Last chance rides for Hillcrest Park

Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2003 4:10 PM | Contributed by Steve Schwahn

NAPHA would like to extend an invitation for all members of Coasterbuzz to attend a special NAPHA event. This will be the last chance for coaster lovers to ride the Little Dipper located at Hillcrest Park, which will close forever at the end of the 2003 season. This is a private picnic park, open only for large corporate events. It's a great coaster credit. This coaster is a mirror image of the Little Dipper coaster found at Kiddieland which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Kiddieland will be our second stop of the day so we can enjoy both classics in the same day. A copy of our registration can be found at which outlines all the details of this event. The event is PRE-REGITER ONLY. Event date is July 25th, 2003. Registrations must be received by July 12th, 2003. We look forward to seeing our friends at Coasterbuzz attend the event.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2003 4:27 PM
Its a shame that Hillcrest is closing.

I remember when I was about 9 and the company my father works for held a company picnic there. Pulling up thinking it was just another forest preserve and then seeing this coaster sitting there really brightened my day.

If you havent been there and are in the area during this event, you should check it out.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2003 6:56 PM
Can someone let me know if that coaster is a PTC clone of the Comet at Waldameer. Thanks.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2003 9:07 PM
john peck's avatar No, AJ, it is similar to the Beastie or Sea Dragon. Quite smaller than the Comet.
Wednesday, April 2, 2003 9:26 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar Actually I think it looks very very similar to the Teddy Bear at Stricker's Grove. It even has the little "double down" element. The only difference I see is that the station is on the turn going into the lift, whereas Teddy Bear's station is on the straightaway before the turn to the lift. Still, it is always sad to hear that another coaster is closing.

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Thursday, April 3, 2003 5:21 AM
Wouldn't it be great if a park like HW, IB or Knoebels would purchase this coaster and save it. It was already moved once from a park inside Chicago that closed in the mid 60's.


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Thursday, April 3, 2003 5:48 AM
I say send it to Knoebels and get rid of the Whirlwind. ;)

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