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[PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby fraroc » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:13 am

Hey guys, so after having Planet Coaster for a few months and playing it to near obsessive levels, I've decided that it's time to start a long-term project with this game! Cascadia Park was mostly a method for me to get used to the mechanics of PLC, so now it's time to do a little something more...

And now, without further ado...I present to you, the story of M&M's Land!

Year: 1980

We all know the two major chocolate/confection companies in the United States...Hershey Foods Corperation and Mars Incorperated.....Mars may not ring a bell immediatley, but without them, we woudn't have one of the most famous and beloved chocolate candies....M&Ms...For decades, Mars and Hershey have been duking it out in a bitter rivalry to see which candy company reigns supreme...In Hershey's homeland of Hershey, Pennsylvania, there lies a sprawling amusement park themed after Hershey's candies. Hersheypark appeared to be a massive one-up against Mars....

But then, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mars decided that two can play at that game....

In 1979, Mars Incorporated bought a large plot of desert land in the Reno, Nevada area to be home to their own amusement park, which they named after their most famous confection, M&Ms....

After purchasing several flat rides and two roller coasters....the newly christened M&Ms Land opened May 1st, 1980....

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At first, M&Ms Land wasn't a massive thrill seeker's paradise....Rather it was a small, family oriented park...However, that was to change.... and very soon.

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Among the first flat rides to open at M&Ms Land was the Wave Swinger and the Whirling Dervish.

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From the beginning, the Dodgems were a very popular attraction!

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As a money saving measure, instead of building two ground-up roller coasters. Mars Incorperated decided to buy two used roller coasters from the recently closed Americana Park in Wisconsin and relocated them to Reno to be a part of M&Ms Land!

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The first of the two roller coasters was Americana Park's claim to fame, John Allen's "Roller Coaster"! Although when Roller Coaster was moved to M&M's Land, it's very generic moniker was dropped and was renamed Screamin' Eagle Screamin' Eagle/Roller Coaster was known for is high amount of airtime, a strange and forceful "S shaped drop", and a helix incorperated in it's layout.


SCREAMIN' EAGLE STATS
Type: Wooden Out and Back Coaster
Height: 74 feet tall
Length: 1,886 feet long
Top Speed: 45 miles per hour
Tallest Drop: 70 feet
Ride Time: 1:30
Inversions: 0
Height Reqirement: 42 inches tall


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The second roller coaster from Americana Park was an Arrow-Huss Loop+Corkscrew model formerly known as "Revolution". When it was moved to M&M's Park, it became known as "Comet". From the beginning, this name has been the subject of a minor controversy, as people viewed it as a direct rip-off of Hersheypark, as their classic wooden coaster also had the same name. As a result, Mars had begun to reference their coaster as "The Comet" to avoid confusion with Hersheypark's Comet.

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As for the coaster itself, Comet is your standard basic Arrow Loop and Corkscrew model. Pretty much the same as the standard corkscrew model, but with a vertical loop after the first drop. Comet is the first steel coaster at M&Ms Land and the first with inversions.

COMET STATS
Type: Steel Looping Coaster
Height: 65 feet tall
Length: 1,635 feet long
Top Speed: 42 miles per hour
Tallest Drop: 58 feet tall
Ride Time: 1:20
Inversions: 3 (Loop and Double Corkscrew)
Height Requirement: 48 inches tall


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Located adjacent to the theme park is M&M's Market, a precursor to the modern M&Ms World stores. Basically, this place is a museum which shows patrons exactly how M&Ms are made and a superstore selling various items of M&Ms merchandise and of course, lots and lots of M&Ms Candies!

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Overall, M&Ms Land might not look like much now....but that definitley is subject to change!
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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby SFNE Fan » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:17 am

I like where this park is going, it's pretty cool!
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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby fraroc » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:45 pm

1984

Four years had passed since M&Ms Land opened in Reno, Nevada....So far, the small park had become a rather popular tourist attraction among thrill seekers and candy lovers alike! By 1984, the park had received it's first major expansion to the right of it's entrance which included a themed area with a steel roller coaster and two new flat rides.

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The first of the flat rides was a HUSS pirate ship named The Voyager....

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The second was an Eli Bridge Scrambler ride named Scizzer. Both rides proved to be a favorite among thrill seekers and families!

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On the right edge of the park laid the newest major addition to M&M's Land, a cowboy/western themed area named "Dodge City"....

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Dodge City was home to several gift shops and food stalls themed after old west style saloons and several historical reenactors, however the main attraction was a brand new Arrow Dynamics steel non-looping roller coaster named Dynamite Run!

