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Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park

Jumbo-Jet Jumbo-Jet Profile

Posted:
9/27/11 at
1:42:35 PM

Does anyone remember this amusement park in the Pocono Mountains during the late 1970's/early 1980's called "Magic Valley"??? I believe it was located in the town of Bushkill, near Bushkill Falls. Although I never visited Magic Valley despite my family vacationing in the Poconos for 1 or 2 weeks every summer during that time frame, I know they had what looked like a Schwarzkopf Wildcat (or a Zyklon/Galaxi) coaster called the "Screamin' Demon" from what the brochures I had showed. Does anyone know when and why Magic Valley closed, and what happened to the Screamin' Demon??? What other rides did they have?

Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/27/11 1:51:52 PM

I never been there either, but here's some info that I've gotten from trusty rcdb.

www.rcdb.com/5153.htm

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Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by Jumbo-Jet Jumbo-Jet Profile at 9/27/11 2:08:14 PM

I already just checked out RCDB and it doesn't tell much about the park or the coaster, other than the fact that the Screamin' Demon was a Schwarzkopf Wildcat and was there in 1981 and possibly within a couple of years before and/or after.

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Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by Overbanked Overbanked Profile at 9/27/11 2:19:01 PM

Okay, then here's a lil' bit more info below. BTW, I seriously doubt that those coasters are still in existence.

*LATE EDIT, My bad JJ, you probably seen those brochures on the link already; You've mentioned brochures on your first post up top*

www.themeparkbrochures.net/1981/mvp1981_1.html

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Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by frontrow frontrow Profile at 9/27/11 2:34:33 PM

Isn't that the park that never recovered from a flood years ago?

Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by Jumbo-Jet Jumbo-Jet Profile at 9/27/11 2:45:43 PM

> Okay, then here's a lil' bit more info below. BTW, I
> seriously doubt that those coasters are still in existence.

> *Late Edit, My bad JJ, you probably seen those brochures on
> the link already; You're mentioned brochures on your first
> post up top*

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I do remember having that brochure!
As for the coaster still being in existence...it's possible. I know there are numerous Schwarzkopf Wildcats still operating today.

Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 9/27/11 2:57:42 PM

> Isn't that the park that never recovered from a flood years
> ago?

Pretty sure that was Bushkill Park. Same area, obviously.

Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by erich1047 at 6/25/13 3:00:01 PM
Yes, it was flooded, but someone bought it and want to get it up and running again.

The Park was on the show Mike Wolfe American Picker or the show antique pickers.

Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by parkbookman parkbookman Profile at 6/27/13 12:47:19 PM
I don't think they generated enough business. I recall a few years before they closed they sold most of the rides to focus on more passive activities such as shows and crafts and called themselves Magic Valley Village.

The park is now used as the Pike County Fairgrounds.

Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by dieselhp at 6/4/15 11:26:00 AM
This park opened in 1977 I think.
I worked there in the ride maintenance for a few years.

I remember heating oil in the spring and fall to warm up the bearings so the cars could make the hills.

We had to ride the cars on the cold mornings and then get out of the car while it was stopped on the hill and push it to the top of the hill.

Good Times!!!

The plan was to take down the Screamin' Demon and install a cork screw coaster. The spot was surveyed for the new coaster and the Demon had a buyer. I think it was 1982 and this was going to happen at the end of the season.

The owners thought that the new (used) coaster would bring in more customers, but after that season the numbers at the gate were so low the idea was scraped.

To my knowledge the site was not flooded and from my research this is not the park that was on American pickers.

The problem with this coaster was the emergency brake system. The brakes were located around the track. I think we had four or five of them. The reason for the emergency brakes was if you had a problem on the loading platform you could stop the cars out on the track from returning. If the park lost power even for a split second the brakes would close and stop the cars all around the track. One day we lost power and the brakes closed stopping the cars on the track. The problem was one car was faster and was past the brake when it closed. That car continued on to the next brake where it hit the car that was stopped in that brake. Then it rolled backwards into the dip and kept going back and forth till it stopped. I felt bead for that little girl that was in that car. The safest way to get the people out of the car was to let them finish the ride. We inspected the car and brake and there was no damage. We had to winch the car up to the roll back dogs and then push it over the hill to finish the ride.

Just came across some pictures of me and co-workers walking the tracks and got me thinking what happened to the ride and came across this post.

Re: Defunct Poconos (PA) Amusement Park by RobLec RobLec Profile at 6/4/15 4:33:47 PM
dieselhp said:
This park opened in 1977 I think. I worked there in the ride maintenance for a few years. I remember heating oil in the spring and fall to warm up the bearings so the cars could make the hills.

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Just came across some pictures of me and co-workers walking the tracks and got me thinking what happened to the ride and came across this post.


Interesting story! Thanks for taking the time to share with us a little glimpse of those vital unsung heroes who work behind the scenes. Very much appreciated!