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The World Premiere of The Legacy of Arrow Development

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Monday, January 25, 2016

 

The World Premiere of The Legacy of Arrow Development - January 23, 2016


 

What just happened? Did we just pull off a complete film premiere – or was it all a dream?

On Saturday, January 23rd, American Coaster Enthusiasts held their first-ever film premiere, debuting The Legacy of Arrow Development history documentary.

ACE members, friends and family, local dignitaries and even former Arrow employees were all friends and families were all in attendance, packing the historic Montgomery Theater in downtown San Jose, CA. Over 338 people were recorded in attendance!

The evening was hosted by NBC Bay Area’s Garvin Thomas, who first ran a story about the “Lost Parks” team and their Santa's Village episode back in late 2013, which can be seen here: NBC Bay Area Story 

The premiere was presented by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which spoke before the film about why local history is important – and how proud they were to be a part of such a special evening.

From pieces of old Arrow attractions, to an entire ride vehicle donated by California’s Great America, to a surprise appearance by Danny the Dragon from Happy Hollow Park and Zoo – it was a surreal night, that was thankfully captured in these photos on our Facebook page - FULL ALBUM

After the film concluded, all of the former Arrow employees in attendance gathered into the lobby, for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.

Overall, it was a very successful evening of fun, history and also promoting all the great work that ACE does

A single blog post is not enough to encapsulate the entire evening – but we hope to see you at our next special screening – January 30th at Six Flags Magic Mountain – for the Southern California premiere of The Legacy of Arrow Development. Ride on! 

- The Crew at The Legacy of Arrow Development

Tags:  Arrow Development  Kimberly Mix  Kris Rowberry  legacy of arrow  legacy of arrow premiere  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  premiere  Robert Ingle  six flags  six flags magic mountain  socal premiere  The Legacy of Arrow Development 

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Legacy of Arrow SoCal Premiere at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Posted By Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Monday, January 25, 2016

   

On Saturday, January 30th, come to Six Flags Magic Mountain to attend the Southern California premiere of The Legacy of Arrow Development. This very special documentary tells the history of the modern roller coaster, and more importantly, the company that started it all. The screening will be at 4:00 pm in the Gearworks Theater.

Six Flags Magic Mountain has a very unique history with Arrow Development, so it stands to reason that part of the story takes place here. The Legacy of Arrow Development not only contains footage of some of the classic Arrow rides located at Six Flags Magic Mountain, but there are also interviews of people in the industry that were filmed here as well, like Eric Boardman:

Here are some important notes about the event:

  1. You must already be in the park to see it. Season pass holders can attend for free.
  2. Discount admission tickets to the park are available now at: 
    https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/store/tickets?promo_code=ACE
  3. If you’re an ACE member, bring your ACE card and you’ll get priority seating. (you DO NOT need to be an ACE member to attend).

See you there!

- The Crew from The Legacy of Arrow Development

 

Tags:  Arrow Development  Kimberly Mix  Kris Rowberry  legacy of arrow  legacy of arrow premiere  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  premiere  Robert Ingle  six flags  six flags magic mountain  socal premiere  The Legacy of Arrow Development 

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Manufacturing Magic with Dana and Paula Morgan

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Friday, September 4, 2015

  

Manufacturing Magic with Dana and Paula Morgan - September 4, 2015


 

We’ve been working together on our “Lost Parks” TV series for nearly two years, and one of the most consistent questions we get is, “How do you find these people for your videos?”

While the exact procedure is a trade secret (here’s a hint, being nice to parks helps) it never ceases to amaze us how we’re able to track down and eventually put these people into our videos.

This past weekend, we found ourselves asking that same question – “How did we get these people for our documentary?!?” – as we had the privilege to visit Dana and Paula Morgan, formerly of D.H. Morgan Manufacturing.

While the company was originally created to build carousels (Dana could supervise both assembly and dis-assembly of Arrow’s portables at age 16), coaster fans are more likely to know Morgan for their superior hyper coasters, wooden coaster trains and their highly successful conversion of Steel Phantom into the Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood Park.

