Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:13 PM
Posted 06 October 2010 - 12:47 PM
but on the other hand, i am doing a pretty comprehensive report on the design aspects of 'The Fort', the structure that houses the skyride and RMT. I'm interested in the stuff you as the guest dont see, being stairwells and underlaying aspects of the building. I have been examining the building from as many views as possible and after a loooooongg time of thinking the whole thing out, i have made a simple diagram of the fort from how i believe everything is on the inside. Also, another thing that makes this more enjoyable to research is the fact that they originally intended to have guests access the catwalks above the towers, so from the looks of it the insides were designed to meet those requirements. I'm showing off what i believe may make up the interior. Please note that I am making assumptions and have no knowledge outside the guests view. On the same hand, do not encourage anyone to take it upon themselves to access any backstage areas within the structure.
Here are the two diagrams i quickly mocked up: P.S. thanks greatadventurehistory.com
The 'half level walkway' i believe was intended to serve as guest access to tower 1, where there would be stairs running up the inside to the top catwalks. The guests would then also have access to tower 2 catwalks via the bridge. There is a door on the bottom of tower 2 that would give guests the ability to access the half walkway through a small set of stairs at the base of tower 2. Since I do not believe there are stairs inside tower 2 leading to the catwalks, the guests would most likely use the half walkway, as well as the stairs inside tower 1, as access to and from the catwalks.
Today, i think the stairs exist inside the base of tower 1 to the half level walkway. The walkway itself however only services the skyride. There is a doorway on the skyride station platform, leading into tower 1, and i believe that this door goes to the stairs that run from the lower levels to the catwalks above. Inside the lower levels, we probably all know that the massive counterweights sit down there on their pulley systems. There is most likely maintenance, electrical, and storage rooms down here as well as well as possible offices. Also in that doorway at the base of tower 2, i believe there may be some sort of access to the lower levels--mainly because since the doorway was never actually used for guests they probably would use it for team member/maintenance access. I do not think there are stairs inside tower 2, mainly because they cannot exit through those doors at the base of the tower. There is most likely some kind of access to a large room inside the tower (again maybe maintenance/electrical/storage). And obviously there are the catwalks above tower 2.
For towers 3 & 4, inside tower 3 we have the skyride exit stairwell, leading from the ride platform to the pathway. However, i have noticed there is a small access door in the ceiling of the exit stairs (look closely there is also a ladder built into the wall to access to door [which is like an attic door]). What's above the exit stairs i have no clue. Then there are catwalks above the tower. In tower 3, i believe stairs run from the pathway (which there is a door at the base of the tower) to the catwalks above. Then the catwalks connect via the bridge so again the guests use the same tower for entry/exit.
Please, please, please comment and give your opinions/facts on the building! I would eventually like to develop a blueprint for the building for this report. It really is a beautiful and complex structure.
Posted 06 October 2010 - 01:22 PM
Posted 06 October 2010 - 06:19 PM
Posted 06 October 2010 - 08:20 PM
Tower 2 has a small set of stairs leading to the 'Half-Level walkway' for employee access and to the lower portion of the fort. The lower area houses the counter weights for the sky ride and used to serve as a maintence shed.
The small 'attic' in Tower 3 is an access to the ladder that leads to the tower catwalk. I presume there is nothing up there but mounds of pigeon droppings.
I've never been inside the doors of tower 4, but I believe it is storage for the leather shop or what ever may be operating underneath the runaway train exit.
Hope this helps.
Posted 07 October 2010 - 11:19 AM
Posted 11 October 2010 - 06:08 PM
so those towers are completely empty on the inside? like hollowed out from the base to the catwalks? with a ladder running up them?
also, how do you access the ladder in tower 2? is there another hatch like in tower 3?
Edited by Thrill-Pics, 11 October 2010 - 06:29 PM.
Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:39 PM
Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:49 PM
the idea that sparked my research into this was that I saw the half walkway in the front of the fort come to a dead end at a wall...which looks like there should be a door there. Then I saw that in your book, you have a blueprint of the front, and the wall has a symbol over it...which i thought might mean a change in the original plans. and it would make sense for the fort to have the insides that i depicted above, in my mind.
again, this is the kind of stuff i love exploring when it comes to GADV's history =D
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The first picture below was taken in September 1978. Check out the lower wall in the Fort's infield were the queue lines are located. Originally it featured a low wooden wall capped off with a see through chain-link top. I am not sure of when the wall has replaced with solid wood, but having it lower must have provided some great views of the Runaway Train (especially since there wasn't a bridge and walkway on the opposite side of Lahaway Creek).
Here's what the wall looked like from the other side!
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