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  1. A little backstory and hype for next update: September 1976 I apologize for not reporting the last few seasons, but you honestly haven't missed much. The park has been going well, albeit some of the development seems to have slowed down a bit. In the last two years, the only addition to the park had been a secondhand Scrambler. The long empty lot at the back of the park had long sat cleared with no real signs of development. I was worrying a bit about the park slowing down, but others were gossiping that the lack of recent additions could be a sign they're saving up for something really big. Rumors ranged wildly, but the loudest ones seemed to come in earlier this year, after some parks out in California managed to make roller coasters loop again. Management initially wouldn't confirm or deny any rumors, but today, that changed when the park left this leaflet on my windshield:
  2. ^I'm unfortunately away from my desktop computer at the moment, but I'll be back this weekend and (hopefully) get an update. My quick teaser: The sign that said "More Fun Coming Soon"...Soon as in next update.
  3. Now you're making my stuff look like crap. Seriously, fantastic work!
  4. After going to Oktoberfest last week, Top Scans became my new favorite flat. Maybe it was just the cycle that one was running, but it was amazing.
  5. ^All right. My point still stands for when people unironically say that.
  6. I never got the comments bragging about how old you were when you rode [insert ride here]. Do people really give a sh!t about that?
  7. Euro Mir, with a bunch of kids trying to get the train to have a dance party on the lift.
  8. Wodan (I think either #106 or 107. Never really kept track of credits until a few weeks ago)
  9. May 1974 Hi folks! St...well, I think you should know who I am by now, so I'll skip the formalities. I've been waiting months to see how Wilderness Outpost turned out after the leaflet got me hyped at the end of last summer, and today was my first chance to visit! Apparently, it added 35% more area to the park, which means they added a LOT of new things (and space for even more newer things). To keep my overall review short, the expansion not only met my inflated expectations, but wildly exceeded them! Anyway, onto the photos! Shot0257.bmp Feels like ages since I've been in here... Shot0258.bmp Looking down the Haunted Castle midway. What's that I see around the corner? Shot0259.bmp Looks like I've made it to Wilderness Outpost and the town of Centennial! Shot0260.bmp First stop going this way around was Rodeo. I rode it on a more moderate setting and had a good amount of fun. Kid next to me decided to try the most intense program, and fell off within just a few seconds! Shot0261.bmp Next stop was Wilderness Express, the new mine train coaster. Shot0262.bmp While it's advertised as a family coaster, this was pretty intense! Threw you around quite a bit, but wasn't at all rough. Shot0264.bmp Next to Wilderness Express was the new log flume, Sawmill Splashdown. Shot0265.bmp It was actually pretty cool! The flume between the first and second parts of the drop was enclosed into a dark ride section with a bunch of cool sets. Shot0266.bmp Eek! Mountain lion! Shot0267.bmp Looks like we've made it to the mill! Shot0268.bmp After the mill, you go up one more lift before going down the big drop! Didn't want to get my camera wet, so I took an off ride photo. Shot0269.bmp Some nice details they threw in. Shot0270.bmp The dynamite shack was a clever gag. The shack would occasionally have recordings of a little conversation inside where someone accidentally threw a match and...well, it would blow up! Shot0271.bmp Backside of the Centennial area, near the mustang herd. Shot0273.bmp Really majestic! Shot0275.bmp Not normally into shows, but Showdown at Saucy Sal's was seating when I took the last photo, so I decided to just go for it. Shot0274.bmp It was actually pretty entertaining. This was the best part! Shot0276.bmp On the way out, I could see they cleared out even MORE land! A sign nearby said "More fun coming soon", but I don't know what "soon" exactly entails. Shot0278.bmp On the way out, I saw another fantastic little detail near Wilderness Express and Rodeo. This animatronic is caught in a gunfight... Shot0277.bmp ...With the Sheriff! The funniest part is that the guns are loaded with little air cannons that fire on people in the queue. Made several people jump. Shot0279.bmp Overall, FANTASTIC addition to the park. Really happy the park changed management, and can't wait to see what they've got up their sleeves next! (PSST! I know people are lurking here, since the teaser from yesterday has almost 100 views as of this posting. Be sure to drop a comment if you're reading!)
