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09/14/11 at 09:00pm in Before Pompeii
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Hello,
So I was walking through the Pompeii area as I usually do, never ride the thing anymore and thought back to my childhood and remembered walking through that area when the construction walls where up and they were building it, unfortunately I have no recollection of what was there before. I find it difficult to imagine walking from Italy back to Scotland and NOTHING being there but trees. This area must have always been there since the addition of Italy that completed the loop. Does anyone remember what was there before? More Gardens and Trees? Does anyone have photos of the area?

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09/14/11 at 09:26pm in Before Pompeii (Latest Edit: 09/14/11 at 09:44pm by jman89.)
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So looking at a map to jog my memory as I was pretty young or so when Escape opened and my first good recollections of the gardens come from then on (as its about when i started visiting more regularly), I believe it was just nicely landscaped alongside the train. Also, remember that the place that doesn't fit in (edit for clarification: the place that doesn't fit in [to the park] is Elmo), used to be a petting zoo (also a convenient shortcut back to England), so it wasn't as dead as you might imagine if you forget about that.
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09/14/11 at 09:34pm in Before Pompeii
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The zoo was where Elmo is now, not Pompeii.
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09/14/11 at 09:39pm in Before Pompeii
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http://bgwfans.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=768

Take a look at the 1987 map, gives you a good idea of what was there (nothing).

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09/14/11 at 09:43pm in Before Pompeii
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(09/14/11 09:34pm)studiopzp Wrote:  The zoo was where Elmo is now, not Pompeii.

Elmo = the place that doesn't fit in.
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09/15/11 at 12:30am in Before Pompeii (Latest Edit: 09/15/11 at 12:40am by Shane.)
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I remember the petting zoo quite vividly. Took a look at that '87 map. It looks so out of place with that empty space. Were there allot of tress through there? or was it just nicely landscaped gardens. I am having allot of difficulty imagining walking through that area, that's a long way to walk with nothing there, guess that's why they added the ride.
Wow looking at the '85 and '83 maps are really weird. Had no idea that the main entrance to Oktoberfest was between the Carousel and the Waveswinger kind of interesting, looked like it made a great entrance. Can't seem to find any early to mid 90's maps online, those would be my earliest memories as I was born in '87. I'd be most interested in seeing those.

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09/15/11 at 05:40pm in Before Pompeii
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(09/15/11 12:30am)coasternd Wrote:  I am having allot of difficulty imagining walking through that area, that's a long way to walk with nothing there, guess that's why they added the ride.

I remember that stretch of area being a long path through a wooded area on one side and maybe some landscaped flower beds on the side of the path adjacent to the railroad tracks. I remember exiting the park at night from Italy, and the petting zoo was closed at night, so it seemed like a long dark walk. The dim lighting at night along that path stands out to me for some reason along with the dark woodsy feel of the site where Pompei sits now.
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09/20/11 at 05:26am in Before Pompeii
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(09/14/11 09:00pm)coasternd Wrote:  Hello,
So I was walking through the Pompeii area as I usually do, never ride the thing anymore and thought back to my childhood and remembered walking through that area when the construction walls where up and they were building it, unfortunately I have no recollection of what was there before. I find it difficult to imagine walking from Italy back to Scotland and NOTHING being there but trees. This area must have always been there since the addition of Italy that completed the loop. Does anyone remember what was there before? More Gardens and Trees? Does anyone have photos of the area?

There was nothing there but they did have a few caged animal exhibits along that path. I vaguely remember small monkeys and some exotic birds (I think they had blue & gold macaws and scarlet macaws).
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09/20/11 at 05:07pm in Before Pompeii
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^ So an old version of jack Hanna's?

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09/20/11 at 10:05pm in Before Pompeii
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That's really interesting. I wouldn't mind seeing Pompeii removed and replaced with something else.

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09/20/11 at 10:05pm in Before Pompeii
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How about replacing it with a MACK water coaster?
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09/20/11 at 10:07pm in Before Pompeii
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I thought this thread was about preceded Pompeii, not what will replace it...

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09/21/11 at 01:45pm in Before Pompeii
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(09/20/11 05:07pm)J0E1 Wrote:  ^ So an old version of jack Hanna's?

I wouldn't even say that as Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve is a designated location in the park.

These animal exhibits appeared more like path decorations between Heatherdowns and Festa/San Marco.
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09/21/11 at 03:28pm in Before Pompeii
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Pompeii is the anchor of that section of the park, unless you count Apollo, though that's not in San Marco. I can't imagine what that area was like without anything. I would never want to see Pompeii go. It's one of the best full-experience rides in the park. One of the only now. They used to have this ride called Curse of Darkastle that was a great experience like Pompeii, but it seems to have been MIA over the last few seasons.

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09/21/11 at 03:51pm in Before Pompeii
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(09/21/11 03:28pm)Franco Wrote:  I can't imagine what that area was like without anything. I would never want to see Pompeii go. It's one of the best full-experience rides in the park.

Bingo. I really never ride it anymore, but just the theming alone is incredible. It's almost like it's own little country. Was only at the park a few times before Pompeii. Can't even picture what that area was like without it.
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