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Well, it's been a year since I had an update, so what the heck!

Some more stores along Gennesee Street;

The Water & Power building;

The train station;

And the high school;

One of the smaller homes lining Bridge Street;

More to come!

The foliage in the first screenshot is beautiful. Sensory overload! The daytime fairgrounds shot truly looks like a (early 20th century) World's Fair. You've captured all the stately grandeur that was on display in those bygone fairs.

Wagi mentioned the vignettes; They are great!

Driving of the Golden Spike;

Votes for women;

And no caption needed for this iconic scene;

Which brings up an interesting paradox: Mickey was in Disney's Fantasia, yet he wouldn't be 'born' until 1928. This Exposition is set in 1904... hmm.

I guess old Doc Brown visited St Louis as well as the 1849 Gold Rush!!!  ::)

Um, what was the Magic Whirlpool ride, anyway?

To be honest, there is not a ton of information on the interior. You went through a whirlpool and then saw various tableaus crypticly named things like "demons kindergarten", "bridge of sighs", and "dance of the phosphorescent phantoms", most probably painted backgronds with lighting effects.

But here at Disney's America, Wagi has created a homage to the classic film Fantasia!

The eerie entrance area!

All Aboard!

A dark and scary graveyard!

That mountain looks familiar;

Who is that on top of the mountain?!?

Thank goodness we escaped from there! Wait, do I hear water?

Look out!

Buckets and buckets everywhere!

The final area of Embassy row we will look at is the Japan pavillion, located right on Lake America.
No captions needed here!

Next up, one of the quieter corners of Disney's America!

Back to the Louisiana Purchase Exibition of 1904 as imagined by the Disney team!

The Pennsylvania State Exibition building;

A classic Cignet ride;

The imposing Palace of Fine Arts;

The Magic Whirlpool ride;

More of this ride soon!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Enchanted Lake
« on: June 11, 2022, 11:00 AM »
I've always loved dusk pictures as well! Dawn is so jarring, it's annoying.

Love the shot of the carousel from across the lake. Looks magical!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Renee Feu Adventure Park - Egypt
« on: June 11, 2022, 10:57 AM »
Beautiful work as always!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Fantasyland 1964
« on: June 08, 2022, 05:22 PM »
Thanks JB!

Wagi, you're right! I found it on my old external drive while searching for other stuff. I think I finished it off in a couple hours.

How about a couple more pics!

The latest expansion included a number of rides for the over 12 crowd. They have proven very popular!

The Octopus;

Test Flight;

Electric Cars;

The Catepillar;

And a Scrambler;

Lots of other attractions!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Fantasyland 1964
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:45 AM »
Couldn't resist adding a few more pictures!

The old woman in the shoe;

The Disney lawyers hopefully don't know about this ride!

Several food stalls are scattered around the park;

How about a carriage ride with Cinderella?

The busy bee kiddie ride;

Peter sure has a lot of pumpkin to eat!!!

Look closely and you might catch a glimpse of the little mermaid;

The king rings in the quarter hour in the old Enchanted Forest area;

Link to the park;

Planet Coaster Parks / Fantasyland 1964
« on: June 08, 2022, 08:55 AM »
Found this park on an old external drive about 90% complete. Just added a few small flouishes, added a few rides, and here we go...

Back in the 1950’s and early 60’s there sprang up dozens of small “theme parks” focused on the younger crowd such as Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster PA, Santa's Workshop near Pikes Peak in CO, Adventureland near Chicago, Wild West City in NJ, North Pole USA in upstate New York, and Fantasyland in Gettysburg.

Most of these quaint little parks had a few kiddie rides, small tableaus of storybook characters or "wild west" type attractions, a train around the perimeter, and perhaps one or two “adult” rides. Most were cute, well maintained, and very popular as family destinations.

Welcome to Fantasyland 1964! This park is an amalgamation of or tribute to all those long gone kiddie parks that most baby boomers still recall with fondness.

This park began life in the mid 1950’s as Enchanted Forest. A few rides and attractions were scattered throughout the 20 acre grounds, including an entertainment stage, a Denzel carousel, a kiddie Ferris wheel, the ever present Tilt-A-Whirl, and a small Pretzel dark ride themed to a storybook setting.

