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Postby coastakid » Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:39 pm

^ Right info, but Dream World is not what that article is about. It is about Wonderland. Dream World is still operating while Wonderland has closed down...

Well anyhow, thanks Montezooma for putting this all together. It really is very interesting!

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Postby coastercrazed49 » Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:03 pm

Wow I had a total brainfart there. Sorry. :lolr:

Idk maybe it was the black Intamin Drop Tower that threw me off and got it into my mind.

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Postby Sgt. Fox » Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:45 pm

Awesome thread!

Anyone else notice the Indiana Jones EMVs in the Ride Trade catalog on page 4 of the thread? What year was that from? It looks like Disney stole it straight out of the catalog. lol

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:16 pm

Shane, great stuff!

Yes, The Demon (now Zoomerang) is doing well at Alabama Adventure as of summer 2007. I think one or two of the Wonderland's wood coaster trains are running on Rampage, since one in particular had a red to yellow color change. Saw pics of what seemed like the same train sitting idle at Wonderland, and it was about the time AA bought Demon.

EDIT: Posted a couple pics of Demon and a clip of the above mentioned Rampage train.
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The Demon, Alabama Adventure, Summer 2007
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Postby montezooma » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:40 am

ARROW DEVELOPMENT

Now this stuff goes way back...I think this may be the earliest that I started to collect stuff. I received this marketing packet from Arrow back in 1977. It shows the Knott's Corkscrew when it was set up for testing at the plant in Mountain View, CA.

Also there is a some great stuff on the Steeplechase, Log Flumes and other rides that Arrow manufactured at that time.

This was also when they had just began to market their latest development, the Suspended Coaster. You can see an early layout of what the ride could have been along with a diagram of the suspended coach.

If you are an Arrow fan, read up, there is a lot of interesting information that is included in this post, amazing that it took six years to develop the Corkscrew. I also have more brochures coming from when Arrow went through its many transitions from Arrow Development to Arrow Huss to Arrow Dynamics.

click here to see another Arrow Development marketing brochure that focuses on engineering, fabrication, and installation of coasters, particularly the Loch Ness Monster.

click here to see the second ride packet Arrow released in 1980.

click here to see the 1981 brochure from Arrow Huss.

click here to see stuff from Arrow Dynamics.
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This is Knott's Corkscrew as it was installed at the Arrow plant in Mountain View, CA.
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Here is the first Corkscrew, the prototype from the factory, installed at Knott's Berry Farm.
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The Steeplechase test track set up at the factory.
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Before coasters most of Arrows business came from log flumes and car rides as you can see from the following brochures.
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Obviously Arrow was licensed by Mack for some rides.
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an early layout of what Arrow invisioned for their suspended coaster.
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By 1979 Arrow already had an impressive amount of installations in parks around the World.
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The prototype corkscrew track section for the suspended coaster
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The Flying Turns prototype as it was set up at the Mountain View, CA factory. Six Flags ordered a couple of these rides and actually removed the Big Bend at SFOT to make way for it. But when Arrow could not deliver a smooth reliable ride Six Flags canceled the orders and the ride was scrapped.
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Postby SharkTums » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:48 am

I visited Australia's Wonderland in 96 and had a lot of fun. Shane you're totally right though about the park being like Canada's Wonderland. A bad woodie, a kiddie Woodie, a boomerang, random flats...but...Mmmm Space Probe 7 was amazing!

At least when I was there with all of the effects, and employees really getting into their jobs it was quite the experience. I also remember the rapids being okay, and they had some really good fresh mini-donuts.

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Postby montezooma » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:03 pm

Does anyone know why this park closed? They advertise as being Australia's biggest theme park, that would be like Kings Island closing over here in the states. What is left of it now? Is it still there or has it been redeveloped?

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Postby d34thstrik3 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:20 pm

montezooma wrote:Does anyone know why this park closed? They advertise as being Australia's biggest theme park, that would be like Kings Island closing over here in the states. What is left of it now? Is it still there or has it been redeveloped?


Apparently it was unprofitable or at least that is what the company claimed (and blamed a number of things for downturn in guests). The park is now gone and is an industrial estate.

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Postby astroworldfan1 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:29 pm

Shane, do you have a Arrow ride catalouge? That would be so cool!

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Postby montezooma » Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:49 pm

astroworldfan1 wrote:Shane, do you have a Arrow ride catalouge? That would be so cool!


I just posted an Arrow Ride Catalog on the previous page. Check it out near the bottom after Australia's Wonderland.

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