Just remembered that the 20-something year old website for a local amusement park that has been out of business for over a decade is still hosted on Homestead. I thought you all would appreciate this madness.
By - Fats_Falafel
Just inspected the site. It's all done with position absolute. Around 400 divs... pure madness.
And yet 20 years later I can easily navigate the site on my phone. It works on any screen size (just zoom in and move around) any resolution, any aspect ratio, any device and all that without any update in 20+ years. Half of the modern clunky responsive sites can’t boast with that right now let alone 20 years in the future.
Literally just thinking that
Browsers are built to be backwards-compatible, not necessarily to anticipate whatever stupid shit developers in the future will cook up.
And those future developers are busing cooking up lots and lots of shit.
Future me is cooking up something heinous as we speak!
This is the way.
Loaded fairly quickly as well, no waiting for big clunky UI framework to bootstrap and no lag zoomed and swiping around
Also got a 87 score for Desktop on PageSpeed insights.
Well some of the rides from that theme park actually killed people from what I remember so this makes sense.
Are you sure you are thinking of the right park? Wikipedia doesn't have any info on deaths happening there.
I think every theme park had rumors of deaths circulating when people were young.
Links to news articles? Would love to learn more about this lol
Wait is this the same park that HBO made a documentary about called “Class Action Park”? That one was located in New Jersey.
You're thinking of "Action Park".
i would look again but i don't feel like deleting another midi file
LMAO yeah, why does it do that?
From what I recall Homestead offered a drag-and-drop page builder. I'd imagine it was all put together through the builder GUI and this was the generated HTML result XD.
Instapage does the same thing.
Imagine trying to add new content with 400 divs set to absolute. Id be a chain smoker by the end of the day and I dont even smoke.
z-index: 10000000 !important.
A true masterpiece!
Note: If browsing on your phone it may attempt to download some MIDI files, which was the style at the time.
im using firefox on desktop and it blocked "multiple downloads" lol. very cool site
I saw the same thing on mobile Edge. After watching hundreds of elements load/draw into the map individually, and a midi file get downloaded.
What a mess, haha.
Mobile Edge ... why?
He's just trying to be edgy
It's on the app store
To sync up any settings/history/bookmarks if you're using Edge on Desktop as well.
Because it's a good browser Bront
I didn't even know such a thing existed.
Because it syncs with desktop Edge.
I switched to Edge because I like Chromium, but would rather not have Google look over my shoulder at everything I do.
"Give me 10 MIDIs for a nickel" I'd say...
"and then I'd load 400 divs, which was the style at the time"
The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt
This page makes me want to have SEeEeEeEeX
They're meant to autoplay, not download. Your website wasn't cool unless you had an autoplaying midi-tune in the background.
Can confirm! Choosing the right MIDI for each page was the part I spent most time on.
Mine was all random songs from final fantasy 7.
This is the way
How the heck it downloaded some midi files without me authorizing them?
But they didn't have the white ones, the only ones we could get were the big yellow ones
Huh, it asked me to wear an onion on my belt
I'm gettin down to some 8 bit Crocodile Rock, no regrets.
It just downloaded 11 files to my device without asking. How is this even possible? 😂
It also tried to tie an onion to my belt. How old is this site?
Wow, that's seriously impressive. It looks janky as hell now, but it's not much different conceptually from what the modern Hershey Park map is like on their app. I'm impressed that anyone was trying to do that 20 years ago.
Also good of them to warn visitors of the dragon at the entrance!
Holy shit. The amount of love that went into this website. It just oozes passion project.
You're right here, did you check out the pictures? The site isn't just up. Someone is maintaining it and adding new photos.
There's updated images of after it was closed down that look closer to how it is today.
I...I wouldn't even know how to create such a mess on purpose if someone told me to recreate that site.
I used to do the same thing! Lol 3,209 images in perfect harmony on my 640 res.
