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Happy Halloween from Germany's Hansa Park and my personal fav Eurofighter coaster...Fluch Von Novgorod! The theming on FVN was not even finished when I visited with TPR in 2009, but it was still pretty ominous, and the scare actor in the exit maze was a total shocker surprise. YIKES! This is a great park which includes a really awesome old school Schwarzkopf coaster in addition to the many other great attractions which I hope to revisit again someday.

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Hansa Park's entrance is a little bit foreboding looking with the witch hat turrets.

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Thanks to my good friend Robin of the TPR Brit Crew for providing this awesome postcard of FVN. This scan in no way does it justice as the "holographic" postcard actually changes images depending on the viewing angle!

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Thanks Robin!

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Here's the park brochure from 2009 when I visited with TPR...mmmmmm I like bats!

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More Fluch goodness from 2009!

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Dollywood...who can get enough...I mean seriously?! This park rules no doubt, and here's a mid-Autumn look at the park both current and way back when it was known as Silver Dollar City. Please post your comments!

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Fall Festival postcard

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TPR loves Dolly!

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No...not Missouri but that park is cool too!

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This is how the Smoky Mountains get their name

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Can you smell and taste the awesome cinnamon bread yet???

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I see you Inventor's Mansion

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Anybody remember The Rainmaker?

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Kraftwerk

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Flooded Mine!

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Blazing Fury has been a staple of the park for EONS (look that word up kids)!

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Dollywood had a Trabant? Who knew.

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Do any TPR members have the Cloud Grabber credit?!?

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I miss my first ever Log Flume ride.

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Centerfold A

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Centerfold B

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Dolly is totally SPECIAL.

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Mountain folk are the coolest people.

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Hey y'all!

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Ghost Town in the Sky is just on the other side of the hill in Maggie Valley...awwwwwww.

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We'll end this with what I think might be a TPR donkey. I love you Dollywood!!!

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Oh by golly...well you know the rest. Here's part 2 of a Dollywood update, and Merry Christmas TPR!

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A tender Tennessee Christmas anyone?

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In my opinion the Christmas shows at Dollywood are awesome!

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Here's a preview of coming 2008 attractions...

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Thanks for being awesome, Dollywood!

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Always love seeing old photos of Dollywood/Silver Dollar City. I want to say I rode The Cloud Grabber, as I vaguely remember riding something like that.

 

Also, the Rainmaker still exists and is now located along the pathway to Timber Canyon. Not sure how similar/different it is from its original incarnation.

 

Great update!

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Speaking of world's fairs, I've been sand bagging on this update for about 30 years (my bad), so here's a look at the 1982 Knoxville World's Fair (sorry no postcard - just 30 year old memorabilia and photos shot with my fancy pocket cam). Can you find Bart Simpson?

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The one and only...Sunsphere Tower!

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The 1982 World's Fair was all about energy.

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PURE ENERGY

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Dig on the 1980's art work that reminds me of all that glorious theme park art at the time.

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Outside of White Castle, The Sunsphere Tower is quite possibly the most iconic and greatest piece of architecture in the whole southeast USA.

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Is anyone else reminded a little bit of EPCOT?

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EPCOT...are you ready for your close-up?

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What's Kodak?

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Here's the EPCOT map from 1982.

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I want you to want me, and I love rock and roll. YES please!

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We see you SFOG. Sneaky sneaky.

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Little Debbie, you're cute.

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The Swiss Cake rolls are still the best!

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Here's your ticket. Let's go inside.

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I owe this dear lady my life and love for all things related to theme parks. Thanks, Mom.

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And here she is in JAPAN! I absolutely LOVE you Japan and you too, Mom!

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The 1982 World's Fair was built right next to the campus of the University of Tennessee in downtown Knoxville. Nevermind the Vols stadium...look at the RIDES!

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The midway with the gigantasaurous Vekoma wheel and bumper cars to the left, flume to the right.

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Oh and we see you one of the first inverting swinging ship rides.

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Are you ready for your close-up one of the first inverting swinging ship rides?

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This one doesn't invert, but it's still cool too.

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Have you watched the TPR Wheelie documentary lately?

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It's a Vekoma.

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Intamin?

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Flume layout and a very historic look back at the UT campus from the gigantasaurous Vekoma wheel.

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Wha?!

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Wait for it...

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The one and only - the mighty SCHWARZKOPF

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Thanks Kodak and you too TPR for checking out this update!

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I sooooo wanted to get to this World's Fair, Mark!

(The one right before ours here in 1986, too.)

 

And somewhere, packed safely away here - are actual one-day admission tix.

we bought ahead of time, up here in Vancouver! Mint cond. pretty sure

 

And then plans changed - and I couldn't get to it.

 

A past Regret. But thankyou for sharing the flyer and photos, Mark!

It looked like a really cool fair, with how it was set up with the

buildings and landscaping, etc.

 

(That Jet 400 looked pretty sexy too, lol.)

 

EDIT to add: "Official Film of the 1982 World's Fair." Poor, poor Kodak.

I also find it amazing how much pix and print, parks put into (in those days) their guides and/or flyers,

for helping people get 'the right shot' with tips for focusing, framing, etc. And the selected

"Kodak Photo Spots" on the park/fair maps too, heh heh.

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Yeah Bill I figured you of all people would enjoy the Kodak blurbs in the flyers. It'll be interesting to see if film makes a comeback sort of like vinyl records have more recently.

 

It's funny how World's Fairs don't seem to be such a big deal anymore...at least not that I'm aware of in the US. Back in the 80's, there was the New Orleans '84 fair after Knoxville's and then as Bill mentioned the '86 Vancouver fair...all within a relatively short span of time. Now I can't remember the last time I heard of a new fair.

 

As mentioned in the Simpson's video, here's a bonus photo I took of the giant motorized Rubic's Cube (and Mom) at the Hungarian pavilion!

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Hey- the World Fair from the Simpsons episode....

 

Intamin?

 

Not quite - though I dont know about distribution overseas - this is a Weber Traumboot (Dreamboat) made by german showmen-turned-manufacturer Weber. His company was later sold/aquired/merged (???) to become HUSS rides. The Traumboot is a predecessor to the HUSS Ranger.

 

I prefer the Traumboot over the Ranger as the cabin is taller so better for taller guys like me. Today those Traumboots are still in operation in Mexico City Feira De Chapultepec and in the Netherlands at Attractiepark Slagharen. And of course this were designed to be portable.

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It's funny how World's Fairs don't seem to be such a big deal anymore...at least not that I'm aware of in the US. Back in the 80's, there was the New Orleans '84 fair after Knoxville's and then as Bill mentioned the '86 Vancouver fair...all within a relatively short span of time. Now I can't remember the last time I heard of a new fair.

 

Shanghai had a World Expo last year.

 

As a kid I was fascinated with the '82 Worlds Fair even though I never had the chance to visit so thanks for posting this update. I think the Sunsphere is awesome.

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