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P. 463: A Sunday at the Food & Wine Festival

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Lots of pictures from today. The ride is starting to look more like it will in its final form, all that's left is the zero-g and first half of the loop.





The trim and a very small amount of the heartline are up, but I imagine the heartline will be the last thing completed on the ride.












Someone from BGWfans was caught taking pictures in the employee area, and now there is a gate.


No additional work has been done on the bottom of the loop. As far as I can tell the third support structure has not been started, and if it has it hasn't gotten far.


But, significant work has been done on the back (front/whatever your preference) tower.




The ride can be seen from many places in the park, obviously being so tall and with its contrasting colors. This was taken next to Pompeii.


From the Festa Italia bridge. I really like the way the loop looks from this angle.


From Da Vinci Gardens. It's very visible from Verbolten's line as well, but by the time I got there it was dark so I don't have a picture. Thanks for looking at the update. Hopefully I'll have one more posted before the park closes for the season.

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^Yes, the leaves on the trees should hide it pretty well from vantage points outside of Italy (much as they do Apollo's Chariot). The best views of the ride will be from the front parking lots.

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Those supports appear to be really close to the track. Any idea what type of car will run on this track? Was hoping it would be something you lay down on. We didnt get to Christmastown this year but we saw some of the clearing back during Howl O Scream.




It's a clone of superman ultimate flight at six flags discovery kingdom in California.

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This thing looks great, just curious but does anyone know if this model is any larger than the previous versions? Maybe it's just me but it looks much larger in the pictures?


Also, has BGW made an official announcement about the ride yet? Seems odd not to announce it this late in the year (maybe I missed that too).

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^Yes, as far as we know.


Definitely weird to finish the ride before an announcement, especially when it is so visible (vs Outlaw Run, etc.) but maybe it's some marketing ploy. We seem to always know Busch Gardens' rides way ahead of time though, just look at Cheetah Hunt.


You guys that haven't been on one of these will love it. It is a smooth, fast, powerful ride. Everything you could ask for really.


And I think it's the same size as the others. Looks that way to me...the one in Germany looks HUGE from in person.


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Not a lot of progress since Friday but here's a few pictures from today (31st), the last day of the season. I might try to head to Williamsburg and take some pictures from Highway 60 when the structure is complete or there is confirmed testing, but for the most part this should be the end of my updates until March when the park reopens.


I went out into the preferred parking lot for some pictures.




I think this gives a good idea of how massive the ride actually is. Apollo is about 170 feet from ground level (the drop goes into a ravine and is 210 feet), so Tempesto is only roughly 20 feet shorter than the lift. However, Tempesto is all right there while Apollo is just the lift in that spot. Tempesto also has the huge scaffolding structure, perhaps making it appear even larger than it is.


The only progress on the ride since last week is the addition of the extended structure off of the support tower and one piece of track.



This should be somewhat close to the view looking into the ride plaza when it is completed. That's it. Happy new year!

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^ Tremendous pictures, thank you for those. So a few things I can take away from these photos:


1.) The ride is absolutely massive. With the other installment's of this clone the ride is in an open area. With the structure being ride next to Apollo's Chariot you really get to see how large it is.


2.) I'm a fan of the color scheme


3.) The ride looks really good with where its location is in the park. I was skeptical at first but I think it fits right in.

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Thank you so much for the ongoing construction photos. I love the shot from the parking lot of Tempesto and Apollo's lift as it gives a great sense of size with the rides being side by side. A train going up Apollo's lift while the train on Tempesto zooms on by will make the rides appear to be dueling.

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