Brookwood Gardens is my first attempt to create a moderately realistic-looking park from scratch with moderately realistic-looking coasters and other rides. Although the coasters themselves are and will be the main focus of this park, it also receives awards for its gentle and water rides, which are also showcased in the video.
I will post screenshots of the park every few days, or every week if nobody is paying any attention to the updates.
Most of the 12 coasters can be seen somewhere in the video, but they won't be emphasized in the screenshots until their official individual release. The screenshots, at least in the beginning, will be of all the other various rides and park features. There are several food courts worth mentioning.
Let us enter from the most logical starting point, the park entrance.
The entrance plaza is one of my favorite portions of the park, simply because the building is so distinctive.
Here's what the building looks like from all angles:
But what's a giant building without a ride to place inside of it?
Vampire Villa, if you haven't already figured this out, is a dark ride, similar to Disney's Haunted Mansion ride except with a significantly lower budget. Since "see-through scenery" is on in that last screenshot, you'll have to use your imagination to depict the scary scenery inside of these walls.
Brookwood Gardens has seven total water rides, and one of them, Old Mill Mishap, can be seen before you enter the park.
This is the oldest water ride in the park, dating back to the early 80s. It isn't elaborately themed and is built fairly conservatively, but its immense popularity helped pave the way for the development of some of the park's most notable coasters. It still maintains its popularity despite not being the most exciting log flume in the park, but more on that later.
Brookwood Gardens is also home to many transport rides, including two sets of double-tracked trams. On the east side of the park, we have the Eastern Tram Lines. This is the northern entrance to the Eastern Tram Lines, which is located directly across from Old Mill Mishap and is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the park entrance.
We know the log ride is due north, but what is that other water ride due east..?
One of the many things that the Eastern Tram Lines run past on their scenic longitudinal park tour is one of Brookwood Gardens' many illustrious food courts. The food apparently tastes like cardboard with corn syrup, but the buildings are nice to look at.
Not quite as interesting without scenery, but you can see the variety of food guests may choose from when entering a food court like this one. What you can't see is the B grade signs posted on each shop wall, which is upsetting to the Brookwood Gardens staff because this is the first year they've ever received a grade that high.
A few rides can easily be seen in these aerial photos: Crazy Carousel, which is actually a fairly sane carousel, and the House of Distortion, which is much crazier than the Crazy Carousel. The executives at Brookwood Gardens realized this, and they considered renaming it "Rational Carousel" to reflect its mental stability rather than mislabel it as out of its mind, but ultimately decided after several inconclusive votes that the new name didn't have the same ring to it.
Groundskeeper's Garage is a gentle car ride where riders cruise through an arboretum in miniature 1930's-style convertibles.
For the first years of operation, the cars were gasoline-powered, similar to Disneyland's Autopia, but they weren't manufactured very well and would frequently stall and overheat, causing road rage between riders. Since the ride opened in the late 1950s, road rage consisted of "Goose it or get bent, knucklehead!" followed by the old one-two, so the park management eventually swapped the gasoline power with electric power and changed the ride to move at a fixed speed around the track. It is the oldest of four fixed-speed car rides in the park.
The Brookwood Express track can be seen in these images, as can the Eastern Tram Lines, along with the aforementioned House of Distortion, which can ironically be used as a reference point in relation to the previous screenshots. You can even spot a glimpse of a go-kart track if you look closely enough.
Jungle Adventure, the second oldest water ride in the park, takes place in--you guessed it--a jungle.
"Jungle Adventure" was not the original name of the ride, but after a passenger died on the ride of unrelated causes, park management felt the name "Watery Grave" was no longer appropriate. The donut shop in the food court across from the ride entrance was closed by the health department as a result following the incident, but reopened two months later after posting an FDA warning and agreeing to eliminate their policy of throwing old, discarded donuts back into the fryer.
