Friday, January 14, 2005 3:46 PM
Hey I was wondering if anyone got there today for the tour of IJ:ST and the park. Just wanted to know how it was. I saw some pictures at I was soo surprised how little they have done so far! Opening is only 3 months away.

While I am on the topic of IJ:ST how do you think they will make The car shake while it goes down of the stairs?

Friday, January 14, 2005 4:33 PM

There's my pics.

Friday, January 14, 2005 4:38 PM
I don't think the IJ coaster will open on time. From looking at the pictures I think they will open it in some time in May or later.
Friday, January 14, 2005 4:39 PM
I was there and am planning on doing a trip report. I have launched a website called ExScream Thrills that has pictures of the tour on it. Look for my trip report soon. *** Edited 1/17/2005 6:27:27 PM UTC by Trick Track*** *** Edited 1/17/2005 6:28:01 PM UTC by Trick Track***
Friday, January 14, 2005 4:46 PM
Actually, from what Jeff Siebert said, they plan on soft opening it in April to test effects and do the grand opening sometime in May.
Friday, January 14, 2005 6:37 PM
At least the Tower is getting painted :)

Friday, January 14, 2005 6:38 PM
Face/Off is getting painted as well! It was needing it!
Friday, January 14, 2005 6:50 PM
Wish I could have made it, Not sleeping well with torn cartlage in my knee. decided to stay home.

I've yet to decide on getting a SP for PKI. It just won't be close to the same without the flyers to me.

Chuck, who will probably go with friends.

Saturday, January 15, 2005 1:51 AM
Here we go again...
Saturday, January 15, 2005 1:55 AM
"Here we go again?" Don't you think that's a bit of a rude response to somebody who was just commenting that something they treasured was lost?
Saturday, January 15, 2005 2:10 AM
Well actually no. The ride is just a trip away. I may not understand (and I hope I never get to that point) but I know everything at the park isnt going to stay the same. Carowinds lost the sternwheeler forever, am I banning myself from the thats crazy (to me atleast). Simply because its not the end of the world. If I want to ride one I can just go down to disney (kill 2 birds in one stone), but thats just me.

And like I said here we go again...

Saturday, January 15, 2005 8:31 AM
LOL, I gotta agree with coasterbruh...let's not get into that whole mess again!

Joe "not saying you were, Chuck..." C.

PS hope the knee gets better

Saturday, January 15, 2005 11:53 AM
I agree too. People who are extremely sensitive about rides and coasters are rediculous. Thats almost as nutty as fighting for animal rights.
Saturday, January 15, 2005 12:17 PM
The tour was fun and I am excited for the new ride. But like chuck it wasn't the ride it was the people at the ride that made the flyers great. Sadly there really is no place were you can casually meetup with all the regulars unplanened.
Saturday, January 15, 2005 3:22 PM
I am sure the Groudwork is the most time consuming part of this process. It seems to me that the groundwork was almost done. Once that is finished, building the ride is just like an gaint erector set.

Not including all the effects, which will not be finalized and/or 100% working until the "Grand Opening," (in may) i am more then confident this ride could have a soft opening in April.

I am not claiming I have any knowledge in this area. But I do know enough about structural engineering to know that on most projects like this, the Groundwork (footers, retainingwalls, etc) can be 50% of the entire project.

*** Edited 1/15/2005 8:23:47 PM UTC by James K***

Saturday, January 15, 2005 3:48 PM
From pictures I saw recently, it looks like Canada's Wonderland was a lot further ahead, but I could be wrong. I just saw the movie for the first time last night, and I thought it was pretty good for a pop movie. The fact that the actors did a lot of the driving stunts makes it that much more exciting.
Saturday, January 15, 2005 6:10 PM
Stricker's Grove in Ross, Ohio (about 30 min. from PKI) has some flyers! Granted, their only open to the public 3 days a year, and if you've ridden both before you know Stricker's isn't quite as good as PKI's, but they are a blast still.

By the way, thanks for the pics y'all, the ride looks like it will be fun already, something new for those of us who can't make it down South as much as we'd like to. Was this tour announced on CB, I didn't know about it, and I come to the site 4-5 days a week...if so, I missed it! *** Edited 1/15/2005 11:23:52 PM UTC by Chadley***

Saturday, January 15, 2005 7:49 PM
Aside from the ground work and while this is only a guess but looks like Premier might be a little behind on the fabrication of things. Although it could just be they haven't been sending it until they need it.
Saturday, January 15, 2005 9:45 PM
Yo, Did I say I wouldn't visit PKI? No!

Now who made the big deal? I can't even say, I won't be visiting 30 times like I used to?

I wish PKI well and will visit.


Monday, January 17, 2005 2:59 AM

After the tour was over, more loads of track showed up among other steel items. By Sunday afternoon there were quite a few more sections of track in the lot than on Friday.



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