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Lakeland Peak

Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:39 pm

So here is the new Lakeland Peak, after the last one went corrupt. There are some differences between the two as there was a lot I didn't like about the last one.

Background info on the park
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In 2000, a businessman decided that he wanted to open up a holiday resort similar to Haven and Butlins. A hotel with 25 rooms and 8 holiday bungalows were constructed. He signed a contract with a local travelling fair, to have their rides set up on his resort for 1 year, to give his resort an extra pull factor. The resort was an instant hit and the owner got an idea. He would build a permanent theme park on the resort as his selling point, just like Haven use the seaside, so he bought the rides of the travelling fair. His resort would be different to existing theme park resorts (such as Alton Towers) as guests would pay for their holiday, and their hotel would be located within the park itself. The guests would have free use of the rides their entire stay and the rides would open as early as 7am and stay open until the early hours of the morning.
The rides that were bought were:
Roundup
Zipper
Twister
Merry-Go-Round
Twizzler (a tea cups ride and the only ride not to be named after its model)
Rotor
Circus
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(taken in the 2003 season)
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At the end of the 2002 season, the resort got it's first roller coaster, a second hand Vekoma Corkscrew coaster named Red Streak.

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2003 saw the resort gain it's highest profits yet, and with the help of a loan, the owner decided to take on the resorts first themed land. The area was themed around Pirates and named Pirates Castle. At the back of the land sat the parks second roller coaster (and first brand new coaster), Jolly Rogers, a water coaster. Two flats, a second hand Weber inverting ship named The Flying Dutchman and a Huss Octopus Ride named Sea Legs. The entrance to Pirates Castle was a castle which had a dining area located in the ground floor. The floor above saw three pirate themed bedrooms built, as demand was growing for rooms. Pirates Castle took two years to complete and opened in the 2005 season.

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The next two years saw improvements and the lake side renovated into what would become known as The Promenade and Pier. The Promenade and Pier was an area dedicated to a relaxed feel, so subsequently saw the removal and Zipper and Roundup. Twister was also planned for removal and saw is SBNO for a year. the 2006 Season saw Twister open once again (along with the rest of the Promenade and Pier) only enclosed in a building to hide the fast paced excitement from the slow paced relaxed area. On Roundups site sat a new Ferris Wheel and a new Waltzers enclosed inside a building (named Crazy!). On Zippers site was a Picnic area and a 3D Cinema.

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Over the 2006 season landscaping was done across the park, introducing new gardens along the paths. 8 new holiday flats were also built behind the Hotel. Rotor also saw technical difficulties before having to be closed in July. It was quickly demolished throughout August and September saw the construction of the new flat Insanity. Insanity was tested throughout the whole of October and on March 16th, The S&S Screamin Swing was opened to the public.
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2007 saw no developments.

2008 saw the beginning of the parks largest investment. Including a new coaster that would get Lakeland Peak on the map for sure. Here's a sneak peak.
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:10 pm

So I've decided seen as I have a lot of time on my hands, i am going to focus on this park. So, rather than update on every little thing, I will do a summary of a few years, with pics and stuff.

The new coaster, as shown in the sneak peak has been completed. So will be revealed in the next update. I can release that the Coaster is made by B&M, which most would be able to guess from the picture, and that the coaster is located in a 'spooky' themed area.

Here's the plans for the area, which were accepted and have been built.

Plans

A new coaster will be built on the planned site, near the existing Pirates Castle. The coaster, manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard, will feature a tall church/castle like station.
The area will also consist of a Flat ride manufactured by Mondial, an indoor attraction, a small outlet and a new accommodation building. The new accommodation will consist of 4 holiday apartments which will each sleep groups of up to 8.
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:24 am

So heres the next update.

The area is called Creature Hollow.

