WildStangAlex wrote:I want to say the park's because that's how most construction projects work: the contractor screws up, you pay! Maybe they've worked something out, however.
Let's also take a step back here for a second...
There is one really important point everyone seems to be forgetting. i305 was "supposed" to have several weeks of testing and tweaking before the park and the ride opened to the public. The delays that happened during construction, mostly due to weather, created a situation where they had to either choose one of two options: A. Open the park with the ride having only the minimum amount of testing and tweaking done to ensure safety, and continue to tweak during operation, or B. Delay the opening of the ride until a later date.
The many changes that we saw happen (trims on 2nd hill, trims on 1st hill, more trims on 1st hill, etc, etc....) were all part of the tweaking process that happens on EVERY ride. The changes on i305 were more visible to everyone because the ride is HUGE! And not to mention arguably the most important ride to open in the US in about a decade.
Had there been weeks of testing and tuning available prior to opening, I'm sure we would have seen quite a few changes made, and the ride that would have opened to the public may in fact ended up being closer to what we will see open at the park Spring of 2011.
So who's fault is it? You can say it's the park for rushing the ride to be open, you can say it's Intamin for the ride needing changes, but to be fair, I don't think anyone is really at "fault" here.
When you are building a ride as big as i305, that in many ways was a prototype, you should expect changes, even as big as pieces of track being replaced. This is not something new, and happens more often than you think. It's just part of the ongoing process when you build something as massive as Intimidator 305.
To answer the question, I'm sure the park and Intamin have worked something out, and I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't part of the original contract for the ride.