Hey guys....I've decided I was kind of going to go back to my roots and start fresh with a new PLC park. This park was based off an old park I built in my much younger years in RCT3...This time, I plan to make it seem a bit more realistic and flow a little better....And without further ado....
The Story of Oregon's Adventure
When I was a young boy, growing up in Corvallis, Oregon…There was nothing I loved more than spending my summers at one place…The premiere amusement park of the entire state, the aptly named Oregon’s Adventure. It was a rather medium-sized park with an assortment of flat rides and four roller coasters…There was a decent balance between an environment of family-friendliness and an allure to a more thrill seeking crowd. Overall, it was a great place for somebody to just have hours of fun… That is, until 1988, when I was only 12 years old….My father gave me the sad news….The family that owned the park was having serious financial troubles…and the upshot was, Oregon’s Adventure was being put up for sale at the end of the 1988 operating season. The future of my home park, and my favorite place to be….was now in serious doubt….Best case scenario, the park gets bought by a larger company, such as Six Flags, Cedar Fair, or Anheuser-Busch. Worst case scenario, the park gets razed…and replaced with condos and shopping centers.
These pictures are how I remembered the park in my younger years….
An overhead shot of the park, showing all the rides….
Wild West World was the first themed area of Oregon’s Adventure, also the location of the first coaster built at the park…A rather modest Arrow mine train known as “Gold Rush Express-Mine Coaster” or just “Gold Rush Express” The shallow drops and turns made this a great ride for families.
The Oregon Looper is one of the two roller coasters that occupied the Main Midway. Built in 1978, Oregon Looper was a small Schwarzkopf looping roller coaster, similar to that of SooperDooperLooper at Hersheypark. It featured a single forceful vertical loop and several banked helices and bunny hops, giving a sensation of airtime.
The other coaster in the Main Midway is Hurricane, an Arrow corkscrew coaster which was built in 1979. It was a rather average, short coaster…No different than the original Corkscrew at Knott’s Berry Farm.
The Main Midway is also home to several of the park’s flat rides, such as Wave Swinger, and an Eyerly Roll-O-Plane named “Twister”
The latest area to be built at Oregon’s Adventure was known as The Forest Trail. This area was home to two exciting flat rides. Energizer, an Anton Schwarzkopf Enterprise ride, and the Bumper Cars.
The main attraction of not only the Forest Trail area, but also the entire park was Forest Flyer, a massive Charles Dinn wooden out and back coaster. Coincidentally, Forest Flyer was the tallest and fastest coaster at the park at the time. Forest Flyer was filled with many moments of exhilarating air time and g-forces and at the time, it was my personal favorite roller coaster….
As a kid hearing the news of Oregon’s Adventure being put up for sale and the possible closure of the park, it was absolutely heartbreaking to see the sun setting on my favorite place…..
Little did I know then, that a new sun was rising on the horizon for the park……
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In January of 1990, after a deal with Six Flags had fallen through, it was confirmed that Cedar Fair Entertainment Company of Sandusky, Ohio would be buying Oregon's Adventure for a price of 150 million dollars. Cedar Fair, being one of the largest amusement companies in the US, had big plans for the park in the coming decade, which included at least three more major roller coasters, a dedicated children's area, a park expansion, and more flat rides. Rumors had also begun flying around of a possible name change, but those remain unconfirmed....
Saturday, May 12th of 1990....Marks a very significant date in this park's history. After being SBNO for an entire season, Oregon's Adventure was opening it's doors again as a Cedar Fair property. Dozens upon dozens of guests were lining up across the block for their chance to re enter Oregon's premiere amusement park for the first time in more than a year.....
The entire queue line for the Schwarzkopf classic, Oregon Looper stretched was filled to capacity the entire day!
Gold Rush Express was wildly popular amongst families and younger coaster riders!
Oregon's Adventure's ferris wheel is located in Wild West World and is aptly named "Wagon Wheel". It provides some great panoramic views of the entire park!