After a fascinating tour of his home, which included several carousel horses - and some serious horsepower in the garage – we sat down with him in the office / study to begin the interview.

 

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

Hearing Dana talk about his father, Ed (who was one of the original four employees of Arrow), was incredibly fascinating. He warned us that every answer was going to be 20 minutes long – because it was so full of history that so very few know of.

Then, we went to the dining room table, where Dana and Paula had pulled many photo albums and articles relating to both Arrow and Morgan.

That’s where we had one of those moments you can only describe as ethereal. Dana said, “Oh – I bet you’ll like this…” and proceeded to hand us this set of ten small, black & white photos:

  

(Photo: Kris Rowberry)

These photos are the only known documentation of the first human tests on the Corkscrew prototype in Mountain View, CA.

And we were holding them in our hands. Woah.

The film will dive into the story of Corkscrew quite deep, so we don’t want to give away too much of the story. Suffice to say, it’ll be fun to learn for both seasoned coaster fans and even the “GP” viewer.

Dana and Paula also showed us one of their most-prized Arrow possessions: a gift from WED Enterprises commemorating 25 years of Arrow Development work in 1970. Not only does it look cool, but it is signed by such Disney legends as X Atencio and even Roy O. Disney himself.

 

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

Now, the “Legacy of Arrow” team moves onto the second half of production … putting all of the pieces together to tell the story of how the modern-day amusement and theme park was created – all from a small car garage in Mountain View, CA. Stay tuned!

- Kris Rowberry

  

L to R: Kimberly Mix, Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Dana Morgan, Paula Morgan, Robert Ingle, and Kris Rowberry. 
(Photo: Robert Ingle)


 Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

Tags:  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  D.H. Morgan Manufacturing  Dana Morgan  DH Morgan  Disney  Kimberly Mix  Kris Rowberry  La Selva Beach  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Paula Morgan  Robert Ingle  The Legacy of Arrow Development  WED Enterprises 

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A GREAT Day in Santa Clara at California's Great America

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

 

A GREAT Day in Santa Clara at California's Great America - August 8, 2015


 

As so many of our days have begun on this journey to tell the story of Arrow – we arrived to California’s Great America early, before it opened to the public. Up first, was first person point-of-view filming on The Demon- an Arrow multi-looper that originally opened as a custom corkscrew called Turn of the Century back in 1976.

 

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

The ride benefits from foliage that has grown around it, in addition to the devilish theme. We also were able to get some pretty unique aerial footage as well, thanks to fellow ACE members Andrew Hansis and Barbara Lawson.

 

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

Moving on, we tackled the ride next to The Demon, the antique car ride known as Barney Oldfield Speedway. Also an Arrow staple at many parks, “Barney O” as its affectionately known has been modified down from three lanes to one lane in recent years – but still provides a fun experience for young kids and the young at heart.

Up next, is one of the more unique Arrow installations - Psycho Mouse. While only three of these mice were ever built, they’re actually quite fun and can be very intense depending on how much braking is applied in the blocks.

“If the world was ending  – get on an Arrow Mouse”

 

(Photo: Kimberly Mix)

It turns out – they were also over-engineered and overbuilt for what they did, which made them very expensive to purchase. We can’t wait to show off the unique aerial footage we got of this entertaining family coaster!

 Finally, we turned to Logger’s Run, one of the few Arrow flumes with a double dip drop. It turned out to be one of the more difficult rides to mount our camera to, and we quite literally finished filming just as the national anthem was being played to open the park to the public.

 

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

All in all – another successful day of shooting for the “Legacy” project! Special thanks to the park for helping us out with the filming – looking forward to showing off all the incredible footage to everyone soon, when the “Legacy of Arrow Development” debuts later this year.

