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so late last year, the Circuit of the Americas F1 racetrack in Austin, out of the blue announced a new addition:  COTAland - a kiddie carnival area, with a bunch of kiddie rides and a kiddie coaster:

https://www.facebook.com/CircuitofTheAmericas/videos/216323643344037


it made sense, as they have a go-kart track there, and several other more adult things (Concert Venue, with bars, and the COtA tower, you can buy a ticket to go up and overlook the F1 track).. . .  but really not much for the kids to do (other than the kiddie track, or a ride along with an adult in the two seater carts on the adult track)


but there have been a lot of queries as to if they are going to be getting any "adult" rides. . and the answer is "yes" as several things have been getting teased (on local pages, and by the manager of the COTAland site) - yes, mainly carnival type flats, but that's still SOMETHING permanent in the Austin area.  (as opposed to the Carnival that comes with the annual rodeo).

well, just about an hour ago, it was revealed that COTAland is getting a ride that is coming from a UK park, and they are going to refurbish it and give it a new name.    And after a "word scramble" guessing game, it has been revealed that it will apparently be "Raptor Attack" from Lightwater Valley that they just shut down in 2020.

the actual unscramble was:   Anton Schwarzkopf Wildcat

 

so yes, it's going to be a traveling carnival coaster, but so what?  Austin is getting a Schwarzkopf Wildcat.

 

how cool is that?

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I grew up close to Lightwater Valley and rode that coaster a lot when it first opened as The Rat. Now I live in Austin, so it's kind of funny that it'll be down the street from me once more. Granted, what made The Rat stand out was the subterranean queue and whatnot. But still, nostalgia . . .

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took them a while, but the coaster is on site, and almost complete (saw it last night when we went to Circuit of the Americas for KISS )

it's missing some track still, but was told (by the ADA driver who drove us from the main gates to the Amphitheater) that the coaster would be up and running by Friday for a big motocross event at the track on 10/1.  

LOL. . I mentioned to him how odd I hadn't seen any advertising that the Coaster was standing already. . and he pointed out to me that there's quite a big section of track still missing (you can only ride once as it stands at the moment, but it's a hell of a drop :P) 

Looks great!


 

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some of the other rides at "COTA-land" . . . (the other coaster (big apple kiddie), nor the kiddie rides were up and running (I guess they figured no reason to staff with an older crowd for the concert), but the more adult rides on the other side of the main gates were running and had lines)

 

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Who else was playing with KISS?  I saw them about 6 years ago when I took my father for his 60th birthday (he was a huge KISS fan back in the day) and my opener was Def Leppard (more my speed haha).

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3 minutes ago, Mike240SX said:

Who else was playing with KISS?  I saw them about 6 years ago when I took my father for his 60th birthday (he was a huge KISS fan back in the day) and my opener was Def Leppard (more my speed haha).

ugh. . . no one.

David Lee Roth had been  on the "Farewell" tour with them pre-Covid shut down.

he was supposed to be with them when they started it back up, but didn't happen.  

Not their fault, but what IS their fault?  putting this Painter "Garibaldi" as their opening act.

i get it. . Paul likes to paint these days, and I'm sure he's thrilled to have someone to talk painting with while on tour. . but what a let down to the fans for the "final" tour, and they don't even have a band opening?  instead it's this AGT painter who paints to music and then flips the canvas upside-down to "reveal" the subject?

lame. . . most folks completely ignored him and just talked about KISS with the neighbors while waiting.

 

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oh, and Def Leppard sounded AMAZING on that tour.

vocally they were so much better than KISS. . but as usual, the KISS stage show blew them away easily.

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