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To [mention=10611]pianoman[/mention]'s disappointment, there also used to be a small fountain in front of Festhaus.  

Oh really? I never remember that. Must have been removed before I started going to the park.


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22 minutes ago, pianoman said:


Oh really? I never remember that. Must have been removed before I started going to the park.


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See that floral structure in front?  That used to be a fountain, at least through the mid-late 90s. 

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I honestly have been thinking the next coaster after whatever goes in Firehawk's location should be in Oktoberfest. I honestly think they should relocate the latter game. Maybe even relocate Slingshot. I think the coaster could run over the pond near Viking Fury. There are two options I thought of. You could do a Mack Double Launch coaster like Copperhead Strike over the pond and give it a nice Oktoberfest style theme or you could even do a B&M dive coaster there and have an underwater tunnel like Yukon Striker. I don't see Viking Fury going anywhere, but they can work around it. But that would be the big way to start upgrading Oktoberfest. Then maybe some flat rides in that area. My theory is that the whole Coney Mall/Xbase/Oktoberfest area is going to be the main focus over the next several years.

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We can only hope with the current park management emphasis seeming to be on “what is old is new again” (e.g. antique autos), maybe they can restore the Feathaus clock (which would be a show in itself that could be programmed to operate at select hours) and a remodel of the Festhaus (the bathrooms are in desperate need of updates).  It is sad that park management made the decision to stop the clock at the end of the 2007 season.

”The Festhaus clock was working every 15 minutes until the end of the 2007 season at which point the VP's of the park decided that they wanted the attraction turned off due to lack of interest from the public and a way to save money on repair costs. It sat dormant through the entire 2008 season, and the control system was then pulled out before the beginning of the 2009 season. As it currently sits, it has been a forgotten feature of almost everyone from the park's staff. It is truly unfortunate that they want to remove any charm/theming from the park”

 

 

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When I was a kid, this was my favorite area of the park besides Hanna Barbera Land.  I loved the theming and the the polka music.  I loved Der Spinning Keggers and The Flying Dutchman (shoes).  Sad what has become of this area.  But with some love I think it could be an actual destination again and not a confusing walk through area.

I'd like to echo what some have said previously, that a little re-theme of Adventure Express could be a good start.  Instead of the Adventure Village theme the coaster now has, which doesn't fit in as we no longer have Adventure Village, maybe a Dark Forest twist to it a la Grimm's Fairy Tales.  

Also replacing slingshot with a German themed Flat.  Not sure where you would put Sling Shot where it would be able to attract riders with the kind of foot traffic it gets now though.  I feel like that is more of an impulse buy when you see other people going on it. 

I think that ambient sounds and music go a long way to help themed areas also and that should not be underestimated.  Oktoberfest, even just walking through the area as it is now could be livened up with some real Oktoberfest/German music.  Same goes for all the areas.  I remember walking through the front gates, walking down International Street and seeing that fountain and feeling the cool mist hit while songs like "Sabre Dance" were playing. Or even the Top Gun and Star Trek Themes after that in the Paramount Era.  It felt larger than life.  Rivertown could play some Splash Mountain type of music.  This has all been discussed before in other areas, but I'm just saying it'd be nice to have this type of music back in this dying area to give it even a little of its old spark back.

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I felt like it was a missed opportunity years ago to remove Sling Shot and make the entrance to Banshee there ( even it there were two entrances - one from Oktoberfest and one from AZ that “merged” into a relocate queue.) then retheme Adventure Express to relate to Banshee. Like a ride through the crypts (bad memories) and catacombs of a European cemetery while the spirit (Banshee) soars overhead. They could have shared theming elements. Then that would give a major focal to Oktoberfest. Would also maybe give the ghosts from Christmas Carol a place to hang during winterfest instead of roaming randomly with no explanation. My 4 year old was very concerned this year that the “bad man is creeping on the princess”! 

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