Media gets a sneak peek of Tomb Raider: The Ride

Posted Monday, March 4, 2002 5:22 AM | Contributed by CoasterAaron

On Friday, Paramount's Kings Island offered the first sneak peek of its ride that will "change the face of the thrill industry." The park still will not outright reveal what the ride is.

Read more from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Monday, March 4, 2002 5:43 AM
Okay, I'm all for anticipation as much as the next man, but really, what good will all this *buildup* do? There are not going to be too many people that can go to PKI on April 5. And by April 6 there will be dozens of "spoilers" posted across the net (and many more in the TR lines).

I just think they are going out of their way to be obtuse.
jeremy
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Monday, March 4, 2002 6:08 AM

Haha Jeremy. Obtuse indeed. Great word for how silly they're being about all this. The only people who won't know what to expect when the get on is the first couple of "TopSpin" loads.

By the time I get there for CoastbuzzCon, I'll know when it's time to head for the official Thong err.. Tomb Raider chicken chute. :o)

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Monday, March 4, 2002 6:43 AM

You read the article out of curiosity though, right? ;-)

Obviously being obstuse works. I think it is hiliarious!

Remember that 99% of PKI attendees have not been discussing or reading about what TR:TR *is*, *could be*, *will be* or *is not* all winter like us.

This article, was the first chance PKI has had to intrigue the locals and peak their curiosity since the actual media announcement back in July. I expect to see/hear more in the press about it over the next month. The media blitz will soon roll out now that opening day is nearing.

Shaggy

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Monday, March 4, 2002 6:57 AM

Jeremy,

Yes, I am sure many people will be posting about riding TR:TR around that time, but I honestly do believe that while it is possible for someone to get a kind of idea of what the actual ride may be like, it is ultimately up to the person who 'thinks' they know what the ride is like, to actually get on the ride and have a feel for it themselves instead of just reading about it and possibly dismissing a ultra cool time.

You ask what all this buildup will do? Is there any doubt that this 'buildup' has resulted in a LOT of off season talk about the new attraction? The way PKI is marketing this attraction is amazing. By saying very little, they have created enough buzz that probably exceeds the buzz created if they would have let all the details out from the start. I see no reason why the park wouldn't continue this until the attraction opens. It makes sense to me anyway.

Now, if I was in someone elses shoes and read tons of TR:TR:TR (Tomb Raider: The Ride: trip reports), I would probably have and idea if the ride is something I may or may not want to ride. However, as far as listening to the hype, I myself don't listen to much hype anymore. This results in me enjoying rides much more than before. Every once in a while I will still fall into something that is over hyped (like a certain new coaster in California).

I love reading ride reports all the time, but I still can enjoy riding something new to me without having an opinion until after I ride something. Confusing, perhaps, but it works for me. Perhaps those that don't want to know anything about Tomb Raider can just not read about it? Not to start a flame war or anything like that but it sounds simple enough to me.......but then again, that's just me.

-Sean

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Monday, March 4, 2002 10:15 AM
2Hostyl.....

I think there will be spoilers before April 6th. You hafta remember some people will be goin to the Media Day. I won't be one of them though, I promise By the way, Sean, how are you deciding to invite this year. Or is Cheryl in charge? Anyway remember the names Charlie and Rob Weingartner

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Monday, March 4, 2002 11:24 AM

Charlie,

Since this is not a media day for a coaster, I doubt I will be doing the inviting this time. If things change. I will send out an e-mail to the members in my region like I usually do.

-Sean

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Monday, March 4, 2002 1:10 PM

Shaggy, (laughing) maybe after the article we should drop the percent down to 98.5%!

I'm intrigued as well not only for the theming on the inside, but the outside as well. Such things as statues, buildings, tropical and floral plants,...

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Monday, March 4, 2002 7:21 PM
All that this "hype" will do is cause major disappointment. Hype only works for coasters, not spin-n-barfs, dark rides, or anything else. (At least, that's haw it always seems to be for me.)
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Monday, March 4, 2002 7:25 PM

Weren't there some drawings about Tomb Raider a while ago. It looked like one of those swinging rides, like the Tazmanian Devil at SFMW. Maybe it was a scam. But does anybody remember those?

~Nick

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Monday, March 4, 2002 8:36 PM
Some how the identity of the ride will leak before media day.

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Monday, March 4, 2002 9:25 PM
Sampleman7 said

All that this "hype" will do is cause major disappointment. Hype only works for coasters, not spin-n-barfs, dark rides, or anything else. (At least, that's haw it always seems to be for me.)

Not true. The Son of Beast, a rollercoaster, was "hyped" and was a major dissapointment for some people, like me. I don't think PKI will let the public down with Tomb Raider: the Ride. It's something different and unique.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 3:37 AM
Is it possible to put a Topspin on a moving track, so to speak?

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 3:46 AM
Anything is possible, but putting a Top Spin on a track? Why bother? Particularly since the ride covers a pretty large area all by itself, and remember, the size of the show building is limited.

I'm wondering if there will be some neat scenery tricks employed with the ride. Remember, unless I have the timelines messed up, Paramount was the first park company to use a full-blown set-change trick on an attraction.....

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 2:06 PM
NOTHING could have been more "obtuse" than Cedar Point's introduction of "Disaster Transport" in 1990. Remember that one?

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