Dayton Daily News goes further into the Tomb

Posted Thursday, March 7, 2002 5:00 AM | Contributed by CoasterAaron

Just days after giving the media its first look at Tomb Raider: The Ride, Dayton Daily News goes even further into the Tomb by revealing a few more secrets about one of the most talked about rides for 2002, opening at Paramount's Kings Island next month.

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Thursday, March 7, 2002 5:11 AM
I find it hard to believe that PKI is really going to make a go of this - theming, special effects, and creating a "totally immersive" experience have NEVER been hallmarks of Paramount parks. I could be wrong, though.
Thursday, March 7, 2002 5:29 AM

Uh, is that a bad thing? Doing something different is what the amusement industry needs. They could have added another coaster, but they chose to build one helluva themed ride. It's definitely a cool move on the part of the park, and it probably costs as much, if not more than their latest coasters.

Thursday, March 7, 2002 6:04 AM
I believe PKI made an extremely smart move. They could have easily just built a coaster like every other park out there, but they decided to go for something different. With Tomb Raider, I believe PKI will have a new edge over other amusement parks around the country. Cheers to PKI for being unique. Save the coasters for later

Webmaster of PKI *** This post was edited by CoasterAaron on 3/7/2002. ***

Thursday, March 7, 2002 6:08 AM
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If they can bring a little bit of Orlando to Ohio, I'm all for it. I agree, their execution on other themes hasn't been exactly great, but I get the strong impression that they're spending big bucks to get the right people doing it, and with bucks, all things are possible.

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Thursday, March 7, 2002 11:36 AM

Alright, which flat ride has a height requirement of 54 inches normally?

Oh, yeah, the TOP SPIN!

-Kyle Brylczyk

Thursday, March 7, 2002 12:20 PM

Coaster131: If you think you can determine the ride type based on the height requirement, you're a fool.

Here's a list of other rides that have a 54" requirement:
- Dueling Dragons and The hulk @ IOA
- Swan boats @ CP
- most bumper car / bumper boat rides
- most big shots

The bottom line: You're dreaming

Thursday, March 7, 2002 12:31 PM
You're right. Maybe it's going to be a highly themed swan boat ride.

Is anyone else just really bored of this topic? IMO, it really doesn't get interesting until I actually find out what the ride is/does. The whole mysteriousness behind everything doesn't add any anticipation, more like frustration.

Thursday, March 7, 2002 2:14 PM

CP "genius" - I never said it was a bad thing. If they can make it work, so much the better. I haven't been overly impressed with their recent coaster additions, anyway, and if they can create something new and exciting, by all means, so much the better.

Thursday, March 7, 2002 2:27 PM
They're not Six Flags. If they were, PKI would have 20 coasters, less theming, less atmosphere, less charm, and less... of me actually having as great of a time as I do. I will say that while I found SFGAm to be possibly the best coaster park I've ever been to and run fairly well, I couldn't say the same about SFO, SFNE, and SFKK. Each do have some great to excellent coasters, but one train op, so-so food, limited theme, and poor management here and there is a lot worse than anything Paramount has and tries to offer. They're really the perfect middle ground between what CF and SF tries to do at their parks. Their very conservative with their money, but they like to offer new, innovative thrills as well.


Thursday, March 7, 2002 3:09 PM

Count me in regarding those that think PKI are doing something great with TR.

Trying something fresh and new is needed right now IMO.


I also agree with you. I do believe this isn't going to be a typical run of the mill themed experiance with card board cut-outs, lack of detail, or anything like that. Just from hearing the names involved with the attraction were enough to get me excited about it.


Thursday, March 7, 2002 3:11 PM

Cowboy Curtis,

By being mysterious about the ride, they have generated a LOT of talk already. While you may not agree with this tactic, I know for a fact the park is happy about it. After all, if it wasn't for this TR talk, you wouldn't have posted about it, correct. =:^)


Thursday, March 7, 2002 3:25 PM
Right on the money again Sean. Always the perfect words at the perfect time. And strangely, that little guy at the end of your post "=:^)" looks exactly like you from the Alvey video, lol. ;)


Thursday, March 7, 2002 4:19 PM
Just as long as we understand each other, ophtho "doc" :)

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Thursday, March 7, 2002 4:46 PM

You'd think they could come with something new to say, something that isn't "you'll encounter stalagtites before plunging face-first at red-hot lava".

Thursday, March 7, 2002 6:33 PM
Well B&M Webmaster, I'm sure most of the people that read that article had never heard that phrase more than once before, so I don't think who PKI was trying to reach with it noticed. And it did solidify some information we questioned such as the video screens and height requirement.
Thursday, March 7, 2002 7:03 PM
Is it just me, or is this starting to sound like a Haunted Swing? The ending (the part under the floor) being a lava pit, with you thinking the room is upside down over it... That would be cool, especially if the room was a cave, which would be quite different than the usual themes (Houdini is the only one I've been on, but I've heard the European ones rule, especially the one at Efteling...)


*** This post was edited by djansi on 3/8/2002. ***

Thursday, March 7, 2002 7:11 PM

DarkHelmet said:
Coaster131: If you think you can determine the ride type based on the height requirement, you're a fool. The bottom line: You're dreaming

A rather harsh response to a guy who's probably DEAD ON RIGHT, I'd say.

If you read the article linked above, you'll note that 4 groups of 75 people explore the antechambers of the temple (Paragraph 5).

If you read the specifications of the Huss Giant Top Spin, you'll never guess how many people it here and see for yourself. Surprise, surprise. 75 guests, 2 ride hosts....there you go.

And why else would you need a building so tall? Maybe because it houses a ride that is 68 feet tall at maximum height give or take room for stalactites and lava, no?

But I'll bet Coaster131 is a little more cultured and refined than some folks on this board. I don't think he'll rub it in or make a lot of noise. Why bother? Bottom line: he's right.


PS--Somehow I remember taking a 3 year-old with me on CP's Swan Boats and the Dodgem, too. It seems there's a big difference between rides with an actual 54" height requirement and one where any kid that can sit on their own can ride with an adult. No 3 year-old's gonna hold my hand and climb aboard TR:TR. *** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya on 3/8/2002. ***

Thursday, March 7, 2002 8:57 PM

The article states that the ride seats "about 75 people". Strange, the Huss website states that a Giant Top Spin seats 77 people. The article also states the size of the building which holds the main part of the ride, and the dimensions just happen to be about the right size for a Giant Top Spin. Of course, this really means nothing, as there could be other rides with similar dimensions and seating, but the more we find out abut the actual ride, the more the rumors seem to be true...

Don't get me wrong though, Top Spin or not, I am looking very forward to this ride.

Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze

Friday, March 8, 2002 5:07 AM
You know DJ, I would think that it would be infinitely cool if it was a haunted swing. I mean that really is a perfect attraction for a themed experience. I would love to see more of those pop up with various themes around the country. I've yet to hear a negative comment about one. They dont make people sick, and they are extraordinarily entertaining.

Top Spin, OTOH, IMO, just suck....
--who rode ONE top spin and is not looking foreward to riding another. To the Chicken Chute!


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