- Kris Rowberry

  

L to R: Robert Ingle, Kris Rowberry, Mayor of Santa Clara Jamie Matthews, Julie Matthews, Andrew Hansis (back), Nicholas Laschkewitsch (front), Barbara Lawson, and Kimberly Mix. (Photo: California's Great America)



Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

 

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  ArrowVision  Barney Oldfield Speedway  California's Great America  Ed Morgan  Great America  Karl Bacon  Kimberly Mix  Kris Rowberry  Logger's Run  Mad Mouse  Mountain View  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Psycho Mouse  Robert Ingle  The Demon  Turn of the Century 

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Going Hollywood at the Thrill Capital of the World

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Saturday, August 1, 2015

 

Going Hollywood at the Thrill Capital of the World - July 30 & 31, 2015


 

How is it that every shoot on the road for this documentary has somehow coincided with heat waves, coupled with muggy conditions? Sadly, our days here at Six Flags Magic Mountain were no different. 100 degree-plus temperatures, coupled with unusually high humidity made for a brutal two days of hauling gear and waiting for “the” shot.

And yet, somehow – we had fun. Go figure.

Our shoot began with a bit of a surprise, actually. Tim Burkhart, Head of Construction & Maintenance for the entire Six Flags chain, happened to be at the park the day we were shooting and was more than happy to talk about his experiences over the past few decades, building Arrow rides from literally the ground, up.

 

L to R: Kris Rowberry, Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Kim Mix, Robert Ingle, & Tim Burkhart.

After waiting for a few cycles to fly by on Ninja up the hill, we moved on to Twisted Colossus. So why, when the documentary is all about Arrow? Well, we think it’s important to recognize the shift from the tubular steel Arrow produced, to the newest generation of flat steel from RMC.

  

Ninja at Six Flags Magic Mountain (Photo: Robert Ingle) 

Finishing up there, we moved on to Jet Stream, figuring the heat of the day would attract the crowds – and we were right! The last Arrow Hydroflume west of the Mississippi, Jet Stream always provides a unique and sometimes drenching experience!

Next up, was another interview inside the park. Now, we’ve had the privilege of meeting some very unique individuals on our trip – but none more than Eric Boardman. You may recognize the name, but we guarantee you recognize the voice – he was THE voice behind most of the great roller coaster specials seen on Discovery and Travel Channel.

In addition to being an incredible wealth of knowledge on show business, Eric also has a passion for great rides (as you’ll learn in the documentary). And if you’re wondering – his all-time favorite coaster: The Bobs at Riverview Park in Chicago, IL. Check him out on Twitter at @iGeezer.

 

Eric Boardman being interviewed. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

“Oh by the way, watch out for rattlesnakes…”

Along our journey, we’ve been warned about some pretty interesting things to look out for while we’re filming: poison oak (SF Over Texas), muffleheads (Cedar Point) and even wild dogs (Kennywood), but as we were filming under Viper, the warning about the West’s deadliest predator really got our attention. The constant rustling noises of lizards running through the dry grass behind us was certainly enough to get us to move VERY quickly for our filming in and around Viper.

Never has the theme of a ride been more appropriate for the surrounding area…

After a few establishing shots were knocked out, we made it over to X2 to wrap production on yet another successful shoot on the road.

 

 X2 control panel with Arrow text on right and the company's final logo on left (the loop). (Photo: Robert Ingle)

One interesting observation from our journeys: at each location we’ve filmed at, we’ve always made a point to be goodwill ambassadors for ACE as a whole. Gauging from the reactions of the parks that have hosted us – know that ACE is definitely the most respected coaster organization in the USA – and every member should be proud of that. It certainly makes me proud to be part of an organization that others respect, and treats others with respect as well.

From here on – it’s just local filming in the Bay Area for us; we’re in the home stretch before we start the herculean task of putting this puzzle together that is the story of Arrow Development.

Our sincerest thanks to everyone at Six Flags Magic Mountain for assisting us in these challenging conditions these past few days. Without people like you, we would never be able to tell the incredible story of Arrow!

