Bad news for Old Mill Fans!

Tuesday, January 27, 2004 10:30 AM
Kennywood has officially announced that the Old Mill will be transformed into Garfields Nightmare for the 2004 season. I always thought the Old Mill was great the way it was, why didn't they just used the gold rusher building or la coghet(i forget the name, but it was wierd and it caught fire.)

Kennywood.com says:

"Since the Old Mill first opened in 1902 it has had many names and themes.

This year we will rename it Garfield's Nightmare.

Guests will take a journey through Garfield's food induced nightmare.
The fat cat's comfortable world gets turned upside down when all his favorite things turn on him
."

http://www.kennywood.com/new.cfm

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 10:36 AM
Please see http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=36531
as this is an OLD topic.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 10:37 AM
Considering the alternative is removing the Old Mill, I think this is great news!
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:06 AM
Newbies are fun!
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:09 AM
Yah but....that's like sitting in an Elvis show in Vegas in the 70's thinking, "Well this is better than him retiring."

Well, at least it can be changed. ;)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:13 AM
I'd hate to think what would happen to the ride if Cedar Fair owned the park! *cough* Dorney *cough*

Wood - anything else is an imitation

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:48 AM
I think it is great news too! The actual ride portion... boats and wooden trough, as well as the water wheel exterior... remains as is. Only the "interior" scenes are changing.

Truth is, I was very unimpressed with the ride as the Old Mill. The scenes were boooooooring. Oh look! A skeleton band.? C'mon!

This will be a great new twist to a fun old ride. Especially since there is an aspect to the ride that Kennywood is not yet publicizing. They swore all No-Coaster attendees to secret about the added *bonus* to the new attraction.

Also, the ride's queue will have a video that shows the deep history of the ride and all it's incarnations through the years. That, in typical Kennywood fashion, will keep those historical buffs pacified.

Shaggy

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:53 AM

Thrillerman said:
I'd hate to think what would happen to the ride if Cedar Fair owned the park! *cough* Dorney *cough*

Wood - anything else is an imitation


Explain sil vous plait? What did Cedar Fair do to Dorney that was so bad?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:56 AM
Some people don't appreciate the bright colors and Coasters restaurant. To them, I say then give back Talon and Steel Force. I'm sure Raptor and Magnum would like their little brothers back ;)
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 12:16 PM
Antuan -

Nothing except tear out the park's Old Mill ride "Journey to the Center of the Earth" along with ripping out a lot of other really cool stuff and effectively destroying the heart and soul of the park and turning it into a sterile mini-Cedar Point.

But I'm not bitter :)

(I'l admit that if it was between what Cedar Fair did and turning the park into condos, then the right choice was made).

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 12:37 PM
I think it's great news....ever ridden tthe old mill at Rye Playland? It's AMAZING!
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 1:25 PM

Thrillerman said:
I'd hate to think what would happen to the ride if Cedar Fair owned the park! *cough* Dorney *cough*

What? They'd follow up their solid Morgan Hyper with one of the best B&M inverteds around. Add two large flats in 3 year then tear down a troublesome woodie and replace it with a B&M Floorless.

Man, that'd be horrible.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 1:43 PM
Yeah, who needs trees?

-Nate

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 2:01 PM
Bad news would be no more Old Mill. Old Mills have a history of being re-themed, so this is nothing tragic from where I stand.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 2:27 PM

coasterdude318 said:

Yeah, who needs trees?


Wow, you haven't been to dorney for a while, have you Nate?

Trees:

as far as the eye can see near Talon

Hiding Laser

Surrounding Thunderhawk

Lining the Wild Mouse

All through Camp Snoopy

Surrounding Little Laser

Creating a backdrop for Dragon

Hiding all but the tallest parts of Hercules

at the Steel Force Helix

filling the middle of the park near the ferris wheel

blocking the view of Enterprise

as far as the eye can see near Sea Dragon

as far as the eye can see in the other direction too

Everywhere

and just for good measure one pic that's not on my site looking across the park from near Thunderhawk

The only part of the park sorely lack trees is the main entrance area, but if you enter the park and walk more than 50 steps in any direction, you'll find plenty of trees. I didn't just "pick and choose" those photos.

Feel free to check the rest of the Dorney Gallery out - there's trees everywhere. The tree arguement is old and inaccurate. They've filled the park in nicely over the past couple seasons.

EDIT - be patient, my site is running slow. The servers went out yesterday (I think the weather knocked something out) and it's still not up to speed yet.

*** Edited 1/27/2004 7:28:55 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 3:14 PM
This ain't your Rye Playland Old Mill... Halloween Productions has kindly posted examples of the lovely 3d cardboard panels that will make up the entire ride.

click and cry...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 3:20 PM
well if any one is a Kennywood fan, they would know that the Old Mill has gone through many new face lifts. This is only one more new Botox Improvement. The most Important thing that people fail to understand is That although some would say dont touch it" leave it as is... My theory is that its still standing and is NOT being removed. Thats the good news!!!It will still be a favorite to me.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 4:25 PM
(Kind of off topic so just ignore this comment if you want)

After looking at that website, I have two questions: 1) Under recent projects, is the "Sleepy Hollow, Six Flags, Chicago" one of SFGAm's haunted houses for fright fest? 2) Do they get a discount for buying flourescent paint in bulk?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 4:27 PM

Shaggy said:
Also, the ride's queue will have a video that shows the deep history of the ride and all it's incarnations through the years. That, in typical Kennywood fashion, will keep those historical buffs pacified.
Shaggy

What an awesome decision by Kennywood!

Keeping the historical aspect of the park alive is someting the older parks can really benefit from, IMO.....I remember spending quite a bit of time looking at all the history in Lost Kennywood on my first trip there....woulda done it again, 'cept that section was closed off for PFN...

Hooray for history!

edit: now if I can only get a NCC attendee to break that vow of silence....KIDDING! :) *** Edited 1/27/2004 9:28:12 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 7:25 PM
My guess would be that there will be guns to shoot at targets.
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