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[RCT2] PROJECT I: Playland Park (NCSO)

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Hello TPR members, XYZ has created a timeline of a themed RCT2 park for 100 years. The park has NO custom scenery & HAS money in the scenario.





A look at other parks by XYZ:

PROJECT I: Playland Park

PROJECT II: Murdoch Gardens

PROJECT III: Marriott's Great America DC


Final Downloads by XYZ:

Montezooma's Revenge Recreation [NL]

PROJECT II: Murdoch Gardens [RCT2]


1913 - 1919 Update: Below

1920 - 1921 Update: Page 1

1922 - 1924 Update: Page 2

Jack Rabbit Download: Page 2

1925 - 1926 Update: Page 2

1927 - 1930 Update: Page 3

1931 - 1932 Update: Page 3

1947 Update: Page 3

1963 Update: Page 4

1964 Update: Page 4

1965 - 1966 Update: Page 5

1967 Update: Page 5

1968 Update: Page 5

1969 - 1970 Update: Page 6

1971 Update: Page 6

1972 - 1974 Update: Page 7

1975 - 1976 Update: Page 7

1977 - 1979 Update: Page 8

1980 - 1982 Update: Page 8

1983 - 1985 Update: Page 8

1986 - 1989 Update: Page 8

1990 - 1991 Update: Page 9

1992 Update: Page 10

1993 - 1995 Update: Page 10

1996 - 1999 Update: Page 11

2000 - 2003 Update: Page 12

2004 - 2009 Update: Page 12





Playland Park, a popular seaside Southern California amusement park has its 100th anniversary this year. In celebration of 100 years, we will look back at the history of this park:




This is a picture of the park's opening season in 1913. The photo didn't age very well, but you can see that the park opened more as a small attraction next to the beach. The 2 rides that opened with the park are Leap the Dips, a fast paced roller coaster & Golden Wheel, a golden-colored ferris wheel. Well, you can't see the golden color of Golden Wheel as all photos from this time period are black & white.




This is after 6 years in 1919. The park has expanded greatly. You can see the Carousel built in 1915 to the left, Big Top Circus built in 1916 at the bottom of the photo, and Haunted House built in 1914 in the center. You can see the *NEW FOR 1919!* ride at the bottom center which is Helter Skelter.




Here is Jack Rabbit, Playland Park's 2nd & largest coaster. It stands at a whopping 55 feet tall with over 2000 feet in length. When it opened in 1918, it was one of the tallest coasters in the world.




On the left you can see the 1917 medieval themed Food Court. The park's original food court was overcrowded, so the park built a second one.




Here is the overview of 1919 Playland Park. As you can see, there is a lot of space to expand upon as all that empty land is property of Playland Park.




Playland Park is located very close to the ocean. On the bottom right, you can see the ocean and on the top left, you can see Leap the Dips.




This rare photo was found of the site of the 1920 ride. This was an accidental photo from the photographer that didn't know of this "accident" until the photos were developed. Keeping with the 1919 perspective, there will be no mention of what the 1920 ride is until the next update.


Thanks for reading this update of Playland Park from 1913 to 1919.




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1920 - 1921 Update


We successfully found photos of Playland Park in great condition! None of that crummy mess posted above.




Here is Playland Park's two new rides! In 1920, Phantom Castle (on the right) was built as an indoor Steeplechase styled roller coaster. Instead of horses, riders go on blue phantoms through a dark building. The 2nd new ride, built in 1921, is Labyrinth which is a maze constructed of black brick walls and will take quite a feat to finish.




Another view of Phantom Castle. It sure dominates over Big Top Circus & Helter Skelter.




This was found as a sketch of what Phantom Castle looks like inside. It was drawn from the ride's manufacturer.


Thanks for reading!

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I really like it! Love how you're doing the images now, that style is really nice and I would stick with it. A couple things though, not too crazy about how close the rides are to each other. Also, it would've been nice to see more openings on Phantom's building, even if you didn't want to reveal the coaster, some archways along the exterior could've improved it. It seems completely closed off.


