I have a copy of The Roller Coaster Almanac somewhere around the house. It's indeed a piece of history. Thanks again for continuing to share your stuff, Shane. For me, a Magic Mountain visitor since Year One, it's truly a trip down Memory Lane.
FANTASTIC Shane. I remember seeing pics of Colossus when it first opened and thinking how massively HUGE it was at the time. I just could not believe it. Hopefully Jay can help return it to its former glory.
Bravo, Shane! Your theme-park and coaster retrospectives keep getting better and better! I remember riding Colossus in 77 vividly; not because I was almost pants-wettingly scared (which I was...I was 9, after all) but because it was so huge. I think the total whiteness of it made it look even larger than it might have been. It's funny, though. I remember the Revolution being more violent on the body than Colossus. Since I haven't ridden it since, would I still enojy the ride with all its modifications or would I be let down?
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WHo knew that Jack Ryan started writing about roller coasters, before saving the world from rogue Soviet submarine captains, nuclear terrorists in the middle east, drug lords in Central America, and becoming President!
arrowfanman wrote:Thanks for posting, Shane! Honestly, the photos were almost depressing for me! The ride could be so much better than it is.
What bothered me was the press releases, describing how much stuff they had going on in the park back then, and how much effort they put into making each area special (ie Spillikin Corners). It bothers me to know that what was once such a unique area of the park is mostly shuttered buildings. The park would be so much better now, if along with trying to get the family thing back together, that they focused on getting this kind of stuff back.
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2008 Cedar Point Ride Op (May-September) COASTER COUNT: 53 (42 Steel, 11 Wooden) #53: Phantom's Revenge, Kennywood, West Mifflin, PA
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