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1986

 

Welcome to Charleston, West Virginia's newest theme park, Forest Hills! It is a small theme park featuring 2 roller coasters, a log ride, and multiple flat rides!

 

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The park's western styled main street.

 

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The central icon of the main street area is this classic carousel built in 1903 and relocated to this park from a now defunct amusement park.

 

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Let's check out the park now

 

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The park's family coaster, Ripsaw

 

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Lumberjack Creek is a popular ride on hot days.

 

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And the park's biggest and signature roller coaster: Forest Flyer. An Arrow suspended swinging coaster that uses it giant hill to its advantage.

 

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Forest Flyer's layout.

 

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Forest Hills was a immediate success upon opening. The park gained a lot of attention among the public because of Forest Flyer. It wouldn't be long before the small park would start expanding...

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1987 - 1989

 

With the success of the park during opening year, plans immediately went forward for future expansions.

 

With an uneventful 2nd season of 1987, aside from minor park improvements, Forest Hills added their first new ride in 1988: Zulu, a Schwarzkopf Enterprise ride.

 

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For the 1989 season, nothing new was added, but Forest Flyer was temporarily rethemed to Ghostbusters: Ecto Force to promote the summer film, Ghostbusters 2.

 

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Forest Flyer's cars were repainted to resemble the iconic Ecto-1

 

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Halfway through the ride, you encounter a giant inflatable Stay Puft that you narrowly avoid

 

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Everyday at noon, the Ghostbusters would come out in front of the ride and put on a show

 

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By the end of the 1989 season, A massive amount of land was cleared and track showed up on the site.

 

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What could it be? Find out next time!

 

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1990

 

Forest Hills once again contacted Arrow Dynamics to build them their next huge coaster: Python, the park's first coaster with inversions. Python is a clone of ShockWave at Six Flags Great America and Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure.

 

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The queue is themed to an ancient tropical temple

 

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Another addition to the park is the all new Skyway

 

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Skyway provides an easy and scenic way to get to both huge arrow coasters.

 

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Forest Flyer's Ghostbusters themeing was also removed.

 

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1991-1993

 

After a very successful 1990 season with the addition of Python, Forest Hills decided to keep on expanding their park with new additions.

 

1991 saw the addition of a HUSS Condor ride called "Condor"

 

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It was placed conveniently near the Forest Flyer skyway station

 

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Another flat ride was added for the 1992 season. A HUSS top spin called "Firebomb"

 

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For 1993, Forest Hills added a diner across from Firebomb that serves classic American meals.

 

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By the end of the 1993 season, teasers started to pop up for the 1994 addition with the line "Unleashing in 1994". What could it be? Find out in the next update!

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1994

 

As the park's 4th coaster, Forest Hills unleashed the all new Virginia Beast wooden coaster for 1994! This coaster was built by Custom Coasters International, or CCI for short.

 

 

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One unique feature this coaster has is a double up hill immediately followed by a double down hill. Enthusiasts praised that element for delivering great airtime.

 

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Virginia Beast was an instant hit and drew in thousands of guests

 

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All of this looks eerily familiar

Virginia Beast helps balance out the steel coasters. It's going to be hard to out-do Python cause we know the GP loves those "upside down" coasters, love the theming on that as well. The Diner looks really good too.

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