Until next time, coaster fans – may your lines be short and your ERT’s plentiful!

- Kris Rowberry

Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  ArrowVision  gold rusher  jet stream  Kim Mix  Kimberly Mix  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  ninja  Robert Ingle  six flags  six flags magic mountain  twisted colossus  viper  x2 

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Filming Arrow History at Silverwood in Idaho

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Thursday, July 9, 2015

 

Filming Arrow History at Silverwood in Idaho - June 30th, 2015



After the incredible hospitality that was shown to us at Lagoon Park in Utah (and for that matter, at every park we visited in the past three weeks) we figured that would be it.

Boy, were we wrong.

First off, what a surprise we were in for upon entering Silverwood. This park is stunningly beautiful, clean and oozes quality (If quality can ooze).

The reason we were here – ironically at the end of our journey – was for the start of Arrow’s foray into inversions, with the venerable and famous Corkscrew.

After meeting our contact Mark at the park, we made it inside and began setting up for POV and b-roll footage of the ride.

How refreshing to find a park that not only knows the history behind their rides, but embraces that history. To think, this ride once stood in Mountain View, CA, only to be purchased by the Knott family, and now lives it’s life out here in Idaho.

Only in America.

There’s no mincing words – the ride is old. It FEELS old. It rattles more than other corkscrews (it was the first after all) but the park it lives in now is committed to keeping the ride around for many years to come (as you’ll find out in the documentary).

We also learned that on this trip, when people invite you to do things in parks, you never say no. In this case, the park gave us the opportunity to walk the log flume lift hill and get this shot.



Why is it significant? Because we also have this shot of the ride when it was in Mountain View.

Yeah. Mind blown.

What a perfect way to end the biggest chunk of filming for our documentary. It truly has gone FULL CIRCLE. Or maybe tubular steel, to be more appropriate…

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)


(Photo: Robert Ingle)

- Kris Rowberry

 Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

 

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Corkscrew  Corksrew silverwood  Knott's Berry Farm  Kris Rowberry  legacy of arrow  Mountain View  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  roller coaster documentary  Silverwood  Silverwood Theme Park  tubular steel 

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Cannibalizing on a Golden Opportunity at Lagoon Park

Posted By Production Team, Thursday, July 2, 2015
Updated: Sunday, June 28, 2015

 

Cannibalizing on a Golden Opportunity at Lagoon Park - June 27, 2015


 

Rowberry: I didn’t realize it at first, but Lagoon is the embodiment of our “Lost Parks” series we do in the Bay Area. Here’s a family owned park that unlike so many others, is thriving. It has the charm of the parks of yesteryear, combined with the thrills of today. Not to mention stellar operations on all of their major attractions, which kept wait times to a minimum.

Did we ride Cannibal? It’s the question we’re getting constantly. And now, we can finally say…yes, YES WE DID! It was amazing, pure and simple. All the hype surrounding the ride and the suspenseful wait for it to open are all worth the final product.

If you’ve passed over Lagoon before in your travels, you need to add it to your list from hereon. There are so many unique elements to the ride, that it quite literally takes your breath away.

During our two rides, we experienced a “water element” that even took park management by surprise. During the final helix by the waterfall, the breeze picked up and blew some of that cascade onto us. Considering it was 100+ degrees – we didn’t mind it at all.

We also had the privilege of meeting Julie Freed, a member of the family who owns and operates the park. You can hear it in her voice about how special a place like Lagoon is not only to them, but to those who enjoy the park…the guests. It’s people like that which I wish could operate parks in my home State of California.

Passion is what drives this industry forward – and Cannibal proves that with determination and a little elbow grease, parks in America can do something just as special as our European counterparts.

It should also be noted, that 75% of the contractors involved in Cannibal were from Utah, yet they all seem to have come together to create an entirely different type of ride for the industry we love – a compact, thrilling and unique coaster that’s sure to put some stress on your top ten lists and will be talked about for years to come.

