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A Trip to the Point

Posted By Production Team, Sunday, June 21, 2015
Updated: Sunday, June 21, 2015

   

A Trip to the Point - June 18 - 19, 2015


 

CP Summary from Robert Ingle:

  • Cedar Point, America's Rockin' Roller Coast, or as one might refer to it as the "Point". It was my very first visit to this special place. Why is this place so special one might ask? Well that is because it has the SIXTEEN roller coasters in one park! It has also been featured on countless TV shows, books and magazines showcasing their world class attractions.

    Growing up and seeing countless photos of this place and only dreaming of going there I'd never think I would go. Well this finally changed and I got to visit Cedar Point for the first time. This trip is something I'll never forget and getting the opportunity to film a full length documentary but also getting to launch at 120mph and up 420ft on Top Thrill Dragster, is truly frightening yet unforgettable.

    Now onto the park as a whole. To me it felt like Knott's Berry Farm and California's Great America combined into one park, except one tiny difference. This park has coasters that are 300+ feet tall and are known around the globe. Another thing that made a huge impact at this park was the operations, and practically every coaster that could run three trains, was running three trains. I have also never watched ride ops move so quick to check restraints - it's truly a team and an art in its own way. 

    I also really liked that the park isn't focused just around roller coasters. It has three kid areas and lots of great flat rides that anyone could enjoy. The park was also incredibly clean with no gum on the midways and trash cans weren't spilling out everywhere. With all that said, I think if you enjoy parks or you're a coaster enthusiast, you need to visit Cedar Point at least once. This park has a lot of charm even though there are these steel coasters sticking up all over the place.

    Now, if I had to pick my favorite coaster here, I couldn't tell you. Every single one here is different and unique in their own way. Just like how people have a personality, I believe every ride here has its own personality, which once again makes Cedar Point the "Rockin' Roller Coast".

CP Summary from Nicholas Laschkewitsch:

  • After leaving the beautiful Six Flags Over Texas, we flew to Cleveland, OH and then drove off to Sandusky where the world famous Cedar Point resides. We arrived late in the afternoon of Thursday the 18th and received a lay of the land from Samantha Pelham of the Park's Marketing Department.


    Next, we met up with Irvine Ondrey Engineering and a friend of theirs, Dave Althoff, for some interviews. However, as we were setting up to interview Anne Irvine-Ondrey, the torrential rains came in which definitely put a damper on things - although, it was nice to see rain again unlike what is seen in NorCal! As such, we interviewed Anne in front of a Magnum XL-200 photo collage in Hotel Breakers.


    By 9:30 PM, the rains had finally subdued and the rides reopened. It was at this point that I was able to get my first rides on Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force. After seeing photos of these rides for over 10 years, it was definitely surreal riding them -  let alone walking through ANY of the park! Despite the abundance of the mufflehead bugs, both rides were especially awesome.


    Friday was our big film day, and we captured the Park's 5 Arrow coasters from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, which was very tiring and involved a ton of walking. The Park graciously allowed us to film anywhere on public walkways using tripods on our own, which was awesome. By the end of filming, it was time to finish up the rest of the coaster. Blue Streak was the big surprise for me, as was Cedar Downs, and I am glad I rode them. While I sadly did not get to Iron Dragon, the last ride of the night on Maverick made me feel better and is probably my favorite ride in the park.


    After a long day of walking, it was wonderful to get off of my feat. The next morning, we drove back to the Park to present Samantha a Certificate of Appreciation for being so helpful during our time there. As we waved goodbye to the Park on our drive out, the GPS was set for Kennywood. 


    Today, June 21, our film day at KW will take place. I'm excited to explore the rest of the park! 

CP Summary from Kris Rowberry:

  • This is my second time visiting the Point in my life. The first was back in 2008, just as Maverick had opened up.

    Things I remembered:
    - Top Thrill Dragster was amazing.
    - Operations were insanely fast.
    - Gemini was surprisingly fun.

    Things I did not remember:
    - Muffleheads
    - Other assorted bugs
    - More Muffleheads

    I suppose I may have come on an off year, but "Bug Point" most certainly lived up to its name. Despite my crippling fear of all thing creepy crawly, I still managed to have an amazing time, mostly just staring in awe at how well this park operates.

    Every ride has multiple attendants for the most efficient loading. Even Fast Lane is taken seriously, with attendants closing off rows BEFORE people load into them.

    Sadly, as nice as the park is, I know if it were to be picked up and plopped in my home state of California, it would never succeed. This park has created a unique culture around it - a rider-centric culture, where rollbacks aren't tweeted to the local news station as accidents - they're revered experiences.

    And as we rode each Arrow coaster at the park, I couldn't help but think about the history we were riding on - you could FEEL it.


Below are some photos taken by Robert Ingle during our shoot at Cedar Point!



