Pirates of the Caribbean Models

These Pirates Of The Caribbean Models Are To Die For!

Pirates of the Caribbean Models
Welcome to The Death of Super Blog Team Up. As the title indicates, this time we’re all looking at famous deaths of fictional characters. I decided to go with a group that is more famous after dying than they were while living – the spooky skeletons of Disneyland’s classic ride Pirates Of The Caribbean.

When I was a kid plastic and balsa wood model kits were extremely popular. One of the most famous sets were for…
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
…the Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean models. One of the things which made these sets so popular is that they moved. Their Zap / Action feature was powered by rubber bands.

Thanks to the sites TAY666, The Pirate Surgeon’s Journal, Universal Monster Army, and Sweet Skulls I was able to compile a wonderful set of photos of these models. I’ll be looking at five of these awesome sets in this post.

Condemned To Chains Forever
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
For this awesome Pirates of the Caribbean models special feature we have a skeleton who is chained to a block fighting an alligator. The sword in this kit moves up and down of course.

Deadman’s Raft
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
Pirates of the Caribbean Models

I love this model. It features two skeletons. One is standing at the wheel steering the remains of the ship. The other skeleton pops up from a box and stabs a dagger in a map. Here are the model pieces still in the box.
Pirates of the Carribean Models

Fate of the Mutineers
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
A skeleton has fallen into quicksand. His fellow skeleton tries to pull him out, but only succeeds in ripping off his arm. The whole time, a giant crab lurks menacingly in the background.
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
Here are the the parts and instructions for this model.

Freed in the Nick of Time
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
In this Pirates of the Caribbean model, one skeleton with a sword has to cut free a fellow skeleton before he is dragged under by a squid.
Pirates of the Caribbean Models
Here are the parts for this model.

Fear not, Mateys, there is more pirate treasure in your future. I found so many great photos of these spooktacular models, that I’ll be featuring more in a future post.

[Via] ACME Music Net

If this taste of Pirates of the Caribbean models has you thirsty for more – why not check out the time that Johnny Depp met his animatronic self!

Please check out the other contributors to The Death of Super Blog Team Up. They’re dying to meet you.
Comic Reviews By Walt: Death of the Mutanimals (Archie-TMNT)
Longbox Graveyard: Death of Captain Marvel
Between The Pages: The Death of Spock (Wrath of Khan) This one was also written
by yours truly! Between the Pages is my other home on the web.
Chris is on Infinite Earths: Death of Supergirl
Crapbox Son of Cthulhu: Death of My Love for Marvel Comics
Comics and Coffee: Superman – The Man Who Murdered the World
Superhero Satellite: Death of a Collector’s Passion. A redemption story.
Unspoken Decade: UltraVerse – Future Shock
In My Not So Humble Opinion: The Death of Galactus

Freedomland U.S.A.

Do You Remember The Freedomland U.S.A. Theme Park!

Just when I thought I discovered all there is about pop culture history, a bit of information comes my way that I have to share. FREEDOMLAND U.S.A.! I have to shout, because this is something awesome, spectacular actually.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood wanted to make a theme park in the north east of the United States to rival that of west coast’s Disneyland. Oddly enough, he had a hand in the creation of Disneyland. He was hired by Walt Disney and is responsible for finding the site to build Disney’s theme park. A few years later, Wood split from Disney and founded Marco Engineering. He would go on to help create Magic Mountain, Pleasure Island and the big one, Freedomland U.S.A..

Freedomland U.S.A.

(Magic Mountain was a theme park Wood opened in 1958)

Wood’s idea was a theme park based on different eras & locations in United States history. He acquired about 200 acres of land in Bronx, New York. The land used to be a landfill which goes to show that cool things can come from garbage.. On a side note, Wood designed the shape of the park itself to look like the United States, without Alaska and Hawaii. On June 19th, 1960, Freedomland U.S.A. was opened for business.
Freedomland U.S.A.

