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LintemuthStudios

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Nov 7, 2016
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Riding Lightning Rod
I'm really hoping this includes story changes. JTA is a shell of it's former self. And to be honest I don't get why this needs a retracking in the first place, because the ride was never rough when I rode it (which was recently).
 
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First, hey that’s my Twitter account! and yup, track is on site, and about 13 cherry pickers. They are repainting the building, I don’t know if they are doing the white and blue domes, to make it more “Greek” like the queue, or restoring the original colors. But I don’t know anything about the inside getting updated
 
Jun 28, 2013
352
Florida
I agree, JTA has a lot of untapped (but very easily tapped) potential and it's been both sad and frustrating to watch it turn into a shell of its former self for seemingly no reason for the past few years. I legit think I could personally fund and carry out a redo of the story/dark ride elements of the ride that would give it back an actual cohesive story, considering most if not all the props and effects are still in place and in working condition. Here's hoping SeaWorld throws us a bone and restores the story-telling aspect of the ride; I really won't understand their reasoning if they don't.
 

shiekra38

Legendary Member
Dec 13, 2009
14,967
Florida
To all the people who continue to hold out hope that this ride will ever get the theming/story refurbishment it deserves, bless your hearts.
Ya, the effects aren't going to be "turned on" again...it's getting some track/infrastructure work which it desperately needs
 
Jun 28, 2013
352
Florida
To all the people who continue to hold out hope that this ride will ever get the theming/story refurbishment it deserves, bless your hearts.
Low-key, my plan is to work my way up the ranks at SeaWorld until I have the authority to see to it myself that this happens, along with the other projects I keep wishing they'd do lol
 
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GAcoaster

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Nov 30, 2012
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Orlando
I'd make a bet that was part of the concepts for the park makeover under the Chinese investment company (along with the hotel spanning the front entrance, etc.)
 
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shiekra38

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Dec 13, 2009
14,967
Florida
I'd make a bet that was part of the concepts for the park makeover under the Chinese investment company (along with the hotel spanning the front entrance, etc.)
The front entrance concept, dark ride, coaster and this would have dynamically changed this park in a positive way

I also saw a concept for a complete overhaul of Wild Arctic with interactive elements (i.e. Smugglers Run)

Either way, I'm happy they are least heading *a* direction...I'm of course partial to the MOAR COASTERZ approach
 
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GAcoaster

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Nov 30, 2012
4,980
Orlando
The front entrance concept, dark ride, coaster and this would have dynamically changed this park in a positive way

I also saw a concept for a complete overhaul of Wild Arctic with interactive elements (i.e. Smugglers Run)

Either way, I'm happy they are least heading *a* direction...I'm of course partial to the MOAR COASTERZ approach
It would have been something, but the problem was they had their sights set on competing with Universal and Disney and unless that could have been a sustained infusion of cash and no cutting corners (doubtful) it never would have worked. AB with all their money couldn't keep up with the competition. A public traded regional park company really couldn't because they are constantly under pressure to cut costs and boost profits.

The company realized it's better off trying to serve the local/thrill market which has been largely priced out of the "big" parks and will only get more priced out as the parks cater to wealthy vacationers rather than average families. The Orlando market is full of families just getting by who are looking for more reasonably priced attractions.
 
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shiekra38

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Dec 13, 2009
14,967
Florida
It would have been something, but the problem was they had their sights set on competing with Universal and Disney and unless that could have been a sustained infusion of cash and no cutting corners (doubtful) it never would have worked. AB with all their money couldn't keep up with the competition. A public traded regional park company really couldn't because they are constantly under pressure to cut costs and boost profits.

The company realized it's better off trying to serve the local/thrill market which has been largely priced out of the "big" parks and will only get more priced out as the parks cater to wealthy vacationers rather than average families. The Orlando market is full of families just getting by who are looking for more reasonably priced attractions.
JTA 1.0 did compete quite well with the likes of Disney and Universal, but I definitely understand your point

My bigger gripe with SWP right now is the loss of identity that came with the Blackfish debacle

I miss the days of coasters integrated with animal habitats inspired by some aspect of them

Rides/queues like Manta and Cheetah Hunt were uniquely SeaWorld and BGT and uniquely different from Disney and Universal

But I understand the here and now, and I understand how much turnover has occurred in every department

At least things are still loosely tied to the vision

I think the cards will continue to play in SWP favor as people continue to be priced out of Universal and Disney, and they continue to roll out more interesting offerings
 
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