Here's something I thought y'all might enjoy- a brief history of Tomb Raider/The Crypt. Never heard much about this ride until now, and wow, did this thing look awesome back in the day. Hope you guys like this!
This ride is one of the most intriguing defunct KI rides to me, mostly since I've been through the queue and building for Haunt/long Mystic Timbers line and as mentioned, a lot of the theming still exists, although most of it makes no sense with the Haunt maze they now have.
Tomb Raider looked to be an amazing and unique ride, and I wish I could have experienced it back in the day. I hope someday they can use that building again for a dark ride or indoor coaster of some sort.
“If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?”
Given that I never rode this ride as Tomb Raider or The Crypt (and haven't been in the haunt), I found this to be very interesting. Sad that it didn't work out somehow, but I'll take Diamondback and Mystic Timbers as suitable (and more efficient/reliable) replacements for that area.
Tomb Raider was my absolute favorite amusement attraction ever. Watching these videos is almost painful for me, knowing (as was the closing sentiment of this featurette) that we will probably never see something like this again.
I'm sure that the former TR building provides a nice space for storage, and an excuse for a seasonal haunt, but honestly I do wish they would remove the building in favor of a more aesthetically appealing attraction. But of course that is all subjective.
Watching that video reminded me that I rode it as Tomb Raider The Ride in June of 2003. I knew it was a Huss Giant Top Spin, but that's okay, because I loved the regular sized ones! The only themeing that I specifically remember is the hold, when it lowers you down into the lava, and then releases you. I'm going back to KI this May for the first time in at least 10 years. I wonder if walking in that building will jog any more memories.
I feel like the idea of raiding tombs brings up an interesting ethical conundrum:
Is raiding tombs an equivalent to grave robbing? Is it alright to rob graves and excavate scared sites if its for the preservation of history and for scientific discovery? We wouldn't know nearly as much about our past if it wasn't for these missions. But some might argue that the dead and their belongings should stay buried.
Never saw that video but it was on my recommend video list for a while. I remember only riding the ride once and i hated it, but then again i was like 7 and didnt like the fact that i couldnt see anything and i wasnt to fond of amusement park rides. Now that i look back at it, I wish i could have rode it more times. I rode the Crypt at KD last year and I loved it!
One thing to point out that;s not pointed out in the video (but kind of common sense), When CF took over and took the third row off of the ride, the ride experienced a lot of downtime, mainly because the ride was NEVER SUPPOSED TO OPERATE WITH TWO GONDOLAS.........................im not trying to bash on CF......but they ruined an amazing ride.....
Hopefully Mike or someone in Cedar Fair will use that building for something here soon for than for Madame Fatale's.
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