What would the theme park look like without the roller coaster or log flume? Would there be as many theme parks around without these two essential elements? It is hard to imagine what our favorite theme parks would look like without the modern day tubular-shaped roller coaster. Theme park attendance across the United States and the world would not be what is today, and today’s taller and faster thrill attractions may have never been built if not for the path that Arrow cleared. The history of Arrow is rich in both innovation and industry contribution. Well before there was the hypercoaster, gigacoaster, or stratacoaster, Arrow paved the way and pushed the limits since its foray into amusement attractions manufacturing back in 1949. Before there was Intamin or Bolliger & Mabillard, there was Arrow Development Company, a Mountain View, California-based company that was founded by Angus Anderson, Karl Bacon, William Hardiman, and Ed Morgan in November of 1945. While this legendary company brought great, successful thrills to generations of park goers, it also made a few mistakes along the way until its demise in December of 2001; yet, its legacy and contribution remains within the industry today.
Innovative Before Its Time
In an era before advanced technologies allowed by today’s powerful computers, Arrow was extremely innovative. If you have been to a theme park within the past sixty or more years, it is highly likely that you’ve ridden or at least seen a thrill attraction created by Arrow. The original creators of tubular roller coasters and log flumes were well ahead of their time. For the first time ever, a complete documentary showcasing the magnificent history and legacy of arguably the amusement industries more famous manufacturer. From the early days working with Walt Disney to the deals with Vekoma and tough times that resulted from the X roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, The Legacy of Arrow Development documentary covers it all, making this 70+ minute video a must see attraction. Executive Producer, Kris Rowberry, exclaims, “We felt that the story of Arrow was too good to not be told. Initially, we thought we’d do a thirty minute special on the company for our ‘Lost Parks’ series. But after doing some initial research, we realized that it deserved a far bigger and more complicated production.” It is amazing how much history is packed into this documentary. No matter if you are a seasoned thrill enthusiast or newbie, The Legacy of Arrow will definitely teach you a little [or a lot] about the industry and how it got to where it is today. “The story of Arrow is one that has never been told in full, and what better group than the American Coaster Enthusiasts is there to be the ones telling the story. They really started the whole theme park industry as we know it today,” says Nicholas Laschkewitsch, the film’s Main Editor and Director.
It Takes A Team
With the support of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) and the blessing of many important figures involved with Arrow Development, Arrow Dynamics, Arrow Huss, and S&S Arrow, the team of four traveled tens of thousands of miles across the country to capture the essence of Arrow and to tell its story from start to finish. Robert Ingle, Associate Producer of The Legacy of Arrow, found the weather to be most challenging during the shot, but he knew that this was a story that had to be told and that was long overdue. Co-Editor and Co-Producer, Kim Mix, hopes that this film will “inspire viewers to truly appreciate the people behind the rides, the people who created the industry and those who continue to keep it alive today.” After getting a sneak peek of this documentary, the team at Coaster Addict is confident that this documentary did just that… and so much more.
Don’t Miss Out!
If you love going to amusement parks, you have to watch this documentary. You won’t regret it! The worldwide release was
is slated for Friday, February 26, 2016. We encourage you to watch The Legacy of Arrow… and rewatch it again and again! Check back for the link to the documentary Friday afternoon!
UPDATE: … and without further ado…
Thank you, Arrow Development for your contributions to the amusement park industry and to this team of four ACErs for all of the hard work and many hours to bring this story to life!