When I was a kid growing up in Edmonton, Alberta I didn't really have any exposure to theme parks (our next door neighbours had family in both Florida and California so would visit each park every 6 months and bring me home the maps, etc--even as a five year old I was pretty obssessed).
Until I visited Disneyland when I was 9 in 1989, my only exposure to anything like that was the fairly lame amusement park at West Edmonton Mall (and their at the time very cool submarine ride which now I realize was a lame rip off of Disney's), the yearly exhibition which back then still had a lot of funhouses and those kinds of rides, and funny as it sounds, the themed kiddie restaurant Bullwinkle's, which was essentially a Chuck E Cheese clone.
I've been trying to find more info on this restaurant--I know it was an American chaina nd some are still around. I hated the food even as a kid but loved the show that came with dinner --whos basic stage setup I now realize was a copy basically of Country Bears. A Tri divided stage with Rocky and Bullwinkle in the main middle park, Underdog (who I don;'t think is even a Jay Ward character) on one side and I think Dudley Do Right and team on the other--or maybe Sherman? Boris and Natasha were done ona stylized totel pole (!) that talked--I'm sure of that. Between shows there was a coloured fountain show.
Best of all as a kid, and scariest of all, was something that the recent thread about DIsneyland's witch in a cage reminded me of. In the resurant entry way was Snidely Whiplash, a full bodied animatronic, sitting in his jail cell and everyonce in a while he'd come to life and threaten/beg for his release....
Anyone knwo of any pics of these figures or any other memories>?