So one day, I was just sitting in my office minding my own business when my coworker brought me a newspaper telling me that I should read the front page. It read:
NEW THEME PARK OPENS IN CHATTANOOGA! Yesterday on June 17th 1978, The newest theme park in Tennessee: Cypress Adventures has opened to the public! Home to 2 family coasters and rides fun for the whole family!
People having fun on the park's signature ride: Runaway Express
Excited, I made plans to visit Cypress Adventures next weekend on the 24th. I couldn't believe that a theme park opened just 15 minutes away from where I lived! I loved theme parks, and I always visited Silver Dollar City in Tennessee and Opryland, but both parks were about 2 hours away.
Flash forward to June 24th, I stepped into Cypress Adventures for the first time. It was a nice park!
This park's landscaping is beautiful! I should mention that this park doesn't have a "main street" like most parks do
Decided to take the path on the right and the first ride I encountered was Gunslinger. The line was pretty long for it.
I wasn't lying about the line.
I was surprised when I saw this park has a trokia! I actually love these rides!
One of the 2 stops for the train which circles the park.
Time for me to check out the biggest (bigger than the kiddie coaster) coaster at the park: Runaway Express! The line was posted at a 3 hour wait!
Runaway Express really uses its terrain well, and you can't even see most of the layout! This is the most of the layout you'll see from the path.
I wasn't allowed to bring my camera on the ride, but it followed the terrain nicely with a surprise final drop that no one can see coming. It seemed a lot steeper than it looked.
Themed eating area
Here' the park's log flume: Cypress Plunge
I like the wheel you can see from the queue
Basically the ride sits on a hill, you go up the lift and then just go around in random turns, until the final drop, where you forget you're on a hill, so you don't see how big the drop is until you're on it!
The park's observation tower: Skyrama
It's pretty tall
and it provides some awesome views!
Here's the park's fantasy section. It was very crowded
I wonder what's inside this mysterious castle styled building
Castle Crash bumper cars!
Cypress Adventure's kiddie coaster, Dragon run was pretty popular with the kids
but the carousel did not have that much attention, surprisingly
Wild Tea Party
I decided to ride the train before I left and I'm glad I did! It goes through part of Runaway Express's course! Here's the big final drop I was talking about!
On my way out, I picked up a postcard that showed the park from above. I can't wait to see what this park brings in the future!
I decided to visit Cypress Adventures one last time before the season ended. I did not intend to make a trip report, but I discovered something new that I just had to take photos of and share:
I'm here one last time before the end of the 1978 season!
The usual lake. Wait... Somethings different...
First thing I did was take a ride on Skyrama just for a shot of what appears to be a new coaster being built!
I snuck my camera onto Cypress Plunge just so I could take a picture of this new coaster!
and this is a zoom shot of the coaster I took over the construction walls that was blocking off the path to the coaster. It appears to be an arrow coaster. A corkscrew model perhaps? The park did state that they're announcing something in 2 days, so we'll just have to wait and see...
Cypress Adventures introduces its first looping roller coaster: TWISTER where you go upside down not once, but TWICE! Seek shelter and hang on! a wild twister is making its way in 1979, sending you down a 62 ft drop through 2 corkscrew inversions and around a helix before the storm ends!
Today is the official public opening of Cypress Adventure's new coaster, Twister! I honestly did not expect a new coaster to open on the 2nd season of operation. The owners are really investing in this park!
Without further ado, here is my trip report of Twister's opening day:
I decided to check on the Runaway Express to see if Twister took away the crowds, but it didn't surprisingly!
Quick ride on Rodeo since it was a 10 minute wait
hmm I wonder where this crowd is heading to?
Ooo what is that up ahead?
The line was posted at 3 hours long
But Twister flys right above out heads to keep us entertained!
This is my favorite shot
Up the lift it goes
I didn't take this shot just to show that I got the front row, but to also to show the perfectly framed shot of Cypress Plunge's drop from the exit
Well, it was your basic Arrow corkscrew, but it actually had a helix at the end of the ride, which I think makes this particular model unique
Rode the train to prove that this corkscrew had a helix at the end of the ride
And here's Twister's train!
And I'm ending this report with a shot of Twister from Skyrama! See you next time!
Well, It's the start of the 3rd season for Cypress Adventures, I purchased a new camera sometime in February and I wanted to try it out here! While I was there, I noticed a few things added to the park this visit.
New for this year was Octopus, a thrilling flat ride which is fun for the whole family!
It isn't ready to open yet (hence the blocked off entrance in the first photo), but I look forward to riding it later this year!
Fantasy Fling from the entrance to Octopus
Random Fantasy Village building
A new (blocked off) Bridge was built near the Fantasy Village train station. I believe they are planning on expanding the park within the next 2-3 years!
I heard that the Castle Crash bumper cars may be removed at the end of the year to make way for a new ride
So I decided to take one last ride on it. It really does have a "temporary" feel to it, like the ride was built, but the building was meant for something else.
Castle Crash exit
Someone should make this photo a postcard for the park. (Heck, the park should hire me for postcard photos!)
Twister is always worth the wait!
And I ended my day with a ride on the still popular Runaway Express! See you when Octopus opens!
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