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  1. June 1977 There's so much excitement in the air this season and there's a great vibe flowing through the park. Even though there's a lot of construction ongoing in many areas of the park, there's still a lot of fun to be had. The park's railroad has been closed from the start of the season, with the park stating it will remain but will not operate, "for some time." I hope it actually reopens, though! All that can be seen is that the train tracks have been removed from this area. Seahorse's vibrant colors are starting to fade, must have been that crazy winter! Finished my day with a quick ride on the Henry Family Mine Train. See you soon!
  2. May 1977 Hey everyone, I wanted to share a recent interview I read in the newspaper: "Ripley, WV was never a vacation destination, but the park's founder and president, Mr. Wyatt Henry, believes it soon will be thanks to his amusement park, Ripley Valley. In a one-on-one interview on the park's opening day, I had the opportunity to learn Mr. Henry's vision for the park and its effect on the people of West Virginia. The park was still closed to the public this morning, making this a very special interview. "We're very forward thinking and understanding our limited land-area we knew we had to build up, not out. For now, this parking garage will be used for employees only, however, when we complete the second phase, brining capacity to more than 500 vehicles, we will open the garage to the public." "The historic Chambers Mansion is now used as our administration building," Mr. Henry stated, "obviously we have a duty to maintain the condition of this historical landmark and we will." We entered the park through, what seemed like, a back door. "The boardwalk was an interesting decision we made early-on," Wyatt added, "it was kind-of a 'what if' idea that became a reality." Guests will notice that Eagle's Flight is now in a new location. "I've been adamant that we not destroy the natural atmosphere which surrounds this beautiful property. If we remove every tree, then it's a parking lot for steel and wood rather than a vibrant, living park." "Yes," Mr. Henry exclaimed, "we named a coaster after our family! And it's a favorite for everyone in my family." "What do we offer to West Virginians? Well, I might be mistaken, but I think 1,100 jobs and recreation for people of all ages is quite a lot." "Yes, we removed toboggan over this winter. I know some of our guests will be upset about this, but in the coming years, that anger will be drowned out by new screams." "I'm especially proud of our new additions this season! Four loops in one park? It's unheard of!" "'Magnum: Triple Loop' is the culmination of more than 24-months of hard work between us and Schwarzkopf, the designer and manufacturer of this marvelous coaster." This attraction is called, "Ring of Fire," Mr. Henry said, "A little secret is that we almost didn't include Ring of Fire with this year's additions. We originally planned on installing it in 1978 towards the back of the park." "I want this to be the best park in the United States of America and with the hard work and dedication of our employees and the support of our guests, we will meet this goal."
  3. This park is looking really good! Your custom supporting is extremely good, some of the best I've seen on a wooden coaster and the coaster designs are relatively realistic. There's a few things I might recommend to make it even better: 1. Pathwork. Your paths are good, but they lack fences as well as path walls. Since you're going with angular paths, I'd recommend Shy G*y's carnival sets and planter sets. They've got some great fences that would fit in well. 2. Footers. The wood on your flume is going to start rotting pretty quickly without some good ole' concrete footers! Again, the park looks great! Nice work.
  4. Thanks, I really appreciate the compliments and the feedback! The park is holding a bit loosely the the timeline with regards to coasters and flats (as this update illustrates), but with regards to Corkscrew and the Mine train, Corkscrew is an Arrow ( ) and the Mine Train is also an Arrow. Around 1981/1982, the timeline will take root. --- September 1976 Today, Ripley Valley released three pieces of concept-art of the new attractions being opened next season. Two new attractions are coming to the main-street. Both featuring the new craze, vertical loops! The show-stopper is "Magnum: Triple Loop Roller Coaster," the first roller coaster with more than one vertical-loop! To compliment Magnum, "Ring of Fire," will also be installed just a few steps away! In addition, the park also announced the construction of a massive new 6-story parking structure which will be built in three phases over the next five-years. The first phase will be complete by late Spring 1977 with capacity for 380 vehicles. The final structure will have the capacity for 750 vehicles.
  5. August 1976 I was finally able to take a full-day trip to the park, and it was a great one! The park closes in the middle of September, so I may only have one more chance to visit the park. Nonetheless, I snapped a few photos: When I first walked into the park, I noticed some major construction ongoing at the end of main street. I peeked over the fence and all I saw was a few markers. An employee said it will be another coaster like Seahorse. I hope so! It looks like Reggio's was under construction, too. I hope it reopens! I swear, Tripple-Play is always closed when I visit. Fun for everyone! Sky-View Tower dominates this skyline! Sometimes it's hard to remember I'm in a theme park. Toboggan is by far, my favorite coaster at the park! It's insane! Della's Dive is so much fun! The Henry Family Mine Train is a blast, too. Sometimes I wonder how someone can design coasters this intricate. Always a long line for Della's Dive, until it breaks down! Nomination for most beautiful park in America? I really hope there's another coaster like Seahorse added to the park soon. There's going to need to be more parking soon, today some people were turned away due to a lack of parking space. Gotta love those red corkscrews!
