Well, I would elaborate on this since I was there Thursday night but
since I didn't get to ride it, I can't.
We were there very early and there was already a big crowd. They
let everyone in at 10 till 5 and everyone herded onto the right hand
side of the walkway which they had roped off. Then 1 of the 3
security guards practically whispered that in a few minutes they would
*walk* us back and not to run ahead of them. Now keep in mind that I
was very close to the front of this crowd, only a few feet away from
the guard, and I could barely hear him. Then finally, they started
pulling back the ropes and let me just say, no one walked. It was a
mad house, people running in all directions. I don't know what
happend to the guards but they weren't walking anyone!
So we get back there and actually get a decent spot in line. The
line stretches all the way back to at least the restroom across from
the pond and next to the Pizza place. I think it even went further
than that but I couldn't see to be sure. We wait a few min. and then
the employees come out and say there will be a delay for a few min.
So we wait...and wait...and wait....and wait. An hour later they
still won't say anything and suggest going to other attractions. So
after almost an hour and a half, during which time they opened many
other rides which weren't originally scheduled to be open, we
left..not wanting to spend all night in line for a ride that may never
At that point we went and rode Vortex, Racer, Drop Zone, Flight
of Fear, Top Gun, Son of Beast and Adventure Express all of which were
walk on with the exception of Flight of Fear which we waited about 10
min. for, if that. We decided to go back and check on TR. When we
got back there, there was still a big line and it was shut down again.
(I believe it had opened briefly in that time period but was obviously
shut back down again.)
So we never actually did see TR running, although I believe it
did at some point. We heard the music from the cave but that was
about it. I don't mind waiting to ride it, although it was a little
BTW, King Cobra was a sight. All that I could see remaining was
the lift hill and the first part of the curve that goes around the the
drop. There was also some track still standing at the end of the
ride. It was all fenced in and I could see a Bobcat (maybe?) thru the
fencing. The new pay ride was already standing but looked like they
were still experimenting with it. Looked interesting, but I'd take
King Cobra any day ;-) ..and it was strange to see it in pieces.
Overall, a good, *COLD* night. But I guess I will just have to
wait for TR another time!
> Went to the PKI radio winners night on Wednesday - it was cold!
> Got on early to Tomb Raider. WOW!!!!!!!!!. The entry area and cave entrance
> was very well done- they had the real Land Rover from the movie right up front
> on display, real flame lanterns and the rockwork was impressive. Enter the
> cave and the queue line was all themed with lanterns, rocks, bamboo timbers and
> tarp that really looked like an excavation. Nice job - great queue line.
> The first room is the Monkey room with all the statues from the movie - the
> detail and carvings in this room were unbelievable - very well done and
> realistic. Then -= get this -= a giant round door groans open to a mist
> filled room and you go into the Buddha room!
> A giant Buddha like God statue is in this room with a green cauldron -more
> griffins and statues and very ornate carvings and flame lights (artificial in
> here but look realistic) All goes dark then a preshow magically appears on a
> ornate screen with a voice of God narrator of Lord Croft and a kickin' montage
> of scenes from the movie with plenty of Angelina doing her wild thing - very
> exciting clips that tell the movie very well. This room is incredible and as
> good or better than Disney or Universal for sure.
> Then another door opens and you go into a black room - you can't tell what's
> going on but it feels like a giant space. You can see enough to sit in the
> OTSR seats but lights shine in your eyes and you can't make out much else. And
> then it begins...
> I won't spoil it for the rest of you but it is not what you expect. You may
> think you know what the ride device is but you definitely can't imagine how it
> is used to deliver an amazing experience!! Hanging over the lava pit, thrashed
> into the ice , up the walls with the angry goddess .....very very cool way to
> make it all work.
> The theming on this attraction is the best I've ever seen at any regional park
> and it rivals the destiantion park rides. The complete package is a winner and
> everyone I talked to thought it was a great experience that guests of most all
> ages (over 54")could ride - so nice job PKI for delivering a broad highly
> themed thrill action ride that really feels like everything Tomb Raider should
> Hey BW, TF, DM, JS and AE