When the following photograph was released, conspiracy theorists were all over it. Many who were on low-resolution monitors believed that the light-blue figure at the very bottom of the image near the center was an out-of-this-world visitor.
These viewers were advised to view the image in higher resolution and zoom in on the mysterious figure. When it was revealed that the "extraterrestrial" was just the top of a fountain obscuring a person's entire body except for his head, most of the theories quickly died down. Giorgio Tsoukalos still isn't 100% convinced.
The location of this fictitious park is Oklahoma, near the Wichita Mountains.
One thing many people in Oklahoma enjoy is go-kart racing, and Overdrive Junction was the first motor speedway built in Brookwood Gardens. A second go-kart track was built on the other side of the park in the late 90s.
Riders have been known to leap from their karts to try and land on the trains that pass underneath the speedway, despite a rule specifically prohibiting it. Some riders leap onto the train tracks when there isn't even a train in sight, which has baffled park management for decades. The covers added to the train cars in 2002 have deterred most of the leapers, although some zealous thrill seekers still jump. Since the covers are made of woven polypropylene with small springs attached, those who land on the train now will bounce off and faceplant into a tree or the fake city hall building.
These mischievous patrons haven't given up yet. Although there is also a rule specifically prohibiting guests from bringing cookies onto the speedway, nobody really checks riders' pockets for cookies anymore, so when a train passes, they throw their cookie and see if they can land it in the train. While some train passengers don't mind baked oatmeal raisin to the back of the head, most of them find it quite irritating, so now all cookies sold in Brookwood Gardens are soft-baked to maximize air resistance and increase the possibility of mid-air disintegration.
Gardener's Revenge is your average Wisdom's Sizzler. The backstory behind this one, which nobody actually reads despite it being posted near the ride entrance, is that a Brookwood Gardens gardener became disgruntled with the way he was treated by management, so he painted a giant weed wacker green and hid it among plants as a trap for wandering guests. Because of the high, overgrown foliage around the ride, it is difficult to see from the Brookwood Express even though it is located right next to the track. According to the backstory, that was part of the gardener's plan. "No one can hear you scream over the sound of plants being trimmed."
As a traditional family fairground ride, it isn't particularly exciting or intense, but its location between the go-kart entrance and a marked railroad/coaster viewpoint have given this ride plenty of customers over the years, which would have been difficult otherwise because the camouflaged ride entrance, exit and queue line have mistakenly convinced many guests that that area was occupied by nothing except overgrown foliage. Not the management's best idea.
Speaking of gardens, slightly further along the path, you will find a Cheshire cat ride known as the Secret Garden. It's so secret, even the handymen forgot about it.
If you continue and pass under the railway bridge, you'll come to Sub Tours, which is, for all intents and purposes, a submarine ride. The submarines are so safe, riders are guaranteed via a short film at the beginning that they probably won't drown.
Frequently asked question: Why is there no sub sandwich shop outside of sub tours? That would be hilarious! Frequently answered answer: There used to be one, but it was eventually demolished for safety reasons. Since sub sandwiches resemble submarines, and they're named after submarines, many guests thought they were the same thing, so they would purchase sandwiches and dive into the water with them thinking that that was what the submarine ride was.
In the background, the Brookwood Circus can be seen, which consists of two amateur acrobats and three guys who sometimes dress like clowns.
Glad you like it! Some areas of the park have more buildings than others. The entrance plaza has the big one with the dark ride, the wild west area on the south side of the park has a whole string of them, and the historic section that you're about to see has a few of its own, just to name a few. Even in this week's update, not even half of the park will have been shown thus far.
Before venturing west, we must head back east just for a moment to admire Brookwood Gardens' historic section, built in the early 30s along with the first and oldest surviving roller coaster.
