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P. 455: Opening night of Howl-o-Scream!

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Invadr is pretty fun. Nice pace but don't expect to be out of your seat. Great great for families.

 

Ummmm...

 

. . . 9 airtime hills. . .

 

Surly there is some airtime there somewhere??

 

Eh, either way, I'm really looking forward to trying it out later this month!

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Rode InvadR during the soft opening tonight. Awesome family coaster. First drop better than expected and decent floater air in front seat. Very smooth and I enjoyed it overall. Night rides in the dark will be even more fun. Only complaint would be the station is really compact limiting the number of riders that can enter the station, so the line will grow really fast.

 

Other than waiting 25 minutes for InvadR rest of park was not crowded at all, every ride was a walk on

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I took a front-seat and a back-seat ride on InvadR during the media event today (report and video to follow later). Overall, this is a solid GCI wooden coaster that's a lot of fun for families. There's a nice pop of air after the initial drop (which is very good), and the train keeps a steady pace throughout the course. It's best to ride in the back seat (more air back there).

 

Should be a hit for Busch Gardens.

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Guys, please do not cross post content from other sites. It's rude. Chuck is working on his report and he will have it up soon enough. We have already posted a POV of the coaster as well a few days ago:

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Invadr is pretty fun. Great great for families.

 

Airtime is low end floater.

 

Rode InvadR during the soft opening tonight. Awesome family coaster.

 

Overall, this is a solid GCI wooden coaster that's a lot of fun for families.

 

So this is what I really don't understand about BGW and their coasters: Everyone is saying this is a great "family" coaster, except with a 46" height restriction, it's starting to get outside of the "family coaster" category.

 

If Test Track, which goes 65mph, Tower of Terror, which has insane airtime, and Big Thunder Mountain, which actually has a decent amount of airtime for what it does, can all be 40" at Magic Kingdom, explain to me why a ride like InvadR is 46"?

 

There is no explanation, IMO, only poor excuses.

 

This will always frustrate me with parks that open rides that are great for one demographic but carry a height restriction for another. BGW is, IMO, one of the most unbalanced major parks in the country (maybe even the world) when it comes to height restrictions. It promotes itself as a "family" park, yet it doesn't have any coasters with a height restriction lower than 46" outside of the kiddie area, and most of them are between 52-54"

 

Of course the only other park that immediately comes to mind that is even more unbalanced is SeaWorld Orlando. Explain to me why a park that REALLY caters to smaller kids has three giant roller coasters with a 54" height restriction that most kids that go to that park can't even ride. (Not even Kristen who is ten years old now is tall enough to ride any of SeaWorld's coasters!) So perhaps this is a higher-level corporate issue where they just don't value the importance of having a true "family" ride at their parks?

 

This coaster SHOULD have been their 42" ride that filled that gap which was created when Big Bad Wolf was taken down. One can only hope they'll realize this and try to do something to modify it.

 

*sigh*

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Invadr is pretty fun. Great great for families.

 

Airtime is low end floater.

 

Rode InvadR during the soft opening tonight. Awesome family coaster.

 

Overall, this is a solid GCI wooden coaster that's a lot of fun for families.

 

So this is what I really don't understand about BGW and their coasters: Everyone is saying this is a great "family" coaster, except with a 46" height restriction, it's starting to get outside of the "family coaster" category.

 

If Test Track, which goes 65mph, Tower of Terror, which has insane airtime, and Big Thunder Mountain, which actually has a decent amount of airtime for what it does, can all be 40" at Magic Kingdom, explain to me why a ride like InvadR is 46"?

 

There is no explanation, IMO, only poor excuses.

 

This will always frustrate me with parks that open rides that are great for one demographic but carry a height restriction for another. BGW is, IMO, one of the most unbalanced major parks in the country (maybe even the world) when it comes to height restrictions. It promotes itself as a "family" park, yet it doesn't have any coasters with a height restriction lower than 46" outside of the kiddie area, and most of them are between 52-54"

 

Of course the only other park that immediately comes to mind that is even more unbalanced is SeaWorld Orlando. Explain to me why a park that REALLY caters to smaller kids has three giant roller coasters with a 54" height restriction that most kids that go to that park can't even ride. (Not even Kristen who is ten years old now is tall enough to ride any of SeaWorld's coasters!) So perhaps this is a higher-level corporate issue where they just don't value the importance of having a true "family" ride at their parks?

 

This coaster SHOULD have been their 42" ride that filled that gap which was created when Big Bad Wolf was taken down. One can only hope they'll realize this and try to do something to modify it.

 

*sigh*

 

What's wrong with a less intense experience for once? We already have several high level coasters at BGW. Adults are enjoying the ride regardless so I don't see how this is an issue.

