Anyone been to Camden Park?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 11:20 PM
Hey, Jeff.

Yes, by all means you may want to take a one day visit there. It's a bit nostalgic and although there are no serious thrills there, it has a lot of charm and the Big Dipper uses the old style flyer trains. The Li'l Dipper is nothing special, but I think it's one of the rare wooden kiddie coasters with steel frame supports.

I grew up outside Huntington, WV and always became excited when we would take outings there. I always liked the Haunted House because of it's cheesyness. If you don't carry really high expectations, you probably will have a lot of fun.

Happy coastering and tell the Big Dipper and Li'l Dipper "Thanks for being my first ever roller coasters"

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Thursday, June 12, 2008 1:43 AM
Always nice to check in and give myself a plug...LOL! My most-watched video to date, Big Dipper. Before anyone asks, yes, I got permission to film... ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4Qo-Elsyn0

Hand-operated brake levers are the DEAL! :)

Great flyers, and one of the best Mangels' Whip rides left.

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Friday, June 13, 2008 3:55 AM
I grew up with the park and I told Gator for YEARS that it was "his" type of park. He and Matt finally got to visit last summer. :) That whip is still my favorite! :)

It's my closest "home" park and I was there over Memorial Day weekend as well. Although I am still sad that the Tbolt died years ago, the new golf course that took it's place makes the area look 1000 times better. It was getting to be an eyesore there for MANY years.

They are actually advertising that golf course on commercials now. I can't wait to see it once the landscaping is done! Heck, they even re-paved the entire parking lot! It's AWESOME to see that management is actually taking an interest in preserving the park, especially in this day and age where the little parks are dropping like flies. :(

It is WORTH the trip, Jeff. The park looks SO much better and is apparently doing better financially from just a few years ago. I am excited that many of my friends from out-of-state have visited in the last couple of years and I always try to meet up with them since I feel "obligated" to offer a "tour" so to speak. ;)

Actually, any excuse to ride the flyers is good enough for me, although I "heard" they won't let you snap anymore. The park has a LOT of rare rides, including the hand cars for the kids. The only other ones I have seen were at Idlewild.

Plus you just can't beat the Dippers even though they are "tame" by today's standards. I mean where are you going to find a couple of coastes with no seat belts and no seat dividers? "Old school" coasters are a rare thing nowadays. The Big Dipper also has some suprising ejector air. ;)

Go for it, dude!

-Tina

*** Edited 6/13/2008 8:04:32 AM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***

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Friday, June 13, 2008 9:30 AM
No one has mentioned those Bumper Cars yet. They are fantastic! I was there a few weeks ago as well. Everything was running except for the Round Up. The park does have a great collection of rides. And since my first visit in 2001 vs my 2nd in 2008, the park has done a complete 180.
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Friday, June 13, 2008 9:31 AM
Thanks everyone for your replies - unfortunately, scheduling did not work out the way I planned and I am now back in Ohio with no trip to Camden. However, the company I work for also has an office in Huntington, so maybe I'll get to go there at some point!

Thanks again.

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Friday, June 13, 2008 11:13 AM
Wait...you live in Ohio and can't find the time to make it down to Camden? If I can make it there...and I live in Los Angeles!...shirley you can! ;)
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Friday, June 13, 2008 11:37 AM
I said in the first post that it's typically 5+ hours and it was only 2.5 while I was in WV...I figured it was obvious. :)

In all honesty, the problem is more that there is nothing else that really compels me to go to WV. It is a very pretty state that is nice to drive through, but I'm not really into white water rafting or hiking. And besides, who needs charm? ;)

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Friday, June 13, 2008 12:14 PM
Charm is definitely overrated!
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Friday, June 13, 2008 1:01 PM
Speak for yourself!

And stop calling everyone Shirley. :)

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Friday, June 13, 2008 2:04 PM
Roger!
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Friday, June 13, 2008 2:09 PM
What's our vector, Victor? :)
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Friday, June 13, 2008 2:30 PM
LOL...I just found (and purchased) that DVD at Walmart while searching through a $5 bin.
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Friday, June 13, 2008 2:34 PM
One of the most eminently quotable movies of our time. :)
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Friday, June 13, 2008 2:37 PM
Along with Princess Bride. I'd quote that movie but I've been mostly-dead all day :)
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Friday, June 13, 2008 2:38 PM
Mawwiage...that dweam within a dweam . . .

Ever heard of Plato? Socrates? Aristotle? Morons.

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Friday, July 18, 2008 10:51 PM
I'll be visiting Camden Park tomorrow! Woo hoo. I always get psyched when I get to visit a new park.

My daughter is such a park hound already. When she heard it only has two coasters, she protested. "Do I have to go? I wanna go somewhere with a *lot* of coasters!"

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Saturday, July 19, 2008 1:16 PM
Be sure to ride the Dark Ride.
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Saturday, July 19, 2008 8:51 PM
Guess where I was today? :)

Three hours was plenty.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008 10:45 PM
For anyone who wants to see the golf course (and the former site of the TBolt Express....)

I just got my photos up. The golf course still needs a lot of work but damn.....that area looks SO much better!

-Tina

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Saturday, July 19, 2008 11:56 PM
If that Spider is as good as was mentioned here, it must be really great. Waldameer's Spider is a great one -- I rode it this week.

I would agree that Camden is a bit pricey for what it has especially when compared to some of the small parks in the Eastern Great Lakes region such as Waldameer, Seabreeze, and Martins Fantasy Island. For the same price or less you also get a waterpark in each of the other cases. Of course Camden does not have competition from other comparable parks nearby, only from bigger parks far away.

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