Hello, John Kline here, Park operations manger here at Valley Hills Amusement Park. Valley Hills is West Virginia's premiere amusement park. After six years of extensive research, planning, construction, and marketing, Valley Hills is finally ready to open it's doors. I am proud to say that Valley Hills is quickly becoming the ideal family destination for all of central West Virginia.
It's finally here, opening day!
Approaching the entrance of the park, I must say, it feels good to be here to relax and not having to work.
Once into the park, you will cross a creek. Looking to the right you can see the Paratrooper ride, named Apple Twists. A gentle family oriented ride that provides a flying sensation and a scenic view of the creek. You can also see the the mine ride in the back, more on that later.
Looking to the left, we see West Virginia Turnpike. An arrow dynamics designed automobile ride. Great for the youngsters who want to take their first driving lesson. The ride was specially designed to weave around the dense vegetation. A classic ride that I'm sure will continue to entertain guests for years to come.
Further down the Main Midway we can see the massive Parachute Tower. It's given a red, white and blue color scheme to symbolize our great Lady America, providing great views of the West Virginia Hills as well.
I was able to get this shot while riding Parachute Tower. Carousel, towards the right, features WVU's old gold and blue colors. It's a great ride for families with smaller children. To the left you can see the Greenbrier Grill, serving all-American eats such as hamburgers and hot dogs.
Valley Hills also has rides for adults and older children. Scrambler will throw your body every which way and provide an out-of-control sensation. This ride was a bit much for me, once is enough.
Now for Valley Hill's signature ride. Kanawha Railway! Named after the native Kanawha river that flows through the heart of the Mountain State. Kanawha Railway is Valley Hill's single largest investment, designed by Arrow Dnyamics. Kanawha Railway is the longest mine style roller coaster in world, with over 2,800 feet of track!
The ride is full of twisted turns and high speed sudden drops. It also features two underground tunnels. We worked closely with Arrow Dynamics to ensure it provided one of a kind experience, unique to Valley Hills.
I don't remember taking this, my eyes were closed. That sudden drop into the tunnel got me good.
After a near-heart attack on Kanawha Railway, I decided to try something a little more tranquil. West Virginia Turnpike was the perfect choice. Very relaxing and scenic. I'm glad Valley Hills has something so enjoyable.
With night approaching, I decided to catch the sunset upon Parachute Tower. You can see much of Kanawha Railway from up here.
With it getting even darker, and closing time approaching, I picked up some delicious homemade pretzels and headed out.
Such a fun filled day at Valley Hills. Tomorrow it's back to work, so at least I had time to enjoy myself.
To be continued.....
Last edited by JonnyRCT3 on Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:37 pm.
Another season has come and gone here at Valley Hills. 1973 saw an attendance boost. It's good to know all our hard work has paid off and the public is taking such interest. With today being the last operating day of 1973, I've decided to take one last stroll before old man winter creeps in.
There are great views of Kanawha Railway from the main offices. Unfortunately, some rain was in the forecast.
Waiting for the rain to pass, I decided to try some burgers at the Greenbrier Grill. It's been two years and this is the first time eating here. Not the best, but you get a lot of bang for your buck.
The rain passed surprisingly quick. Apple Twists was up and running in no time. Apple Twists has become insanely popular, I haven't seen a day without a full que.
Not today Kanawha Railway. This coaster has become a big hit for the older children and adults.
We've seen an influx of teens at the park. Valley Hill's popularity is growing, so we want to capitalize on that momentum....
Whatever could this be? Valley Hills will be entering it's third season next year. And with the increasing attendance, we need more rides to keep them coming back.
Official announcement will be published in the Charleston Gazette, Christmas Day.
To be continued........
Last edited by JonnyRCT3 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:26 pm.
In case you missed it, this was our official announcement of Trout Spin. We wanted to include something unique and thrilling and we decided this would be the best choice when considering budget.
