- Can Joyland Restoration Project help me or my group get into Joyland?
No. We apologize, but we do not own the property and are unable to grant anyone access to Joyland. We will not give out the owners contact information per her request. Furthermore, the property has been deemed a dangerous area per the City of Wichita, no one is allow on the property besides the owners and those who are there to clean up the park.
- Can I go in a take photos/senior photos/engagement photos etc. inside Joyland?
No. Please see answer to the question directly above.
- Have you heard of Kickstarter?
Yes, we have even submitted an application for a Kickstarter account and we were denied for being 501(c)(3). Kickstarted focuses on projects for the arts and unfortunately, Joyland does not fit into that category. We have heard of other fundraising sites and are currently deciding which one would be the best fit for us.
- Where is the money coming from for the project?
It is coming from several different places;
- donations, which are very much appreciated
- fundraisers/sales of merchandise
- corporate donations which will be tax deductible once we become nonprofit
- grants from other organizations
- Why are you doing this?
Kira- I remember being at Joyland so many times as a kid, I want other kids to be able to enjoy the day with their families like I did, I want to go back there with my family to make new memories and cherish my old memories.
Jessica- I want to support my friends and I see a lot of heart and a lot of reason behind bringing Joyland back to Wichita- and I want to ride the roller coaster again
- What will happen to the park and when will it happen?
Barbed wire fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the park and parking lot first in order to protect our investments. The park will then be cleared of any debris that may be harmful to volunteers working in the park. The skating rink and offices will be under construction while this is taking place in order to reopen the skating rink before the park. Missing rides will be replaced and new rides will come in to the park as well. The midway that everyone knows as Joyland, will always be there, once expansions begin the Classic Joyland Park will remain the same, and new will be brought in around it.
We would like for all of this to happen ASAP, we are currently fundraising to be able to make a purchase of the property. Once we can make a purchase, a restoration timeline will be posted for all to see.
- How can I help?
Right now everyone can help us by simply ‘liking’ our Facebook page and/or purchasing a t-shirt and wristband from our website under the Shopping tab. Also, anyone can feel free to fill out the volunteer form on our website as well. Sadly, we cannot have any volunteer clean up days until we purchase the park which will hopefully be sometime soon!
- What will change?
The original Joyland Midway will remain the same except changes in scenery, restaurants, and things of that nature. A few rides have been sold over the past few years, but we will replace them with new rides or something similar to what was once there. After Joyland has reopened, we look into constantly expanding the park so that attendance levels stay high.
- What will stay the same?
The midway (for the most part), along with classic icons of Joyland including: the Roller Coaster, Whacky Shack, and the Log Jam. We are hoping to keep the original sign as it does not meet current Wichita sign regulations so it would have to be grandfathered in, and we will also make a Louie replica and find some form of organ for him to play.
- Where will the money go if the project doesn’t succeed?
Since the project is being ran by a non-profit, if it does not succeed, the money will go to other local non-profit organizations who seek to better our community.
- What rides are missing (since the 2006 operating year)?
The Round-Up, Zumur (swings), the Paratrooper, train, go-carts, Scrambler, and Tilt-a-Whirl.
- Where is Louie?
Our beloved Louie the clown who played the Wurlitzer has been kidnapped. There have been several statements that he is in different places of the country. We have also been told that he is living right here in Wichita with his beloved Wurlitzer Band Organ. Hopefully we can get him back or make a replica of him! Joyland wouldn’t be the same without him.
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