MUMMY EMPLOYEE PREVIEW (spoiler-only one though)

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Saturday, March 27, 2004 12:04 AM
I rode the mummy today, march 26, and let me tell you, The theming is OUT OF THIS WORLD. the queue line is 10 time better than Dueling Dragons. You can barely tell that this is the old residence of Kongfrontation, the only remnents are the blue and white walls in a section of the ride (the blank walls in the subways) and the exit path utilizes the same ramp. It starts with screen plays and storyboards from the movies The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns. They have a video playing, yet I didn't pay much attention to it. As you weave through, suddenly the ceiling and walls turn into planks, and as you round a corner the whole room turns into an excavation site in a pyramid. This to me was the highlight of the ride, because I actually felt that I was in a pyramid. the lights are small and look like they belong to an excavating crew. The pillars, the beams, everything. They even have the Egyptian Wolf (fox)? in a kneeling position, being hoisted into the air. Also in the queue, they have little activities, such as try to grab a holographic scarab beetle ( only to get surprised by a blast of air) and a hand print where you can put your hand and watch lights change. Simply put, the best queue that I have ever been in.

You climb the stairs and are split up on one of two sides. then you get into your rows. the cars are similar to those of Superman: The Escape, only with 4x4 rows, and the lap bars are squared (as opposed to the lap bar looking like a "T"). The headrests are unique consist of little pieces of rubber.

The loading is unique, and they set you on one of two sides, and a set of transfer tracks alternates from the left to right, advancing the cars on the main track. Premier hasn't heard of magnetic brakes I guess, because they still use the gripper brakes (not real name-too tired to look) and in the beginning they have the skid brakes that rub from the bottom (retro). you go through some turns, and the mummies are wearing Universal t-shirts, and a tourist wrapped up says " you need to get out of here, the curse is real..." then a sarcophagus says something fearful (kind of inaudible) and you move forward.

you enter a big room, and Imhotep says, "join me and I can give you wealth beyond riches" and lights come on, shining on gold and jewels , "or go against me and I can show you fear like no other" and the robotic mummies pop up (no-they don't "jump" on the car). and you move to the right, down a little drop and into a room with a sudden hault. the scarab beetles are on screen in front of you, and start to fall, as well as through the walls and such, this causes noise and a distraction while the transfer track is in motion, and then you move backwards. you go down a small hill, and then you are on a rotating platform, that turns your car 180 degrees, and you start a climb up a hill and launch out (like Hulk). after the top of the hill you get a pop of air, and go through some intense helixes and turns. you hit the brake run that is the pseudo-station, where an announcement comes on and a woman in the "ride control" shadow is visible. she gets zapped by a mysterious figure, and then Imohtep says something else (inaudible). the flame ceiling is hot, but at least 10 ft. above, not inches. you hit a really steep drop after this, and a couple more turns and helixes, and then you hit the stop. what is cool is that the ride is kind of like windjammer at KBF because if you start on the right, you wind up on the left. overall, a decent ride, a 6 out of 10, but the queue gets a 30 out of 10, easily.

I couldn't make out all words, so some are just a general idea, but I rode it 6 times, so it is decently accurate script.

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Saturday, March 27, 2004 12:13 AM
Very cool! I would suspect that the inaudible parts will be corrected and the ride will be even better. It is still a "technical rehearsal" and a long ways away from opening.

Great review...thanks for writing this!

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Saturday, March 27, 2004 12:19 PM
Man, I can't wait till November to go back down. :)
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Saturday, March 27, 2004 9:03 PM

Turbo said:
They even have the Egyptian Wolf (fox)? in a kneeling position, being hoisted into the air.

I believe that would be a jackal.

Anyway, it sounds like a really great ride.

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Saturday, March 27, 2004 9:22 PM
The difference between a fact and an opinion is proof.
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Saturday, March 27, 2004 9:33 PM
nice sig rct. thanks for the correct term person.
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Saturday, March 27, 2004 9:42 PM

person said:

Turbo said:
They even have the Egyptian Wolf (fox)? in a kneeling position, being hoisted into the air.

I believe that would be a jackal.

Anyway, it sounds like a really great ride.


It's Anubis.

Oh, since I'm posting -- RCT_MASTER's signature is among the most ignorant things I've read on Coasterbuzz, and I read a lot of ignorant crap around here. *** Edited 3/28/2004 2:43:09 AM UTC by Chernabog***

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Saturday, March 27, 2004 9:55 PM

Turbo said:


Premier hasn't heard of magnetic brakes I guess, because they still use the gripper brakes (not real name-too tired to look) and in the beginning they have the skid brakes that rub from the bottom (retro).


Premier uses magnetic brakes on several of their rides. In addition, magnetic brakes cannot be used to hold a train in place as you suggest.

Regardless, thanks for the TR.

-Nate

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Saturday, March 27, 2004 11:01 PM
I didn't realize that my sig was ignorant, I'll change it if you guys want. (It was a pic on one of those comic sites, and I thought it was funny, but if some people take offense to it, it'll go away.)

*New Sig* *** Edited 3/28/2004 4:25:20 AM UTC by RCT_MASTER***

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Saturday, March 27, 2004 11:35 PM
Thank you :) Making fun of disability is not cool.
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Sunday, March 28, 2004 7:07 PM

coasterdude318 said:
Premier uses magnetic brakes on several of their rides. In addition, magnetic brakes cannot be used to hold a train in place as you suggest.

-Nate


I know Batman & Robin The Chiller uses magnetic brakes to slow it down, however, regular fin brakes are used to bring the train to a complete stop. I assume the other shuttles have this same break system.

Chernabog, Anubis is the jackal headed Egyptian God.

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Sunday, March 28, 2004 8:30 PM
Correct, but clearly Premier has heard of magnetic brakes (as they have used them on their shuttle coasters). That was my point.

-Nate

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Sunday, March 28, 2004 8:57 PM

person said:
Chernabog, Anubis is the jackal headed Egyptian God.

I know that :) I was just sharing the name is all.

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Monday, March 29, 2004 9:25 AM
so then the old time brakes that squeeze on a central fin, and skid pad brakes are the only two that can hold a car?
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Monday, March 29, 2004 10:24 AM
Yes, but I'm pretty sure the "skid pad brakes" you refer to are probably lapbar release mechanisms, not a device to hold the train in place.

-Nate

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Monday, March 29, 2004 12:24 PM
Anubis? But, he's got clothes on!

/Dangermouse

Thanks for the report! I'm looking forward to the USH one out here!

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Monday, March 29, 2004 1:26 PM
no, they were after the release from the station, the dragon coaster also utilizes these, and they are in the american roller coaster book that i have.
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Monday, March 29, 2004 1:28 PM
What Dragon Coaster? Rye's?

Regardless, I'm about 100% positive that the Mummy does not use skid brakes.

-Nate

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Monday, March 29, 2004 1:32 PM
No steel coaster uses skid brakes (like those on old woodies) YOu're thinking ot "pinch" brakes. Just trying to clarify :)
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Tuesday, March 30, 2004 2:20 AM
What is a "'pinch' brake?"

Many steel coasters have (or had) traditional skid brakes. Many (if not all) Arrow mine trains opened with skid brakes. Many older Schwarzkopf rides have/had skid brakes. So do Intamin bobsleds.

However, the one thing in common here is that they're all older ride. Aside from Knoebels' Twister, I can't think of a ride that opened with skid brakes in the last fifteen years simply because they're outdated...which is exactly why I'm sure the Mummy does not have them.

-Nate

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