Storybook Stage;


A very highly themed kiddie Ferris wheel;

The Tilt-A-Whirl;

The Enchanted Funhouse;

Over the years, a number of rides and attractions were added, including a Zipper, a Himalaya, and a swan ride imported from Europe.

The Zipper, themed as a Beanstalk;

The Himalaya;

The swan ride imported from Europe;

Many other attractions were scattered throughout the park;

Humpty Dumpty;

Jack and Jills slides;

Jack's candle stick;

You could even visit the wishing tree;

Or meet with Mother Goose herself!

Upload coming soon!

Looking great as always!

Old photos are really creepy

Or perhaps the big long skirts women wore made it hard to bend down and in? I know they weren't hoop skirts, but they were pretty cumbersome.

I'm also wondering why the Autobus was so high off the ground; sight seeing? Maybe it pulled up alongside a platform to make loading and unloading easier.

Interesting idea. I'll see if we can squeeze in a station with a step up. Thanks JB!

Thanks guys!

Yes, JB, the Alps are cutouts. They will be showing up elsewhere in the park! They also act as wonderful view blocks!

Filming a commercial for Disney's America;

The Grand Carousel is one of the highlights of the St. Louis World's Fair!

Here's another great shot of the Biergarten!

The Cascades spill out from under the Festival Hall down into the lagoon;

Continuing past the Pike, Embassy Row comes into view. Countries from all over the world came to Saint Louis to exibit.

The building of the Kingdom of Siam;

This structure houses the Netherlands and it's beautiful tulip beds;

One of the larger exibits was the German Pavilion, with a recreation of the Alps, Biergarten, Restaurant, and lovely scenery;

Tired feet? Try riding one of those new fangled Autobuses, guaranteed to get you around the park at six miles an hour!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Enchanted Lake
« on: June 03, 2022, 03:39 PM »
Thanks! This looks great! As JB said, pretty neat seeing teh map and especially the model.

Looking forward to the USA car ride. Looks cute already!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Lockjaw's Landing, a Scenario
« on: June 03, 2022, 03:27 PM »
Looks cute, looking forward to giving it a try!

Continuing down the Pike!
Hereafter was a ride through Heaven and Hell;

Next to the Hereafter was the Wireless Telegraph tower that broadcast all the way to Pittsburgh!

The Battle Abbey had large tableaus of great military battles throughout history. It was one of the only attractions that lost money during the fair;

The large two level Popcorn Hall;

You should definately try to catch the PBS show Secrets of the Dead about Babylon and it's gardens. It's on Amazon. Dalley is so unassuming and sincere. She made a believer out of me!

Here's a daytime shot of the Hanging Gardens;

The Temple of Zeus;

The Temple of Artemis;

The Collosus of Rhodes;

OK, the feet of the Collosus of Rhodes!

The Great Pyramids;

And the Mausuleum;

I love the grand arches of the Siberian Railway. Also the multi-faceted arched doorway (exit?) to the right.
The Educated Horse sounds like something P.T. Barnum would have on display, right alongside the Fiji Mermaid. Except Barnum was already gone by 1904. Still, I'm sure that horses clomping their hoofs to indicate numbers, etc. had been around for quite a while, and at numerous fairs and exhibitions. Funny how the horses seemed to know only the things that their owners knew. ;)
Thanks! Actually, that doorway is only the in-game Morrocan doorway, but it works beautifully there.

Jim Key really was a wonder. There are some excellent articles out there about him and his trainer William Key, and a movie is planned with Morgan Freeman starring. it is said that President William McKinley saw Beautiful Jim Key perform at an exposition in Tennessee and declared, “This is the most astonishing and entertaining exhibition I have ever witnessed.” The horse did a lot more than stomp his foot. He picked out letters on a board to spell out words, and answered math questions the same way. So even if he was trained to do it, he was pretty smart to remember it all.

Thanks guys!

The Hanging Gardens;

Professor Stephanie Dalley has postulated that the Hanging Gardens were never in Babylon at all, but in another city, Nineveh. She has unearthed loads of evidence to support her claim and has been featured on numerous television programs. Dalley found texts by the king of Assyria named Sennacherib about a palace he built and a garden alongside that he called a wonder for all people. He inscribed his name on numerous aquaducts and canals that were able to cary huge volumes of water to his city. There is even a bas-relief showing the king in his "hanging garden", so my park supports her claims!

