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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    One of my earliest memories is feeding the koi fish at the Japanese Deer Park. After Disneyland, it was my favorite place to go when I was little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTheodore
    Farrell's now there was a interesting place to get ice cream.I remember they had this super size sundae maybe 20 scoops of all flavors.they carried out on a wooden litter by 2 people.Sirens would go off.quite a spectical.
    Man, have not heard of Farrell's in such a long time. I grew up in the west coast and now live in the east. Are they still in business. I went to one in the Valley for my sister 13th birthday. I remember this crazy sundae bar that was set-up in a miniature fire engine. How much ice cream can one person eat!

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    Happy Ending!

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    They killed 200 deer! I'm so sad. But here is the really horrible part:

    So once they figured out that the deer were being killed for economic reasons, they stopped the killing only to turn the animals over to be experimented on???? Don't you just love history? Crazy.
    DUSTY- THERE IS A HAPPY ENDING

    The surviving Deer and their families were given worthless Goverment land to graze on as a token of apology where they settled for many years in autonomy. Now they have opened prosperous tax free Casinos on that land and have become wealthy and overweight Deer with the public flocking to their reservations with a newfound fascination for their art and culture, especially the Pearl Diving Deer.
    "As usual he's taken over the coolest spot in the house"- Father re: Orville 1963

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    Yup, I was there; and it's not too hard to figure out why they went out of business. I remember going on the 'rubber raft ride' into this cave...and the rubber raft didn't fit thru the cave, and took off chunks of cave wall as we went by. The Fuji folk were a joke; the souvenirs were cheap, and the place seemed to hemorrhage money.
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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    I went to Japanese Village a few times as a kid, and remember how sad I felt when I heard about how the end went down...glad to hear about the happier ending.

    Of course, Movieland closed just within the past year..

    Anyone else remember "Lion Country Safari" in Irvine, where the ampitheater is now? Just remember to keep those car windows rolled up...

    And I saw a Huell Howser KCET show recently about the old "Busch Gardens" in Van Nuys in the area where the big brewery is now...Nothing like what the Florida theme park has become, just a a nice quiet place with a tramway and beautiful gardens...and apparently there are neighborhoods in Pasadena, I think, where the real Busch Gardens are still in evidence...

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    Yep! Went there with my girlfriend in 1974. Other than the pearl diving, the thing I remembered the most is... should I say... not very politically correct. Although most of the employees were asian (it was a JAPANESE deer park), the people picking up trash and junk were all caucasian. It struck me as funny. Of course, I was a teenager.

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    Attention Farrell's fans!
    http://www.farrellsusa.com/
    I too remember "Japanese Village" and also recall that briefly, before the park closed for good, it was turned into something slightly different with a more generic sounding name, "Enchanted Village". I found this map online.
    http://themepark.sitesbyrob.com/enchanted.htm.
    This site also has a picture of a Magic Mountain troll!

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    With the way this thread is going, I can't believe no one's yet mentioned the California Alligator Farm. I still remember them going down that slide. It was just across the street from Knott's Berry Farm.

    And I believe I brought this up in another thread once, but there was a great restaurant off Beach Blvd. called Kona Hawaii. It was sort of an overblown version of the Tahitian Terrance. We went there nearly every year with my family and extended family for my grandfather's birthday. This is the Japanese side of my family. There was a stage show for hula dancers, fire twirlers, etc., as you ate at tables. There was also an adjoining Japanese restaurant on the side. Outdoors, there was a small garden and the pre-requisite koi pond.
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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    Your memory's a little fuzzy...The Kona Hawaii Showroom and Tea House was on Harbor Blvd, just south of First Street in Santa Ana. A church is being built there now. (Or at least, that's what it looks like.)
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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    Isn't Lion Country Safari, or part of it now where Wild Rivers and Verizon Amphitheater is now? And is it true it closed because someone follishly got out and was mauled or was it business reasons.

    I passed a drive-through zoo in the midwest, and found it to be overpriced and dangerous, to have animals that close without supervision. Nice concept, but seems to only work for Grant's Farm in St. Louis which has a drive-through tram with free roaming animals.

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    I found a brochure from Lion Country Safari the other day and memories of this wonderful place came floodng back!

    Yes, it is where Verizon (or Irvine Meadows as I still call it) is now.

    Frasier the Sensous Lion - named because he, em, fathered a lot of cubs. When he died it was big news and they burried him up on a hill with a cross to mark his grave.

    Bubbles the Hippw who escaped and was found in a pon in Mission Viejo a few days (or was it weeks?) later.

    We had big cats jump on our car and an Ostrich poke it's head in the car window (it was attracted ot my Mom's red hair).

    I also remember when South Irvine was completely undeveloped and Moulton Parkway seemed like hundreds of miles from Beach Blvd.

    I'm not sure if someone was mauled at LCS. There've been a lot of mauling as more land gets developed, but those animals are mostly wild (Caspers Park comes to mind). I do know the operating company filed for bankruptcy and that is why it closed - but I haven't done any research on this myself.

    Oh, and Zebra-striped Jeeps. Who could forget those!

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    Here's an interesting site that I found with lots of anecdotes and pictures about Japanese Village, Lion Country Safari and some other "landmarks" that we who grew up in another era in Orange County might remember...

    http://www.octhen.com/

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    The Golden Bear!

    This place was in decline when I started going to shows (1978) but, in 1980(?), I DID get to see a band some of you have heard of......Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. I also saw Captain Beefheart there in the late 70's. However, most of the time it seems to be Cecelio and Kapano (sp) and stuff like that. They wern't on the cutting edge at the end of their lifespan.

    My sister, who is 13 years older than I am, got to see the more amzing classic rock shows there.

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    Yep I remember Japanese Village as well. Feeding the Koi and Deer was great fun when I a kid. But the fondest memory of that park was playing the Pachinko machines and getting prizes for the amount of silver balls you were able to win. It was a nice little park.

    All this nostalgia about the old places in the area, does anyone remember the hollywood museum of cars that used to be on Orangethorpe? That was an interesting place if you were a car buff.

    At Lion Country Safari I used to love the little Jeep ride they had. I used to go on that thing constantly. My parents had to drag me off of that ride just to do other things. That ride is the main reason I bought a Jeep when I was old enough to drive.

    Ah the memories of parks long gone.......

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    Re: Anyone remember this place? (Japanese Deer Park)

    Quote Originally Posted by lyd
    All this nostalgia about the old places in the area, does anyone remember the hollywood museum of cars that used to be on Orangethorpe? That was an interesting place if you were a car buff.
    I remember "Cars of the Stars"museum.I think in Buena Park.I saw John Lennon's psychodelic Rolls Royce,Professor Finks car from the movie the great race,A surfer car used in one of those Beach Blanket movies.I think must of those cars are in the Peterson museum now.

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