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Old July 1st, 2010, 08:47 PM
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A fuzzy memory tells me that I went to Six Flags and got to ride a train. And this train went into a very dark tunnel and I got to see some Spee-Lunkers. Judging from what I now know, I was riding the Fiesta Train and entered into the volcano. My question is this : Was my memory of the Spee-Lunker being in the volcano accurate?
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Old July 1st, 2010, 09:27 PM
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In 1961 or in 1968 when they remodeled it?
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In 1961 or in 1968 when they remodeled it?
I seem to remember the volcano cave being spruced up during the early 70's as well, but not a 'lunker. I do recall an animated crocodile turning some gears.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 08:38 AM
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I don't think that there were ever any Speelunkers outside the cave, except the one that stood above the entrance at the sign to the ride.


The Fiesta Train did go through the Volcano. Inside was a large room. It had a circus exhibit using small animated puppets designed by the Kroffts. It was somewhat like the puppet show. A speelunker would have been very out of place there, both in scale and in theme.

I think that there was a character that looked somewhat lilke a speelunkier. He was short with a long noise. I am pretty sure he was from the taco train and lived in the volcano, problably at a spot before the circus. I have a picture of him. I'll look for it this evening.
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In relation to Bobsled and Conquistador today, where did the Fiesta train and volcano sit. I know the old Hat and present day Fiesta cups queue was the Fiesta Trains' queue at one time. Just wondering if there are any remains, I have noticed some unusual bricks in the mud under Bobsled.
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The original animations in the volcano were 'lava' creatures, blob-like entities, with spooky facial features, and there was a song that said, "The walls are crumbling... The rocks are tumbling...." They were much bigger than speelunkers, about 5-feet tall. They looked like Jabba the Hut from Star Wars could have been modeled after them. I don't know what remodeling was done. I never rode the train after about 1969.

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I think that there was a character that looked somewhat like a speelunkier. He was short with a long noise. I am pretty sure he was from the taco train and lived in the volcano, problably at a spot before the circus. I have a picture of him. I'll look for it this evening.
Thanks! That's probably what I saw. It was so long ago.
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Here is a close up a of "Lava-Miner".
They do look like they should be from the Cave.

They were well known for their Slogan:
"Keep your eye on the ball," and
"Keep the ball for an Eye."

lavaman.jpg lava man 2.jpg

(The Lava Miner is the one on the Right.)
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Old July 3rd, 2010, 01:17 PM
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In relation to Bobsled and Conquistador today, where did the Fiesta train and volcano sit. I know the old Hat and present day Fiesta cups queue was the Fiesta Trains' queue at one time. Just wondering if there are any remains, I have noticed some unusual bricks in the mud under Bobsled.
On opening day, the original Fiesta Train and the Goat Carts were the only attractions in "Mexico," not counting the Indian Village, which was more like a museum/show, rather than a ride. La Cucaracha, formerly the Sidewinder, from the U.S.A. Section, was added the next year, and in 1965, was replaced with El Sombrero (El Hat.) Other features were a Mexican market, an El Chico restaurant and a souvenir stand.

The Ferrocarril Fiesta Train was a major attraction that covered half the territory of the Mexican Section. In the winter of '67/'68, the Krofft brothers installed all new animations, including the volcano, which was built over the second "loop" of the original track. The basic layout of the ride was not altered.

The first map below is from 1969. It shows the the Krofft renovations, but also shows the original Ferrocorril trains to still be in operation. I'm not sure this was the case. As I recall, the newer "dragon trains" began running at the same time as the new animations, the year before (see photo.)

The second map is from 2004. La Vibora appears to be constructed above the southern portion of the Fiesta Train site, and La Conquistador is near, where the Fiesta loading platform was.
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I think I've seen a picture of the old style engines pulling the newer style cars through the new animations. That must have been one of the last changes.

The two maps also show the move of the El Sombrero to the west.
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