Is anything happening in Oregon?

Wednesday, November 6, 2002 4:41 PM

After all the hubbub in Washington State this past year, whatwith the new coaster (when???) at WW/EV, the failure (apparently) of The Great Northwest Themepark, and the null and void Space World (proposed, but never got off the ground), when is something going to take shape with our neighbor to the south?

Is Oaks Park looking to expand their park? To add to the small selection of rides? What about Enchanted Forest, there just outside of Salem? I drove by this July, and saw a few new upcharge attractions, i.e. Katanga, Slingshot, etc., but nothing in the way of sound themepark fare. What is happening, if anything, with these parks? Is anyone proposing to start a new park along the I-5 corridor there, or are we going to continue to remain lost and cold up here in the rainy (only in the winter;)) northwest?
You think you know, but you have NO idea....

Wednesday, November 6, 2002 4:49 PM
What happened to Robland?
Wednesday, November 6, 2002 5:19 PM
Nasai, Oak's is a non-profit that doesn't seem to want to expand. They do get new rides, but something always has to go. They could expand if they wanted, but not a whole lot.
Thrillville is the park right next door to Enchanted Forest. They're the ones who have been adding strictly extreme rides of late. EF is adding a dark ride next. A simple call to maketing/promotions, and a Tofte family member will outline the juicy details. But expect a gestation period of 3-5 years.
It would seem your having better luck up north.

P.S. I understand there is this awesome band playing here Saturday night. Can't wait to hear their sound.................

Wednesday, November 6, 2002 8:03 PM

Robo, geez.... I didn't think you were old enough to come;) Looking forward to meeting you.

Lewis, Robland will be built, but I have to get through this weekend first! It's funny, but I do have serious intentions to make "Robland" work. I really do. It is insane, and my wife is a bit overwhelmed by the idea, but with the right things happening (and they seem to maybe finally really BE happening), it could come to fruition. We shall see.
Buy a CD! Save Coaster at PNE!

Wednesday, November 6, 2002 9:52 PM

I wish something would happen here in Oregon.Our parks are little more than permanent carnivals.The tallest coaster in the state is probably Ripper,the Schwartzkopf Jet Star at Thrillville,USA.We used to have a great park at Jantzen Beach with a Carl Phare woodie.The park was closed in 1970 and demolished to make way for a *&%$@#!?#! shopping mall,something that has come very redundant in Portland.A few years ago,there was a rumor floating around that Enchanted Forest,next door to Thrillville,that they were going to build a CCI woodie.Our hopes were dashed when that rumor turned out to be false.:(

You would think that for as long as Oaks Park has been around that they would have some kind of wooden coaster in the park.They did have a Harry Traver coaster at one time called the Zip,which was a predecessor of the Crystal Beach Cyclone.This coaster was built in 1926 and removed in 1934 for the same reasons that the Traver Cyclones were removed;high maintenance and low ridership.

Lets' save the Vancouver PNE Coaster before its'too late!


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