We can't forget Hurricane, the Arrow corkscrew coaster! It might not be as popular as the Oregon Looper, but it's definitely got its fans!
No matter how old you get, a ride on the bumper cars is always a fun thing to do!
Of course, most of the crowds gravitated twoards the crown jewel of Oregon's Adventure, the wooden airtime machine known as Forest Flyer!
All in all, the re-opening of Oregon's Adventure was a rousing success! A bright future was surely in store for this park, as Cedar Fair begun to make plans for Oregon's Adventure's fifth roller coaster. While the project was in the embryonic stage by 1991 and no details were known...One thing was certain, Cedar Fair wanted this coaster to be something iconic, something signature, a ride to remember...
After the highly successful re-opening season for Oregon's Adventure, another highly successful season was to follow.... At the end of the 1992 season however, parkgoers started to notice something rather odd happening in the eastern half of the park.....
Seemingly overnight, construction crews had come to rip out several trees and tear up the grass, effectively clearing out a large portion of land that sprawled all the way from Forest Flyer to Oregon Looper....
What could it possibly be for? Is there a new roller coaster coming soon? Perhaps a park expansion? Both? All that coaster fans could do at that point was wait and speculate.....
When Oregon's Adventure first re-opened in 1990 to massive success, a plan was put in place to build a new coaster at the park. Cedar Fair didn't want it to be any ordinary coaster though. They wanted something iconic, something that will guarantee nothing but success and acclaim, something that will put Oregon's Adventure on the map for theme park and roller coaster enthusiasts from coast to coast.....Only one question remained though...exactly what kind of coaster should be built? A giant wooden coaster? One of those new steel "hyper" coasters? A stand up coaster? A looping coaster?
In 1991, Cedar Fair got it's answer when they saw what Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania built...Steel Phantom, the world's first steel looping hyper coaster. In a nutshell, Cedar Fair wanted a steel hyper-looping coaster that was similar to Steel Phantom, but bigger, badder, faster, and longer...By 1992, they got in touch with Arrow Dynamics, and the plan was put into motion....
The result was DEMON FORCE, an absolutely massive Arrow Dynamics mega-looping roller coaster which spans almost the entire length of the park, filled with massive plunges and stomach churning inversions. This coaster also breaks two 1993 records for roller coasters. By 1993, Demon Force was the world's fastest roller coaster at a top speed of 82mph and had the tallest drop of any coaster at a height of 230 feet.
The ride starts off by ascending up a massive 161 foot tall first hill into a 157 foot tall swooping first drop, similar to the first drop of the legendary Crystal Beach Cyclone. Unlike Steel Phantom, there is no straight section after the first drop, instead you will break through into the first of five inversions, a large 115 foot tall vertical loop, filled with crushing G-forces!
Very similarly to Steel Phantom, the coaster reaches it's apex point after the first drop....Where you go up a 132 foot hill...but then plunge downwards into an abyss at a whopping 230 feet, giving Demon Force the status of a hyper coaster! You will then travel through the tunnel at breakneck speeds of 82mph, giving Demon Force the record for the fastest and tallest roller coaster in 1993.
After the drop and tunnel come the next two inversions, a massive batwing double inversion packed with G-forces!
After a meandering S-turn comes a high speed inverting one-two punch, a second vertical loop followed by a small, shallow hill and into a corkscrew!
After a helix, Demon Force has one last trick up its sleeve before the final brake run...A short section of trick track designed to disorient riders, leaving them not knowing where they're going!
As a companion piece to Demon Force, Oregon's Adventure also built "Little Demon", a small Zierer Tivoli model coaster, perfect for the little kids who aren't quite tall enough to ride Little Demon's big brother....Little Demon is also the first kiddie coaster to be built at Oregon's Adventure.
Demon Force and Little Demon will open to the public by the beginning of May, 1993!
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