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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby A.J. » Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:14 pm

Drove into the park today. Super-busy but I got at least one lap on every coaster in a six-hour stay.

All I'll say until I do my trip report update tomorrow is...Kumba.
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Postby Flefty18 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:02 am

No one talking about what might be going in the Gwazi area in 2020 after Tigris is built?

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Postby jarmor » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:22 am

I mean, what's more to say? Its been pretty confirmed to be an RMC coaster.
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Postby Flefty18 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:11 pm

Ah sorry- guess I missed all that. Gwazi’s back! That’s pretty exciting!

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:40 am

A.J. wrote:Drove into the park today. Super-busy but I got at least one lap on every coaster in a six-hour stay.

All I'll say until I do my trip report update tomorrow is...Kumba.

I'm interested in what you have to say about Kumba. I still love it but when I visited a few weeks ago I could only ride it a few times in the back due to the jack-hammering coming off of the MCBR. Like the first half of the ride was great but the second half hurt so bad I couldn't do it too many times. :(
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Flefty18 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:58 pm

Gotta keep your head forward on the corkscrews so the restraints don’t hit the ears.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby A.J. » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:12 pm

RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:I'm interested in what you have to say about Kumba.

I rode twice, both times at or near the front. Kumba is now #6 on my (somewhat short) list of coasters, behind Skyrush, Phantom's Revenge, and Twisted Cyclone on the steel side. I had set high expectations for it and it managed to exceed them easily. The drop and loop are intense as expected, but once you start going through the dive loop everything breaks loose and it's just an unrelenting coaster from that point until the final brake run. I have never said "holy [censored]" so many times in one ride on a roller coaster, and I was nearly out of breath when it finally stopped.

I can see why you might get jack-hammering coming out of the mid-course brake seated in the back, for sure. But I got smooth yet snappy trips through the corkscrews both times, even when sitting on the outer seats. I was never uncomfortable, though I did get a bit sick after I did a near-immediate re-ride. Next time I go I need to remember to bring my glasses strap with me so I can wear them on the ride, I bet that I would be fine if I did so. But if I just spaced my rides out throughout the day I would gladly take three or four spins total.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:47 pm

I definitely recommend bringing a glasses strap for Falcon's Fury alone. For obvious reasons, the park requires a strap on that drop tower. The first time I visited, I wasn't overly impressed by Falcon's Fury, but that was because I could barley see. With my glasses, it's one of the best drop towers in the world.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby DBru » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:12 am

A.J. wrote:
RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:The drop [is] intense as expected...


Of all the great things I’ve heard (and said) about Kumba, this is not one of them. Lol

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby A.J. » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:37 am

DBru wrote:Of all the great things I’ve heard (and said) about Kumba, this is not one of them. Lol

Well, I think they are! Should've said "the bottom of the drop" in hindsight but I think that both valleys (before and after the loop) are pretty intense (though a little bit more controlled than what happens afterward).
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