Tomb Raider....whats your thoughts???

Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:16 PM

I think this is a good ride that a lot of people are putting down and I don't understand why. I enjoy the ride and the themeing is nothing short of excellent for a world class park like PKI.

What do you think??? Please dont turn this into a mud-slinging contest but what are your honest thoughts? Like it or not.

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Yes, I work at Paramount's Kings Island!
Flight of Fear Crew 2001 & 2002.

*** This post was edited by PKI Rulz on 6/19/2002. ***

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:18 PM
It all comes down to one's opinion. Just leave it at that.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:22 PM
Great ride... just too damn short.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:22 PM

You can see my assessment of the ride here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RollerCoasterTalk/message/8006 .

You'll have to scroll down to find it. I'd post it her but it's lengthy enough that a link would be better.

-Nate

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:26 PM

Well, first the ride is at PKI so by that qualification it will never get a fair shake by many enthusiasts. PKI falls into the relm of a handful of parks that many enthusiasts love to hate.

But not me!

I like it alot. I like the themeing, I was surprised at how well it fits into Rivertown and I think it fills a unique void at the park. The overall experience pleasantly surprises me and I find it very re-rideable. It is a ride I definitely look forward to when I go to PKI now. The immense enormity of the ride unit itself still blows me away. I am glad they installed it and I hope it has set a precident by which other attractions there will follow.

Downside? The pre-ride movie gets old after a few viewings ala FOF. Also, knowing what the ride *could* do with a different program, it is not as thrilling as it could be. The ending definitely needs some work, which I understand the park is addressing.

I have no issues with the lingering upside down hang time. However apparently larger folks are bothered by it. That is the part that gets the most whines from enthusiasts that do not like it as far as I can tell.

Shaggy

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Shaggy
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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:36 PM

I love it. I was actually expecting it to be a big disappointment when they announced it. I was definetly wrong. We ride it everytime we go and are getting to know the employees that work on the ride. I agree with Shaggy, the rides does have more potential, the programming just needs to be worked out. It seems to me that they have actually slowed it down recently. Anyway, I think it gets a bad rap because it is short, but that doesn't bother me. It's intense the whole time. Look at The Raven!

Eric

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That is alllll........

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:42 PM

I Love the Ride. Theming is Great and I really love the music. Especially the music that is played while loading the actual ride, it really adds to everything.

Like Shaggy said, the pre~ride movie does get to be old after a couple of viewings but I can deal.

Sure the actual ride could be a bit longer but I think over time this length of the ride may change, and if not, I will still love it.

Like Shaggy also mentioned, the different cycles can definitely make a difference. There are so many aspects of the actual ride time that I enjoy.

All in all, TR is my Favorite ride at PKI.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 7:46 PM
I love it, PKI is my home park so i go one or 2 times a week. I rode it the past 2 days. It seems to me that a new flip was added or was that first flip always there? i always thought the eyes looked around and thenit just took you up to the ice but last 2 times i went on it (the past 2 days) the was a flip and then it took you up the the ice. Any one know if this was there before or if it was just added?

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bigger is better

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 8:02 PM
How many times do I have to say it? TOMB RAIDER IS NOT TOO SHORT!!
The ride time from bridges-up to bridges-down is TWO AND A HALF MINUTES. By most flat-ride standards, that is a ridiculously LONG ride!
The fact that people are getting off of it saying that it was "too short" is a code that really means "it didn't do enough." It FEELS short. But it is NOT a short ride.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 8:05 PM
Ya I have to agree I don't think its all that short at all. I love the ride and its a great addition to PKI anyone know when 2003 anouncement is?

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 8:53 PM

Wow, Dave, that's about the most fired up I've ever heard you get.

You go, tiger!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002 8:58 PM
I was really impressed with the ride and it exceed my expictaions. It is a real neat way to use a Top Spin and infact my favorite part of the ride was when the your hanging facing the lava for about 20 seconds or so. I also love the ride music which its been about 2 weeks when I rode it and still can't get the theme music outta my head. This is a great use of a Top Spin.

