Speaking of Verbolten, I wandered over to the park earlier this evening to check out the progress the park has made since, well, the last update. Unfortunately, there was no testing going on while I was there, but a number of guests mentioned seeing it cycle earlier in the day. They've added some more little details to the station, bridge, and the wrecked Porsche.
Let's have a look.
" . . . except when Chuck is here."
So, how about the queue?
The queue now has rails. I wonder if the ride crew has started practicing the "Please do not sit on the rails" announcement?
Will Gunter be glaring at us from this monitor inbetween promos for Quick Queue, Celtic Fyre, etc.?
The water-filled dummies are probably exhausted from testing all day.
But the blue train looks rarin' to go again.
Don't be shy, little yellow train.
A creepy monk peers from "Gunter's Creepy Office."
This, however, does not seem particularly creepy--well, maybe except for the floating fish.
German members, please feel free to translate. Your English is much better than my German.
Knick-Knacks collected from missing tourists, perhaps?
One last look at the detailing in the station.
Hmm--they added a little yellow warning light to the sign out front. Nice touch.
Beemer Boy, you might want to turn away now.
Yes, the poor Porsche has become . . .
. . . even more overgrown.
Look--the creepy vines have sprouted another me!
Hmm--all the pictures I've taken of this bridge, and I never noticed the broken railing on the side before.
My homeowners association would not approve of this at all.
There's some new Verbolten merchandise, too. The black shirts are kind of nice.
But I'm really not sure what to make of this.
I call this "Reflections of Verbolten." That's all for now.
Schotcher wrote:Why did they paint vines on the bridge roof? It looks really cheesy. On a serious note, I could see some floater air on the bridge drop, but only in the back.
I don't think those are vines. Looks more to me like a patina, oR perhaps moss or mold... What you might expect to see on an old wooden bridge. I'm more upset that they didn't disguise the steel beams more, but that won't affect my enjoyment of the ride.
I just think it's interesting how so much effort was put into the bridge's roof but no other part of it. Considering this is the most visible (and will be the most photographed) portion of the ride from the rest of the park, I'm very surprised they left it looking so...well, bad.
While on the ride will you be looking at the bridge as you go through it or at the supports under it? Also its a bridge, bridges have supports that you can easily see, so that's not unusual. What were they supposed to do, cover the supports with trees or something? And if the bridge supports are an issue then you might as well say the ugly track and supports that can easily be seen everywhere is also bad. At least the supports for the bridge look like supports.....for a bridge.
Thanks for the update, Chuck. As always, great pictures!
Does anyone have a guesstimate on how long the lines will be for Verbolten on opening weekend and Memorial Day weekend? I am trying to decide if I should take a day off of work and hit the park on a weekday in late May or early June hoping for shorter lines on Verbolten.
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