The park featured seven areas of attraction. 1) Little Old New York set in the late 1800’s which had a horse-pulled trolley, a recreation of Macy’s first department store, a brewery sponsored by Schaefer, and a deli. There was 2) The Great Plains set in the 19th century with a replica of an Army stockade known as Fort Cavalry, an apartment sponsored by Borden featuring Elsie the Cow, a merry-go-round powered by mules, the Pony Express which was a ride that took you to the next area of the park, 3) The Old Southwest. There’s a recreation of a gun fight, a Mexican restaurant, an underground train ride through mines, and a herd of cows with a cowboy. Another part of the park was dedicated to 4) Chicago in the year 1871. That year is significant because of the Great Chicago Fire which is featured in this area. Guests and actors help put out a fire using 19th century equipment.
Freedomland U.S.A.

5) San Francisco in the early 1900’s featured a Chinatown, several places to eat, a simulation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and a boat ride. There was a 6) New Orleans section of the park which allowed the visitor to go through Civil War battle grounds, a pirate-themed boat ride, a maze where the walls are mirrors, a bunch of rides one of which was through a simulated tornado. The seventh area was called Satellite Future. The focus here is on space and science from a rocket control room like what you would see at NASA, a moving sidewalk, a simulated rocket flight, and something called Moon Bowl which was a stage that many performers did their thing. Who? How about Bobby Darin!? And Bobby Rydell, the Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee and Patti Page. Whoa!
Freedomland U.S.A.

So what happened to Freedomland U.S.A.? It was simply not making a profit. Every year it was losing more money than it was making. I’m no expert, but I’m guessing that being it was a theme park in the northern part of the United States, it was a seasonal attraction. Unlike Disneyland which is in sunny California, Freedomland was only open from May to October. That’s six months of without revenue. Sadly, it stayed in business for only five seasons and in 1964 shut down.
Freedomland U.S.A.

When I hear stories about places going out of business I always ask, what happened to all the stuff. Much of it was simply destroyed, some rides were sold off to other parks, but there’s something from Freedomland U.S.A. that is still in one piece today; The Canadian which was the steamboat used in the park. According to a 2008 article in the New York Post, it’s docked in Port Chester, New York. It’s also been modernized, so while the shape remains the same, the exterior has a more modern look and it is now called The Showboat.
Freedomland U.S.A.

Check out the videos below to see what how fun Freedomland U.S.A. was to the visitors of the park.

[Via] All Classic Video

[Via] Hugo Faces

Get Scared at Knott’s Berry Farm Halloween Haunt

Does it feel like it’s still a bit early for Halloween, considering we’re not even into October yet? Well, for me the official start of the season comes each year with the launch of Knott’s Berry Farm Halloween Haunt event. Friday, September 24, 2010 kicked off the 38th year that this extravaganza has been going on. When it began in 1973, the Haunt only lasted a couple of days prior to Halloween. But now it features more than a month of festivities.

knotts berry haunt

Knott’s is often credited with starting the phenomenon of transforming theme parks for Halloween. Over the years, Disney and Universal studios, along with countless regional parks have followed suit. But Knott’s is still widely regarded as the gold standard. Back in 1973, the fall season wasn’t very kind to amusement parks. The summer rush was over and kids were back in school. Warm weather parks would encounter a lull between the end of summer and the end of the year when visitors would return for the holidays. But, Knott’s changed all that by introducing the Halloween event.

In 1973, Knott’s put up some decorations and added some costumed characters for Halloween. Today, the park features 13 mazes, hundreds of cast members in professional makeup, and rides that have been redecorated in scary themes. Many of the cast members have worked at the Haunt for decades – each year returning to reprise a beloved (if terrifying) role. Amazingly, Knott’s is said to receive fully one half of its annual revenue thanks to the Haunt.

I went to the opening night festivities, and have a few words of advice if you’re planning on visiting The Haunt this year. Consider signing up for the VIP buffet dinner. The food’s not bad and it grants you early access to the park. Wearing costumes isn’t allowed so that everyone can tell the guests from the cast members. And, the Haunt is not recommended for guests under 13 as the place can get pretty scary. Especially the evil clowns. Brrrrr…. clowns…….

Theme Park Maps Online

A lot of my best memories are family vacations we took to Walt Disney World and Six Flags. If you ever wanted to review memories of theme parks past or are just planning a vacation and need to map out a route or a list of rides, then you need to stop by Theme Park Maps. Chock full of old time and modern maps it is a one stop online destination for theme park cartography. I have whiled away many hours dreaming of my early days at Great Adventure.

The site also has a a great selection of Theme Park Brochures.

Theme Park Maps [@] Theme Park Brochures