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The Leyva Collection - A Day at Six Flags AstroWorld (1978)

Irene Leyva

Silent | 1978

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  •  Parents Frank and Irene pose for the camera with their young children, Julie and Nicky 
  •  Little Nicky at three months old 
  •  The Alpine Carousel, built in 1895, was moved to AstroWorld upon its opening in 1968 
  •  Antique Taxis, originally called Le Taxi and modeled after turn-of-the-century French taxi cars 
  •  The Bugs Bunny Barnstormer or Red Baron Ride 
  •  The adults take a break, as the children enjoy the rides 
  •  The original AstroWorld mascot, Marvel McFey performs a routine with his fellow mascot friends 
 
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This home movie captures members of the Leyva family as they visit Houston’s Six Flags AstroWorld in the late 1970s. Houston Mayor Judge Roy Hofheinz opened the park in 1968 as a component to the Astrodome. He sold the park to the Six Flags Corporation in 1975, which eventually closed AstroWorld’s doors in 2005. In this film, the children spend time on various rides, including the old Alpine Carousel and the Bugs Bunny Barnstormer ride. The film concludes with a performance by Marvel McFey, the official mascot of AstroWorld.