Dreamweaver, Photoshop and PHP :)
Man Dreamweaver was my jam. I loved that tool so much
1. Find a WYSIWYG website editor. Maybe find a copy of an older version of Macromedia Dreamweaver.
2. Slap as many animated clipart GIFs as you can find into the page.
3. Use a random assortment of [web safe colors](https://www.rapidtables.com/web/color/Web_Safe.html). _Random_.
4. If you need to make any custom graphics for the page, install a copy of Windows 98 and use Paint to make it. For text logos/headers, Google "flaming text logo generator" and use one of the results.
5. Abuse framesets.
6. Don't wait until you've actually finished the page before you upload it. Just pick a random assortment of GIFs from [this page](http://textfiles.com/underconstruction/) to stick all over the page while you're working on it.
In regards to #4. Don’t forget ClipArt.
Image maps were surprisingly common back in the day. I am gonna have to pull this up on my laptop and check the dev tools to really see what's going on here.
I guess they’re back in now *cough* gather.town
Image maps was the first thing I thought about too. Way easier than table slicing back then. But this looks like post CSS era so I dunno.
True, but what they found normal back then is not the same as now. It's like a Fossil 😄
I would just quit
Amazing. Chrome also downloaded a bunch of midi files lol
Yeah it must just be the way Chrome handles MIDI. I checked the source code and didn't see anything nefarious so figured it'd be safe to share. I was doing HTML around that time before falling out of it for like 15 years. I totally forgot image maps were a thing hahaha
>I checked the source code
You poor son of a bitch
I was just looking for weird script tags. I didn't try to dissect the whole thing hahaha
This is so pure and wholesome.
Apparently the rides there killed some people.
That is so pure and wholesome.
This is less pure and wholesome.
gotta hear both sides
As far as I'm concerned, that's just them being environmentally conscious.
What better way to reduce their visitors' CO2 footprint than to remove them from the environment, permanently?
Yeah just talking about the website not the actual place
The good thing about that era of webdev was that every site had something unique to it. Now every site is made with bootstrap and/or a standard Wordpress theme.
Wordpress and Google are working together to homogenize the internet and in the process ruining recipes for home cooks everywhere.
My god the blog sites. I just want the goddamn recipe not read sometimes 22 page essay of bullshit created for just “page engagement” for SEO.
**Some Recipe You Want**
"In the beginning, there was light..."
Ironically the store.google.com is a bitch to deal with when trying to shop
That's because the bar for making a website is so low now, anyone worth anything moved onto to making applications.
Actually a bit satisfying watching it load.
Oh shit, I grew up going to Whalom Park! After 5pm on Wednesdays it was just $5 to get in! Place was g.d. fantastic. Throughout the 80s and mid-90s the place couldn't be beat for its value. There's even a segment for it on some PBS documentary of 'America's 10 oldest theme parks' or something like that. Worth a watch for the historical footage!
Unfortunately the park did not keep up with the times (really, at all) the way Canobie Lake Park in NH and Riverside/Six Flags in Agawam did, and Whalom was left in the dust. I'll always hold a spot in my heart for that rickety-ass wooden roller coaster though.
It was a WHALE OF A TIME
Fun fact: I got both of my covid shots at the CVS in Lunenburg. Didn't occur to me to drive by this place and see how it looked.
2nd fun fact: First place I ever had Dippin' Dots.
theme park dippin dots were another level of goodness when i was a kid. man, i would kill for a cup rn...
They have a stand at Franklin Park Zoo! Sometimes you can get knock-off dots from vending machines too but they're not quite the same experience.
Not bad work for the era, I expected something a little scarier. Those seemingly erroneous \`table\` elements were needed for compatibility back then (Guess which browser)
There's actually something like a popup warning in the code that checks for IE and says certain features are only available if you have it. Weird times hahaha
Is it _meant_ for items to pop up incrementally? Or is it a slow connection?
Too many random gifs and shit loading one at a time. It only takes like a second on my phone but it is still hilarious to watch.
