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  1. 1978 - The Nighttime

     

    Hi, it's John Stafford, you probably have forgotten the name, but I've been the one feeding these updates to you since 1966. Now you may not know this, but I am actually the head of park planning at East Side. I was hired into the position in 1969 after being instrumental in the decision to demolish the Racer. I make logistical decisions regarding the parks layout and how to best adapt it to bring in the most revenue while keeping crowds and traffic at uniform levels throughout the park. It's a rather boring description for an absolutely amazing job. If I don't know something about the park, it isn't worth knowing. I'm finally revealing this because I'll be retiring soon and want to leave you with some real knowledge before I can't anymore!

     

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    I started working with the park when they were developing the Hornet area. I was a simple historical analyst whose job was to figure out what type of benches and lampposts would look the most historically accurate. I have now overseen every addition that has taken place over here since Hornet. I think things have come quite a ways in 13 years.

     

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    It's weird to think that there's nothing over here, even though the original planning committee behind the park had wished to encircle the entire lagoon within the first 15 years, but they really didn't consider that putting the lagoon so far from the lagoon was a terrible idea.

     

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    This teacups ride is from the 50's, and for whatever reason, hasn't completely disintegrated. It's actually not a really classic ride. It was a cheap little addition made by some knockoff company that doesn't exist anymore. Parts are a nightmare and the mechanics can't wait for its replacement next year.

     

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    This is an older model that has done very well. It's a unique attraction that is remarkably well kept. It got some new paint this year and I hope to keep it in this position for as long as possible.

     

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    Pirat is crowded till close, and I hope to add some new rides like it soon. If only I can find a spot for them..

     

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    You see, we needed to pack in new rides here because it was frankly a lot cheaper given the circumstances. But now that years have passed and the profits have been reaped from the high concentration of stuff, these kiddie rides pose a huge problem.

     

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    They're smack dab next to this world class coaster. As the park develops it simply doesn't make sense anymore to have kiddie rides in the same area as thrill rides. It confuses and annoys parents of small children. Hopefully it's an easy fix once we settle on a more permanent Kiddieland location.

     

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    I'm not looking forward to the day when Hornet is considered old, I love this ride and how it interacts with everything.

     

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    I can't believe how much this area has opened up in the last few years. What was once a blank hillside of trees has become the bustling center of the park.

     

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    With coasters becoming fashionable again this decade, people have begun looking to Cyclone for inspiration. It's one of the best maintained examples from the Golden Age of Amusement Parks. It turned 50 this year and we hope to keep it running for another 50 and beyond.

     

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    It fits so nicely in the layout and I hope it gets some company real soon!

  2. It looks to me like Kennywood is the smarter choice coming from a park enthusiast, but from a business standpoint, CNL may get their turnover a lot faster. Kennywood may have a more long term solution, but with the debt, it seems like going the fast money way may be the only way to keep the park afloat. It's a shame because that will likely kill off the homey feel of the park.

  3. East Side 1978 - More Junk

     

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    The lilypads love to populate these shallow corners. You get a few of more than a view old attractions across the lake. I remember when I could see a Wild Mouse ride right where that fountain is.

     

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    The bumper cars building got a new coat of paint. They wanted the stone white, but feared damaging it with paint. The compromise looks just as good!

     

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    The pavilion next to the carousel has also been repainted along with the games building. The park has been trying to get a better sense of continuity among buildings and attractions. I personally liked the purple better, but I'll get over it. They serve some great burgers here!

     

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    The pavilion that the ferris wheel's queue used to go under has been sent to storage, likely to house some other attraction at a later date. It remains to be seen if they will choose to do anything else here.

     

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    Scorpion got a brighter shade of red this year, and is still a fantastic ride. While the loop is great, it's terrain hugging layout and deep swooping drops are what set it apart. And just wait for the surprise tunnel! Stengel really knew what he was doing here.

     

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    PA parks have got excellent coaster terrain. This brake run is the highest the coaster ever gets off the ground. The best drop on the ride doesn't come until a ways into the layout.

     

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    But apart from the high tech coasters, the park still specializes in its flats. They've got some of the best selection of them around, and the new Pirat only cements that.