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Dynamite Run, while it has a train that looks like a steam locomotive, is not considered to be a part of Arrow's "mine train" models. Instead, Arrow labeled it a "Special Coaster Systems" ride. Dynamite Run features a large first drop and several swooping and twisting helixes and turns, making it a very fun ride for adrenaline junkies and yet, gentle enough for families.....

DYNAMITE RUN STATS
Type: Steel Non-Looping Twister Coaster
Height: 95 feet tall
Length: 1,919 feet long
Top Speed: 49 miles per hour
Tallest Drop: 87 feet
Ride Time: 1:20
Inversions: 0
Height Requirement: 44 inches tall


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Even after the addition of these new attractions appeared to be, Mars Incorperated has not rested on their laurels at all....I don't want to give away too much information on future updates....but let's just say that the left side of the park is due to get something new soon....

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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby fraroc » Fri May 05, 2017 6:01 am

1987

After the park expansion to the left of the entrance was deemed a formidable success, Mars knew that it was time to take things to the next level with a park expansion to the right...Over the next few years, several rides and the park's fourth roller coaster were put into place....

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In 1985, the first of the new attractions was built, a long-overdue classic ferris wheel named Candy Wheel. This gentle ride gave great views of the entire park!

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1986 brought another thrill ride to M&M's Land, a Huss Enterprise named....well, Enterprise! This ride definitely appealed to the thrill-seekers of the park with it's high amount of G-forces.

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1987 brought the biggest of the new attractions, the park's fourth roller coaster, Scorpion. Scorpion is a rather interesting specimen. On the outside, the track looks similar to an Arrow Dynamics or a Vekoma roller coaster, but Scorpion was really designed by a Japanese roller coaster company named Meisho. At the time, Scorpion was considered to be a rather cutting-edge coaster featuring several elements that were very unique at the time...

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For example, Scorpion was the first roller coaster to ever feature a "Dive Loop", a rather commonplace coaster element today.

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Also, Scorpion was the first roller coaster that wasn't a Togo Ultra Twister to feature heartline rolls, another element that's commonplace today.

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Overall, Scorpion was considered by many to be one of the first "modern" looping roller coaster with it's unique elements and it soon became one of the most popular attractions in the park

SCORPION STATS
Type: Steel Twisting/Looping Coaster
Height: 106 feet tall
Length: 1,978 feet long
Top Speed: 44 miles per hour
Tallest Drop: 68 feet
Ride Time: 1:19
Inversions: 4 (Loop, Dive Loop, Double Heartline Roll)
Height Requirement: 54 inches tall


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M&Ms Land had grown from a small tourist attraction with rides in the middle of the Nevada desert to a full-blown theme park in a span of only seven years...and it has no signs of stopping growth any time soon!

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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby TheJewelOfJool » Fri May 05, 2017 10:21 am

The second heartline roll on Scorpion needs some smoothing. One end is too long and the other is too short.

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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby fraroc » Mon May 15, 2017 6:33 am

1989

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For the past several years of M&Ms Land's operation, they have recieved an assortment of new attractions on the left hand side of the park, the most recent being Scorpion. As the park's tenth anniversary neared, Mars Incorperated knew that it was high time to add something new to the western-themed Dodge City area....After about a year of hype and anticipation about "the largest attraction to date at M&Ms Land"....

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Rustler, a large Arrow Dynamics suspended swinging coaster opened on May 5th, 1989....Rustler was the sixth Arrow suspended roller coaster to be built and at the time, was the tallest and fastest Arrow suspended coaster ever built, with a maximum height of 140 feet tall and a top speed of 57mph.

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Unlike Iron Dragon at Cedar Point, Rustler is a fast-paced Arrow suspended coaster, filled with high speed turns and drops and several occasions where the cars make large swings.

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The focal point of Rustler was after the second, 140 foot tall lift hill where the train turns and suddenly plunges down a steep, 100 foot drop reaching its top speed of nearly 60mph!

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Afterwards, the train suddenly goes straight into an overbanked turn, a highly unusual element on a suspended coaster.

RUSTLER STATS
Type: Steel Suspended Coaster
Height: 140 feet
Length: 4,322 feet
Top Speed: 57 miles per hour
Tallest Drop: 100 feet
Ride Time: 2:40
Inversions: 0
Height Requirement: 48 inches tall


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From the moment it opened, Rustler almost instantly became a fan favorite among coaster enthusiasts with its very intense layout. All throughout the 1989 season, full queues were not an uncommon sight to see on Rustler!