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Chris Knight
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Thursday, June 20, 2002 1:16 AM
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Thursday, June 20, 2002 5:05 AM

I like the ride very much. I will love it if they do 1 thing: add a quick, intense finale. Maybe a double or triple spin before ending. For me, the end is a little flat. I hope Shaggy is right (he usually is) and the park is doing something about the ending.

I like everything else about the ride. The themeing; the movie (yeah, it will probably will get old); and the hanging.

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Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein

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Thursday, June 20, 2002 5:09 AM

joe. said:
Great ride... just too damn short.


What? I'm willing to bet it's one of the longest rides at the park.

I love it. The theme is well executed, the program is exciting without making you puke and the got John Voigt to voice the intro.

Now, I just hope that the park realizes that, being part live theater, you can't let little aspects of the ride go down unrepaired. Live theater doesn't work with lighting problems and non-functioning set pieces. No problems yet, and I'm not suggesting there will be, I just want to reinforce that idea.

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"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Thursday, June 20, 2002 5:13 AM
Good point. 1 time when I was there 1 of the shining eyes was out. Wow, what a difference. You don't realize how much ALL of the effects add up to make the whole ride until 1 of them is missing.
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Thursday, June 20, 2002 5:43 AM
I'm with DEK.. couple of flips at the end, and less time in the "looping starship" hang of doom and it gets higher marks. I didn't care about the lackluster ending, In all 3 rides I've taken, I was ready for it to be over because of the hang factor.

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Thursday, June 20, 2002 5:57 AM

I don't wanna tip my cards before writing my Park #7 review...oh, wait a minute--I already did in the overview. Oops. What the hey, I got five coasters and a wavepool to review anyway.

While the preceding chambers were as meticulously themed as anything from USF/IOA, the final sequence was far simpler and lower-budget on the FX than the rest of the experience. Frankly, even the Outer Limits seemed more polished in comparison.

Buuuuut that didn't stop it from being a lot of fun. It wasn't white-linen napkin fun, but huge greasy-spoon hamburger topped with a mess of stringy fried onions fun. Roll up your sleeves, put both elbows on the table and let all the sloppy juices run down your chin 'cause it's gonna happen anyway fun. Suspend your disbelief and kick, scream and laugh yourself hoarse fun. Wait a minute--I've got another sentence ending with the word 'fun' coming up...

-'Playa

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The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo.

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Thursday, June 20, 2002 6:27 AM
I didnt especially care for the ride itself but the theming was great. Also like a few people have said I didnt like the hangtime at the end either.

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Joey Ciborek, Florida Coaster Club, Member
"WE RIDE ALL YEAR!!!" www.FloridaCoasterClub.com
"It's like an addiction" Me, The Discovery Channel, Ultimate Guide: Roller Coasters 5/27/02

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Thursday, June 20, 2002 6:46 AM

When a new ride opens a Kings Island, the theming is done well. But normally that is not maintained to the highest standards as time passes and the ride gets less popular. Lines for this ride will dwindle to nothing, it is not a timeless attraction. Sort of like Flight Commander did (huge lines the first year it was open).

They spent a lot of money on theming that could have been used to install other flat rides, which the park desperately needs. Or more family oriented rides (which the whole family can ride together, kids to grandma, such as dark rides). There are some MAJOR flat thrill rides out there that do not exist in Ohio. Intamin gyroswing, looping starship (which all the other Paramount parks have), Nauta-Bussink evolution, etc. The "show" on tomb raider will get old after a few times, and you will basically have a top spin as the theming goes down.

And this ride does not fit in Rivertown. There were not middle eastern tombs in the river days of Ohio. And there were not jeeps. Paramount has just about totally raped all the original theming of the themed sections of their park, and Tomb Raider was another step backward in that aspect. I like good rides, but part of the park experience for me is being totally transported into a different place or time with the theming of each section. While tomb raider itself is well themed, most of that theming is indoors, which the whole point of going to a park for me is to be outdoors.

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