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Hey guys…so I have to admit, I hadn't really been "in" to RCT lately, but seeing some of the stuff you guys have put up really kinda got me interested in playing again. To be honest, RCT has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure for me and a lot of my friends don't know that's what I've been spending some of my free time doing …with that in mind, I'm definitely not the best at it. I don't really devote enough time to playing to make some of the perfect parks you guys do. I also am playing on a Macbook, so my accessibility and ability to download Custom Scenery is limited…therefore, this park is going to use only stuff given by the game. But nevertheless, I wanted to give a crack at trying to make some of the cool parks I've seen on here so here goes nothing…Enjoy, and feel free to leave criticism and feedback!

 

LAGUNA ISLAND PLEASURE PARK

So the story goes a little something like this…in the 1930's, a resort was developed on a series of small islands in what's called Laguna Lake, located in its own township of Laguna Lake, Oregon. The resort property consists of four nearby islands in this lake…the first one is home to the resort's main hotel, marina, and beach area. Another one is used for camping and has a Western-themed village and developed campground. The third island is almost completely un-developed, consisting solely of nature trails for guest exploration. The fourth island started out as a small town for employees of the resort to live at and use their free time. However, Laguna Lake operations began eyeing this fourth island as prime real estate for expansion.

 

By the 1957, capitalizing on the success of Disneyland, Laguna Lake opened "Laguna Island Pleasure Park". It was a simple place really…guests would arrive from the campground and main island by ferry, and be dropped off in the former employee shopping center, which would now become the park's main entrance midway. Management added a small amusement park along the side of the bay (which is home to a smaller marina and boat rentals) to keep guests bored with the beach and campground occupied and further their stay on property at the lake. The expansion was simple, with pay-per-ride attractions as follows: a carousel, bumper cars named "Lusse's Fabulous Auto Scooters", a ferris wheel, the aptly-named "Scary Dark Ride" (a small ghost train through a haunted house), and the landmark attraction, "Laguna Cyclone", a good old white-wood woodie.

 

Below are some pictures of the park in its opening year of 1957. There will be more to come along the way.

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An overview of the newly-named "Laguna Island", with the ferry dock, bay/marina, main midway, and the "Pleasure Park"

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The ferry dock and entrance building

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An overview of the main drag. While the main midway consists mostly of stores for guests, it does feature a few commodities left over from the "employee town" days, such as a pharmacy (which is still accessible)

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A close-up of some of the stores on the main midway. Note the 'backstage' area with the corporate building/employee break room in the back. These are mostly small little toy stores or clothing shops, as well as a 1950's-era soda fountain (the red and black building with the red roof).

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The weather is in the mid- to high-50's when the park opens in April, so the beach isn't too busy today

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Nevertheless, there's always a lifeguard on duty in that hut just in case some crazy folks decide to take a dip

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Here's a more close up view of the marina. Guests who wish to take their own private boats to the pleasure park may do so, but they can't stay overnight.

 

(NOTE: As I do not have access to CS, this is the best I could do for boats…a little suspension of disbelief is needed here lol)

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Marina close-up

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This is the Carousel Plaza, the first thing you approach when walking into the Pleasure Park.

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The entrance to the "Scary Dark Ride"

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Here's "Colony House", a sit-down restaurant with a great view.

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The Ferris Wheel

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The Ferris Wheel is located on the rocky border of the bay

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Here's the big attraction most people come to the Pleasure Park for…the Laguna Cyclone!

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It's 1950's station and brake shed

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"Lusse's Fabulous Auto Scooters"

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Looking down the first hill of "Laguna Cyclone"

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Looking down the second hill of "Laguna Cyclone", toward the main drag and bay

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Laguna Cyclone is a twister layout, this being its first helix.

 

As you can see, I really tried to capture the wonky engineering of old woodies. The banking isn't very smooth or over-engineered.

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You can really see in the second helix how I tried to capture the old-school feel with a clear lack of smooth or perfect banking.

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A look down the main drag toward Laguna Lake

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The bay at night

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The view from the Ferris Wheel

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A look down the Main Midway

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Laguna Pleasure Park from the Rental Boat Dock

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A train full of riders enjoying "Laguna Cyclone"

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A look down the Pleasure Park's main drag toward Carousel Plaza

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Carousel Plaza

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So that's Laguna Island Pleasure Park, circa 1957.

