Six Flags Over Washington - 2000 - A Whole New Park!

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Six Flags Over Washington - 2000 - A Whole New Park!
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:07 AM »
1997

Hello everyone,

My name is Pete Stevenson,

I am a Seattle native and huge fan of our local amusement park Sikes Lake.

As many of you may know this park has been open for 50 years, and has a long rich history providing thrills to the surrounding Seattle metropolitan area. It is Washington state's premier amusement park, currently boasting five roller coasters, two water rides, and multiple flat rides.

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Located in Carnation, WA on the cusp of Sikes Lake, the park was opened by a rich local in 1947. As the years went on and the baby boom took off, this park started booming. In 1955, the park's first roller coaster, a wooden roller coaster named "Lightning" opened up, and is still one of the park's most popular rides.

The park was small at first, only hosting a carousel, some flat rides, and a main street. As time went on the park slowly expanded. Eventually in 1978, an investment group located in Seattle purchased the park and began expanding and theming the park. They added a log flume, a rapids ride, some flat rides, newly themed areas, shopping, restaurants, and more. The park then went through a huge expansion in the late 80's and early 90's. In 1988, the park's Vekoma boomerang opened, dubbed Goldstriker. In 1989, a bobsled roller coaster, Red Baron opened. And in 1993 an indoor Intamin roller coaster dubbed Dragen Kastle opened in 1993. However after Dragen Kastle was opened, financial troubles started to hit the park....

In the summer of 1995, it was announced that Premier Parks LLC would purchase the park. The new owners of Geauga Lake in Ohio, and Darien Lake in New York, now added another "lake" park to their collection; Sikes Lake.

They immediately rebuilt the entrance plaza, updated food stalls, and added a Huss Top Spin to the park.

And finally here we are in 1997, the park seems to be going through a great time, and most recently Premier Parks added two new attractions this season; Timber Towers, a dueling S&S launch/drop tower, and Mind Eraser, a Vekoma SLC.

For this update I will showcase some of the smaller sections of the park, saving the bigger sections for a later update.

Enjoy!



Upon entering the park you see the parking booth, somewhat outdated, but still functional.









The entrance plaza is beautiful now that it has been recently updated by Premier Parks. It also has the park's original carousel showcased right as you walk in.





As you make your way to the left side of the park, you are immediately greeted by "Lightning," the park's original roller coaster!







This area of the park is the remodeled old entrance plaza. These buildings may have received face lifts recently, but this used to be where the ticket booths were back in the old days! Now it is just an unnamed section of the park, but the shops are still very popular!



Directly behind the entrance plaza and to the right of the old entrance area is a kid's section, dubbed "50's Kidway."




It has a small indoor theater for shows and some great flat rides for kids.



Going back to the adult rides, we have Radius right at the entrance of "Wilderness Outpost." And right behind it you can see Mind Eraser towering over the park.









Wilderness Outpost has two rides, Logger's Run and Timber Towers. Two extremely popular rides, with Timber Towers being brand new.



And finally, a risky shot atop Lightning!

That's all for today. Next time I will show off the remaining themed areas of the park!

Have a great day everybody.

-Pete
« Last Edit: December 14, 2021, 12:30 PM by Cinestri0 »

Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1997
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2021, 10:26 AM »
nice looking park

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Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1997
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2021, 07:26 AM »
^Thank you! ;)
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1997

In this update I will focus on three more areas of the park.



Starting off is the second kid's area, Outlaw Ridge, a western themed kid's area.









It has four flat rides, and a very popular train ride through the woods, along with a small stage for shows.



Next section is the farthest from the park entrance, Sikes Pier. This section consists of three flat rides, a grandstand on the lake, the park's second alcoholic drink stand, and some shops.





Fireball and Hurricane are the two major flat rides over here.





And here you can see the ferris wheel that overlooks the lake as well as the grandstand.



At the intersection of Sikes Pier and the next section, the Midway, is an arcade.



The midway features a very popular looping starship ride, Liftoff.







As well as some restaurants/food stands, and of course games!



But the main draw is Mind Eraser*, the new Vekoma SLC.









The ride is proving to be extremely popular, as you can see guests tend to fill the queue almost entirely.



That's all for this update! Next update I will finally showcase the last two sections of the park. Have an awesome day!

-Pete

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*The Mind Eraser track layout and majority of supports (I added/deleted some) as well as the ride sign are a blueprint I gathered a long time ago and not my personal work, I do not know the author or I would give credit...
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Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1997
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2021, 06:54 AM »
1997

Hello everyone, for this update I will show off the last two sections of the park; Ghost Town, and Germantown.



Ghost Town is in-between the Midway and Germantown. This is the Midway side entrance.



It is themed to an abandoned mining town, with abandoned-looking western style buildings.



It also has the park's second water ride; Goldrush River.





This ride is sure to get you soaked.





The Vekoma Boomerang is here as well, dubbed Goldstriker.



This area also has a very popular Huss Top Spin, Tornado.



And this is the second entrance to Ghost Town.



Germantown is the park's most popular section.









It contains the park's second most popular roller coaster; Red Baron. A bobsled roller coaster. This roller coaster is extremely low capacity, and on some days can see lines up to three hours long!







The area also contains a biergarten, an up-charge go-kart ride, the Autobahn, and a flat ride, Invader.



And finally, the section contains the park's second-newest roller coaster, Dragen Kastle.











The indoor roller coaster was the final roller coaster built before the sale to Premier Parks. It is a dark-themed family roller coaster that takes you through castle corridors until you get to the station.



