Looks like a lot of savings to me by following the structure and footers. They can save a LOT of money by reusing the foundation structure.I think this ride looks good and will provide a nice thrill at the 48” level.
The big thing I can’t understand is why convert Wildcat to build this instead of just doing a ground up version near the park entrance. Looking at the layout there doesnt seem like a major financial savings from re-using Wildcat, whereas something like Twisted Timbers or Steel Vengeance really reused the existing ride. HP is so busy that having more ride capacity is generally going to be a net positive just to handle the crowds and it‘s hard to see where the savings of doing a conversion really is a good idea for a park that big and busy.
Looks like a lot of savings to me by following the structure and footers. They can save a LOT of money by reusing the foundation structure.
Image from reddit comment here-
They’re not perfect, as all they have to go on is the pictures, but it looks like they got it pretty damn closeIf this is accurate I think I would like it. I don't notice any too fast bunny hops, or at least, if they are there, they seem like they wont be nearly as harsh as Twisted Timbers. But how accurate are these simulations? Do they know details like that?
Typically August has been the time for announcements. Maybe the more year round operation style means putting off the pass push by having to wait for a new “down time“ in pass sales.Then again, I feel like the announcements aren't really all that later than they have been, it's just more obvious they're doing work on anything given the lengthy construction timeline.
Case in point, Steel Vengeance
They didn't announce Jolly Rancher Remix/Mix'd until Feb this year, despite visible painting progress during Fall/Winter operations in 2021.There's no hard and fast rule for announcement timelines, though it does make sense as you suggest with a seasonal park pushing next season sales.
This one is a bit odd in timing, but maybe they weren't sure on the construction timeline last summer or are trying out with until closer to the holidays to build hype for gifting passes/tickets?