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I have seen that video of The Bat before, but for all those who haven't, I'm glad it was posted here. Thanks Robb for not deleting it (and accusing the poster of hijacking this thread, hehe.) The motion of the train seems very "wavelike" compared to the other Arrow suspendeds. And the music...who else liked (or loved) the music during the first part of video? It was so cool! It was scary sounding, then silly late 70s/early 80s, and back to a very epic sounding part during the slow motion segment.

 

EDIT: ^And does anyone know for sure if those are the trains from The Bat? The fascia seems a little different but could have been modified, I suppose.

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^Marriott's Great Adventure?????? You mean Great America, right?

 

Yep--when I was in high school in central California back in the faraway time of the 1970s, everybody just called the place "Marriott's."

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Although I am glad they remade the Steel Phantom as it pretty much hurt like hell, I must say I miss the Laser Loop. Standing in line for the Phantom I can't hlp but think that the 2 coasters could exist on the same land. How cool would that be to shoot down through the structure of the lift hill and go up the front spike towards the top of the Phantoms "big" drop!! Going back to the time I was little, (I am now 34) I vaguely remember the kiddy coaster about where the Raging Rapids is today. Anything on that one, RCDB really doesn't have any good shots of it...

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^ Before 1991, Cedar Point had a measly, what, 9 coasters?

 

Great stuff, Shane. I've seen so few Laser Loop pictures. Also nice to see where the ride was compared to where Steel Phantom/Phantom's Revenge is now.

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I've seen so few Laser Loop pictures.

 

Yes, this coaster seems to be "the coaster that time forgot" It is very illusive and tough to find pictures of.

 

If anyone has anymore pictures of the Laser Loop I would love to see them posted here!

 

I know there are a bunch of Kennywood fanatics out there, you must have some great shots of this ride....post away!!!

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Wow thanks for sharing all those old ads for the parks. I remember going to Universal Studio's almost every year as a kid. I remember the Airport 77' stage show. If you've ever seen the movie there's a part where the plane crashes into the ocean and the survivor's have to swim out. They mixed part of the movie with audience participation. They'd pick some people out of the audience and recreate some of the scenes including a water scene where they'd have to jump in the water. I always wondered what they did with these people and there wet clothes. The more I think about it as an adult I'm sure those weren't real guests of the park. I'm sure they were plants to make u think they use real people.

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Very cool report and photos and discussion. I love the early 80's promotional material and park-visitor fashions of the time!

 

First question: Are the Hanna Barbera characters still to be found at legacy-Paramount parks? I know I've seen Yogi Bear somewhere recently but I can't remember where.

 

Second question: EBL mentioned Arrow's 4th Dimension Debacle...is there a thread on that somewhere? Was it problems with that one ride design that led to their being bought out, or a set of problems including that? I know it's a tough business, and I guess too much dough dropped into one big project that ends up not selling can really kill you.

 

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This thread is really cool-I actually have been sitting here reading it for a half hour!

 

I was confused at first on how "unbanked turns" caused the train to swing. The vid. cleared that up.

 

Bat seems so different than all the other Arrow suspenders. In a way, it DID start the "fourth phase" of roller coasters or whatever. There's so many "below the track" coasters today, Arrow suspended and others.

 

 

So, does anyone actually have a "review" of the ride? I know it operated sparingly a long time ago, but can anyone remember what the ride actually felt like??

 

Again, very cool info.

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I remember some of the old pictures of the park from the movie "Rollercoaster"

 

"Rollercoaster" wasn't filmed at KI.It was filmed on location at Ocean view park,Kings Dominion & SFMM.

 

SFMM's Viper is an Arrow multi-looper,Ninja is an Arrow suspended....there's a major difference between the two rides.

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LIBERTYLAND

 

Here is an update on a small park in Memphis that closed down awhile ago. It was one of the parks that I wasn't able to visit. This is kind of a small update to this thread as I do not have that much stuff on the park.

 

But if you have interest in this park there is quite a bit of facts and information for you to read.

 

Anyone feel free to add any info they have on this park....

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Well I thought that was going to be a pretty boring post cause I didn't have a lot of photos just all the press releases. But I just went back and read all those releases and there is a lot of interesting stuff about this park that I knew little to nothing about.

 

It really makes me wish I was able to visit this park while it was still around. Very interesting how this park came about and that it was operated by a non-profit group.

 

There are some really great "over the top" quotes in there from Mike Danshaw, Allen Ambrosini and Frank Gordon describing the Revolution. And I have to laugh at the general managers remark as it "being as safe as a baby's cradle". I recall that when the wind blew the cradle was rocked and then fell, baby and all. That doesn't sound too safe to me.

 

And speaking of Frank Gordon, who was the founder of Roller Coaster Buffs International, the other coaster club that rivaled ACE back in the 70's, I found this photo of RCBI's first convention at Six Flags over Texas. There weren't too many of us there, but it was a BLAST!

 

The club slogan was "Ride High with RCBI" How great is that?

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Group Photo of Roller Coaster Buffs International (RIP) on the exit ramp of Judge Roy Scream at Six Flags over Texas.

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Well I thought that was going to be a pretty boring post cause I didn't have a lot of photos just all the press releases. But I just went back and read all those releases and there is a lot of interesting stuff about this park that I knew little to nothing about.

 

It really makes me wish I was able to visit this park while it was still around. Very interesting how this park came about and that it was operated by a non-profit group.

 

There are some really great "over the top" quotes in there from Mike Danshaw, Allen Ambrosini and Frank Gordon describing the Revolution. And I have to laugh at the general managers remark as it "being as safe as a baby's cradle". I recall that when the wind blew the cradle was rocked and then fell, baby and all. That doesn't sound too safe to me.

 

Libertyland had everything going for it but the management became corrupt and began to have a different venue in mind - the Mid South Fair... and it was all down hill from there.

 

I was surprised as they listed Zippin Pippin going at just over 20 mph? That doesn't seem right to me, most places list it at going at least 40 mph.

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So Libertyland opened for the 4th of July 1976 and closed in 2005. When smaller, independent parks close down permanently does it make you a little sad, Shane? It's a shame that for every Walt Disney and Walter Knott there's a (add name of creator of Libertyland here).

 

On a more positive note...Wow, Shane, what's left of Magic Mountain for this thread?

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On a more positive note...Wow, Shane, what's left of Magic Mountain for this thread?

 

I have a whole series I am going to be posting in the next day or two that looks at all the earlier Six Flags parks the way they were back in the 1970's.

 

Boy when you see the Magic Mountain the way it used to be it will make you sad. Yes Magic Mountain truly used to be "Magic"

 

PS. RIP Psyclone, did you go to Japan with us, I am trying to figure out who you are.

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