The castle façade also looks awesome during the day!

That's all for this update!

For the next update I'll show some ins - and - outs of the park!

Thanks for reading.

-Pete







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Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1997 - Update #3
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2021, 08:06 AM »
I have to say, I love the SLC. I can feel my ears rattling just looking at it. It looks very authentic.
The whole park has a nice cozy feel too.

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Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1997 - Update #3
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2021, 06:06 AM »
Nemmie - Thank you! :D
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1997

As the season comes to a close, I figured I'd show a couple more pictures of the park so you guys can really get a "feel" for it.





The parking lot is pretty big, but rarely gets filled. Also there is an entrance to the picnic pavilion through the parking lot, allowing guests to eat outside food and drinks.







Red Baron continuously has the longest wait time in the park, here you can see why. The capacity is horrible! Really fun ride however.



Goldrush River will certainly be soaking guests for years to come.



Here is an exit shot of the park entrance.











The park looks awesome at night!





And here are some flyovers of the park from the other side of the lake.





And here is the park map, for your viewing pleasure.





That's all! Until next season!  :)

-Pete

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Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1997 - Update #4
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2021, 06:19 AM »
Very nice work!  As a native Washingtonian I think you captured the feel of the locale.  Nice work on the park map too.  You could have gone with Scandinavian Town or Nordic Town for an real Seattle area vibe!  LOL!

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Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1997 - Update #4
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2021, 06:52 PM »
Very nice work!  As a native Washingtonian I think you captured the feel of the locale.  Nice work on the park map too.  You could have gone with Scandinavian Town or Nordic Town for an real Seattle area vibe!  LOL!
Thank you! And I was thinking about a Nordic area in all seriousness but I didn't want the hassle of building articulate Nordic buildings :P
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1998

Hello,

This season brought about a new flat ride - Kick - Flip!









The ride suffers from downtime, but when it is operating it is certainly a fantastic ride to see!

In April, it was announced that Premier Parks, owner of Sikes Lake, would purchase Six Flags, which could only mean one thing - Sikes Lake is on its way to becoming a Six Flags theme park! Although no definitive date has been set, other parks such as Marine World, and Darien Lake have been getting rebranded almost immediately.

A couple months after this announcement, land clearing began in the Wilderness Outpost area;





As you can see, whatever it is it sure seems big.

Any guesses?

Until next time!

-Pete


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Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1998
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2021, 07:49 AM »
1999

With Sikes Lake now under Six Flags ownership, this season was huge! Although Six Flags branding has not begun yet, Sasquatch, a GCI wooden roller coaster was built for this season, as well as multiple other small changes being made throughout the park as the park heads into its transition into a Six Flags theme park.



Sasquatch is very similar to Roar at Six Flags Marine World and Six Flags America, especially with the drop as you can see here.



The entrance sign is a funky, but cool sign.











The station is meant to look like an old wooden fort.





The queue is very long and stretches into the woods, so the entire queue rarely fills up.





It took up the scenic fountain area, but the fountain remains in tact. The roller coaster dominates the previous Wilderness Outpost area.





The area has been rethemed to Fort Wilderness. Some shop names have changed, and a drink stand has been added. Besides the obvious of Sasquatch being built, the area is largely the same, albeit with a much cooler entrance portal now.



And here is a flyover of the coaster and the Fort Wilderness area. As you can see the queue stretches deep into the woods, and the first part of the roller coaster actually traverses the hilly terrain before hitting the lift hill.

That's all for this update! After this, my next updates will be covering the transition into a Six Flags park. Signage has already been stripped for some areas such as Sikes Pier, and Outlaw Ridge, alluding to some theming changes.

Until next time!

-Pete

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Re: Sikes Lake Amusement Park - 1999 - Sasquatch Now Open!
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2021, 09:47 AM »
1999

Hello again,

As the season progresses, construction is evident across many previously owned Premier Parks properties such as Geauga Lake and Sikes Lake. Although nothing has been announced yet, rumors have circulated about a Batman themed roller coaster coming to Sikes Lake. There is also construction and land clearing beginning across the park.









All signage in Outlaw Ridge has been stripped, and a flat ride has been removed.







However, the most intriguing development has been a ton of land clearing behind Sikes Pier, along with the removal of fireball, and construction fences going up around the lake grandstand. This area has the most work being done on it. Could this be where the Batman coaster is going?

Stay tuned.  ;)

-Pete

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Re: Six Flags Over Washington - 2000 - A Brand New Park!
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2021, 12:30 PM »
2000

As the 2000 season approached, all of us knew it would be a huge season. Construction was apparent all throughout the park. This season brought some theming updates, as well as two newly themed sections to the park. It also brought two new roller coasters, one major one and one child's one.







As you can see the signage has been updated as the park will no longer be called "Sikes Lake." Also the parking booths have been repainted and remodeled!



The park entrance plaza has some renamed shops and even a Bugs Bunny character waiting to take a picture!



Fort Wilderness even got some Looney Tunes characters added to its portal.



Among other small changes was increased games, such as these two in the midway.





Outlaw Ridge has been rethemed to Looney Tunes Wild West, and Sikes Pier has been rethemed to Gotham City.









Every ride in the old Outlaw Ridge area has been rethemed, along with the addition of a kiddie coaster, Road Runner Express.



The biggest addition this season was the introduction of a new B&M Floorless roller coaster, Batman: Arkham Escape, and the complete revamp of Sikes Pier.

But that is an update in itself. So next time I will show you all the entire Gotham City area and of course, Batman!

Until next time.

-Pete