I recently went to www.dafe.org where there are pictures of Tomb Raider on opening day and I must say if this is how the theming is now I don't understand why some people think the theming is lame? I hope when I go in June that this is how it will all look because the ride looks awesome:)Direct link to pictures Click Here
Just about every person getting off of that ride has the same complaint: "It was a neat ride, but it was too short."
The ride runs 2:30, making it one of the longest rides in the park.
People insist that the park has made it longer, but it's been 2:30 from the day it opened.
Now, if people are getting off of a 2:30 ride and telling you that it is "too short" what does that tell you?
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Actually I have heard very few really negative comments about TR overall.
Just go see for yourself, we can all tell you till we are blue in the face what we think of it, but you will still form your own opinion.
I think it's funny that people complain about 2:30 minutes being too short for a ride, yet they rave about a coaster like DD at IOA or Oblivion at Alton Towers. What do those rides last, 1:30 at most?
(NOTE: I am not bashing these mentioned rides at all. I happen to love DD and the drop on Oblivion looks kick *ss.)
From the time the bridges go up until the bridges come back down again on Tomb Raider is 2:30. Mysteriously, there was a 20-second delay last time I rode between the bridges coming down and the restraints being opened.
People are feeling let-down by Tomb Raider. The ride ends and you hear people whispering, "That was it?". It's a long ride with an elaborate show, but people are expecting more than that from the ride. They're thinking, "That's all it does?!" but when you ask them what they thought of it they all say the same thing: "It's a neat ride, but it was too short!".
Tomb Raider is a Huss Giant Top Spin. That ride has the capability of whipping riders around in such a way that they can't wait to get off the thing. Tomb Raider is not programmed to do that. Tomb Raider is programmed to maximize the lava pit scene, which is nicely done, but quite frankly is a pretty weak premise to build a ride on. They could cut that scene in half and concentrate more on the acrobatics and have people cheering when they get off. But as of three weekends ago when I last rode it, instead they were reminding people of Adventure Express!
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Just imagine if they added a "Tomb Raider Extreme" program that would run only after 6 pm. Hmmmm.....
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The good thing about a Huss Top Spin is that it is completely programmable. Should PKI decide that they want to "spice" up the experience it shouldn't be difficult to do and, like Tower of Terror, they can tweak it so its different every few years...make it interesting to repeat riders. Who knows...by the time I finally get out there to ride TR it could very well be a totally different experience from what it is today ;-)
As for the 2:30 ride time I think that's pretty long. Most coasters are about a minute after you leave the top of the lift, many much less.
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I am not sure they would have to make the pre-show longer. They could probably just time the start of the pre-show so it ends when the ride cycle is ending. However, more waiting in the room before the ride room would be required.
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