I did some personal exploring on the page and went to the Roller Rink. There's a picture of a little lady, Gilda, age 18 in 1945. I looked her up and found her family tree. On the next pictures over, you can see she brought her children there in 1959, and returned for a party in 1973, all grown up. All pictures were provided by her children.
bread crumbs of her life exist on an outdated web page for an amusement park that no longer exists. crazy shit.
you can even find comments from her children in 2011 from when they uploaded the photos to the site. She met her husband in that Rink.
That's the feeling I have right now! It's like a hidden little time capsule on the internet that i never would have seen without happening to come onto Reddit just now. The layout, the photos, the people, and I just realized \*how old\* this site is?
I feel like we've found a fossil or an alien or something haha
>bread crumbs of her life exist on an outdated web page for an amusement park that no longer exists. crazy shit.
That's gonna be my eulogy.
As the Dev for lingscars.com, I approve!
The internet was better when it looked like this instead of everything being the Astra WP theme. Change my mind.
100%. Truly unique sites 👌
All that manual positioning of divs to make a theme park layout and they couldn't change the title from 'index' to something more useful? lolol
Also, about halfway down there's a spinning tornado that says 'click the tornado to view the natural disasters that struck the park' which seems like a silly feature.
This is 1000x better than I was expecting.
Damn, how much did this take to do?
All of it.
how much of what?
No tables lol. just position absolute.
I don't imagine it took that long to create, but the time it took to modify would be a lot
Damn, the text is broken AF in Firefox. Had to spin up IE to see everything properly... which is something I didn't think I'd be saying in 2021, lol
[whalompark.homestead.com](https://whalompark.homestead.com) would like to...
\*smacks block... **hard**\*
This is amazing! Certainly brings back some memories.
Homestead... my god the memories
Love this! It chewed 5% of my phone battery lol
Comes complete with downloadable midi file! :)
This part made me laugh;
Please note: This website is an ongoing construction site. Video clips, photo's and more are continuously being added daily. Please be patient and return often to view the new additions.
THANK YOU :)
I don't see the issue really. It works for me, it's responsive and all. Come on guys are you always so perfect?😏
This is glorious!
what is this strange file it came with??
yeah, it was a joke
my eyeballs hurt
That is awesome!
What a gem.
Omg imaging loading that back in the day.
Omg I want to inspect the terminal and page source, but I'm honestly afraid
Whalom Park! When I was a kid I saw commercials for that place when I would go to visit my grandparents in Massachusetts.
I had a whale of a time visiting this site. At once sadistic and fun.
Holy pop in Batman!
Lmao what the fuck kind of website is
The music is amazing!!
opening, makes my browser go crazy
I'm the 11,756th visitor. That number is way too low.
I don't see anything wrong with this site at all, except maybe it needs more animations.
I have no idea what's going on, but this is beautiful.
I... Can't even say if its pure art or total garbage. It's... Garbart?
I mean, it's like a SVG 15 years before SVG.
Wix website designer: "No Comment"
Thanks for sharing this awesome time capsule!
I used to go here as a kid, it is in Massachusetts. My dad's company RCA, used to have family day there. There is a link on that page to it's [angelfire.com](https://angelfire.com) page too, lol!
Looks like it got the reddit kiss of death. Thank goodness for the way back machine: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://whalompark.homestead.com/
Not sure what you mean. Original link still works for me.
You know what? At least it's creative. I wish we could do more bonkers stuff like that nowadays. Feel like those that do find a good balance between the out there stuff and the corporate vibe end up on awwwards.
11 years old me would've spent hours exploring that website.
Was looking for the guestbook and "contact the webmaster" link.
"Click on the tornado to view the disasters that
struck Whalom Park"
Yeah we need this kind of UX to come back please
Took about 5 seconds to fully load with a connection of \~600 Mbps. I can only imagine what it was like waiting for the contents to gradually appear 20 years ago.
wow, that's trippy
How did anyone ever think this looked good?
Do not accidentally accept the link to download multiple files !!!
Fuck I was in a zoom meet at work, how about a sound warning, damn