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MY  father ran the ride for many years. He tired of having to lean forward to press the control panel buttons that would advance the cars. So he fashioned a wooden rode 17" long.  It resembled an enormous screwdriver. It had a handle on one end and a small cylinder at the other about the size of a short stack of quarters.  He could then sit back in comfort and use the rod to press the buttons. Over the years, the stunts changed. As vandalism increased, there were fewer and fewer three-dimensional stunts installed. Spadola used florescent paint on plywood and homosote cutouts, and these were placed safely behind metal screening. One of my favorite stunts was installed in the 1970's. It remained right up until the park's closing. It depicted four children holding flowers. Above them, in psychedelic 1960's style lettering was "Flower Power".  I've long considered this to be the most uniquely terrifying stunt ever placed in a dark ride. Most of the other  stunts depicted undecipherable figures, fantastical and seemingly hastily drawn characters  that only occasionally resembled creatures you'd encounter in the real world. Spadola included a couple scenes of Hell (one of his few recurring "Themes"). Very few people, except for small children, found any of these scenes scary and that was in keeping with the family-park atmosphere. A "Hi-Tech" sound system was added in the late 1970's.  A series of eight-track  tape players were triggered by rollovers on the track.  The system was difficult to maintain, but amusing when it worked. After the park closed, I remained on the grounds as a watchman. The Dinosaur Den was a prime target for vandals who would come up to the closed park with bolt cutters and sledgehammers. Their only intent  was to destroy things. I was constantly boarding up and fencing off the ride, trying to protect it. Eventually, a traveling carnival bought the cars and the track.  (Editors Note: The Cars and Track were then purchased yet again and moved to Casino Pier, Seaside Heights N.J. where they live once again on the "Nightmare Manor" Dark Ride.) They tried to remove the huge dinosaurs, but underestimated their weight. They succeeded only in dropping one onto the midway . They left it there, where weather and vandals took their toll.  I left my watchman job in 1994, and a few months afterward vandals burned the Dinosaur Den to the ground. Only the foundation and the structure of the overhang remained.   Now the area is almost unrecognizable.   The overhang has rusted out, and nature is reclaiming the first dark ride that thrilled generations of the mountain.                                                                  

        Below, the Dinosaur  Den awaits its new owners, while fall settles in.                
   
   
  The Dinosaur Den is exposed to  winter and the snow.  
   
  The Midway, covered in snow with the Dinosaur Den.  
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