     

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    Hidden behind Cyclone we see that East Side also has family appeal. They are still working on trying to find a good spot to cement a kiddieland, but until then, the loose area back here will have to do.

     

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    This area has seen tremendous change in the past decade. It used to be a dead spot, now it's the center of the park.

     

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    Foliage and beauty never take a back seat to rides though. The park always ensures a healthy balance.

     

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    I'll be back with some night shots.

  4. I love the style you've done this park in. It beckons me back to the simpler days of park building when I could just have fun and build without obsessing over every tiny detail. You've made creative use of some limited pieces and I love the blend of in-game stuff with custom stuff. I also love your coaster layouts, they go excellent in a SIx Flags park, and top notch job on supporting. I'm loving seeing this develop. A couple tips though. One thing is that your tree cover is extremely sparse, and it can conflict with some points on your paths where the vegetation invades on the paths. Try and bring in the environment, not keep it out. Open spaces and rest areas will really help the flow of your park. Also don't be afraid to experiment with height changes. Subtle elevation changes is free realism without having to use any scenery. The same goes for terrapainting. You've got a lot of grass, I would try and blend some dirt and rock and such through the groundcover instead of just having the dirt patches where rides are. But all in good time! 20 pages in I feel like you don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Keep developing things and don't be afraid to try and mix it up and develop your park beyond what the timeline dictates.

  5. Been reading over this; since before I joined TPR and I love it! East Side Lagoon has a well written story to it; and one of the best park designs I have seen in a park; in a good while.

     

    Thank you very much! I'm glad you like the park and I hope you continue to enjoy the story. I hope to get more of a storyline story going and move away from the descriptive updates, as they can get pretty boring..

     

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    East Side - 1978

     

    Yeah it's a new year, and the park has made some upgrades as usual.

     

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    New entrance foliage this year. They redid a lot of this to make room for their in-house project, a new version of the classic Whip ride.

     

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    The building's been done for a few months, but the Whip ride is proving much more difficult to perfect what with redsigning the old system to fit with newer parts. The building is currently empty. They moved the bathrooms over and gave a great little overlook to the log flume to fit it in.

     

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    New paint on the dance hall, it's been looking a little old, they're trying to keep it fresh with some little changes.

     

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    They also gave Cyclone the paint color it had when it was first refurbished and reverted the wood to a white color.

     

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    There's not much new here, but it all still looks pretty good. I'm not looking forward to the day when the shade and plants vanish from here..

     

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    The other real main attraction other than the pending Whip ride is this Pirate Ship. It's a great new attraction from HUSS.

     

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    They nested a little eating joint below it. They've perfected getting the necessities in all the little nooks and crannies of the foundation.

     

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    They finally converted over the little tents to a more permanent structure here. Again it goes under the structure here.

     

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    The queue for the Pirate Ship excavates this little area under the bridge. It was originally intended as a maintenance ramp to get supplies across the ditches, but it stuck in the final design. Not sure if it'll stick around in its current state or not.

  6. Holding On - 1977

     

    So with all the turmoil in the Pittsburgh area with amusement parks, it's not just pure luck that East Side has managed to survive (for now). The park has been blessed with all sorts of good fortune and good decision making.

     

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    The park's ferris wheel was the first attraction visible from the main roads, and that was a huge boost to attendance. Having a symbol at the park kept East Side strong in people's memories.

     

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    Paradise Falls was one of the riskiest maneuvers in park history. Tearing down a classic was fortunately met with success since people seemed to flock to see the new technology.

     

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    We also can't forget the park's first steel coaster. Again, new technology always brings new visitors, and a new coaster is always a great investment for any park.

     

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    The park was able to keep up with the big theme parks like Disney by adding this grand Asian cafeteria. The park no doubt saw the obvious potential of adding in themed areas and capitalized on it in major fashion. Adding this also helped bring about the start of many 'nationality days' as the interior of the cafeteria is very multi-cultural and attracts guests of all nationalities.

     

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    With all the changes and updates, the park was still able to keep its older audience by sticking to tradition. These bumper cars became an instant tradition when they were first installed, and housing them in the old Middle Eastern building was a double whammy of keeping to tradition and adding themed areas.

