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Carrie White
04-24-2007, 12:51 PM
Here is a little project I threw together in about an hour.
It's the facade for "Ripley's Haunted Adventure" in Gatlinburg Tn.
The first photo shows the beginnings of the main strip in Gatlinburg
with the motion theatre, haunted adventure and car museum.
This is just the beginning and I haven't began to detail yet.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/Ripleys3.jpg

Here is the street side ticket counter at night.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/Ripleys2.jpg

And an overview of the "Grimsby and Streaper" Casket Factory facade.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/Ripleys.jpg

I hope to complete this soon and turn it into a walk through recreation of the
actual attraction.

Master_Player09
04-24-2007, 07:39 PM
I like that dino on that roof. :)

baz6174
04-24-2007, 07:54 PM
This looks great Carrie. If i am honest, i have no idea what it is, (i've heard of Ripley's Believe it or Not) but it looks great.

disneyfreek
04-24-2007, 08:11 PM
looks really fun lol.

Carrie White
04-24-2007, 08:48 PM
The "Ripley's Haunted Adventure" is a walk through haunted attraction attached to the Ripley's Museums in Gatlinburg Tn, Niagra Falls, Branson Missouri and Myrtle Beach South Carolina. The legend and theme is as follows...

In the 1800s two men, Elijah Grimsby and Mortimer Streaper, opened a casket factory over a cave, locals called "The sink." No one ever went there for fear of going mad. It wasn't long after the casket factory opened that locals noticed something very strange. it ran day and night and Mr. Grimsby was all ways accepting strange deliveries at all hours. Huge crates and barrels came from all over. Around 1835, locals began to wonder why any one who went to work for the factory, never came out. The sherrif was called and when he ventured inside...he found no one. Grimsby and Streaper had vanished along with all of the workers. In 2001, Ripley's entertainment aquired the property and opened it for self guided tours...if you dare.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/Ripleys-1.jpg

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/Ripleys4.jpg

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/Ripleys5.jpg


As you can tell, I have redesigned the facade to be much more detailed. This is almost an exact recreation of the one in Gatlinburg. Guests board a rickety old incline and are carried up into the factory where they brave a self guided tour through the old haunted casket company.

More later.

PyroFREAK30001
04-24-2007, 09:29 PM
Looks good so far carrie!

baz6174
04-24-2007, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the explanation Carrie, that story is really creepy! I am loving the updated building. In the last pic, where did the space tunnel come from? Don't recall seeing it.

Carrie White
04-25-2007, 09:19 AM
The space tunnel or Vortex tunnel, came from DRP's Tubes. You can find them at www.vodhin.net or over in custom scenery.

Matandmel05
04-25-2007, 04:10 PM
Very cool! I've been to Gatlinburg and this looks just like something they'd have there.

Carrie White
04-25-2007, 11:15 PM
^Thanks...it is in Gatlinburg. Traffic light 7 I think.

andrewhurley13
04-25-2007, 11:49 PM
WOW Carrie , the Dino on the roof is the 3-d cinema , am I correct? Blah , I was always too afraid to go into Ripleys haunted Adventure. Then again , I thought Ripleys Museum was scary too. (the jail and graveyard scenes scared me the most)
Arent there more Haunted attractions in glatlinburg? I remember one in which when you pass , its a tall building with creepy figures staring down at you through the window curtains.

Loqo
04-26-2007, 11:26 AM
Looks great!

Carrie White
04-26-2007, 04:43 PM
Andrew? Yes the dino is on the 3D cinema and you are referring to "Mysterious Mansion" my next structure project.

rwk
04-28-2007, 08:39 PM
Wow, great job, I love those tourist towns with haunted attractions. I was at various places like Wildwood, NJ, Virginia Beach, Lake George, NY, Niagara Falls, ON Canada. The Castle Dracula walk-through and dungeon boat ride in Wildwood, NJ burned Jan 2002. It originally opened 1977 and the boat ride 1919. Now, almost none of the northern US beaches (NY, NJ, DE, MD) have any haunted walk-throughs anymore, but there are a few ride throughs left, and the southern beaches (VA, SC) almost have no ride through haunted rides, but there are walk throughs in VA Beach and Myrtle Beach. The Haunted Hotel ride at the Myrtle Pavilion that just closed was just demolished a month ago. It opened 1978. It was built by the now defunct Funni-Frite from Ohio, which was sold at auction 2000. Pavilion is reopening as Pavilion Nostalgia Park at a new location with a few of the rides from the old site, but the Haunted Hotel will not be a part of the lineup. I guess there is no value in saving a dark ride. I would like to go to Gatlinburg sometime, I wasn't there yet. I'm in PA by Dorney Park. As far as I know, there are no permanent haunted walk-throughs in PA anywhere. Just the ones for October, like at Dorney Park. Also, Skull Kingdom in Orlando closed last Nov. and the castle building will be ripped down soon. But, a new haunt is opening in Orlando, at Terror in Orlando, the one that used to be in Myrtle Beach. Are there only two haunted houses in Gatlinburg? Are you releasing this as a park file?

