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Libertyland Grand Carousel Traveling to Ohio for Restoration

Before Libertyland’s Grand Carousel reopens at The Children’s Museum of Memphis in 2017, the historic attraction will travel to Ohio for an extensive restoration.

Carousels and Carvings Co. of Marion, Ohio will move the pieces and parts of the historic Libertyland Grand Carousel for the restoration work. It will return to Memphis for its reopening at the Museum by 2017.

 

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Photo © Daily News/Andrew J. Breig

The Memphis Daily News reports:

The carousel is due to return to the Mid-South Fairgrounds in 2017 as part of the Children’s Museum of Memphis on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Hollywood Street.

It will be the centerpiece of a new building; CMOM announced Wednesday, June 3, that Design Shop will plan the carousel’s new home and Montgomery Martin Contractors will build it.

Private museum donors raised $4 million for the project.

Watch a video from the Commercial Appeal showing the carousel’s horses and more being transported from the Mid-South Coliseum:

To help in the rebuilding of Libertyland’s Grand Carousel, donate to the fund here.

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Libertyland Grand Carousel to Reopen at Children’s Museum of Memphis in 2017

It’s the news many Libertyland and Memphis history fans have been waiting nearly a decade to hear: the former amusement park’s historic Grand Carousel will be rebuilt at the Children’s Museum of Memphis by 2017.

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The Children’s Museum of Memphis has reportedly raised the funds needed for the refurbishment as well as the construction of a glass building on the museum’s front lawn which will house the carousel.

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The restoration work will be completed over the next two years by Carousels and Carvings of Marion, Ohio.

News of the tentative deal broke on multiple local news outlets today, including the Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Daily News and Fox 13 Memphis.

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From the Daily News:

No one involved was talking on the record Monday, Feb. 2, about the announcement, but the carousel has long been a part of the administration’s tentative plans for the Children’s Museum, which is on the southwest corner of the fairgrounds property – at Central Avenue and Hollywood Street.

The Grand Carousel was dismantled in 2009, approximately 100 years after it was created. Its first stop in Memphis in the 1920s was the old East End Amusement Park in Midtown.

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After its move from the East End, it became part of a set of rides at the fairgrounds long before Libertyland opened in 1976.

The carousel’s hand-carved and painted wooden creatures and bright and elaborate foundation were crated as Libertyland, which had closed four years earlier, was demolished in the development of Tiger Lane from the East Parkway entrance of the fairgrounds to the western side of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The carousel has been stored at an undisclosed location since it was dismantled in 2009.

Stay tuned to Remember Libertyland for the latest information on the rebuilding of the historic Grand Carousel!

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Revolution Resurfaces in the Philippines

A Theme Park Review member recently discovered that Libertyland’s Revolution roller coaster has been reconstructed at Gloria’s Fantasyland amusement park in the Philippines as the “Zimerman Corkscrew Coaster”:

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The coaster apparently hasn’t reopened yet, but it’s interesting to see Libertyland’s classic looping coaster standing once again.

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Wear Your Ride on the Revolution Proudly

Do you remember your first ride on Libertyland’s Revolution roller coaster? Now you can wear your ride with pride thanks to our friends at Hieroglyph. They’re back with a brand-new retro-style Libertyland shirt inspired by actual Revolution promotional marketing pieces (as seen below).

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The blue American Apparel “Poly-Cotton Crew” t-shirts are $20. Order yours here.

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Your purchase of this shirt helps keep the Libertyland memories alive!

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Retro Libertyland T-Shirts On Sale Now

Libertyland’s untimely, post-season demise prevented final trips to the park’s gift store to stock up on Libertyland apparel.

Luckily, though, Memphis graphic designer Josh Horton of Hieroglyph is selling awesome retro-style Libertyland t-shirts!

The tri-indigo American Apparel t-shirts feature the iconic Libertyland star logo that was synonymous with the amusement park throughout its history.

Click here to buy a shirt for you and your Libertyland-loving friends and family (they make great gifts). Prices start at $22.

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Stay tuned to our Facebook page for a chance to win one of these awesome t-shirts!

 

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Leave a Legacy at the New Zippin Pippin

Beach Bay Amusement Park is building a beautiful entrance plaza for the new Zippin Pippin and they are giving you the chance to place you or your company’s name on one of the bricks.

Click here for a brochure with more details about the brick sale. Want to donate to a “Remember Libertyland” brick? Send us an email!

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New Zippin Pippin to open May 21st.

I recently got word that the new Zippin Pippin will open on May 21st at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I plan on going in late June so I should have some pictures of the coaster in operation by then.

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ACE contributes to the reconstruction of the Zippin Pippin

From Amusement Today:

“American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recently donated $5,000 to provide support and assistance to the city of Green Bay and their efforts to reconstruct Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Zippin Pippin was purchased from the city of Memphis last year and is currently being reconstructed at the Green Bay park.

“Preservation of classic rides is what ACE stands for,” says Howard Gillooly, ACE Preservation Director. Mr. Gillooly added, “What Green Bay is doing is remarkable, and ACE is proud to be a supporter of this project.” Upon receiving the donation, Bill Landvatter, Green Bay’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, noted, “This was truly unexpected and brightened my day.” Mr. Landvatter went on to tell ACE, “Thanks so much for all you do to keep some of the truly unique treasures of our country.”

Zippin Pippin formerly stood at Libertyland in Memphis, Tennessee. Originally known as Pippin when it opened in 1923, the ride utilized parts from a previous coaster located at nearby East End Park. When Zippin Pippin closed in 2005, it was the fifth oldest coaster in the United States. The original Zippin Pippin was also one of only a handful of rides remaining from John Miller, one of the most prolific coasters designers of his time.

Just in the last year, ACE has provided support for several preservation efforts including Save Dreamland in Margate, England and their efforts to restore their Scenic Railway, a very rare example of the early roller coaster. In addition, ACE provided financial support to help the Blue Streak re-open at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1978, ACE is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, appreciation and safe enjoyment of roller coasters. With more than 5,500 members across the U.S., Europe and Japan, ACE is the largest amusement park enthusiast organization in the world. Numerous shows made for cable networks such as The Discovery Channel have prominently featured ACE. Ultimately, ACE’s mission is to promote and enjoy roller coasters everywhere, regardless of type or size.”

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