By Don Gworek
With the track complete, Cheetah Hunt is now going through walk-through tests, where trains are steadily moved through the full circuit. This is done so it’s assured the trains can move safely through the track and there are no obstructions in reach of riders.
Two of the Cheetah Hunt ride cars have been secured like this – suspended over the steam train tracks. It may be just for show, but it’s probably a test to assure the structure can support weight for an extended period of time.
With the ride cars secured in place like this, we have an opportunity to admire the craftsmanship of the cars. We can also notice details of the test. For example, notice the bindings on the wheels.
This is from the opposite side, and it gives a better view of the hoop. The hoop represents the extent of how far out a guest might stretch an arm from the vehicle. In this walk through, the hoop assures that nothing is in reach of a guest later when the coaster opens.
Depending on your point of view, this view is looking straight up or straight down into the car. There will probably be very few photos of this angle. Notice the shoelace-looking binding on the wheels.
It sort of looks like the Cheetah is sticking out its tongue, and has a piercing!
Close up of some theming.
Notice the barrier wall on the right. Fencing is going up to keep animals away from the coaster. Note the skyway building.
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