Escape from Gringotts...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:45 PM
rollergator's avatar

If you really want to know NOTHING about the ride, I respect that. Why'd you click on this thread? Go away! Now!

I've decided after seeing the video of Arthur at Europa, and comparing it to Sierra Sidewinder from Knott's, that Gringotts is most likely a Mack coaster.

That is all.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 8:26 PM

Incorrect I am affraid!

Intamin provided the track, supports and probably the 200 or so pusher tires.

Premier Rides designed and manufactured the unique spinning cars.

Vekoma Rides was involved with the tilt and moving track sections.

Kuka (Manufacturer of Robo Coasters and the arms of Forbidden Journey) is behind the screen that "dissapear".

Having three different manufacturers involved and the special effects is why the ride barely opened with 3 trains for soft openings and is just now going up to 8 trains operation.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:27 PM
rollergator's avatar

Wow!

I never would have guessed at all that! My thought process was that Mack was the only ride manufacturer that had a "train" of spinning cars (Fabbri isn't really applicable for obvious reasons, LOL).

Thanks! (REALLY glad I posted)...and for the "spoilers" crowd...You.Were.Warned.

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Friday, September 26, 2014 9:19 AM
Jeff's avatar

Who is all of that attributed to? Not saying it isn't true, but it being on the Internet alone doesn't make it true either.


Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Friday, September 26, 2014 1:38 PM

Insiders who basically laid out the whole ride and released the layout over a year before opening. They did the same with the Seven Dwarves Mine Train that just opened at WDW. Their credibility is irreprochable.

Due to the very tight confidenciality clauses with both WDI and Universal Creative, even inside the industry it is hard to figure out who did what. Like, Premier Rides did work with WDI before. They designed and manufactured the all Electric Autopia at Hong Kong Disneyland.

What is today Dynamic Attractions is run by one of the founder of Intamin and later Premier Rides and was officially established in 2011-2012... but was a major WDI and Universal subcontractor before that. The new track for Disneyland Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? The track for Test Track and Radiator Springs Racers? Dynamic Attractions. They also built the large erector sets used by Soarin' and the impressive ride system of Forbidden Journey at Universal. A japanese company called Sansei-Yusoki built the track used for the Buzz Lightyear dark ride at Disneyland. The Back to the Future/Simpsons Ride omnimax motion simulators are a standard Intamin product.

Last edited by Absimilliard, Friday, September 26, 2014 1:48 PM

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Friday, September 26, 2014 2:02 PM
Jeff's avatar

That's still a lot of "if you say so."


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Friday, September 26, 2014 2:41 PM
rollergator's avatar

To be fair, if there's more certainty that that, people may be putting their careers in jeopardy.

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Friday, September 26, 2014 5:20 PM
Jeff's avatar

I don't think so. There's a lot of inbreeding in the industry, and more people know more than you might think. There's just a certain code of silence that goes with it.


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Friday, September 26, 2014 8:25 PM

Coaster Omerta.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Friday, September 26, 2014 11:31 PM
LostKause's avatar

I, for one, would hate to see the lemon guy guy to lose his job. :p


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Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:04 AM
koolcat1101's avatar

Is this ride an expansion of the harry potter world in IOA or a new part of the universal studios part?

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:13 AM
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The universal studios part it replaced Jaws

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:09 AM
rollergator's avatar

Any longtime CBuzz denizen would know this, Jrrullo, but you just earned a vote up by saying "it replaced Jaws." I'd been asking for that attraction to go away since the last century... :)

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 5:39 PM

Maybe it's because I waited a total of about 2.5 hours due to repeated breakdowns, or maybe it's because I'm not super into Harry Potter, or maybe it's because Forbidden Journey is TREMENDOUS, but....

EHH.

It's OK. It's like a less thrilling Mummy. I'd wait about 20 for it in the future. I don't see the hullabaloo. I honestly completely preferred Transformers as a ride.

Now as a bit of technology? It's awesome. Really impressive ride system, although when I rode it the (SPOILERS)

bit where the chunk of the screen falls out and you go through it had very thin mist in front of it and you could completely see it and see what was about to happen. Dunno if that's the design or if it was malfunctioning.

3 stars. At most.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:14 AM

Absimilliard said:

Incorrect I am affraid!

Intamin provided the track, supports and probably the 200 or so pusher tires.

Premier Rides designed and manufactured the unique spinning cars.

Vekoma Rides was involved with the tilt and moving track sections.

Kuka (Manufacturer of Robo Coasters and the arms of Forbidden Journey) is behind the screen that "dissapear".

Having three different manufacturers involved and the special effects is why the ride barely opened with 3 trains for soft openings and is just now going up to 8 trains operation.

Sounds pretty accurate from talking with those who worked directly on the project. I know there was multiple companies and Intamin was the main one... I was not familiar with all the other details though.

I still can't help but be sad though that Jaws went away for this new area... I hate the fact they brought Harry Potter to both parks. It just seems obsessive, much like having Walking Dead at three HHN's in a row... Money talks though I suppose!

Last edited by SteveWoA, Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:18 AM
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:24 AM
Jeff's avatar

Jaws was hopelessly dated. People weren't shouting about the big rubber shark, they were laughing at it. It certainly didn't sell tickets.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:43 AM
LostKause's avatar

Yea. I bet HP brings in more people than Jaws did...

And The Walking Dead is still WILDLY popular. Why wouldn't they keep a Walking Dead haunt from one year to the next. I bet The Walking Dead haunt actually raises attendance each year. As long as it is so well loved, it makes sense to keep it.

Harry Potter and The Walking Dead are both there for the same reason; because there are major fans who are willing to part with their money to experience attractions based on them.

And as much as I loved the Jaws ride, the franchise just doesn't have the popularity that it used to. It's old news.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:50 AM

A rubber shark is still far more interesting!


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 1:55 PM
LostKause's avatar

You are clearly in the minority.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 2:13 PM
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I found the Jaws ride to be underwhelming.


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

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