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P. 274: Pipeline photos & Howl-O-Scream trip report!

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Went to the park on the July 4th, It was hot and had a good amount of people, but got every lucky on getting short wait times for rides. With my 1st ride on Mako there was just a 10min wait time on the sign when we where walking by so i jump in line which was every short. When i got off the line had gotten ever long. Went to get on Kraken and it was temperately closed so nobody was in line and then it opened back up mins later so i was able to walk right to the ride and get on. Also caught Manta at the right time and was able to get right on aswell.

 

All great coasters and really enjoyed them. Mako was a blast and the floating air time is fantastic which made me really looking forward to riding Fury 325 at Carowinds which i was able to do on July 6th. Both are amazing but i think because how fast Fury is you don't feel that floating air as much until towards the end of the ride when it starts slowing down.

 

Anyways here are a few random pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We were at seaworld yesterday, and we're very impressed with mako. On our way down to Florida from Michigan, we stopped by kings island and hit up Diamondback to compare the 2. Diamondback just got served by mako. Amazing coaster!

 

Going back in the park this morning for a few hours to hit up a few shows we missed, and to ride mako once more.

 

Quick question...does the observation tower ever run? On our last 3 visits over the past few years, we have never seen it move.

 

Diamondback is my favorite hyper. The back row floating airtime on the drop and subsequent hills is so awesome. You are exciting me for my Labor Day weekend trip to Seaworld.

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We were at seaworld yesterday, and we're very impressed with mako. On our way down to Florida from Michigan, we stopped by kings island and hit up Diamondback to compare the 2. Diamondback just got served by mako. Amazing coaster!

 

Going back in the park this morning for a few hours to hit up a few shows we missed, and to ride mako once more.

 

Quick question...does the observation tower ever run? On our last 3 visits over the past few years, we have never seen it move.

 

Diamondback is my favorite hyper. The back row floating airtime on the drop and subsequent hills is so awesome. You are exciting me for my Labor Day weekend trip to Seaworld.

 

 

Agree! Diamonback is great but Mako gives you more!

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I hope SWO isn't 2 hours from BGT (since the website says less than an hour).

 

cause we're going to BGT on Sunday, and doing a day trip to SWO

 

 

We went to BGT today also and heading to SWO tomorrow. BGT was better than I expected.

 

In my opinion BGT is the best park in Florida. Take your mouse and shove it up your a** Disney.

 

 

I'll be back with my kids at SWO and even Fun Spot before I'm back at Disney with them, too!

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Just throwing in a little of my own opinion: The best part of Mako isn't the airtime, it's the banking. The second half of the ride doesn't even need to be fast for the banking to be pretty epic. Also I don't know if I just got Mako in a bad seat but I rode Behmoth at CW less than a week before Mako and honestly Behmoth felt like it had more air time and was a more forceful ride than Mako. I have never ridden Diamondback but I always thought it was better than Behmoth. Don't get me wrong mako is still really great and fun (and I only got middle cars each time compared to back and front on Behmoth) but I actually think Behmoth is better.

 

Also Mako's over bank is comparable to Leviathan's at CW.

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I rode Mako in the front row about a week ago, and it was an insanely fun ride. The first drop didn't linger over the crest like you see on the hypers with the staggered trains, so the result was some great airtime for the duration of the drop. The first overbank was interesting; you sort of float and hang in your seat before diving back towards the water. The following airtime hill is simply awesome. There was some really forceful, sustained airtime here and the hill seemed steeper or more compressed than other hypers, so it felt unique in that regard. The turnaround was taken with swiftness, and Mako didn't waste time getting turned around for the return trip. The trimmed hill, while noticeably slowed, still provided ample airtime, despite it not being as forceful as the previous camelback. In all honesty, the airtime over that hill is still great airtime, it just isn't what it could have been, but people overstate the effect of the trims. The next hills have pretty good airtime as well, and I really liked the drop off the MCBR. The final airtime hill is a bit underwhelming relative to its larger brothers, but still, decent floater is present here. The finale is interesting; because you're not hauling through the turns, you get pretty good laterals through the banked turns. I really felt like it was a unique way to end a B&M hyper, and it's good to see them playing with lateral forces every now and then. The swooping dive over the water was just really fun in general and a great way to end a stellar ride.

 

Overall, this coaster was a hit for me! I liked it better than (don't hurt me) Apollo's Chariot and Intimidator, so it now resides in my top 5 coasters, granted I've only been on 55. I think if you go in with a standard B&M hyper in mind, you'll love Mako. However, if you're expecting an Intamin style airtime machine, you should probably temper your predisposition.

 

Here's my (fully legal) POV of Mako!

 

[youtu_be]https://youtu.be/QAWEE21vfvA[/youtu_be]

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I guess I'll throw my two cents in here...

 

I rode Mako for the first time last week. I felt it was a pretty standard B&M Hyper. The one sad thing was that I felt the ride might actually have some real potential on the back half if it wasn't for that evil trim. I noticed the trim on our first ride on a half full train. On our second ride with a full train the trim tried to give me the Heimlich Maneuver it was so strong!!!

