Look at it this way: management decided the ride needed new trains. You can't really advertise new trains and expect to get a return on your investment, but spend a little more money to re-theme it, and new trains, special effects, etc. and you have a marketable attraction and a chance to make ROI.
It makes you question management's focus and decison making capabilties.
Hey, what do you expect from a company that plans to spend 10 million dollars to renovate a ride that cost 5 and a half.
Superman did not cost 5 and half million dollars. It cost 36 million (according to Wikipedia). I think it's a good idea because now people who loved Superman before will want to return to try out the "new and improved" Superman for themselves. I think it was a smart idea because now they don't have to build a whole new ride.
I was actually referring to Texas Giant, but the same principle applies that corporate management at the moment are making some questionable decisions. Now I understand that marketing extensively rehabbed rides as "new" is an affordable way to get the turnstiles spinning, and I'm actually excited to see this transformation take place. I'm a big Superman fan and am familiar with the story behind him. There is no doubt in my mind that the theming will be better than what is was. I just hope that they stay practical in their budgeting.
The number is probably so high as it includes the extension of the theme park down to where Superman is now located, as that was undeveloped when Superman was built. So the number is lower than that. It's unimportant now as he wasn't even referring to SROS. And Wikipedia puts restrictions on the editing of its information now, and I don't really see the benefit anyone would get from skewing that number. It's not like it's humorous or anything.
Either way I still think it's a good idea on SFI's part to revamp these roller coasters. It brings attention to its parks and hopefully more guests.
Now would be a good time to start.
So the video says they are adding fog and lights in the first tunnel. The second tunnel is a water mist so that is the water effect. Lets just hope they have fixed the wheel issue if they use the mist in the first tunnel like before. Otherwise this may be the first thing cut when things start to break. The fly through shield will be able to show any color. I am thinking this will be a projected image with color onto something. Lets not forget the tunnel after the turn around. Also I can't remember if anyone else said anything or not but the lift hill had the same tunnel markers on the lift. I could see a tunnel being added to the lift hill. I would have taken pictures but the 5 year ban for camera use on the ride made me think twice about it. Anyone else remember seeing the markers from about 75' to 120' on the lift hill?
There is no tunnel on the lifthill and to let you all know they have been painting the rest of the track since the weather has gotten better. The price to build SROS back in 2000 was 16 million. I can also give you a couple more details on the trains. The seatbelts are longer to accomodate larger guests and on the back of each seat is a light that goes on to let the ops know when the lapbar is down low enough which will help speed up load times. As i said in an earlier post in this thread i have seen all the plans for the ride but was asked by the park not to post the info yet as they wish to keep it secret.
CoasterGuy06 wrote:Look at it this way: management decided the ride needed new trains. You can't really advertise new trains and expect to get a return on your investment, but spend a little more money to re-theme it, and new trains, special effects, etc. and you have a marketable attraction and a chance to make ROI.
OK so why didn't they do this with Poltergeist & JJ back in 02 when new trains were added featuring the lapbars to replace the OTSR's?
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