Peter's Finally Friday Blog- WOE Complex tour - A look behind Galactic War: The most sophisticated and advanced roller coaster in the world!
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This week’s WOE Complex tour - A look behind Galactic War: The most sophisticated and advanced roller coaster in the world!
Before I give you a look behind the scenes, here’s a description of the attraction, taken from Chapter 18 of The World of Entopia: The Story.
“Galactic War... is the top-rated indoor roller coaster in the world. It features a combination of virtual reality and a high–speed roller coaster. Each 16-person rocket has a plasma-dome cover, to create the illusion you’re in a different world. The video is so real, you are entirely immersed. The story takes place in a faraway galaxy, between two fighting planets, both looking to destroy the other. You are recruited to join one of them by being randomly chosen and assigned a side. There are over 100 battle combinations between the planets. The battle comes complete with proton missiles and laser beam weapons, as well as acrobatic flying. You will be chasing other rocket ships or be chased. You fly through the galaxy at super high speeds, which feel like 1,200 mph. The virtual effects will make you feel like you’re dropping thousands of feet.
The Galactic War attraction is by far the most advanced ride system in the world. No headsets or special glasses to wear. You will feel the rush and excitement as you speed toward the fires below and rocket to super-fast speeds upward. The coaster is very smooth, as it uses rubber tires, and each 16-passenger rocket can swivel and tilt. The rockets use their own power to generate intense speeds and quick bursts of acceleration.
The entryway into the Galactic War show building is like walking into a science fiction movie. There are several areas you pass while walking deep into the attraction where you can watch the rockets fly in and out and straight down into the floor. A hole will open right before the rocket comes shooting straight down from above. The recruit training rooms are also geared to get you amped up and ready for a real Galactic War, by telling you all the terrible things the other planet did over the years to the one you’re helping to fight for. They make sure to garner your sympathy and anger.”
I was taken on a tour behind the scenes by Roger, the Director of Systems Engineering a few days ago. I always thought the entryway to the attraction was impressive. But once we went into a secret passageway and entered the “backstage area,” my jaw dropped!
All I could see was intermingled track everywhere. So much track that it was almost on top of each other. Cris-crossing, looping, going straight up and straight down.
We walked along these catwalks which traveled through the labyrinth of tracks. I must admit, my poor eyesight did give me a slight problem, but Roger had a flashlight to help guide me along.
At times, the rockets would come zipping right by us, sometimes at speeds up to 125 n.p.h. You could feel the gust of wind as they quietly zipped past us.
The most impressive part of the tour was the control room. Located in the middle of the attraction, the enclosed room seats about six employees who watch and monitor about 30 different screens.
“Each ride vehicle has its own camera and two-way intercom for communication. If an emergency button is pushed, we can see and hear everything that is going on in the vehicle. There are twenty-five spots we can pull a vehicle into and render help if need be. Each rocket can be controlled independently, and the computer system will assist us in slowing down the others following behind.
Because of the different track configurations and ride experience possibilities, there can be ten trains running at the same time.”
We then took an elevator up 200 feet to the highest point, where an Employee is stationed in case of emergencies.
“This is Mike. He is watching monitors and is ready for any emergencies. He is an EMT and can have the vehicle stop at this point and render medical assistance until additional help can come from the medical clinic located in between this attraction and Castle Mare. If for any reason the ride stopped here, he could also get the guests out quickly and safely. No two-hour wait and needing the assistance of the fire department.”
I was impressed as I always am. Roger tells me that to this day, the Galactic War attraction has not broken down once in all these years. “We take great pride in our work and make sure the Guests is taken care of. After all, they’re here for a good time. We’re not going to let a lack of preventative maintenance ruin that.”
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy your weekend. For those of you working, Thanks! Until next time,