     

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    One thing that forever changed the landscape of American parks was a trip by the National Association of Amusement Parks to Europe in the late 1950's. They brought back many of the ideas from parks such as Tivoli, which were rebuilding following WWII and were using a high level of sophistication, especially in their gardens. East Side was more than happy to capitalize on the landscaping.

     

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    In another effort to keep up with theme parks, East Side has finally instituted its first mascot, Perry Panda. It's not quite the same as the Disney Princesses, but it's something!

     

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    The park also added a record number of flats in the past few years to draw in guests to new thrills. This has helped keep profits high enough to hopefully outlast the current amusement park recession.

     

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    The parks most recent big addition was Scorpion, the first of its kind on the east coast. While massively expensive, it has drawn in scores of new visitors, and most importantly, many large school picnics.

     

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    The park has always been sure to keep the spaces open, cozy, and comfortable. They don't want to feel crowded, which can subconsciously make people think the place is rundown and out of space.

     

    Next year it is so far unknown if the park has any major plans. They may choose to ride things out for a year, or could certainly continue the rapid expansion and hope that it can continue to pay off.

  7. It depends what type of ownership we're really talking about here. If it's more of a creative ownership thing and I get to choose what the park adds and how, I think I'll take that. I play RCT, not No Limits! I have much more interest in how it all interacts than just the one part. That being said, I really can't stand business stuff and if owning a park means that I just sit around balancing checkbooks and finances for the rest of my life, that sounds like the worst kind of hell.

  8. This is one of the more well executed hybrid style coasters I've seen! (I think making a wood coaster with steel supports is far more interesting than the other way around.) You've got a great looking layout and a really tremendous site plan. Your support style is quirky, yet it really works against the wood track. The first drop really showcases it well. I can't wait to get a better look at the layout and I hope you can keep at this, it's a really cool concept!

  9. Flashback - 1977

     

    So I was digging around in my attic the other day, and I stumbled across a lot of really golden photos from the park back in its prime. It turns out I had family in the area that loved the park back in its prime. So I decided I'd try and match some of the photos with how things look in the present day to show you guys. The pictures range in date from 1924-1929, though the individual dates aren't so important.

     

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    First up is the entrance. You can see that the one remaining feature is the horse statue, though it has been rotated. All new planters, paths, and buildings. Not to mention the skyline change. Keep in mind that the entrance is mid-refurbishment at the moment and still waiting on a few things.

     

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    Next up is the area off to the right of the entrance. The first picture is from 1924, and the one next to it from 1925, the year the Racer was first installed. On the right it is as it sits today. While it's hard to picture what it would look like with Racer still around, it's even harder to picture it with the Racer never there at all!

     

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    One of the most unchanged areas of the park is the plaza in front of Cyclone. The only real change is that this small maintenance building has been removed. Maintenance is now in a different building in the midfield of the coaster's grounds. The building was replaced with some planters and a small fountain.

     

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    The 'main street' has been changed countless times throughout the years. It has slowly opened up, and the planters slowly recede back from the pathways. Nature slowly retreats away from the park as it grows and grows. Also, they refinished the exterior of the snack bar a few years ago. What was initially supposed to be something of a temporary stand stood for much longer than expected, as it stuck to tradition, its decay had to be offset, and the brickwork will last much longer.

     

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    Another rather unchanged area of the park are these bathrooms. Their exteriors are completely unchanged, though they house some of the nicest bathrooms around. They are refurbished every few years and kept in excellent condition.

     

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    This once great parachute ride is nowhere left in sight. The area now lays open to show Cyclone and up the hill.

     

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    The Caverns darkride which burnt down has since been replaced by a restaurant and a ferris wheel. It's still easy to pick up on the landmarks and see how it would fit in now.

     

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    The picture on the left was taken in Cyclone's first year, before the track was rerouted below the path that would lead to the pool. Also, the windmill was added a couple of years ago, and while it is pretty, it can be obstructive to viewing the lift hill.

     

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    The most changed area in the park is where the pool once was. It's hard to find a good spot for a reference shot, considering even the terrain has been completely modified. When they dug up the pools foundation they left the hole left mostly unfilled.