disneyfreek
04-28-2007, 09:25 PM
OMG i see a typo






JK

mike2084
04-29-2007, 09:28 AM
Very nice looks like the real thing I have been to Gatlingburg twice and went to that attraction both times also is it peep friendly.

a_mac_user
04-29-2007, 10:20 AM
Its nice

Sliverfas
04-29-2007, 11:55 PM
Looks excellent Carrie, I always love your designs, they're all truely amazing.

Carrie White
04-30-2007, 02:48 AM
Yes. It is peep friendly and it is a walk through. I'm amazed at how adding the walk through boosted the simple tram ride to a medium rating! I don't think I will be releasing this as a park file bit I am considering building a park that will include an entire area dedicated to the "Wacky Shacks" and "Pirates
Dens" of a by gone era.

UberBunny
04-30-2007, 03:56 PM
I don't get it. Is the Trams ride the Adventure? Or do the peeps walk through it and thats the Adventure?
Cuz if its a walk through, you can always make it a mini golf with out the golf holes, like I do sometimes.

Carrie White
04-30-2007, 11:19 PM
The tram ride takes you up into the factory where you exit and walk through the haunted adventure. In the actual attraction, the tram is the only way in and walking through the factory is the only way out.

rwk
05-03-2007, 09:53 PM
Here is a site about Gatlinburg: http://www.attractions-gatlinburg.com/mysterious_mansion.html That's the mansion. It looks like a fun place, I've been to other "tourist towns" with haunted attractions and other amusements. Like Lake George, NY and Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. NJ shore had a bunch and most of them burned down, www.hollowgraves.com this was the last summer NJ shore haunt and this year it moved and will not be open in the summer only October in Vernon, NJ but they hope to open again at the shore in the summer. Castle Dracula in Wildwood operated 1977-2001 burned down Jan 2002 and nothing is there now but an open pit where the dungeon boat ride was under the castle. The boat ride was built 1919 with the wood coaster, the coaster was razed fall 1984. So, there's almost nothing in NJ with summer haunts for 2007 except a tent haunt Curse of the Mummy at Morey's Piers, Wildwood and Fun House at Pt. Pleasant Beach. Otherwise, there are a few dark rides left at Wildwood, Seaside, and Keansburg. Rehoboth, DE and Ocean City, MD have some great dark rides, and Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach have walk-through haunts.

Carrie White
05-03-2007, 10:12 PM
Here is a site about Gatlinburg: http://www.attractions-gatlinburg.com/mysterious_mansion.html That's the mansion. It looks like a fun place, I've been to other "tourist towns" with haunted attractions and other amusements. Like Lake George, NY and Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. NJ shore had a bunch and most of them burned down, www.hollowgraves.com this was the last summer NJ shore haunt and this year it moved and will not be open in the summer only October in Vernon, NJ but they hope to open again at the shore in the summer. Castle Dracula in Wildwood operated 1977-2001 burned down Jan 2002 and nothing is there now but an open pit where the dungeon boat ride was under the castle. The boat ride was built 1919 with the wood coaster, the coaster was razed fall 1984. So, there's almost nothing in NJ with summer haunts for 2007 except a tent haunt Curse of the Mummy at Morey's Piers, Wildwood and Fun House at Pt. Pleasant Beach. Otherwise, there are a few dark rides left at Wildwood, Seaside, and Keansburg. Rehoboth, DE and Ocean City, MD have some great dark rides, and Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach have walk-through haunts.

I am planning on a recreation of Castle Dracula and the Dungeon Boat Ride.

rwk
05-04-2007, 01:35 AM
I already have one half finished of the Castle and Dungeon from Wildwood. It's part of a Wildwood park with all the piers and not all of them are finished. I built Hunt's Pier like it was with the Flyer wood coaster, train ride, Whacky Shack, Keystone Kops, Jungleland, Golden Nugget, Log Flume, Pirate Ship, etc.

