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(My Fox Los Angeles)   Before Disneyland there was another SoCal amusement park that kept residents entertained: Hoppyland   (myfoxla.com) divider line 19
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2012-08-12 03:53:38 AM
The western version of Jack Webb.
 
2012-08-12 03:55:47 AM
Can you explain it without a video? I can read, dumbfark.
 
2012-08-12 09:29:49 AM
The Hoppiest place on earth?
 
2012-08-12 11:43:57 AM
files.myopera.com
 
2012-08-12 11:56:38 AM

phlegmmo: The Hoppiest place on earth?


Moonbounce Kangaroo Australian Brewery.

- Hey, It should exist.
 
2012-08-12 12:47:58 PM
The way the video opened reminded me of the Doc Hopper's Frog Legs commercial.
 
2012-08-12 01:31:02 PM
So he was shooting blanks offscreen, too?
 
2012-08-12 03:14:47 PM
Hopalong to kid:

I'll give you a bite of mine if you'll give me a bit of yours.

Just before he was led away in handcuffs by a COP.

Palisades Amusement Park for the win. Or Asbury Park.
 
2012-08-12 04:25:59 PM
Southern California has a whole bunch of deserted amusement parks. My brother and I went looking for one that we visited as kids in the 1960s in the 1980s (1985 or 1986?). We found it, but it was deserted. Thick ivy had grown up over the walls and It was hard to see. We figure that it had been closed for ten years and in that time, a neighborhood had been built around it.

We found the gates, pushed them open (they weren't locked), and went exploring. We then got a good idea what the guys who boarded the Marie Celeste felt like. There was no graffiti, no vandalism. Lots of weeds though. Almost all the shops still had merchandise in it's windows. The food places had been left fully stocked (although everything had rotted away and we didn't dare open the refrigerators or walk-ins). Before we left, we did take a few souvenirs to show that we were there and not crazy. We weren't greedy, but if I could step back in time, there was probably enough copper there to retire on.

After my brother and I left, we went to a burger place to eat. When the locals asked us where we were, we told them. That was then when we learned that nobody in the town even knew this place existed!
 
2012-08-12 05:06:20 PM

Asa Phelps: Can you explain it without a video? I can read, dumbfark.


No, it'll take the media companies at least another decade or two before they realize the internet is not a newspaper or TV station. They're slow like that.
 
2012-08-12 07:53:22 PM
When I was a kid a looong time ago there was a theme park in Buena Park called Japanese Gardens. They had tame deer that roamed the grounds and you could pet them, they also had a tiger show. After it closed down they built an industrial park on it, and the third job of my career was located there.

I liked that place. The theme park, not the job.

/never work for a Korean guy
//a Korean-American co-worker later on told me that
 
2012-08-12 10:25:47 PM
Anybody ever heard of Jimmyland? An old guy I work with wears a shirt occasionally with the logo across the back, and can't remember where he got it. Google turns up Facebook up and other random crap. I've heard other abandoned theme park stories on fark over the years, some fascinating.

Personally, I thought it sounded like the name of a brothel women would go to.
 
2012-08-13 12:07:11 AM
Plenty of defunct parks in Southern California. There was almost a new one to be built in Irvine that did not happen due to the Irvine land company.

Hoppyland was a small outgrowth of the Venice pier amusement areas. As an FYI, the wood coaster went to Fairplex during the 1970s.


A far better history of Hoppyland can be found in a fantastic history book about the Venice area. Check on westland to purchase.
 
2012-08-13 10:50:30 AM

RocketRay: When I was a kid a looong time ago there was a theme park in Buena Park called Japanese Gardens. They had tame deer that roamed the grounds and you could pet them, they also had a tiger show. After it closed down they built an industrial park on it, and the third job of my career was located there.

I liked that place. The theme park, not the job.

/never work for a Korean guy
//a Korean-American co-worker later on told me that


It was called Japanese Deer Park, then in the '80s before it closed to become an apartment complex, it was renamed Enchanted Village.

I also remember The Pike in Long Beach before it was demolished in the late '70s.
 
2012-08-13 10:51:47 AM
...also Pier Point in San Pedro, and Marineland.
 
2012-08-13 11:12:42 AM
I thought that this place was Southern California's Hoppyland...

farm7.static.flickr.com
 
2012-08-13 02:54:14 PM
Then there was that epic Fail that was Freedomland.
Link
www.matterhorn1959.com
 
2012-08-13 03:11:28 PM

Coelacanth: Southern California has a whole bunch of deserted amusement parks. My brother and I went looking for one that we visited as kids in the 1960s in the 1980s (1985 or 1986?). We found it, but it was deserted. Thick ivy had grown up over the walls and It was hard to see. We figure that it had been closed for ten years and in that time, a neighborhood had been built around it.

We found the gates, pushed them open (they weren't locked), and went exploring. We then got a good idea what the guys who boarded the Marie Celeste felt like. There was no graffiti, no vandalism. Lots of weeds though. Almost all the shops still had merchandise in it's windows. The food places had been left fully stocked (although everything had rotted away and we didn't dare open the refrigerators or walk-ins). Before we left, we did take a few souvenirs to show that we were there and not crazy. We weren't greedy, but if I could step back in time, there was probably enough copper there to retire on.

After my brother and I left, we went to a burger place to eat. When the locals asked us where we were, we told them. That was then when we learned that nobody in the town even knew this place existed!


So where was the park??
 
2012-08-14 12:24:55 AM

Drummer: So where was the park??


Fontana I think. It wasn't a big place. Think three or four football fields placed side by side.
 
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