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Posted by Sam

wsmk map
pinballride
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In response to Jakub’s post on 1970′s shopping malls, I’ve long wished I could travel back in time and visit some of these spots, again or for the first time. Vacated malls and abandoned theme parks sit lodged in the subconscious as Ithaca-like pleasuredomes. The idea of all-inclusive commerce appealed to/terrified great men like J.G. Ballard and George A. Romero (who set his gorefest Dawn Of The Dead uncoincidentally in a vacated mall) and continue to haunt the collective imagination.

One example of a great lost park is Atlanta’s The World Of Sid and Marty Krofft which opened in 1976 and featured attractions based on the characters of their popular shows and rides like the Pinball one seen in the included pics. The place seems unbelievably spooky and surreal and it’s lack of document only increases it’s eeriness. WSMK might was dubbed the first indoor theme park, which was based inside the Omni International Center (now CNN’s news headquarters) and featured the world’s largest freestanding escalator. Surprising little can be found online but this article sheds some light on the idea for the park. WSMK cost $14 milllon to build (Over $50 million in 2009 money) and closed within six months.

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Mark C. says:

July 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

I LOVED Side & Marty Croft as a kid! I remember being glued to the tube every Saturday morning during the “Kroft Supershow” (with Kaptain Kool and the Kongs) with a big bowl of cereal in order to catch some of my favorites: Bigfoot and Wildboy, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and Wonderbug! Ahhh, the memories…

…Thanks for the trip!

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greg says:

July 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

There was supposed to be a KISS theme park in the late 70′s, but it never materialised due to lack of sufficient funds.

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Dave says:

July 24, 2009 at 12:58 am

These are great themes for posts and really enjoying reading them. Unfortunately the link to the article isn’t working.