Well, this is it my friends, SAC finally reaches to the year 2012 and will be the last update for a while...maybe longer.
But fret not, I do have plans for another RCT3 work that, if I have time as I'm doing other crap, will be putting it out sometime in 2013. I won't lie, as I finished work on SAC when I was closing down RCT3, I almost had a lump in the thoart. Granted, it wasn't like I was bawling my eyes out or anything like that, but it did make me think that I had come this far with this little creation of mine from sometime ago.
Alas, here we go with the last update for time being...Summer 2012
Not for the first time in the park's history has such a ride caused quite a stir in the coaster community circuit. Ever since that update on SAC's Facebook page with the ride being assembled that turned out to be a B&M, and not just a B&M, an indoor B&M. The mere thought of that is mouth-watering enough to the most hardened coaster enthusiast. However, the thought of an indoor coster for the park, go back as far as when the park first opened in 1990, when Sir Brian Morrison always had an indoor coaster of some form to be built. While other projects were ticked of the wish list such as the hotel, dark rides, water rides and others, the indoor coaster wish remained blank...
When the park decided to retire Tornado (which thankfully was sold to a park down south) Morrison knew that with the old Thrill Sector looking run down and old, this was the golden chance for Brian's dream to come to life. With the re-theme of the area and the building of the new ride all costing a staggering £90 million, Morrison was going to really push the boundaries to make this ride into a masterpiece. Interestingly as the ride was built first and the theming would be built next, the management had a problem of what the theme would be. Many on the fan forum thought it was to be a revamp of Thrill Sector, others said that it would be an extension to Lochty Mansion. The finished result was something that no one could'v thought about at first...
The area would now be known as 'Victorian Wonders' and featured two of the surviving rides, LT-X and the Enterprise, get some major TLC. But the new attraction would be named as 'Daedalus'. The new ride breaks records in terms of opening day for visitor numbers, mostly made of coaster enthusiasts. The ride, themed to a new Jules Verne-esk experiment were guests are invited to become the first people to travel on a new way to explore space through it's electronic run. Originally the plan was to use a large amount of effects for the ride, but as the budget was getting out of hand, this was dropped. Ironically, the simple blackness really enhance the experience.
The ride was swapped during the opening Spring season and it was only until the summer period that things started to calm down, and here are some photos of the new ride...
The new front facade building is shown here, with the rest of the area shown to have been re-themed.
The giant space cannon, an obvious nod to the Jules Verne novel 'From the Earth to the Moon' and the Space Mountain attraction in Disneyland Paris.
Here we see LT-X now re-themed and renamed as 'Cavorite', after the secret formula in HG Wells' novel 'First Men in the moon', in which two men create a formula that fires them to to moon, much like with a Spaceshot ride, notice that the ride now has a themed top section. Also the Enterprise ride is seen here, it is the only surviving attraction from when the park opened in the area.
Also, the Burger King stalls have survived and have had some touch ups to go with the theme of the area.
The monorail station for the area was rebuilt to have a steampunk theme to it.
From the air, we can see the giant tin shed round the back, however, with the ride being built in a pit, the building isn't that much tall.
Here we can see it blending in well to its surroundings here...
...And here. Corral Town's town's theme was always spoiled by Tornado appearing over the horizon here, if you look closely, you can just make out the building in the trees.
Finally with the ride itself, we see the train at the station, awaiting to leave.
The train goes round the corner and is launched down this track, where the electronic run sends riders into space, also, the ride has it's own onboard sound system.
After the launch, the train enters a giant inversion. From here, are are some images of the ride in action...
Finally, after a white flash of light, the ride ends on the break run, with you just finished a truly incredible experience.
After shot of the ride coming in, notice the other track for the maintenance depot.
Finally, another shot from the air showing the area in all it's glory, notice the large space, there are plans for something to go in it's place...
And at last, after 22 years of the park, this is the park as it is now (apart from the RCT scenery missing due to be far away!) St Adams Castle will go on. Long live St Adams Castle.
Well there we are then. I'd like to thank all of you who have followed and supported me to get the park where it is now. POV's will be next, but right now, I want to take a break from RCT3. Until then...I'll be back before you know it. The story goes on...