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There supposedly was a Media Event scheduled for Friday April 17 that was cancelled, thought it was rescheduled to April 24. But maybe BGW has decided not to hold a Media Day? I mean look at how long they took to formally announce the coaster to the GP. Usually TPR and other coaster sites post info about the scheduled Media Day with pictures of the invite and the goodies that came along with the invite, but don't recall seeing anything posted so who knows? Robb? Chuck?

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There supposedly was a Media Event scheduled for Friday April 17 that was cancelled, thought it was rescheduled to April 24. But maybe BGW has decided not to hold a Media Day? I mean look at how long they took to formally announce the coaster to the GP. Usually TPR and other coaster sites post info about the scheduled Media Day with pictures of the invite and the goodies that came along with the invite, but don't recall seeing anything posted so who knows? Robb? Chuck?

 

Haven't heard anything about an "official" Media Day (they did have a media event in the form of a backstage tour on Passholder Preview Day in March). There is an event on April 24 for winners of a contest to be among the "first 500 . . . to ride Tempesto" (8:00 to 10:00 pm). Perhaps the media will be included for that.

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Tempesto did have a soft opening today; unfortunately, I got there a bit too late and missed my chance. (But my thanks to Jeremiah for alerting me via text.) So, here are some photos of the ride with people other than me on it.

 

POV Video by Trevor Bondi:

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Behold the main entrance. It looks like one of those crazy loops that stuntmen on bikes used to brave back in early 20th century.

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Where there is an entrance, there must be an exit.

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A place for your stuff--they were having some issues with them today. The credit card system wasn't hooked up.

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The outer queue.

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The inner queue.

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The station.

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One night only? The hell?

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And how, actual people actually riding Tempesto.

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Holy crap!

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The best loops are the non-inverting kind.

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Shall we zoom in a bit closer?

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"I have seen GOD!"

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"Save us Jeebus!"

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Hold on to your churros here.

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This dude rates a private train? Well, la-dee-da.

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"I'm special!"

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"So special! I gotta have some of your attention! Give it to me!"

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"Sorry, folks--special guy was the last rider today. Come back on Saturday, April 25th."

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Tempesto is GREAT! Very intense and without a doubt the strongest airtime in the park. The airtime over the first hill in the front row is ridiculous. The line for each individual row moves rather slowly but I imagine the queue out of the station won't be horrible. The ops were hauling. The time it took for a train to come in and then be sent out again was less than a minute on most dispatches. I would definitely prefer the ride just have lapbars but the harnesses are not bad at all.

Sooooooo..... all those pages and pages and pages and pages of bitching and complaining about this ride was all for nothing?!??!

 

I'll be the first one to say it...

 

I TOLD YOU SO!!!

 

I personally think these funky Premier coasters are a GREAT addition to any park!

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Man, I really can't wait to ride this on the 25th! I really wish our school's trip wasn't scheduled for the official opening day, crowds are probably going to be crazy. But hey, shorter lines on everything else!

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The ride entrance fits in perfectly with the whole "festival" look of Festa Italia. I thought the strings of lights, like you'd see at an old-time circus, were a nice touch.

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Rode Tempesto today and it was a blast in the front row! immense airtime when finishing your ascent before the roll... which was absolutley nuts. I'll have a legal (Got a special card thingy for my gopro from a manager allwoing me to shoot on ride video) POV up in about an hour!

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There is an event on April 24 for winners of a contest to be among the "first 500 . . . to ride Tempesto" (8:00 to 10:00 pm). Perhaps the media will be included for that.

 

 

Well they have already started letting people on it, so those first 500 won't feel so special now I guess. So I glad I will be avoiding the 25th and those crowds.

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Tempesto looks like a great addition, even if the capacity is going to be a small issue. The forces (both negative and positive) look to be even better than those on the 2-car versions. The theming looks pretty awesome as well. I LOVE the loop around the entrance, and the lights over the plaza are a nice touch.

 

It definitely looks like a nice, solid addition to the BGW. I hope to make it out to the park within a few years.

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Chuck, Am I reading that right, they opened the line for what an hour around dinner time and then closed it for no reason?

Correct, I was in the right place at the right time and just barely made the cutoff. We were one of the last rides before they cut the line off. I left at 5:30, so I am not entirely sure if it remained closed for the rest of this evening.

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I was in the right time at the right place. We were walking near Da Vinci's garden when we heard a yell "Pesto's open!!!". We then proceeded to sprint to the ride. They trickled groups of about 30 or so into the queue where they were held and then trickled those people into the station. When I got on, most rows were empty because we just barely made the cut off. There were only lines for the front row and back row after we got off. I then asked an operator if we could ride again because their were about 10 open seats, he said yes, and then a 2nd op shot him down. While I'm glad I got to ride it, I don't understand why we weren't allowed to board a train which then launched out of the station mostly unoccupied. Oh well, great ride!

 

EDIT! Still processing but it will be finished shortly!

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Chuck, Am I reading that right, they opened the line for what an hour around dinner time and then closed it for no reason?

Correct, I was in the right place at the right time and just barely made the cutoff. We were one of the last rides before they cut the line off. I left at 5:30, so I am not entirely sure if it remained closed for the rest of this evening.

 

I think this is what they did on Friday, too. That's the nature of soft openings.

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What a shitty thing to do, If you are gonna open the ride then OPEN it!

But this is what a soft opening is all about. It's an unannounced test and adjust period so they can see how traffic patterns work and get an idea of how the ride reacts to real guests and vice versa. They open the ride for a couple of hours, see how things go, collect data, react to it if they need to, etc, etc...

 

I think it's incredibly smart when parks do this so they don't wind up having a media day or opening day with even more surprises. Maybe we're just more used to this process here in Orlando because we see it happen all the time?

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^I understand that Verbolten "soft opened" before it's "official" opening, too--but up until then, soft openings were a bit unusual for BGW. I agree that it's a good way for ride staff to get used to "normal" operations (like a "dress rehearsal").

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I was in the right time at the right place. We were walking near Da Vinci's garden when we heard a yell "Pesto's open!!!". We then proceeded to sprint to the ride. They trickled groups of about 30 or so into the queue where they were held and then trickled those people into the station. When I got on, most rows were empty because we just barely made the cut off. There were only lines for the front row and back row after we got off. I then asked an operator if we could ride again because their were about 10 open seats, he said yes, and then a 2nd op shot him down. While I'm glad I got to ride it, I don't understand why we weren't allowed to board a train which then launched out of the station mostly unoccupied. Oh well, great ride!

 

EDIT! Still processing but it will be finished shortly!

Great vid! Looks intense and smooth

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Griffon had a "sneak preview week" prior to its grand opening as well.

 

I'm never in the right place at the right time for these things.

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