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Thank you VERY much for the great pics and videos! The ride does look like a ton of fun and can't wait for one to be built here in the US.

 

How does it compare to FB or X? Is it smoother? Have there been more rumors of rotating seats in future models?

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Raptor looks absolutely amazing, I need to get out to Italy. This was my most watched construction project for 2011 and it didn't disappoint at all. Plus, the ride is amazingly photogenic, it's just asking to have pictures taken of it, especially the trains.

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I tried raptor yesterday! The coaster is lot of fun, very smooth (only few vibrations in the back row) and the teming is really cool. the first drop is great. the second part of the ride is not fast or intense, but all the element like the splash effect and the headchoppers (the final tree) make the ride very fun. the trains are amazing and very comfortables.

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Okay, first off, Hanno takes some excellent pictures. I think every angle needed, he covered. Fantastic job Hanno! Secondly, the color of the ride, the trains, the layout, the theming is all amazing. If I had to play devils advocate and bitch, I would want a longer ride, but I don't plan on bitching! This ride looks awesome! Looks like we have a winner:)

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How is the loading procedure? FB has a line on one side and people walk over the center of the ride to get to the other side. X2 has lines on both sides and from what I hear, it takes forever for a train to dispatch.

 

I have also noticed that all of the inversions twist to the left, the left side of the train looks to be getting more negatives and the right side is getting a less intense experience with the inversions...

Bottom line is the right side a different experience from the left side?

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How is the loading procedure? FB has a line on one side and people walk over the center of the ride to get to the other side. X2 has lines on both sides and from what I hear, it takes forever for a train to dispatch.

 

I have also noticed that all of the inversions twist to the left, the left side of the train looks to be getting more negatives and the right side is getting a less intense experience with the inversions...

Bottom line is the right side a different experience from the left side?

 

Loading process is just fine.

at the end of the que they have 2 gates.. opening up for 14 riders each time (14 riders per side) which then go to their side and get ready to get on the train. Restraints are very easy (not like X2) and dispatch times are great.

( i have some pictures of the loading area in the next update)

 

regarding left or right.. sure the ride is a bit different.. since you sit on a different side.. but it does not matter for the full experience. Regarding intensity.. not sure why you think it would be different.. since everybody (the entire train) has to make the entire move..

So bottom line.. not really, both sides are a lot of fun.

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Time for another update.

 

Today was the media event at Gardaland for Raptor. This basically gave me the opportunity to get even more pictures of the ride and try some different things (angles) to get pictures of.

 

I got to watch a nice presentation and had the opportunity to get some pictures from areas where camera's usually don't go.. (as in the Que and loading area)

 

Somebody mentioned not getting the theme behind the ride (or something like that)

here's the story from the press release:

 

The story of the attraction narrates of an implacable predator, an unknown winged creature which, awoken from its ancient sleep in the subsoil of Gardaland during works for the construction of the new rollercoaster, has started to devastate the land to avenge the human insult.

The convoy represents the unknown winged predator that kidnaps (hence the dangling seats) whoever tries to tame it dragging them in an extreme flight through enormous, arid forests and devastated lands. The terrible flight of the unknown creature is filled with ruins such as a watch-tower about to fall, a tree broken in two, a bridge with protection barriers..., remains of the unstoppable fury of Raptor which become out and out obstacles of the path..

 

anyway

Here we go.

 

I do hope you like these.

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new day, new photo ops.. check out this view

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tree joke? nah..

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the entrance gate/portal

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i might have posted something similar.. but i do like it..

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calling home ;)

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will it fit??

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looks like it

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brakes, did not notice them at all during my rides this day

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peronal belongings (aka loose articles)

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hmmm

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bolts bolts bolts

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ok, back to the train and riders

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this is such a fun part of the ride

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see?

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between 140 and 195 cm's to ride

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big upper body and upper legs might.... just test to be sure ;)

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hmm theming

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passing underneath the bridge

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always fun watching people getting damp

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just because...

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.. this will probably be the..

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.. most photographed part of the ride.

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another train

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funny faces

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presentation time

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Candy Holland was here (nice story)

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and Chris McCormack was here

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impressive

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ERT time ;) which for me was picture time in the queue area..

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so close

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water = good (unless you're Dan)

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hmmm

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everywhere you look there's something to look at..

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the bridge

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stupid fence ;)

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just a slighty different angle

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looks like they enjoyed it

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still from the queue area

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up side down

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heavenly??

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the colors and theming are just...

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having fun ladies?

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such a cool ride (and love the hair)

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"behind the scenes" ;)

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underneath the train..

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automagically people pull in their legs

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for a lot of ages

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water ;)

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crossing the bridge

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and another look at that bridge roll

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yummie

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Raptor, time to eat and take pictures from a different angle (i forgot to take pictures of the awesome food)

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but first.. hairtime ;)

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trees

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Just in case you forgot the name of this ride

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love the hair and joy

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priceless

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smile/laugh/scream if you like it

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Yeah!!!

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diabolic look

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hmm gravity..

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hello front row..

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ehmm.. so many possible caption here.. email Dan ;)

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fail.

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bolts and colors

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random riders

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more gravity

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ok, back to "normal"

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so close.. yet so far away

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Love the shirt ;)

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happy faces

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just another angle

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"Bruce ejection"..

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"Chris Ghost".. that was a hilarious story..

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plenty of happy faces

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looking towards the turn before the lifthill, control room is above

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easy restraints

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boarding view.. aka gate to train

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theming

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loading area without a train looking in the direction the train will go..

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just one (front) row in the station

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control panel

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view from the control room

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That's it folks, hope you enjoyed it

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Hanno,

 

Thanks you for sharing this with us. The entire Raptor area looks impeccable. The story the park developed looks to match the environment and experience they designed very well. I love a well executed story.

 

What's the story about the flat spin being names the "Chris Ghost" inversion?

 

Thanks again!

-Rob "So excited to visit Gardaland" Warren

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Thanks Hanno amazing pics and report

 

That train is just awesome I want to ride it just b/c of how that train looks, Intamin needs to see if they can get a deal with B&M for their trains to use on their Wingwalker coasters lol

 

That e-mail Dan pic is

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