By , September 1, 2008
Evan Souliere

Well, the cat is out of the bag. Worlds of Fun announced Prowler today, so I guess that means that I can officially talk about it, too.

A lot of the work I’ve been doing lately has been on Prowler, so it’s nice to be able to bring it up here. Specifically, I have worked a lot lately with site clearing (to try to minimize the cleared area, of course) and the bridges (for crossovers and service drives).

It was also fun watching Jeff progress with the layout a while back and figuring out the topography we had to work with. I particularly enjoyed all of the buzz about the markers that people were spotting, since I was simultaneously working with the survey that resulted.

The initial reaction to the announcement has been great to read on the forums. It’s nice to read that most people are happy to see a GCI going in at Worlds of Fun. I find it interesting that many people say that this ride is unlike anything we’ve ever done. Sure, it resembles more of an out-and-back than a twister, but all of the twister elements are still there in a more spread out footprint. Is that an oxymoron? I suppose the fact that we’re not working on flat ground perhaps hides some of the dynamics of the ride, too. I am very excited about the “through the woods” aspect of it, though.

In any case, I’m looking forward to watching this ride progress with everyone else. I’ll do my part and post as many photos of construction as I’m allowed to.

On some other fronts, the redesign of the Great Coasters website is almost done. It’s making its rounds around the company and the content is being finalized. Everyone who has submitted photos for the site has been a big help to us. Though the “deadline” is today, we’ll continue to accept submissions for ongoing addition to the site. The fan-submitted photos really add a unique element to the site that we’re very happy about.

Also, we’ve officially moved on site to Forellenhof in Germany. Bent construction will begin very soon and we’re looking forward to posting some photos of vertical construction as soon as that happens.

That’s it for¬†today. Thanks for reading!

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