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  1. A Stroll Through the Park - 1982 With the movement of Troika, there is now this neat little overlook into Kiddieland which I happen to really love. Families have started to reappear at the park, with the Kiddieland seeming to fill a niche demographic for what is largely a shrinking family population as well as a shrinking Pittsburgh population. The region as a whole has been on a downward trend which is only stabilized by a local population which returns to the park year after year. The park has done well to stay relevant by following suit of Kennywood and g
  2. 1982 - Welcome Back! Pt. II A look at the ice cream stand. It's had a lot of success especially being adacent to the kiddieland. Kids always love their ice cream. The success of Pirat in the last few years has convinced the park to add more flat rides. They added an Enterprise this year which you will see a little later. Last year, the park added back in Hornet across the lagoon. This hasn't brought attendance back up tremendously, though it has kept people already here in the park longer with more stuff to do. The park opted to keep the same name and color
  3. 1982 - Welcome Back! Hello again! The park has went through some big changes in my year off. I apologize for not getting you any updates last year but I was not in town for the summer. So we now fast forward a year to 1982... Cyclone hasn't changed much, though the paint is fading. I got to the park early today. Many rides were still going through their testing cycles before opening to the public. The first big change is over in the old pool area. It's been largely overhauled yet again. This time with a de-emphasis on rides. A games building has been add
  4. Wow, that ticket booth is so detailed! One of the neatest little details on the whole model. It's things like that which are really setting this model apart. The whole station is coming together really nicely.
  5. East Side Lagoon - Closing Time Pt. II Many newcomers to the park think the windmill is an old relic from the 20's but it's only about 5 years old. Crowds do not come over here and the area feels unfinished. Long term plans indicate that more food areas and rides will come byt eh end of the decade though the size and scope is not yet fully known. Kiddieland has cleared out for the night and rides are finally beginning to shut down. Plans to expand the area indicate major change up into the 90's. Again, details aren't known but the park seems to be pushing for gift sh
  6. East Side Lagoon - Closing Time Pt. I So with the late curfew I've taken it upon myself to document as much of the nighttime as I can. With that comes a lot of pictures.. Scorpion is still thrilling guests 5 years later and an exciting nighttime ride is a perfect end to any night. I prefer my final ride on Cyclone, its brilliant white structure lights up the sky. Of course there's others in the camp that the Carousel is the ride to end the day with.. And some who just wanna relax and soak in the experience for a few minutes with an ice cream cone before
  7. 1980 - End of the Year Well.. with the 80's came loads of insurance changes.. and that means lots of light! A lot of the dimly lit charm of the old park has been washed out in bright lights to keep out fears of nighttime crime in the park. This has meant that the park can stay open a bit later though. The previous closing time of 9:00 PM has been extended to 10:00 PM meaning that you can enjoy the pretty lights for an extra hour. The park is peaceful back here. Drowned in light! Attendance is always slow towards the end of the season anyway
  8. I read every update! Been following this thread since day one. I think many have interest though don't comment. I feel the same way on my park sometimes, it's easy to get discouraged though the final product is always worth it! You should try crowdfunding, I'm sure tons of people who don't get to see this thread would have tons of interest.
  9. Yeah, that's a great way to put it. It wasn't a giant coaster but a necessary one. With Scorpion now at the park, it's not as crucial of an attraction. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1980 - Yikes! So the last 5 years or so have looked good on the surface, but beneath that lie some dark secrets that the park has done well to hide. The park discovered something very important in the 60's. Infrastructure is crucial. Every dollar you spend fixing a broken bulb or board pays back double in the long run.
  10. 1980 - New Kiddieland! The Scooters fly right out over the paths providing great path interaction. The eatery here has a nice patio balcony that runs up next to this approach ramp. The old site was not as level as you would think and lots of issues and concerns came up about how steep a path kids would want to walk up to get to a Kiddieland. We'll see in the coming year how things work out with that. The rockets love their comfy new home and get plenty of riders, something they weren't quite getting in their old spot adjacent much more thrilling rides. I'm t
  11. 1980 - New Kiddieland! So as you all likely know, the park has torn out its longtime favorite steel coaster Hornet, which now sits stowed away in a storage shed somewhere, awaiting its unknown fate. It has been replaced with a 'new' kiddieland. This new land consists of mostly old attractions that were moved from other areas of the park as well as a few new rides. The entrance! The first new attraction is a kiddie sized ferris wheel which sits at the centerpiece of the land. It is actually brand new and wasn't bought used from anyone which was a rarity through the 70's and will
  12. I will be soon hopefully! I am dealing with some file instability at the moment so once I can get that sorted out I should have some new progress. Also, thanks a bunch for reading through! It's been years of work and it's appreciated when people take real interest.
