Excellent post up there, RAWKIN, and thanks for the large and detailed poster pictures, and delving into the analysis of each one's alluded to element! I've been wanting to post my thoughts on KIGA for days now, but it's such a massive undertaking, and the posts got so epic in size, nobody would've even bothered reading them. So I scrapped all that, and will try to jump off of some of your thoughts, for a cliff notes version!
First off, let me just stress that I am SUPER EXCITED about KIGA, and even if there is absolutely nothing we don't already know from the leaked blueprints and trademarks, am stoked about the announcement tomorrow night, and can't wait to get out to my second favorite amusement park next year, and ride this beast! (Not to be confused with The Beast!) My oldest son (15) has really gotten into coaster enthusiasm this year, has been following all of this progress, and already loves KI as well, so he too is excited about KIGA regardless of what it ends up being, and is going to be with me (and my 11 year old son, and RAWKIN) at the announcement tomorrow night. So we are all very much grounded, and not raising our expectations to any unreasonable levels.
Having said that, I do sincerely think that there are still things we do not know about this coaster, and that could include its name, elements on it, or any ancillary theming or ride enhancement elements. I'm not saying height, speed, length, or that the blueprints are fake. None of that is reasonable to think. But we don't honestly know for a fact that there aren't elements on this coaster like a potential inversion, or tunnels, or never before seen elements on a Giga like a vertical drop. I'm not saying there will be, but there will be something that makes this a HUGE, singular, and noteworthy addition for KI. It would be the most un-CF thing ever, if there were nothing they can claim about this coaster that were unique. So I would say it's reasonable to think there will be things announced tomorrow night that will be a surprise to people, and will be unique in providing a ride experience on KIGA like no other. Launches are not likely, and even an inversion seems to be a stretch. But those elements are clearly alluded to on the posters, as RAWKIN pointed out, so one has to at least consider that maybe they have meaning. Even an overbanked turn that could be called an inversion (such as that one on Untamed) isn't an unreasonable thing to think might show up on this coaster (possibly a cutback instead of a hammerhead, perhaps), and be marketed as a first inversion on a Giga. Backwards motion is on there as well, though I feel like this is the least likely thing to see of those three elements.
Regardless of any of those potential unique elements, which I wouldn't expect to be present, I do think that there will be a modicum of theming on this coaster, and that will be where its unique ride experience truly lies. They've really hyped up the apocalyptic and space theme on this coaster, and after seeing the better than typical for CF theme elements on their last two large coasters (Banshee and Mystic Timbers), I think they will be upping the ante slightly for this coaster. I do believe we will see at least one, if not two tunnels, as they are actually depicted on the blueprints, it appears. Lights, strobes, images... Probably some combination of those things will be present in the tunnel(s), or maybe the pitch darkness IS in keeping with the theme. Either way, I do think we'll see a tunnel or two. Heck, the thought of the drop being partially enclosed is an intriguing one, lending itself to a lot of possibilities considering the theming being teased. There's no indication of a tunnel on the drop in the blueprints, but it wouldn't be the first time such a thing was not included on the initial blueprints for a CF coaster. Now, I'm not saying that's happening, but it also wouldn't be shocking to me, and I could actually see it happening. If it's not, heck, if there are no tunnels, I will not be upset or disappointed as well, to be clear. I just personally suspect there will be.
