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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:34 pm

King Kobra was not just any shuttle loop either, but a Schwarzkopf! According to RCDB, you can still ride it at its most recent locale in Brazil at Hopi Hari: http://www.rcdb.com/1152.htm. Hopefully I can make that TPR Brazil trip someday to ride it again.

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:10 am

Oh, I get it now! KD got Thunder Looper from Alton Towers, then sold it off to Brazil?

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:23 pm

^ According to RCDB.com, the order of locations for King Kobra is: Kings Dominion > Jolly Roger Amusement Park > Alton Towers > Hopi Hari.

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:10 am

HOORAY...it's birthday #3 here at the Paradise!!! To celebrate, today I have a megaginormous Six Flags Over Georgia update. Growing up in northwestern Alabama in the 1970's left little options for visiting theme parks. The closest park was Opryland, which did little but whet the appetite for much bigger/exciting thrills, so I always greatly anticipated those ever so rare visits to SFOG. To this day Mind Bender ranks near my top 10 steel coasters and Goliath is certainly IMO one of the best B&M's anywhere! Since I'm planning a visit to SFOG next weekend (and taking a week off from my updates to this thread), I thought I'd share some of my SFOG collection with TPR. Here we go (and by the way what is SFOG teasing us with in those Facebook pics as new for 2011???)...
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GASP! It's the park entrance in the 1970's!
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At one time, the Great American Scream Machine was a world record holder. I love the SF font on the front of the train.
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Believe it...or not.
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Chaser lights and fire make everything better.
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77 was a good year.
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If you were to buy park postcards or other souvenirs in the 70's, you got this sweet bag too!
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Let's move forward to the 1980's.
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Hey Rapidsnerd!
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Besides rides, SFOG used to actually have some good shows too...like Mega Dolphins.
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In 1982, the park continued operations until late November!
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Discount #1...score!
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With this coupon receive a WHOPPING $1 off the park admission price. It's good at Astroworld too.
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This coupon is a better deal offering $2.50 off the admission price!
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Hello my name is Mark, and yes I am a park souvenir hoarder.
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Hoarder example #2.
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Hoarder example #3.
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Hoarder example #4.
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Every SFOG fan should own this book.
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The book features many black & white photos of attractions long gone from the park.
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Let's check out my SFOG souvenir book from the 1970's. Here's the cover featuring a two tone blue sky!
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Here's the intro page noting when the park featured a new bird show and a "crazy" new swing ride - The Highland Fling. Jolly jolly jolly.
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Gasp!
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Here is the park entrance before the "Main Street" shops were later added.
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Can you say "Antebellum"? I knew that you could.
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Mega dolphins!
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WARNING...beneath these waters lies SHARKTOPUS!!!
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Schwarzkopfian goodness.
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Better than Shock Wave!
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SFOG had TWO intertwined log flume rides in the 70's.
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Take the tunnel!
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Hey Chicago...what's up?
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I miss you Mo Mo, but at least The Wheelie is still here although not in the USA section anymore.
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Exclusive centerfold!
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Saying "Okefenokee" is even more fun than saying "antebellum"!
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I'd forgotten all about the Buford Buzzard show. Did you know Buford's cousin lives up north at Mystery Mine???
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Fiesta de Ninos.
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Everyone loves Mexican jumping beans!
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We see you Mini-Mine Train.
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Does anyone recognize these furries?
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Let's say "antebellum" again, shall we?
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Giant paper flowers were all the rage in the 70's.
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INTAMIN ARROW INTAMIN.
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Hey Dollywood...how's it going?
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More flags more fun.
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See you next weekend Mind Bender! Be sure to send this thread LOTS of birthday love, and see you all in two weeks for the next update!!!
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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby rollin_n_coastin » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:14 pm

Happy Birthday Paradise! Wow, congrats on the three years of cool stuff!

Mark, love the addition of the other brochures, really completes the picture. I really would love to try one of those parachute towers one day. SFoG still is a nice looking park I think. I'd go back just for Mind Bender.
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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby larrygator » Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:24 pm

Awesome - that ticket booklet from KD confirms that the flyers used to be called Parrot Troopers.

Mark - do you remember Buford Buzzard? We had a Percy Pelican show at SFGAdv in the late 70's-early 80's. The puppet did a lot of cursing and I remember on a school trip many mothers were very upset about Percy's salty langauge.
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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:26 am

rollin_n_coastin wrote:Happy Birthday Paradise! Wow, congrats on the three years of cool stuff!

Mark, love the addition of the other brochures, really completes the picture. I really would love to try one of those parachute towers one day. SFoG still is a nice looking park I think. I'd go back just for Mind Bender.


Thanks for the warm birthday wishes Jason. I've saved you a piece of cake! ;) I'm glad you're enjoying these expanded updates. It really is fun and interesting to look back at how parks have morphed over the years. Hurry to SFGAdv or SFOT and ride one of those parachutes towers while you still can. Oh and if you're doing the TPR Japan trip next year, you could ride the one at La Qua in Tokyo. I remember as a fifth grader that SFOG's parachutes really did take my breath away on the drop. I'm not sure if it was a total free fall before the cable grabbed the ride carriage, but it sure felt like it back then. Years later not so much, so either the ride was tamed or my memory is slightly skewed.

larrygator wrote:Awesome - that ticket booklet from KD confirms that the flyers used to be called Parrot Troopers.

Mark - do you remember Buford Buzzard? We had a Percy Pelican show at SFGAdv in the late 70's-early 80's. The puppet did a lot of cursing and I remember on a school trip many mothers were very upset about Percy's salty langauge.


Larry, I vaguely remember Buford. He was quite witty if memory serves correct. That is crazy about Percy Pelican. I wonder how long that show lasted before it got canned by MAPP lol. It's too bad that most of these puppet characters have been done away with, but fortunately Dollywood still has theirs last I visited. I seem to remember one at USH (maybe it was Shrek themed?) a few years ago too. Yeah, that was a clever name for KD's flyers - glad to confirm for you.

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby jynx242 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:13 pm

Thanks for the update! I was going to SFoG during those years and fondly remember Buford the Buzzard making fun of random people in the crowd. I worked there in 86 and 87 and remember Splashwater Falls being the new attraction. I still have the employee yearbook that they used to put out every year.


Good times, good times.....

Mindbender is defintely in my to 10 to this day! Awesome Schwartzkopf goodness!!


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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:56 pm

^ I would enjoy seeing Buford make a return visit to the park. Quick...somebody start an online petition or Facebook page! :lol: I think the years you worked at SFOG was around the time period when I temporarily lost my park/coaster enthusiamness. I did come back to my senses and go shortly thereafter to get the Z-Force credit.

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:47 am

Happy 3rd Paradise! May you have enough postcards to last another million! =)

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