Libertyland status in August of 2007

Since there’s been some news lately about Zippin Pippin I figured I’d drive out to Libertlyland and see what’s left… I hadn’t been in over a year so I figured things would be different, and they were, a little bit.
 
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As I drove up, it was obvious that the park was really beginning to get that “abandoned” park feel.

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Even the Creative Arts building was looking worse that it usually does.

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You can see here where they’re using the park’s entrance plaza as a storage area for the fair’s ticket booths.

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At least the welcome sign is still up…

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Same as last year, the Libertyland signage is still barely visible.

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Windows are busted out all over the place… it looks pretty pathetic.

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The former spot of Rebellion, now at Ghost Town in the Sky…

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Yeah thanks for the up-keep…

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The entrance building is skinnier than I thought…

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It was pretty hot outside.

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The entrance plaza is also being used as table city until the fair.

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Yeah, ticket booths out the frame…

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We’re not….

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Top of the train station.

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More of the crappy fairgrounds.

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Zippin Pippin, all that’s really left.

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Still in near-operating condition.

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This hill produced some nice airtime.

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The turnaround.

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Scoop’s had ice cream and stuff like that.

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The turnaround after the lift… It’s taller in person.

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Everything’s so overgrown it looks like the ride is in a forest.

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Third turnaround from across the parking lot.

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Yeah I wonder what they’re using that for…

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More airtime hills….

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Lesson for the younger folks: don’t drive and take pictures…

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I hate this privacy mesh crap that they’ve put up… they even took my sign down!

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It even had a protective covering, haha.

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All that’s left of Revolution…

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Libertyland, one last time

I went to the now defunct Libertyland to get some last pictures:
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Sad….
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Rebellion

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I love this shot.

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Really Sad…

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I managed to get my whole arm into the park!!

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Revolution
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Libertyland to close

The original press release:

Libertyland Closed for 2006 Season

MEMPHIS – It appears Libertyland, the amusement park where millions of Mid-South families have spent a hot summer day over the past 30 years, won’t be open for the 2006 season.

The Mid-South Fair Commission met today and approved a motion not to re-open the amusement park. The Commission says the Mid-South Fair will continue, but did not discuss where the Fair will be held in 2006.

Libertyland is perhaps best known for its “Zippin’ Pippin'” ride which is said to be the nation’s oldest wooden roller coaster and one Elvis Presley loved. When the park opened in the mid-70’s, throngs of families would head to the park and it was the first employer for many a teenager.

However, the park has struggled in recent years. It is expected to lose $500,000 this year. On top of that, theme parks nationally have struggled including those owned by big corporations.

Libertyland is jointly owned by the city and county and is non-profit. In the past several years, money made by the Mid-South Fair has subsidized the losses – both share property on the Mid-South fairgrounds.

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