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  1. The Freedom Flyer is now standing watch over Fun Spot America.
  2. The 14' tall Freedom Flyer figure is ready for installation. He will sit atop the FF building and hold a 20' tall pole with an American flag. He was fabricated by Dino Rentos Studios. They are also fabricating the dimensional theme fronts for the White Lightning. front view side view concept render
  3. Sorry, It's 48" minimum height required. I double checked in the GCI manual.
  4. Yes, White Lightning is officially open. We're getting great feedback from the riders, lots of multiple trips and plenty of screams. I've heard the word "awesome" used a number of times. Height requirement for WL is 48" tall. Foam seats are just for a cleaner, more streamlined look. Plus they allow for the embossed logos. We don't have any information on how well they will hold up over time compared to upholstery. The current theming of the trains are a temporary graphical representation of the actual dimensional fronts which are being fabricated. You may occasionally see this version if we have issues or need to do work on the trains. Side panel graphics are not installed yet, either. Also look for lots of new railroad theming at the station area in the near future. SkyCoaster and Enterprise are also on line now. Freedom Flyer is having its station cover installed today. When you fly over the station you will see a huge FF logo on top of the cover. Hope to see you out there! It's HUGE!
  5. A couple of things about the trains which are unique to White Lightning. If you notice in the front view photo of the blue trains, the left armrest area is different from the right. We collaborated with GCI to make this design change. The corner of the armrest on the left is cut off at a 45* angle and an additional pad is under a redesigned bar. We think this gives a little more elbow room and is more comfortable. We also used molded foam seats instead of upholstery. If you notice when you ride, the Fun Spot America logo is embossed in the backrest and the White Lightning logo is embossed in the little elbow side pad. Jeff also incorporated a lightning bolt into the side bar bracket flange. We're still working on the themed fronts and graphics for the trains. So, all in all, a number of unique new design aspects to the GCI trains on the White Lightning.
  6. The trains aren't themed yet. The blue ones in the photos are some trains they had at their factory. The coloring had nothing to do with our project.
  7. I think I qualify for the first to be addicted to the White Lightning. Yesterday evening GCI wanted to log some laps on the trains, so I went along for the ride. I now have 35 runs, 25 of them in a row. The more I rode, the more I liked it. You literally float through the right bank at the bottom of the drop. What a great ride! Inspection today!
  8. Great job on the video, Rob. I got to ride it this evening. Twice in the front and twice in the back. What a great ride! I loved every second. Never a dull moment, super fast and super smooth. Great views, perfect ride, tons of fun. I wanted to ride it over and over, and I'm picky. You will love this ride! Thanks GCI, total homerun!!!
  9. Actually the "Big Fun" concept was designed for Fun Spot USA in Kissimmee.
  10. Just FYI, the soft opening phase of the park began last night. The expansion area is open to the public. The relocated and new flat rides are running, although the coasters are not open yet. The Freedom Flyer could possibly be running next weekend. Lots of work still to be done before the official Grand Opening on June 8th, permanent fencing, signage, theming, etc.
  11. It won't be long, we're working feverishly to get everything finished. In case you didn't realize how tight the coaster is against the track, here's a shot to show just how close it is. Much of the "All New Commander Track" is ready for its concrete surface. Nice and curvy. The Enterprise is almost there... So is the Rip Curl! And the new entry building is just waiting for its signage.
  12. Here's another small update with a few new tidbits. Turn around is being flown Here's another shot of Joe from Great Coasters. Notice the next bents to go up behind him. The bottom one is the one right after to the 90 degree bank, very close to vertical. The supports for the station roof are in. Side scenery for the Rip Curl Part of the middle panel of the front Rip Curl scenery Lamp posts, landscaping and fencing (to be painted) along the main path are going in. Supported roof paver tiles on top of the SkyDiner/SkyCoaster building. There will be a large observation/hang out area up here with a great view of the WL turnaround and the rest of the park. Entry building paint job is almost done. Last but not least, a never before seen image of the Freedom Flyer. A 14' tall figure which will be installed on top of the FF mech. building overlooking the park.
  13. That was an initial concept proposed by a water park design firm. Since then we have purchased additional acreage, so it is unlikely that this design would be utilized. We were trying squeeze a water park into two acres, but we don't have that limitation now. Definite plans have not been made as to future development. The performance of the current expansion will influence those decisions.
  14. Here's a quick photo update. Rear of the entry building White Lightning White Lightning Enterprise base in its new home Larson Tilt-A-Whirl is installed
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