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Guys, please do not cross post content from other sites. It's rude. Chuck is working on his report and he will have it up soon enough. We have already posted a POV of the coaster as well a few days

 

Yay!!!! Chuck

 

(Maggiekat and I will be there tomorrow. Any chance your going back?)

 

 

 

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Invadr is pretty fun. Great great for families.

 

Airtime is low end floater.

 

Rode InvadR during the soft opening tonight. Awesome family coaster.

 

Overall, this is a solid GCI wooden coaster that's a lot of fun for families.

 

So this is what I really don't understand about BGW and their coasters: Everyone is saying this is a great "family" coaster, except with a 46" height restriction, it's starting to get outside of the "family coaster" category.

 

If Test Track, which goes 65mph, Tower of Terror, which has insane airtime, and Big Thunder Mountain, which actually has a decent amount of airtime for what it does, can all be 40" at Magic Kingdom, explain to me why a ride like InvadR is 46"?

 

There is no explanation, IMO, only poor excuses.

 

This will always frustrate me with parks that open rides that are great for one demographic but carry a height restriction for another. BGW is, IMO, one of the most unbalanced major parks in the country (maybe even the world) when it comes to height restrictions. It promotes itself as a "family" park, yet it doesn't have any coasters with a height restriction lower than 46" outside of the kiddie area, and most of them are between 52-54"

 

Of course the only other park that immediately comes to mind that is even more unbalanced is SeaWorld Orlando. Explain to me why a park that REALLY caters to smaller kids has three giant roller coasters with a 54" height restriction that most kids that go to that park can't even ride. (Not even Kristen who is ten years old now is tall enough to ride any of SeaWorld's coasters!) So perhaps this is a higher-level corporate issue where they just don't value the importance of having a true "family" ride at their parks?

 

This coaster SHOULD have been their 42" ride that filled that gap which was created when Big Bad Wolf was taken down. One can only hope they'll realize this and try to do something to modify it.

 

*sigh*

 

What's wrong with a less intense experience for once? We already have several high level coasters at BGW. Adults are enjoying the ride regardless so I don't see how this is an issue.

Thanks for actually *READING* the post before responding to it. One week ban for being an idiot. Try to be less dumb when you come back.

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You bring up a great point about the height requirements. It's nice to get the perspective of a parent since if you don't have kids it's not something you ever think about. It does seem incredibly odd that a chain with such a "family friendly" reputation has such restrictive height requirements, especially at the Orlando park where their existence is so heavily dependent on families who come to Orlando for Disney with kids well under 54" tall. If you're leeching off of Disney you should probably ensure that your park is suitable for a similar demographic.

 

Guys, please do not cross post content from other sites. It's rude. Chuck is working on his report and he will have it up soon enough.

 

Sorry about that by the way. I always check the socials to see if you guys are at an event before sharing anything from another site but I didn't see anything from BGW this morning so I didn't know you had anyone there. My mistake.

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Sorry about that by the way. I always check the socials to see if you guys are at an event before sharing anything from another site but I didn't see anything from BGW this morning so I didn't know you had anyone there. My mistake.

Yeah, it's cool. I was out at Legoland Florida covering their new resort and Chuck was at BGW. I usually don't like to both from two events at once because it is confusing so I was going to wait for one to be over and then start the other. As it was, there wasn't TOO much to post from the opening at BGW other than Chuck's footage, which we posted to YouTube and it's going up on Facebook soon.

 

And honestly, had that guy not gotten smacked in the face by the bird, the InvadR stuff probably would have gone up sooner. But, in a weird sort of way, someone getting hit by a bird on the opening day of a coaster is kind of BGW related!

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Yes, Joris en de Draak is 42"

 

Interesting, yeah I'm kinda lost here as well.

Yep. This has always been a pet peeve for me. Mainly because I feel it's important for parks to have a good balance of rides available to their guests. I also don't believe that "kids" should be stuck to the "kiddie area" while the older kids get to ride bigger stuff. I feel there should be a balance. IMO, InvadR is a *perfect* family coaster, but it's height restriction is almost that of rides like Loch Ness Monster. I mean, let's be honest, answer this question: Is a ride like Invadr closer to the ride experience of "Big Thunder Mountain" or more like "X2?" Because the height restriction dictates that ride is closer to X2 (48") than it is Big Thunder Mountain (40"), and IMO that's a huge mistake.

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Family coaster or not, after riding it three times this morning during the media event BGW defintily has a winner on their hands.

 

The pacing, airtime, layout and pretty much everything about this coaster is spot on. I went into it thinking "if this is half as good as White Lightning I'll be happy". Well, I am WAY more than happy and ultimately prefer InvadR over White Lightning. Both are great but I just think I like the layout a little better.

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