PhNx Survivor wrote:
Think it's clear to say we are definitely more than half way constructed now?!?!?! Getting exciting now :p
GCI know what they are doing - but I think the installation of the bents is the faster part of the ride going vertical, as you just crane the bents in and bolt them into place. Once the bents are all in place the actual track has to be added, which will take a while. Anyone who has been on a rough woodie will know what track profiling errors feel like!
That said, I agree it's really encouraging to see the speed of progress. Didn't they say the ride should be complete by the end of the year, to allow 10-12 weeks of testing & staff training before opening for the 2018 season? If that is right, then they are pretty much on schedule as a guess. I am excited by this ride - yes, it's not going to be GCI's biggest coaster by any means, but anyone who has ridden White Lightning at Fun Spot Orlando will know what small GCI's can pack a punch and be good fun for a large age-range of guests.
This is deliberately not a Smiler (i.e. appeals to extreme thrill-seekers) - it much more a family orientated ride, probably with a 1.2m height restriction, which is just what Alton Towers needs to help recover the ground it lost back in June 2015.