Status of northwest theme parks

Wednesday, August 22, 2001 3:25 PM
I am wondering what the current status is of the 3 big parks being planned or built up here in the Northwest.  I don't want rumors, just any facts, however small.  Especially about the Great Northwest Park, and any current work being done at Wild Waves (Six Flags Northwest) Thanks!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 9:01 PM
I'd also like to know what's going on with the Great Northwest Theme Park! Last I'd heard they had been waiting for some proposed state legislation that would have exempted them from paying taxes on the construction costs or something along those lines. I think the legislation was unsuccessful. Where that leaves us now is likely anyone's guess.

Their URL (if it is indeed registered by the development company) is: http://www.thegreatnorthwest.com/ and a quick check of the domain owners reveals that it is indeed a company from Kentucky who registered it. (the domain name) Wasn't the development group the same group that developed Kentucky Kingdom? I guess we can only hope that they will realize just how BIG the potential market is. Considering that B.C., Washington and Oregon are all part of the "No Coaster Zone" that's millions of potential customers.

I'll be making my second trip to California this year in October so I can get my coaster fix. I sure wish I only had to go to Seattle! I'd buy a Season's Pass for sure!!

Cheers!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2001 10:45 PM
Yeah, I have that link in my favorites hoping that someday I will find something other than their logo there.  I think it is the same developers as KK.  You are right about the potential.  We have suffered for years up here.  I hate to have to go anywhere else, although I certainly don't mind rollercoaster vacations!  It would be nice if Six Flags gets their new Northwest park rolling soon.  I heard that they are moving quickly forward starting in the off-season this winter.  Silverwood is a great little park, but a little too far away for a weekend getaway.  Thanks for the info.  Anyone else?
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Thursday, August 23, 2001 12:59 PM
My uncle owns the land right next to where they want to build this new park called "Space World" (I think that is the tentative name) in Winlock WA.  That is being tied up in an amazing amount of legislation.  I know that the farmers want to keep their land quiet, if you will, but you would think that they would be quietly thrilled at the chance to improve the value of their property.
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Thursday, August 23, 2001 2:40 PM
Do you know if Washington has state-wide height limitations for coaster height?  If so, that would be too bad.  We could get some great coasters locally, no doubt.  B&M makes great ones under 150 feet.  But I do love the 300 footers. 

chris

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Friday, August 24, 2001 4:16 PM
I don't personally 'know' if they have height restrictions, although a local source says that Wild Waves (soon to be Six Flags Northwest) has a restriction of 150 ft.  That would explain the rather small Skycoaster they have as well as all the talk of building CCI woodies and a smaller B&M.  Not that that is a bad thing!  I guess the restriction comes from the city of Federal Way itself.  Perhaps it is time to do additional research.

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Saturday, December 15, 2001 12:29 PM
Thought I'd bring this out of retirement...  Any news yet from anyone on this???

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Monday, December 17, 2001 12:07 PM
From what I heard,the new coasters will not be ready until 2003 at Enchanted Village.Its too bad the Puyallup fair doesnt 'operate an amusement park like the PNE in Vancouver,BC does.They already have 3 coasters permanently on the property,as well as some other rides.The woodie there is notable because it is a 1935 John Miller running with Prior & Church flanged wheel trains from the long defunct Happyland Dipper,Vancouver,BC 1925-1947.
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Monday, December 17, 2001 12:20 PM
Brian toogood,if you want a good coaster fix without traveling to CA,head north to Vancouver,BC and go to the PNE/Playland.The wood coaster there,better known as Coaster,is the best woodie I have ever ridden.Nothing I have ridden has given me as much airtime as Coaster.For maximum airtime ,ride in the last seat of the train.Your only restraint is a lap bar.You will not regret it.
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Monday, December 17, 2001 1:42 PM
Ronald, I knew I could count on you for up to date info.  I admittedly, haven't heard too much about the SF Wild Waves venture as of late.  I am hoping to see some construction soon.  It is only about 16 miles from my home, so I get by it fairly often.  As per standard, SF tells us nothing on the website.  Heck, they say Wild Thing is a "go get 'em coaster with no dead spots!"  Wow....(big thumbs down)
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Monday, December 17, 2001 3:52 PM

Thanks Ronald,

I live in Victoria and have been to the PNE and ridden "Coaster" many, many times! It IS a great woodie! The corkscrew coaster also remains from Expo 86 but it is hardly worth mentioning! I need bigtime steel and the closest place to get that is still LA... <sighs>

Cheers!

Ronald S. Anderson said:
Brian toogood,if you want a good coaster fix without traveling to CA,head north to Vancouver,BC and go to the PNE/Playland.

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Monday, December 17, 2001 9:51 PM
Brian,I have to agree with you about the Corkscrew coaster at the PNE.Nothing to write home to Mom about.The Coaster is the reason I drive 300 miles fom Portland,OR to Vancouver,BC
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Tuesday, December 18, 2001 2:19 PM
I too live up in the northwest and have been waiting for Enchanted Village to get something. I will have to take you guys advise an go up to Vancouver and give Coaster a whirl.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2001 6:18 PM
ZeroG, where do you live?  Cmiesen and I live here in Seattle.  It would be great to meet another buzzer, and go to PNE next April...write me!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2001 7:16 AM
Hey Rob, my wife Laura and I live in Tacoma. That would be fun to go to PNE. I would also like to see your band. Let me know the next time you are playing in the Seattle area.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2001 2:57 PM

cmiesen said:
Do you know if Washington has state-wide height limitations for coaster height

I would seriously doubt that any state has state-wide height regulations. Rural areas might go by county though.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2001 8:33 PM
ZeroG, you need to write me!  I can't write you because I can't get your e-mail address.  We can hit a few parks together, and I can let you know what is up with my band too!  You have to meet Cmiesen too.  He is a cut-up!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2001 9:52 PM
Let's hit PNE opening weekend, whenever that is. 
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Wednesday, December 19, 2001 11:19 PM
Rob,the PNE opens for weekends only starting April 13th.I would love to meet up with you and cmiesen @ the PNE.I work retail(Fred Meyer)so it is uncertain I can get the weekend off and if that is Easter weekend there is no way I can get the weekend off ,but I will try anyway.My brother lives near Puyallup,so I would have a place to stay for the weekend.Also ,do you know if they run the coasters during the Spring Puyallup fair?
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Thursday, December 20, 2001 8:18 AM
Ronald, yes they do run Coaster TR.  I don't recall them running  Wildcat, but knowing me, I am probably mistaken!  I love that ride too...rough and tumble, and fast through the final 2 helixes.  I think we could plan a huge family gathering, so keep in touch on e-mail.  Write Chris too, and ZeroG.  One more time.........ZeroG, write me through e-mail.  Your doesn't show up on your info page.
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