An Assyrian Temple;

Bench Two of Disney's America is not very large, in fact it only covers two lands, but they are very impressive lands indeed!

The bulk of the work on this bench was done by Wagi. I think I created the one popcorn cart in the corner! Seriously, this bench will hopefully transport you back in time to the amazing World's Fair of Saint Louis in 1904! Still considered one of the greatest World's Fairs of all time, and it actually turned a profit!

The Disney Imagineers worked tirelessly to recreate the essence of the Fair. Guests start their journey by crossing the river into the fairgrounds;

They then arrive at a reproduction of the Pike, a mile long cavalcade of wonder and whimsy, where you could witness Creation, go to the Afterlife, travel by balloon to the North Pole, follow a river through the Tyrolean Alps, or travel by rail through the wilds of Siberia.

Here are a few attractions painstakingly recreated for Disney's America;

Ride through Siberia by train;

Dive into the depths of the ocean on the Submarine Ride;

Meet Jim Key, the educated horse. His promoters claimed that the horse could read and write, make change with money, do arithmetic for "numbers below thirty," and cite Bible passages "where the horse is mentioned."

More of the Pike next time!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Enchanted Lake
« on: May 21, 2022, 01:56 PM »
Looks terrific! Very spacious, and you get a great sense of the size of the place. Really looking forward to seeing more!

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Enchanted Lake
« on: May 13, 2022, 02:31 PM »
That sounds interesting.

Planet Coaster Parks / The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
« on: May 09, 2022, 07:16 PM »
In all my spare time ( ;D ), I've been working on recreating one of my other favorite RCT3 parks, the seven wonders of the ancient world! Here's a few preview shots;

The Ishtar Gate of Babylon with the Pharos of Alexandria in the background;

The Temple of Artemis;

The Mausuleum of Hallicarnassus;

The Temple of Zeus on Mt. Olympus;

As I love to say, more to come!

Disclaimer; A couple of the temples are originally off the workshop, but heavily modified by me.

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"  ;D

JB got me thinking as well. I would add Raging Bull and The Elephant Man as great modern B&W films.

I could never pick one! I think I would have a hard time picking ten!!!  ;D

How about The Day the Earth Stood Still? (It is still a terrific movie with a timely message today!)
Casablanca (Still a great film)
Marty (A classic underdog love story. Anyone who ever says Ernest Borgnine was a hack should be required to watch this)
Intolerance (A true silent classic and one of the most majestic films ever made with one of the largest sets ever created for a motion picture)
and the incurable optimist in me has to add It's a Wonderful Life, an almost perfect movie with a truly great performance by Jimmy Stewart.
Finally, for pure nonsensical "B" movie badness, it would have to be Teenage Caveman, with Robert Vaughn and his brylcreamed hair and Chief Wild Eagle as the tribal medicine man. Pure schlock, but fun as hell!

Loved A&C Meet Frankenstein! Never saw The Slime People, but I will now.

Planet Coaster Parks / Re: Enchanted Lake
« on: May 03, 2022, 04:16 PM »
Beautiful work as always!

You've really captured that feel of a six flags, basic theming, but not Disney! I like it!

First of three benches of Disney's America created by Wagi and citytrader finally released!

This park is very graphics intensive. The files for the pictures are located here;

Most pictures have a DA prefix attached, so should be easily deleted if you wish to.

The park is a monster and thus has been split into three benches. Bench One takes almost fifteen minutes to load on my fairly new machine! This part of the park includes the Entrance area, Liberty Square, Sleepy Hollow, 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, St. Louis 1804 including the Lewis and Clark River Raft ride, Native America, and 1849 the Gold Rush.

The other two benches may be released during our lifetimes, but no guarantees!!!

Make sure you download Wagi's eight million pieces of CS developed for the park! Not a lot is needed for this first bench, but moving forward...

Finally, a very special thinks to anyone who contributed time, effort, or ideas to our project. And of course any Workshop items we used, which are referenced throughout this thread.

Please like and comment!

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