Having seen Silver Bullet up close this past weekend I can say I'm not the least but disappointed in it at all, with one VERY minor exception: the color of the lift, which differes from the rest of the ride. But its a minor nitpick...the ride itself looks awesome!
K1] The drop is the way it is because trains also have to clear the building in Fiesta Village behind that section of Jaguar. There is not enough clearance to go under Jaguar.
K2] Most of the lake will be refilled but I understand some of it will be planted with themed vegetation.
D1] The Mole is correct...nothing to add.
D2] Yes, they are now offering a 1-day park-hopper pass to Disneyland and DCA. I am not sure how long that will be offered...my guess is thru the holidays.
This was something that was mentioned to me earlier this season and was wondering what you guys think. If you place the layout of Silver Bullet layout over the Orient Express lot you see some amazing things. Silver Bullet's lift is at an angle to the station which just happens to be the same as what Orient Express's was. Also the Cobra Roll is in the same spot as the Kamakazi Kurve was on the Express. Also it was mentioned that there was a cancelled coaster that was supposed to go to WOF in 2005, but was backed up a year. Then you have to think about the colors. Coincidence? Perhaps, but then again.