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Fortune Festival/Goodtime Alley Games Areas

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GAcoaster    78

We put A LOT of work into this spotlight and the new Goodtime Alley games and fun stuff. Check your mailboxes for all the new stuff!

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Absolutely amazing spotlight here. I really don't have much memory of the Boardwalk before it became the boardwalk, so it is really nice to see this look back at it.

 

While I am no longer big into the carnival style games, I still do take some time to play a few during the summer, mainly towards the end of the season when I have gotten to do almost everything I wanted to ride and show wise, and have some extra time to enjoy the park. I do like to walk through the section, however, as it gives me that Jersey Shore feel to a certain degree.

 

The amount of pictures that you guys have in this spotlight is amazing, and really helps to show the transitions and differences between the area's periods in great detail. It is amazing how much work went into a section of the park, that for the most part today seems like somewhat of simply some place they must walk though to get to Superman, The Golden Kingdom, or some of the other attractions at it's ends.

 

Definately an outstanding spotlight once again by you guys. I can only imagine how much time and effort you had to put into this. Thanks :)

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The Master    38

Very nice spotlight on the Boardwalk area, I did not know there was a early building that burned downed. After Custard's Last Stand was closed it was changed to "Ragin Cajun" for one year before it was changed again to Nathan's. "Ragin Cajun" did not serve real cajun food, it was really chinese food and it still had covered outdoor seating. Anybody notice how the current Boardwalk signs are styled a little bit after Disney's Paradise Pier at California Adventure?

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BuddyChrist    5

The Boardwalk is always one of those areas that I love to visit, especially at night. Even though I may not spend money on games, I still like the atmosphere it gives off. When it was remodeled, I at first didn't like the new paintjob, but I have grown to love it. I do miss the Virtual Reality games that they had, especially the one with the lightsaber, but the Boardwalk is meant for games. The original building really looked nice, but it's better now that the end is open, otherwise they may have never expanded that way!

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RobertDavid    1
Rolling Thunder really looks great in that photo standing out above the tree line.

 

Pete

 

The "tree line" really looked great, especially walking through the park. It's a shame they're all gone.

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grounds75    0

Working Grounds, I could make $2 to $5 bucks a night on change laying on the ground in Games. To this day I can still spot coins at night by the glow from the stand lights.

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FlumeOp1974    5
:Z001_unsure: Its sad really....to see whats become of it...its now called Boardwalk..And at its best it lokslike a cheap copy...It now reminds me of Parking lot carnival..... :Z001_unsure:

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GAcoaster    78

I don't remember the original Fortune Festival very well, but I thought overall it was kind of tacky/cheap feeling. I remember not being surprised when it burned to the ground so quickly.

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FlumeOp1974    5

Well you gotta remember..the plans for it were drawn from the concept art for the aracde that was to be on Dream Street..Near the foutain.it was a threesided afair with a scolloped roof. There were trees, flower beds, Mustards Last Stand on the left with tables (under trees) and on the right a stand which sold cotton candy, candy apples and such. The area behind the four tents was still thick with tress and all..with only three access points on the right and on left..and a small side walk thur two of the tents..thus allowing you access to the shops thru the side doors. Now youve got to keep in mind these plans were all drawn by Warner Le Roy...So while they were all games of skill.there were no barkers..and the rainbow top matched the bream street host and hostess out fits..

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GAFanatic    0

:Z001_unsure: Its sad really....to see whats become of it...its now called Boardwalk..And at its best it lokslike a cheap copy...It now reminds me of Parking lot carnival..... :Z001_unsure:

 

 

The whole park now looks like a parking lot carnival. It's VERY sad.

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RobertDavid    1

The whole park now looks like a parking lot carnival. It's VERY sad.

 

 

Exactly! And it gets worse every year. Sky Screamer doesn't help.

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Comments and discussions are welcomed!

 

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The Goodtime Alley (aka Boardwalk) Spotlight has also been updated!

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This is a very early photo of the newly constructed Fortune Festival games area from 1975. Note that the colorful light panels across the rooftops have yet to be installed.

 

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Below is a truly rare photo! Taken in January 1982, the picture shows the games area missing. Fortune Festival had just been destroyed by fire in December 1981 and the construction of Goodtime Alley (today's Boardwalk) hadn't started yet. The only portions of the original Fortune Festival that weren't destroyed were the two foodstands- the Potato Factory on the left and Mustard's Last Stand on the right. Both of those stands would have major renovations in the years to come becoming today's Garden State Grill and Nathans.

 

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GAcoaster    78

Wow, plus the pond in the foreground where the next year they built the Parachuter's Perch. The "new" Cash Control (now the Games Office) was built right on the edge of that pond as well.

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