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Defunctland-ParkHello, my name is Kevin Perjurer, and this is Defunctland. Defunctland is a video series published on YouTube that documents the history of extinct amusement park attractions. It is also a virtual reality preservation project that is in the early stages of development. Join me and the Defunctland community as we research, discuss, and preserve yesterday’s creativity, today!

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  1. Great videos… How about one on the Alfred Hitchcock attraction of that used to be at universal studios Florida Keep up the great work. Just FYI I like your idea on a VR park but someone has been promoting a Disney specific one on Facebook. I believe it is called Disney Ride Archive. I think you should definitely make a Facebook as I only accidenTally catch your videos when I’m watching other things on YouTube and I’d like to know sooner when new videos are posted

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  2. Hiya! I have a few years of graphic design and illustration experience and was interested in helping out with Defunctland! I’m not sure how helping my drawing skills would be for a VR project though lol

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  3. Here’s a good one: Disneyland’s Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland. Parts have become part of Big Thunder Mountain and remnants of the original ride remain in the park on the outskirts of the River of America . . . at least prior to groundbreaking on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. http://www.yesterland.com/minetrain.html

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  4. Hi Kevin!

    Love the videos and sent an email roughly a week ago offering assistance with Defucntland. I know you’re probably being inundated with emails. Just following up and hopefully I can help out 🙂

    Thanks!

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  5. Hi, one of my friends had told me to look you up on YouTube and I was thrilled at seeing not only the history, but also possible reasons as to why it was taken out. I am excited and thrilled at the prospect of showcasing countless rides that have gone extinct or perished by the hands of circumstances. I actually know a lot about Disney rides and have made it a high interest to study up on why they had gotten rid of so many great attractions from Disneyland. Especially after the last show of The Country Bear Jamboree in Disneyland. When I was a little girl, I was able to see the last showing of this ride at Disneyland by pure accident. We had just so happened to have gone on the last day and I my mother broke the news to me when she read it on the map. I had asked her to take me to the final showing and I was so happy that we made it just in time, in the very center of the audience. It was brilliantly perfect and it went off without a hitch. I really miss this attraction and I wish they would bring it back to Disneyland, since it was originally meant for California. The ride that took it’s place was the dark ride of Winnie the Pooh. Which again, was a big disappointment, since the ride can’t turn out as many people like the The Country Bear Jamboree, which was the very first to have a dual theater, allowing twice as many people to watch the fun and loving show, than its sister in Florida. I really love this show with all my heart and many others that i wasn’t able to see before i was old enough to go to Disneyland and I would love to become a patron on Patreon, as long as this ride can be talked about as soon as possible because it has such a rich history to it. I would love to hear from you and I hope to see more videos as soon as possible.

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  6. OOH! How about Kennywood’s Laser Loop it was the first inertia based coaster in the us and it had no restraints. Also you could do the Old Mill a PA Icon at Kenywood that was replaced in the early 2000’s by Garfield’s Nightmare what a pile of crap that thing was

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  7. LOVE the site. Always anticipating the next video. Not sure if my suggestion would make an interesting story because I’m not sure why it closed but i’d love to see you do a segment on River Country. Visited it the first year it opened as a kid. Thanks.

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  8. Love the series! I heard you shouted out today on the James Bonding podcast and have been binging all the videos.

    I’ve got a few suggestions for topics if you’re ever inspired to branch out from the Disney/Universal world
    -The infamous Action Park in New Jersey
    -The amusement park boom/bust in Asia in the late 20th century

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    1. Ha! I live close to Action Park, it’s not “defunct” as much as renamed. It’s now just Mountain Creek Water Park. They tried to rename it to Action Park in 2014 but it didn’t catch on. In 2016 they renamed it to Mountain Creek again. An episode of Action Park would be cool though..

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  9. Hi Kevin,
    I’ve been watching your videos since the Chanel started basically and watch your website constantly to see when the next video will be posted, so I hope you will listen to my suggestion. I am a huge fan of Horizions it was my favorite ride at Epcot when I went as a child. I rode it a million times and begged my parents to take me back years later but it wasn’t there! I was so dissipointed and I feel that you are the only youtouber who can really do it justice. All the time when I see people say that change is good I agree but I love your way of looking at things. Yours truly Helga😍

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  10. I love your videos! Your trivia based take on story telling has had me up late a few times. Can’t wait until your next episode. I would like to see one on one of my personal favorites, Universal’s Conan the Barbarian: a Sword and Scorcery Spectacular. I saw that one twice as a kid, and remember it fondly. Thanks for your hard work, I am a true fan!

