Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

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

Postby Taylor Finn » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:46 am

Thanks so much for the update, Larry! I hope hope hope more than anything that come end of July when I am in Connecticut, the Funhouse and/or this are open. It would be like a dream come true. Either way, I plan to make a trip to the Nostalgia Center. Did he suggest any new timetables to you?

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

Postby larrygator » Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:37 pm

Taylor Finn wrote:Thanks so much for the update, Larry! I hope hope hope more than anything that come end of July when I am in Connecticut, the Funhouse and/or this are open. It would be like a dream come true. Either way, I plan to make a trip to the Nostalgia Center. Did he suggest any new timetables to you?


Taylor, that's a timetable they are hoping for regarding the Laff in the Dark but unexpected delays can come at any turn. The Fun House will take longer due to legal proceedings.
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby cfc » Sat Apr 11, 2015 1:23 pm

One thing I was not aware of before, the sails above the structure will have fans underneath blowing on the them to add ambiance to this being an outdoor circus tent.


That's a very clever touch. Laff in the Dark is looking good.
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:05 pm

I love these updates Larry. The whole project is coming along nicely. =)
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby RoCo » Fri May 01, 2015 1:06 pm

Another fantastic set of updates, Larry, thanks again! And another standing ovation to everyone at Wild Bill's for doing all this incredible work. I can't wait to get back East and make another visit.
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Re: Dark Ride Paradise - Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:46 am

Reading through the Chuck's Prime Dark Ride thread I couldn't help but wonder what happened to the project at Wild Bill's? Did the place ever open to the public? If not is that still in the works at some point?

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

Postby SFOG1991 » Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:27 pm

I am also curious what is going on with this project. The entire thing is simply amazing to me. So much hard work and such a beautiful outcome (so far).

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

Postby Taylor Finn » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:06 am

Wild Bill passed away on Tuesday. I visited the place a few years back, after having followed this page for years. Though he wasn't there, we talked on the phone for a few minutes and he offered me a free bobble head of his likeness. It's sad that he'll never have realized the vision he set out on with the fun house and dark ride.I'm hopeful that the people he worked with can rally around his memory and work with his family to continue on the projects. The store truly is a gem of a place and is a direct representation of his personality. I still highly recommend anyone who passes within an hour of the area to check it out. This article does him more a lot more justice than I could ever.

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

Postby ahecht » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:00 am

That is truly sad. I had a chance to meet him once while passing through Connecticut, and I've never met someone with so much passion for what they do. The man was a walking encyclopedia of nostalgia, and as the family's post on Facebook said, "there was no one quite like Wild Bill, nor will there ever be another". Hopefully his legacy will live on through the store.
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