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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby simon8899 » Fri May 04, 2012 9:02 pm

Even if most indoor parks cant compete in size I think that a hall like this should be part of any major park. Especially in areas were it rains often. That way you could visit a park nicely on a showery day. Of course its all in the numbers: Will the additional cost of a huge hall be payed off be additional visitors during rainy days? As there so little of these around I guess not... :(

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby KCForce » Fri May 04, 2012 11:44 pm

thrillerman1 wrote:Can't say I ever rode it, but does Canyon Blaster at Adventuredome in Las Vegas count? Though it wasn't the classic drop, turn, cork, brakes layout, it was an enclosed Arrow cork right? And...Wow I miss Wabash Cannonball...kinda. I didn't realize Old Chicago's Cork was the same coaster moved to B'ham's fairgrounds, so I need to dig up my photos and post them from way back when too. Maybe that'll be the next update along with some Visionland junk.


Argh, and to think I rode the Canyon Blaster back in March. Yes I would count it as Arrow Corkscrew coaster. I was thinking along the lines of Arrow's Standard Corkscrew design that this coaster is, but an Arrow Corkscrew coaster also means any of the Arrows with inversions...it was the model name, for example the Orient Express at WOF was an Arrow Corkscrew coaster - according to an advertisment from Arrow talking about the Orient Express, but I digress.

I have never seen any pics of this coaster at the AL Fairgrounds, so I hope you will share.

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby chadster » Sun May 06, 2012 6:32 pm

Thanks for the postcard update! Old Chicago looked like a really cool place!

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby montezooma » Mon May 07, 2012 6:14 am

I love that old Busch Gardens logo! Great update. I can never get enough of that funky Old Chicago park.
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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby Thri!!er » Wed May 16, 2012 6:15 am

It's truly a Postcard Paradise, Marc - thank you very much for your big collection, you are sharing with us:).

Some of these are very familiar to me, like the "original postcards" (by the ticket office) from the (former) portable carnival coasters and loopcoasters... :)

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Fri May 18, 2012 7:32 am

KCForce wrote:I have never seen any pics of this coaster at the AL Fairgrounds, so I hope you will share.


Here are my pictures of the Magic City Express in its lovely setting at the Birmingham, AL Fairgrounds circa 1986. I feel like this coaster has found a much better home in New England.
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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:32 pm

Continuing in the Birmingham area (not England mind you but props to the Brit Crew), this update features a park that seems to have fallen on hard times. For 2012, Visionland (aka Alabama Adventure) has closed the rides side of the park and is now operating only as a waterpark. Boo. We'll see how long that lasts, but based on the many harsh and negative comments from the GP on the park's Facebook page, I would be very surprised to see the park make it to a 2013 season. Anyway, I digress, and I really should mention I only visited the park once in 2003 during their Halloween event. I found the park to not be nearly as bad as I'd heard (some people love their cheese and whine) and actually enjoyed my visit. Rampage, of course, was a good coaster in the day, but at night was just ballistic insaneness. LOVED IT. Too bad this park's days are really numbered in my opinion, but I hope I'm proven wrong. It certainly won't be the first time it has been saved...if it is saved again.
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I got nothing.
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2004 brought a new toilet bowl waterpark attraction. Foreshadowing?
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The park actually had a pretty nice "main street", and I liked the placement of the giant Ferris wheel acting as the axis endpoint much like the Disney castles.
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This was one of the wildest Wave Swingers I've ever ridden besides Kurashiki Tivoli's.
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TRIVIA: Who knows where the other half of the freefall drop towers ride was moved and operates today?
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At least the park's logo improved from the postcard. With the right park owners I really feel like this park could be revived...too bad it's pretty much a goner now.

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:23 pm

Comic Con 2012...is it already that time of year again?! SERIOUSLY??? Each year I usually try to do a little tie-in with arguably the world's most epic comic convention. So in the spirit of all things comic as well as the new Dark Knight Rises flick, here's an oldie...no I mean an OLDIE. It's AstroWorld's Batman The Escape along with the 1983 park brochure...
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R.I.P Batman...
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or will you rise again in NY one day?
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Sigh
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Sorry Disney but this really should've been named Tron-evator. The cars even look like they were influenced by the movie and the evil MCP!
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FACT: One can never have too much Schwarzkopf (or Texas Cyclone for that matter).
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Whatever happened to the Rapids Nerd?
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TRAGIC.

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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby thrillerman1 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:45 pm

December teaser
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Re: Mark's Postcard Paradise

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:18 pm

^Yay!
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