Games of skill designed to test the abilities of guests have long been popular attractions in theme parks, giving visitors a chance to win prizes for demonstrating their abilities.
|Just outside of the Goodtime Alley games
area, a freestanding game of skill called Fireball Express was added for
the 1980 season. This game allowed guests to test the speed of their
pitches by throwing baseballs towards a police style radar gun which
the speed. A digital readout of the speed was visible to the passing
guests, encouraging them to try and beat the speed of their friends
or other guests. The cashiers had a chalkboard that could be updated
throughout the day with the fastest speed recorded. With three
throws for 50 cents, it was quite popular and regardless of their
success, each guest received a suitable-for-framing certificate
proclaiming their athletic achievement.
1980-1984 Fireball Express
1985-2000 Clown Around
|For the 1985 season
the Fireball Express was replaced with the Clown Around Balloon Race.
Clown Around was very popular with guests spraying water into the mouths
of a clown which filled a balloon on top. The first balloon to pop
was the winner of the race. The loud popping of the balloons drew a lot
of attention which assisted in advertising the game.
The Clown Around was moved after the 2000 season to a game stall near the Twister ride. The building was demolished as part of the expansion of the Boardwalk games area for the 2001 season.