Work on the lift hill has already begun. Construction workers have been working rapidly lately, even to the extreme of working past midnight. The Starliner lift hill is currently about 9-11 ft high right now and will grow higher during this week. Here are 2 links to photos.
A co-worker of mine took his kids down there to CG the weekend before last, told me the kiddie rides that were "in the way" had been moved. Great to see some progress on construction, *finally*.
I have doubts that the ride will open on time (park projections in December were for June, LOL). But a really solid woodie, and I have heard only good things about what's intended for the rebuilt Starliner. :)
^ LOL, Rob, that's what I told them WAY back then. "Certainly seems optimistic"...there was NO land prep done, and they thought they'd have it OPERATIONAL in six months? Smokin' too much cypress or somethin'... ;)
I'm anticipating *by* January 1....but I'm hopeful for opening in time for Halloween.
Just to let you guys know. They did that much lift hill in less than a day so think about how much they can do in a month. To tell the truth, I've never ridden a woodie so I'll be looking forward to have Starliner as my first.
The park has been doing great this year. The reason why construction took so long was because they were having permit problems. I think the purchase of the park was a great move. It made many people happy and the park has had good attendance ever since. The Starliner will probably help boost attendance for the park. Go CG!
I'm Banking on July 22. This is when the Florida Coaster Club is scheduling a Get-Together. I would not be surprised if we get an invitation to either be the first to ride the Starliner at its new home or "Sneak Preview" the ride before it opens to the public.;)