Photos from Great Escape job fair grant peak of Canyon Blaster

Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2003 3:41 AM | Contributed by SFNE Freak

Sixteen off-season photos on SFNE Central include Canyon Blaster construction and part of the train at The Great Escape.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 4:46 AM
They sure seem to be taking their sweet time before they put that thing up!

There's only 2 months left before the park opens. Do they really expect to finish painting it, assemble it, put the station up, theme it, test it thourally, and expect it to work by opening day?

Somehow, I'm having a few doubts.

One thing that gets me too is how some of those pieces of track are a little busted, especially parts where there is a walkway with a railing... doesn't exactly look in prestine condition, although those are pieces pre-painted, so who knows.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003 6:42 AM
Blue trains, red track... what are they thinking? Is this ride going to be themed after Looney Tunes?

This is kind of off the wall, but will the ride have a tunnel?

Am I really that shy?

Tuesday, March 25, 2003 8:29 AM
These are the original trains, correct? I never saw them in the pics of the track 'stored' in the field at Old Indiana. Maybe they were in a building somewhere. At least the blue looks better than the original pink and brown. I liked the brown track for some reason though. Blended in w/ the surroundings.
As for the track, did they just slap on paint while it's stored in the dirt/mud there? Did they have to sand all that first or have a spray that eats rust?
Tuesday, March 25, 2003 10:13 AM
wow, i wouldve expected the ride to be somewhat assembled by now. i dont see how they plan on having everything set for may 17th.

looks like the logs for desperado's plunge recieved a paint job also. and its good to see that the rainbow is still assembled.

any word if it will actually be up and running this season?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2003 3:23 AM
I for one really hope this has an extended tunnel or moe than one tunnel, mostly since it had to replace a dark ride and I generally don't like dark rides being replaced by non-dark rides, just as I tend not to favor coasters being replaced by non coasters. The course of the old train ride is relatively scenic, but hands down this ride would still benefit from a tunnel. I would like to see this mine-train coaster be more on the quality of a Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, or Adventure Express as opposed to the one at Cedar Point. This ride could be cool. I just hope they go about it right and make the most of the terrain and make the most of theming with the ghost town area and are wise enough to have at least some kind of tunnel element, something I'm still hoping for with the Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood . . .
Wednesday, March 26, 2003 2:15 PM
So where did this ride come from?


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Wednesday, March 26, 2003 4:42 PM
It came from Opryland as Rock n' Roller Coaster.

Remember that since it's a used ride, it's not going to be automatically catered to the topography of The Great Escape. I'm sure it will look nice and it should fit in well, but don't expect it to "make the most of the terrain" when it wasn't designed for that terrain to begin with.

And of course it will open this season.



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