Camden Park in West Virginia

Thursday, May 2, 2002 5:41 PM
Yes, it appears that I have successfully added a 3rd park to my Stark Raven Trip 2002. Camden Park has 2 NAD woodies and an Arrow shuttle. I have a few questions. First off, if you have been to the park, how is it? Also, does anyone have a clue as to if the shuttle will open this year? I know it was closed last season, but I heard from someone that it may open this year. Does anyone know if the park has an 800 number (they don't appear to)? Any help at all would be great. Thanks!

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|| Jonathan Hawkins ||
http://www.starcoasters.com
Top Gun: TJC flights - Approx. 232 (46 in 2002)

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 5:46 PM
It is a unique little park. However, don't count on the shuttle being open :( In 2000 it had a sign saying that it would reopen in 2002, but now it looks like that's not going to happen. I rode it back around 95 and it was falling apart back then. I can't imagine what a few more years did to it following sitting dormant for a few more years.

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- Peabody

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 6:08 PM
I think the park is closed on mondays it was a few years ago when I drove 100 miles out of my way to go there and saw the sign oops

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 6:12 PM

I was there in 2000. Not much of a park. They have a classic whip, log flume, octopus or was it a spider, a haunted house, sky ride, round up, bumper cars, ferris wheel and a few more I'm forgetting. It's a park you don't need to stay the whole day at. We did everything we wanted in about an hour. I think we paid around $12 for a wristband. The Big Dipper was ok not the best not the worst. And the other NAD coaster is a kiddie NAD with mini NAD trains (I think there are only two or three like this left). It's a good park to stop at when your driving on I-64 from Virginia to SFKK or Holiday World.

http://www.camdenpark.com/

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*** This post was edited by coasterpunk on 5/2/2002. ***

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 6:37 PM

Yes, if you're driving by, stop there! But, don't expect too much out of it. I wouldn't expect the shuttle to be open, so you're looking at a nice old woodie, and a tiny little kiddie woodie. Check out http://www.coastergallery.com/2000T/camden.html

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- Peabody

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 7:13 PM

That's too bad. I was looking forward to Screamin' Deamon (uh, I mean Thunderbolt Express) since I was too young to ride it at PKI. :(

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smile...it's cheap, and people will wonder what you're up to. :)

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Thursday, May 2, 2002 7:37 PM

We went there last year and had a ball, The Dodgems are awesome for inline bumper cars! The most intense whip I've ridden, A restored spider, Paratrooper, NAd Train, Unique Arrow flume and Big Dipper is pretty cool.

This park may only be as fun as the company you keep though.

Chuck, who says Camden is open thurs-sundays mem-labor

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Charles Nungester
Americana (Now called The great americana amusement park at Lesourdsville Lake) is opening in 2002. Indivdual visits are very improtant to the parks survival.

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Friday, May 3, 2002 3:26 AM
Yeah, I'm not really going out of the way or making it a 'big destination.' I was looking for a park somewhere during the trip, and found that if we drove back through West Virginia and Huntington, it would only be around 1 hour out of the way. We will probably leave Santa Claus Sunday morning and I'll hit Camden that night before it closes at 8.

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|| Jonathan Hawkins ||
http://www.starcoasters.com
Top Gun: TJC flights - Approx. 232 (46 in 2002)

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Friday, May 3, 2002 4:46 AM

Charles Nungester said:

The most intense whip I've ridden.

Chuck, who says Camden is open thurs-sundays mem-labor



Amen, i just about blew chunks on the whip at camden!

Actually the park opened this year the last weekend in April for weekends and starts daily operations in june.

you can spend a nice evening or 1/2 day in the park. if you haven't been it's definitely worth visiting at least once if not for the coasters then for the historical value.

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Friday, May 3, 2002 6:38 AM

I mentioned earlier that Camden was only open Thurs-Sun.

Well that was last year, Here is the 2002 schedual link

http://www.camdenpark.com/hours_of_operation.shtml

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Charles Nungester
Americana (Now called The great americana amusement park at Lesourdsville Lake) is opening in 2002. Indivdual visits are very improtant to the parks survival.

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Friday, May 3, 2002 7:54 PM
I realize it's an older family park but I enjoy those. So tell me : what do the coasters compare to ? The Racer or Jackrabbit at KW ? The Beastie at PKI ?
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Saturday, May 4, 2002 7:31 AM
My better half, Belmont Babe, lived in Huntington for ten years. She says that if you're going to be in the general area, check it out,but don't make a special trip. It's not worth it, unless you like corn dogs. They have some of the best to be found anywhere.
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Saturday, May 4, 2002 6:05 PM

I was born in Huntington and grew up there until the age of 15. I remember when it was just $7.95 for a ride wrist band and hand stamp. I have yet to return to Camden Park, Which is ironic seeing that a lot of my family lives near Huntington and I have visited them a lot the past 13 years. Shame on me.

I remember the delicious Corn Dogs, or "Pronto Pups" as they were called. I loved the homemade Cotton Candy (it seems that nobody makes it right before you eyes anymore). The Whip was great. The Haunted House is very unique and has some roller coaster qualitys.

To answer the question about what the coasters are like; Big dipper is not extremly exciting and it is quite short. If Junior Gemini is a 1 and MF is a 10, I would give BD around a 3.5. Drop number 2 has some airtime if you ride in the back. The tunnel is interesting and the bell that notifies the ride opp of the incoming train is nostalgic.

Big Dipper was my very first coaster. My mother told me that I rode it on her lap when I was about a year old (sounds unsafe to me). I think that is why I grew up to love these rides as much as I do.

Little dipper was cute but VERY small. I remember wanting it to be more thrilling when I was a hard to please preteen. The log ride is standerd. It has one small drop and one semi-large drop. I rode Thunderbolt Express the first day it opened to the public. I remember loosing sleep anticipating that rides opening (hahahahahaha). I had already rode it at KI however I was NOT dissapointed.

I miss the Big Top ride (RIP).

If it is anything like it used to be, Camden Park is a fun, small, family park with a few suprises. It is worth half a day but don't expect it to be anything like Kennywood or Kenobles. When you go, take your time and enjoy the sights and sounds.

(Keep in mind I haven't been there in a very long time so some of this info may be bogus.)

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"If you can't do it, don't even knock it" COINMONSTER

*** This post was edited by dexter on 5/4/2002. ***

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