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Roller Coaster Addict

 

Well it is time once again to pull something out of the Retro VCR. We've already seen the Roller Coaster Singer & Roller Coaster Expert...How about the Roller Coaster Addict?

 

This guy, Carl, is the original credit whore...only thing is back in the 80's there weren't enough credits to be had so he decided to ride the same coaster over and over and over....... You get the picture.

 

PS - his closing remarks are epic

 

 

 

I am still trying to figure out the TPRTV so until then we will have to make due with Youtube.

 

[tprtv]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=RollerCoasterFanatic[/tprtv]

 

-Shane

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If I've learned one thing over the years, it's that one should avoid entering into a committed relationship with a wooden coaster. Sure, they can be all nice in the beginning, then in only a couple of years they're an entirely different personality, and it's usually a change for the worse. And physically, they can really let themselves go. Downhill.

 

Seriously though...

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It sure is fun to poke fun at this guy...But I hate to say it, In about 10-20 years all this TPR video of us will be made fun of. It's the circle of life!

 

PS- He does look like Will Ferrell

 

 

How true. Already people look at you funny when you tell them that you went to Japan to ride roller coasters.

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It sure is fun to poke fun at this guy...But I hate to say it, In about 10-20 years all this TPR video of us will be made fun of. It's the circle of life!

 

PS- He does look like Will Ferrell

 

Having an interest/hobby is one thing. Having a severe case of OCD is another...

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EUROPA PARK

 

**WARNING: this post contains boobs **

 

With all the excitement of "Blue Fire", Mack's new coaster at Europa Park, I thought I would post this old souvenir book from the park.

 

Europa Park was the highlight for me of the TPR Europe trip. It is themed beautifully, the rides were GREAT, and all around it was just top notch. Yes I hear the complaints about Silver Star just being mediocre, but we were treated to a couple of rides with the brakes off and it was a completely different ride.

 

Europa Park is a "not to miss" park so all you Americans start saving your money...you won't be dissapointed. (well I am sure someone will, it always seems like there is a party pooper in every group)

 

Merry Christmas

-Shane

 

PS - I can't believe I stooped to the level of Big Mike...but these boobs are for artistic reasons not to get big ratings...lol

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Here it is...oh the shame :(

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Cedar Point Wintertime

 

Since most of us are probablly covered in snow at this time I thought this news clip would be appropriate. This video goes back to the winter of 1986 the year before Iron Dragon opened. It shows all the activities that go on at Cedar Point in the off season to get ready for the summer.

 

I hope everyone enjoys their Holidays, I will be off to Dollywood with my family to enjoy a gold ol Smokey Mountain Christmas.

 

-Shane

 

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Intamin 1st Generation Free Falls

 

Happy New Year Everyone. I guess when my thread drops to the second page it is time for an update. I took some time off because I spent the holidays back in the Smoky Mountains. I love Dollywood during Christmas time! I racked up some new credits while there...3 to be exact. I loved Tennessee Tornado and Mystery Mine. Thunderhead I felt was a little overrated, but when it comes to woodies I much prefer the up and down drops to the twisters.

 

So now for an update. I have gone through my stuff and have gathered what I have on Intamins 1st generation Free Falls. It includes some photos of the original model that was displayed at the IAAPA show as well as some press releases from parks that installed them.

 

When these rides first debuted, they were the absolute sh*t. I worked as a ride operator on the Magic Mountain version and I remember the line extending for over an hour and a half wait. the public loved them! Of course as technology improved these rides became dated rather quickly and as we have seen in the last couple of years, most of them have been replaced by the newer Intamin drop towers or the S&S version.

 

Here is some of my footage of two of the rides, first the original Texas Cliffhanger at Six Flags over Texas which I shot opening year with super 8 film and second is some stock footage from Cedar Points Demon Drop.

 

-Shane

 

[tprtv]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=TexasCliffhanger[/tprtv]

 

[tprtv]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=DemonDrop[/tprtv]

 

not sure why the TPV version will not show up here in my post so you can either click on the link to see or just view it from youtube.

 

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Demon Drop. The only installation left in Northern America

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This photo is actually the Free Fall at Six Flags Magic Mountain

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Six Flags Great America's "The Edge"

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notice that Six Flags over Mid-America is listed as having a free fall. I am not sure what the story is with this installation, I always thought it strange that ALL Six Flags parks had one installed except the St. Louis park.

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This early rendering shows a different approach back to the station.

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