  10. US: CA: Xcelerator CO: Cyclone FL: Kumba MN: Timberland Twister/Fairly Odd Coaster (only place I visited before they really expanded) NV: Desperado NY: Cyclone OH: Maverick Intl: China: Dive Coaster France: Space Mountain: De la Terre a la Lune Germany: Blue Fire
  11. August 1973 Steve here again. Been busy with work the past few months so I unfortunately haven't been to the park lately. That said, I've heard it's been doing stellar since running under new management, and could mean that big empty lot behind Alpine Bobs might see some development. Anyways, I left work and found this leaflet on my car's windshield...my suspicions were indeed confirmed. If this was what that cleared land was for, I might have to call in sick next season!
  12. ^I'm thinking they may have an option like NoLimits where you can toggle parts of the station on or off.
  13. It fit that plot of land up against the Bobs and Merry Go Round, so I just went with it. Trying to keep it as spoiler-free as possible, but you're on the right track.
  14. Since I'm going to be traveling internationally for the next two weeks, here's an update for where the park stands now. Enjoy! March 1973 With the park under new management and reopening, I made sure to get there opening weekend. Park is still mostly the same, but with some other parts of the park nice and spiffed up. Also, three new attractions opened for this year, including one thrill ride that's among the first of its kind in the world! Although what got me most exited wasn't what was new this year...it's what wasn't done yet (you'll see when we get there). Without any further ado, here's my last trip: Shot0233.bmp Right up against the parking lot, there's something new driving along. Shot0234.bmp Here's what management was keeping hidden from the paper last year...Enterprise! Apparently they were just going into production when the park was bought out, so one of the first was opened here for this year! Shot0239.bmp Getting in line for Enterprise. That is a LOT of empty land over there, though... Shot0235.bmp Looking up at Enterprise mid cycle. Really good addition to the skyline! Shot0240.bmp Enterprise was pretty intense (and made me feel a little nauseated), so I made sure my next ride was a little more mild. Ponderosa Turnpike fit the bill nicely. Very nice and scenic drive through the woods. Shot0236.bmp Missed my chance last year, so I made sure to go on the Haunted Castle this time. Apparently, this was one of the rides that got fully refurbished for this season. Shot0238.bmp One shot near the end of the ride shows some of the nifty sets they have inside. It's a pretty nice mix of old school cheese with some really nice effects. Shot0252.bmp Walked around the backside of Thunderbolt to see the third and final new addition for this year: a mini golf course. Shot0251.bmp Continued around the path to put my check in the block for Alpine Bobs when I saw that big area cleared near Enterprise wrapped all the way around the Bobs and over to this end of the park. What on Earth are they planning?! Shot0250.bmp One other shot because it's really making me curious. Shot0245.bmp Anyway, I'm still hitting myself for not taking a photo of the Bobs' station house before, but it got some new paint and roofing done! Shot0246.bmp The interior was really nice. They even added a little fireplace for some extra flair. Shot0247.bmp Anyway, line was still pretty long. The new queue made it a bit more manageable though, so that's a plus. Shot0248.bmp Can't believe I skipped this last season! Even with a long wait, this was just plain fun! The mountain facade definitely added to the ride, and made for a few good headchoppers! Shot0253.bmp Leaving Ponderosa Valley after a lovely opening weekend. New rides, some great renovations, and big lot for expansion. The future is definitely looking quite great for the park!
  15. Europa Park in two weeks, but I may have a long enough layover in Tampa the week before to squeeze a quick trip to Busch in.
  16. Still working on some updates, but here's a little bit of exposition to hold you over/build some hype. It is a story-based park after all... September 1972 I meant to go back to Ponderosa Valley Park once more (still had to ride the Alpine Bobs and Haunted Castle), when I opened the daily paper and found this smack on the front page: I was deeply saddened over the decision, as the park seemed pretty busy when I was there in July, and would never had guessed the park was struggling. I was going to try and take some pictures of the shuttered park the next Monday when much to my surprise, I saw this headline: So not only is the park going to keep operating, it's now under the thumb of an ambitious businessman that's aggressively looking to expand it. If he's able to keep the charm of the old park underneath his plans, I'll be excited to go along for the ride.
