DiveMaster wrote:I think there maybe a bit more in the plans, and some of the older construction photos that may be able to help us (this is long and slightly photo heavy - so apologies in advance).
I think some of the theories of this being a scare maze, or that this is part of the attraction are unlikely from the press release and the plans / contruction photos that have been released, and that is more likely we will see an immersive tunnel, possibly with use of VR headsets to add to the effects in and out of the ride vehicle. We know that at the far side of the building (closest to Storm Surge) some form of tunnel has been built, which I think is fairly safe to assume is some kind of immersive tunnel (see below).
If we compare this to the most detailed plan we have of the inside of the attraction - the tunnel is not shown, but within where what appears to be a tunnel has been constructed are two areas on both edges of where the tunnel is, which some people have marked as evacuation platforms. These platforms are roughly the same length as both the maintenance bay and what I am assuming is the suspended train on the plans (see below).
From the wording of the press release I think we can assume there will be two trains in use at any time - "60 seats PER train", rather than 60 seats in EACH train if there were more, and I think this may explain the two potential endings of the attractions. In terms of the 16 possible journeys, I think that may be possible depending on what part of the train you are sitting in - if you picture how the seating on an underground carriage is separated by the entry doors, each seating area would have a different view in the immersive tunnel, with 8 seating areas on each side of the carriage, that would possibly give us 16 variations.
If we are to assume that people do board the suspended train I can only assume that this "carriage" is actually just a themed shell which the ride vehicles are raised into for loading/unloading. This would mean that the ride vehicle is lowered to roughly ground level in order to enter the immersive tunnel, and this does give the potential for the riders to appear to disappear ready for the next batch to board. The other train would then be raised into the suspended carriage to unload. This would also explain why a deep pit was dug in this area during early construction, as this would need significantly stronger foundations than the rest of the building.
I do have further thoughts on why the marketing guinea pigs might have thought the theme was controversial and on the image of the suspended train that has been released, but I will save that for another time..
This to me sounds very optimistic especially with it being raised then lowered. But when I first saw the fact that the train will be suspended 3 meters in the air I wondered why? There'd be more likely to do the lifting and lowering of the carriage. Like done with Th13teen, and suspension at the bottom. But another way which I think is plausible whilst having it seeming suspended, is by the drop method used in Verbolten:
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Verbo ... pVJg3FM%3A
Obviously with modifications in terms of size, I think it could be possible, but unfortunately I doubt it. But it would be really cool if that is to be the case.
Owen wrote:Both Galactica and GHOST TRAIN have now received attention all over the globe! This article by American tech group Techno Buffalo explains about each attraction and positively reviews both stating that "You may want to book a flight to England this spring."!
This is great news and I hope you worldwide notice continues!
On another note Thorpe Park have recently posted some images on their page from Derrens sketches and among them was this -
There's a lot about fate, destiny and machinary here, are we sure the only hint THE BIG TOP gave was the names of the parrots...
Chukensky wrote:Also, there's modern day graffiti shown there. So clearly there's a going back in time theme thrown in there.
.. involves multiple encounters with a host of terrifying characters, explosions and temperature changes.
Andy Mc wrote:Taken from The Telegraph:.. involves multiple encounters with a host of terrifying characters, explosions and temperature changes.
We did see a propane tank outside the ride building.
simononestop wrote:are we 100% sure this is using VR headsets?
It could it be live action (universal studio style) flames etc, tempereature changes. and all happen around the carriage I just thing VR head sets on every one inside a train carriage would be a bit daft.
surly a full VR screen around the carriage or something? Don't know
dazza4783 wrote:Chukensky wrote:Also, there's modern day graffiti shown there. So clearly there's a going back in time theme thrown in there.
Why does that signify time travel. It's a disused Victorian warehouse that is still standing today. Most disused buildings have graffiti on them. I know i've never looked at a piece of graffiti and thought "that must have been done by time travellers".