One of the things we are most proud of here at Theme Park University is the preservation of extinct attractions. We have covered dozens from Hard Rock Park to MGM Grand Adventures. One project that I am most proud of is our coverage of Six Flags Power Plant in Baltimore.
A bold and unique step in the Six Flags story, the Power Plant was “not an amusement park.” The park was completely indoors and featured shows and walk-through exhibits, but no rides. Even though it lived a short life in Baltimore, the park itself became infamous. Partially thanks to a few “firsts” such as “4D movies” with in-theater effects. And also because so few people saw it and there is such little photographic evidence of it, it’s almost like it never even existed.
If you’ve never gotten a chance to read our series on Six Flags Power Plant click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. While doing research on those articles I looked everywhere for at least some video of the park, but with no success. As luck would have it, Technifex just found and uploaded some video of the park and to my knowledge, it’s the only one of it’s kind to be found online!
For those unfamiliar, Technifex creates special effects for theme parks and attractions around the globe. You’d be hard pressed to visit a modern theme park and not see some of their work. In the opening sequence of the video for Six Flags Power Plant (pictured above), you’ll see a ship in a bottle. As a storm approaches, a mast breaks off and the ship slowly sinks and disappears into the ocean/bottle. It’s a great effect and if you’re thinking you’ve seen this exact same ship in a bottle trick before, you’d be correct.
In 1989, when the Adventurers Club opened at Walt Disney World, Technifex recreated this exact same effect! It remained in the club until it closed. Now if you’re ever at Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel, you can see a similar effect (with a different ship!). At any rate, this video of Six Flags Power Plant stands as the only video I have found online of the short-lived park. Enjoy!
Many thanks to Technifex for posting the video. If you’re not familiar with their work, hop on over to their website. They do incredible stuff!
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