Since most of us are probablly covered in snow at this time I thought this news clip would be appropriate. This video goes back to the winter of 1986 the year before Iron Dragon opened. It shows all the activities that go on at Cedar Point in the off season to get ready for the summer.
I hope everyone enjoys their Holidays, I will be off to Dollywood with my family to enjoy a gold ol Smokey Mountain Christmas.
Happy New Year Everyone. I guess when my thread drops to the second page it is time for an update. I took some time off because I spent the holidays back in the Smoky Mountains. I love Dollywood during Christmas time! I racked up some new credits while there...3 to be exact. I loved Tennessee Tornado and Mystery Mine. Thunderhead I felt was a little overrated, but when it comes to woodies I much prefer the up and down drops to the twisters.
So now for an update. I have gone through my stuff and have gathered what I have on Intamins 1st generation Free Falls. It includes some photos of the original model that was displayed at the IAAPA show as well as some press releases from parks that installed them.
When these rides first debuted, they were the absolute sh*t. I worked as a ride operator on the Magic Mountain version and I remember the line extending for over an hour and a half wait. the public loved them! Of course as technology improved these rides became dated rather quickly and as we have seen in the last couple of years, most of them have been replaced by the newer Intamin drop towers or the S&S version.
Here is some of my footage of two of the rides, first the original Texas Cliffhanger at Six Flags over Texas which I shot opening year with super 8 film and second is some stock footage from Cedar Points Demon Drop.
not sure why the TPV version will not show up here in my post so you can either click on the link to see or just view it from youtube.
This early rendering shows a different approach back to the station.
notice that Six Flags over Mid-America is listed as having a free fall. I am not sure what the story is with this installation, I always thought it strange that ALL Six Flags parks had one installed except the St. Louis park.
Six Flags Great America's "The Edge"
This photo is actually the Free Fall at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Demon Drop. The only installation left in Northern America
^ I believe all first-generation Intamin Freefalls were identical---at least to my knowledge they only made one version. But I believe it depends on how they were marketed locally. SFMM advertised theirs as a "ten-story" drop, where Marriott's Great America (just up the state) advertised The Edge as being "131-feet tall," which was the actual height of the tower. For a long time, I too thought that theirs was taller than SFMM's, but it wasn't the case.
Those two are the only ones I've ridden. As I recall, The Edge didn't seem to last very long. SFMM's lasted from 1982 till it was torn down earlier this year.
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