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Nice back story, this place already has some interesting history. The concept of four islands really sets up an enormous amount of potential for this park, I'm looking forward to how LIPP develops.

The park' setup works excellent for the time period(50's), monopolizing on shop oriented midways and a few flats. I'd also like to compliment the simplistic architecture you used. It proves that even in-game content can look good if enough effort is put into it. I like it. Also, the beach area is neat, this should help draw a few extra people in during the hot summer months. I really like the overall concept of Laguna, I'm keeping tabs on this park.

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1957 was a success for Laguna Lake's newest resort amenity! The average stay at Laguna Lake Hotel increased from 3 days to 4, resulting in a nice little boost in occupancy rate throughout the year. Most importantly, the guests seem happy.

 

1958 is a quiet year for the park…Laguna Lake is still new at the park business, and are taking a careful approach. Unfortunately, an accident in the beginning of the 1958 season resulted in the injuries of two guests. In the bay area of the island, an incoming boat hit a pair of guests in a rental rowing boat. While the two guests escaped the incident with nothing more than a few scrapes (they were good swimmers and the Laguna Health Services Team was on point!), the park decided to eliminate any chance of further accidents and block off the bay. Now, outside boats can not park at the Laguna Island Pleasure Park Marina, and rental boats are confined to the bay. While this is a minor inconvenience to some, the main marina on the hotel island is still open, and most importantly, the park's guests are safe.

 

Other than the bay barrier, nothing much has changed. A few food stands were added to increase revenues. Let's have a look around.

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A look toward the park from a for-rent row boat

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Laguna Island Pleasure Park looks vibrant at night

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"The Glorious Donut Stand" opened in between the existing "Lusse's Fabulous Auto Scooters" and "Red Brick Pizza"

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Interestingly enough, not too many people choose enjoying the beach over the attractions…is this the spot for Laguna Island's next development to alleviate crowding? Only time will tell...

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1958 wasn't without its hiccups, but a mostly quiet season while Laguna management finds their stride.

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One thing Management has been paying attention to is the massive popularity of the park…even this basic dark ride is hosting an overflowing queue.

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A train full of riders get ready to enjoy a great ride on the "Laguna Cyclone"!

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Notice anything different?

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A closeup of the man-made barrier around the bay. While it's not natural, it's not the ugliest thing in the world and will prevent any accidents from happening in the future

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I like that you choose a unique incident for the closing off of the bay in the storyline instead of the average route (a death). And honestly that bay is pretty large as it is, I personally wouldn't want to row further than the edge of it. Your park looks really great, especially for NCS! Laguna Cyclone may actual be one of my favorite RCT3 layouts now. Maybe for the beach you can have an attraction then have some actual beach things like a volleyball court if you can find out how to make one, or somehow find NCS umbrellas or canopy set-ups for guests.

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I love the location and backstory of this park. I also love how you chose the 50's to start the story instead of 70's, like most stories on the forum. One problem I noticed with the park is all the stairs. If you could replace those with ramps, the park would be more wheelchair accessible.

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as I am on a Mac as well, this park has inspired me to try my hand at rct3 again. I've been playing 2 because I don't have to worry about cs. I love he location, but mostly the Midway and your dark ride. can you show us more? anyway keep updates coming!

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as I am on a Mac as well, this park has inspired me to try my hand at rct3 again. I've been playing 2 because I don't have to worry about cs. I love he location, but mostly the Midway and your dark ride. can you show us more? anyway keep updates coming!

 

Wow, inspiration? I don't know if I can handle that

 

I'm flattered that you've shown interest, and I'm happy to show some more…

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First we'll delve a little bit into "Scary Dark Ride". Guests walk up these steps to an unassuming facade, where they will pay $.50 to ride through a simple haunted house.

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Two riders seen here getting ready to go!

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The station is adorned with a mural that suggests a haunted castle sort of vibe.

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Into the dungeon room!

