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Nov 14, 2009
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Here's a question for some of you park historians:

Which rides, or features of the park (stables, train, etc.), have been there since the park first opened?

Just curious...
 
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When the park opened in 1975, it included England, Scotland, France & Germany (not Oktoberfest which opened the following year). Loch Ness didn't open until 1978 and Italy didn't open until 1980.

As far as what is still there that was there when the park opened, just buildings. There are no major attractions from the opening year that still exist, at least none that come to mind.
 
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The Train, Sky Ride, Le Scoot, Kinder Karousel, Katapult, and Rhine River Cruse are the only orignal rides still at the park.
 
Sep 23, 2009
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Yeah, that's right, Katapult used to be in what is now Castle O'Sullivan. I def. forgot about Le Scoot and the carousel (and just didn't count any transport).
 
Sep 28, 2009
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That is funny, I always enjoy asking that question when I am at the park... everyone forgets the train. ;)
 
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Le Scoot is an origninal ride to the park. I saw this on wikipedia.

Le Scoot is a log flume ride at Busch Gardens: Williamsburg located in New France. The 2010 season will be the Le Scoot's 45th birthday although not all those years have been at Busch Gardens.

I have never heard this before, I dont believe it either. What does anyone else think?
 
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Yeah, that's actually true, I don't know where it was originally located but it is older than the park and is probably an Arrow Dynamics design based on the age.
 
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That's new to me. I'd like to know where it was originally located. And also, Le Scoot sits on a terrain, it would be interesting to know how they got it to fit.
 

Fur Dozy

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How bout the shed that you go through before the last drop. Was that a feature of the original? The current structure was definitely new for the ride when it was moved.
 
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Yeah, the shed at the end is a main feature in the Arrow designs. Don't know if the saw was in there or if it was modified after relocation though.
 
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Come to think of it, it's kind of unusual on a log flume for the last drop to be that high off the ground. Usually they're on a body of water.
 

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When you think about it, it is actually extremely generic. The station is at the lowest point of the ride meaning that it could be placed almost anywhere.
 
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Le Scoot is just so simple - which is why I like it. People complain about Griffon being short, but it's just a clean and simple layout!
 

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BuschFreak5 said:
Le Scoot is just so simple - which is why I like it. People complain about Griffon being short, but it's just a clean and simple layout!

No, It is a cheap layout. It cost 25% less than the other B&M coasters in the park after including inflation. In my opinion you should never make a coaster that only has one or two driving elements. It just doesn't give it the finished feel.
 
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I think griffon was also restricted on the layout. But it sure would have been nice to have a huge hill in there, or a helix or something. I like the Shiekra's idea of the tunnel too. I think we get the bridge though. still cool.
 
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Actually, a barrel roll or small inverted twist could have been thrown in right before the brake run. You hearing this BGW?
 
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