     

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    The bumper cars have taken on a strange transformation. Once a restaurant, it has been completely rebuilt once, and massively renovated another, only keeping the general foundation and layout. Of course, the tower still remains from its second iteration.

     

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    One of the saddest losses at the park was the loss of Mr. Jefferson's home on the grounds. Unfortunately, its territory was simply too valuable. The park does admit that they may have rushed on the plans to remove it for the new Asian area, though it at least has the plans and many of the interior pieces of the house.=, such as furniture.

     

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    You see here a strange building across the lagoon. It was intended in the parks master plan to link together with the other two original structures, though the plan eventually deviated and it was cut off from the park, and eventually removed in the 1950's. The Tilt-A-Whirl is now the location of a slide and some planters, it all looks very different now..

  10. It irritates the heck out if me that less superior parks on this forum are getting more attention than this thread. Your park is one of the best I've seen in a long time. Please continue making updates with it.

     

    I'm sure if I frequented TPR more that I'd have more replies!

     

    ^Agreed. I've just finished reading this whole thread right now and suddenly grew emotionally attached to this small park in some strange way. Keep up the tremendous work grrt! Not sure if I over read it but whatever happened to Alfred Jefferson's house? It reminds me of Walt Disney's apartment that he had over at Disneyland.

     

    I sent you a PM about it, and have explained it a bit in this update as well!

     

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    1977 - The Whole Story

     

    So what's really going on at the park? I've been a bit shotty at keeping you all informed, but nows finally the time to get you all up to date.

     

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    So first off, the Carousel building was deemed structurally unsafe (it's 77 years old!) and the park decided to enclose the structure for safety reasons. It's now air conditioned and sports a new roofline.

     

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    The park removed the pool and put its fountain here, roughly near where the old Jefferson house sat. With it sitting on such a valuable area of the park, there was no choice but to remove it. Parts of the house and the old museum still remain in storage, and are awaiting a new home.

     

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    This past year saw the loss of two more great attractions at the park. The Thunderbobs ride as well as the Octopus currently sit in storage awaiting new homes in a yet to be determined location. In their place is a remodeled hub that allows for much clearer views of Scorpion up the hill.

     

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    With growing competition from other parks, East Side picked a great year to finally fill in the void where the pool once sat. Numerous attractions from storage finally made their way to flat ride alley.

     

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    Contruction took longer than expected as the pools foundation sat far beneath the ground line and had to be completely torn up, resulting in some interesting topography to work with.

     

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    With the new area complete, 1976 finally saw the addition of a new roller coaster. Though initially planned to hold a darkride, the space was quickly redesigned by Schwarzkopf into a sprawling masterpiece of a ride, one of the first in the world to contain a loop. This addition brought scores of enthusiasts to the park, and shifted the tide from Kennywood's new multi-million dollar Log Jammer ride.

     

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    Going back a bit further in time.. East Side's own flume ride, Paradise Falls, came at the heels of a controversial decision to remove the famous Racer ride.

     

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    With the shedding of the massive costs required to maintain the Racer, the park was able to finally set a course for more rapid expansion.

     

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    These two Schwarzkopf coasters have brought massive profits to the park, and have likely saved the park from going under.

     

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    Strangely enough, plummetting picnic numbers have yet to fully impact East Side. The cost saving measures in place by the park have brought their profit margins up high enough that it can hopefully hold on until the market improves.

     

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    The park has taken on a new atmosphere in this decade, and it will be interesting to see how it wishes to adapt.

  11. Randy's Rockets - 1977

     

    While the new president seems to be making a mess of the economy, it is with great fortune that East Side has been able to survive despite the changing environment of Pittsburgh.

     

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    With many schools merging, the majority of the school picnic traffic has been shifting steadily to Kennywood.

     

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    This move has been a severe detriment to West View Park as it begins to slip further into disarray.

     

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    East Side hasn't been spared either as their school picnic numbers have plummeted in the past 5 years.

     

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    The one thing that has been able to keep East Side afloat is the growing amount of town traffic which has been drawn to the park due to its rapid expansion and consistent upkeep.

     

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    This risky maneuver has so far paid off for the park, but it seems unlikely that the park will be able to continue with its current rate of expansion for more than a few years, especially with the economy beginning to slip.

