Joyland Amusement Park
|Founded||1940s (as Mackenzie Park Playground)|
|Headquarters||500 Canyon Lake Drive,
Lubbock, Texas United States
|David Dean, CEO|
Joyland Amusement Park is a small family-owned traditional amusement park, located in Lubbock, Texas, United States within Lubbock's Mackenzie Park. It typically operates from March to September of each year, opening 7 days a week but only during the evening on weeknights.
The park was founded in the 1940s with the name "Mackenzie Park Playground." In 1973, it had 13 rides and was acquired by the Dean family, who renamed the park to its current name. Members of the Dean family still operate the park. Like many smaller parks it uses a mixture of individual ride admissions and pay one price admission, with patrons taking their choice.
Layout and operation
The park is laid out linearly with a midway. Much of the midway has water sprayers overhead to mist guests, which increases guest comfort in Lubbock's hot, dry climate. There are several water rides, and the Paratrooper features the ability for the operator to squirt riders as they go by.
There is a park train that runs from one end to the other, with a station near the kiddie rides as well as one at the far end of the park, done in ATSF colors, as well as a sky ride/chairlift system, with a single station, both of which allow patrons to view the entire park.
The park has about 30 rides, including 3 roller coasters. There is an old time carousel at the park entrance which features classic advertisements on the top, as well as a selection of typical rides such as a Trabant (ride), Scrambler (ride), and bumper cars.
The coasters of the park include:
- The Galaxi is a (standard model with about 36 instances extant) steel coaster manufactured by S.D.C., a defunct Italian coaster manufacturer, in 1971. It was relocated from White Swan Park (Coraopolis, Pennsylvania) in 1989. It has a single train with 2 cars, 2 rows of 2 across riders per car, for a total of 8 riders.
- The Mad Mouse is a steel wild mouse coaster manufactured by Hershchell in 1959. It was relocated from Bell's Amusement Park (Tulsa, Oklahoma) in 1974. Mouse cars are 2 rows of 2 riders each for a total of 4 riders.
- The Little Coaster is a (standard model with about 20 instances extant) steel kiddie coaster manufactured by Carl Miler.
- Greezed Lightnin' was planned to be installed in 2006 and given a new name. After the ground was set aside, it was found to be unstable, and installation was first delayed and later cancelled. This Schwarzkopf Shuttle Looper was purchased from Astroworld in Houston, Texas. It has a single train with 7 cars, with 2 rows of 2 riders per car, for a total of 28 riders.
- For the 2008 season, Joyland added Dare Devil Drop, a 140-foot (43 m) drop tower ride manufactured by Larson Int. The name Dare Devil Drop was entered in a "name the ride" contest by Wesley Orr, a fifteen-year-old resident of Leonard, Texas. Orr said he thought of the name while reading about the new Evel Knievel roller coaster opening at Six Flags St. Louis that same year. Dare Devil Drop opened on May 24, 2008.
- from the park site Archived 2006-06-19 at the Wayback Machine. history page
- from RCDB Archived 2006-05-15 at the Wayback Machine. info on S.D.C.
- from RCDB on this Galaxi instance
- from RCDB site on Mad Mouse instance
- from the park site Archived 2007-08-24 at the Wayback Machine. page which claims to be reprinted from an Amusement Today article by Gary Slade, Volume 10, Issue 1, April 2006. joylandpark.com no longer mentions the coaster.
- from RCDB site on new coaster plans