So long and thanks for all the mammories... MB Pavilion

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So long and thanks for all the mammories... MB Pavilion

Postby Jonathan » Mon Sep 25, 2006 2:08 am

Click HERE for all 99 images from the Pavilion including high-res versions. Click HERE for Family Kingdom.

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With C3 a fading memory, I was off to the beach to pay my last respects to one of the last remaining seaside amusement parks in the country before it is destroyed for shops and hotels. I stopped at this welcome center about 30 minutes from the beach and for some reason I asked if they had Pavilion discounts. They did, and I was able to get a wristband for $22. "Great!" I thought.

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This was the sign that greeted me at the Pavilion. Yep, it's 'Familyy Day'. All wristbands $10.

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Here's Hurricane as seen from my car.

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It's definitely a bit weird going to a park knowing that in a few weeks it's going to slowly begin coming down.

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It's always cool to see the ocean behind a coaster (look closely).

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Here's the building that started it all.

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Looks like the GAP found their way to Myrtle Beach.

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Of course, I have to include at least one shot of the actual beach.

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I met up with Tommy, Brandi, Josh, and Barron, and we ate lunch at Pier 14.

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Another obligatory Myrtle Beach destination is the Gay Dolphin.

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You can get mini license plates for virtually any name you can possibly imagine.

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One last shot of the beach before we go off to ride roller coasters.

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These signs were at many businesses in town.

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Here's Tommy buying his $10 wristband. I guess I get $12 of extra memories.

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Apparently the organ and carousel are going to be kept and possibly moved, which is a good thing.

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I wonder if Hurricane will be delivering smooth rides?

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No.

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The Pavilion was JAMMED. I'm guessing it was in part because of the $10 wristbands, and in part because of the whole permanent closure thing.

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Yep, this is the line for the wild mouse.

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Through the tree... literally.

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Mad Mouse is a pretty awesomefied mouse and never has any brakes turned on until the end of the ride.

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Finally... we get to ride.

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I hear this flume is really cool. Unfortunately, I will never know. :-/

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For those who want to be the last to experience the park, you can come to a private event on September 30th.

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After two rides on Hurricane and one on the mouse, it was time to head over to Family Kingdom. I had hoped to ride as much as I could at the Pavilion, but the insane crowds put a stop to that.

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Over at Family Kingdom, I found some familiar faces on Swamp Fox.

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Whereas the Pavilion was jammed, we were virtually the only people at Family Kingdom. Also, ACE members were given free wristbands with their membership card. Can't beat that.

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Here's why you don't let Tommy get ahold of your camera.

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This log flume was excellent.

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Lift hill #2.

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"Don't forget to 'shmile' for the camera!"

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Luxurious.

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Yeah we got a little bit wet.

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Here's the beautiful view from the ferris wheel.

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Oh yeah there's some water over there or something.

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Whatev... back to taking pictures of Swamp Fox.

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We havin a party.

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Swamp Fox was delivering some enormous airtime in the back seat.

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Still ranked 8th in the country I see :-)

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Wes came down from Charlotte specifically to experience this drop tower. It is without a doubt the best drop tower ever made.

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whootah for Sally dark rides.

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I said goodbye to the GAP people and prepared to head back to Raleigh. But, there was no way I was going to let them tear down one of my favorite dark rides without one last ride.

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I sucked it up and waited nearly an hour to ride the Haunted Hotel.

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Haunted Hotel is a classic very well done dark ride, and will probably be the biggest loss when the Pavilion is torn down.

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Goodbye Hurricane.

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Hopefully someone else will buy you and give you a little bit of lovin'. That thing is seriously brutal...

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It will be weird without the Pavilion in downtown Myrtle Beach, and without seeing Hurricane rising into the skyline (although granted, it has only been there 6 years).

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Hopefully a lot of the rides in the park will be relocated to other parks.

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Here is one final shot (there's a much bigger version of this in the gallery). So long and thanks for all the fish.

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Bonus shot of some dirt at the Hard Rock Park site.

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Bonus shot of South of the Border.

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Double bonus shot.

Well, that's that then. Soon the Pavilion will be gone, and a little bit more of the character of Myrtle Beach will be sucked away. Hopefully they will put something worth going to on that spot, but I won't be holding my breath.
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Re: So long and thanks for all the mammories... MB Pavilion

Postby harada57 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:15 am

As much as I like They Might Be Giants and as good as their live shows are, I'm not sure I want to pay that much to see them, especially at the Carolina Theatre. That is a really cool place, but I'm unsure about it as a music venue. I am a bit pissed that Andrew Bird is playing there on a night I have class, as I really wanted to see him.


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