Construction updates: Shanghai Disneyland and Universal Studios Singapore
Our friend Stefan Zwanzger has posted some fresh construction photos from Shanghai Disneyland
That's the Tron Lightcycle Coaster there, showing an outside track segment along with the indoor "dark ride" part of the thrill ride. Stefan also has posted photos of the new Pirates ride and covered coaster cars for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and he shows the progress on the Enchanted Storybook Castle and Toy Story Hotel. You can see the complete line-up of attractions expected for the new park on our Shanghai Disneyland page. The park is expected to open by the end of 2015.
Also on the Asian theme parks beat, Low Hao Jie has posted some photos of the new attraction under construction at Universal Studios Singapore. The new ride is going in between the Shrek-themed Far, Far Away and the Jurassic Park-themed Lost World. Universal is installing coaster track that looks very much like the track from a Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster, according to the report. Vekoma was the provider for the park's now-shuttered Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters.
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Can they bring that Tron coaster over to Florida?
Is there any solid information out there regarding what the TRON coaster is going involve? The appearance of an outside portion seems really strange, as one might think that suddenly launching into an exterior section of the ride would destroy the illusion of being inside the computer racing other light cycles, which you'd think would be the fundamental appeal of the ride. Could we be looking at enclosed ride vehicles to block out the outside world, thereby allowing for the dynamic movement of a coaster, but also a controlled visual environment?
I'm hearing that you design your own lightcycle in the queue, then go through a dark ride portion where your lightcycle is tested for capability, efficiency, and responsiveness, before you and your lightcycle blast through the wall of the testing facility for a high-speed power test.
That was so wrong, Robert. I almost choked on my bowl of oatmeal and blueberries.
Oh Robert. You got us again.
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