Taking the cue from some of the members on TPR I decided to take a look through some of my old photos from past park trips and scan them to post here. I figured this would be a good way to start my first ever topic.
I was not into taking a lot of photos at parks at first, just get enough to have some memories of my visits. Nowadays I try to document as much as possible in between rides.
To start this thread off I'm posting a few random pics I took at BGW back in 1992. This was the first time I was ever at the park and I instantly fell in love with the place. The infamous Drachen Fire was brand new and became my favorite Arrow looper at the time due to the uniqueness of it compared to their other coasters. I still rank it rather high due to Arrow trying to do something "out of the box". Unfortunately it didn't work out for them.
It took me eleven years to finally get back and the park sits solidly at number one of my all-time favorites. With my last visit being 2003 I really need to get back down there again. I just wish it wasn't so far away.
Well start with the legend that has now been laid to rest. Wish I could have had one last ride.
Even though everyone seems to have this shot you still can't get enough of it.
Racing up from the river below.
Festhaus. One of the most beautiful bulidngs I've seen in a park anywhere. But, IMO, BGW is beautiful in every aspect of the park.
Gladiator's Gauntlet. From what I remember it was a unique ride that was also not very thrilling.
Loch Ness from the Sky Ride. Drachen Fire towers in the horizon.
The iconic shot of LNM's interlocked loops.
Hastings from the Sky Ride. Now Killarney, Ireland. I always liked the arched entry into this area from the stables.
The Rhine River view from the San Marco bridge. Looks odd without Alpie and Griffon.
Roman Rapids (for Rapids Nerd).
Last edited by Geauga Dog on Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:25 pm.
This next set is from my first ever visit to Kings Dominion in 1992. While there were some aspects of the park that I liked I had thought, and still think, Kings Island is the better park. I didn't get to return to KD until 2003 and Paramount had made some drastic changes to the park by then.
The entrance area.
Berserker, my very first Looping Starship.
I have to admit I'm a park observation tower geek. The KI and KD Eiffel's are my favorites.
I always thought KD had the nicer I-Street and the better fountains compared to KI.
Compare this particular view with the KD of today.
Looong before the skyline became "intimidating".
Now for a few shots of Anaconda. I believe this was the most recent addition to the park before Hurricane Reef was built.
I miss going backwards on these racers.
The view while going up Rebel Yell's lift.
I'm probably one of the very few who actually liked the Intamin Flight Trainers.
A few photos of Shockwave. I wonder how much longer this one will stick around.
Shenandoah Log Flume
The entrance to Grizzly. IIRC you had to cross railroad tracks to get to this point.
I loved how secluded the Grizzly was. When I returned in 2003 was I quite disappointed that Paramount removed a lot of the trees by the fan turn for Hurler.
This one's for Montezooma.
The ending of the Haunted River. To the left you can see a small part of the Smurf Mine ride.
Now for some Avalanche, a far superior ride compared to the Intamin version. It baffles me as to why this particular model never took off in America.
Final photo, Ghoster Coaster as taken from the platform of the dry water slide complex, whose name escapes me right now. Thanks for viewing.
Wow, thank you so much for posting these amazing photos! I especially loved the 92' KD ones! Those Drachen Fire ones are extremely rare too! Do you have more photos?
I have a hard time ranking coasters so here are just some of my favorites |Intimidator 305|Maverick|Skyrush|Voyage|Shivering Timbers|Goliath SFOG|Fahrenheit|Banshee|Mystery Mine|Cornball Express|Cheetah Hunt|
As for more photos these are pretty much all I have from these two parks. I just scanned a few old CP photos from around 1991 (a still relatively new Magnum before the Soak City expansion and a brand new and decent Mean Streak as well as a couple of Avalanche Run before the Disaster Transport makeover). I'll post those in a few days.
I didn't really start travelling much and take lots of photos until after 2000 . I'll be posting a few of those later on including more CP and some KI pics.
Those are awesome pictures. Sometimes I wish I was born earlier so I could have experienced these parks when they were charming and traditional. I love that shot of BGE's Lochness Monster with no Griffon or Alpengeist because I feel the atmosphere is more important than having some "Rollercoaster Tycoon" type skyline. As for the King's Dominion pictures they make me want to watch the movie "Rollercoaster."
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