larrygator Posted November 8, 2011 Share Posted November 8, 2011 (edited) November 24th, 2011 - Dark Ride primer November 27th, 2011 - An exclusive tour of Wild Bill's Nostaglia Center December 2nd, 2011 - New photos of walkthrough construction December 15th, 2011 - new construction photos December 13th, 2011 - Dismantling of Dante's Inferno at Williams Grove December 31st, 2011 - another visit to Wild Bill's January 22, 2012 - testing of the Pretzel cars occurs January 31th, 2012 - info on the rotating Pretzel cars from Beech Bend Feabruary 16th-24th, 2012 - Additional construction photos: building the floor of the Haunted House. April 26th, 2012 - Opportunity to help the doumentary filmmaker capturing the project May 23rd, 2012 - Another visit to Wild Bill's August 29th, 2012 - Larry is forced into manual labor at Wild Bill's October 2nd, 2012 - further updates October 28th, 2012 - Latest visit to Wild Bill's January 6th, 2013 - Visit to Wild Bill's June 15th, 2013 - Latest update on the status of the Funhouse August 17th, 2013 - Latest update April 21st, 2014 visit to Wild Bill's: Pretzel ride building construction July 7th, 2014 - Dark ride construction September 28th, 2014 - Progress on the pretzel dark ride "Laff in the Dark" April 8th, 2015 - Laff in the Dark update Imagine a place where old dark rides don't go to die, but are reborn, refurbished and resurrected for future generations. I know a lot of enthusiasts dream of bigger, faster and more complex. While I love progress, I have really come to love dark rides and walk throughs. The older and cheesier the better. There are still some excellent dark rides left in the US, but they are diminishing. Great haunted houses still exist at Knoebel's, Trimper's and Rehoboth Beach to name a few, but quite a few dark rides have been lost in the past 5 years from Myrtle Beach to Geneva-on-the-Lake to Williams Grove. Kudos to Camden Park, if you didn't realize, they recently refurbished their Haunted House. Walk throughs are even more rare in the sue happy U.S.A., but I have to give props to Trimper's for still maintaining two old school ones with Pirate's Cove still one of my favorites and who can forget Noah's Ark at Kennywood. Indiana Beach and Jenkinson's Pier also still keep the faith alive. What if this trend did not have to continue? While in college I had this fascination with the funhouse at Coney Island's Steeplechase Park, the one with the "wheel" at the end. I never rode it but talked to many of my friend's parents to learn more about the attraction. Eventually, I was able to experience the wheel at Southport Pleasurelend in 2006. I have also walked through some of Scandanavia's best funhouses or as they are commonly called in Europe cakewalks. Stupid US lawyers. Where am I going with this diatribe? So, while many on TPR dream of Leviathan, Sky Rush, Wild Eagle, X Flight, Mythos or the latest coaster flavor of the day. I dream of nostalgia. I dream of a place why I can wander from dark ride to dark ride and celebrate simple props and tricks to create thrills. I can't pinpoint where this dream occurs. Is it Coney Island? Have I became mesmerized by the endless loop of movies from old Coney Island that are shown in the Coney Island Museum? Have I watched too many grainy black and white YouTube movies? I'm not so sure, my dreams are in color. I'm walking through a funky place filled with nostaglia and dark rides? Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? To be continued. Edited April 15, 2017 by robbalvey Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now