The only other surviving ride from that era is the Crazy Slide, which is the second oldest ride in the park, dating back to 1931. The other two, which were famously rough and unsafe, were replaced in the early 80s with newer, more modern rides: the old rusty ferris wheel with the loose nails sticking out of the seats was replaced with Santa Maria, a pirate ship ride themed after Christopher Columbus and how he was such a bad sea captain that he couldn't even keep his ship on a horizontal axis, and Whirligig, the "crack-the-whip" ride with the uncooperative restraints, was replaced with an enterprise of the same name, which averages 45% fewer blackouts and 70% fewer concussions annually than the original Whirligig did.
The pink roller coaster you see in the background is not the oldest roller coaster in the park. That one was built a decade later, then closed down in the early 60s due to fire damage and repeated incidents of the train flying off the track. In the 80s, it was rebuilt with a steel track, steel supports, and actual brakes, and since then, the train has only flown off the track a handful or two of times.
The large building that looks like it could be a train station is a train station. More specifically, it's the northern entrance to the Brookwood Express. The southern entrance is on the other side of the lake.
One ride operator thought it would be faster to derail the train and cut across the lake, so he attempted to do this with riders onboard. While he would have been correct had the train doubled as a speedboat, unfortunately it didn't, so 30 riders and one idiot train operator ended up soaking wet. Even though the train was only 10 feet from land when it completely submerged, and the water was no deeper than that, 12 riders lost their lives in this incident. When the train submerged, they believed they were on the submarine ride, so they sat and waited patiently for the ride to end. The haunted house, seen in the second image, is dedicated to these guests and was originally called "The 12 Ghosts of Brookwood Lake" before some of their relatives found out and deemed it inappropriate.
The blue building is the bumper car ride. The cleverly named "Bumper Cars" is the fourth oldest of 55 rides currently operating, dating back to 1941.
The original cars were replaced in 1972 after someone drove a real car onto the floor, which, despite being completely illegal, wasn't technically a violation of the ride's rules. There were no injuries following the incident, but the bumper cars were all totaled, and the guy ran out of gas during the ride, so he was escorted off the property with a first place trophy, even though bumper cars don't generally award winners. When he got to the park entrance, he refused to leave, so four employees had to lift him up and throw him through the gate, with one of them violently shaking his index finger and yelling, "And stay out!" before slamming the turnstile.
The cars were replaced again in 2007 when the exact same thing happened again. Even though security was much tighter and they possessed 21st century technology, this driver didn't run out of gas, and the Segways driven by security were no match for the errant driver's Prius, so he took his winning trophy to go and sped off into the night, never to be seen again. Even though hundreds witnessed this event, nobody wrote down the plate number because everyone assumed that someone else had already written it down. Park management still can't figure out why two different ride operators from different decades happened to have first place trophies lying around on a ride that doesn't award first place, or why they both awarded them to people who wrecked all the bumper cars and endangered the lives of hundreds of guests.
The beige building with the tan window panes is the park's oldest food court. After a funnel cake fire destroyed the original building in 1953, this one was built in its place.
To commemorate the early days of Brookwood Gardens, the food stands originally served old food, but the health department eventually stepped in and said, "No, you can't do that."
Heading west again, we see a large, over-sized building with multiple double-tracked rides emerging from both above and below the main entrance to the building.
The ride crawling out from underneath the entrance is the double-tracked Western Tram Line, which transports guests who are too lazy to walk--but have no problem standing in line for 15 minutes--from the north end of the park to the south end of the west side of the park, and vice-versa.
The ride spewing from the roof is the equally double-tracked Sky Sailor, which is a standard sky ride that gives guests an aerial view of the west side of the park, which many guests will tell you is better than the east side of the park. However, some guests say that the east side of the park is better than the west side, which has thus resulted in a long-standing feud between east side and west side guests.
Without the scenery, one can see that this dark building that smells like old mixed vegetables has been thoughtfully laid out, allowing multiple entrance and exit paths to maximize queue space within the building. One can also see from the tram entrance paths how seriously handymen take their jobs on this side of the park.
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