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1. I love the kid interviewers who shove the microphones in people's faces like it was a weapon.

 

2. I love the onride POV from the third or fourth row. If only there was a seat on the train where you could get an unobstructed view of the track... hmmm...

 

Great stuff as always, Shane. There's not much Jet Scream stuff out there on the web. It makes me want to hurt someone with a blunt object that Six Flags sent Jet Scream off to Houston while SFoMA got Ninja. "Sorry, kids... we're getting rid of the Schwarzkopf. But we're getting a Vekoma with more loops! Why are you frowning?!?"

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Thanks everyone for your reading and interest in this thread. Your comments and opinions area much valued and I am thrilled that I have hit the TOP 10 position of TPR's most viewed threads.

 

I had no idea of what this would become when I first posted those early park magazine ads back on November 23, 2007. I just want to make everyone aware of PAGE 1 of this thread. It has a detailed, up to date table of content of everything posted and direct links to those threads. Check it out if you have missed anything here in Shane's Amusement Attic.

 

Thanks!!!!!

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First thing ever posted back in November 2007

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Kid's World: Atom Smasher or the "Cinerama Coasta"

 

This is probably one of my favorite episodes, not due to the coaster, but purely for Franki Romanelli and her thick New York accent. The Rolla Coasta was located at Rockaway's Playland from 1938 to 1985.

 

So when I began to post these episodes from Kid's World I wanted to give a little history on the program so I did a some research on the internet and could not come up with anything, I did however find Franki on facebook. She has turned out to be quite a looker. Like any New Yorker she now lives in Florida and she made sure to tell me that she lost that heavy New York accent.

 

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

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Franki today

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Kid's World rides The Beast

 

I am sorry to say that this is the final installment of the Kid's World series. I hope everyone has enjoyed it. We will continue on for the next 7 days with our "Welcome TPR TV" super series...Theme Parks a Go-Go. A show from the E! that star such celebrities as the guy from Baywatch, the guy from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the girl from Facts of Life and a bunch of other "has beens"

 

Now sit back and enjoy The Beast as the Barbara Walters of Kid's World procures the coveted interview with Beast creator, Mr. Charles Dinn.

 

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

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Sorry for the delay in presenting Theme Parks a Go-Go. there seems to be a little glitch with downloading to TPR TV today. (or maybe it is my internet...either way something is not working) I hope to have it posted later today. If not we will have to go with the youtube version. Either way It will be on here tonight around 6:00 (mountain time) So please check back then.

 

Shane

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Theme Parks a Go-Go Part 1

 

Yes what a stupid name for a show, but the show is actually pretty good and features a host of washed out stars desperate for attention. It is a 7-part series.

 

While this next mini-series is not as good as Kid's World (IMO) there still is some great footage, including a whole segment on Drachen Fire.

Tune in everyday to see each exciting part.

 

-Shane

 

[tprtv]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=ThemeParksaGoGopt1_1[/tprtv]

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Kings Dominion

 

Lets go back several years and several owners to a time when Kings Dominion was a fairly new park. It had a starring role in the film "Roller Coaster" and featured key attractions as King Kobra, Lost World, Rebel Yell and the Apple Turnover. Today's park still has some of its original feel but with several owners and different directions, the park has lost some of it's original charm, anyone remember the singing mushrooms?

 

I hope this update brings back some of those GREAT memories of Kings Dominion - the early years.

 

Here are two clips from the movie "Roller Coaster" that show the park back in the 70's

 

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

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

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1992 brochure. The park is starting to take on a different look and feel. next stop...Paramount.

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King Kobra finally is replaced with a new snake

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1991 brochure

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The New Attraction: Avalanche. I am not sure how it fits into the safari section of the park? I am guessing there wasn't a lot of creative input that went into this attraction

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ahhh, where did the King Kobra go???

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Map from 1987. A new attraction is coming to the Safari section of the park.

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It was an Awesome ride when it first opened

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Kings Dominion follows up its cousin, The Beast, with The Grizzly

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New and exciting attractions are coming to Kings Dominion

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Such a GREAT park icon. One of the BEST!

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well at least one of the car rides has survived

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two great flat rides that were located in candy apple grove. They have been long gone and replaced by several other attractions over the years

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I miss the Red, White & Blue coasters

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Amazingly this coaster, now in it's 4th location, is still running and thrilling riders!

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A moment of silence please for the world's first Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop

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With all the flumes being removed lately, I wonder how much longer this one will be around

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I am not a fan of the remodeled International street. The new landscaping really hides the fountains and takes away the "street" feel

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sky rides were a staple attraction of all parks back in the 70's. They are a rarity now

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Was this ride called the flying dutchman? Kings Island had the same ride long ago

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so much charm and atmosphere

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There they are...the singing mushrooms. When I worked for Paramount I tried to track them down and see if they were stored away somewhere. unfortunately they are no more :(

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The souvenir book from 1978

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The star attraction of the 70's Rebel Yell

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Press photos

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1977 park map

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Such at great ride and a perfect fit for the park at the time. I think it still would have been a great attraction for the park

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1980 park map

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The Lost World

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The Haunted River

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Park Map

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park attractions and facts

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The Lost World

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1980 brochure

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New attraction: the Lost World

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1979 brochure. note: the park is called Hanna Barbera's Kings Dominion

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The King Kobra postcard

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From the Grizzly description:

 

Trees not directly in the coaster's path will be left standing, heightening the suspense and surprise of the ride.

 

A lesson quickly forgotten by the time The Hurler was introduced.

 

I'm glad the Brady Bunch and Rollercoaster captured both Kings Island and Kings Dominion before the charm was completely stripped away.

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