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In news that seemed to slip thru the cracks... 2 tiger cubs were born at DW last week. Which is great news... They’ll be on public show in a few weeks when they find a way to encase them in Perspex in a way that doesn’t inhibit their walking.. 

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Courier Mail was given to exclusive access to see the new cubs (following information taken from Courier Mail) 

- Another litter of twin girls 

- Both weigh 1.50kg atm, expected to fully reach 150kg

- Will be on public display in a fortnight’s time (I’m gonna guess you will be able to see them in the Up Close enclosure as TCK is gone) 

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1 hour ago, Adventures With JWorld said:

(I’m gonna guess you will be able to see them in the Up Close enclosure as TCK is gone)

Nah - instead, they're going to shutter wipeout for a few months, and build a new TCK there...

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Good find, but they won't be on display in the up close enclosure, its not really a quarantined environment. Expect to see them in the demountable nursery they had for the last litter, only this time it will be near the area formerly known as the Lair. 

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I wonder why Premier Rides didn't make more of these shuttle launch coasters. The layout is awesome, especially the inverted top-hat and LIM's on the vertical spike to push the train higher. It would be really cool to see them bring this layout back with the new sky rocket trains and track.

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I know personally know one of the former lead designers from Premier. He used to push for shuttle launch coasters and was the person who mostly looked after that side of things. As I mentioned, former lead designer, he was poached by another popular company in recently years *cough* Intamin *cough* so Premier don't work as much with the shuttle coasters anymore.

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1 hour ago, Luke said:

I wonder why Premier Rides didn't make more of these shuttle launch coasters. The layout is awesome, especially the inverted top-hat and LIM's on the vertical spike to push the train higher. It would be really cool to see them bring this layout back with the new sky rocket trains and track.

I can think of a few reasons:

  • i'd imagine a lot of buyers were scared off after the two in Great Adventure were scrapped
  • this was at the tail end of the "faster, taller, longer" rush for parks, and Intamin's hydraulic launch system was favoured as it was able to deliver those marketable metrics
  • this is very speculative, but after Intamin ejected a few folk with their lap-bars, all the parks went through a phase where everything needed an OTSR (ala Superman Escape) and so parks would've shied away from their lap-bar train designs.

It's not all bad though, Premier have made a comfortable comeback by delivering a really solid few post-GFC products that leverage their LIM tech for smaller, lower capacity and yet visually impressive roller-coasters (Tempesto at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.)

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