  6. Ripley Valley Amusement Park Ripley, WV June 1976 Hi there! My name is Ted Burns, and I am a theme park enthusiast! I just recently moved to Fairplain, WV, which means I'm only a short drive away from Ripley Valley, a fairly new amusement park which opened only two years ago. I'm so excited to share my experiences at the park with you all. I made my first visit this past weekend and snapped a few photos: As soon as you pull into the park, you see the park's three iconic attractions, Corkscrew, Sky-Wheel and Sky-View Tower. The main entrance is so massive yet majestic. "16th St. Carousel" is the oldest attraction in the park being manufactured in 1925 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. I love the main-street! It's so colorful and there's plenty of fun to be had. There's so many beautiful trees around the park, it looks like the park fits snugly into this former-forest. The park railroad runs a bridge that separates the main street from the main park area. Perilous Parachute Plunge is one of my favorite rides at the park! Everyone at the park was so happy to be enjoying a day in the beautiful sun. "Marco's Bistro" is my favorite restaurant in the park, with great Italian dishes to enjoy. This is the boardwalk with Seahorse, the park's wooden coaster, in the background. Unfortunately, this was the last picture I took, but it was a truly gorgeous day at Ripley Valley!
  7. I don't believe the SFGAm model will be much different than the SFOT model, which should mean all the bugs from this year should be fixed for the new installments from the get-go.
  8. If SFNE's return of Superman doesn't even include new trains, Ka is definitely not getting new trains...
  9. HOLY HELL SFGADV FANBOYS ARE THE WORST! You're getting an amazing new coaster and all you can do is complain? Five years ago, while the Chang/Green Lantern fiasco was ensuing, all the SFGAdv fanboys were crying that they "deserve" Chang and that the park was "neglected." What's the point of Six Flags even trying with you people...
  10. I would like to echo this! Would someone who can fit on Intamin Hyper coasters (Including Bizarro with it's massive lapbar) be okay to ride?
  11. River Ridge Reopens! Hello- I'm Mark Shapiro and I'm the President of River Ridge! I'm so excited to be personally updating you on the happenings at our lovely park. Along with the three new roller coasters we've introduced this year, our park has made other significant additions in order to benefit your experience. For example, we've repaved large sections of the park in concrete, which is lighter than asphalt and will help keep us cool on those hot summer days. We've also planted more than 200 new trees and shrubs for additional shade and beauty in the park. I hope you enjoy some of the following pictures I've prepared to share with you: Dr. Steam is at it again with his infamous mischief on this awesome launched coaster. New wide concrete paths will accommodate more guests more comfortably! This entirely new midway is home to six new rides for everyone in the family! Protoflight is the longest wing-coaster in the world and features a smooth but intense layout. Temple Run is a great stand-up coaster for everyone in the family to ride together. Due to the quick nature of the turnaround, some rides are not ready for the season yet and others are waiting to be removed. Rainforest Adventure remains as one of the best roller-coasters in the WORLD! It's the staple of River Ridge. New meal options will ensure there's something for everyone! Guests enjoy world-class rides and attractions at River Ridge. With modern infrastructure and clean midways. This new building is dedicated to park information and Season Pass processing. New rides and coasters keep our lineup fresh and up-to-date. NASA's Little Rovers takes our young guests on a adventure, out of this world! INSANE will be just the second vertical twist roller coaster in the United States. There's something for everyone at River Ridge Amusement Park! Come on out and visit the world's cleanest theme park! -Mark
  12. Colossus is a steaming pile of trash. The other classics in the chain, are not. There's a difference.
  13. Reread the introduction... The park Opened in 1994. ----------- Concept Art The new marking team at River Ridge released some conceptual images of the all new area of the park which will feature two new coasters, multiple restaurants and areas to take a break and relax. Also attached was a list of Roller coasters that will be operating when the park opens next year: Temple Run (Formerly Mantis) Rain Forest Adventure (Formerly Forest Run) Dr. Steam's Laboratory INSANE (All new! Intamin ZacSpin Coaster) ProtoFlight (All new! B&M Wing Coaster) Little Flyers (All new! Vekoma Family Inverted Coaster) The list indicates that four coasters originally with the park will not operate, including: Zonga (Schwarzkopf looping coaster) Raptor (B&M Inverted Coaster) Vortex (Arrow Dynamics Looping Coaster) Wooden Vortex (CCI Wooden Twister) The park intends to open by Memorial Day of next year.
  14. River Ridge Amusement Park BREAKING NEWS FORMER CEO OF SIX FLAGS PURCHASES ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARK "Former President and CEO of Six Flags, Mark Shapiro, has purchased the abandoned River Ridge Amusement Park. The park, which was opened in 1994 by Cedar Fair, closed three years ago due to the park "no longer fitting with the long-term strategy of the chain," according to Cedar Fair. Shapiro, who has entered a joint-venture with LTS & Stern Capital, LLC, says the park was profitable and will be profitable again under new management techniques. Shapiro left the Six Flags company in 2010 after the company emerged from bankruptcy. Shapiro says no outside funding will be required for the refurbishment of the property. "Major changes will be coming to the structure of the park, including a new midway and park layout over a 5-year plan." The Vortex Coaster, which had been standing but not operating for 6-years prior to the closing of the park, will be removed. This coaster, formerly known as Raptor, will be dismantled to be re-installed at a later date. "This park is in dire need of some paint," says Shapiro "coasters like Forest Run will be getting new coats of paint." Unfortunately, many coasters are so overgrown that they will not be salvageable. This small area across the river will not reopen immediately, however, there are plans to expand this area. Some coasters will even recieve new brand deals to help market the park. "We're very excited to begin work on the park in just a few weeks to open by next memorial day. Our current priority is renovating facilities and attractions which haven't operated in years." Stay tuned for more with Channel 9 News.
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