  17. List of Updates: -July 1972: First visit (Just past this list) -March 1973: Park resurrected! -August 1973: Wilderness Outpost and Centennial ghost town announced! -May 1974: Wilderness Outpost opens! -September 1976: Lightnin' Loop announced! -May 1977: Lightnin' Loop media preview! -June 1980: Troubled times ahead... -May 1981: A mining museum? -August 1981: The Shaft drops into Centennial! -May 1982: The Shaft media preview! [Fast forward...] -October 1993: Forbidden Forest announced! -June 1994: Forbidden Forest opens! -May 1995: Landscaping improvements! Yay! -September 1995: 4000+ ft coaster?! -August 1996: Adventure Outpost and Anaconda announced! -June 1997: Anaconda opens! -August 1997: RIP Roll-O-Plane and Super Slide... -October 1997: New County Fair flats announced! -May 1998: Terminal Velocity and Sooper Looper open! -October 1998: Forbidden Forest gets some new flats! -June 1999: Tarantula and Secret Vault now open! -August 1999: New expansion teased; first clues released... -November 1999: Multi-phase expansion Kingdom of Legends announced! -July 2001: Kingdom of Legends opens! -IRL Announcement: Coming to a close... July 1972 Hi folks! Steve Thompson here. I recently moved from bustling New York to a quiet little town called Ponderosa Valley nestled in the foothills, and was delighted to find an old amusement park just outside the town limits. The park was celebrating their 30th anniversary, so they had a lot of discounts (and crowds). Apparently it was the most crowded the park had been in years. Some rumors were circling among some of the other parkgoers that the family that managed the park was looking to sell it off, with the possibility of the park getting razed. Hope their buyer is someone that's able to keep the park going! In case things go south, I documented my last visit: Shot0217.bmp A rather elegant little entry gate. You wouldn't guess this park is in practically the middle of nowhere! Shot0218.bmp A look down the main midway. You can see Rotor with a big line, as well as the station for the park's signature PTC coaster, Thunderbolt. Shot0225.bmp The Merry Go Round. No park is complete without one! Shot0219.bmp Opposite Rotor is the Sky Jump. It's pretty much the same as the one that used to be at Coney Island. Shot0220.bmp Next to Sky Jump is this fun little kiddie coaster called Tumble Bug. Shot0221.bmp On the back side of Thunderbolt is a Roll-o-Plane and a toboggan slide. Really feels like I stepped back in time! Shot0227.bmp Got in line for Thunderbolt, which fortunately wasn't very long. Shot0228.bmp The staff were kind enough to let me bring my camera on. I nearly lost it a few times trying to get a good shot. The airtime on this thing is ridiculous! Shot0222.bmp Tilt-a-Whirl with Thunderbolt doing its thing in the background. Shot0223.bmp Lusse Auto Skooters? A+ in my book. Shot0231.bmp They even had a nice Flying Turns style ride themed to the Alps. Very nice considering they're almost all gone. Line was too long though, so I had to skip it this time... Shot0226.bmp On my way out, I snapped this picture of the Ferris Wheel. Around the corner was an old dark ride, but it was closed. Hopefully there is a next time to visit here, because it's a fantastic little park. I hope the rumors of it closing aren't true...
  18. Pretty solid start. I'm going to be a critic for a second and give you two suggestions to take it up a notch: 1. Name a guest David Walsh and press Ctrl+U to remove all the sidebars from view. Use it in the future to make your screenshots a little more clean and professional. 2. Incorporate some landscaping or other scenery. You've got a pretty solid park, but it's just...well, a little empty and bland. Along with normal ride expansion that would come in later updates, also try to focus on some of the details. It's the little things that separate a decent park from a stellar one. Even just a few trees and flowers would give the park a little extra life. You have the potential for a really awesome timeline park. It's just going to need a little more attention to get there. Hoping the future goes well for this!
  19. Work on my old Indiana Jones ride. Don't know if people are interested anymore, but here's one shot. Shot0213.bmp
  20. Windstorm/Hurricane models. 6'3" me gets a little too close for comfort to some of those beams, with my head sometimes a few inches from getting whacked.
  21. Yeah, "much needed" was probably a bit strong..."really nice optional enhancements" just didn't read as easily.
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