I am sure some of you have seen this, but for the ones that haven't, check out this vid. I always get a kick out of elapsed time when something is being built. The coaster looks like a toy model going up and the cranes moving around look like toys themselves.
This is one thing I remembered about Raptor's opening was the major transformation of that area of the park. It was kind of neat to watch the entire process of deconstruction and construction of the new ride.
very cool vid! I only wish it was more hi-res. It's time for Youtube.2 with HD video! :)
P.S. I wonder what the simulation software is that is seen in the video - is that a PR product or something actually out of the engineering lab of B&M? *** Edited 5/5/2008 8:10:07 PM UTC by superman***
I've never been on Raptor but it seems like an awesome ride. Hopefully someday I'll be lucky enough to jump on it. The video looks great. I swear when the ride goes into a loop on the video....I can feel it lol.
Not directed at me, but that was in fact the old carousel building that was demolished to make way for Raptor and Midway Market. The actual carousel was moved up to the front of the park where it is today.
I actually don't recall a Dodgem "three" unless you are referring to the bumper cars in Kiddie Kingdom. Dodgem "Two" was where Dragster's tower sits today and the current Dodgem is the only large Dodgem ride left.
A lot had to happen in order to fit Raptor. The Mill Race log flume was removed from the Lift/helix finale area. The Calypso flat ride was moved from its location where Raptor's vertical loop sits to its current location next to Blue Streak. The turnpike cars either had one track removed (I think there was two separate tracks) and whatever remained were joined to create one track, that area is where the Cobra Roll and midcourse now sit.
I think that was around the time people thought CP was running out of space because of everything that had to happen to fit Raptor. Here we are 8 more coasters later (Raptor was 11th)!