Was looking through some of my research material, and ran across this old postcard;
Don't you just love the folks in their suits and nice dresses out on the boardwalk!
Gave me the idea to create a small mini golf in my park. A very special shout out to DeLadySigner for her beautiful mini golf creations. I just had to readjust a couple of the holes to make a left turn. Also. thanks need to go out to BeyonddrewTV for his cute little hut. It makes a perfect entrance/exit building. Again, thank you both!
So this is intentionally bare bones and kind of cheesy looking, as most of the putt-putt courses were in those days.
Jungle themed, built in a concrete parking lot, with paper mache animals and potted plants.
A giraffe as an obstacle. I built my own, but decided the TMTK animals worked better!
A small kiddie pool decorated with rocks and a small fountain;
The owners of the course did pay their next door neighbor so they could paint a cute mural on the brick. It might draw a few more customers!
OK, let’s get one thing out of the way. Coney Island is neither an amusement park nor is it an island. Coney Island was an island back in colonial times, but gradually, the tides changing and human intervention turned the area into a spit of land on the south end of Brooklyn, which is really on Long Island. Over the course of the years, the bright sunny beaches lured the people of Manhattan out of the crowded city to visit the equally crowded beaches.
During the turn of the last century, a number of small amusements and attractions came to Coney Island, including Sea Lion Park, which was also the first park to ever charge a single admission price for all the attractions. Dreamland, which burned down spectacularly in 1914, (the owner, not to lose money at it, charged a nickel to view the ruins!), Luna Park and its spectacular fire, and, of course, Steeplechase park, the funny place. Most (or all) of these parks have gone on to be legends onto themselves.
Immediately after World War Two ended, the citizens of New York wanted a fun and exciting place to visit for some thrills and spills, and Coney Island answered the call. Some of the most famous coasters in the world ran there in this post war period, including the Thunderbolt, the Tornado Bobs, the Bobsled, and the legendary Cyclone.
I have enjoyed trying to recreate this area of Coney Island for a number of years now. Almost 20 years ago, I released a version of Coney Island in RCT2, tried (and failed) to recreate the park for RCT3, and now I am happy to release this version in Planet Coaster that has been in the works for about three years.
The year is 1952, and Coney Island is at the height of its fame. Basically just a few square blocks on the south end of Brooklyn facing Long Island Sound, there are about 16 square blocks of shops, stores, apartment buildings and cheap hotels in the area, as well as dozens of vacant lots with rented carnival type rides on them. Many storefronts are converted into dark rides, mazes, side shows, and other attractions, (anything to separate a sucker from his money!). There are a couple of small enclosed parks, including Astroland and McCulloughs Kiddie park, as well as the four previously mentioned coasters.
I also need to thank a large number of people for helping, advising, brow beating, and contributing time, effort, and most importantly assets to this project. In no particular order I would like to thank Mr. Orange for his beautiful Blue Heaven Ferris wheel, Masked Bandit for his Boardwalk Bumps and Uthris restaurant, Fisherman for his various Vendor carts, kiddie rides, and game booths as well as his prizes, Bulletthead for his flophouse hotel and Victorian Auto station, and especially for fixing my disaster of a recreation of the Tornado Bobs, DeLadySigner for her mini golf setup, BeyondDrewTV for his Tiki Hut, JPAlmighT for his cute little Tickler ride, ajc9892 for his Cyclone roller coaster, that I have tweaked and created the scenery for, and Wabigbear for contributing a number of structures to the project, including Ruby’s Oyster House, the huge Side Show attraction, the Hardware store next store, and Childs Restaurant, as well as being my tester and advisor since day one. I have also utilized various TMTK and blueprints off the workshop, too many to name. If I have forgotten anyone, I sincerely apologize!
You will need the base game and all the packs. Hopefully, you'll find a cute surprise or two around the area!
The bench contains about 140 buildings or facades, but no interiors. Even the dark rides do not have them. Sorry, but my computer is just about maxed out now. There are also about 120 billboards used in the park. They are available here;
The only things I don't like about Planet Coaster is the lack of even a dinghy slide like RCT2 and water park attractions like RCT3: Soaked! and the autosave and freezing that's been happening to me. Sometimes it freezes for five minutes or more. This is usually with parks that have some stuff in them like rides and building pieces. Not a blank sandbox. I opened a new grassland park unmodified, and it it didn't freeze on me. The park looks good, I didn't open the new version you just uploaded yet. The graphics of RCT2 and RCT3 look dated compared to Planet Coaster. Rides are more detailed in Planet Coaster and full 3D, RCT3 has 2D planes.
I'm sorry for announcing to the world that I butchered your park. In order to make it more recent requires large scale demolitions and changes. Since 1982 only the Cyclone has been in operation, the other wood coasters disappeared like Tornado burned in 1977 and was razed April 1978, and Thunderbolt was SBNO 1982-2000. Also the area where the Wonder Wheel is has been Deno's since 1983. Astroland was actually the next block over toward the Cyclone, and Astroland existed from 1962-2008. It is Luna Park now with different rides. I understand though the amount of time that you put into this park and that you intended to represent a specific year. I wasn't even thought of in 1952, though, I entered the world in Jan 1974. I wanted to remake it into a 1979-2000's era for myself. Also I didn't intend to pass it off as my own. Even if I would wipe everything away except the boardwalk and streets and start over it would still be your bench. You made the beach, boardwalk, and streets. I would have to start over with a blank sandbox and use workshop items like the Cyclone in order for it to be my own.