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Got a text from Shawn saying that they've soft opened Tempesto again. As usual, I'm in the wrong place (actually had to go to the office to do some work this weekend).

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Go on during a soft opening today in the pouring rain. This ride is a lot of fun--particularly the backward launch and the pop of air you get when you go over the top.

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Tempesto looks great! Love the colors and the entrance area. It probably will be one of the most intense rides in the park! I rode Superman at SFDK yesterday and it kicked major ass. Can't wait to check this version out (with the bigger trains)!

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^ Busch runs their rides in the rain all day long. It's if there's lightning in the area that they close things down, and even then, it needs to be pretty close. If there's lightning near by but no rain, it'll still close things down. Rain but no lightning? Enjoy getting wet cause they're open! I can think of one time in my years working there that we shut coasters down when there was no lightening, and that's only because we had insanely absurd winds coming in that set off the wind alarm (meaning faster than 40mph gusts).

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^ When I went two years ago, they closed all the coasters because there was a cloud so yeah, I would say they are.

 

Yes, you must be thinking of Kings Dominion and other Cedar Fair parks. The old Wilde Maus would close in the rain, but unless there was lightning in the area (or it was a hurricane-style deluge), BGW will continue operations in the rain.

 

And, by the way, the "comfort" straps aren't a problem; they do not interfere with one's enjoyment of Tempesto.

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For those of you who have been on Tempesto, how has the capacity been? I keep hearing that the crew was doing an awesome job with dispatches and getting people through the line, but then I keep hearing from people who I assume haven't ridden it saying it's a capacity nightmare. Are they doing better than expected or have the lines been horrible?

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For those of you who have been on Tempesto, how has the capacity been? I keep hearing that the crew was doing an awesome job with dispatches and getting people through the line, but then I keep hearing from people who I assume haven't ridden it saying it's a capacity nightmare. Are they doing better than expected or have the lines been horrible?

The crew is crazy fast. There's 6 ops managing loading (3 for each side, 1 per car) However this can't make up for the sheer lack of seats/trains. The line moved fairly well until you queue up for your desired row. Then it really takes a while. There were 12 people in front of us for front row, so 6 dispatches. It took around 15 minutes or so to ride. The crew was very fast though.

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For those of you who have been on Tempesto, how has the capacity been? I keep hearing that the crew was doing an awesome job with dispatches and getting people through the line, but then I keep hearing from people who I assume haven't ridden it saying it's a capacity nightmare. Are they doing better than expected or have the lines been horrible?

 

I really couldn't say. Shawn and I just got off Apollo's Chariot, noticed they were letting people in, and walked right into the station. We had a one-train wait for the second row. They were giving people temporary fanny packs for loose articles, too (in our case, ball caps). You left the fanny pack in a bin after you exited.

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For those of you who have been on Tempesto, how has the capacity been? I keep hearing that the crew was doing an awesome job with dispatches and getting people through the line, but then I keep hearing from people who I assume haven't ridden it saying it's a capacity nightmare. Are they doing better than expected or have the lines been horrible?

 

 

During the morning soft opening they were cranking out the trains quite quickly. The station is well staffed and they seem to be finding their flow during these openings.

 

The fanny packs are offered and don't seem to be required except if you have visible loose articles or even hats in Chuck and I's case. Since they were handing them out at the entry everyone seemed to have their articles in their fanny packs and ready to go by the station. If this continues it should help with any delays due to hats and other various things in the station.

 

The area looks great and Tempesto is a blast of a ride! Based on people's reactions during the two soft openings yesterday it is a win for the park. If they can keep up the dispatches and the line moving I don't see capacity being too problematic.

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So glad to hear people are loving Tempesto! My only complaint on seeing early pictures of construction was how the color scheme clashed with Apollo's Chariot, but now with the full queue set up and the area around the ride decorated with lights, it's all looking beautiful!

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