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Firelight Park (updated 04/01/06)


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Firelight park and zoo has announced major plans to expand over the next three years. Owners have decided to expand the park more into a theme park with animals. They have stated that animals are not leaving the park, just that they will be one of the attractions and not the only thing to see. People have expected this move for a while when a few rides were added and the current two coasters were built. side winder and claim jumper. Firelight park formerly the islands zoo, was made up of three distinct climate islands. do to expansion the tropical section has been closed and animals are being relocated around the park, this area will have only marine life and thrill rides once it reopens with a head-ling coaster named Hurricane is set to break the inversion record with 11.

The second coaster is slated to be added to Egypt. along with an assortment of rides on all three current islands. themes and rides for the two new islands have yet to be announced.

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view from parking lot

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sidewinder and elephants

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claim jumper from the front

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claim jumper

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Updated photos just sent in, the completed sandstorm b and m inverted coaster and most of Egypt. Looks like construction crews are hard at work building the additions to this park. new for the coming season is 2 coasters, pictures of a completed sandstorm are in this update, construction on hurricane is about 80 % complete and should have photos soon. we will keep you posted on all news with this park.

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safari tour

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claim jumper

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pacific northwest

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sand storm station

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sandstorm

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sandstorms second inversion and tunnel

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tigers den

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sidewinder cobra roll

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sidewinder

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Egypt

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hotel is ready for business

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Work continues at firelight park as we wave good bye to silver bullet. The Schwarzkopf looper was the parks first coaster in 1979. it has been an up charge attraction and will be missed. the section of the park where it and a few slides as well as last years new ride "Surfer" a chance wipe out will be re themed to a tropical setting. pieces will be arriving as land is clear for construction of hurricane. As for the fate of the bullet it is unknown at this time if the coaster will be sold or just sold as scrap.

 

much of the tropical world has begun to take shape, we have been told by the park their will be some animals in every section of the park, but their will only be 3 or 4 in this section. the others have been moved to the rear to sections of the park and will will reopen with those sections in the near future.

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more construction

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more of the new section silver's removal and the "Surefer"

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silver coming down

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good bye silver

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New photos just coming in of the now completed egypt, and the nearly ready tropics, complete with a few photos of hurricaine the 11 inversion 200ft tall monster from b and m. Firelight Mangment was even nice enough to let us test some of the new rides and take a few snapshots too.

 

we will be sure to keep you up to date on all new rides.

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night fall at the fortress gates

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egypt

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catapult

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catapult on ride

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egypts entrance way

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hurricaine from the parking lot of the new hotel

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hippo pen and some hurricaine track

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riptide

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view atop the drunken parrot overlooking the rides control tower riptide and hurricaine

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a ride on riptide, view across the park from the top

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Drunken parrot and hurricaine

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Tiki bar and grill

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I really like this park. My only complaint is that damn cobra roll! Cobra rolls are less wide at the bottom than at the top. Keep up the goods!

 

issue has been addressed and coaster has been altered i will be sure to post a new screen with the next update.

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Yet another great visit to firelight park today, with a test ride on both hurricane and the surprise unmentioned coaster named Sea Serpent.

 

Park owners of firelight after learning of the closure of astroworld decided to buy Greased Lightning. They then refinish the ride refurbished it gave it the new paint job and up it went in the tropics.

 

This time i think we should let the pictures do most of the talking.

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Air boat

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Air boat

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Hurricane

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Hurricane

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Hurricane

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Hurricane

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Sea Serpent

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Sea Serpent

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Sea Serpent

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repaired roll

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Seeing this season draw to a close may be sad but the park seamed to have a lot of work going on all around it. the island witch looked like a storage depot for the animals now looks like it will be a new themed zone next season, a large wood coaster could be seen from the distance.

 

seeing as we lucked out and got a bit closer look we noticed a whole lot of new things and cool things this island looks like a safari and their is a train station going up here as well as the safari train through all the new animal pens. after we got permission to go behind the scenes we had another great surprise, their hidden away by the air boat ride we hope to see in use next season was the return of our looper "silver-bullet" with new paint, and maintenance building up and looks like a station will fallow. check out the closing day screens.

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summit at night

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Nice rides but I don't think rides should be near the animals, as animals tend to be afraid from nosies.

I am against the mix of theme park and a zoo and this RCT3 game just makes me sad that it educate people that animals can be kept in captivity in such poor conditions.

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Nice rides but I don't think rides should be near the animals, as animals tend to be afraid from nosies.

I am against the mix of theme park and a zoo and this RCT3 game just makes me sad that it educate people that animals can be kept in captivity in such poor conditions.

 

Busch gardens Tampa and williamsburg have animals in the parks and do well, so does Disney, their are many zoo / parks all over the world, rides that are noisy you will notice most of mine are not, b and m coasters can be very nearly silent if they are intended to be. that wood coaster has some distance between it and the animals. the animals would be better of their then trying to live in say whats now down town la. remember it may not be perfect but its better then no place at all. its also why i try to theme the enclosure to the animal, with water holes mud sand what ever that animal likes.

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