I also think there will be an impact crater type of clearing, and theming (think something along the lines of that part of the queue at Twisted Timbers), at the bottom of the first drop, since the recent teases from KI heavily point to meteors crashing on earth, potentially causing an ELE (Extinction Level Event, for those unfamiliar with the fantastic movie Deep Impact), and leaving giant impact craters. So I do think that will be at the bottom of the drop, and maybe we'll even get random leftover and destroyed Firehawk track, for an homage (since KI tends to do those sort of things) strewn about there, suggesting that IT was destroyed by the arrival of this apocalyptic event, which is what KIGA is. All of that really tracks, and fits with everything teased, and I will be pretty surprised, honestly, if that backstory isn't included in this coaster. Along these lines, I want to officially predict that the names trademarked, Orion and Polaris, will not actually be the name of this coaster, but were rather trademarked to give an advanced tease of the theming and nature of this coaster. With the obvious apocalyptic, end of the world narrative they're pushing in the lead up, neither Polaris nor Orion specifically fits that, since while they both relate to stars, and while a falling star is what would cause the impact crater and end of the world, it doesn't specifically denote any doomsday (possible name for the coaster?) concept. The last two major coasters at KI were both darker themed in name, so I wouldn't be surprised if we get another darker, apocalypse type of name with this one. It certainly wouldn't be the first time CF trademarking things in advance would be a red herring, and then they trademark the official name when it's announced.
I know what you're thinking right now... This is the "cliff notes" version of your post???
I know, I know... I'm a writer by nature, what can I say!
I'll wrap up my final thoughts on KIGA now, and just mention a few other observations.
-We haven't seen an image of the front of the trains for KIGA, at least I didn't see them on any of the blueprints. This means it's entirely possible we'll have slightly different restraints than the clamshells, or maybe something in addition to them to allow for an inversion or extreme overbanking. Just something I noticed.
-If you look at the queue in the blueprints, there is a show building of some sort that both the standby and FL queues go through right before they head up the stairs to the station. So, once again, this coaster will certainly be relying on theming and a narrative more than your typical CF coaster.
-I haven't perused the blueprints to the point of knowing how steep this drop is going to be, but the way CF coasters, and coasters in general have been going lately, it would make a lot of sense if this has a vertical drop, making it the only vertical drop in KI, and the highest vertical drop on a Giga.
Once again, these are all just thoughts that I've had personally, as I consider how CF typically operates, how KI typically operates, as well as the ever changing nature of the amusement park and roller coaster industry. I've been a fan of roller coasters most of my over 40 years, and have seen many trends, as well as many revolutionary twists and turns. I say that, to caution those assuming that just because a park, or a chain, or a roller coaster company has operated a certain way for years, doesn't mean that an innovation isn't right around the corner. I see a lot of rather enthusiast "wet blankets" trying to throw cold water on any speculation, and talk that is outside of the box, and I think that's a shame. It also often comes back to bite those people in the butt, when what they said couldn't be happening, happens. You may or may not recall, but people suggesting Hersheypark would get a launch coaster by Intamin back in 2003-2004 were derided by the "more reasonable" enthusiasts, and then Storm Runner was announced, leaving the "know it alls" looking silly. Then there was that time all the "cool kids" on most prolific coaster sites were shouting down anybody suggesting Maverick was a multi-launch coaster that went under itself at one point, and laughed at the delusional CP "fanboys"... right up until Maverick was announced. So when people are suggesting this may have inversions, or a launch, and you laugh, you very well may be right... up until that day when you're not, and the "wild speculators" and people thinking outside the box are shown to be the ones with foresight and vision, once again.
None of that means this won't be a basic, what you see is what you get B&M Giga, with little that we don't already know. And if it is that, it will still be awesome, and nobody should be complaining about it! I'm not suggesting otherwise. I'm just saying that I personally think there is a thing or two we don't know about this coaster yet, that we'll find out tomorrow night. What that is, I don't know, but it's fun to speculate, as long as you don't create false expectations for yourself, or get your hopes up for something ultimately unreasonable. After all, for me, this hobby is all about FUN, and trying to guess what is coming, especially during teaser season, is a big part of that fun!
Thanks to anybody who actually read this epic tome, and if you did, hopefully you found it interesting, and thought provoking! I'm super excited about this new coaster coming to KI, and can't wait to see it announced tomorrow night! If anybody else is going to be there, and wants to connect with myself, RAWKIN, and my kids, just PM one or both of us, and we'll try to meet up at some point. Enjoy your final 24 hours of speculation, those who enjoy doing that, and I look forward to seeing how much of them end up coming to be on this fantastic coaster! It's an exciting time to be a KI fan, to be sure!