Whats so bad about the Tomb Raider theming!?

Tuesday, May 14, 2002 3:45 PM

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2002 3:48 PM
No, the themeing isn't lame...the RIDE is lame. In fact, the decoration is the part of the ride that is executed remarkably well...all though I did expect some fun-house stunts in the queue which were not included...the "theming" is extraordinary.

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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2002 3:54 PM
Well I have never been on a Top Spin so this will be my first one so I doubt I will think the ride is lame but i dont think 2:30 is short, it is longer than FOF and some other coasters... oh well, im excited about it.
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 4:30 PM
I thought the theming was good and as well as the ride. I just thought the end was very lame. They could ahve added a few flips or something. All you do is your at the top and just come down slowy as you get a good veiw of all the effects
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 5:56 PM
look up the company huss at a seach and look up topspin, they have got a little animation of one
Tuesday, May 14, 2002 6:19 PM

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.


Wednesday, May 15, 2002 2:57 AM

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.)

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 5:58 AM
That's exactly the point.

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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002 6:03 AM

Just imagine if they added a "Tomb Raider Extreme" program that would run only after 6 pm. Hmmmm.....


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Wednesday, May 15, 2002 10:28 AM
The only problem that I have with the themeing is that outside standing in line you are looking at a large aluminum box. granted PKI doesn't have the budget to make the big box look better but it isn't "totally immeresed experience" until you get in the cave like they said it would be. otherwise inside the themeing is good

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Wednesday, May 15, 2002 10:48 AM
I didn't think it was too short. Time flys when you're having fun! Theming is great but the only problem with making the ride longer is they'll hafta redo the preshow and make it longer as well. If it did happen I don't see it happening till next year.


Wednesday, May 15, 2002 11:01 AM

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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Wednesday, May 15, 2002 6:12 PM


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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