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Williams Grove Mechanicsburg Abandoned Amusement Park Cyclone Roller Coaster Urbex HDR Photography

Nikon D5000, Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, 17mm, f/16, ISO 200, 9 Exposures


What a long day… A 2 1/2 hour drive out west to an abandoned amusement park, only to be asked to leave shortly after I grabbed this shot.  We were warned that if the owner (who’s house is on the back of the property) saw us, that she would flip out!  We were willing to find out what that meant! As disappointed as I was to leave, I knew I had this shot in the can so I was happy.  This is one hell of a vintage roller coaster and it was just sitting, begging for some brackets!

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June 14, 2011 - 12:50 am

Justin - Right on. That is a Veddel (sp?) Roller Coaster. There are only 2 left in the world that are still working. One in Conneaut Lake Park, PA (The Blue Streak) and the other is the Cyclone running at Lakeside in Denver CO. I just rode the Blue Streak last week.

Awesome shot Scott!

June 14, 2011 - 1:02 am

Scott Frederick - Wow, I had no clue what kind of coaster this was thanks Justin. I am so glad to of captured it then! I bet it’s not much of a smooth ride???

June 14, 2011 - 3:03 am

Chrisdmrf - The grain in the woodwork is just so cool, great shot

June 14, 2011 - 3:04 am

Bill Tracy - Fine picture, Scott. Maybe next fall when I’m back there we can go together. I’ll sweet talk her and take her out for lunch while you shoot the place up!

June 14, 2011 - 6:12 am

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - This is a really fun shot dude. I’m digging the color as well.

June 14, 2011 - 6:24 am

Cathy Ross - You Nailed this Scott!! Fabulous image and composition!!

June 14, 2011 - 7:26 am

Adele - Really Nice Photo Scott

June 14, 2011 - 7:50 am

Ken - Thats one “super” shot…Nice Job Scott!

June 14, 2011 - 8:00 am

Gregg - Scott, great shot. You may like some of the background info and history of the coaster found here:

There is also a pretty scary video of a ride on the coaster pointing out all the places the track seemed to be coming apart. Pretty funny narration.

June 14, 2011 - 8:05 am

Mark Garbowski - Wow that must have been frustrating. Glad that you were at least able to get this shot, which is a great subject and well rendered.

June 14, 2011 - 8:26 am

Heath O'Fee - Great composition…leads me right through the frame!

June 14, 2011 - 8:28 am

Chris Nitz - Great shot. Love the colors and wood textures on this.

June 14, 2011 - 9:22 am

Dave DiCello - Abandoned amusement park??? That sounds awesome! Sorry you were only able to get a few shots man, but it is killer!

June 14, 2011 - 9:48 am

Jesse Pafundi - Cant imagine how much fun it must have been to photograph an abandoned amusement park. Great shot, love the compo.

June 14, 2011 - 10:00 am

Chris Frailey - An abandoned amusement park!?! What fun that must of been. Nice color pop with the red.

June 14, 2011 - 10:04 am

Jim Nix - That is a great shot Scott, and awesome that you at least got one before being punted, well done!!

June 14, 2011 - 10:43 am

Curt Fleenor - Great shot Scott!! Dig the detail and love the framing!

June 14, 2011 - 11:28 am

Chris DeAngelis - Love the pop of color in the train! The textures are great all around. Too bad you couldn’t stay longer :(

June 14, 2011 - 12:15 pm

A.Barlow - Really freaking sweet shot. Bummer you got bounced though :|

June 14, 2011 - 1:27 pm

Bob Lussier - damn. too bad you got kicked out. Any chance of contacting the owner for permission?

June 14, 2011 - 1:35 pm

Scott Ackerman - Love the arches at the top of the frame. Great vintage color as well. Nice processing bud.

June 14, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Toad Hollow Photography - That totally sucks, I can’t believe this news! What a FABULOUS image, though. But, seriously… why in the heck would you own something as cool as this and want it kept secret like that? Sheesh. You’d think they would want you to do up a set of photos… we’ve been trying and trying and trying to get permission to get into this 120+ year old house near our place, but so far no luck either. I am so glad you managed to get out with this gem, though, Scott. Seriously awesome image!!!

June 14, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Jason Hines - Thats an awesome shot man. It’s too bad that they asked you to leave right after you got there!

June 14, 2011 - 3:03 pm

Scott Frederick - I’m not quite sure about contacting the owner. The thing is I hear they hold a flea market on the grounds so I don’t see what the big deal was. Our crew does look a bit shady though, lol! Thanks for the awesome comments on this shot! Much appreciated!!!

June 14, 2011 - 3:53 pm

James Howe - I love this shot, too bad you couldn’t get more. Checking out an abandoned amusement park sounds like it would be ripe with photographic opportunities.

June 14, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Eden - I like the colors in this.

June 14, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Barbara Youngleson - You’ve captured a time machine Scott! The control boxes and the rickety wood platform could not have passed any reasonable safety standards as the Cyclone whirred and vibrated on its tracks! Glad that you shot and worried about asking questions later or never.

June 14, 2011 - 6:43 pm

Adam Olson - Awesome photo Scott!

June 14, 2011 - 10:44 pm

Nancy Thorington - Fabulous! Looks like a great place to explore. Very well done!

June 15, 2011 - 1:14 am

Kristi Hines - Definitely looks like it has a smile on its face. Too bad you couldn’t capture some more stuff there.

June 15, 2011 - 10:03 am

kelly jarrell - hey! this looks familiar…. ; )

June 19, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Albert - The part “abandoned amusement park” in the caption lights up a part of my brain. Very exciting! I don’t even know an abandoned house. Enough of that… Your shot is very good! I like the mood and the colors! Great processing.

June 20, 2011 - 11:55 pm

Bill Tracy - Interesting, I just came across a shot of this coaster on Flickr. Says it was taken at “Williams Grove, PA on May 14, this year.

June 24, 2011 - 4:28 am

Robin - All right, I’m RSS’ing this now! :-)

June 16, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Dennis Brubaker - Yes, I (the guy in the picture) remember it well. Rode the Cyclone many times while growing up-one of my all-time favorites. Drove passed it several years ago while visiting in PA., bringing back a lot of thrilling memories. What a great shot- wishing I could ride it again!

July 13, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Candice - Family reunions here every year for 25 years of my life. Awesome park awesome ride love the cyclone and really sad the park closed.

July 8, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Faith - Where is this park?

August 14, 2013 - 9:44 am

Jack - Willow grove park was torn down in 1982. It’s a mall now! The only original park stuff is owned by the Hanken family that live across from the Willow grove naval base.

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