Laschkewitsch: Wow. That is how I describe Lagoon’s new thriller, Cannibal. We were lucky enough to be able to ride the brand new $22 million masterpiece on June 27, before it officially opened to the public. This was not the plan or main reason we were coming to Lagoon originally, but we definitely were hoping for it to open up to the public in time for our filming at the park.

Our main reason for filming at Lagoon was to interview Dal Freeman, the park’s semi-retired head engineer, and the designer of Cannibal.  In addition, Freeman is a former Arrow engineer who worked on various rides such as Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH.  While we had yet to interview him, we were anxiously hoping we’d be able to check out Cannibal in some fashion.  It wasn’t until the afternoon of June 27 that we were given the go ahead to come to the park and take a couple test rides on the 208 foot-tall behemoth. 

Adam Leishman of the park’s Media Relations department was the whole reason we were able to have an experience such as this, and I cannot personally thank him enough. Also, the park’s General Manager and Vice President, Terry Capener, came for a spin, while Julie Freed in special events joined us on the station platform.  As I approached the ride, the sheer size of it had me in awe.  Not only did its height amaze me, but the detailed theming and beautiful paint job on the whole area was stunning. 

We walked up into the loading area, and waited for a few test runs before boarding.  My favorite part of the entire ride might actually have been looking straight up into the elevator shaft as the train rolled into it at the bottom – it just looked amazing.  Overall, the ride was phenomenal, and I hope that ACE holds a national event at Lagoon in the near future.  Not only that, but I am certain that this ride will win a Golden Ticket from Amusement Today as it is that good. I can’t wait to come back and can’t thank the park enough for a very memorable experience.  

Ingle: Probably one of the most sought after new roller coasters this year is at a little park in Farmington, Utah at Lagoon. The coaster is Cannibal, it climbs up 208 ft. and has 116 degree first drop and reaches speeds up to 70mph. What makes this ride even more special is that it was primarily built in the state of Utah, which is really uncommon these days considering most coasters are built by an overseas company.

Now, let's get to the ride experience. Thanks to the very kind people at Lagoon, we were able to ride the coaster a few days early before it opened to the public and I still can't thank them enough. As soon as you leave the station to climb 208 ft. in an elevator lift, not a conventional lift hill like most coasters.

You begin rising to the top of the shaft and it is frightening because you can look above you and see nothing. Once you reach the top, the ride appears to end, as if you are going to fall off the edge because the first drop is so steep. The first drop is nothing like I've experienced before on any coaster, the beyond vertical drop is thrilling yet also insanely terrifying. As soon you go down the drop, you immediately go into an immelmann loop then into a dive immelmann loop. After some twists and turns, it comes to the best part of the ride - the "Lagoon Roll" as the park is dubbing it. The inversion is a slow double heartline roll over a water fall, my personal favorite part of the ride. After that, you immediately dive through a cave and past the waterfall (which you may get hit by!) and then you hit the break run.

So my final thoughts on the whole coaster - it's amazing, wonderful and incredibly smooth. The entire coaster has no slow parts in it at all and is easily re-rideable. It also currently stands as my number one steel roller coaster and will probably stay that way for a long time.

I'd like to give a special thanks to the following people for allowing us to ride early: Adam Leishman, Terry Capener, and Julie Freed. Again, I can't thank you enough to for letting us ride!


 

  

(Photo: Lagoon Park)

 

(Photo: Adam Leishman, Media Relations at Lagoon Park)

 

(Photo: Adam Leishman, Media Relations at Lagoon Park)

 

(Photo: Adam Leishman, Media Relations at Lagoon Park)

Once again, a huge special thanks to the team at Lagoon Park for giving ACE this special opportunity! 

