Tomb Raider (PKD) Construction Update

Friday, December 17, 2004 3:44 PM
http://www.kingsdominion.com/corpinfo_pressphotos_const.jsp

PKD has recently posted some new pics of their Tomb Raider Top Spin ride surrently under construction in the Congo area of the park. The ride itself seems very near to being completly assembeled which will just leave the themeing to go. Enjoy.


If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.

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Friday, December 17, 2004 7:38 PM
Man Paramount, why are the pictures so damn big? I hate the people who've forgotten the dial-up crowd. Anyway, I like the finish a lot, and as predicted, it's only a standard Top Spin. I'm very happy to see them adding flat rides. Now, will the program impress or disappoint?
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Friday, December 17, 2004 8:14 PM
Jeff's avatar The dial-up crowd isn't the intended audience. It's a press area and the photos are intended for reproduction, thus they're posted at their native size.

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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:21 PM
Is it my imagination or is that thing bigger than your typical top spin. The supports on each side seem rather tall. I me be wrong, I've only seen one top spin in my life at SFFT.

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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:26 PM
Well, Huss does have the Giant TopSpin that seats 77..
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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:33 PM
It's definitely not the Giant. Trust me, I've ridden Tomb Raider at PKI which is a monstrosity. Just take a look at the building that houses it.
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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:47 PM
How can you tell that it's a standard model when the gondola is nowhere to be seen in those pics?

I recall the park saying that the ride will seat 40 guests(20 on each side)so that proves that it'll be the new floorless model similar to Riptide at KBF,either way it looks to be a great ride that I'll be making a beeline for as soon as I get in the gates during my trip to PKD next year.

Now one thing I'm kinda disappointed in is the color scheme....I'm hoping they'll go with a jungle green color for the gondola though,that'll look better than being just one solid color all the way around...that & the brown color seems to clash too much with V:TBC's mountain.

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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:51 PM
Remember, it's supposed to be made of rock, therefor the brownish color is perfictly reasonable. As for it's size, I think everyone is just saying it's a standard model as opposed to the Giant version at PKI. Whether it will be the regular standard Top Spin or the Floorless version is still to be seen.

If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.

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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:55 PM
I wasn't saying it WAS a giant, just bringing to mind that such a beast exists.

Anywho, after looking at the pics, I don't see anything abnormally large about that topspin (and I operated one for 1 1/2 seasons, so I got acquainted with it ;) )

Oh, also, did anyone else notice in the pics that the one arm is upside down? :)


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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:56 PM
The Suspended Top Spin is listed at a maximum operating height of 59 ft, the same as the regular Top Spin, on the Huss site so it's just perspective.
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Friday, December 17, 2004 10:57 PM
You're right, we haven't seen the gondala yet. Don't get all excited about the ride yet. Top Spins can be out of control-see Kennywood, or can be rather tame-see Great Adventure. I'm hoping for the former.
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Friday, December 17, 2004 11:07 PM
Jeff's avatar

BATWING FAN SFA said:
How can you tell that it's a standard model when the gondola is nowhere to be seen in those pics?
Well, for starters there aren't any doors in the arms for people to crawl into.

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Saturday, December 18, 2004 1:08 PM
Ohh yeah I totally lost track of the theming planned for the ride,at least it's not an ugly orange color like I had feared it'd be.

I agree with you I-Fan in the hopes that PKD will use an exciting program for their ride....SF parks usually tend to run their programmable flats on the lowest intensity cycle available so as to shorten cycle time & save wear & tear on the equipment.

Wasn't there a press release somewhere that was made shortly after the announcement detailing the actual ride cycle? I recall reading that TR would run a program which would include at least 6 inversions during the ride.

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Saturday, December 18, 2004 1:34 PM

BATWING FAN SFA said:
...SF parks usually tend to run their programmable flats on the lowest intensity cycle available so as to shorten cycle time & save wear & tear on the equipment.

Apparently you've never ridden Iron Eagle at SFA...


If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.

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Saturday, December 18, 2004 2:12 PM
^Yeah right.....I've ridden the eagle too many times to count,just not lately because it's been broken more than it's been running over the past two seasons.
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Saturday, December 18, 2004 5:51 PM
Intamin Fan,

Perhaps SFGADv has since tamed their Top Spin down since 1999, but I have had one of the wildest rides I have ever had in my life in it. The operator ran back-to-back programs to give us a total of 26 flips in a matter of just a couple of minutes.

Since we are on the topic of this great ride, has anyone else ridden the Top Spin 2 at Coney Island? Talk about insane!

-Sean

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