Geez. If it bothers people so much to wait for a junior invert, why not just build one yourself.
There is nobody here who is entitled to ANYTHING from a park. Sometimes we forget that. Besides, nobody ever said that the new rides would open on a specific date. Just enjoy the rides when they're done.
I wish that we all could have just a little bit of first-hand knowledge about what it takes to run a park, then maybe we'd be a little more humble - myself included.
Why is everyone getting so stirred up about this yet? We don't even know if the rides will open late. We can't even say they will open late because an offical opening day hasn't been set. Even if they do open late whats the big deal? There is 80 other attractions and things to do.
...And I have video shot on April 8 which shows SOB's second hill, parts of the first helix, and rise from the vertical loop with no track steel in place, scaffold boards in place across the top of the second hill, and not a train, but only a single car in the station. Oh, and the track lumber in the areas without rails had never had plate steel installed. That was obvious just looking at it. Perhaps I should capture some photos. I wonder if there is some way to capture frames with the data code visible...
Wow! I didn't check this out recently either, but, it looks as if most of the supports are up. At least by looking at the extremely sunny web cam shot. There is definitely a lot of progress that's been made. I still don't see any track, and no station structure (although if it is anything like the other Nick area rides, there wont be much of a station per se....). All in all, it's looking good. Maybe not an opening day ride, but shortly thereafter perhaps. I think Wild Thornberries is going to take longer to complete than Reptar. And that I definitely won't mind, since I don't want to freeze on a ride anyway, especially a wet one.
Shawn, I think it may be time for another plane ride outta Blue Ash!
The steel track of SOB was very much complete. The only delay was due to weather and testing the ride. Nothing to do with an incomplete track. I'll post the qouted first testing date when they return my e-mail.
I'm personally very excited about PKI getting these new additions this year. Much, much better than nothing. Why is everyone so mad if in just the last couple of years we got 3 coasters, the World's tallest gyro drop, a big expansion of Nickolodeon and Hanna Barbara, a Waterworks expansion, 2 new FX Theatre films, a rethemed land, new shows, and a rethemed log flume? I think we're a little spoiled. I'm still hoping for good things next year too though. We've been suggesting the Americana buy for a while. Especially for their coaster to secure a definite spot for PKI as the wooden coaster capitol of the world. :) :) :) :)
Incidentally, the Wild Thornburry's ride is a more complicated conversion than you might think, and not just because of the "extensive theme elements" the ride is supposed to have. As it turns out, Hopkins is fabricating an all-new galvanized trough for the thing to replace the original Fiberglas trough. So while it has the original layout and the original Arrow supports and the original Arrow engineering, the trough and the boats are built by Hopkins.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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