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The coaster is a B&M invert and is called Desmondus (Desmondus Rotundus is the scientific name for a Common Vampire Bat). The haunted house ride is a live actor maze, called House Alive! The actors are experiments gone wrong. The new accommodation, next to House Alive! is 4 horror themed holiday apartments for the bravest thrill seekers. The rooms are themed around paranormal experiences and sleep up to 8 (A double bed, 2 single beds, a double sofa bed and two camp beds which need to be pre-booked. Then to finish off the area there's a Mondial Top Scan, named Black Widow. The area was complete for the 2009 season. Circus was removed shortly before the beginning of the 2009 season, its site was left undeveloped for the whole season. The park also saw it's first ride sponsors, IMAX 3D and Red Streak by Diet Coke. This lasted for the whole of the 2009 season and the ride reverted back to Red Streak when the sponsorship wasn't renewed in 2010, IMAX has a 10 year contract.

2010 saw the park take out a £40,000 loan to buy new land for the park to expand so no new developments were done.

2011 saw Circus' site finally be developed. A Fabbri Evolution named Hypermania. Insanity was also renamed Euphoria. Crazy! was removed due to lack of popularity and replaced with Shaker.
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:43 pm

We regret to inform you that the park faced a rough season in 2012, and ended up for sale. The park never re opened in 2013, and was left to rot. Over the years the weather and vandals destroyed the park, now only a shell of its former glory. However hope is not lost as the park has finally been bought. Although most of the rides are on their way to the scrapheap and the buildings have failed safety requirements, some rides have been salvaged. These include, Twister (Protected by the building it was in), Euphoria, Hypermania and Black Widow. Shaker, although originally an indoor ride, was set on fire when vandals visited the park. The park has been cleared, and surrounding land has been bought. Construction is happening and the park should hopefully be open again soon.

(I decided to do this after looking at pictures of Six Flags New Orleans, only this park will see a happy ending)
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:44 pm

So the new entrance has just been completed.
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Both the rides were salvaged from the previous park. The Carousel is called Trotters Turns and the S&S Screamin Swing is called GateKrasher
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:32 am

The construction of the parks first coaster has begun and the lift has just been completed. Heres a sneak peak
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:26 pm

Looks cool :D
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:02 pm

The coaster is complete, Pictures in about 2 hours.
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:52 pm

So here it is. Lakeland Peaks new coaster. Its called The Hunter.

Back story

For hundreds of years Lakeland Peak Castle was lived in by the most wealthiest people in the country. But in 1592 the castle was abandoned, and nobody really knows why. The locals say that a ferocious beast attacked the castle and still lives there now, although nobody has ever seen it, or at least lived to tell the tale. Do you dare venture into the abandoned castle and face, what the locals call, The Hunter?

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Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:35 pm

Looks good although it needs a bit of scenery ...
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:49 pm

It's going to be filed in with trees, to give the impression that 'the hunter' is dragging you through the forest.
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:26 pm

So we here at Lakeland Peak are pleased to announce that the park is officially open to the public. Although not complete, we feel there is enough rides/attractions to make the visit worth it. We did hope to have more of the park built before opening but the site had to be completely cleared and built from scratch, which as we all know costs a lot of money. The only way the park can afford to keep the developments happening is to open for business and gain some profits. Hypermania and Black Widow are currently still in storage, as the planned areas for them haven't yet been constructed. Twister has been sold on, as we didn't feel that it suited the park.

There are currently 5 areas to the park, The Entrance (2 rides), Pirate Adventure (4 rides), Pier and Promenade (6 rides), Gardens of Eden (3 rides), Bedeviled Timber (2 rides) and the Trams that run throughout them all.
Bedeviled Timber
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Rides include-
-The Hunter (Info already posted)
-Forest Fury (A Whirling Dervish Thrill Flat, which is based on the Forest coming to life and attacking you).
It also has a toilet block and stations for The Trams.

Pier and Promenade
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Rides include-
-dodgems (Pretty self explanatory)
-Lakeland Peak Eye (Ferris Wheel)
-Lakeslide (Helter Skelter slide)
-Toy Story 4D (a 4D cinema showing Toy Story 3. It includes heaters, water sprays, smells plus more)
-Rowing Boats (Self Explanatory)
-Canoes (again self explanatory)
Also shares stations for The Trams with The Entrance and has food/shopping outlets.