- Legacy of Arrow Production Team

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Cannibal  Dal Freeman  in-house  Kris Rowberry  Lagoon  Lagoon Park  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  Salt Lake City  Utah 

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‘The Old Country’ Shoots for the Future…in 4K

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Sunday, June 28, 2015
Updated: Sunday, June 28, 2015

 

‘The Old Country’ Shoots for the Future…in 4K - June 25, 2015



Once again we were up early for shooting at Busch Gardens Williamsburg – this time for Loch Ness Monster and Le Scoot log flume, bot classic Arrow rides that were built right in Mountain View, CA.

First up, was the legendary Loch Ness Monster, a very re-rideable Arrow multi-looper that takes significant advantage of the topography of the park (mostly the ravine of the Rhine River. It also features a triple helix inside the “monster’s cave” and the only interlocking vertical loops on any roller coaster in the world.

Upon meeting up with our awesome PR contact Emily in the morning, we headed over to “Nessie” to check out the camera rig.

Since the park was looking to update their footage of the ride (the last time they did Nessie was several years ago; Le Scoot had never been filmed before for POV) it worked out well to knock out two shoots in one day. After a few runs on Nessie both forward and reverse, we scooted over to Le Scoot to setup there.

 (Photo: Robert Ingle)

While we’ve only seen the footage on a computer, we know it’s going to look great in 4K just about anywhere.  And the best part – it’s all authorized and done with park permission…you can’t beat that.

The flume proved to be a bit more difficult to get “just right” but we managed to wrap up filming just as guests were entering the park, which has been one of our goals on the trip – to be an unobtrusive to operations as possible.

 

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

After a delicious lunch at yet ANOTHER fantastic restaurant inside the park (Trapper’s BBQ in Canada) we finished our remaining shots and began interviews with employees. The stories they told us and the anecdotes they used were so powerful, we guarantee they’ll make an impact on you in the final film. Needless to say, Arrow made a far-reaching impact from their relatively small facility in the Bay Area.

 

Above: Interviewing BGW Park President, Carl Lum. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

We've currently been filming in and around the Salt Lake City area, where we hear there’s a new coaster that just might be opening while we’re there. Stay tuned!

 

(Photo: BGW)

Ride on!

- Kris Rowberry

Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Busch Gardens  Busch Gardens Williamsburg  Kris Rowberry  Le Scoot  Loch Ness  Loch Ness Monster  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  The Old Country  Virginia 

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Day 1 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Thursday, June 25, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    

Day 1 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - June 24, 2015


We've had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing parks with incredible hospitality and staff on this documentary project so far.

And then we came here to Williamsburg, Virginia - and were completely blown away...

But first, the weather. After yet another intense round of thunderstorm and rain, mercifully the heat and humidity were down today.

After meeting up with our contact Emily (who has been nothing short of amazing) we met up with the "Roller Coaster Insider" tour group. Busch offers this amazing tour that gives you behind the scenes looks at their major rides, including a ride to the top of their Griffon drop coaster via the emergency funicular.

 

The views - to die for. The guides were very knowledgeable and the access is second to none. How other parks don't start up tours like this (surprise, you can make money off it) is shocking to me.


After peeking into Verbolten's showroom, it was off to lunch at Festhaus - perennially voted best theme park food in the world. And we tasted why. It felt like I was back on der Weisn in Munich, except no one was dancing on the benches (yet).

Then, the reason we came to Virginia - Loch Ness Monster. This Arrow masterpiece was built in 1978, and we discovered several interesting quirks about it. For instance, one section was built SIX FEET out of alignment. So, the boys from Arrow heated up the section with torches, and bent it into shape. Can't say that about a B&M...

      

Tomorrow. June 25, is an early start - POV of Nessie and Le Scoot, the log ride. Until next time, coaster fans - ride on!

- Kris Rowberry

Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

 

We've had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing parks with incredible hospitality and staff on this documentary project so far.

And then we came here to Williamsburg, Virginia - and were completely blown away...

But first, the weather. After yet another intense round of thunderstorm and rain, mercifully the heat and humidity were down today.