(taken atop tree) Work on site has progressed some. The ride and all of it's parts have been assembled. All that's left is some wiring, control booth and que construction. The midway will be further expanded to ensure the ride will be in full view for guests. The ride was named after the state fish, Brook Trout, a continued to tradition to honor the Mountain State.
Parachute Tower now supports the grand ol' American Flag. A suitable location, don't you think? Opening day will be here soon, with the all new Trout Spin. Hope to see you soon.
To be continued......
Last edited by JonnyRCT3 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:01 pm.
I doubt that an Enterprise would cost $500,000 today, let alone in 1974. Also, try mixing in custom scenery with your paths to give them a better aesthetic look. Overall, this park is looking pretty good.
$500,000 is the total investment. There are a few things you have to consider.
The Ride concept is new(second ever built), newer rides cost more. This is the largest Enterprise, and also the first permanent & non-portable version. This is an investment covering: permits, marketing, purchasing, transporting, and construction for the ride. Including the new midway expansions.
Samantha Keystone, local resident. I've been hearing a lot about this new Valley Hills amusement park from the locals, it hs been the hot topic here lately. So last Saturday I decided to take a trip down to Valley Hills to see what all the buzz was about.
Arriving at around noon, the parking lot was about 3/4 of the way full. Trees are abundant here, reminds me of Kings Island.
Once in the park I could see this huge towering attraction, it goes by the name Parachute Tower. It's nice that this park shows patriotism. The ride itself looks enjoyable, but I'm not the biggest fan of heights.
Apple Twists was a great ride. Nice and gentle, I felt free as a bird. I was able to get some nice views in of the creek as well. The only downside to the ride was the line, 25 minutes was a bit much for such a small ride.
This was apparently the new ride, Trout Spin. I've never seen anything like it, it turns you upside down! This I had to try, regardless of the long line.
The ride was really fun and you were glued to your seat the whole time. You just kept going upside down, made me dizzy. I like this ride enough to ride it again.
After all that spinning, I felt dizzy and decided to grab a bite to eat. The park doesn't offer that much variety of food, so Greenbrier Grill it was. This place turned out to be an unpleasant surprise. I had to wait 20 minutes just for two burgers, a coke, and a small fry. The place was crowded and having nothing but bland wallpaper to look at didn't help either. A lot of other people were upset about the lack of workers, and long lines. And when I finally got my food, the burger was half put together and my fires were cold. And the worker girl gave me sass for holding up the line when I complained. This was ridiculous!!
After all the Greenbrier Grill shenanigans I headed towards the other side of the park, hopefully this wouldn't be another hassle. Apparently, there is a live show here. It's located in the Bluegrass Theatre. I was able to get this while heading toward the show, looks interesting.
The show was surpisingly good, minus a few corny jokes. The live action stunts were incredible and it even had a compelling story.
This was my favorite part. "Billy" gets thrown off the roof for not milking the cow. The show also had some inside adult humor too, a big plus. This is Valley Hill's hidden jewel. I am surprised I haven't heard more about this.
It was finally time for Kanawha Railway. This ride was so much fun!
Some argue that this is better than the KI Racer. The tunnel twists were great, I thought I was going to loose my fingers.
This tunnel drop caught everyone off guard, the best part of the ride to. My bottom came up off the seat. Thankfully I had this safety bar to keep me from flying out. This was a wild and crazy ride. This coaster is reason enough to visit.
Kanawha Railway had me pumped, so I decided to finally try out Parachute Tower. The heights were dizzying, but it had a great view. A fairly enjoyable ride. I could get a great shot of Trout Spin from up here.
Overall, I enjoyed this park. I could definitely see myself coming back and I will be telling lots of my friends and co-workers about this place. I'ts great to have such a wonderful place within driving distance. Valley Hills has become a big success for area tourism as well. I can't wait to see what's next for the park. The Greenbrier Grill incident was a pain, they need to do something about operations there.