 

  


   


  


  



 


 

- Robert Ingle, Nicholas Laschkewitsch & Kris Rowberry

Tags:  Arrow Development  Cedar Creek Mine Ride  Kris Rowberry  magnum XL-200  mufflehead  muffleheads  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle 

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Filming for the Future

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 Filming for the Future - June 16th, 2015


Yesterday, we had the unique opportunity (privilege, really) to film directly on the Arrow rides at Six Flags Over Texas, that shaped the industry for decades to come. 

To the best of our knowledge, no one has been authorized to take mounted, POV of the ride beyond 1080p (standard hi-def), so we we're really setting the bar high for those who will follow us. Our hope is to ensure the footage remains relevant for years to come, even as broadcasting quality standards change.

First up, was the venerable mine train - first ever built - and certainly the one that all others since have and should be compared to. This was Ron Toomer's first-ever design, and the start of a relationship that would last for decades.

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

At the same time, I was next door, filming on the Mini Mine Train. It's now only one of two left in the world of its type.

Then it was onto El Aserradero, the world's first log flume. Much to our delight, flume 1 (the original) was not only open for filming, it REMAINED OPEN all day for our interview segment, something we were told was, "...only opened for special occasions or when the park was packed."

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

How honored are we?!? Because without that flume running, we couldn't shoot from the bridge overlooking the ride! Just one of the many ways the park went above and beyond to ensure this segment would be successful. 

  

(Photo: Robert Ingle)

Finally, we had the Chaparral Cars - the easiest of the rides to mount and film. One trip around the track and we were done for the day with POV.

After we locked up the equipment, we decided to head back into the park and enjoy the afternoon (I.E. ride the very attractions we had spend so long just filming).

If you haven't checked out Justice League: Battle for Metropolis yet - get off your rear and get to Over Texas or Mid-America (St. Louis). Easily one the best dark rides to open this decade at ANY American park. Disney included.


Bill, why? That Tropical Storm Guy...


Despite the success of POV day, even the best laid plans are subject to change without notice. In this case, Mother Nature decided that we needed an extra day in the DFW area, courtesy of Tropical Storm Bill.

 

Thankfully, we're looking good to get to our next destination, albeit a day later than originally expected. According to the latest forecasts, we should be ahead of the storm until we fly to Utah - but as we learned here this week, the weather forecast is only as good as the next 10 minutes.

Certifiably Amazing


Over the past few days, we've had the privilege of working directly with the Communications Team at Over Texas: Ms. Sharon Parker and Ms. Anastasia Reed. The two of them worked in perfect sync with one another to make sure we got the shots we needed - and to say we were appreciative would be an understatement.

You'll be seeing many plaques like this along our journey - because we feel it's important to take the time to recognize the effort they put in, dealing with US.

  

(Photo: Six Flags)

On behalf of the entire crew, our sincerest thanks to the entire team at Six Flags Over Texas for showing us their Southern Hospitality and for assisting us on "The Legacy of Arrow." Onto the Point, everyone!

 - 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 account!

Tags:  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Mine Train  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  POV  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  SFOT  Six Flags Over Texa  Six Flags Over Texas 

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Filming Commences at Six Flags Over Texas!

Posted By Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Monday, June 15, 2015

 
Filming Commences at Six Flags Over Texas! - June 14, 2015


Greetings, everyone!

Nicholas Laschkewitsch here - ACE's Video Promotions Coordinator! Today was day one of three of filming at the beautiful Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX. For Robert and myself, the park was entirely new, while Kris had visited before.

To start off the morning, Tim Baldwin gave us a quick little tour of the park where we got to experience New Texas GiantTitan, and the Arrow classic, Runaway Mine Train. From 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, we filmed on and around the Runaway Mine Train, El Aserradero, and the Chaparral Cars. Once filming came to a close for the day, and after a few close calls with thunderstorms threatening to close rides, we experienced the rest of the park at our leisure before calling it a day. Below are some photos from day 1.


Filming at El Aserradero. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

  

More filming at El Aserradero. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

    

Signs for the two mine trains. (Photo: Robert Ingle)

  

ACE Landmark Plaque for Runaway Mine Train(Photo: Robert Ingle)

 

Front Row, L to R: David Lipnicky, whom joined us for the evening, Robert Ingle, Kris Rowberry, Nicholas Laschkewitsch

Back: This ACE member ran into us at the park and told us he had not only heard about the documentary we've been cooking up, but also mentioned he had also been following along. Sounds like our social media posts are working!


 

And that wraps up this blog post -- stay tuned for more soon!

- Nicholas Laschkewitsch

 

Tags:  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Mini Mine Train  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  Runaway Mine Train  SFOT  Six Flags Over Texas 

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Riding Roller Coasters to Preserve History

Posted By Production Team, Friday, June 12, 2015
Updated: Thursday, June 11, 2015

RIDING ROLLER COASTERS TO PRESERVE HISTORY
Enthusiasts traveling across U.S.A. this month for film on former American ride manufacturer

SAN JOSE, CALIF – With the exception of wooden roller coasters, most of today’s state of the art thrill rides are designed by European firms. But in the 1960’s, Northern California-based Arrow Development was the company that parks around the world came to for the latest in steel coaster innovation.

