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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby larrygator » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:46 pm

^Jason - let Wild Bill know you heard about the place through TPR and that you are a friend of mine

The laid out some dark ride track on the floor and let the pretzel cars see some daylight.
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Postby larrygator » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:34 am

I'll be visiting on my way home from SFNE next Monday.
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Framing of the dark ride building continues in the rain today
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby larrygator » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:16 am

After leaving SFNE, I stopped by Wild Bill's for what was supposed to be a quick visit. But they needed a little extra help so I stuck around for a few hours to help them put up the first truss for the pretzel dark ride.

I talked to Chuck a lot about the pretzel dark ride. The pretzel dark ride is the main thrust of the team's workload right now as legal wrangling is holding up progress on the walk-through. While work on the walk-through is on hiatus, the team does not want to go another year without having something operational.

When Wild Bill purchased the pretzel ride it had 380 foot of track, most pretzel rides were 365 feet in length. Plans are the add another 150 feet, making the ride last a duration of about 2:15. It will have a circus theme with many demented clowns. Plans are to incorporate the world's only functioning Laffin Louie into the ride with Wild Bill recording the evil laughing soundtrack.

Chuck also mentioned that since no dark ride organizations are actively following this developing project he'll be more than happy to keep TPR updated on daily progress and completed units as his team near the decoration portion of the Pretzel facade.
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Soon after I arrived a truck showed up with the trusses for the roof. I decided to stay to watch them raise the first one.
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An arduous process when you are working with a small tight and tight budget.
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Almost there, I felt so Amish helping out.
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One down, 27 to go. Hopefully, within the week with a help of a cherry picker.
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and from a distance
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The remaining trusses.
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Rails ready to be installed
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Some of the nine cars pretzel for this ride still need some more work.
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Awaiting reconstruction
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The original FUNHOUSE signs from Staten Island
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More props, backdrops
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In order to keep the money flowing for basic needs the Dark Ride Artist and his protege Savannah are painting a train ride for the Amron family, a local fair operator.
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Another project for the future, this stage came from a local theater production but not need to throw it out, Wild Bill will find a use for it.
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Wild Bill's will continue to host unique movie showings and concerts on their stage moving forward.
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Storage area
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A perfect place to store the bodies.
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An old Hi-Striker awaiting restoration.
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An old game of chance, I think Chuck said it came from Savin Beach.
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Photo evidence that I assisted in the process.
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby larrygator » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:10 pm

and the result 4 days later
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby thrillerman1 » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:57 pm

Thanks for keeping us all updated, Larry.

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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby jray21 » Wed May 21, 2014 10:38 pm

I forgot about this. Glad to see it's still moving forward!
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby Woodie Warrior » Thu May 22, 2014 8:57 pm

This thread is AWESOME =)
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby RoCo » Thu May 29, 2014 1:04 pm

I let too much time pass before revisiting this thread; so good to know work continues on all kinds of things! Ass-kicking updates, Larry, per usual, and I am so freaking psyched that the first dark ride is taking shape already!
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby marth555 » Sat May 31, 2014 2:30 pm

Its nice see so much passion put into something

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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby larrygator » Sat May 31, 2014 2:32 pm

I'll be in the area at Lake Compounce for a school trip but won't be able to stop by. I'll plan a drive up there in July.
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