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  1. Mantis will be replaced with "The LeBron James Experience," which will stand at Cedar Point for 2 years before relocating to a park in Florida and to come back at Cedar Point in 2020. Unless Cedar Point already fulfilled that bet with LeBron coming back to Cleveland.
  2. Has there ever been such a lopsided opinion on a question here? Hills, easily.
  3. Tidal Wave used to be a Jungle Cruise type ride a long time ago before Busch put in a drop. While Akbar and Wild Arctic are both simulators (take this with a grain of salt), I have heard Akbar was built by a different manufacturer that went out of business and the ride became unreliable.
  4. Meanwhile, at SeaWorld... To be honest though, unless PETA buys more stock, the preferred stockholders and higher ups could continue to shrug them off. Meanwhile, PETA would just be sitting on an investment in SeaWorld rather than... you know... actually helping animals.
  5. ^I remember those days well! I personally think the Dolphin Show was more entertaining than anything that has ever played in the 4d theater to be honest with you. Finally found my Akbar's pictures. The ride opened in 1998 as a family attraction for the Egypt section replacing Questor. The ride operated regularly until around 2002-03ish when it went to a more seasonal operation, operating during peak days. Akbar's was also closed in October since the queue line and building were used for houses during Howl-O-Scream. By around 2005, Busch removed Akbar's for good and the building now houses the park history museum and a house during Howl-O-Scream. The ride itself was cheesy fun, starring Martin Short as Akbar, who makes a living as a tour guide. I thought it was a great family attraction and I wish Busch would place more family oriented rides throughout the park, especially since there are not many "family friendly" rides in that corner of the park and again, lacking in flat rides. The photos below were taken in the queue and exit areas of Akbar's. The bus in front of Akbar's entrance. It still stands today as the "Montu Express" and the only visible remnant of Akbar's. Some of the queue theming, full of Egyptian market knick-knacks and posters advertising Akbar's tours. How many simulator rides can say they were piloted by three baby brothers and padded with Persian rugs? The exit path, lined with more ads for Akbar's. "Gotta get away from heeeerreee...." You'll certainly never be the same again, I still have recurring nightmares caused by this ride On a serious note, did you know Mother's Day is in a few weeks? At the end of the exit path, there's a photo op with one of the gags from the film. Not sure if it's still around. I'll end this with another old photo I found of Sheikra's construction. This was from December 2004. I hope you enjoyed this look at a past attraction.
  6. Akbar's was a pretty fun simulator ride, cheesy fun for sure and great for families. I do have a few pictures of the attraction shortly before it was closed for good from a visit back in 2004, but I gotta dig through my burnt CDs for it. Never did anticipate Webshots going down for good years ago...
  7. If this idea does get greenlit, I only expect it to last one or two seasons at the most. There can't possibly be that much teenage drama at a park, can it?
  8. I appreciate engineers chipping in their actual knowledge than my amateur analysis. In other relevant rumors, Screamscape just posted this... Granted, there's also Phoenix too as a "thrilling flat ride," but it would suck to lose Sandstorm if you ask me since it is a fun ride. I always felt BGT never had much in the flat ride department. But if it does happen, it would fit in at Sesame Place quite well since it is a great family ride.
  9. No surprise, Five Guys practically has the greatest burgers for somebody who never had In N Out. I think Checker's has the best fries though, there's just something in their seasoning that makes it so good.
  10. The state of Florida is known for having Karst topography in many places. The reason why sinkholes form is because the natural acidity in surface water eventually sinks down to the limestone most of Florida sits on and erodes it away. Most of them happen in central Florida, which is probably why Busch might be hesitant of building too big since sinkholes tend to make headlines whenever someone's house gets swallowed. This article gives a brief overview about Florida's geology and that it's basically similar for most of the state except for maybe the northern parts where there are hills and the Everglades. I never thought I'd learn something from Earth science class.
  11. While I may have a nostalgic soft spot for Gwazi and remember it being a pretty fun addition when it first opened, it has been nothing but a headache for the park to operate. Back when the trains would duel, the loading procedure was slow. The Florida heat + constant years of PTCs abusing the twisted tracks just took its toll on the track despite BGT's best efforts to keep the ride running well by retracking the hardest impacted sections. I thought MF trains would ease the problem, but alas, it didn't make much of an impact. Here's hoping that "speed coaster" rumor is true, it's just kind of weirdly depressing hearing about the way Gwazi is run now.
  12. Here's my 1st entry, can't wait to see what others come up with.
  13. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil So the other night I was at my friend's place and he raved that it was Netflix's best hidden gem... he wasn't kidding. This movie is honestly how you would do a horror movie parody. While it can be dark at times, the first half of the movie doesn't take itself too seriously when it comes to riffing at familiar horror movie cliches. The only bad thing I could say about the movie is that the second half takes itself too seriously and turns into "yet another horror film." But it's honestly well worth a watch, but your mileage may vary.
  14. So I found some of my old GBA games the other day and I've been playing through WarioWare Inc. again. Still just as addicting and highly replayable like it was the first time that I played it around. Though I feel old that Wind Waker, Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire, and that game are all 10 years old now.
  15. Time for great newspaper headline placement.
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