This month, a small crew of volunteers from American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) Worldwide, Inc. will crisscross the country to tell the story of an American manufacturing legend that entertained millions. The team will visit parks with prominent Arrow rides, including: Six Flags Over Texas, Cedar Point, Kennywood, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Lagoon Park and Silverwood Theme Park among others.

Nicholas Laschkewitsch is the film’s Director, as well as Video Promotions Coordinator for ACE:

“The American Coaster Enthusiasts are all about the preservation and enjoyment of roller coasters,” said Laschkewitsch. “It makes sense for ACE to stand behind a documentary on Arrow Development, a company of which its creations have been admired by millions.”

Kris Rowberry is the Executive Producer, as well as the host of “The Lost Parks of Northern California” series:

“Everyone knows Silicon Valley as a hotbed for technological innovations,” said Rowberry. “But few know that the valley that gave us Google and iPhones also spawned the world’s first log flume and corkscrew roller coaster. It truly is a forgotten piece of our national history.”

“This project will literally bring history to life, as well as preserve it for generations to come,” said Robert Ingle, the film’s Photographer and Producer.

The public is welcome to join the team on the journey by following American Coaster Enthusiasts on social media or by using the #RideWithACE and #LegacyOfArrow hashtags. Fans can also visit: my.aceonline.org/arrow

About ACE: Founded in 1978, ACE is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, appreciation and safe enjoyment of roller coasters. With more than 5,000 members across the globe, ACE is the largest amusement park enthusiast organization in the world. In addition, numerous television outlets including the Travel Channel have prominently featured ACE and it’s members.

- Robert Ingle, Nicholas Laschkewitsch & Kris Rowberry

Tags:  ACE  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  documentary  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  POV  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  tubular steel  youtube 

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Pre-Production Musings...

Posted By Kristopher M. Rowberry, Thursday, May 7, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

  

So, we finally made it.

After months of secret planning and teasing, we are finally able to begin talking about our ambitious project to tell the story of Arrow Development for ACE.

Quick – everybody look busy!

What surprised me most about our recent announcement was how far reaching it is – it quite literally went INTERNATIONAL – which speaks to the enjoyment that Arrow brought to so many people both now and then.

I have also noticed that each site or park approached for the film have been very supportive of the project, which just goes to show how great the relationship is between ACE and these individual parks. Be sure to look out for opportunities for you to join us on a film shoot this summer, too!

While there are several sites that we need to finalize for filming, we’re looking to confirm everything shortly. As they say in television, STAY TUNED!

  

- Kris Rowberry

*Arrow corkscrew photo: Steven Wilson collection

Tags:  ACE  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  tubular steel 

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Welcome to the Arrow Documentary Production Blog!

Posted By Production Team, Sunday, April 26, 2015
Updated: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Welcome to the inaugural posting of the Arrow Development Documentary Production Blog!

Here’s where you will find the latest news and information as we journey across North America to highlight just some of the famous attractions that Arrow Development pioneered.

When you think about it, Arrow changed the way we would have fun…forever.

Along the way, we’ll be posting photo, video and blog updates as well as historical tidbits - so be sure to come back often for the latest.

You can also follow us and share our journey on social media by following the American Coaster Enthusiasts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Just be sure to use the hashtag #RideWithACE on your favorite social media channels.

Also, feel free to reach out and interact directly with the crew members, ask questions and get involved by participating. There are many events scheduled across the country – so even though Arrow was based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Utah – there might be a riding event closer to you than you think!

Welcome aboard riders - we’re so glad to have you along for the ride!

- Robert Ingle, Nicholas Laschkewitsch & Kris Rowberry

Tags:  ACE  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  tubular steel 

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How You Can Be a Part of ACE's Arrow Documentary

Posted By Production Team, Sunday, April 26, 2015
Updated: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Many people have expressed an interest in either helping out or participating in some way with our newly announced documentary on Arrow Development. So, here’s three quick ways you can be a part of history:


1.) Join ACE:

As a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts are all about the preservation and enjoyment of amusement parks and roller coasters. By joining, you’ll help preserve our incredible amusement heritage, while becoming part of one of the largest and most respected roller coaster organizations in the world. Learn more at: www.aceonline.org


2.) Contribute photos or videos of Arrow rides / memorabilia, both past and present:

Do you have some “vintage footage” of older Arrow rides? Maybe a photo of you and your family next to a defunct Arrow coaster? Feel free to send them to nlaschkewitsch@aceonline.org and we’ll do our best to get them in the documentary, with proper attribution, of course.


 

And finally... 

3.) Join us for a shoot!

Be sure to check out the calendar of film dates to see if we'll be at your home park this summer - and register quickly!

Tags:  ACE  American Coaster Enthusiasts  Arrow  Arrow Development  Arrow Dynamics  Kris Rowberry  Nicholas Laschkewitsch  Robert Ingle  roller coaster  roller coaster documentary  tubular steel 

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