     

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    The forecasted numbers for the next year indicate that the park should continue to do well for now, which should come as good news to people frequenting the park.

     

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    While others haven't been so fortunate, East Side has held on through far tougher times.

     

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    Change has always been for the best at East Side, and if the park does one thing well, it's adapt.

     

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    Let's hope that a simple school picnic dispute doesn't derail a thriving park.

     

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    I would hate to see such beautiful views vanish into history.

  12. Nice park you got going in there and the story line is brilliant. Keep on going!

     

    Thanks!

     

    I saw that they have a Chance Toboggan cfr out That would look amazing in here!!

     

    We'll have to see! My issue is that it might look a bit junky in comparison to other rides.

     

    Great park, but let's see an update! I look forward to seeing what happens in the '80s and '90s!

     

    Ahh, fine you got me! I've been meaning to get around to it..

     

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    1976 - An Early Stroll

     

    So the park decided to throw in another coaster over the winter..

     

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    Yepp, there she is in all her glory! Scorpion is the parks newest addition and is one of the first coasters in the world to have a loop.

     

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    This pathway leading up to the queue is well landscaped and places the whole coaster up on the hill.

     

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    The station is fairly simple and straightforward, the brick is false, it's mainly textured plaster.

     

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    One of the numerous tunnels on Scorpion, this one takes place right before the brake run.

     

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    A shot of the lift as seen from the queue.

     

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    Inside the station you see the simplicity of it. Nothing too major here.

     

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    Looking up the lift. This tire driven system was brought in after there were problems with the typical standard chain lift.

     

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    The memorable loop. This scene will surely change in years to come.

     

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    It's a big step up from Schwarzkopf's last installation at the park, but I'm sure both will enjoy continued success!

     

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    One last look at the ride. The landscape of the park is again changed by the presence of another new addition.

  13. 1975 - As the Dust Settles

     

    Well construction at the park was going full tilt the past two years, but as June gets started, the park has finally begun to settle down.

     

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    People traversing the new area will be sad to see that this dark ride, planned to open this year, has been put on hold indefinitely. Following the death of its master designer, Bill Tracy, in August of 1974, plans for this dark ride have been up in the air. It is unsure what will become of this building in the future.

     

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    Thankfully the hustle and bustle of this new expansion leads the unfinished building to be mostly lost in the trees.

     

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    Twilight has settled in and the lights begin to turn on, but there's no sign that people are ready to leave. The early June crowds are magnets for school picnics.

     

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    But even amidst all the crowds, it's still possible to find a quiet place. This bridge does well to break up the crowds and cross traffic.

     

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    The bumper cars are always popular. Gotta love the strange use of the building.

     

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    And lets not forget our Asian area! The swings are one of my favorite rides at the park.

     

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    Lots of fun stuff in this shot! The Bobs are a prime place to get nice and cozy with a passenger! And by cozy I mean be abruptly slammed full force into a painful metal sidebar while the person next to you laughs their butt off.

     

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    No caption needed here. Just enjoy!

     

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    Still a pretty kick butt ride. Coasters are starting to blossom again thanks in large part to John Allen's beautiful Racer at Kings Island. Who knows how long it will be till ESLAP sees another one of these beasts.

     

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    Hornet has treated the park well.. perhaps they'll add another steel coaster instead.

     

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    As the park begins to shut down for the night, I'm left to ponder what this skyline will look like in 5 years time..

  14. this park is the best!! i can't get over the realism of everything. with the limited amount of old style rides out there for rct3, you my friend have done an incredible job! i only hope one day there will be a flying scooters, or a trabant, or maybe even a whip. they would fit so perfectly in here. even if they never come though, this park was, is, and always will be one of my favorites!!!

     

    Thank you! Hopefully someday.. this update adds in many 70's style rides that were missing, and the second a whip or trabant comes out, I'll put it in! And the same goes for a Calypso ride!

