Disaster Transport in the 70's Questions

Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:01 AM
When We went to Cedar Point a week ago. I had sme questions about Disaster Transport.

1.What was the Queue line experience like before all the new things.

2.Did the ride feel longer without the building around it.

3.What was there Before The ride.

4.Was the lines Really, Really long for it.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:04 AM

I know something, there was no queue experience in the 70's, the ride was much shorter in the 70's, and there was no line for it in the 70's. Disaster Transport opened as Avalanche Run in 1985.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:37 AM

I was gonna say the same thing.

Avalanche run was even more boring and slow feeling outside then it is now. Why do you think they enclosed it?

If I remeber right (I was pretty little) the Line went pretty much where it does now. I know for a fact the exit ramp is the same.

The lines were long but back then CP only had Gemini, Corkscrew, Blue Streak, The Mine Ride, and Wildcat as other coasters. All the lines were long. Waiting in line was like waiting in line for any other coaster.

Before AR was there the Wildcat was there.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:40 AM

*snickers*

Seriously, tho...I never saw Avalanche Run. But once it was enclosed and converted to Disaster Transport, the lines were pretty long the first few years. That was when the theming still worked.

I know it was corny, but I still miss the talking robot.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:41 AM
...and before Wildcat, the Schwarzkopf-designed Jumbo Jets were there.

Later,
EV
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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 10:11 AM
Avalanche Run was the first coaster I had the nerve to ride. I was 7 years old, and I was so proud I had my dad buy me a t-shirt. I kinda miss it-it was a novel idea.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 10:13 AM
Another memeber of the "Avalanch Run was my first 'big' coaster" club here! :o)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 10:26 AM
The site where Disaster Transport now stands was once home to the Traver-designed Cyclone up until sometime in the fifties. It is regarded as the greatest of Cedar Point's long-gone coasters...
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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 11:18 AM
Avalanche Run was built in 1985. Thw Wildcat had been operating there since the Jumbo Jet was removed in 1980 (?). It was transformed into Disaster Transport, in 1990, I think the building was built by Dinn Corp.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 11:28 AM
For some reason, people seem to think that AR is much older then it really is. I was standing behind this guy in the DT line this year. He had to be in his late 50’s to early 60’s. He was telling his kids how he rode AR when he was a kid. I remember think that if he was a kid when AR first opened, he is aging rather poorly!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 1:59 PM
Actually they enclosed the ride because rain would often be caught in the trough (I think thats the term) and the ride would be down most of the time. The water had to drain and dry up before the ride could become operational again.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 6:18 PM
Thats just a rumor Jephry.

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All I need is 4.5 million bucks and a half a mile long sliver of land and maybe someone could build me my very own Shivering Timbers. ;)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 6:20 PM

It's not even a good rumour, since the ride still closes in heavy rain because some genius put vents over the trough.

Duh.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 6:26 PM

Actually RPMGuitar, the old man could have been referring to the Flying Turns at Euclid Beach Park, just mixing his parks around.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 6:43 PM
Here's a few pics to show you what it was like. (Hit the forward arrow for more) http://www.coastergallery.com/CP/23.html

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- Peabody

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 6:45 PM

In my opinion, Disaster Transport occupies a great lakeview site which could be put to better use in just about any other way. That ugly whitewashed building blocks out one of the better views of the lake.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 9:00 AM

Whitewashed?? The building is metal.

Anyway, I found it interesting to see how close the water was to AR. Water levels in Lake Erie sure have dropped since the 1980's

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 9:05 AM
The water was not as close as it looks, pretty much the same distance as it is now.

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1989, 9 years old bawling my eyes out because I didn't want to ride Magnum. I did anyway and look at me now. Why did ya make me do it Dave? ;)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 9:43 AM

Okay Magnum Force, since you don't believe me, try checking this website:

http://huron.lre.usace.army.mil/erie.html

The water levels for Lake Erie in July were 17,489 (1985) and 17,504 (1986). The water level for July 2001 (the latest recorded on this website) is 17,404.

That's a difference between 85 and 100 meters. I stand by my assertion.

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*** This post was edited by CPLady on 7/24/2002. ***

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 11:53 AM

CPLady said:

The water levels for Lake Erie in July were 17,489 (1985) and 17,504 (1986). The water level for July 2001 (the latest recorded on this website) is 17,404.

That's a difference between 85 and 100 meters. I stand by my assertion.



Your decimal point is a little off, there. It's a difference of 0.85 to 1 meter. An additional 300 feet of water would certainly be noticeable at Cedar Point.

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