Space Problem (Stunts) Oct 29, 2007 15:30:38 GMT -5
Post by Brandon on Oct 29, 2007 15:30:38 GMT -5
It is my observation that the Trimper’s have an issue on their hands when replacing stunts inside the Haunted House. Lately, many stunts have been replaced with more modernized effects. But, nowadays, there seems to be a lot of space that is not properly utilized. More than ever, corners are left wide open, and places that were once filled are not, which to me is a waste of good space. The problem, as I mentioned to George Lacross earlier today, is that when Tracy developed his stunts, he would build very large “boxes” to facilitate them. So, you may have a small stunt like a cat, but have a very large box to go along with it. A perfect example of this is an effect like the Knit Wit or the Mermaid upstairs. Both effects would not necessarily require such an enclosure, but that is just how Tracy went about his business, and to be honest, I like it.
But, it poses many problems for Trimpers and other dark rides. Distortions does not have their stunts in an enclosed structure. They are out in the open. For example, the mummy or moving coffin installed last year, do not utilize space efficiently. Same goes for the Ghoul up where the Head Slinger used to be. That area is perhaps the largest square footage for a prop in the entire ride, and it has one prop with its pneumatics sitting there; the Head slinger took up much more square footage with its large staircase etc. The Knit Wit, Lady in the Cellar, Mermaid, Seasick Pirate, Bar tender, Bathroom and Wine Cellar stunts were all enclosed. But now that most are done away with, we are left with wide open spaces which are hard to fill (down before the exit, where the Wine Cellar used to be, there is nothing more than a skull and an old mammoth web in there.)
It seems the only solution, unless you spend major bucks for major effects, is to add walls to make rooms and do some different layouts of the track to best-utilize all of the space. The Haunted House covers an enormous amount of space, which is why Trimper’s utilize the space when possible with stunts like the Train tunnel, two crooked champers, Bat hill (room shrinking effect) and wave room. There is simply SO MUCH space, that it becomes noticeable if it is not filled.