Blue Oaks (WIP)

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Blue Oaks (WIP)
« on: November 18, 2020, 02:39 AM »
A Dream Realized

June 1958

In a small rural area just less than an hour away from Louisville, Ky a new amusement park opened its door.  David and Samantha Evans brought their dreams to reality with Blue Oaks Amusement.  This would be the first park of its kind in the area with the closest park being a 4 hour drive for most folks.  The land purchased for the development was rich with trees and foliage which took several months to clear a space for the new plot.  Construction began and on June 16th 1958 the grand opening drew in guests from all over the region.









A grand carousel overlooks the parking lot and park entrance.  A stunning view for patrons entering the park.



The Roll-O-Plane is a hit for thrill seekers.



Classic Cars allows visitors to take a scenic tour of the lush forrest as well as taking in a great view of the roller coaster.



Splinter is the parks premier roller coaster.  4 riders brave the drops and turns as they travel through the 68 second course.  From the top of the lift hill patrons can get a view of the entire park.







An aerial view of Blue Oaks shows that there is plenty of room for expansion in the coming years.

Numbers and ratings are doing better than expected in the first year.  No news has been shared as to what new attractions may come as of this time, but Blue Oaks is determined to bring its guests the best experience possible at rates anyone can afford.


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Writers Notes

Hey everyone!  Long time registered member, first time poster.  Blue Oaks is a project I started this week.  I am playing Planet Coaster on the Xbox One and though the game is limited compared to PC, I hope to still bring some fun creations for you to enjoy.  Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read my post.  I love creating a story for my builds and this forum has always been a great source of content for that.  Also, please keep in mind that this story may not be completely historically accurate.  It is of course a work of fiction and some dates and time frames of the story may not line up with the actual history of amusement park evolution.  Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the evolving story of Blue Oaks Amusement Park. 

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Re: Blue Oaks (WIP)
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2020, 11:51 AM »
A Successful Year

September 1959



Excerpt from an article regarding the park

"Blue Oaks Amusement Park has become a hit attraction for families around the tri state area.  The park continues to run efficiently and smoothly over the past several months.  As temperatures begin to fluctuate the park has adjusted their hours to make sure their visitors are comfortable in the the later hours of operation.  The parks owners have done all they can to keep the park up to snuff with safety, security and of course, patron happiness.  As the 1959 season winds down the park is looking forward to the off season where they plan to expand with a new roller and a themed area of the park.  This is something that the owners toyed with over the past year and they said the feed back from the visitors was overwhelming.  It is not yet known what this new theme will be, when it will be opened, or what new attractions will be added to the area.  We do know, however that the plot of land is of decent size which leads us to believe the roller coaster will be held within the themed area." - Bluegrass Herald



The park's success is far greater than David Evans could have expected.  Within the opening season 2 new rides were added for visitors to enjoy.  The classic Ferris Wheel and Swift Drifters were both implemented into the park in the Fall of '58.  During the '59 season both rides became two of the most popular attractions in the park.  Swift Drifters was a ride that many people have not seen before so they were eager to visit the park to try it out.  However, with the great success the park has found that its appeal to younger children is falling short.  While the Drifters is a ride enjoyed mainly by young children, it is one of only two rides that small children can ride.  Even though the Ferris Wheel is by no means large, most children do not want to ride it.  Blue Oaks will have to add more rides that children can enjoy if they plan to continue their growing reputation as a premier family fun park.







One thing is for sure, Blue Oaks is starting to make a name in Kentucky and with the new expansion coming it will be exciting to see what unfolds as we move into the new decade.
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Re: Blue Oaks (WIP)
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2020, 03:18 PM »
Nice presentation. :)  I'm curious to see what the new theme will be.

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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2020, 07:01 AM »
A New Decade, A New Challenge

February 1961

The popularity of Blue Oaks took a dip in 1960.  The park operated as normal, however due to unforeseen circumstances no new rides made their way to the park.  The park maintained their visitor count for the most part but numbers started to fall in the later months.  The owners made a statement in November regarding the progress of the new area of the park.

"Construction has begun in the new area.  Two new flat rides have been purchased so far and we are also proud to announce the plans have been solidified for a new wooden roller coaster.  It is going to be bigger, and faster than Splinter and we hope that coaster lovers will come to ride it.  Thank you all for being so patient with this expansion.  We promise it will be worth it." - David Evans

The 1961 season kicked off and the park continued to work on the new expansion during operating hours making good on their promise that they would get the expansion built and opened to the public as soon as possible.



2 months later the visitors could see the new skyline of the park.  Spires and a castle tower emerged over the treetops and guests speculated the new themed area would be medieval times.  They of course, were right as Evans confirmed the theme was medieval and fairy tale themed inspired by the every growing popularity of Disney.  Over the next several months work continued on the area and Blue Oaks allowed a photographer inside the restricted area to snap some photos.



The midway resembles a that of a medieval street with large buildings on either side.  Word from the park says that these buildings are actually built only for show and have no interiors other than structural.  The shops and other facilitates were located further in.



