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Postby Chadley » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:47 pm

Not only am I blown away at how nice Zingo looks, but also how nice the parking lot looks! :lolr:

Maybe it's just the parks I frequent...but that's a well maintained and clean lot. God I'm getting weird!

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Postby Shavethewhales » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:03 pm

^Eh, right...

Anyway, news on the park: they have been allowed an extension, if not for as long as they had hoped. They now have until something like the 25th of July (I'm not exactly sure) to be moved out, and of course, anything left behind on that date will become property of the fair.

Still though, this will probably give them enough time to move out Zingo and the log flume, and maybe even the Chili Peppers. Here's hoping they leave a bunch of crap for the fair to clean up!

I still haven't heard anything about the new location, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. Robbie has been working 100+ hour weeks lately to move the park out. He might wait till the park is moved out to make a decision, but I kinda hope he does sooner.

Anyone have any newer pics? I really want to head down there soon, but I don't know if I'll be able.

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I thought this was interesting - from Urban Tulsa Weekly's interview with Robbie Bell :
"We included a letter of intention [with the lease renewal] from a lending institution for a new ride with a price tag of between $700,000 and $750,000. The price isn't finalized because my father and I have to travel to the manufacturer and decide on lighting and accessories.
If I had a contract, the ride would be open this spring."

Sigh... Bell's had big plans even in it's old location.
Oh well, that means they can use that money to make their new location bigger and better I guess.

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Postby Shavethewhales » Sun Mar 11, 2007 8:12 pm

Ah, I'm sorry for double posting, but I have some fantastic news.'

According to the folks at http://secretfunspot.blogspot.com/2007/ ... goria.html Bell's has made official their intentions to move the entire park (every single ride, more or less), to a new, still undetermined location. Also included in the transition, at least 7 new rides and Phantasmagoria 2.0 will be built.

Oh man.... Wow, this is exactly the news I wanted. We won't see much till next winter, and the park won't open till 2008 at the earliest, but still... wow, am I happy.

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Postby snuggles » Sun Mar 11, 2007 8:59 pm

I am so going to bell's 2.0 and riding phantasmagoria 2.0 :lolr:
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2.0 :shockr: :shockr: :shockr: :shockr: :shockr:

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Postby Zingoman » Mon Mar 12, 2007 11:23 am

I didn't realise they were planning for a new Phantaz at the new site. That makes my day! I also didnt' think they were replacing the old facade after the wind storm shredded the original. They had let that facade rot so horribly, and had been talking of removing the ride all together for years due to constant vandalism. Well, I've bene by the park on three occasions to get photos of teh deconstruction, and after a few weeks, I am finally getting around to sharing them with everybody. I'll just put up a few at first because I'm a little short on time, but the rest will be here very soon.

I took this first set of photos with my cell and I was battling angles with the sun a lot so they arent' so clear.
January 28th, the bumper car building had been damaged by an ice storm that caused the southeast corner to collapse (sorry, I didnt' have a camera when I saw that) so it was no surprise to me to drive up and see it completely removed.
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The sad remains of the kiddie bumper car roof was still lingering around though.
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The bare front of the once awesome Phantaz still waits to be demolished.
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It took me a few moments, and I suddelny realized that the Til-A-Whirl was completely gone with almost no trace, and the Himalaya was empty with the arms laying on the midway.
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Closer observation of the Spider showed that they were starting to take it apart.
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All of the kiddie rides were gone at this point as well expet for the 4x4s, and the funny little penguin ride that replaced the ferris wheel.
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Some bent and gnarly remains of the Bumper Cars were chillin in the lot where the Wildcat used to stand.
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Not much seemed to have been happening up front on the South end of the park, so here is just a shot of Zingo waiting for it's final day.
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I did notice that Zingo's train was no where to be seen and I could not see it in any of the park's usual storage areas either. By now, they had taken some place.


