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- July 3, 2001
Tomb Raider: The
Ride to Open in 2002
The ride begins with
a journey into a foreboding ancient temple. As stone walls give way to
others, guests will proceed through mysterious chambers, engraved with
strange, runic symbols and the debris of failed expeditions. With only
seconds to spare before certain calamity, guests strap in to the only
possible vehicle of escape (details of the vehicle type have not been
released). Playing off scenes from the motion picture filmed in Cambodia
and Iceland, the escape will include rocketing upward for a close encounter
in an ice cave with menacing, razor-sharp stalactites and a face-first
plunge straight down toward a pit of boiling, red-hot lava.
"Part of the
thrill of the Tomb Raider property is the mystery and intrigue that surrounds
each adventure. We want to preserve this mystery with the Tomb Raider
ride until the first group of adventurers braves it in 2002 -- so, we
aren't going to disclose all of the surprises in store for riders,"
said Tim Fisher, executive vice president and general manager of Paramount's
Kings Island. "But this attraction will change the face of thrill
ride history and become one of the greatest adventure rides in the world."
In making the announcement, park officials unveiled a 42' x 28' in-park display featuring actual props used in the filming of the motion picture. Members of the project team visited the soundstages at Pinewood Studios outside London, England and hand-selected key props to use throughout the ride experience. Some of these props are a part of the display located at the base of the park's signature Royal Fountain and Eiffel Tower attraction. The movie props on display throughout the summer include:
* The impressive six-armed
Brahma statue, known as the Warrior Goddess Durga, featured in the Cambodian
* The evil stone monkeys that are mobilized in the Cambodian tomb raiding scene
"It is our intention
to bring the excitement, adventure and technology of Tomb Raider to life
in a stunning multi-dimensional experience. Ensuring the authenticity
of this experience is of the utmost importance to us," Fisher said.
"We want guests to feel like real tomb raiders from the moment they
enter the attraction."
Tomb Raider: The Ride
is currently under construction in the Rivertown section of the 364-acre
theme park. All will be revealed in 2002 when the park expects to unveil
the new attraction.
Final Fantasy PS2
DVD to Have Unique Features
other Final Fantasy news, the Final Fantasy Chronicles Playstation compilation
has been released. It is a special packaged set consisting of updated
versions of Square's classic
The Final Fantasy
Chronicles collection enhances the experience of the original games with
new opening and closing cinematic sequences, which boost the emotional
impact of the characters and environments. The new Final Fantasy IV now
incorporates a two-player mode that allows players to participate in battles
together, and a "dash" feature, that permits players to progress
more quickly through various locales. It also features a completely new
and improved localization of the original unedited story and slips in
numerous monsters, abilities, items and scenes that were not in the original
SNES version. The updated Chrono Trigger also features cinematic re-creations
of memorable sequences, answering lingering questions and offering some
insight into the game's successor, Chrono Cross.
Final Weekend Box
The gain/loss represents the movie's performance when compared to last weekend.
News Link of the
Day - Cat Lovers Protest Cats as Villains
According to the Edmonton Journal:
"The makers of a Warner Bros. big summer comedy are suddenly realizing that there are a lot of cat lovers out there.
In fact, the fur is
already starting to fly over the movie, Cats and Dogs, even before
its arrival Wednesday in theaters. The reason is simple: this frolic about
a battle between cats and dogs for world domination is very much biased
in favor of the canine species
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