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P. 276: Penguin Trek construction update!

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I haven't seen all the construction photos of this ride or any real station pics, so does anyone know if it'll use the different sideways loading system for B&M flyers that was brought up in this thread?: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=47231

 

I kinda hope not, I rather liked the feeling of lifting up into flying position on the two B&M flyers I've ridden.

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^Trains usually don't show up until the electrical work is done, and there hasn't been any word as to how that is coming along, so be patient. Once the trains arrive there isn't much left to set up and test so there is no rush.

 

Word has it trains will be in place by February, with testing of the ride components beginning in March. Official opening is Memorial Day at this point, however like all Orlando attractions, we could be seeing a soft opening sometime in April. Given the pace they are on and the progress thats been made so far, this wouldn't surprise me at all.

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Concrete is now being poured to form the base of the splash area, I noticed early this morning. Also to note for those planning a visit soon, the main pathway that extends from the Strollers area back to Key West / Turtle Point will be closed off starting Monday in order to accommodate Manta's construction and will be shut off until the end of this month.....this means taking the LONG way around to Kraken through Waterfront.

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that it so they can put up the netting over the pathway under the drop

 

Actually, no, you are thinking about the wrong path. This is the pathway in the very front of the Park that passes by the employee lounge and splash down area. The pathway under the first drop, in front of Blue Horizons, will not need to be shut off again

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Actually, no, you are thinking about the wrong path. This is the pathway in the very front of the Park that passes by the employee lounge and splash down area. The pathway under the first drop, in front of Blue Horizons, will not need to be shut off again

 

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Actually, no, you are thinking about the wrong path. This is the pathway in the very front of the Park that passes by the employee lounge and splash down area. The pathway under the first drop, in front of Blue Horizons, will not need to be shut off again

 

sorry

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^I'm still not 100% convinced it's a MCBR. It's just the safety brake to the Main Brake and just has a huge section of track between it and the Service Brake. The track area behind the shed is where the Transfer block and Service block rest. That essentially would make the Mid-Course block, a Safety Brake, and not it's own block.

 

Huh? It's a brake. With a platform below it for evacuating guests. It's there to stop a train from advancing forward into that last section if needed. And it's not a block brake?

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Concrete is now being poured to form the base of the splash area, I noticed early this morning. Also to note for those planning a visit soon, the main pathway that extends from the Strollers area back to Key West / Turtle Point will be closed off starting Monday in order to accommodate Manta's construction and will be shut off until the end of this month.....this means taking the LONG way around to Kraken through Waterfront.

 

Any idea for the reason for this closure? My best guess is so more construction vehicles can be inside the construction area in order to continue with the theming on that side of the ride (waterfall and entrance area). Or possibly an expansion of the pathways towards the ride? Maybe both?

 

I know that when the construction vehicles enter, they make a quick turn to the left and there isn't that much room so maybe to accommodate the construction vehicles to continue theming on that side could be the most logical reason.

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Any idea for the reason for this closure? My best guess is so more construction vehicles can be inside the construction area in order to continue with the theming on that side of the ride (waterfall and entrance area). Or possibly an expansion of the pathways towards the ride? Maybe both?

 

I know that when the construction vehicles enter, they make a quick turn to the left and there isn't that much room so maybe to accommodate the construction vehicles to continue theming on that side could be the most logical reason.

 

The entire pathway will be resurfaced, actually, and I suspect that they will go ahead and start preparing the new path that will extend over to the ride area itself. A new path will be constructed starting from the right hand side of Loggerhead Larry's gift shop (which is now closed as it is prepared to be a new merch location for the ride). This new path will also be accessed from where the current Turtle Point area ends near the backside of Larry's.

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The entire pathway will be resurfaced, actually, and I suspect that they will go ahead and start preparing the new path that will extend over to the ride area itself. A new path will be constructed starting from the right hand side of Loggerhead Larry's gift shop (which is now closed as it is prepared to be a new merch location for the ride). This new path will also be accessed from where the current Turtle Point area ends near the backside of Larry's.

 

Interesting. Thanks. Info and updates are becoming harder to find so its great to hear new info.

 

On a side note, I noticed SeaWorld has started advertising for Manta in the Orlando area now. On I4 before the John Young Parkway exit, there is a billboard that shows the same artwork of the ride like the one on the construction wall and yesterday I saw a commercial for Manta. However, both never actually mentions a new coaster, they both said "Pay for a day, come back for a year."

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Thank you all for all the updates! I love to hear everything going on! Hopefully we can have a photo update as soon as some more ground work is done! It has been very captivating, to say the least... to see all this being done. I still cannot believe they are putting up my favorite type of coaster for the year I am going!

 

Two new coasters in the area...Two more credits. I have been riding coasters only since 2005. (Yeah, I was a wuss), and am curious to know how should I count the credits? One per coaster, not per ride, right? It should be easy for me to count. Kraken will be a new credit for me also. Can't wait to get to Sea World!! From the looks of it, they should be done by the time I get there.

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^I never would have thought of that.

 

The purpose of the block brake is to seperate blocks. If the preceding train hasn't cleared the preceding block, then the block brake can keep the train from proceding into the non-clear block section.

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