Friday, April 23, 2004 1:30 PM
*SPOILER* These pics show many of the scenes of the ride, the cars, the station, the launch track, the reversing track, and the main coaster portion of the ride. If you don't want to see pretty much everything except the special effects and the animatronics in motion, go no further...
Enjoy these pics, they show a lot of the basics of the ride (ie the station with coaster train (though it's really just one car, a few of the scenes, the launch section, the reverser track, and much of the actual "ride" building.) Once all the special effects and animatronics are working, this should be a pretty cool ride. I'm assuming the one at USF is either exactly the same or reasonably close... (FYI, you have to click the "See for yourself link to start the photo tour of the ride)
Friday, April 23, 2004 1:50 PM
Actually....from what I read today it isn't that close, and there are substantial differences between the two (no doubt because of the Kong buildign vs. the ET building). The first dark ride portion which is several different rooms in the USF version is a single longer room in the Hollywood version. There is also no false station and no fire effects due to building requirements. But, to make up for that, the backwards portion is more substantial and intense in the Hollywood version, apparently.
Different or the same, I'm sure it will be a GREAT ride too!
Friday, April 23, 2004 2:52 PM
I'm satisfied just to see some track and the cars. November feels so far away for me to ride in Orlando!
Friday, April 23, 2004 4:58 PM
Man i cant wait to see a trip report comparing both coasters!!
Friday, April 23, 2004 5:30 PM
The things that stood out at me:
- The launch on the Hollywood version is just a straight-track launch, versus the uphill launch on the Florida version.
- Very different theming ideas. Looks like both the rides will have pretty equal theming ratings.
- The different backwards parts. Longer backwards part on the Hollywood version.
Both look like very good rides (I've been on Orlando version.) And, I'm with coasterbruh, I can't wait till' someone compares them.
Friday, April 23, 2004 6:03 PM
The Orlando version is VERY cool. I'm a sucker for dark ride coasters anyway (Heck, I adore Disaster Transport!) but the uniqueness of this ride and the amazing theming really set it apart.
When I got me "technical preview" last week, it seemed the ride was good to go. The crew was doing a fantastic job, all the effects were working, sweet!
A word of warning, tho. The signs say no carry-on articles and this is strictly enforced. I saw people turned back by an attendant as they neared what will be the Express merge. Use the lockers.
Friday, April 23, 2004 8:29 PM
Some of the other Premier rides I have been on have been a little bumpy. Has Premier improved the bumpiness or is it likely to get bumpy?
one sided soldier
Friday, April 23, 2004 8:56 PM
I was just in Orlando about a week ago, I was mad that I didn't get a chance to ride it. I doubt they'll strictly enforce the carry-on rule though. I was at IOA and they never told me anything. Who knows, this may be a different situation.
Friday, April 23, 2004 9:56 PM
Everything IBsteve said is "spot on".....well, cept *I* don't think DT was anywhere near my fav dark-ride/coaster combo....;)
Due to the darkness and the motion, items would EASILY get lost on the ride...even saw a guy trying to get his hat back, LOL...I sure hope they continue to be strict about items carried on!
coasterMNguy...Not sure what you mean about "bumpiness", all the Premiers I've ridden have been smooth....since they were retrofitted I've found them to be among my fav steelies....:) Although, it is kinda weird to ride an inversion-less Premier, LOL....;)
Friday, April 23, 2004 11:00 PM
It was on Mr. Freeze at Six Flags St. Louis. It was in 1999 and I seep to recall it was pretty bumpy (somewhere between a nice B&M and an SLC).
Saturday, April 24, 2004 11:16 AM
it is very smooth, however, when i rode it on employee previews, the braking was HELLasiously rough. did they reduce the force of the braking now that it is open?
Saturday, April 24, 2004 11:28 AM
Turbo, During the "Technical Rehersal"
To me, the braking was sudden (right after the station), which was uneeded. But, with the beetle effect, it was fine, because it played in the story.
The rest of the braking seemed fine to me, and I love it- such a great ride.
Saturday, April 24, 2004 11:42 AM
Wait...was that Eddie from Iron Maiden I spotted in one of those pics??? Seriously it's a gorgeous looking ride.
Saturday, April 24, 2004 7:45 PM
WOW! The pics are impressive. Thanks for sharing!
Sunday, April 25, 2004 2:17 AM
For anyone that's been on the Orlando version, doesn't the theming seem much better on the California one. The only animatronics on florida's are those things that pop up with the fire.