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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby RoCo » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:32 pm

montezooma wrote:and while I was looking through my files to pull up info on the Flight Trainer, I came across this old gem. This was my winning entry to one of TPR's Photoshop Contest. As I read over it again I still found myself chuckling...great comedy never gets old!


Holy crap, that is PRICELESS! :lmao: "Flight Deck!" :lmao: KidTums' avatar photo! :lmao: "shut down by PETA!" :lmao:

Just awesome. (Oh, and the Great America stuff is great, too!)
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby adamico2 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:27 pm

jdcoffeytime wrote:Ok so in the brochure it says that Intamin is the designer of Vortex, but according to RCDB and what I always thought its a B&M (even when I worked at PGA, I could have sworn it was a B&M). Can anyone confirm this?


My guess is, back in '91, Intamin and B&M hadn't fully split yet. I'm really not sure, though.
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby sfmman2000 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:37 pm

Shane, your California's Great America post is incredible! Thanks for posting everything.

The first time I went to CGA in the early 90s, Skyhawk was still up and running, but I was scared of upside-down rides so I didn't go on. What a mistake I made! Now I'll probably never get to ride a Flight Trainer. For those like me who are interested in what a Flight Trainer actually did, I found some media footage of Flight Commander at KI: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE89j2xA5Z4)

It is interesting to me that the Triple Wheel wasn't mentioned much in the brochures. It seems like such a photogenic ride! I would have loved to ride it.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby douggw » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:07 pm

Loved seeing those pics. I had a season pass each summer when I was a teenager, living in Auburn. I would visit probably 5-6 times during the summer. Loved Willard's Whizzer - small but fun coaster. Loved the 5 cent root beers at the store right next to Whizzer and the IMAX theater.
Ah the good ole days! I have a Marriott's Great America frisbee around the house somewhere still. I don't let the kids play with it. I tell them it's has sentimental value. And I loved BOTH the boat and log rides. The place was always so clean too. When Paramount bought it, it went to pot. Dirty, trash and gum everywhere. I haven't been back since and that was probably 7-8 years ago. Now just go to Discovery Kingdom all the time and have season passes there for the kids. I always tell them about GA though and maybe someday we will go.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby Angry_Gumball » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:21 pm

^The park definitely has a cleaner feel now. Maybe due to the trash cans. I remember the Rapids was known for having a "Gum Tree" which is now gone. No more gum trees!
About that frisbee, I noticed MGA also had yo-yos with their branding on it...I totally want one (or two) of those for some 2-handed looping, and a combo of 2 things I love: yo-yos and theme parks!

Still looking for a 1993 map as well as now a 1996 map (which I believe was a revamped version of the 1993 map with color added to it).

Ok so in the brochure it says that Intamin is the designer of Vortex, but according to RCDB and what I always thought its a B&M (even when I worked at PGA, I could have sworn it was a B&M). Can anyone confirm this?


Those press releases are somewhat misleading. All of the letterheads say "Vortex" on it, and it caught me the first time I looked at it and thought the same. The one you probably saw was for the Edge. The Vortex one actually does say B&M on it.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby montezooma » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:10 am

MACK Ride Catalog 2010

Here is a ride catalog I picked up at the IAAPA show. It is from one of my FAVORITE ride manufacturers...MACK. Not only are their rides amazing to ride but they are also beautiful to look at. I hope we see more of this company in the states soon! It looks like the Sea World parks have discovered the greatness of these rides now the other parks need to get on board. Mack also owns the incredible Europa-Park. It you have not been to this park yet I recommend you book your flight now!

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby larrygator » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:32 am

hmmm! I don't recall ever seeing the "Twist and Splash" from Page 40 in the ride catalog. Does anybody know of any currently installed?
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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby Popcorn54 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:38 am

larrygator wrote:hmmm! I don't recall ever seeing the "Twist and Splash" from Page 40 in the ride catalog. Does anybody know of any currently installed?

Blackpool pleasure beach are currently installing one.

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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby Moose » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:54 am

Thanks for posting this Shane.
I too love Mack, they have great, high capacity* rides.


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Re: Shane's Amusement Attic

Postby jdcoffeytime » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:59 am

Angry_Gumball wrote:^The park definitely has a cleaner feel now. Maybe due to the trash cans. I remember the Rapids was known for having a "Gum Tree" which is now gone. No more gum trees!
About that frisbee, I noticed MGA also had yo-yos with their branding on it...I totally want one (or two) of those for some 2-handed looping, and a combo of 2 things I love: yo-yos and theme parks!

Still looking for a 1993 map as well as now a 1996 map (which I believe was a revamped version of the 1993 map with color added to it).

Ok so in the brochure it says that Intamin is the designer of Vortex, but according to RCDB and what I always thought its a B&M (even when I worked at PGA, I could have sworn it was a B&M). Can anyone confirm this?


Those press releases are somewhat misleading. All of the letterheads say "Vortex" on it, and it caught me the first time I looked at it and thought the same. The one you probably saw was for the Edge. The Vortex one actually does say B&M on it.


Ahhh thank you for letting me see this as I did just kind of read it fast! Feel kinda stupid now but thank you. I must have read it for The Edge or White Water Falls! Oooops!

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