This first pic is what you would see first hand if you looked in from the front gate. There’s no zoom at all (not because I didn’t want to, but my digital camera doesn’t have zoom). You can get a pretty good idea of the area where all the action is taking place by this pic:
This second pic is a digitally enlarged version of the first pic, centered on the new slide parts. You can see the green and purple slide parts right in the foreground that will eventually make up “Bahama Blast.” The colors, interestingly enough, are almost identical to the shades of colors used on Joker’s Jinx (for reference). Behind those pieces, you can see the longer, triangle shaped blue and yellow pieces that will eventually make up “Tornado”:
There’s really not too much else you can get from those pics, but I thought you’d enjoy seeing them nonetheless. Because of the grassy hill around the water park, you really can’t see if groundwork has started or not, but if the slide parts are arriving, I’d guess that they have at least started to pour the foundations. Next up, as far as construction goes, you should start to see the large, intricate steel framework that supports “Tornado” go up and the tower for “Bahama Blast” so I’ll let you know if I see any of that next time I drive by the park.
(FYI, the pics are being hosted by a geocities account so there’s a possibility that the site could exceed it’s bandwidth pretty quickly making it hard to view the pics; if anyone out there with a site with reasonable bandwidth wants to host the pics, be my guest. Just let everyone know the link.)
***Seems the page exceeded it's bandwidth much faster than I expected. Guess it's because of the size of the pictures, or something. Well, if the links don't work, you can go to thrillnetwork where I posted the same thread. The pics are uploaded to that site so they should work for the time being until I find a more perminant solution...here's the link to the thread:
http://www.thrillnetwork.com/boards/showthread.php?p=556305#post556305 *** Edited 3/3/2005 8:21:30 PM UTC by Coaster Lover***
When you were driving up 214 approaching the park did you happen to see if anything is going on with Mind Eraser as far as painting yet?I'm hopeful that they'll get the new paint jobs done before opening day,even though I probably don't plan on riding it again this season.
Once again thanks for the progress report & if you can keep us posted whenever you get the chance to take more construction pics.
I take it we'll probably see painting start in a couple of weeks,right now they're focused more on getting the HH rennovation completed...speaking of which did anyone notice that they appear to just be storing the parts for both slides in one pile rather than seprating them? you can clearly see a large yellow piece(for tornado) mixed in there with all the blue & green ones for Bahama Blast.
-Vater, feeling extra-ornery this evening.
I too find it a bit strange to see all of the pieces for both slides just laying around in one big pile but I guess they pretty much know what they're doing & they'll probably begin seperating & moving each piece into it's respective area or pile just as soon as the heavy construction begins.
Should be real interesting when the park opens in about 5 weeks from now,both the HH rennovation as well as the paint progress being made on the two coasters....can hardly wait til opening day.
*** Edited 3/6/2005 3:46:45 AM UTC by PhantomTails***
The weather's expected to warm up just a bit this week maybe they'll also begin painting preps within the next week or two for the coasters,believe it or not I'm more looking forward to seeing the new paintjobs rather than the new slides going up.
How soon can you get some more pics for us Coasterlover?
I mean, though, if any of you all drive by the park and see verticle construction start before then, just tell me and I'll be more than happy to go get pics...
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BATWING FAN SFA said:
...speaking of which did anyone notice that they appear to just be storing the parts for both slides in one pile rather than seprating them? you can clearly see a large yellow piece(for tornado) mixed in there with all the blue & green ones for Bahama Blast.
Bahama Blast will be green and PURPLE, NOT green and blue. If you look at the picture (well, maybe the picture doesn't give you a clear enough view, but as I've been there to see it for myself), all of the purple and green slide segments for Bahama Blast are towards the front of the picture while all the blue and yellow pieces for Tornado are in the back. In fact, if I was a betting man, I'd guess the pieces to Tornado are laid out along the back of the parking lot in the order of the pieces that go at the enterance to the funnel are to the left and the pieces for the exit are to the right (or possible in the reverse order).
Remember, Proslide is putting these slides together, not SFA or some local ironworking crew as is with rollercoasters (I base that on the Construction Journals for SFGAm who is also getting ProSlide attractions..."On November 8th some of the slides arrived and are currently being assembled by Proslide.") With as many ProSlide attractions going in as there are, I'm SURE ProSlide is very organized in what they are doing.
BATWING FAN SFA said:
From the looks of the pics you can tell that it hasn't been touched yet especially when most of the construction equipment(ie cherrypickers) will be needed in HH when vertical construction begins.
From THOSE pics you can tell that Mind Eraser hasn't been touched? What do you have? SuperVision?
There is NO WAY you can make out if they've painted Mind Eraser yet, get real!
Looks like they'll be serving beer in HH which is something new as previously only Crazy horse saloon has been the only place in the park to get good & drunk,now I can just see it right now....someone coming out of calypso's after downing a few cold ones & going for a swim(the hard way) in hurricane bay or worse taking on Tornado.....without a raft :).
With this in mind perhaps they should rename Bahama Blast to Budweiser Blast instead? or better yet just hold a drinking contest between CHS & Calypso's to see which establishment can produce the most drunks first.
Still even better yet offer the first 100 guests into HH free beers,kinda like they did with the free coke thing last season which I hope will return this year.
BATWING FAN SFA said:previously only Crazy horse saloon has been the only place in the park to get good & drunk
Um, the place directly across from the western stunt show has served beer for years! where have you been? looking for mouse tracks?
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