Looks like things are moving along. New Powell road is now open and there are slide pieces scattered all over the place. Slide tower complex is rising as well as a few new buildings.
Definitely gonna be bigger than Wyandot was, not huge, but a solid bit of expanasion.
ETA: To respond to your last picture -- I hadn't noticed the two bowls from the road, but you're right. I checked the ProSlide site and it lists two CannonBowls as ordered by the Columbus Zoo, so... You'd think they'd make one a body bowl and the other a raft, but whatever floats their boat (er... pun not intended.) *** Edited 10/17/2007 3:15:25 AM UTC by CarrieR***
And don't forget, unless Big Dipper somehow miraculously gets rescued, SD will be the oldest woodie in Ohio.
That's actually pretty sad, when you think about it.
Does anyone know what the dry-ride lineup is going to be (aside from Sea Dragon)? I never saw a definitive list--just a bunch of maybes and rumors. Big Dipper could find a fine home there. :)
I have some pics from way back in the fall, not much you probably haven't seen already, but you can find them here: www.freewebs.com/chadmicah Just click at the top under "Columbus Zoo Construction". *** Edited 2/11/2008 3:00:54 AM UTC by Floorless Fan***
At the Powell Rd exit, near the slides, is a large wooden sign that has a rendering of the park. It's not in a very good location though, as drivers on Powell are driving to fast to notice let alone take it in, so I pulled over, got out of my truck and stood in the mud to look at it. I haven't seen this picture, or any rendering at all in any publicity or articles.
Anyway, it makes the park look like a tropical paradise with lots of slides, rivers, and pools. Aside from color scheme and decor, what they have constructed so far looks fairly accurate to the drawing. Dry rides in the rendering include a DiskO, Scambler, Tilt, Carousel, Kiddies, Ferris Wheel, not much else. The Sea Dragon is represented, a flume of some sort, and a spinning coaster similar to the one at WOF or MOA. The Scrambler looks to be situated in the helix of the coaster.
Most of the slides are recognizable as Proslide, with the well known bowls, funnel, racers, etc. It also shows a Wedgie-style slide on top of the wave maker for the pool, making a cool backdrop.
So who knows how much of it we'll see the first (or second) year, or even how accurate it is, but it's fun to see.
One thing already constructed is the base and column of what appears to be a Larson Scooter. It's bright green, 'natch, and will probably be Parrots, or something tropical and zoo-ish. The total park area looks larger than I expected, and the new entry plaza buildings are coming along and look great even in an unfinished state.
Season passes are reasonable, at 79.99 and Zoo members get a 20.00 discount.
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