Theme Park Girl

Old video footage of our Aussie theme parks in 80's/90's

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For some reason the Gen 1 version of the ride operated minus those two cars in the years leading up to decommissioning. It ran with all cars attached until the late 90's. My guess is they removed two cars to balance the weight of the wheel.

I just spent the last 15 minutes searching Google for old pics of it with no luck. Ugh maybe I need another coffee..

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This was my 1st ride photo from the late 80's on the Thunderbolt -a guy used to stand next to the loops to take the photo

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A guy stood in the ride envelope taking photos??

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Which one are you @Lightning?

I swear I've got a similar photo like this from the early 90's, it'll be hiding somewhere in the folks' house.

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6 hours ago, Brad2912 said:

A guy stood in the ride envelope taking photos??

A platform, complete with safety rails, and a ladder, i believe. Never in any danger, and quite safe where he was, if i recall correctly...

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Great to see videos like this and how the parks used to be. One thing I didn't realise they had was water pouring off the top of the wave of Wipeout. I remember the pool of water and fluffy in there, but never remember that feature, when was that turned off?

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On 08/02/2017 at 9:34 AM, MickeyD said:

The umbrella ride you are referring to is the 'Supertrooper' - one of my all time fave flats. Alas thus never made it to DW. The ride you are referring to on the map is the Zumer - as known formally -  the chair swing ride that today resides with Puss in boots and os one of the very few remaining original attractions.

I have done a bit of digging and I can confirm that there was indeed a Paratrooper ride that was at the park for opening. The unit in question is owned by Trindall's amusements (Brisbane based) and travels around SEQ. A close friend of mine was talking to him about it a few days ago and he informed me that it was there. Direct from the owner of the ride too. 

Surprised me as well, but there you have it.

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On 07/04/2017 at 7:21 AM, AlexB said:

A platform, complete with safety rails, and a ladder, i believe. Never in any danger, and quite safe where he was, if i recall correctly...

Yep, remember the photographer on a platform at Thunderbolt. [Edit: look at the right side of the bottom of the loop.]

Later on they had a photographer in a structure like a covered lifeguard stand, on the both sides of Giant Drop. West side one is visible in this 2011 video, and East side in this 2010 video.

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On 06/04/2017 at 10:38 PM, Lightning said:

 

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Just out of curiosity, are those Arrow trains that were on Thunderbolt? The shape screams Arrow to me. Did Meishio have an agreement with Arrow to make rides in Asia like Vekoma did with Arrow for Europe?

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