========================================= Another update coming soon!
Last edited by JonnyRCT3 on Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:46 pm.
It's been a busy season here at Valley Hills, I've been buried deep in work for the past few months. I was finally able to enjoy the park for a bit during my lunch break last Wednesday, an hour to take in the beauty of the park. We saw an attendance boost last year with the addition of Trout Spin. This year, the midway has been further expanded again to offer even more. Lets take a look...
An all new area has been added to the park. It's a shady nook across from Trout Spin, featuring two new additions.
Mountain View, the new ride for 75'. A 75 foot tall Ferris wheel, giving guests a relaxing view of the surrounding terrain.
Mountain View also gives great views of the park. Guests who aren't tall or brave enough for Parachute Tower can enjoy the more tame Mountain View.
The Greenbrier grill was Valley Hills primary food outlet, and it was operating beyond capacity. We've also noticed many guests wished for more variety of food. The new Cobblestone Cafe serves Pizza, Pasta and Root Beer.
A new picnic area across from Cobblestone Cafe. Guests can now enjoy their meal in a relaxing (non-hectic) environment.
We now offer three different restroom facilities, we're growing faster then expected. This should help relieve some of the overwhelming traffic at the other two facilities.
Hey! (The park now is in co-partnership with a local greenhouse. We're always striving to help the local community. )
An hour goes by quick when enjoying yourself. I was able to get this shot in 20 minutes before closing.
I'll try and get another report in before the end of the season. I've just been really busy getting thing together for next year.
It has been a long and cold winter here in WV. Summer has returned, and Valley Hills is open for business. I tried to get an update in before last season's end, but work has had me busy. Utilizing week vacation, I thought what better way to spend it than visiting my favorite place? (which is my job, sadly.)
Cobblestone Cafe is my new favorite vendor in the park. The pizza here is a really good value and has masses of toppings.
NEW! Rotor An all new thrill ride designed to keep riders "floating" above the floor in a spinning room by the use of centripetal Ge-force. A great ride for the older children & adults looking for a scare.
The ride's large signage is attached to it's structure, very imposing. Valley Hills is celebrating America's bicentennial by decorating the ride with red, white and blue colors.
Lines were like this all day, I was able to get this just before the que was expanded. I saw lines reach up to an hour for this one. All this hard work pays off with the guests appreciation.
New! Dodgems The classic bumper cars attraction makes it debut at Valley Hills. Another ride that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The ride has become a success for large groups. We were able to purchase this for only $66,000 USD, it's a used one from a traveling fair. With a little refurbishment, our maintenance department had it up and running for under $90,000 USD. Budget has been cut back a bit, so this was especially convenient.
Originally, three new attractions were planned to open for the bicentennial celebration. Unfortunately, we were only able to open two of them. The third attraction has been delayed due to a recent buzz in the industry.
The third attraction's future location is pictured here.
Parachute Tower provided a better view of this rather offset area, difficult to photograph from the ground. This massive crane has been used to relocate some of the trees, most of the area has been razed. Something big is coming! I can't reveal anything yet, but rest assure this is something unlike anything else.
P.S. Independence Day is next week, Valley Hills will provide a free firework show the community. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. , don't miss it!
Last edited by JonnyRCT3 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:01 pm.
Valley Hills amusement park welcomes RATTLESNAKE, an all new steel looping roller coaster! RATTLESNAKE will take riders on a journey like no other, A 100 foot accent will send riders slithering down 91 feet, reaching speeds of up to 50 m.p.h. ! RATTLESNAKE will flip riders completely upside down, with a 360° vertical loop! The roller coaster is packed with high speed slithering turns and hills on it's 2300 foot course. Valley Hills is making a $1,500,000 USD investment with RATTLESNAKE, a commitment to happiness and thrills. RATTLESNAKE will be the first looping roller coaster east of the Ohio River when it opens in May.
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