A question concerning tomb raider

Thursday, November 8, 2001 4:05 AM
What i find interesting is that most of the building has been closed up.  I'm not sure how flat rides are usually constructed, but i would think that they came in relatively large parts, so will it be difficult, if this is a flat ride in a box, to actually get the parts inside? 

 

Also, there are now stairs on the side closest to Pappa's lift hill that kinda look like an exit.  They come out of the building about halfway up.  If these in fact are the exit for the ride (they very well could not be) then i think things look even more interesting. 

Thoughts, questions, comments, flames welcome. 

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 4:17 AM
I noticed all that as well. Its got me, folks, Im expecting a flat ride, but maybe theres more to it.
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Thursday, November 8, 2001 4:21 AM
Tomb Raider's "shell" is nearly completed indeed.  The ride unit, will be assembled inside the building once the exterior is complete.

The ceiling has two catwalks or platforms at the very top of the show building.  There is also a system of permanent access stairs and emergency exit stairs being assembled on the left side facing Beast. 

The ride unit iteself will be assembled piece by piece inside via a "crane" system being built into the building's structure.  This "crane" will serve two purposes.  First it will help with the general assembly.  Second, it will remain to aid in future maintenance and operational needs.

FOF at both PKI and PKD have a similar "crane" system built into their "drums."  When the two parks installed Flight of Fear, each tested an entirely different method of assembly to basically find out which worked best.  PKD assembled the coaster unit itself first, then built the building around it.  PKI built the building (for the most part) and then assembled the coaster inside.  Because PKI's was originally built with a permanent "crane" inside the drum to aid assembly, maintenance and general access was much better handled than PKD's who did not have the "crane" system at first.  PKD quickly installed one.

I believe Paramount learned from this and now future indoor attractions of this nature are installing items to aid in their upkeep and access. 

Two other reasons for the "shell" being completed first...

-It allows the contracters and ride assembly teams to work in a temperature controlled atmosphere. 

-And of course it obstructs the view of those who pass by the park, or happen to pop in for visits from seeing the ride assembly.  Surely you noticed that the only side of the building that had not been enclosed was the side facing away from the interstate.  PKI thought more about this than many think.

Shaggy

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 4:32 AM
You know what it is, right shaggy?  I don't expect you to tell at all, i'm just curious as to whether you know or not. 

 

Let me tell you, it my day way back when when on URC you informed us that the new for 2000 ride was going to be the "pinest" attraction ever or something to that nature. Can't remember exactly.  Oh well, you get my point.  It was awsome. :p

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 7:13 AM
I know "of" the attraction.  That is all I will say.

The park has remained extremely tight lipped about this one.  A job well done by PKI.

I had forgotten my "pinest" hint on URC.  Man that was a long time ago.  I still chuckle when I think of the people that argued with my hints, insisting the 2000 addition (SOB) was a huge Intamin Superman the Escape clone.  OIY.

Shaggy

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 11:51 AM

Shaggy said:
I know "of" the attraction.  That is all I will say.

Well said, Shaggy.  I also have *heard* of TR:TR!  You are at least as tight-lipped about the new "attraction" as Jeff Siebert was...probably more so!

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 11:54 AM
What i found funny was that people were getting seriously pissed about SOB before the announcement. 

 

"IM TEELING YOU ITZ A SUPERMAN!!!! I SWARE!!!!"

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 1:57 PM
Everbody cracks me up with the guessing games!!

Shaggy probably knows as much about what's going on at PKI as the management...but you're silly if you think he's going to blabber!  Hahahaaa

I think he has more fun watching everyone else go all goofy about it!

I say "Aw...just shut-up and RIDE IT!"

hee HEE hee hee hee (Scooby laugh)!

~Tocci

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Thursday, November 8, 2001 4:44 PM
I'll never tell...

Shaggy ;-)

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