Construction of the new Full Throttle coaster has picked up the pace. The track for the entire back portion of the ride, inside the tunnel and over Superman Plaza has been completed. The large crane has been moved back down near where the station will be and they are now working on the lower portion of the track including the station and launch. Also, the new buses have started operation taking over for the aging tram fleet.
As we reach the ground we see how low to the ground the track is coming over Superman Plaza. Unfortunately this was as close as I could get, but it looks pretty low. They may have to move some of the fences in the area to keep people from getting too close. Hopefully they won’t have to put any netting under the track because this looks REALLY cool.
Full Throttle is looking like it will be a really fun ride. Despite the fact that we wish it would have used more of the land that was cleared from Log Jammer, seeing the ride go up has gotten us excited for the ride. Who knows, maybe in a couple of years they’ll add another launch, another 1000 feet of track and call it Full Throttle Yolo 2.0!!!
AROUND THE PARK
For the first time since we renewed our passes this year we were at the park early enough to try the new Gold Pass entrance. It’s AMAZING. We were able to bypass the throng of people waiting for the gates to open, leisurely walk to Tatsu and walk-on for a front-row ride and were off the ride 5 minutes after the park opened. The Gold Pass is Recommended!!!
The other big thing going on at the park right now are the new buses replacing the ancient trams that have been at the park since day one. Last week we showed you the Full Throttle Bus. That Bus and the Tatsu Bus were in operation this past weekend.
They are still testing the system and park management is actually riding on the buses to assist the drivers and other employees on the bus. Hopefully there will be more permanent gates for guests coming. We also noticed there was no signage directing people to the buses after you exit the park.
The issue with the buses is that when you are picked up in the parking lot you have to be driven all the way around Colossus before heading to the park due to the doors being on the opposite side of the parking lot when the buses are heading to the gate. Hopefully this is something that can be addressed soon as well. We wish the park luck in getting their new buses running efficiently before Spring Break starts in a couple of weeks.
That will do it this week. Unfortunately it will be a few weeks until our next update as your intrepid reporter is running the LA Marathon next weekend (March 17).