Judge DiSantis did rule in favor of the Millcreek Zoning Board's ruling, but Candela, again, can appeal the ruling to the Court of the Commonwealth, which makes it longer until construction will start...
Candela's have lost every court case / appeal they have filed. You think you would eventually just give up.
If the Candelas give up, they lose. Their plan is to either win the case or to continue to appeal each ruling in hopes that construction will be delayed so long that the park eventually tires and gives up.
Sorry, I do not have a topo map of the area and exact track layout to be able to infer that the actual drop could be much greater. Obviously you must be an expert and have already calculated the drop simply by some mathematical equation using the variable "Ravine". Give me a break!
All things considered, I think that $6 million for a mid-sized wood coaster is a bit on the high side. Holiday World's Raven supposedly cost about $1 million; the Legend around $2 or 3 million. The fact that it is going to cost that much is because of the odd topography of the land of which the coaster is being built. And if you've seen that land, you'd know what kind of great ravine coaster this thing is going to be.
I don't think many photos of the original coaster exist so the design is probably based upon recollections and not much else. This isn't going to be a copy of the original coaster- instead, it will strive to capture the spirit of it.
Some of us have been following the Ravine Flyer II saga for years and years (I want to say it's been close to 10 years now, but I forget when the drawings were first printed in ACE News). We are familiar with the layout and much like Boulder Dash, it hugs the ground and doesn't have too much vertical support structure. The total change in eleveation is about 100-125 feet, but there's never more than about 50 feet of vertical support structure thanks to the nifty topography of the site.
Although the lift height is around 50 feet, the drop was to continue down the ravine about another 50 feet or more (based on the drawings) and leap across the highway, go up the hillside over there, turn around, drop back down the hillside and leap back over the highway, climb out of the ravine back to the original "ground level" around the lift and station, have some trackage on that flat portion of the terrain, then swoop down the ravine one last time and back up to ground level before returning to the station. I sure hope this layout remains, but form some reason, I seem to remember hearing it had been shortened. The original drawings in ACE News look wicked awesome! :)
I have a NoLimits model I made about a year ago of my interpretation of the drawings. Send me a message if you're interested in it or some screen shots. *** Edited 3/23/2005 5:15:58 PM UTC by Matt Scott***
In case there was any confusion, I was pointing out that CCI priced their coasters too low, so saying Raven cost 1 mill is not a good comparison since the company went out of business setting their prices that low...if that makes any sense.