Seeing the way the hammerhead just TOWERS over those trees is sensational. That area will truly become one of CW's most-photographed locations. Also, Leviathan looks stunning against the blue sky. Just beautiful!
⋆ Leviathan & Behemoth // The roller coaster world's power couple!
^ When you think about it, ever since the off-season started, all of the updates have just been someone going into the parking lot and taking pictures. Just like you said, hopefully Nick got a tour from Wonderland this time because its been a while.
Also, I hope Wonderland will begin teasing about the themeing in the area on their Facebook page with like blurry really zoomed in images!
As promised... Another official Leviathan construction tour! Today we met up with Lindsey Gillard from Public Relations for our walk around the Leviathan site. To our surprise, Peter Switzer (Director, Maintenance & Construction) joined us and led us around the site answering lots of questions. We'll try to provide as much info as we can. Definitely check out the videos for lots of details!
Peter Switzer talking about Leviathan construction:
In case you missed it: -One train is on site! Another will arrive next month and the 3rd will arrive in March (they will not have any lights on them as seen on Swarm at Thorpe Park) -The arcade building facade will be rethemed to the Medieval theme
Peter Switzer talking about the magnetic trim brakes along the course:
The station is well underway. The area to the right wrapped in plastic will be the elevator.
Back of the station.
Front of the station. The left side of the stairs will be for general queuing and the right side will be for Fast Lane.
Rising Waters is going to be moved from its current location to a new spot beside the Drop Tower souvenir shop (the poured pad covered in plastic towards the left).
Future midway, entry plaza, station and lift in the background.
Future queue will go behind the station (between the building and the lift hill).
The queue will also go underneath the maintenance bays.
Stairs into the station.
Checking out the bottom of the lift from the station. Leviathan's lift hill is expected to be 50% faster than Behemoth's! They hope for a speed of 4.5 metres per second!
Entrance into the station.
The area to the left is being framed for the operator's booth.
Back of the station looking towards the queue area.
Looking out over the future entry plaza/midway from the exit platform.
Construction also continues on the main track structure. This part of the return run will whiz right by the picnic area located to the north side of the main gate. It's going to be an awesome picture spot in just a few more months.
HEAD CHOPPER! This is going to be awesome diving back down after the HUGE camelback hill.
Another angle (opposite side) of that head chopper.
The park has kept as many trees around the track as possible.
The completed hammerhead towers over the entry plaza. For those wondering, yes, you will be able to walk freely below this massive element!
The track angles look really weird when looking up at the hammerhead.
Soon everyone that parks on the north side of the parking lot will be walking under this massive coaster. It's going to be a very impressive welcome! The driveway, parking lot and walkways will all be adjusted to conform around Leviathan's supports.
Looking up at the massive camelback hill.
The large red crane is still lifting supports and track into place. It really is HUGE (or is coasterboy just really tiny???)
It was confirmed that the trim brakes are magnetic. They will be silent when used. It won't be known until testing begins if/when the trims will be required.
Looking at the high-speed hill. Lots of trees still around the track!
Looking back at the overbank turn after the first drop.
All track work should be done around the beginning of February. Then they'll take some time to check all the track to make sure each piece is perfectly lined up properly (within a millimetre or two!) and they'll also check the clearances around the course.
THANK YOU CANADAS'S WONDERLAND for having CWMania once again. We can't wait for our next visit!
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