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Some skeletal scenery

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A skeleton pops out of cemetery as a group of riders passes. The ride is full of "jump-scare" gags like this

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A vampire puppet attempts to scare riders

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Come on…it's the 1950's

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The Hall of Vampires

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This is the show building which houses the Scary Dark Ride, as seen from behind. It is flanked by two stores (the upper end of the picture), "Cyclone Gifts" and "Plaza Shop", a dining establishment (orange roof) called "Seaside Dogs" serving Nathan's Hot Dogs, and of course, the entrance, along with a seating area. The Laguna Cyclone surrounds the rest of it. As you can see it is pretty small and basic, nothing very elaborate.

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Here's a closer look at the midway…this is the front part, closest to the marina. The brick building is "Guest Services", and the red and white building is an ice cream parlor.

 

(NOTE: Here's where non-CS really starts to hinder things. You'll have to use your imagination on some stuff, as a lot of what I was going for isn't truly possible in the game)

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This is the back half of the midway, closest to the marina. Here we have (from left to right), "The Pharmacy" (formerly a real prescription pick-up place for employees of Laguna Lake Resort), which sells everything from Aspirin to sunblock, a swimwear store, and restrooms.

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This is the back half of the midway closest to the beach. From left to right: a pool hall (bear with me lol), a soda fountain, and a toy store.

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Here you can see the buildings closest to the beach/entrance. From left to right: toy store (again), a candy shop, a hat store, and First Aid. The two buildings in the foreground are restrooms and The Emporium (the larger building) which specializes mainly in apparel.

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This building at the end of the Main Midway serves as a common space, which can be used for special events should one wealthy guest decide to reserve it.

 

 

There you have it; a bit of a closer look at The Scary Dark Ride and Midway. Next update will be the 1959 season!

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I like your buildings! They're very diverse and well done. On that inspiration note, I've also tried my own hand at a mostly-NCS park similar to Laguna because of you (Also a beach-side type park, but starting in the mid 40's). I'll start my own thread for that later. "Scary Dark Ride" also looks very good! I like the amount of detail you have on it. Can't wait to see how the story line progresses!

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Laguna Island Pleasure Park has seen a great turnout in its first two seasons of operation. The attendance at Laguna Lake Resort has increased significantly, with occupancy rates at the hotel seeing a 25% increase during typical "off-season" times. The park is busy and popular, and Laguna knew by its second season that they needed to expand.

 

Expansion was never really the plan for the park, and the company is still primarily a hospitality company. They're not prone to taking risks in this new venture. 1959 served as the park's testing season. For this year, they put in three new flat rides, expanded the "Fun Zone", and added a few new shops and food venues. While this will primarily help disperse crowds, Laguna wants to see how the additions will effect the performance of the park (i.e., will the investments merely be sustained, or will the park flourish?). For that reason, most of the buildings built into this expansion are a bit temporary in nature, and this time, the engineers made sure not to land lock the park space. Should the performance of this year be satisfactory, it's safe to say Laguna Island will probably see some serious growth in the future. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; without further ado, here's

 

Laguna Island Pleasure Park's 1959 season!

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An overview of LIPP on opening day of the 1959 season…notice anything new?

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Behold the park's first expansion, built just two years after opening. Due to the expansion's goal of testing how well large capital investments will do at the park, there is a sort of temporary feel to the new structures hosting the food and merchandise locations. Also, should the expansion prove successful, these buildings can be eliminated and the dead ends can easily be expanded upon.

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Here's one of three new rides added to Laguna Island in 1959. It's an Eli Bridge Scrambler, similar to the one that opened up at Coney Island in Cincinatti about two years ago

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The second big ride addition of the new season is the Loop-O-Plane; this will be Laguna Island's first major thrilling flat ride, so guests with a taste for intensity have more than just the Cyclone to wet their beaks with.

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The Rotor is the third new ride of this expansion, and like the Loop-O-Plane, will provide a thrilling ride experience that differentiates itself from the LIC.

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Red Brick Pizza had to be moved to accommodate the new rides…the new restaurant space has been expanded and re-branded, now called "Saul's Pizza"

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"Parkway Eats" is a simple hut selling snacks.

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This building houses a candy shop…the wide open land behind it is prime real estate for further expansion should the 1959 season be a success, so this building was built to be easily taken down.

