Retro Video: Palisades Amusement Park

12/8/2009:

[Continuing the Retro Videos & Commercials Week here on Hoboken411.com…]

Fun taken away for Real Estate development

We’re pushing it back here a little today – but some of you may remember the old Palisades Amusement Park, located in Cliffside Park, NJ.

The theme park, along with Cyclone Roller Coaster and other attractions was shut down in 1971, to pave way for the Winston Towers.

Enjoy!

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escaped68
escaped68
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:13 pm

We use to go to the pool in the morning swim and sun on the “boards”. After we were finished at the pool we spent our time going on the rides and playing the games we would catch the 22 hillside bus for the ride home. If you went on sat. they put on rock concerts, frankie avalon, bobby rydell,these shows were staged by cousin brucie. We went home sunburned and broke and happy.

whineanddineinhob
whineanddineinhob
Reply to  escaped68
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:26 pm

Exactly. There were also shows that were televised, and we used to watch them from an area inside the pool area by the ferris wheel. These shows were hosted by another dj Clay Cole.

In response to escaped68 who said:

We use to go to the pool in the morning swim and sun on the “boards”. After we were finished at the pool we spent our time going on the rides and playing the games we would catch the 22 hillside bus for the ride home. If you went on sat. they put on rock concerts, frankie avalon, bobby rydell,these shows were staged by cousin brucie. We went home sunburned and broke and happy.

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9
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 10:17 am

I actually WAS alive when it shut down, but I was only three.

whineanddineinhob
whineanddineinhob
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 7:35 am

I also remember the big lighted “zipper” advertisement sign on the Palisades for New Yorkers to see.

mooshu
mooshu
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 11:16 pm

Made me a little queasy but otherwise OK!

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9
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 6:25 pm

GREAT find! I never knew this place existed.

hobposer
hobposer
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 11:06 pm

sweet footage. I saw a special on tv once about the old fairgrounds of the old days and the term “Mark” was conceived at an old fairgrounds. We all know a Mark to be the singled out person. Old carnival workers used to find a guy that would spend tons of money trying to win prizes. The carnies would mark his back with a chalk mark to alert other booth holders of the big spender in an effort to help them out and make money for the fairgrounds. Marking the person with chalk gave us the term Mark today

In response to 9 who said:

GREAT find! I never knew this place existed.

plywood
plywood
Reply to  9
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 11:13 pm

They played Palisade Amusement Park commercials more back in the day than Optimum spots are played now. Anyone over say 43 from northern NJ knows all the words to the jingle by heart. The real deal for “never heard of it” is Olympic Park in Irvington.

In response to 9 who said:

GREAT find! I never knew this place existed.

BarbaraR56
BarbaraR56
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:31 am

Palisades Amusement Park also had the largest salt-water pool around. It had “falls” and a complete day of fun including swimming, rides and food stands all for about $20.00. We spent many Saturdays there and I wish it were still in existence so our grandchildren could enjoy it as much as we did.

In response to 9 who said:

GREAT find! I never knew this place existed.

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