Actually this announcement was scheduled most like well in advance of Katrina and anyone in the press industry will tell you rescheduling these things could be a nightmare. Just make the announcement and take the abuse.
Pretty simplistic layout when you get right down to it. However, I think it will be a lot of fun. I'm curious as to why they wouldn't put some sort of a "spray" effect when the train gets close to the lake outside the front gate - much like what they do on IJ:ST. I think that would be pretty neat to see on and off the ride.
Brian - the announcement has probably been planned for months, and honestly no time in the foreseeable future will be considered a "good time" until the mess is cleaned up.
I don't think there's abuse to be dished out The problem is that no one will pay attention to the release---the point of the release is to generate buzz, and a lot of folks in the general vicinity don't give two hoots about an amusement park today. Even waiting a week might have generated better press, though this may be one headline that has very long legs, news-wise.
*** Edited 9/1/2005 3:00:35 PM UTC by Brian Noble***
OOOhh just realized something. Why in the press release is the word GIANT capitalized like that? I feel as though it's somehow significant to the name of the ride...is it sponsored by the supermarket chain? Or is it just to emphasize the size of the ride?
Believe me, I am not a SF fan, but, I think they should be commended for not building a coaster 'so big' that it goes outside of the park...over the parking lot....this coaster goes over the water and adds will add a great touch. It should be very visually appealing at the park gates.
They are marketing it that it indeed does go outside of the park.
To me it's layout roughly resembles Magnum. 2 big hills and a turnaround. Not a complaint - just an observation. One complaint however is that it will be a two train operation. Though it may not matter - I think SFOG ops are pretty slow.
But on all of their B&M coasters the line goes much quicker and im sure w/ the simple restraint of this coaster it should be as much as a hassle as lets say...S:UF with all the 3:4 and 7:2 calls on the speaker !
All I can say is WOW, what an interesting layout. I easily forsee this as being a small hyper that packs a big punch. With no MCBR, there doesnt appear to be anything stopping this train from pulling out all the stops.
If it maintains its speed throughout the entire course I think we're gonna have a winner on our hands. I for one love the layout, that second hill towering over scorcher is what is really gonna sell the ride.
People entering the park are going to see that and just be ecstatic over something so overwhelming. Also, if the pond out front is made to look anything like it is in the video, that will be a great effect added to the ride itself.
Does anyone agree with my thoughts or does goliath appeal to anyone else out there? I will be standing in line on opening day for sure.
Looks like a pretty straight forward, fun ride. I'm looking forward to checking it out next summer. I find it a little dissapointing that(at least according to the video) there doesn't appear to be any of that B&M banking on the top of hills like those found on Apollo or Nitro. Those are the elements that I like best on those coasters and really take advantage of the open side seating.
^The ride looks amazing, from beginning to end. Aye maybe SFOG can say, most B&M coasters in a single park without a MCBR. Too bad I prolly won't be able to ride this baby anytime soon. Hopefully I will one day.
I wish other SF parks would announce for 2006. O wait a minute they did..... they're up for sale!!!! *** Edited 9/1/2005 3:43:09 PM UTC by SF Critic***