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Andrew Blitman likes to draw and write about philosophy, poetry, and science. The author of two books, he will graduate from the University of Miami in May 2014 with a Masters of Professional Science degree in Marine Affairs. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail him at thewrittenblit@gmail.com.

A Tour of Iron Falls, My New RCT3 Theme Park

Iron Falls is a fictitious theme park designed on Rollercoaster Tycoon 3, a computer game for Windows.

Iron Falls, the geologic formation

Iron Falls, the geologic formation

On a warm, winter day in January, I arrived in Iron Falls, a theme park known as much for its rides as for its incredible geologic features. Before I rode the rollercoasters, however, I boarded the monorail. I turned on my camcorder and recorded my tour of the park. For Part One, skip the first 2 minutes:

For 10 minutes I circled Iron Falls on the monorail and saw some incredible rides. I saw the Gargoyle, an intimidating purple-and-blue coaster built into an old castle:

Gargoyle

Gargoyle

Bird's Eye View of the Gargoyle and Other Rides

Bird’s Eye View of the Gargoyle and Other Rides

The Gargoyle, I found out, ascends 250 feet into the heavens and drops vertically. Yes, vertically–straight down–to the ground only to rise again through 10 inversions. Reaching a top speed of 86 miles per hour, it was impossible to record the experience on Iron Falls’s flagship coaster.

However, I did record my experience on the nearby Haunted Hotel, a ride very similar to Disney’s Haunted Mansion. I heard this ride took a year to complete (or 3 hours your time):

From the Haunted Hotel I switched to the Reverse Conga, a bizarre reverse red-and-black corkscrew coaster that rises 150 feet backwards before a drop-off into 4 inversions:

Bird's Eye View of the Reverse Conga

Bird’s Eye View of the Reverse Conga

Next, I worked my way aboard Iron Falls’s premiere giga coaster, Fire on the Mountain. In the station, I heard “Red Skies” by the Fixx, a song that foreshadowed a 3-minute eruption of excitement and fear:

However, the clock is ticking. I have to go. There is more to this adventure, that I know. Before I leave, let me show you this once if not twice. It’s my recording of an indoor wooden wild mouse coaster called Clock Mice:

 

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