Good Monday everybody, hope you all had a great weekend and those of you in the Northeast are staying safe. While you are waiting for your house to thaw, how about a nice Twisted Colossus update. It's been less than a week since our last one, but there is actually a LOT to share today, they've been very busy.
Photos and Words by Gregg Condon
This week we're going to start off in the park, and the first picture we are going to look at is actually from last week, the Twisted Colossus Photo Op.
Now fast forward to this week, what's different?
That's right, they are now to the point where the RMC crew feels that they will have the coaster ready by May. When in May is anybody's guess, but when you start to see all of the work they've done just this week, it's not hard to see why they feel confident.
Of course, dates are always subject to change, there are a lot of variables that go into this and it's not just what we can see on site, but also track manufacturing, shipping, etc. But the fact that they feel confident enough that they could put up that tag even after the display was already there is a good sign. Of course, when any dates are announced, we'll be sure to share them. But I'd guess we won't see dates for another 3 months at least (end of April).
This also doesn't factor in the SteamPunk District area, but they are working hard in that area as well.
Moving back outside, the biggest change we'll see is the track going up the second hill.
Which eventually leads to the High-Five element
And the track that everybody was worried about is now gone due to the two new elements that will be in this area of the ride.
LOTS of support type things are being constructed and look to be ready to be placed on the ride.
LOTS more track has shown up, most of it appears to be straight which probably means this is the transition from the blue to the green for the 2nd half of the ride.
You can now see all of the twisty pre-lift track from the parking lot.
A little bit of an overview of the site.
Over on Scream, not a whole lot of evident work, but they have begun to powerwash the ride in advance of it's new paint job. It's got 12 years of parking lot grime and I'm sure it's going to take a few washes to get it all off.
You can see them working on the ride in the picture below. You can see the darker blue and the lighter blue, but I'm pretty sure that's just because of the sun. Unless they are keeping the same color scheme.
Just a couple of random park notes.
The park was awarded Record Breaking Guest Service Numbers for the chain, and to celebrate, the employees get to wear these special shirts for the next 7 weeks.
Donald was nice enough to model the shirt for us when we were chatting in the park.
We know SFMM gets a lot of flack for past mistakes, and deservedly so. But over the last 2 years we've REALLY seen a positive change in the way park employees interact with guests, and a general positive attitude.
If you'll remember, the park made a lot of HUGE changes in 2009 that really changed many people's opinion of them. They kind of lost that around 2012/2013, but starting with 2014, we've seen things swing back the other way. So if you haven't visited the park in awhile, it's time to give them another shot.
Holiday In The Park continues to be removed from the park.
Well, not everywhere. =)
Rode Batman for the first time this year, and first time since the SFMM trains have been back on the ride. It was probably the smoothest ride I've had on it in years. Ride is still only running 1 train while they bring the other one back, but the crew was hauling.
Lastly, they have been doing "something" underground on the walkway to the park. Not sure if it's electrical or plumbing or if it's for SFMM for SFHH. We'll probably never know.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for today. Hope you enjoyed this update and we look forward to seeing construction kicking into high gear as they hopefully hit that Spring 2015 date.