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P. 457: Pantheon Roller Coaster POV!

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In the third picture from the bottom, are those mini-LSMs? Or are they just some kind of sensor?

 

Edit: Looking closer I see tires.

Wicked at Lagoon has those to Power the Onboard Monitoring System and to Charge the Rear Lights on the Trains. I'm interested to see if Verbolten's Trains have the same Charging System for the Onboard Lighting as BomBora's, which are Rumored to have been built by Zierer.

 

cfc and Snowboard83, was there any mention of a Flywheel Inverter?

 

- Sid

 

They'll most likely use very powerful capacitors to charge the train in the staion ala HRRR and most other "onboard extra" coasters.

That's what I said about BomBora.
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This ride looks epic. Very impressive. Definitely seems like a much more cohesive take on Thirteen. And I'm looking forward to this one more than most of the other roller coasters new in 2012! It's cool to see more dark ride coasters continuing to show up at more traditional theme parks.

 

Also, this ride is going to be killer at night. Roller coasters in the woods are always so much more thrilling in the nighttime darkness. I remember how much I loved riding The Beast at night, and Verbolten will be great at night "Braving the Black Forest"

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The winners of Busch Gardens Social Media contest! We were all happy. It was an awesome day.

 

Amen to that--the tour was great. Nice meeting you yesterday.

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other than being the largest investment in Busch Gardens history was an actual number ever attached to this project? I was curious how it compared to something like Everest or even Wild Eagle or another major coasters at a seasonal park.

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The barn and loading station are themed to be a garage, and those were the only storage tracks I noticed. They had a Verbolten banner covering the other end of the barn, though.

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Thanks for the trip reports and photos! Great stuff, i've been looking forward to this since you announced you were going. I'm getting really pumped up to ride this thing, summer can't come soon enough.

 

I was comparing the leaked plans to the latest photos to get an idea of what to expect from the final ride. I noticed something in the show building that i hadn't seen before. It looks like there's going to be some theming element on the floor in the center of the helix... It's labeled 'vortex' and looks like swirling branches... Looks like that part of the ride is going to be a pretty intense experience. There's also something in that area called the 'moon box.' Any ideas what that might be?

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Are there only 3 storage tracks ...or are the other 2 in the area behind the station? It looked like it was themed to look like a garage in the area behind the station but when I look closely, I think I see 2 more storage tracks.

 

This doesn't surprise me for a 5 train ride. They will likely park one in the loading station block, one on the unloading station block and the remaining three on the storage tracks when it's not in operation. The space behind the loading station is likely for maintenance.

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other than being the largest investment in Busch Gardens history was an actual number ever attached to this project? I was curious how it compared to something like Everest or even Wild Eagle or another major coasters at a seasonal park.

 

$50 million was thrown around a few months ago, which is a pretty significant amount for a park like BGW. You could buy two giga coasters with that much money. Or pay for Everest's animatronic Yeti

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Thanks for the trip reports and photos! Great stuff, i've been looking forward to this since you announced you were going. I'm getting really pumped up to ride this thing, summer can't come soon enough.

 

I was comparing the leaked plans to the latest photos to get an idea of what to expect from the final ride. I noticed something in the show building that i hadn't seen before. It looks like there's going to be some theming element on the floor in the center of the helix... It's labeled 'vortex' and looks like swirling branches... Looks like that part of the ride is going to be a pretty intense experience. There's also something in that area called the 'moon box.' Any ideas what that might be?

 

They were very coy on specifics about the thematic elements in the building. But what you're saying would jibe with the hints they've dropped in the animated videos the park has released.

 

I'm hoping there's something involving a Big Bad Wolf and gnomes, myself.

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The center’s rental cars keep disappearing, and the passengers are never seen again. Gunter covers this up by collecting the missing motorists’ personal effects from their crushed, vine-entangled cars, which he hides amid the clutter of his office and garage.

His main assets keep disappearing. His clients go missing, with next of kin and local authorities apparently uninterested. And yet somehow he continues to have a fleet of 1960's Italian roadsters in his garage with an unending line of interested customers? I seriously need to invest in this business.

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^^^It sounds like your dream gig, Scott. You get to maintain a fleet of amazing vintage sports cars, and annoying customers are never seen again!

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Thanks for the trip reports and photos! Great stuff, i've been looking forward to this since you announced you were going. I'm getting really pumped up to ride this thing, summer can't come soon enough.

 

I was comparing the leaked plans to the latest photos to get an idea of what to expect from the final ride. I noticed something in the show building that i hadn't seen before. It looks like there's going to be some theming element on the floor in the center of the helix... It's labeled 'vortex' and looks like swirling branches... Looks like that part of the ride is going to be a pretty intense experience. There's also something in that area called the 'moon box.' Any ideas what that might be?

 

They were very coy on specifics about the thematic elements in the building. But what you're saying would jibe with the hints they've dropped in the animated videos the park has released.

 

I'm hoping there's something involving a Big Bad Wolf and gnomes, myself.

 

I'm hoping that maybe they'll have a wolf's howl in the background during that section, that would be such an amazing tribute!

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^At least one of the trains' "license plates" appears to say "wolf crossing," I understand. This question came up during the tour, as well, and the answer was "there may be some more BBW tributes."

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other than being the largest investment in Busch Gardens history was an actual number ever attached to this project? I was curious how it compared to something like Everest or even Wild Eagle or another major coasters at a seasonal park.

 

$50 million was thrown around a few months ago, which is a pretty significant amount for a park like BGW. You could buy two giga coasters with that much money. Or pay for Everest's animatronic Yeti

 

$50 million seems somewhat accurate based solely off of observations. Since the track length is under 3000 feet and the height is under 100 feet i would think that a 50 million dollar price tag probably goes a LONG way in the themeing department. I'm expecting this to be an incredible overall experience.

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