     

    Wow. This is great! I just spent literally an hour and a half now reading through this entire thing... I love the story-line, though I must admit that I'll miss the side-friction coaster and Racer, but probably not for too long with this great story-line and with the late 70's/80's approching ... I will say that a more "modern" coaster should start coming into view (Maybe an old Arrow?), but in any case keep up the great work and hope to see some more time pass for the park to develop

     

    That's great! I used to love doing that. I too miss those coasters.. But unfortunately it was necessary they go. Don't fret though! There will be plenty more coasters coming to East Side. Maybe by the end of the decade! I've been dying to add another steel coaster, but who knows how long that will be.

     

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    1975 - Filled to Capacity

     

    It's been a while. 1974 came and went, I was unfortunately too occupied with work to find a free day to head to the park for a day, but I hope that this year I can visit much more often. There's been some major overhauls in the past two years. No new coasters, but lots of 'new' flats. Record attendance today.

     

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    The most notable initial change is the entrance, which has finally been updated. The original entrance was standing since the 20's and frankly looked ugly!

     

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    They put some office space in the top floor, what a nice view this would be!

     

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    There's not much going on back here. The kids come back here for the coaster, I just like the environment!

     

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    I liked this angle. Shows off some neat foliage.

     

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    Alright, now lets get to the good stuff.. That empty piece of dirt has been developed over the past two years and is now a second chance for numerous rides that at one point existed in the park.

     

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    This Rotor once had a place where the Bobs ride now stands. It has been heavily refurbushed and is now thrilling customers.

     

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    It's a fun, time tested ride for all!

     

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    A windmill was also added for some decoration to this rather open, bare area. But over the years, those little trees will fill in to provide shade to the whole area.

     

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    I also anticipate that a true food stand will call this area home in the coming years. Especially if these crowds continue! And one of the two new flats that were added is this Troika ride, which resides in the shadow of the ferris wheel.

     

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    The other new ride is this.. thing. It's basically just a fast ferris wheel.. not sure why they added it, but I'll have to ride it to make a fair judgement.

     

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    You get a good view of it all from this bridge.

     

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    I don't quite qualify these as flats, though they did add a more official kiddie area which is set to expand in the coming years.

     

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    I've only scratched the surface. There's plenty more to see this year!

  15. ^Thanks! It means a ton to hear something like that!

     

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    1974 - The Dead of Winter

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    Winter can hit like a brick here in Pittsburgh. It's always very calming to me seeing the park sleeping.. The lagoon swing is off in a warehouse somewhere being spared of the harsh conditions.

  16. Thanks TPR for updating the image uploading system!! You have made my life so much easier.

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    1973 - Darkest Before the Dawn Pt II.

     

    So let's rewind last night.. before everyone packed up and left, the park was completely packed till about 10. I asked one of the guys at the ticket booth on the way out and he said it was record attendance. Let's take a look!

     

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    Cyclone was rolling fast tonight. What an intense ride! They had 3 trains running pretty much up to the end of the day.

     

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    Let's not forget the games! A staple of any good park. Oh, how amusing it is to watch the teens spend all their cash to try and impress that one special girl..

     

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    Even the usually quiet areas are hopping tonight! People still trying to grab a bite to eat might be sitting in line longer than they probably want to.

     

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    This corner of the park always gets hit with the crowds. The bumper cars are a crowd favorite and have actually started to gather a national following with their 'driftable' bumper cars, similar to the ones found on Knoebels' Scooters. And of course the middle eastern building!

     

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    Hornet is really buzzing (pun intended!) tonight!

     

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    The only area that's been quiet has been near the ferris wheel. It's cut off from the parks layout as it stands now, so nobody seems to venture up here often..

     

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    Let's not forget about our magical carousel! I believe they plan on enclosing the building for next season? Should be quite strange.

     

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    This is what East Side is all about. Family, fun, and a little romance!

  17. 1973 - Darkest Before the Dawn

     

    I've always got my eye on labor day. The park closes soon and its always good to get some nights in.

     

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    These obviously aren't my shots. They're public domain shots taken by the park at some point recently.

     

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    You really get an idea of the sprawl of the park with these overheads. The lights just keep going.

     

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    Soft lighting in the garden areas is magical at night.

     

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    Full overview. Hopefully this park can grow in size soon..

     

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    Now this is where I'm at! You can really do some good people watching at this time.. All the groups have really gotten to know (or in the case of the preteens still stuck with their parents, hate) their groups! The days romances have come to fruition and many new friendships have been forged.