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The Loop-O-Plane at night and in action is one of the most fascinating sights on the island!

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A peep's view of the brand new rides.

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So there you have it…Laguna Island Pleasure Park has finally grown! Hopefully the park sees a successful season, so management can determine that the park is ready for bigger and better expansions in the future!

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The Rotor's healthy ridership early in the season proves there's definitely a market for more thrilling rides at the park

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The Loop-O-Plane is also seeing some decent queues for being early on.

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The Scrambler has yet to attract a huge line…this could easily change in the summer when more families taking vacations to Laguna Lake begin attending the park.

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Heading down Laguna Cyclone's first drop for a night ride!

The 1959 expansion is a resounding success! Below are some guest-perspective shots from June 1959...

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One thing Management has grown a little weary of is Loop-O-Plane's frequent downtime…for a new ride, it doesn't seem too reliable. Hopefully the kinks will be worked out once it gets the hang of every-day operation.

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This shot never gets old…looking back on the way to the new rides!

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The Pleasure Park at night

 

 

 

 

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The sun rises over Laguna Island Pleasure Park to mark the beginning of a summer day of some good ole fun in the sun

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A look from up at the end of the Midway

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Carousel Plaza as welcoming as ever

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The natural beauty of the Bay

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Grabbing a ride on Laguna Cyclone, the queue winds through the superstructure of the coaster

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Heading toward the Laguna Cyclone!

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Nighttime falls on the Island

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Holy crowds…Loop-O-Plane is drawing a pretty huge line this summer

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The queue line for Rotor…like its neighbor, its got a huge wait.

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As you can see, the 1959 expansion is a pretty big success, and it's safe to say that Laguna Island is in a very good position to begin planning for regular expansions in the future.

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As predicted, the summer crowds have brought business to The Scrambler

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Meanwhile, all the long queue lines for the new rides have made the line for Laguna Cyclone quite bearable throughout most of the day!

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All in all, 1959 was a great year for Laguna Island. The expansions more than paid for themselves, and even more importantly, proved that there's a large market for this park and it can handle expansions! The next few years should really see this place transform from a resort amenity to a full-blown amusement park. The question is just when…and what?

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The Scrambler through the trees

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1960

 

Well, the 1960 season is here and there's not much to report. However, big things are coming to Laguna Island. Minor improvements have been made all over the park. One particularly noticeable change is the addition of ramps for those confined to wheelchairs…it's as if Laguna is expecting to become more of a destination park and attracting a wider demographic of people….but what could be coming?

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Here's a wheelchair ramp leading to Carousel Plaza

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This ramp leads to the new expansion

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The stairs leading up to the Scary Dark Ride have been replaced with one large handicap-friendly sloped sidewalk

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The Laguna Cyclone's station has been retrofitted to include an exit path for guests confined to wheelchairs/those who can't make it up and down stairs

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A clearing has been spotted near the beach. It seems pretty certain that something big is coming for the 1961 season…but what could it be? Recent improvements to the park, as well as the large plot of land being cleared, seems to suggest that the next expansion to the park is going to be a big one!

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Laguna Island Pleasure Park, circa 1960. Stay tuned for the next big thing. . . . .

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Everything looks nice so far for a NCS park. The only thing that is bugging me is how the color of the land the water is in goes from one color to green. You should change the color to mud or something more darker. If you can, add some plants and rocks beneath the water to give it more detail and make it more realistic. Also I hope you soon redo that wooden coasters station, it's really ugly compare to your other buildings in you park.

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^Thanks for the comments, I'll try focusing on making the water/shores more realistic. As for the Cyclone's station…I never really thought of it as ugly--looks like there may have to be a serious re-model in the future!

 

 

Back to the park…it's here. The season that changed it all. This year, Laguna Island made its largest expansion ever. They're joining the ranks of major amusement parks. This…is 1961.

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1961 brings about some HUGE changes to the park, as you can tell!

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The first addition were these buildings--they serve as dormitories for the park's part-time staff. Because of blossoming attendance, the ferries meant to transport guests to the park have become somewhat overwhelmed, making the commute for the park's employees a bit unbearable. With the addition of these units, Laguna Island workers can spend the entire summer on-site and not worry about an unnecessary commute

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The complex also comes with this building, which hosts a rec center and laundromat.

