Camden park photo trip report

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Camden park photo trip report

Postby thrillrider » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:37 pm

So we decided to do a Mega coaster trip in the south and Pennsylvania last week. On our way down, we decided to hit up Camden park in West Virginia. This out of the way park is definitely unique.

The park consists of a classic wooden coaster, wooden kiddie coaster, log flume, and a classic dark ride. On top of that,the park also has a decent collection of flat rides. The park had a decent crowd on the Friday that we visited, and seemed to be doing well. The park has a classic whip ride that has to be the best I have been on. The one ride I did not see there was the hellcat. Not sure if it's gone, or we just missed it somehow.

The park is not very big, and only took us about 1.5 hours to get thru. The one thing that kind of made me look twice was the lack of fencing around the log flume ride. You could step right into the flume.

The wooden coasters were fun, and the dark ride was as well. I just love to little touches that a small park has over the large corporate parks and camden does not disappoint.

I would recommend checking out this fun little park on your way down south. Now onto the pictures.......
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Here we are!
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This is the main entrance.
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This park has lots of classic rides.
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The classic haunted house
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It even has a coaster element to it. Does this count as a credit?
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Snazzy cars
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The ride has Universal studio quality props.
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Rules
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This is the parks main attraction.
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The coaster has a weird layout with only a few big drops.
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Classic rolling stock
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Front of train
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Looking from the station to the lift
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It looks like they are taking good care of the coaster, as many parts looked like new.
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I could stick my hand out and actually touch the track if I wanted
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The sun did not want to let me get a good shot of the ride.
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The coaster also sports a nice tunnel
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Classic breaking system
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Gotta love the engineering that went into it.
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The park has several classic flat rides
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This ride was the whip
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classic everything about this ride
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A peek over a fence reveals a octopus ride all covered up. Not sure if this is a new ride not set up yet, or an old ride.
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I love the classic attractions this park has
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My son loved this ride.
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The little dipper is the parks kiddie coaster, and my sons very first rollercoaster ever
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More classic controls
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It was smooth as glass
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Very well taken care of ride.
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Now lets look at the log flume
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Go ahead and jump right in.
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Some more of the parks spinning rides.
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The games midway
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Skyride
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This looked like the parks newest ride
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Classic merry go round
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The lay of the land
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Not sure what used to be here.
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The park has a mini golf course
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And a swan boat ride also.
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A few last looks at this classic local park.
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Postby michaellynn4 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:44 pm

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Re: Camden park photo trip report

Postby bert425 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:47 pm

what a lovely little park.

Big Dipper looks fun, even without any big drops.

looking at the pics TPR has on the Park Index, the empty pad used to be the Spider, I'd guess.

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Re: Camden park photo trip report

Postby thrillrider » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:55 pm

Big dipper was fun!
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Re: Camden park photo trip report

Postby John Peck » Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:15 pm

The open space that was fenced off is where the Spider was. It had an accident where one of the "legs" broke, which is actually a reoccurring problem, so that's why you saw it covered up backstage somewhere. Shame, it was one of the best Spiders I ever rode. I assume the bumper cars are still gone? (they were located next to the Whip) They burnt down a few years ago.

The Hot Cat was a caterpillar with no canvas and a roof over it. There was also one an Eli 16 Wheel, but both of those were removed for the "Rattler"


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Hot Cat Building and wheel
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Postby thrillrider » Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:59 pm

In that last picture from the sky ride, the location where the bumper cars once stood now has a fence with the remains of the spider ride.

No bumper cars were at the park when we visited. The space between the roundup and rattler was just a vacant area that kinda looked out of place.
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Re: Camden park photo trip report

Postby thrillrider » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:45 pm

Why did they remove the hot cat ride and ferris wheel?

There are plenty of other places in the park to put a new ride.
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Re: Camden park photo trip report

Postby larrygator » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:18 pm

The Camden Park Whip is one of the only two run at the proper speed to experience a real whip.
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Postby thrillrider » Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:41 pm

Where does the other whip reside?
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Re: Camden park photo trip report

Postby pianojohn » Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:47 am

thrillrider wrote:Where does the other whip reside?


I would say Knoebels and/or Kennywood.

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