 

Fun ride though, really good fit for the park.

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^Interesting! I only rode in the front row, so by the time the trim engaged we were already floating. From what I've gathered, it appears that people prefer the front row, and I suppose that could be a possible reason. Oh well, everyone's got an opinion and different experiences on different rides, and you're certainly a more seasoned enthusiast than I. Personally, I thought it was a really fun, well rounded coaster with stronger airtime than I've experienced on other B&M hypers.

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We have a few hours to kill in the area on Saturday night on August 13th. We would probably only get 4-5 hours in at the park, with BGT the following two days. The extra money for a 3 day pass including both parks as opposed to a two day pass is pretty minimal. However, with it being Saturday night, would it even be worth spending a few hours in the park or would it be a waste of time? The park closes at 8 and I think we can get there around 3 or 4.

 

We usually spend a day or two at parks, so I'm not really used to touch-and-go style visits. I figured it might be fun as opposed inevitably to spending money on expensive food and booze in Tampa to kill off our night in Tampa. But with it being Saturday I'm apprehensive despite it being late in the season. With that said, it would either be Saturday night or not at all. I have full intentions of relaxing and enjoying BGT for two days, with our hotel being very close to the park.

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We have a few hours to kill in the area on Saturday night on August 13th. We would probably only get 4-5 hours in at the park, with BGT the following two days. The extra money for a 3 day pass including both parks as opposed to a two day pass is pretty minimal. However, with it being Saturday night, would it even be worth spending a few hours in the park or would it be a waste of time? The park closes at 8 and I think we can get there around 3 or 4.

 

We usually spend a day or two at parks, so I'm not really used to touch-and-go style visits. I figured it might be fun as opposed inevitably to spending money on expensive food and booze in Tampa to kill off our night in Tampa. But with it being Saturday I'm apprehensive despite it being late in the season. With that said, it would either be Saturday night or not at all. I have full intentions of relaxing and enjoying BGT for two days, with our hotel being very close to the park.

 

I'm about to update my trip report (probably later this evening) with the day we spent at SeaWorld.

 

if you mainly care about the rides at SW (not any shows, or doing any of the sealife exhibits). .then that should be enough time, after all, there are only 3 coasters there (unless you count Shamu Express).

 

Now, keep in mind, we didn't get to do Journey to Atlantis (they shut it down for weather while we were there), or Turtle Trek 360 movie (it broke while we were in line). . so not sure how long lines would be for them. . .but despite the park being crowded and the huge line for Journey. . right next door, Kraken was a walk on. Mako was only a 20 minute (if that) wait, and Wild Arctic was a walk on.

 

the only things I suspect you'd have to wait on would be Manta (the wait time for that spiked very quickly after opening), Journey (if you wanted a water ride), and Antartica Penguin ride (but you can walk and see the penguins if you want w/out waiting for the ride).

 

I'd say go for it. .and swing by Disney Springs for evening snack on your drive to Tampa after!

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Hi everyone, I have heard extremely negative things about the dark ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, are those things true or is the badness of the ride being overhyped?

 

it's targeted at the very young.

 

and it's only really 3 or so senes, so not really a dark ride in the way I'd normally consider one.

 

we thought it was a waste of time, and wished we had just walked thru to see the penguins.

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Mr Corn, It's not that it is a bad ride per say, It is a real waste of potential. It is sort of like and escalator or an elevator. It gets you from point a to point b with a bit of scenery. I never got off an escalator and said , oh that was fun, let's do it again. (well maybe as a kid horsing around) Likewise that sums up the Penguin ride.

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Hi everyone, I have heard extremely negative things about the dark ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, are those things true or is the badness of the ride being overhyped?

For me the ride was a major letdown. When it was being built it was being hyped as the next generation of dark rides and the concept art really sold you on a ride that was going to be traveling through a penguin themed world...

 

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screenshot11-550x293.jpg.bed932e21990a94f32581f1244b53525.jpgIt's a super elaborate trackless dark ride system that it's potential is completely wasted by using it as a "motion simulator" vehicle watching a fairly uninteresting movie for a good 2/3 of the attraction.

 

For many of us locals we really thought this ride was going to be something to give Disney & Universal a run for their money and it could have been "Orlando's Winnie the Pooh" (referencing the Tokyo Disneyland ride) but really the whole thing was just sort of a mess. The park played it off by saying "Well, the ride is aimed at a VERY young audience" which I interpret that to mean "A young audience that has never ridden any other ride before and therefore wouldn't notice the amount of wasted potential with this attraction" because at no point before the ride opened was this even mentioned until it started getting negative reviews.

 

Seriously, it's really bad.

 

That being said, once you get off the ride the penguin enclosure is REALLY NICE! And the actual ride system is very cool. That very first room you're in when you board the vehicles makes you think you're in for a high-tech amazing experience...but then you just watch a movie.

