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Photo TR: Bell's Last Summer

Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:33 pm

With Bell's being demolished as we speak, many will never be able to see the beauty the park displayed in it's old location. Here are some photos I took last summer for those who never made the trip.

Keep in mind many of these photos were taken only a little while after the massive storm, so the park wasn't at it's peak; it was still fabulous though...

This is only a small collection of what I have, if you are interested in seeing more, I have loads more photos on my site - http://www.superstevessupersite.com/par ... sindex.php
Yup, Zingo... it completely reigned over the park and always managed to look spectacular, no matter what the condition of the park.
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There really weren't very many places in the park where Zingo wasn't visible.
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The log flume was a load of fun as well.
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Obligatory splash-down shot.
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I can't say these hills were loaded with air, but they did have some. Besides, the ride was just fun the ride regardless.
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Ah, I took so many great shots from the skyride...
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Yup, bell's did have a small collection of flats clustered on one end. Most of them were pretty fun.
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Yeah, at this point they still had Phantasmagoria's facade and a few canopies to replace still. It didn't usually look like this.
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These were loads of fun; they got you wetter than almost any other water ride I've been on.
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Gotta love the old fashioned squeeze breaks on Zingo, hope they still have these on the re-build.
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The eastern end of the park was quite a bit more spaced out and wooded than the fair side.
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Here's the 'fair' side again.
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Funny how Bell's was deemed unprofitable, yet they were still able to add rides and had so many more new attractions lined up. This was new in 2004.
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Notice how Zingo dives under a gift shop mid-course.
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Zingo was able to pull off these curves almost painlessly (most of the time).
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One last shot. This is what could have been... no, not 'field: the ride', this was where that new GG was going to be. No growth potential my ass...
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Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:03 pm

Looks like a small fun park.

Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:09 am

Its ashame it's closing. Looks like a nice small, calm park. Zingo looks really awesome.

Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:37 am

^^ The old location is closing, it's just being rebuld somewhere else with more room to expand.

It's looks like a fun park to me. :)

Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:51 am

What a "lovely" 1st pic of the sun catching the supports.

If I owned a wooden coaster, I would add colour changing lights under the structure pointing upwards, as soon as the train went down the 1st drop, the lights would switch off ( only leave handrail bulb on) till the train returned to the station.

I wish Bell's the best of luck for finding another area for their attractions and hope to see them working soon.

Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:55 pm

Must admit, I did like Bell's when I visited in 2003. Zingo was a excellent little woodie, I really do hope it find's a new home....

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:34 pm

Looked like a nice park, (except for the fair side, maybe.)

It reminded me alot of Libertyland.

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:23 pm

Here's a few more photos. Many of these are from later in the season after Bell's was able to clean up a bit more.
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That massive inflatable beer bottle in the background was only there for the fair. Although, it would make an interesting theming element if they kept it up year-round.
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The fair side got a bit better later in the year, but the peculiar signage that replaced Phantasmagoria's massive facade still kinda made the area lose some of it's old feel.
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This ride replaced the vintage ferris wheel that was destroyed by the huge storm this year.
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The Himalaya always provided long, forceful rides.
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It's a dark picture, but you can see the massive flag Bell's flew every so often on their massive flag pole.
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And finally, I give you: The Future of Bell's! Are you happy, taxpayers?
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Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:06 pm

Is the new location going to be promising? Isnt it good news that there moving to a bigger place?

Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:13 pm

Are they still looking at the site in Sand Springs? I am still hoping they go to Jenks. All in all, it's king of a drag they're having to move. When I went to TU, I could walk there. What a great location it was. Thank you for nothing fairgrounds :(
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