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A wider view of the employee housing area

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Now onto the fun stuff…Laguna Island's newest roller coaster!!!!!

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Behold…The Lakeside Racer!

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A look at the new midway, including Lakeside Racer's entrance and exit plaza

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The Lakeside Racer is self-explanatory…a racing wooden roller coaster right along the shore.

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And they really do race!

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The layout utilizes the hilly shoreline terrain.

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The terrain makes for some interesting dips and double-ups/downs

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There's even a trick-track element thrown in for good measure

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Lakeside Racer is a real beauty right on the beach of Laguna Island

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Lakeside Racer's simplistic station.

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Laguna Island also added a new dark ride…The Pirate Ride

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The Pirate Ride is an overall improvement on The Scary Dark Ride…the elaborate entrance suggests this before guests even board their vehicles.

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A new restaurant, Festhaus (a cafeteria-style restaurant) was also added.

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Festhaus and The Pirate Ride are built into one large building. The building is built into the hillside, making for some slight elevational changes.

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Along the midway are some game booths and refreshment stalls

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Another perk of the expansion was the opening up of the pathway along the beach

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This food stand opens up to a dead-end…could this be the site of a new ride in the near future? Why not, Laguna is on a roll!

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The entrance/exit plaza for the Lakeside Racer is quite grand, and represents a step up from Laguna Island's previous simple aesthetic.

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The first scene in The Pirate Ride reveals a mock pirate ship in a set that includes real water! (This is still the 1960's, but this is still much more grand than anything in the park's other dark ride).

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Another scene in The Pirate Ride

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The Pirate Ride is also packed with swashbuckling figures equipped with audio and even a small range of movement!!!

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The cannon-firing pirate blasts guests toward the end of the ride

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The climactic treasure room

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The expansion looks great at night...

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…as does the rest of the park, of course! Laguna Island has nearly doubled in size with the legendary 1961 expansion. Laguna Island has proven itself as a full-fledged amusement park. Needless to say, the future is very exciting! Here's to a great 1961 season!

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The Lakeside Racer is a serious success…a train full of riders can be seen here climbing up the lift hill

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The beautiful view from the top of the lift

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True to its name, Lakeside Racer races right along the lake

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The out-of-control feel of the layout can be attributed to the island's terrain and the Racer's low-to-the-ground elements

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Zooming through the wood!

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This one ended in a near-tie…every race is a good one.

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The Lakeside Racer is a behemoth…the large, beautiful structure offers a unique experience that is fun for everyone. It wonderfully compliments the nearby Laguna Cyclone.

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The new expansion looks great! I would personally change the colors of the trains on one side of the Racers, so they can have say a blue side and a red side instead of all red.

 

Thanks, and you are definitely right about the two sides!

 

Anyway, 1961 was a tremendous success. It's safe to say that Laguna Island Pleasure Park is ready to start making big moves to become a major amusement park.

 

In just five years of operation, Laguna Island has nearly doubled in size, and the state of Laguna Lake Resort has truly flourished. The resort consistently reaches capacity, a feat that is unparalleled in the industry. However, Laguna Island is not just a place for visitors to the hotel and campground…Laguna Cyclone and the new Lakeside Racer have attracted highly positive reviews via word of mouth, and daytrippers to the park are now just as frequent as resort guests.

 

Laguna Island has even started to make a mark on the industry as well! In July of the 1961 season, Walt Disney was reportedly walking around the park, taking particular interest in the Pirate Ride…while he was only visiting as a tourist and did not require any attention, his presence was definitely noted; could it be that within the next few years a similar pirate-based attraction will be making its way to Disneyland?

 

The roller coasters are also a major draw. Lakeside Racer's side-by-side action is still quite a novelty in parks in this day and age, and the competitive nature of the ride leads to lots of happy guests…and repeat riders, meaning more money in ticket sales. But even after five years of operation, the star of the show remains the Laguna Cyclone. Reminiscent of Henry Traver's intense masterpieces from just over a decade ago. The banked turns and helices offer an intense experience that can't be found on similarly-named Cyclone rides, but not so intense as to intimidate the majority of Laguna Island's visitors. The ride really has it all; a great first drop, large lateral forces, a good amount of airtime, and a stunning location. The Laguna Cyclone truly is a great asset to the park.