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  11. I’ve recently become obsessed with your defunctland series of videos!
    I have been doing my own personal research on defunct Disney attractions (and defunct rides in general)for a little over 5 years now and I just want to thank you for putting together some awesome videos that go so in depth! I actually have learned about a lot more attractions (and more facts in general about attractions I knew about) from your videos!
    I actually had a suggestion for a ride I haven’t seen talked about much! I remember as a kid going to knotts berry farm and there was this ride there called kingdom of the dinosaurs (or something like that). I think it would be pretty cool to see an episode on that (or adventure through inner space but I think that’s been requested a lot already)

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  12. Ever consider going “country” for an episode and talking Opryland? There’s a giant mall there now, but I understand there are still lots of the areas of the park in the back. Some of the rides were sold-off other places and it’s great to talk about if Dollywood really cannibalized it or not. It was also home to one of my favorite coasters of all time, Chaos. It was a dark coaster that was 30 cars long with pretty amazing special effects like lasers and projection screens and classic 80’s advertisements like this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s90ZXADV-iA.

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  13. May I suggest “The World’s Greatest Ride” The Cyclone Racer that was at Long Beach California. You can see “The Cyclone Racer” near the end of the Movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. There is a person in Long Beach who has the plans to rebuild it. All he is lacking is about $10,000,000.

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  14. I suggested this on YouTube, but it was hidden. I suggest Disaster Transport at Cedar Point, which was their first attempt at an indoor coaster, had a freaky sci-fi theme involving an exploding space shuttle, and more black light effects than a college dorm room. Opened in 1991, closed sometime in the 2010’s, I believe.

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  15. Hello Mr. Perjurer, I have some experience creating 3D mesh files and would be interested in helping create models for Defunctland. I thought I heard you mention in one of your videos that there was a list of object/model assignments on the Defunctland website but I have been unable to find it; if you could post a list of models you wish to create then I would be happy to start working on them. Cheers and thanks for your interesting videos.

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  16. “Boo-Boo would want you to make Hanna Barbera at the Universal Orlando, good times, too bad it’s goone for that big head kid and those yellow guys…”

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  17. Hello Kevin,
    I was thinking; what if you could recreate the physical movement of your attractions to accompany the video/audio stimulus via the VR? I imagine it would be a relatively low cost endeavor to design and create a prototype of either a special seat with built-in actuators or an attachment for a seat which uses actuators to support the users weight, increases the chair hight so their feet are off the floor, and move them a small amount backwards, forwards and side to side. I believe most sim rides use a similar concept (albeit on a much larger scale) in order to enhance the illusion of the accompanying ride video. In reality, these ride actuators only move a small amount but it seems like more due to the video. I thought this concept could be applied to Defunctland VR as well. I’ll do a little research and cost analysis to see if it’s feasible and post what I find. Just an idea I thought I’d post, cheers, -Rick H.

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  18. This is awesome! I see many hours of my life being consumed by this! Have you looked into a video on Tomb Raider from Kings Island. That was such a cool ride, and you walked in having no idea what it was! Unfortunately when Paramount left, that was the start of the end for it.

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  19. I have enjoyed the series, though I don’t understand the constant Michael Eisner hate every video. I realize he had flaws as a CEO (though I am ignorant to what they were), but didn’t he do good things for the company and parks too? Can there be a video or podcast explaining the specifics of his legacy in depth, with maybe someone debating from his POV for a fair assessment?

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  20. Stumbled upon your video series a few weeks ago and it’s been a wild ride (no pun int…well, okay pun somewhat intended). My first visit to Disneyland was October 1977 (it was my fourth birthday present) and I’ve been several times since. My parents went there on their honeymoon in 1968! It’s pretty awesome to be able to go down memory lane and find out some new info too.

    How about discussing the abandoned faith-based theme park, Heritage USA?

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  21. I’m an artist, 2D/3D animator, and writer (I wrote a novel about a defunct amusement park, lmao) and after getting hooked on this series, I was wondering if there might be something I could do to help with the project?

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  22. You should make a video about the forgotten sections of the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood like Battlestar Galactica, The Collapsing Bridge, Prop Plaza, The changes made to The Jaws Encounter over the years and The Old King Kong New York Scene.

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