Monday, August 31, 2015

Universal Studios Japan's New B&M Flyer Going Up Fast

© Made_in_USJ via Twitter
Some new updates on the construction of Universal Studios Japan's new B&M Flying roller coaster, carrying a Jurassic Park theme, have been uploaded to Twitter via Made_in_USJ.  The custom design's full layout is not known to us ride fans just yet, but the construction progress is giving that away piece by piece.

Above is a photo of the newly installed lift, well at least most of it.  The ride will have dual stations to help with capacity, and after the stations is a slight turn and then directly up into the lift.  Unless this ride is much taller than we expect, there should be another stretch of track then the support that will hold the crest of the hill after what is seen here.  It could be the angle of the photo, but here the lift appears pretty steep.  One other thought is that due to the layout of the Jurassic Park area, I'm not sure there will be room for a big swooping first drop like on most B&M Flyer coasters, so there is a chance for a more straight first drop here.

© Made_in_USJ via Twitter
Before the lift went up the park installed the final track pieces to the ride, which take place just before the brakes.  Those pieces happen to be a nice heartline roll, showing that the theme park isn't afraid of adding inversions to this new ride.  I know the track and support colors are pretty simple, but they look great among the lush setting of Jurassic Park.

As for what comes next, we will have to wait and see.  I did some analysis on how far this ride might stretch in a previous post.  There's still quite a bit to go!

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