Carrie White
05-04-2007, 01:40 AM
I LOVE the Key Stone Kops! Didn't you ride in little model t cars? Wasn't there some bobble headed can can girls in the front? I haven't thought of that ride since I was little!

rwk
05-04-2007, 03:00 AM
Yes, and it's all gone now, except the Golden Nugget Mine which has been closed since 1999, as long as RCT (original) has been out. Morey's Piers still operates dark rides and owns the former Hunt's Pier. William Bud Hunt the son of the former owner passed away 1991, and the manager Vincent Kostek passed last June 2006. Both retired from the pier when it was sold fall 1985. I was there back then, between 1980-1983. Most of the classic rides except a few were razed 1989, including the Flyer wood coaster, built 1957 with the pier. On Sportland Pier an abandoned dark ride Dr. Blood's House of Horror was torn down this January. It was abandoned since 1983. Some of the props and the carts were saved. It was a two level ride. I remember most of those old rides. We seem to be losing alot of old parks and dark rides lately. Two major midwest parks, Bell's in Tulsa, OK and Joyland in Wichita, KS will both not open this summer. Bell's is relocating and Joyland has financial trouble and the old owners are trying to sell it. They both have a classic Bill Tracy 2 level dark ride. Are you planning to release the RCT Haunted Adventure by itself? And what is the Mysterious Mansion like inside? Any live actors? It looks like an old Victorian Bates-style mansion on the outside. Which one is scarier? Are those two the only haunts in Gatlinburg? There's other amusements, too I saw on a webpage.

Carrie White
05-04-2007, 03:26 PM
Yes, and it's all gone now, except the Golden Nugget Mine which has been closed since 1999, as long as RCT (original) has been out. Morey's Piers still operates dark rides and owns the former Hunt's Pier. William Bud Hunt the son of the former owner passed away 1991, and the manager Vincent Kostek passed last June 2006. Both retired from the pier when it was sold fall 1985. I was there back then, between 1980-1983. Most of the classic rides except a few were razed 1989, including the Flyer wood coaster, built 1957 with the pier. On Sportland Pier an abandoned dark ride Dr. Blood's House of Horror was torn down this January. It was abandoned since 1983. Some of the props and the carts were saved. It was a two level ride. I remember most of those old rides. We seem to be losing alot of old parks and dark rides lately. Two major midwest parks, Bell's in Tulsa, OK and Joyland in Wichita, KS will both not open this summer. Bell's is relocating and Joyland has financial trouble and the old owners are trying to sell it. They both have a classic Bill Tracy 2 level dark ride. Are you planning to release the RCT Haunted Adventure by itself? And what is the Mysterious Mansion like inside? Any live actors? It looks like an old Victorian Bates-style mansion on the outside. Which one is scarier? Are those two the only haunts in Gatlinburg? There's other amusements, too I saw on a webpage.

"Mysterious Mansion" is actually best compared to Bill Tracy's old Whacky Shacks on a much larger scale. There are one or two live actors, sometimes,
but mostly it is a walk through secret passages and pop up gags. The haunted Adventure, on the other hand, is like walking through a Phillip Morris Catalog. It's full of scares, loud sounds and live actors. I haven't decide whether or not to release this by itself, I have been busy on my "Hooray for
Hollywood" ride.

rwk
05-05-2007, 06:46 AM
There's also a third one called Hauntings in Gatlinburg.

Carrie White
05-05-2007, 03:20 PM
Ehhh...Hauntings is a waste of money. It's a sit down show in an animatronic theatre. Think Haunted Chuck E Cheese. LOL

Fisherman
05-05-2007, 09:45 PM
Haunted Chuck E. Cheese is right...Hauntings was a rip-off. ;) Mysterious Mansion was GREAT though!

Looks great, Carrie!

Also, I don't think the Niagara Ripley's has a Haunted Adventure. San Antonio does though. And they just built one in Thailand...

-Derek

Carrie White
05-05-2007, 11:38 PM
Here is some shots of another walk through I am creating for my 20th Century Park. I call it "Nightshade's Haunted Mansion." In actuality, it is a real attraction I am currently working on for a seasonal haunted attraction in Tennessee that will open this year. So, I am using the game to work out the bugs.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/HauntedMansion.jpg

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/HauntedMansion2.jpg

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s171/snuffdog_photos/HauntedMansion3.jpg