The Cuddle-Up was put in at the
end of World War II - about 1945. In fact, it was one of the
first rides put in the park after the War. It was a flat ride
made by Philadelphia Toboggan. I think it had nine cars on it
and they would spin and go from one turning circle to the other.
The Cuddle-Up was successful for many years. And then, I got
the brainstorm to retheme it. It wasnít an original idea, because
Fantasyland Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania had a Pretzel ride
named "Winter Wonderland" that had a ďfrostedĒ faÁade
after the ride had been changed to an arctic theme. After seeing
that, I got the idea of building an Iceberg. So we put an armature
around the Cuddle-Up, and put in wire and fencing. Then we had
an outfit come in and spray concrete on. We sprayed painted
it stark white to look like an iceberg. It was very effective.
Outside we had a simulated bear
and penguins on the roof. Inside we had air conditioning. If
it was 80 degrees outside, and we had it set in there for 60.
It was like walking into an iceberg. Inside we also had
disco lights and disco music that was a hot thing at that time.
Then I got the brainstorm to build the Titanic - the bow of
the ship coming through the back wall like it was hitting the
iceberg. Bill Tracy was originally involved with this. In fact,
he worked on some of the ideas of what we would do the outside.
And then, I canít recall if thatís when Bill died or got sick,
he had another young fellow who worked with him, and when Bill
couldnít make it, he came up and finished the job.
not a traditional dark ride, the Iceberg is included as
an example of a concept which initially involved Bill
Tracy. James Melonic, of JMM Studios in New Jersey, told
Laff In The Dark of his extensive involvement in the design
and creation of the Iceberg pavillion, the fabrication
of the metal mesh armature later coated with Gunite, and
the modeling of penguins, polar bear and the bow of the
It was a very good ride. We had
it registered so nobody could steal it. However, in Panama City,
Florida, the Miracle Strip park put the same type of device
in. One of the things in the park business,
if you get an idea, you like to keep it. But itís a compliment
if somebody imitates you. Itís the greatest compliment in the
I used to be deathly afraid of fire in a
dark ride while the park was operating, whether it was the Old
Mill, Whacky Shack, Bucket O' Blood, or whatever. So I insisted
that we put in escape doors in case of fire. True, we had problems
of somebody discovering those doors and sneaking out. But if
I had my choice, I'd rather have had a couple of people sneak
out than have them sealed in if there was a fire. Of course,
todayís modern operations have sprinkler systems, and rightly
so. In the old days sprinkler systems were unheard of except
for the high-class office buildings, not in amusement parks.
We were very fortunate that fires occurred in our park when
it was closed, and I think that history shows that most fires
are in the off-season, or at night after the park is closed.
Park applied for a patent for the Iceberg ride, which was granted
Above: a selection of patent drawings showing various views
of the ride building.