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Postby Gutterflower » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:00 am

thats actually Intamins Pipeline (spiral) coaster. used to be in Koreas Sky Plaza before that. It runs entirely on friction wheels

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Postby borisdag » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:11 am

I am so diggin this.....


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Postby pdcr777 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:08 pm

Speaking of boardwalk and baseball/circus world,I was just wondering where florida huricane woodie is now?

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Postby Duane » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:19 pm

Florida Hurricane lives on as Arkansas Twister at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Postby ebl » Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:29 pm

Didn't Boardwalk & Baseball or Circus World have Schwarzkopf's Wiener Looping at one time?

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Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:49 pm

^ Yep. Unfortunately I missed that credit somehow.
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Postby montezooma » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:13 am

Worlds of Fun &
Orient Express

Now this is the update I have been wanting to do! Worlds of Fun was my favorite park when I was growing up and when they opened Orient Express I couldn’t get enough of that place.

I was 15 when the ride opened and I remember I did a report on it for a school project. I wrote to the park asking them for some information that would help me with the report and I got a letter back from the General Manager of the park. Yes he actually sent me the stuff. Then when I finished the report I sent a copy back to him and he forwarded it to Lamar Hunt, the Chairman of the Board. I actually got a personal letter back from Lamar with an invitation to the park. Boy things like that don’t happen today. I have never gotten a personal letter from Dick Kinzel…well actually I have but that is another story.

So anyways onto my report on Orient Express and Worlds of Fun. It was kind of surprising at that time for a relatively small park to be developing such a major coaster. I think this coaster put the park on the map. At the time it opened it was the tallest, fastest coaster with the most inversions. It had this unique looping, twisting element the park dubbed “the Kamikaze Kurve”. It also had those great interlocking loops, one of the coolest elements that Arrow came up with, especially when the trains were timed perfectly so two trains went through the loops at the same time. Obviously this was not possible on Orient Express but it sure was cool on Loch Ness Monster and Lightnin’ Loops.

So lets first take a look back at the park as it appeared in the late 70’s and then onto the announcement, facts and pictures of the Orient Express, one of my all time favorite Arrow coasters!!!

Orient Express…They Warned me!

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the official Orient Express bumper sticker
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the park map from the 1979 season. The big attraction then was the ScreamRoller, a standard Arrow corkscrew.
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the souvenir book from 1979 season showing the various theme areas and attractions at the park.
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the Zulu was a Huss enterprise that was one of the new attractions added this season.
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even though the ScreamRoller was the big attraction at that time, the Zambezi Zinger was the ride that kicked a$$.
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the other new attraction was Le Carrousel. can you imagine a merry-go-round being a new attraction nowadays?
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an info sheet on the coasters at the park including the Orient Express.
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some postcards from the park.
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Schussboomer was a Schwarzkopf wildcat coaster located in the Scandinavian section of the park. After the Orient Express opened this ride did not hang around for too much longer.
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1980: the big announcement!
the very cool logo!
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ride design and layout
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this ride had everything: 115' drop at 55 degree angle, 100' long tunnel, top speed of 65 mph, interlocking loops and the "Kamikaze Kurve" a fancy name for an Arrow Boomerang, the first of its kind.
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what is up with the top of that lift????
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The first Arrow Boomerang.
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the parks magazine that was distributed at the parking booths. It has some great article on the Orient Express, roller coasters in general and fun park puzzles and stuff.
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Lamar Hunt, the chairman of the board of Worlds of Fun and the owner of the KC Chiefs. How cool is it that he took the time to write a personal letter to a 15 year old kid that was interested in his park??? Cool guy!
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the ride in action
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Interlocking Loops!
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a personal letter from the park General Manager...
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and a personal letter from the parks Chairman of the Board.

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Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:30 am

I fulfilled a theme park dream, when I finally got to ride the Zambezi Zinger on a 1995 visit to the park, with friends I was staying with. And we rode the Orient Express too, but my sights were set on the ZZ, lol. It was amazing, especially the butt kicking tunnel (and speed!) at the end of the layout.

Thanks for posting all of this great stuff on this, and the other parks and coasters/attractions, Shane. It's an awesome assortment of paperwork and photos.

And exactly how BIG is your "attic" anyway???


Looking forward to more and more and more and...

(Edit: I forgot to mention... After we had been to WoF that early June, the accident with a girl/guy {I forget, sry} being thrown out of the Express, happened just a week or so after we'd been there! Very wierd to find out about it, after having just ridden the coaster.)
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Postby montezooma » Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:33 am

it's HUGE

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Postby niiicolaaah » Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:36 pm

My dad has the Orient Express credit! :b
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