Moving on to February 17th.
Upon arrival for this trip, the first thing I noticed was that the kiddie bumper cars were completely gone.
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The Spider was looking pretty darn naked by now.
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Another view
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The 4x4 tracks were dismantled and the trucks were gone.
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Here you can see what used to be planters that also had rather beautiful iron railings
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the funny little penguin ride still had it's lighthouse hanging around
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the too cool for school Mind Melt was still untouched
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The small sky ride named Ski-Daddle still had it's cable nice and tight
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Super Round up was being dismantled as I was standing there
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Not too much was lookign different with the Himalaya oddly enough. I figured itwould have been completely out by then.
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Meanwhile the Wildcat Lot-O-Crap was looking a bit more interesting.
Here are some more bumper car building bits
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and plenty of what looks to be scrappage
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Bumper car light fixtures a plenty
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Stair cases, railings, and fiber glass! Oh my!!
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Moving to the park's South end, I took some shots of the Chili Pepper, and Log Ride just for good measure before they vanished. The view is less than ideal and the area was quite busy so these are the best shots I could get.
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Coming around the bend I took some shots of my poor Zingo. Image
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They had taken all the lattice off the Party Gate here
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Then as if by some nightmareish twist of divine timing, workers showed up and starting taking the steel off of Zingo's rails.
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Here is Robbie Bell himself working to get his park packed up and taken out.
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Now for the latest update, I headed back to Tulsa once more to see what was left of the park. I realyl wasnt' expecting much to have changed considering it was three weeks between my first two visits with not a whole lot missing besides kiddie rides. This was only two weeks later, but I was stil nervous, and very surprised at what I found. There was very little left of the rides on the North end.

The Spider is totally out.
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Pharaoh's Fury has had the boat taken off and it is chillin on the side for now.
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here is another view with the arms hanging limp
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Super Round Up is looking pretty bare to say the least
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The Ski-Daddle cable is now limp
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The Himalaya is gone and this funky trailor was in it's place with some rather interesting looking contents.
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This pole used to support the D.J./control booth
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The Mind Melt which was completely untouched two weeks ago, was history.
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Here is the ticket sign for it as it still read from the state fair
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Finally the penguin's little light house looks like it got hit by a good wave. A wave goodbye that is.
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Now if they could just get that darn funnel cake trailor rolled out of there. It's been on wheels this whole time and yet it still lingers.
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It suddenly dawned on me that all this time I could have gone behind the fairgrounds security buiding to see parts of the park not normally visible. I wish I had remembered that little secret a few weeks before but after climbing over a lot of stacked up picnic tables and squeezing behind a storage building, I managed to see the blank area once occupied by the Scrambler
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Looking towards Phantaz, I noticed all the light poles on that side of the park are down.
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oddly the only remains of the 4x4s is the trailor section that carnivals use to transport it on. Image





Looking into the Skee Ball buiding, I found the Pharoah's Fury heads hangin out.
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Lots of things are seeking shelter under what was built to house the park's original carousel, but later became a picnic shelter.
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This is a shot attempting to show where the park's current carousel was located. It was the blank spot in the middle of the midway. It was prety much the dividing line between the North "fair" section fo the park, and the Southern area that was more paermanant and landscaped. If you look closely at the upper left you can see the old carousel building.
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It looks like the ticket booths from the front gate are ready to be taken away for good.
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Back over at Zingo, men were up working on the lift.
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I noticed the classic chaser lights that outlined Zingo's larger hills were carelessly tossed off and dangling from the second hill.
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The handrails had been removed along Zingo's first turn.
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I could not see any steel on the tracks at all by now. It's kind of hard to tell in this photo though since the white paint is so dirty where the steel used to be.
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I now leave you with this sad image
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I should be back at the park in about a another week and a half to get some more shots of what's still left and what isn't. If you actually took the time to look at all of these photos THANK YOU!! and if you didnt' then may you have Vekoma dreams, and Togo headaches for the rest of your wretched lives. ;)
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Postby Shavethewhales » Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:54 pm

Awesome photos, thanks.

Yeah, it's depressing to look at the park be ripped apart, but think of how great Bell's 2.0 will be. The old Bell's was nice, but Zingo was really the only special part and many of the rides needed severe re-hab. This will give them the chance to make-over the park like they had planned, only on a much grander scale.

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Postby bgwfreak » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:23 am

Great report.

I have one question though...
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How could the bottle ride and not fall out?

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Postby errtyme » Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:29 am

I must say, I never got the pleasure of going to Bells as my plans for two seasons ago became last minute ruined :(

I can't wait for the relocation so I can show my support for the Bell family and their pushing forward with providing us with some serious fun, despite the city choices....that and I'm a big John Allen fan :cool:

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Postby snuggles » Wed Mar 21, 2007 1:50 pm

Rest in pieces (for now!). Any idea when bells 2.0 will come along? Summer of 08 maybe?

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Postby Shavethewhales » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:23 pm

^I'm hoping, but they'll have to get to work quickly -and they haven't even picked out a new location yet as far as I know. We'll see how fast they move after they get moved out.

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