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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby TheCoasterKid211 » Mon May 15, 2017 8:39 am

I really like the park so far, Rustler looks great! Scorpion, however, looks like the definition of pain. I can't even fathom the thought of a heartline roll on an Arrow. :lmao:
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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby fraroc » Sat May 27, 2017 6:45 am

TheCoasterKid211: Thanks :) However even though Scorpion looks like an Arrow, it was actually manufactured by Meisho and is the only Meisho coaster in the United States...

1991

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The year 1990 brought a VERY long overdue attraction to the park. After hearing several complaints of guests how there aren't any ways to cool you down in the heat of the Nevada summer, M&Ms Land listened....And brought Snake River Falls, an Intamin AG "Shoot The Chutes" ride to the park.

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Snake River Falls was not a large log flume, however the main drop did it's job in cooling down guests in the blazing summer sun!


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The following year brought a surprisingly controversial attraction to the park. Originally, M&Ms Land had plans to build a large ground-up roller coaster at the park, which led coaster fans to speculate the possibility of a new large wooden coaster or a possible Arrow Dynamics hyper coaster...However in 1991, they got Python, a Vekoma Boomerang. This caused a lot of controversy as several coaster fans accused M&Ms Land of blatantly ripping off their main competitor, Hersheypark by building a Vekoma Boomerang at the same time they were building theirs...

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However, despite the bit of bad press M&Ms Park got for Python, it still was a moderate success as it drew a pretty large crowd, despite being a cloned coaster.

PYTHON STATS
Type: Steel Track Looping Shuttle Coaster
Height: 116 feet
Length: 935 feet
Top Speed: 48 miles per hour
Tallest Drop: 110 feet
Ride Time: 1:48
Inversions: 6 (Cobra Roll, Loop) (traversed twice)
Height Requirement: 48 Inches Tall



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Soon, it became apparent that the hopes of a new ground-up coaster were not totally dashed....I can't give away too many details...but lets just say that this quarry wall will never look the same way ever again.....

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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby fraroc » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:56 am

1993

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1992 was a rather quiet year for M&Ms Land, they had just recieved Python which was a moderate success....However, halfway through the season, large billboards were placed in various parts of the park bearing three words and a year...."Storm Is Coming-1993"

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Despite the fact that there were no details surrounding the context of the billboards, one could reasonably assume that a new, large scale attraction was coming for the following year. To impact this further, this coincided with a large amount of land clearing in the northeast corner of the park....

So...what is the "storm" that is coming?

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THUNDER CANYON, a brand new gigantic Curtis D. Summers wooden roller coaster! Throughout the early 1990s, market research had shown a demand for a newer, more modern wooden roller coaster, and so in 1993, the park delivered on the customer's demands! When Thunder Canyon was built, it was the tallest attraction in the entire park at a maximum height of 150 feet, ten feet taller than the previous title holder, Rustler.

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The first drop of Thunder Canyon was downright puny compared to the rest of the ride at only 50 feet....

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However, it's not long before the train enters the much larger second drop, measuring in at 97 feet tall and bringing the train to a speed of 52mph!

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The train then goes through several moments of ejector airtime as the track snakes around the quarry wall...

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Then, halfway through the course, the train enters Thunder Canyon's signature element, a 110 foot tall "Canyon Dive", the tallest drop on the coaster! The "Canyon Dive" bears down very high Gs to the riders as well as a top speed of 56mph!

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Shortly thereafter, the train goes through an "oval" section, consisting of several twists, turns, and floater airtime hills before turning to the final brake run!

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When Thunder Canyon opened to the public, it nearly instantaneously became an overnight legend with coaster fans noting its speed, its large amount of G-forces and airtime moments.

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The Canyon Dive had become one of the most photogenic elements of any roller coaster, seeing the train dive down the massive drop and seeing rider's reactions to the drop was for some, a picture perfect definition of what a roller coaster is.

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Re: [PLC] M&Ms Land

Postby average.coaster.fan » Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:52 am

Wow, what a fantastic wooden coaster! It kind of reminds me of Phantom's Revenge, but with a third drop being larger than the first two! I do hope the park receives more family coasters soon as that particular audience can only ride the Mine Train. However, the late nineties are a popular time for more innovative family coasters, so I'm guessing a Mack Wild Mouse or Zamperla Gravity Coaster will arrive in the near future. Can't wait for future updates, and keep up the great work!
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