Ok, time for Part II - Log Ride tour and whatever else I have time to add before lunch ends, oh wait, i'm always on lunch, so, make that, whatever else I feel like adding before I lose concentration.
Yay for log ride tour!!
Log Ride nerds lined up ready to snap away
Log in rehab
So, I know what you are thinking, there are only 4 logs here. WRONG!! this contraption goes down 8 more rows into the ground, how cool is that? Storage at it's finest.
the logs are hoisted around by this thing
logs chilling with no wa wa. We were told they still have 30 of the 32 original logs and were special builds, longer than the other guys. We were also told the reason they are missing two is one due to old age, and the other they sent off to try and have duplicates made, but the company they sent it to cut it up and failed.
I can see the drool from here.
so here we go down a hallway
Random Christmas crap
So here we are standing under, well almost under, one of the two lifts.
This is an official ride manufacturer's fix for PVC pipe
A Good Sign!
But we're special, so we got to walk the trough
you can only get this shot while walking the trough, on a backstage tour, at WCB 2011, why weren't you here?
same with this shot
and this one
walking down the trough, this is where we depart and go deep into the mountain
and I mean deep, so everyone knows that SFOT had the first log flume, but do you know why? Well, it's becuase Knott's didn't want to risk putting in the first one. They went to Arrow, told them what they wanted to do and Arrow sold one to SFOT, after it was proven, they built the first themed flume, and second ever.
rebar left sticking out after the shot crete. Apparently there are rooms in here that go to nowhere and stairs that go to nowhere
big pumps make water go splash splash
still no faults
These massive pumps go something like 13 feet below the surface. They recently had a need to replace one which required cutting a hole in the mountain and using a crane. Annual maintance also requires pulling them out and we were told they barely fit in the area we were standing in to service them.
And finally, lots and lots of water goes through the pipes to give us that ride we all know and love. Thanks Knott's for the kick a$$ tour!
For the next tour, all the geeks lined up at the Windseeker site for a tour of their dirt.
The fountain is still intact
the big dirt hole
why do people like taking pictues of dirt? So here's the scoop in case you didn't know. Due to the earthquake in Japan, some funky rules kick into place regarding construction of this magnitude and some earth samplings must be done. Thus, they are in a holding pattern, but hope to start hauling in their 60 trucks of concrete from 2 plants within the next few weeks.
The famous B&M Support. Interesting note. The Windseeker will not rotate until it get's high up in the air so as not to get within a specific distanct from Silver Bullet when the chairs fly outwards.
They had to remove the trees to make room for the 500 ton crane.
"Over here could be a whore house and/or a brewery, but we are not zoned for that or a refinery" Both Robb and I were highly disappointed.
So yeah, that's a tour of the dirt. After the rains Sunday, I returned on Monday and from Silver B the hole looked like a swimming pool. Look for it to open sometime after Memorial Day.
So that's if for this part, the last part will include some rather embarrasing moments from lunch.
Last edited by chadster on Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:56 pm.
They said they had completed all tests and had all of the approvals, however, the earthquake triggered some weird funky rules that required them to do additional testing. I don't much understand it all, but then again, I don't much understand California...
So here is my final update on WCB, features me credit whoring, highlights of TPR Quest (without giving away too much), and random other crap. Again, I can't say it enough, Knotts, you out did yourself!
Snoopy says it's time for TPR Lunch and lots and lots of glorious giveaway crap.
Alright puppets, let's get this party started, when I say fetch, you fetch.
Alright puppets, go fetch a boulder holder!
Aiight people, give it up!
Penny says "Why won't you losers take it off and hand it over?!?!?!?!?!"
trying hard to convince her to hand it over
wait wait maybe....
could it be, right in front of us???
At this point the Knott's folks are reconsidering a few things....
Yes!! WINNER!!!! Bonus points for being colorful.
Go fetch me someone not affraid to show em'
Winner of best man boobs!!!!
Cheater!!! I said apple as in company, not as in pie, negative points for you!
Another Cheater!!!! (redeemed by stuffing suspect item down her shirt)
So Knotts hooked up players and their helpers with top of the line crap. Baskets of Crap (which I saw in the hotel retailing for just shy of $50), Bags of Crap of about the some retail value, and tons of ride crap! I won a Road Wheel for Siera Sidewinder - Photo in the official WCB thread!
Our winner of TPR Quest chose a basket of crap, how cool!
In this photo we have three expressions. Oh Crap, I'm too cool for school, and I can't believe I'm on this thing. You choose which one goes where.
This makes montezoom go zoom zoom (Nerd Shot)
YES@!@! I'm short enough to ride!!!!
The excitment of a front row seat is just too much to hold back
I'm a whore and proud of it!
So off to some other stuff to finish up. The paint job is coming along quite nice on the plunge.
no waiting on the river rapids, I went ahead and took a spin, heck, I was already wet.
Sky Cabin is getting a new ride system, until then, it's up there.
A few nerd shots of a B&M train rehab
So let's finish with a little game called, how many trash cans are in a 50 foot area?
let's play again!
Finally, a good use for them!
This was taken on monday, it's either broke, or in rehab.
And finally, the Catawampus says, MOO! Come again next year!
Another part of my preWCB tour included a visit to Sea World in San Diego. I was able to assist PAL in getting rid of a free park entry ticket that he had (Thanks again dude!!!!!) to obtain not only a credit on Journey to Atlantis, but to take in my last American Sea World credit. Lot's of construction going on on the new Turtle attraction, some rehab on one of Shamu's pools, and the mystery area blocked off. So, here we go.
YAY!!! Sea World!!!!!
So, the big blue wall surrounding a massive area of the park, wonder what's going on in there, hmmmmmm
Some rehab work going on in the observation/dine with Shamu pool.
On Orca chillin
It's ok little star fish, I'll take care of you.
Some turtles hanging out
The Easter Bunny
Wonder what's going on in this, the new Tortise home
ahhh, dirt pushing.
I love watching these guys, always the showmen, or show offs, beggers, hams, etc.
ahhhh that feels gooood
maintaing peace and order
and my time here wouldn't be complete with out a classic shot of JTA
Acceptable amount of wetness in the rear, not so much in the front. This was a great ride, better ride wise than Orlando, but is lacking a clear storyline. Orlando has a nice story line, but short coaster portion. It was my first time on an elevator boat lift.
Bye Sea World, thanks and see you next year for Manta!
Last edited by chadster on Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:52 pm.
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