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We have a few hours to kill in the area on Saturday night on August 13th. We would probably only get 4-5 hours in at the park, with BGT the following two days. The extra money for a 3 day pass including both parks as opposed to a two day pass is pretty minimal. However, with it being Saturday night, would it even be worth spending a few hours in the park or would it be a waste of time? The park closes at 8 and I think we can get there around 3 or 4.

 

We usually spend a day or two at parks, so I'm not really used to touch-and-go style visits. I figured it might be fun as opposed inevitably to spending money on expensive food and booze in Tampa to kill off our night in Tampa. But with it being Saturday I'm apprehensive despite it being late in the season. With that said, it would either be Saturday night or not at all. I have full intentions of relaxing and enjoying BGT for two days, with our hotel being very close to the park.

 

Speaking of booze in Tampa, I would highly recommend Cigar City Brewing (CCB). The brewery, which has tours and tasting and Brew Pub are relatively close to Busch Gardens. Puppies Breath Porter is my fav!

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Thanks, Bert. My main goal would be to get a few laps on Mako, since I'm a pretty big B&M hyper fan. I'm hoping that the park will be even less busy than the Saturday you went, since it will be later in the season.

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Hi everyone, I have heard extremely negative things about the dark ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, are those things true or is the badness of the ride being overhyped?

 

Robb nailed it. They have a non-riders line. If the standby line is over 15-20 minutes just get in the non-riders line. It's worth a short wait for the exhibit because it's really good, but the ride is very mediocre. It's cute I guess but there's no real point to it.

 

By the way, on a similar note is there a way to bypass the asinine pre-show at Wild Arctic? I know you can skip the simulator but you still have to watch the stupid movie. Is there a way to bypass all of it?

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By the way, on a similar note is there a way to bypass the asinine pre-show at Wild Arctic? I know you can skip the simulator but you still have to watch the stupid movie. Is there a way to bypass all of it?

 

Go on a day with no line?

 

we walked right thru the room, where I assume the movie was supposed to be.

 

I mean, they grouped us in, closed the back doors, and then immediately opened the front doors and had us line up on the lighted circles. (so we still had no real idea what the "ride" was at this point).

 

maybe it was just broken, but that 1st room was obviously staging for some sort of pre-show, and we just didn't get it.

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I finally got to ride Mako this weekend. I enjoyed it and it did have airtime. I do, however, fall into the camp that it is a good B&M Hyper. Nothing blew me away, but it was fun. It also seems to be a capacity monster. While it only had a 15 minute wait on a Saturday morning in July - manta was already at 40 (needless to say, I skipped Manta this time.)

 

As for the Penguin ride - meh. It's cute and the ride technology is very cool, but I'll agree that the actual ride itself is not worth more than a 10 - 15 minute wait - and the majority of that time is because the Penguin exhibit is so good.

 

David

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The penguin ride isn't worth the wait. It said 45 minutes, and about 90 minutes had gone by before we even got to see the vehicles. It's an okay ride, it's not that fun really, but there are some good visuals and the penguins at the end are awesome. I'd give it a 6/10. Okay ride, awesome exhibit.

 

I finally got the chance to ride Mako yesterday.... What a phenomenal ride. Wait time said 40 minutes, we were in the station after 15 minutes. I rode in the front row the first time, and in row 3 on my second ride- I only got to ride twice, but here's my review: The lift was steep and fast, and the ride has an awesome view coming out of the station. The drop was fantastic! It felt way longer than 200 feet and really threw you out of your seat. There was a short, straight section after the drop that really helps you feel the speed and power of the ride. The overbanked turn was great, and you get a little lateral airtime coming off of the top. There are some nice positive g's between the turn and the first hill. The first airtime hill was insane- If that's not ejector air then I don't know what is. The turnaround was pretty fast and it was really smooth. The hill with the trim had weaker air than the previous one, but it was still good, and the trim didn't hit that hard. The next hill had some really strong air coming up into it that contrasted well with the strong positive g forces in the curve up. The speed hill was awesome, and in row 3 the air coming down the hill was much stronger than in row 1, and there were more strong positive g-forces coming up into the break run that are followed by a nice pop of air. The drop after the MCBR was pretty good, and the next hill was weak, but still good. The turns were nice and gave good laterals. Overall, Mako is one of my favorite rides ever. Fantastic airtime, smooth ride, great speed and g forces, and a really well paced ride. If only the ride time was a bit longer... 10/10

 

Manta was a great experience. It's a pretty scary ride at the beginning because you think you're going to fall out of the ride. The drop was cool, the pretzel loop was forceful, and the inversions were nice. I loved the splashdown and the theming, as well as the feeling of flying. 9/10

 

Kraken was great as well. Great positive g forces, but there was a noticeable rattle along the ride. 9/10

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I can only echo what others have said about Antarctica. It's not a terrible ride by any means, but with the cool technology available it's just so much wasted potential for what could have been an awesome ride!

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