Tomb Raider construction pics available from Midwest

Posted Thursday, August 23, 2001 5:08 AM | Contributed by ShiveringTim

The first update to the site all summer yields construction progress of PKI's 2002 attraction. Foundation trenches for the queue and foundation walls for the "ride" building start to appear.

Link: Midwest Coaster Central

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Thursday, August 23, 2001 5:25 AM
Doesn't look like a coaster to me...
Thursday, August 23, 2001 5:36 AM
Looks to me like a spin and puke, the building isn't big enough for it to be a coaster or a dark ride.
Thursday, August 23, 2001 7:27 AM
PKI said a hundred times it wouldn't be a coaster... do you think they were lying?

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Thursday, August 23, 2001 7:51 AM
I know that, hence the three full stops... just making a point... :)
Thursday, August 23, 2001 7:54 AM
Some people - enthusiasts in particular - hear what they want to hear, Jeff. That's our problem. Thank God the rumors section was put to rest.
Thursday, August 23, 2001 8:53 AM
Sure does look to be about Top Spin sized - and the "plunge toward boiling lava" from the press release could well be the standard fountain option for the park model Top Spin (see the Huss site; follow links for themed rides: mexican ethnic Top Spin).

On the other hand, I hope it might be one of these. Even the concept drawings and description match the TR:TR release, and Natua Bausik very carefully mention no themeing details. Image that the chain lift hauls you toward the stalactite cieling, which opens in the nick of time to take you across the roof; then back inside for your lava plaunge. That would be cool.

It also fulfills the 'escape vehicle' concept in a way that a Top Spin couldn't, unless it was specially modified with two load/unload platforms.

Anybody else think it is reasonable?



Thursday, August 23, 2001 9:11 AM
Knowing this ride will be a 3-D experience, I am thinking it will be like Spiderman only with different vehicles and will be a multi-level ride, then once at the top, the new vehicles will plunge from the top of the building (using that some track that will be in the ride) and turn out at the last second. But I also think it could very well be what Pat Santucci said because if it's inverted, then you will ot know when the train will be pulling out. No one really knows except the head people at PKI nad you know they have their mouth shut so I guess we will just have to wait until opening day of next year to find out what it really is.
Thursday, August 23, 2001 10:36 AM
It has to be a huge attraction...look at the amount of land they cleared. I just don't believe this will be an enclosed spin and puke. Why would you need a plot of land that size?
Thursday, August 23, 2001 10:57 AM
I asked Jennifer Bowers awhile back about the ride, and I asked her how big the building was. She said (I would quote, but I cant find the email.) "The biggest building will measure 90`x70`x30`" I dont remember the exact measurements, but my point is she said the BIGGEST building, meaning there is more than one building. What they might be building is the queue building, and then the attraction is behind that. If you look at the pics, you can clearly see in the background cleared trees.

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Thursday, August 23, 2001 11:32 AM
This ride will contain many under ground sections,and as you can see from the pictures the foundation is not complete yet!  I have recived this imformation first hand from a friend of mine who is a tram you may think a tran driver but she has been there for over twenty years so its very reliable information,this is only a statement not a rumor!
Thursday, August 23, 2001 11:57 AM
I'm not doubting you about the underground sections, but I think there's going to be a catch.  If there were underground sections we would see trenches or pits at this stage in construction.  Since the theming involves some sort of archeological excavation, I would expect perceived undergound sections.  None of the ride itself will be underground since footers for the ride system are poured. 
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Thursday, August 23, 2001 12:27 PM
Does a building with the demensions 91by 91 by 81 sound like its to small to be a dark ride? Don't think so. This building is gonna be HUGE!!!!!!!!!!! O and PKI_MAN I heard these demensions from Jeff siebert and David Mandt they also sadi it might be even taller possibly over 100ft.
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Thursday, August 23, 2001 1:39 PM
Here's some clues PKI gave out at a coaster enthusiast gathering... They didn't reveal any REAL details about the ride but it should narrow down the possibilities a lot!

- It will be NOTHING like Spiderman.

- NO 3D Glasses.

- You will enter via a cave and literally wait in line underground.

- You will be separated from other people in the que by groups (via getting shut in tombs, other passage ways, all going along with the theme of a mysterious digging site)

- There is NO ride currently like this on the planet (or even close).

- The Que has taken just as much research as the ride.

- It is NOT ANY TYPE of simulator.

-You will be moving Vertical and horizontal on the ride.

- When they say  "You will be hurled up towards Giant Stalagtites" and they stressed this..."You WILL be hurled up towards Giant Stalagtites!!"

- When they say "You will plumet towards Molten hot lava" And they stressed this too, "You WILL plumet towards Moleten Hot Lava...though we know this is an effect...sorry we couldn't find real lava"

- Even the DIE HARD "Theming Enthusiasts" will be blown away with the themeing.

- And the "General Peeps" will be just in awe over the attraction.

- The main building is going to be at least 8 stories tall, VERY wide and the que is going to be under that.

So there you have it... In a few ways it makes it even more confusing since there is no ride currently like it :).

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Thursday, August 23, 2001 2:23 PM
Sure looks like a type of Top Spin to me!  Maybe it's a Super TopSpin!  It hasn't been built yet and nobody knows what a Super TopSpin will be, it seem to fit the description.  Not to mention the fact that the concrete foundation's resemble a Top Spin's foundation rather remarkably.
Thursday, August 23, 2001 2:37 PM
I just love these PKI / Tomb Raider threads...they're so good for a laugh!

Enthusiast A:  It looks like a flat ride to me!

Enthusiast B: It's not a flat ride.

Enthusiast C:  It looks like a flat ride to me!

Enthusiast B: It's not a flat ride.

Enthusiast D: It looks like a flat ride to me!

Enthusiast B: It's not a flat ride.

Too funny.....

Thursday, August 23, 2001 3:15 PM
BrandonR, if you actually go up to the Tomb Raider display and read the sign, it says guests will immerse themselves in a 3-D experience. So there might not be 3-D glasses but somewhere in the ride there will be a 3-D section.
Thursday, August 23, 2001 4:29 PM
it is going to be an S&S Thrust Air, Like Hypersonic
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Thursday, August 23, 2001 4:59 PM
3-D can mean anything. You see in 3-D, after all, it's just depth perception.

I really doubt this attraction will need 3-D glasses.

My money is still on the 'Lost City' idea with a double chain lift up, the 'Tower of Terror' view from the top and then the plunge face down toward the lava pit,as mentioned by Pat above.

In any case, I'll still be pleased as punch to ride it, whatever it is.

Keep up the healthy speculation.


Thursday, August 23, 2001 5:48 PM
yeah its in 3-D a statue from the movie on a screen its 3-D. everyone is taking all the facts from the announcement and putting them towards the ride. think about the queue line they said its gonna be on of the most spectacular queue lines in the world. did you ever think the 3-d effects are for the line not the ride.

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