Phantom is a neat idea, never thought of putting a Steeplechase indoors. Great job!

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Hate to break it to ya, but Phantom can't open until the late 70's, if you're going for realism. I may be wrong though.


I based Phantom Castle off of a compact single-laned version of the old 1908 Coney Island Steeplechase. Phantom Castle could've easily been built with 1920 technology.


Image credit: ultimaterollercoaster.com


Image credit: westland.net



Here's the RCDB page for the coaster:


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1922 - 1924 Update



Auto Race is Playland Park's new 1922 ride! Race against your friends in this dual tracked car ride.



As you can see, it goes through a lot of vegetation. Auto Race goes through a lake, around a silo, through a covered bridge, and into a tunnel. Also, both tracks have the same duration and the same track length, so it is a race solely based on your driving skills.



On the left, you can see the 1923 Food Court. This is to bring all those hungry guests in the back of the park some food. On the right, you can see Auto Race's elaborate station. Amazingly, both queue lines are the same length!



Playland Park's new 1924 ride is Crooked House. You won't know which wall is straight and be careful to not lose your balance.



Labyrinth is removed! Labyrinth became Playland Park's 1st defunct ride that lasted its short life from 1921 to 1924. Labyrinth had long queue lines, small profit, and very low guest satisfaction that gave the maze its death. (Seriously, in the actual game, Labyrinth had these problems!)



A few weeks later, a lot of construction has happened on Labyrinth's location for Playland's 1925 attraction.



Here is some helpful arrows to show where some of the interesting stuff is. It seems like Labyrinth's queue building is staying for the 1925 attraction.


Thanks for reading the 1922 - 1924 update!

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Neat update. I got turned around by the first photo and was like, wait a second, is Phantom gone?!


Auto Race looks really nice. Its a nice new addition the park needed. Question though: when you release the park (if you release it) will you be releasing the park by decade? So we get to experience all the decades?

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1925 - 1926 Update


Sad news for Playland Park as the park's founder Paul Richardson has passed away at the age of 56 from a heart attack. Playland Park exists from the efforts Paul did to the park. He was born in 1869 and founded Playland Park in 1913 at the age of 44.


The park is now operated by Thomas Richardson, Paul Richardson's son. Thomas Richardson promised to grow Playland Park and from this update, you can clearly see that he met his promise:




Labyrinth's removal was for Dodgems which opened in 1925. Here you can do intentional collisions without the injury.




1926 brought Playland Park's fourth roller coaster: Little Dipper. Playland's guests wanted a wooden coaster more intense than Leap the Dips but not as intense as Jack Rabbit, so this is Playland's answer to it.




Here is the overview of the layout.

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1927 - 1930 Update


With Thomas Richardson in charge, he wanted something BIG in Playland Park. He saw Belmont Park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, & Pacific Ocean Park all recieving large wooden coasters. So, he thought that Playland Park is missing a new big wooden roller coaster that many other Californian seaside parks had. So, he built one.




Here it is! Playland's biggest ride ever. The Big Dipper opened in 1929 with a 80' height and with a length of 3018'. Big Dipper goes to speeds up to 46 mph. It is the tallest, fastest, longest, and largest roller coaster ever built in Playland Park. The coaster opened with great success creating long lines that were certainly worth the wait.




Here is the first drop of Big Dipper which plunges riders down 68'. That's a 24' taller drop than Jack Rabbit. Also, you can see Playland Park's *new for 1930* attraction which is a miniature golf course called "Golf-by-the-Sea".




Here is the other side of the lift hill.




This is Big Dipper's elaborate station plus the underground tunnel in the first part of Big Dipper's layout.




Here you can see Big Dipper's train which looks like today's Millennium Flyer trains. The Millennium Flyer trains were actually based off trains like the ones on Big Dipper. Big Dipper's layout was based off both Giant Dippers in Belmont Park & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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