     

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    Looking at the adults you see quite an array of tired moms and dads trying to force their kids to leave. And then there's the ever happy couples just looking to sit on a bench somewhere while they let their kids get their last rides in.

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    Well, I've finally got an update for you guys. As the economy prepares for decline, and will continue to be fairly crappy for the rest of the decade, it should be worth noting that during this period, more coasters were added to parks from 1974-1980 than at any point since the 1920's. Amusement parks were back on the rise. People finally realized there was some history behind all of it. Kings Island and its beautiful Racer could be considered the largest reason that amusement parks became relevant again. It was also during this time that major chain parks such as Six Flags and Marriot began springing up. So though you may think that since the country was moving into a recession, that parks would be on the fall, they did enjoy some success in this time period.

     

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    Last Minute - 1973

     

    The park has been awfully quiet this year. Summer hasn't quite hit, but there's some big changes going on still under the radar.

     

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    The landscape of the park is being transformed, new additions are springing up everywhere.

     

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    It seems like there had to be a steep price tag to do all this in a year.

     

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    It makes you wonder where the money's coming from..

     

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    New Asian style trains on Dragon Coaster. They are open air and sport only a seatbelt and grab bar.

     

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    We got a chairswing too, in case you hadn't noticed! It takes a nice place filling in some of the overwhelming vegetation.

     

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    Another neat little lift hill shot.

     

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    One more, this time from Cyclone.

     

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    They finally did away with the canopy over that lift hill. I haven't decided which way I like best yet..

     

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    Yikes! This kinda worries me..

  19. Phew.. it's been a while. I got a bit fed up with the park and have spent quite a while getting things back up to snuff for you all. I appreciate the comments guys! You are what keeps this park alive.

     

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    1973 - All the Pretty Planters

     

    We don't quite pick up where we left off. Last year was quite filled with turmoil.. What with Watergate.. and Vietnam ending. Oh, and Secretariat winning the Triple Crown. And there's also that fabulous film The Godfather you may have heard of. It's all just been a huge mess and unfortunately I never got a chance to visit last year.

     

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    I decided to take a shot of the entrance looking the other way. It's not quite as interesting! Especially since Racer left.

     

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    The old ferris wheel is still just chilling there enjoying the view.. Anybody remember when the Caverns were there?? Hopefully a dark ride comes along again soon.

     

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    Hornet got a nice new sign and some maintenance. It's serving the park very well!

     

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    Back of the park, pretty as ever!

     

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    The old Snack Bar has been totally remodeled from the ground up. Though in traditional East Side fashion, of course keeping the spirit of the original structure.

     

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    What a change!

     

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    It's possible they may also take the axe to the carousel building and put something a little more modern in its place.

     

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    Another fancy addition, here's this little pavilion style burgers and fries.

     

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    And right next door they've stepped up the Paradise Falls building to fit a little nicer with the rides theme.

     

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    The park boasts a healthy collection of old trees. These babies have been growing since the early 60's and have been cared for and nurtured ever since.[/i][/b]

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    1971 - Close of the Season

     

    The approach of the end of the season brings about bittersweet memories. This season was one of my favorites.

     

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    My little girl rode the Cyclone for the first time this year. Though super terrified the first time, she loves it now.

     

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    At the start of the day the ticket booth gives all sorts of excitement and anticipation, but at the close of the day, it's always disappointing to know you're leaving!

     

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    I miss the Racer more every day! It sinks in more and more each time I see how bare this all looks.

     

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    The last few rides of the day.. The ride ops begin closing down the lines around 9:45. All the guests that are left rush to the nearest open ride on their route out of the park.

     

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    Looking back at these shots of closing makes me sad.. I won't see any of this again till next summer!

     

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    I stayed until Cyclone's last train ran the course. I can hear the cheering from the ground! Those passengers are certainly enjoying their last ride of the night. Lucky for them, the ride op was nice enough to send them around for a second trip!

     

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    Typing this actually made me genuinely sad and reflective!! I'm remembering all the times I've left Kennywood and how powerful that can be. Haha, I've become attached to my park, is that bad?? I seriously inject way too much from my experiences at Kennywood into this park haha.

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