Pirate Adventure
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Rides include-
-Battleship (A giant flume ride with Battle Galleons CTR)
-Mary Rose (Swinging Ship ride)
-Scurvy Sea (A Heave Ho CFR)
-Lusca (A Octopus thrill flat ride, under the Marauders Mayhem cover)
It also has food/shopping outlets and is the walkway between Gardens of Eden and The Entrance. It doesn't have any stations for The Trams. (I admit, a lot of Alton Towers stuff stolen, but hey ho)

Gardens of Eden
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Rides include-
-Plunge (A Tilt coaster, where the tilt is hidden within the yellow building. It has the illusion for first time riders that the track continues and they are on a simple brake run before the track suddenly tilts)
-Spin Blade (Mega Disk'O thrill flat)
-Tempest (Giant Frisbee)
Also has food outlets, info point, toilets and stations for The Trams
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:25 pm

As seen by guests riding the Trams from Gardens of Eden to the Pier and Promenade, development has begun on the next area to open in the park. The area will be situated next to Gardens of Eden and will require guests to walk through Gardens of Eden to access it. As the area will have stations for the Trams, the tram system will have to have work done to it so it can be extended. As a result of this, the Trams will now only be running one tram which will run a shuttle service. This one tram will be an extended tram to maximize throughput however, this may cause long waits at the tram stations. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this, and for the duration of work on the Trams, the park will remain open one hour longer.

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As you can see from the picture, fencing has gone up around the development site, and construction vehicles are arriving on site.
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:25 pm

Here's the new development, Wild West.
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Rides include -
-Wild Wagons (A wooden coaster)
-Bucking Bulls (Bucking bull ride)
-Mission Miner (A mine ride)

Also includes food/shopping outlets and stations for Trams.

Also Hypermania has been installed back on the park under it's new name Whirlwind
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:16 pm

After the success of Lakeland Peak Live, We are pleased to announce that next year will see the trial for our annual events. The trail events include
-The return of Lakeland Peak Live
-Lakeland Freak-y Nights
-Lakeland peak Bounce (A club takeover weekend)
-Kids Takeover day (This is where the rides are only open to under 16s. Accompanying parents get free entry. At least one under 16 is for every two adults)
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:34 pm

So the events have happened. Kidz takeover and Lakeland Peak Bounce will not return. Lakeland Freak-y Nites and Lakeland Peak live will return, however they will return in a few years. This is due to feedback from guests, the majority of whom have said the money would be better off spent on building more of the park.

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Planning permission has been granted for a new entrance to the park to be built. This will be known as the 'resort entrance' as it will make the journey from the parks hotel and camp site to the park a lot shorter. There will also be a hop on, hop off transport system which will also stop at some of the car parks. Inside the park, the new entrance will see a roller coaster and a flat ride built next to it, along with another pier in front of it. The entrance will be situated next to Wild West, and by have the Hop on Hop off transport system, we hope to reduce congestion and queues on the rides nearest to the current entrance by spreading out the guests.
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:37 pm

The entrance has been constructed, along with the two new rides Blitz (A multi lift spinning coaster with two inversions) and Aqua Force (A Top Spin)
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With the completion of the new entrance, We are now planning our new area that will open. The area will have a new coaster and have a few flats to support the area.
There are currently two possible coasters that could be built, and the chosen coaster will effect the entire area.
The two coasters are -
- A B&M Floorless coaster
- A B&M Dive machine.

Our New flagship coaster will also be built which has been confirmed to be a B&M Wing Rider. The Wing Rider will be built above the lake and have two stations, one either side. It will therefore be used as a more thrilling and alternative way of transporting guests around the park. The coaster will open next year allowing guests to be able to have sneak previews of the construction. This will be exclusive to the coasters riders and they will have to board the coaster to get back the them main park. (A Jeep transport system will be available if the coaster were to be closed due to any unforeseen technical difficulties).
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:22 pm

I really really like your wooden coaster. For weeks I've been trying to make a compact wooden coaster but all of them look very fake.

However I don't like the fact that your spinning coaster has vertical lift hills and vertical drops and climbs, and also that it has inversions. That makes the ride very unrealistic as those type rides don't have inversions.

Other than that it's a great park :)
 
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Re: Lakeland Peak

Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:21 pm

Thanks for the feedback, I agree about the spinning coaster but I really wanted it so did it anyway even though its unrealistic.
 
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Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:20 pm

Well at least you can say you have a worlds first :)

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