (1996–2003)

SeaWorld Ohio

  • The park was sold to Six Flags, who then merged the park with Six Flags Ohio to create Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. The park was later sold to Cedar Fair and reverted the park to its original name, Geauga Lake.

SeaWorld San Antonio

  • Texas Splashdown was a log flume ride that was added to SeaWorld San Antonio in 1991 and closed on May 13, 2011. Most of the ride has been removed; however, the boat flumes at ground level and the small pavilions used as the queue are now used as a haunted house for Howl-O-Scream.
  • Dolphin Cove was an outdoor dolphin exhibit. The attraction was demolished in 2015. The area around the attraction was renovated and opened as Discovery Point in 2016. The spot where Dolphin Cove once stood is now home to the larger Dolphin Lagoon which now gives guests the option to swim with dolphins.
  • Rocky Point Preserve was an outdoor exhibit that features sea lions, seals, and otters that closed on September 1, 2014 and reopened as Pacific Point Preserve on May 22, 2015.
  • Captain Kids World - original part of the park, as a children's play area, it was closed down due downsize park acreage. Sesame Street Bay of Play is the new play area for kids.
  • Places of Learning was a 1 acre map of the united states. The concrete is still there, but it's been painted over and closed for years.
  • Pirates 4-D was a 3-D film attraction; replaced by R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D, then by Pets Ahoy.
  • R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D - a 3-D film attraction based on the book from the Goosebumps series.
  • Texas Walk was an outdoor plaza featuring life-sized bronze statues of notable people of Texas. It was standing since the park opened and was removed in 2000. The bronze statues that once stood there were donated to the City of San Antonio.
  • Lost Lagoon was a small water park located near Sea Lion Stadium. It opened 1993 and closed in 2011. The area where Lost Lagoon once stood is no longer a part of SeaWorld San Antonio, rather it is part of a separate, gated water park called Aquatica San Antonio. Aquatica may not be a part of the SeaWorld chain, but it is still owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

SeaWorld San Diego

  • Submarine Quest - opened in Summer 2017, it barely got off the ground. Endless technical challenges caused the park to close it down once and for all.
  • Mission: Bermuda Triangle - an "underwater" motion simulator attraction, which opened in 1994; later replaced by Wild Arctic
  • Pirates 4-D - a 3-D film attraction; replaced by R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D
  • R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D - a 3-D film attraction based on the book from the Goosebumps series; replaced by Lights, Camera, Imagination 4-D!
  • Madagascar LIVE: This live Character show, in the Mission Bay Theater is now the home of a variety of shows, including Sea Rescue.
  • Shamu's Happy Harbor - an interactive children's play area which opened in 1995; in 2007 it was renovated and became Sesame Street Bay of Play
  • Window to the Sea - a live education presentation about SeaWorld's environmental and research activities; replaced by Pirates 4-D
  • Manatee Rescue - The State of Florida loaned SeaWorld Manatees for display. When the loan ended, Manatee rescued closed and was replaced by Turtle Reef.
  • World of the Sea Aquarium - after 50 years at the park, World of the Sea was refurbished and reopened as Aquaria which featured both saltwater and freshwater fishes.
  • Places of learning was a 1 acre map of the United States. There was also a book store, called "The Parent's Store." When Anheauser-Busch purchased the parks from HBJ, this was closed for the Clydesdale Hamlet area.
  • Animal Connections - Once the home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, Animal Connections included a variety of land animals such as beavers, birds, and sloths. Closed for the construction of Submarine Quest.
  • Freshwater Aquarium - closed due to high maintenance costs and slated to be a new beer garden looking over the bay.
  • Pet's Rule Show - 16 years in the Nautilus Amphitheater closed in 2019 to make way for a concert venue.

Water Country USA

  • Atomic Breakers - series of slides and splash pools; closed and removed 2007
  • Lemon Drop - two short yellow body flumes which dropped into a deep (10 ft) section of the Adventure Isle pool; closed and removed in 2008
  • Little Twister - a small pink children's water slide in the Adventure Isle area; moved adjacent to the Jammin' Juke Box slide tower in the 2008 season with the change to Rock 'n' Roll Island; renamed Little Bopper
  • Peppermint Twist - two steep purple-colored body slides took riders through a 180-degree curve; closed following the 2007 season; the tower remains intact and is used as the tower for the new Jammin' Jukebox body slides
  • Volleyball Courts - several beach volleyball courts that took up the space where Hubba Hubba Highway is now, and before that were located across from Jet Scream where the lockers are (catering was where the restrooms are)

Star Trek: The Experience

  • Star Trek: The Experience - open from 1998 to 2008 at the Las Vegas Hilton; relocated to Neonopolis for the 2010 season.

Six Flags

Six Flags AstroWorld

  • Six Flags AstroWorld - a 90-acre (360,000 m2) theme park in Houston, Texas, USA. Originally opened as just "AstroWorld" in 1968, the park was a sister attraction to the AstroDome, home of the namesake Houston Astros. Purchased by Six Flags in the mid 1970s, it operated until 2005 when the park was closed and demolished, citing Six Flags' financial woes.

