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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

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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

 

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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!

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