Published: September 18, 2011 at 3:27 PMI'm wondering why they choose not to go with Intamin. Was there a problem with Cheetah Hunt and/or dispute with Intamin? Curious as they put a B&M Dive Machine clone for the last addition and Verbolten is essentially the same type of coaster as Cheetah Hunt.
Published: September 18, 2011 at 4:24 PMI'm going in Late March, so I doubt it will be open by then.
Published: September 18, 2011 at 8:25 PMI was in the park today. It looks like they might be using some of the Big Bad Wolfs supports. I could be wrong though.
Published: September 19, 2011 at 3:58 AMThey confirmed in the pass member event that the coaster will have the same final drop to the Rhine river that Big Bad Wolf had as well as a similar "S" curve back to the station.
Published: September 19, 2011 at 10:39 AMNigel, Honestly the only similarity to cheetah hunt is going to be that it launches. There is a very large event building that the coaster will be going into. Only 2 launches. Lap bar restraints (48" ride height). And it follows the same path the Big Bad Wolf took as it dove toward the Rhine River, but from a little bit higher up.
I'm also curious why they didn't go with Intamin, but from what I understand Larry Giles still doesn't like Intamin since they used them for Pompeii, which has to be the ride with the most downtime in the park. This should be the highest profile coaster that Zierer has done.
There looks to be a huge focus on theming here. The released concept art makes the queue building interior remind me of Expedition Everest's queue. i.e. "Going on a tour, beware of [insert bad guy here]" with lots of theming in the queue.