A side path off to the right leads you to the Tea Cups ride.  A very fitting first ride to find in the fairy area.  This would also give the youngsters another attraction they could enjoy.



A view of a castle tower looms over the central hub of the expansion.  While work continues, this is currently the tallest building in the park.



Moving back through the midway you will find vendor shops for themed drinks and food as well as the necessary amenities like restrooms, info station, change machine and a first aid station.  A large Bavarian building will give visitors enjoying the fairy tale dream a place to sit and eat.



Moving along we find another popular ride for the rambunctious kids, teenyboppers and adults alike.  The bumper cars.  A fun ride sure to beat and bang its way into the hearts of the Blue Oaks patrons.



And finally we find the crown jewel of the area.  Lumber for the upcoming wooden roller coaster.  The project has not broken ground yet but we are told this wood is just for the station.  The ride is projected to be open and operating by the summer of 1962



The expansion is shaping up to be a massive hit with the frequent visitors of the park.  A local new station met with a super fan who says he has visited the park 43 times since the park opened in '58.  He plans to be the first person into the new area and to be on the first train leaving the station on the new coaster.  One thing is for sure, Blue Oaks is looking to make a name for itself in rural Kentucky.

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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 06:41 AM »
Kingdom Come

July 1963

As expected the new expansion opened to guests in the spring of '62 and was an instant hit.  Guest numbers rose exponentially as people from all over the region came to enjoy the park.





But with success, came trouble.  The new coaster, Conqueror, was plagued with issues from day 1.  The park tested the coaster for weeks before opening and was green lit to open with the expansion but on opening day issues with the trains caused the ride to be closed for the entirety of the first two days.  To make up for this, the park opened 2 hours early and stayed open two hours later everyday the following week.  Disappointed patrons who called Blue Oaks their home park were thrilled to get more access to the coaster, but those who had to travel a good distance to get to the park within those first few days were not as happy.



Still, Conqueror was a spectacle and the third largest coaster in the US at the time.  With a top speed of 45 mph the coaster ripped through its course and gave its riders multiple air time hills as well as a few head choppers.  One of which, was through twisted tree trunks with magical, haunted faces carved into them.



The ride did not go without its problems through out the first year of its life.  The ride suffered from mechanical issues on and off throughout the season.  October of 62 brought on heavy storms that damaged the rides lift hill causing the ride to close within the final weeks of operation before the season was over.







Although Conqueror was not as successful as the park hoped it would be, the rest of the expansion, dubbed by patrons as "Blue Kingdom" was still a hot spot for the park.  The bumper cars ran from open to close and the Genie ride was also a huge success.



The park continued to run at this capacity for several years.  Adding no new rides in the seasons of 64-69.  As 1970 was fast approaching, the people who visited Blue Oaks were growing restless and the parks ratings started to decline.  The park was suffering but nobody could understand why.  Blue Oaks was not loosing money or visitors yet their business was not growing.  The owners were facing a battle, but it was not a battle than anyone could have expected...

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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2020, 06:52 AM »
Friday The 13th: Jason Takes Blue Oaks

September 13th, 1974

A few years had passed since the news broke of Dan Evans' health decline.  The park owner was at the age of 53 when he found out he had cancer and from that day on he felt his dreams of Blue Oaks going down the drain.  Financial struggles hurt the parks maintenance, popularity and overall reputation.  Everyone understood the issues that the family was facing during those tough times but that was not enough to keep the park operating at 100%.  Dan continued to run the park but not to his full potential.



Splinter was starting to show its age and with Conqueror still pulling in visitors, the small coaster was not running cars regularly.  The queue never saw more than a few dozen people at a time.

Even though the parks numbers were dropping over the past few years, Blue Oaks still managed to obtain two new flat rides.





Soaring Eagles and Spinners were able to do pretty well.  But it still was not enough.  The park needed a change, and on September 13th, 1974 Blue Oaks made that change.

Enter, Jason Evans, son of Dan and Samantha.


Jason Evans was a 23 year old who grew up in the shadow of Blue Oaks.  He was working as a consultant when he decided to walk away from that career and manage the park.  Jason held his first conference the following month and he had some big plans for the upcoming years.

"My father worked hard to build this park, and I intend to continue to work hard for everyone who calls Blue Oaks the favorite amusement park.  For everyone who visits the park and continues to do so throughout these tough times for our family.  I see the condition of the park, and I know that we must improve it.  My father has given me full control of management, finances, and future plans.  My first goal is to get the park running as it was 4 years ago in tip top shape.  Step two.....as iconic as Splinter has become to our park we will be tearing it down, for a new steel roller coaster.  We are working with a company who has designed some great rides over the past decades and we are excited to bring a piece of that to you.  Our excavation team will break ground in November of this year and by next spring we will have a new area for families to enjoy as well as a brand new kiddie coaster.  We want to make sure our little thrill seekers have something they can ride as well since Conqueror and the new steel coaster may be a bit much for them.  This is just the beginning.  Thank you to all who continued to support our park and our family during these past few years." - Jason Evans



Jason made true on his promise.  That November trees began to fall and splinter was torn down.  Visitors were excited to return the following spring to see what new rides would await them.