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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! Fi
  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
  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
  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
  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 wh
  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.
  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
  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
  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
  15. Besides the fact that the OP doesn't seem to know what a bad addition vs smart addition is... I liked both management teams, but at the same time I wish both did a few things better. SHAPIRO TEAM Pros: - Positive changes around the chain which brought about cleaner, safer and more friendly parks. - PAINT (no need to say anymore on this point) - Capacity was brought to an acceptable standard for once. Cons: - Lack of a solid plan to bring down the debt. - Poor attraction planning. (How would Buccaneer Battle tide over SFGAm when guests consistently ask for a thrill coaster...) -
  16. Or how about $110 for a Six Flags Season Dining Pass? With the average meal being $10, and receiving two meals a day, it'll take 5.5 visits to the park to make that pay off. Let's say you only got one meal on one day, it just makes it an even worse deal. Unless you're visiting the park on full-day visits. I know that employees buy it since it comes out cheaper over the season than the employee discount.
  17. RMC has control of everything, except weather. And this year, weather played a huge factor in any delays that were experienced. I think Six Flags could have, however, played it safe like Kings Island and started construction much sooner, except that the train wouldn't have been operational for parts of last season if they did that. The main concern is not the train or even closing a section of the midway. The concern was with the entire project leaking, as it basically did once the park went to the fair board. Six Flags remains consistent with when they announce things and they don't wa
  18. Everyone loves to bash Six Flags for delayed projects, but it's not anyone's fault but RMC. And this is coming from an RMC lover. RMC is responsible for acquiring material (which hasn't been a problem), assembly and construction, delivery of trains and installation of all ground equipment necessary for operations. Six Flags Great America couldn't receive construction permits until the Gurnee Village approved their request for a height variance. Even then, the area was already cleared and ready. In the end, it was a one week delay, which is much shorter than I was hearing originally..
  19. Have you ever considered the idea that the Lodge and water park are more popular than the coasters and flat rides? That's the case around the country at a lot of parks. If adding new attractions there makes more financial sense, then that will continue to happen. Great Escape doesn't bare the Six Flags name for a reason.
  20. If the initial idea was to re-create the original, why oh why didn't they do it? Fingers crossed that the PC version will deliver. Then why wouldn't they just call it "Roller Coaster Tycoon Mobile? I don't know what marketing you've seen, but everything carries the "mobile" moniker.
  21. The Great America Deja Vu is now at Silverwood in Idaho. This is Deja Vu from Magic Mountain, and even Deja Vu at Magic Mountain was one of the most reliable of the three that were originally manufactured. If Six Flags would have just let Vekoma come and install the new software they created and re-marketed in 2009, then these problems wouldn't be occurring at all. Either way, it's a very popular coaster at SFNE, and yes, I'd say it was my favorite at the park.
  22. My bad, looked back and saw RMC did in fact do the retracking on Thunder Run.
  23. I wouldn't be too hopeful. Six Flags pays at least $10 Million per renovation and that includes guarantees for future business. Two whole tracks with I-Box doesn't seem practical for a park which will just be getting back on track. If it was the case, Thunder Run would have been retracked with Topper Track. No, not exactly. Ed said something about forming Twisted Twins into one larger wooden coaster with a major refurb. Thunder Run couldn't get box track because KK has limited amount of money as of this time. So therefore I agree to disagree. ^ And yes, Kentucky kingdom was a money maker
  24. The capital structure of Six Flags during the time when KK was a part of the chain would not have allowed for the park to be successful. The plan emphasised the success of the larger parks (SFMM, SFGAm, SFGAdv) and would occasionally offer new capital to the smaller parks, mostly in relocated attractions from other parks. Parks like KK don't belong in a chain of properties. SFMM on the other hand, does. I wouldn't be too hopeful. Six Flags pays at least $10 Million per renovation and that includes guarantees for future business. Two whole tracks with I-Box doesn't seem practical for
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