  13. That is a Reverchon Quasar ride! CFH Rides has created it along with most of the other flats. A quick Google search would show you his massive catalog of CFR's! Ah, true! The Racer has been removed for exactly such a reason. All signs have indicated that doing so balanced the budget for the 70's. The 70's were not great for parks and a lot of great rides were lost in this decade. Though it is unlikely the exact ride will be reborn due to its shear unmanageable size, it lives on in spirit with the flume station, and there is always the opportunity for another similar racing coaster to
  14. Night Is Great Pt. III Well I said I wouldn't have anymore photos, but I do. Night is my favorite time to be at the park. There's far less people here and the lighting is just amazing to look at. The front of the park has a red glow to it that isn't present anywhere else. One of the most changing areas of the park, virtually nothing here is original except for the general shapes. As you creep out from the central areas of the park it becomes even more unrecognizable with the parks old structure even more foreign. The park has not looked back from its rapid expansion since
  15. Your research is pretty solid! You're pretty close on a lot of things but not exact. While there's certainly many overlying themes to what generally happened to amusement parks vs. theme parks, nearly every park has a different tale that differs significantly from the general trends. While there's giant parks such as Disneyland that take big crowds and certainly pushed out a lot of the parks that attempted to compete, you can't neglect local crowds that are more than able to sustain family parks as long as there isn't much other huge local competition. I don't know if you've seen my park East
  16. 1979 - Night Is Great Before I show you the final update of the season, this sprawling scene should hold you over. This area was recently converted into a primarily rides area, and the whole park has opened up because of it. This will be the last time I'm at the park this year on unofficial business. There's been a new ride added this year, though I never got a good picture of it! I promise I will in the offseason. It's a Reverchon Quasar that's been added in front of the ferris wheel where its entrance used to be. I can confidently say that after 3 tries the park has fin
  17. 1979 - Overviews Scorpion at nighttime stands over the park. The interesting use of terrain makes it rather imposing. The station is pretty clean cut. The feature here is wood. There's lots of it. The park spans a lot of acres. You can see the variety of rides here. More is sure to come soon! The staple of the park is the hand dug lagoon. Initially meant to be more integral in the original design of the park, a few building cuts including a third casino style restaurant where Hornet stands caused the park to shift much more towards the entrance. The bumper c
  18. Thank you! I always enjoy hearing that people have actually read through the story. No details yet, but there will be some wonderful things coming! Thank you! You will surely see the park change even more throughout the 80's. Thanks! The 80's will bring some new things and some old as well. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1979 - Sunset The sun sets yet again on another summer day.. While this ride is popular among most, it tends
  19. 1979 - Opening Day Welcome back to another year! All in all it's a pretty standard year, a new attraction and some infrastructure updates, but we're all very proud of how it's all turned out this year. Minor changes can go a long way. The long standing Snack Shack has finally been converted to a full scale restaurant that serves mostly pizza and other assorted things. There's a new covered seating area next to it. It gives an interesting blend of traditional architecture and a more modern style. You also can see that the Dodgems finally have a sign discerning the ride fro
  20. Thanks! Nah, nothing set in stone yet, just setting up some long term Thanks a bunch! I based all my decisions around what other PA parks were doing so it's got a lot of the same feel to it. My passion in amusement parks stems from me visiting local PA parks as well! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ School has made it nearly impossible to find any time to play the game, though luckily I had a few spare hours today to get an update prepared, so here ya go! -------------------------------------------------------------------------
  21. 1979 - Blast From the Past The final changes are settling into place and the new Cyclone station has finally been unvelied along with new landscaping. It's finally all tidied up. The pavilion finally got rid of those obscene tables and replaced them with much more suitable ones. And the Falls finally got the attention it deserves. New station, new queue, new water systems, new boats. It all looks very fresh and rejuvinated. Working infrastructure to keep this drop intact. Still awaiting a booth to watch for troublemakers standing up and what not. Th
  22. 1978 - Another Year Down So the year's over and the park has begun laying the foundations for next years additions, there's quite a lot happening! There's not much happening here. There's gonna be a little retracking as usual, but the layout will remain the same. And this little cove is ognna remain intact as well. Something new is going here next year. The Dutch pavilion shading the queue will be re-used, though what for is a secret for now. Here's the big one! Cyclone is getting a full facelift for its station. It will finally be state of the art and cohesive.
  23. 1978 - The Rain Carries On So I went into work today and the rain didn't let up until the late afternoon. It's gonna make for another rather depressing update. The park still stayed open as it was mainly scatterred showers that would stick around for about half an hour or so. All these photos are from my lunch break! We've been discussing the final details for what we're doing in this area next year. It's become suprisingly rundown in the last decade, and can expect big refurbishment. Unfortunately, the Whip, which was slated to open up mid-season coinciding with
  24. Thank you! I actually cheated a bit and modified a few of the hills under the coaster, but most of it is just as I had crafted it 4 years ago when the map first began. I've always wanted to do POV's, and you will get them eventually, but I've never been able to find the time to record them! Plus I'd like to get the loop sorted out on Scorpion first. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1978 - Late Night Rainstorm Despite great weather all day, the skies decided to ope
  25. Scorpion - 1978 This Schwarzkopf looper is one of 3 Looping Racer models built in the US. This one is the medium length one. They weren't built mostly due to costs, and lack of a fitting terrain, but this one has got a great location and provides for some great reveals such as this one. You get a great unbroken view to the lagoon. It's magnificent in person. The ride is hard to decipher, and is a surprising choice of rides for a park that is attempting to get a skyline. But the revenue it brought in makes it not a worry. The lift is an interesting p
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