 

The supporting rides continue to shine as well. Several new maintenance employees were brought along in 1961, leading to increased inspections on rides such as Rotor and Loop-O-Plane, thus fixing their previous reliability issues. However, they're still not perfect. But a few technical bugs are a small price to pay for such innovative, popular, and profitable attractions.

 

Overall, the park is in good shape. For 1962, the park didn't do much in the way of additions, instead letting the hype of the Lakeside Racer and Pirate Ride run their course. However, a few observant guests taking strolls along the beach have noticed construction for the park's big 1963 addition…

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Notice anything a little different in the landscape for 1962?

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Some sort of trough..? It could be a roller coaster, but it looks a lot different from anything we've ever seen before. Whatever it is, 1963 promises to be an interesting season...

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Ah yes, the first log flume in the world at Six Flags Over Texas in 63. I've been debating in my park when to put it in. (I'm kinda watching you so we don't have conflicts.) What continues to impress me in this park is that it is default. The buildings are what really impress me the most. (I've always had a hard time in the buildings department.)

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Ah yes, the first log flume in the world at Six Flags Over Texas in 63. I've been debating in my park when to put it in. (I'm kinda watching you so we don't have conflicts.) What continues to impress me in this park is that it is default. The buildings are what really impress me the most. (I've always had a hard time in the buildings department.)

 

Good idea about watching for conflicts, I'll be sure to keep an eye on yours as well. And thanks! Once you get the hang of it, buildings by default aren't too bad to work with, you just have to experiment a bit with what looks good and make sure to have a decent variety and color. It's no match for what CS can do, but if you tinker with it enough, the non-CS buildings can look ok as well.

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Hello everyone! Today, I was lucky enough to attend a sneak preview of Laguna Island's new ride for the 1963 season, Timber Falls! But first, a little backstory on the ride.

 

For one thing, I had no idea what to expect going into the park today. The so-called "log ride" is a modern new take on the traditional "water ride" from the old days, and is said to be the most exciting ride in the world! According to some of the executives in the park today, Timber Falls was built and designed in conjunction with another new log ride called "El Aserradero" in Six Flags Over Texas. Considering all of the research and development needed to make the idea come to life, along with the challenges of weaving the construction of the ride through some dense forest along the shore and a more intense winter than Texas, Timber Falls is not only more expensive than its Texas counterpart, it is the most expensive ride in the park to date! But enough of that, don't you want to know how the ride was??

 

I was quite impressed. While I've always been quite a big fan of Laguna Island (particularly the Laguna Cyclone), this addition really puts them on the map. Here's how the ride works…true to its name, you board a boat shaped like an actual log, where you and up to three others straddle one another. While this may be a bit uncomfortable for some folks, the park was allowing seating requests today for the media and hopefully will for the general public once the ride officially opens. If you sit with the right people, it's a lot of fun!

 

The ride starts with a short climb up a roller-coaster like hill, and what follows is a serene coast down the flume. The flume makes a few sharp turns along the way as it gradually descends back to ground level, all while offering some great views of the beach from the forest through which it navigates. It seems that there are little sections of rapids throughout the course as well to enhance the overall excitement of the ride.

 

Eventually, the ride finds itself back at ground level where it slowly winds its way around the forest. Soon, you are facing another lift hill, bigger than the last one (I was told by park executives that it was about 40 feet tall, which feels a lot taller in a tiny, vulnerable log). At the top of this lift, however, you don't turn…you drop. 40 feet, at a steep angle, into a little pond below. And before you know it, your log splashes at the bottom, all but drenching everyone in your log. It's quite a thrill, and while it was a little chilly today, it will be welcome in those hot Oregon summers on the lake.

 

Laguna Island has a real winner on their hands…I'm all about innovation! Here are some pictures I took on one of the very first ride on one of the first log rides ever!

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And here we go up the first hill!