After meeting up with our contact Emily (who has been nothing short of amazing) we met up with the "Roller Coaster Insider" tour group. Busch offers this amazing tour that gives you behind the scenes looks at their major rides, including a ride to the top of their Griffon drop coaster via the emergency funicular.

The views - to die for. The guides were very knowledgeable and the access is second to none. How other parks don't start up tours like this (surprise, you can make money off it) is shocking to me.

After peeking into Verbolten's showroom, it was off to lunch at Festhaus - perennially voted best theme park food in the world. And we tasted why. It felt like I was back on der Weisn in Munich, except no one was dancing on the benches (yet).

Then, the reason we came to Virginia - Loch Ness Monster. This Arrow masterpiece was built in 1978, and we discovered several interesting quirks about it. For instance, one section was built SIX FEET out of alignment. So, the boys from Arrow heated up the section with torches, and bent it into shape. Can't say that about a B&M...

Tomorrow is an early start - POV of Nessie and Le Skoot, the log ride. Until next time, coaster fans - ride on!

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Busch Gardens  Busch Gardens Williamsburg  Kris Rowberry  Le Scoot  Loch Ness  Loch Ness Monster  Nessie  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle 

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That Yellow Arrow: Filming at Kennywood

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 

That Yellow Arrow: Filming at Kennywood - June 21-22, 2015  


 

Wow, what a difference a day makes!

When we arrived to Kennywood on Saturday evening, it was absolutely pouring rain. Hardly ideal for filming a documentary.

Despite my misgivings, Nicholas somehow convinced us to ride Phantom's Revenge (85+ mph) in that rain.

Ouch. Even with sunglasses - OUCH. But then, that airtime seemed to make you forget about the pelting rain and soaked clothes.

Funny how that works, huh?

Thankfully, when we woke up the next day, it was bright and sunny - perfect filming conditions.

Upon arrival to the park, we were greeted by the PR Manager, Nick Paradise, who jetted us to the Phantom's Revenge for POV and b-roll shooting.

This is the moment that the shoot went to legendary status.

Our group split up - Nicholas and Robert took the arduous hike DOWN the famous hill to capture the "big drop" while I stayed in the station and mounted the camera for 4K POV.

We've had some unique experiences on this project thus far, but Kennywood has so far taken the cake in terms of accessibility.

The ride mechanics were more than happy to show off what they saw everyday during their inspections - and that passion continued during the interviews we recorded as well.

People who work at Kennywood have not only a passion for what they do, they have a palpable sense of history and know what the park means to the Pittsburgh area - something I wish our home parks in the Bay Area could more readily encourage.

Seeing the passion for their jobs and respect for those who came before them, it's something that made us Californians cringe to think we'll never experience again in our home state.

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

   

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

    

L to R: Adam Yerdon of Great Coasters International (GCI), Kris Rowberry, Robert Ingle, Nicholas Laschkewitsch, and Nick Paradise of Kennywood.

After capturing spectacular - some never before done on Phantom - we moved on to more interviews and the Log Jammer - the only flume in the USA with Arrow's "spillway drop."

There, we met up with one of the former park CEOs, Harry "Henny" Henninger. I can't tell you some of the stories he told us off camera, but needless to say, you're going to look forward to his appearance in the documentary.

   

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

   

L to R: Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Henny Henninger, Kris Rowberry, and Robert Ingle.

After wrapping up filming and taking in a complimentary dose of Potato Patch Fries, we put away the gear and went to explore the park as guests. All the rumors you've heard are true - Kennywood is amazing.

From the Jack Rabbit and Racer, to the formidable Thunderbolt and Phantom - this traditional amusement park has blended the old with the new seamlessly - and we know see why so many people are proud to post in social media that "...they're at Kennywood."

- Kris Rowberry

Be sure to continue with us on the journey, as we aim to tell the story of an industry legend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or search "#LegacyOfArrow" on your favorite social media network!

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kenny Kangaroo  Kennywood  Kennywood Park  Kris Rowberry  Log Jammer  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Phantom's Revenge  Robert Ingle 

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