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June 26, 2006

Roller Coaster Opening Delayed After Inspection

Wichita, KS - Joyland amusement park was hoping to reopen the park's historic wooden roller coaster, but it will have to wait awhile longer since the ride failed an inspection by the park's insurance company. Two others rides, the Ferris wheel and Round Up will also remain closed.

Roller Coaster was built in 1949 and for this season Joyland's new operators have renamed The Nightmare.

According to the park, the required repairs are minor, so they hope to get the roller coaster running very soon. It's the priority.

Joyland amusement park has sat empty for the past two years, so there is a lot of work and repairs necessary to get everything back in operation.

Michael Moodenbaugh and Robert Barnard, Joyland's new operators are leasing the park from owners Stan and Margaret Nelson. The partners have been working since March to get the park ready. Already they spent more than $300,000 this year.

Joyland general admission is $9.95 for non-riders or $19.95 for an all-day ride pass. Contact the park to verify hours.

For more information: Joyland Amusement Park

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