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This is a shot of the infamous Schwarzkopf Thriller but unsually it shows the ride in 1996 during its one and only season at Grona Lund in Sweden.
Does anyone have a good photo of the trains back when it was new? Did it actually open with just lapbars originally? I feel like that was an urban legend and I never knew what the truth was.
To thread some Idora stuff together!Listening to this week's Drunk Riders, @Snoo was waxing lyrical about missing out on his local park (Idora Park) and that sent me off on a google search....
Anyway, nothing new I guess but found this reasonably interesting (~30min - not recent as it talks about stuff still standing) documentary thing on the place ; full POV of Baby Wildcat, most of Jack Rabbit and (a bit shaky) POV of the main event Wildcat contained therein.
Found some new (to me) photos of the Jack Rabbit, which operated at the now defunct Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio. This was the "second fiddle" roller coaster at the park, with Wild Cat (my avatar and signature) being the E-ticket thrill ride. The park and it's rides operated until 1984, when a park-shuttering fire broke out, destroying structures and rides. It would have cost millions of dollars to repair; dollars that Idora Park did not have. The property was sold in 1985 to new developers, who had plans for a religious complex to be built, but no development ever happened. Coasters remained standing for years, until the entire site was demolished in the 2000s. Ownership remains in the hands of the religious group, undesiring to relinquish ownership.
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A fun aside - I saw Conneaut Lake giving a call for parks looking to pass off attraction (http://www.screamscape.com/html/canobie_lake_park.htm). Conneaut Lake did approach the new Idora Park ownership in the late 80s on purchasing the Jack Rabbit and Wildcat roller coasters; a good fit for Conneaut's eternal preservation of Golden Age roller coasters. Blueprints were even preserved from the 1984 fire, making reconstruction all the more possible. The deal never materialized however.
Or how insane we thought it was to put a loop on a wooden coaster.I do always find it insane how small the loop is in comparison to the first drop and first big helix. It's insane how big that thing was!