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IOA | Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure | Intamin LSM Launch (Dragon Challenge replacement)

Discussion in 'Roller Coaster Construction' started by Hyde, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. peep

    peep Moderator Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    From what has been said by insiders the only "cuts" have been the car moving alongside the track just outside the building and the spike being enclosed like a massive rockwork or hollow tree.

    I think it looks great so far and a lot of the theming elements are going to look far superior from an on ride pov rather than an aerial shot. Nice to see that river is starting to come together.

    I'll note it here seeing as the captions from Bios' tweets have been removed. In image 21 the arrow is pointing to a new prop that is a meant to be a unicorn, a creature that seems to be popping up in a couple of places.

     
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    Are they unicorns or Thestral's?
     
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    I thought this too at first, but thestrals are very skinny creatures, and don't have a unicorn-style horn. If you zoom in on that image enough, you can see the horn, on top of how chunky the creatures are.

    It's an odd choice if they definitely are unicorns, because unicorns don't feature much in the series (I can only think of them appearing in the first book, but nowhere else bar passing comments?)
     
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    Yeah voldermort drank unicorn blood to survive in the dark forest, In the first movie he's drinking from one when he sees harry
     
  5. Hyde

    Hyde I Lied About My Age! Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    Not Threstrals? Not interested.
     
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    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    They're there, it's just that you can only see them if you've seen someone die, though.
     
  7. Matt N

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    I personally think this coaster looks absolutely stunning! I definitely think it could be among the best themed coasters in the world when it opens; I would be interested to know what people's criticisms of the theming are?
     
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    They did appear in one Care of Magical Creatures class too (I want to say in the third or fourth book?), but Hagrid wasn't involved, they were brought to the class by his substitute teacher. But yeah, it wasn't more than a passing comment, the whole ordeal was perhaps four lines long or so.
     
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    This really shows how the Harry Potter franchise even gets us enthusiasts into the wizarding mood. I hope there'll be some Cornish Pixies thrown around.
     
  10. gavin

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    I think it's because we're seeing aerial shots, which are obviously not the vantage point it's designed for. From ground level, and especially on ride, while moving, it'll look a lot better.
     
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    I agree! These things often look worse from the air!
     
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    You can see what looks like a carriage here, maybe some Thestrals would be placed in front of this?
     
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    Pokemaniac Mountain monkey Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    Disney already did that, though:
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    https://blog.universalorlando.com/featured/details-hagrids-magical-creatures-motorbike-adventure/

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    So excited. 50mph is pretty good for a family coaster - I still can't help but feel that the drop section is going to squash my bollocks in the bike position.
     
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    Wait... how are they calling this a family coaster when it has the same top speed as Nemesis? This coaster could potentially be one of my favourite coasters in Florida if it turns out to be really good! I also have no doubt that the theming will be world class because this is Universal we're talking about; they won't do half a job!
     
  17. Kw6sTheater

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    In no way is this a family coaster. 50mph is something substantial, coupled with multiple launches and a spike. It's going to be amazing.
     
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    As you can see from the aerial perspective, the coaster bits are rather short, so even if they are intense they won't be sustained long enough to put families off. And these launches are probably going to be as gradual as you can get; it's much different launching from 0-50 mph in less than 2 seconds than in, say, 5 seconds or using a rolling launch.

    Everest is a family coaster and it also features a rather large drop, a backwards section and a couple of heavily banked helices. This proves you can go big and still cater to the family market.
     
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    Yeah, it will launch fast at one or two points, into the window and up the spike most likely but it will be short bursts and the majority of the ride will be a lot lower than 50mph.
     
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    I'd rather a really good layout with interactive and special track elements over a really quick launch and poo layout though.
     

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