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The view as we turn the corner at the top of the first lift is quite breathtaking

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Winding around back towards the park...

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The flume makes a gradual descent and crosses in and under itself a few times

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Winding through the trees

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On our way up the final and largest hill...

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And here we go!!!!!!

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Also new for this season are blue vehicles for the Lakeside Racer's left track

 

 

(thanks for the suggestions in the comments, btw!!!)

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The splashdown area…it's a bit secluded and this shot was taken from a media-only spot. You can see it from the queue and a bit from the Lakeside Racer, but mostly, it's a fun surprise for those on the ride that sort of adds to its isolated forest feel

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Walking up the new entrance plaza

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This is what I'm here for!!!

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The queue winds through the woods past the flume

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Here are a few pictures taken by the park for promotional purposes that we got a hold of

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Here's a shot released by the park…boy this ride is a beauty

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We spent the rest of the day enjoying the rest of beautiful Laguna Island. Can't wait for the summertime to roll around to really enjoy Timber Falls. 1963 looks to be a good year!

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^thanks!

 

Timber Falls was a success for the park and brought in a healthy attendance for the 1963 season. The innovation has paid off!

 

 

1964

In the wake of the long and expensive process that was designing Timber Falls, there was a bit of a change of pace for 1964. Not wanting to break the bank again on a huge expansion, but not wanting to seem stale, the park added a simple small flat ride that has been very popular recently in the fair circuit…Wipeout! Located on the midway connecting the main entrance promenade to the Lakeside Racer midway (along the beach), Wipeout gives guests a thrilling ride that combines all sorts of G-forces for just $.60 a ticket. Here are some pictures of the new addition.

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New for 1964…Wipeout

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On-ride shot…this one spins right on the beach

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Also, to commemorate the beginning of the fall season, all updates will now be brought to you from autumn time at Laguna Island! It's a nice park when the leaves begin to change.

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It's located on the drag between the Main Entrance midway and the Lakeside Racer midway

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I like the location right on the water. I might be a little confused but where is the entrance? Is it in front of the ferry? If so that is pretty cool for a small park but I imagine that will be a challenge for the park as it grows. Nice flat right Any big expansion plans for next year?

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Well, 1964 came and went, and was another resounding success! Crowds have steadily increased over the years, with a 30% jump in attendance over the course of the last three seasons. It's clear that Laguna Island is on the map, and management has made it their commitment to take advantage of this, turning the small-time park into a full-on, national amusement park destination.

 

1965

No new attractions were added for the year of 1965...instead, some necessary infrastructure upgrades occurred. For one thing, a good portion of the operating budget went toward training programs for the employees for the inevitable influx of large amounts of guests over the coming years. Customer service is going to be a major focus from here on out, considering that attendance is expected to continue to grow at a rapid pace.

Before this year, guests gained admission to the park free of cost, and instead paid for each ride as they went along. However, that model is being considered largely outdated as of late, and Laguna Island is jumping on the pay-one-price train. Yep, that's right-- admission to the park will now cost guests $20.00, with all rides free upon entering the park.

The park also added a second ferry dock for guest transportation to the island...wait times often climbed up to 20 minutes for the ferry on busy days, and that's not something that gels with the park's new customer-oriented prerogative. This bumps up the total ferry count from 2 to 4, ensuring that guests will have a minimal wait to get to the park each day.

Other additions include random little sprucings up around the park. More benches, more trash cans, and more little upgrades to make the park more accessible and accommodating to larger throngs of people. 1965 may not be the most exciting year in the park's history, but management hopes that it will be one of the most important in terms of upgrading the park for the future...

 

Here are some pictures of the park's little additions:

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1965 at Laguna Island Pleasure Park!

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The second ferry dock, which will ensure higher customer satisfaction and more efficiency bringing people into the park

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The station for Laguna Island Cyclone has been upgraded as well

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Here's a shot of the Lakeside Racer nestled in the beautiful terrain

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Speaking of Racer, the wall for the Pirate Ride has been painted a more earthy tone to reduce the contrast between the structure and the adjacent forest to make the sight a bit more aesthetically pleasant for riders on the Racer.

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The park is nice and busy, even for a cool day early in the season! Exciting times for Laguna Island!

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