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RCT3 campaing 01 - Vanilla Hills

The emblem of the scenario – featuring two guests and a panda costume entertainer, with the silhouette of High Flyer in the background.

Scenario Description

The Vanilla Hills are the starting point on your meteoric - or not - rise to RollerCoaster Tycoon status. Can you turn this plot into the peeps' talk of the town? Your rating as Apprentice, Entrepreneur or Tycoon depends on it!


Vanilla Hills is the first scenario in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. It is fairly similar in nature to Forest Frontiers in the original RCT, with straightforward objectives, though unlike Forest Frontiers, there is already a roller coaster and a thrill ride at the start of the game.

Pre-Built Rides:

  • Tumbler (Top Spin) (Show picture)
    • Excitement Rating: 2,03 (Low)
    • Intensity Rating: 5,53 (High)
    • Nausea Rating: 5,74 (High)
  • High Flyer (Suspended Roller Coaster) (Show picture)
    • Excitement Rating: 2.78 (Medium)
    • Intensity Rating: 2.75 (Medium)
    • Nausea Rating: 2.47 (Low)
    • Initial Pricing: 2.50



  • 400 Guests in the park - can be achieved at any time.
  • A park value of $20,000 - can be achieved at any time.


  • 500 Guests in the park - can be achieved at any time.
  • A park value of $60,000 - can be achieved at any time.


  • 600 Guests in the park - can be achieved at any time.
  • A park value of $100,000 - can be achieved at any time.

Scenario Guide

  • The Scenario Guide below is only a suggested strategy for completing this scenario—it may not work for all players.
  • The General Scenario Guide and Hints and Tips articles may also provide helpful information in completing this scenario.
  • There are usually multiple strategies to successfully completing a scenario; these can be discussed on this article's talk page.

You'll start off this scenario with two rides (Top Spin (Tumbler) and the Suspended Swinging Coaster (High Flyer)), a large garden, and $10,000 (of which $5,000 is loaned). Start off by hiring one more janitor and one more mechanic, and a single week's ad campaign in the national newspaper to help bring in people. You should pay off the loan in its entirety, as you should only take out loans when you've run out of cash, because at the start, every penny counts, and interest is taking away those pennies.

Start by placing some small rides close to the exit, such as a Merry-Go-Round and some Dodgems, Also consider building a small Cheshire Cats ride (if you can't be bothered building one yourself, use one of the designs available to you). This should help start you off.

Don't forget to place an Information Kiosk beside the entrance. Place a Toilet close to the first rides in your park, along with an ATM. Finally, adjust prices relative to the rides' ratings. Be sure to listen to the guests! Within about 5 minutes, you've passed the Apprentice level!

Entrepreneur and Tycoon levels are just more of the same. At this point, you should be earning in and around $400 per month. Invest this in new rides. Any income you get, put new rides up. This should increase the peeps in your park, and your park value. Don't forget food and drink stalls! You should Tycoon this level within 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Available Rides

Roller Coasters

Junior Rides

Thrill Rides

Water Rides

  • (none)

Gentle Rides

Transport Rides

Other Rides

Shops & Facilities

Researchable Rides

Roller Coasters

Junior Rides

Thrill Rides

Water Rides

Gentle Rides

Transport Rides

Other Rides

Pool Slides and Rides

Shops & Facilities

Available Scenery

Researchable Scenery

  • Beach Torch, Traditional (with Soaked!)
  • Comodo Dragon (with Soaked!)
  • Euoplocephalus (with Wild!)
  • Extra-Large Sized Coral Reef (with Soaked!)
  • Fishman Guard (with Soaked!)
  • Giant Crab (with Soaked!)
  • Giant Mantis (45 degrees) (with Wild!)
  • Giant Scorpion (45 degrees) (with Wild!)
  • Giant Stag Beetle (with Wild!)
  • Golf Flag (with Wild!)
  • Iguanodon (with Wild!)
  • Iguanodon (45 degrees) (with Wild!)
  • Jurassic Boulder 4 (with Wild!)
  • Mud Hut (with Wild!)
  • Orangutan in Tire (with Soaked!)
  • Outrigger (with Soaked!)
  • Parasauralophus (45 degrees) (with Soaked!)
  • Pegasus Fountain (with Soaked!)
  • Ruined Statue Arm (with Soaked!)
  • Ruined Statue Left Foot (with Soaked!)
  • Stone Head (with Soaked!)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex (45 degrees) (with Wild!)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex (with Wild!)
  • Vehicle, Large Bus (with Soaked!)

Other Notes

Preceded by List of scenarios in Succeeded by
None RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Goldrush!

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Scenarios
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Vanilla HillsGoldrush!Checkered FlagBox OfficeFright NightGo With the FlowBroom LakeValley of KingsGunslingerGhost Town (RCT3)A National TreasureNew BloodIsland HoppingCosmic CraggsLa-La LandMountain RescueThe Money PitParadise Islands
Soaked! Captain Blackheart's CoveOasis of FunLost AtlantisMonster LakeFountain of YouthWorld of the SeaTreasure IslandMountain SpringCast Away Get Away
Wild! Scrub GardensOstrich Farm PlainsEgyptian Sand DanceA Rollercoaster OdysseyZoo RescueMine MountainInsect WorldRocky CoastersLost Land of the DinosaursTiger ForestRaiders of the Lost CoasterSaxon Farm


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