I do find it quite funny, but at the same time, rather annoying, that people are still trying to convince themselves there'll be a "Secret Element" incorporated into the ride. The fins used on that vertical lift are there incase an evac is needed. The train will be ROLLED, (not dropped), back down to the bottom of the lift, where it will level out and be evacuated! Obviously if it does come to the worst, and the car stops up the lift and the rollback feature also fails, then the team will be ready to go up in the basket and proceed with there evacuation drill ( which looking at it they're practicing today ).
As mentioned in an earlier post, the people who are still adamant that there's something extra to this ride are only going to end up disappointed come the 23rd. I mean, people looking into the video's too much, trying to figure out why they've cut the off-ride video and missed certain parts of the ride out. It's simple, people ( non enthusiasts ) won't want to watch a train go up a lift hill, they'll want to see the ride in action, so Alton Towers obviously cut the video down to show the best bits, makes sense when you think about it.
They probably won't show the indoor section on a video, that'll only be seen first hand when the ride opens, not because they're hiding something, just because they'll want to keep it a surprise for people. It's very rare a ride hit's an inversion straight out of the gate, so i'am sure it'll catch a lot of people out
And people, that entrance sign looks ok, i mean, it is just an entrance after all, so i wouldn't be to disheartened by how it looks at the minute. It's not even finished yet! you only need to take one look at it to see that. Once it has the height restriction board, safety warning and test seat nearby i assure you, it'll look the dogs balls
This ride looks awesome......end of!