Six Flags Atlantis - Florida

Six Flags Great Adventure

Rides and attractions

  • African Rivers
  • Antique Cars
  • Asian Rivers
  • Bugs Bunny Barnstormers - formerly Foghorn Leghorn Flyers and Red Baron
  • Calypso
  • Chaos
  • Condor
  • Enterprise - renamed Spin Meister in 1993
  • Evolution
  • Fender Bender
  • Flying Wave
  • Glow in the Park Parade
  • Gondola
  • Grand Prix
  • Great Train Ride
  • Hand Cars
  • Haunted Castle - burned in 1984
  • Hydro Flume
  • Joust-A-Bout - renamed Sky Pilot in 1997
  • Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Looney Tunes Log Jam - formerly Elmer Fudd Traffic Jam
  • Looping Starship - renamed Space Shuttle in 1993
  • Magic Hands
  • Matterhorn
  • Monster Spin
  • Moon Bounce
  • Movietown Water Effect
  • Musik Express
  • North American Rivers
  • Panorama Wheel - renamed Phileas Fogg's Balloon Ride in 1993
  • Pendulum
  • Pirate's Flight
  • Porky Pig Pipeline
  • Pretty Monster - renamed Dream Street Dazzler in 1976
  • Rodeo Stampede
  • Rotor - renamed in 1991 as Typhoon and again in 1996 as Taz Tornado
  • S.S. Feather-sword
  • Schwabinchen - dismantled in 1986 and renamed and rethemed as El Sombrero in 1993
  • Scrambler
  • Spinnaker
  • Stuntman's Freefall
  • Super Cat
  • Super Sidewinder
  • Swiss Bob
  • Sylvester Scooters
  • Tilt-A-Whirl
  • Time Warp - the world's first double inverter
  • Traffic Jam
  • Troika
  • Wild E. Coyote Wild, Wild Web

Roller coasters

Six Flags Great America

Six Flags Over Georgia

  • Chevy Show; building was demolished to make room for Shake, Rattle & Roll
  • Drunken Barrels; removed to make room for the Wheelie
  • Exxon Modern Car Ride; now replaced with Goliath and Dee Jays Diner in the USA section
  • Flying Dutchman; located in the Jolly Roger lagoon, removed to make room
  • Deja-vu; Giant Inverted Boomerang coaster, moved to Mirabilandia as Sky Mountain
  • Thomas Town / Whistlestop Park; replaced Sky Coaster, removed in 2018 to make room for Pandemonium
  • Great Gasp; removed after the 2005 season to make room for the Goliath coaster. Its parts were shipped to Six Flags over Texas for use at that park's own Parachute-drop ride of the same name. That ride later closed as well.
  • Horror Cave; a haunted house operated inside & underneath the Spanish Fort in the Mexican section of the park (now Bugs Bunny Boomtown)
  • Jean Ribault's Adventure - riverboat ride; converted to Thunder River
  • Looping Starship; removed to make room for Goliath
  • Mini Mine Train; formerly Yahoo Hooler; removed to make room for a convoy ride
  • Mo-Mo Monster
  • Okefenokee Swamp; replaced with the Monster Plantation, itself later remodeled into the Monster Mansion
  • Ragin' Rivers
  • Round Up
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll; removed at the end of the 2010 season to make room for Dare Devil Dive
  • The Six Flags Air Racer; replaced with Acrophobia
  • Spindle Top
  • Viper; Schwarzkopf shuttle loop coaster; removed to make room for Superman: Ultimate Flight
  • Z-Force; an Intamin Space Diver coaster, originally constructed at Six Flags Great America and moved to Six Flags Over Georgia. It was replaced by Ninja (renamed later to Blue Hawk). Z-Force was moved to Six Flags Magic Mountain as "Flashback" and was closed for four years from 2003 to 2007 when it was finally demolished
  • Magnetic House (slanted house and tilt house)
  • Bullfrog Review
  • Phlying Phlyrpus
  • People Movers Show
  • Buford the Buzzard; a show located in the Modern / USA section.
  • Mexican Jumping Beans
  • Echo Well; right outside the Magnetic House
  • Petsville; a petting zoo located in the USA section. Now hosts shops like Attitudes
  • Krofft Puppet Theater; converted into a Drive-in Movie theater, which was itself converted into the Shake, Rattle, & Roll
  • Sky Hook; located in the USA section, removed in 1977
  • Free Fall; removed in 2006 to make room for Dare Devil Dive
  • Astrolift; a Chairlift ride running from east to west. Criss-crossed with the North-south Sky Buckets.
  • Wheelie; a HUSS Enterprise; removed in October 2012 to make room for the SkyScreamer
  • Dodge City bumper cars; removed in 2016 to make room for the Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride
  • Splashwater Falls; closed in 2017, standing but not operating
  • Virtual / Beta Zone; laser tag and later teen dance theater. Formerly stood where the Crime Wave in Gotham City section stands today

Six Flags Over Texas

  • Astrolift - Von Roll Skyway; closed in 1979
  • Big Bend – ran at Six Flags Over Texas from 1971 to 1978, when it was relocated to Six Flags St. Louis; was eventually sold for scrap metal
  • Caddo Lake War Canoes
  • The Cave
  • Chameleon
  • Cucaracha
  • Daffy Duck Lake
  • The Great Six Flags Air Racer
  • LaSalle's Riverboat Adventure
  • Missile Chaser
  • Road Runner Runaround
  • Roto-Disco
  • Spindletop
  • Spinnaker – relocated to Six Flags Fiesta Texas as Wagon Wheel
  • Texas Cliffhanger - also known as G-Force and Wildcatter

Universal Parks & Resorts

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Hollywood

Village Roadshow Theme Parks and Attractions

Sea World

Warner Bros. Movie World

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Disneyland Park

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Hollywood Studios


Magic Kingdom

See also


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