Rocky Point attractions are still operational at these theme parks


The beginning of summer in Rhode Island was marked by the rides at Rocky Point Amusement Park.

That came to an end when Rocky Point closed in 1995 after a 148-year run.

But the rides, that’s a different story.

“Are any Rocky Point attractions still in use at other amusement parks?” asked a What and Why RI reader. “Someone on Facebook said the Corkscrew was in a park in Washington, that’s why I was wondering.”

In this case, that Facebook post was right. Here’s what we found out about the Corkscrew and other Rocky Point attractions.

What happened to the corkscrew when Rocky Point closed?

Let’s start with the Corkscrew, perhaps the most recognizable Rocky Point attractions.

When it was first installed in 1984, it was innovative and featured a 360-degree loop and two turns of the track that resembled corkscrews.

It was the first of its kind in New England when it was installed, and early riders described it in The Providence Journal as feeling like being “tossed around in a clothes dryer,” “strapped on a giant runaway roller skate.” or “riding a simulated space capsule at NASA headquarters.”

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When the park closed, the Corkscrew was in high demand. According to records, it was first purchased at auction by Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for $805,000. But that fell through and it went to Enchanted Parks in Federal Way, Washington.

Today, Enchanted Parks is known as Wild Waves Theme and Waterpark, and the Corkscrew – which has a different paint job – is still one of the main attractions with plenty of excitement.

“We are happy to let you know that this amazing roller coaster continues to be a favorite among our guests at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park,” said Pam Bugbee, director of sales and marketing at Wild Waves, in an email. “The park opens for the season on May 18eand your reader will be happy to know that The Wild Thing will be operational throughout the season.”

She added: “Rest assured, we’ll take care of The Wild Thing for all our guests to enjoy.”

What about the other Rocky Point attractions?

Many of the other attractions are still in operation, according to former Providence Journal employee George LaCross, who runs a theme park blog and moderates the Facebook group Rocky Point Park Remembered!

The other rides in operation, according to LaCross, are:

  • Cyclone Coaster: It was “purchased at the April 1996 auction by Sandspit Cavendish Beach in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada.”
  • Enterprise: Now known as the Flyin’ Tiger, it is located at Dixie Landin’ in Baton Rouge.
  • Flume: This one traveled quite far from Rhode Island, as it was purchased by Enchanted Kingdom in the Philippines, “where several components were installed in the Jungle Log Jam flume ride.”
  • The Big Carousel: This one, on the other hand, is much closer, at Atlantic Beach Park in Westerly, “where it operates, minus the Rocky Point horses. Atlantic Beach uses other horses, mainly from the former vintage Ilions Carousel.”

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