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P. 466: Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens

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Throwing a curveball into the pot and saying it's an observation deck/ride

 

...even though that's essentially Mach Tower when it's actually operating

 

Put a Sky Jump in the new area, and replace Mach Tower with a proper observation tower.

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I feel bad for those who are hyping themselves up for a giga coaster. SeaWorld does not have the privilege of dropping $25-30 million on a ride currently.

 

Personally I think it will be a skyscreamer-type ride or maybe a Falcon's Fury-type drop tower (if they don't want Mach Tower anymore).

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Hey guys, I have a quick question here.

 

I was kind of planning to visit Busch Gardens at the end of the season, and I was kind of interested in seeing their shows like Britmania and Celtic Fyre. The website only list show times two weeks in advance. Does anyone here know whether their daily shows generally run into September and October, or do they only run during the summer high season?

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Darn. That makes a lot of sense.

 

I heard that their shows are pretty good. I'll probably hold off until next year, then.

 

Celtic Fyre, yes.

 

Britmania?. . .well. . . it was like listening to a bar cover band. . the musicianship is good, the staging is ok, but really not all that interesting.

 

just our take on it.

 

(we enjoyed the show performed in the Festhaus, tho it is very much a "theme park show". . but you can drink beer while watching

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I'd love for there to be any tall observation ride that allows photography.

 

That would be awesome.

 

Im curious what they would theme a ride like that Spain too.

 

Tarragona, Human Tower Building

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I went to the park yesterday and had a fantastic day at the park but I had an interesting experience on the way home.

 

DISCLAIMER: I am not the type to spin rumors and I almost hate to even mention it, but this did happen and I don't even know what to think. Take with a large grain of salt.

 

On the tram while leaving the park last night, the "guide" said to make plans now to come back in 2020 when they would be building a rollercoaster about twice the size of Apollo made by the same people.

 

I don't know if the tram man has more or less credibility than the dippin dots guy, but it was still worth a mention. The guy was kinda funny and joking around, as many of the tram guides tend to do, but he said this seriously.

 

Either way, coaster or not, I don't know that it was entirely appropriate to discuss it the way he did.

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Darn. That makes a lot of sense.

 

I heard that their shows are pretty good. I'll probably hold off until next year, then.

 

Celtic Fyre, yes.

 

Britmania?. . .well. . . it was like listening to a bar cover band. . the musicianship is good, the staging is ok, but really not all that interesting.

 

just our take on it.

 

(we enjoyed the show performed in the Festhaus, tho it is very much a "theme park show". . but you can drink beer while watching

 

You summed up Britmania pretty well.

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I went to the park yesterday and had a fantastic day at the park but I had an interesting experience on the way home.

 

DISCLAIMER: I am not the type to spin rumors and I almost hate to even mention it, but this did happen and I don't even know what to think. Take with a large grain of salt.

 

On the tram while leaving the park last night, the "guide" said to make plans now to come back in 2020 when they would be building a rollercoaster about twice the size of Apollo made by the same people.

 

I don't know if the tram man has more or less credibility than the dippin dots guy, but it was still worth a mention. The guy was kinda funny and joking around, as many of the tram guides tend to do, but he said this seriously.

 

Either way, coaster or not, I don't know that it was entirely appropriate to discuss it the way he did.

 

Woah, very interesting info!

 

Keep this hype train rolling!

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I've been extremely skeptical about a giga (and I still am), but I have been wondering this whole time... where would they put it exactly? I mean I know where the height test was but gigas are HUGE. Where would Busch find the space to fit an entire layout for a giga? Especially if it's manufactured by B&M?

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I went to the park yesterday and had a fantastic day at the park but I had an interesting experience on the way home.

 

DISCLAIMER: I am not the type to spin rumors and I almost hate to even mention it, but this did happen and I don't even know what to think. Take with a large grain of salt.

 

On the tram while leaving the park last night, the "guide" said to make plans now to come back in 2020 when they would be building a rollercoaster about twice the size of Apollo made by the same people.

 

I don't know if the tram man has more or less credibility than the dippin dots guy, but it was still worth a mention. The guy was kinda funny and joking around, as many of the tram guides tend to do, but he said this seriously.

 

Either way, coaster or not, I don't know that it was entirely appropriate to discuss it the way he did.

 

Woah, very interesting info!

 

Keep this hype TRAM rolling!

 

FTFY

 

But this does fit in somewhat with me noticing that the height restriction waiver said that construction must begin within 3 years. I would imagine that giga construction would start in August 2019 for a potential 2020 opening. But still...grain-of-salt.jpg.5907009b98e080c4553779e569a74a62.jpg

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I've been extremely skeptical about a giga (and I still am), but I have been wondering this whole time... where would they put it exactly? I mean I know where the height test was but gigas are HUGE. Where would Busch find the space to fit an entire layout for a giga? Especially if it's manufactured by B&M?

 

I don't know if the park is planning to build a gigacoaster, but I'm certain there's room for one. They own a lot of land they haven't built on yet.

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I know it's close proximity, but could we be looking at an accelerator style ride? Kingda Ka is only a few hours up I-95, but a 300ft tower with massive airtime at the top could be an intire different experience. Especially if they add a huge loop after the tophat... this would explain the 300ft height with the limited footprint ideas...

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I certainly never say never, but I can't see BGW ever going the route of an accelerator. For one, they have added 2 launched coasters in the past 5 years. It seems pretty rare for a park to have more than 2 launchers.

 

Also, and it may just be me, but that type of really really doesn't seem to "fit" the type of ride that Busch would build. Then again, they seem to have stepped away from "typical BG" especially with Tempesto. Also, how much marketability do big top hat coasters have at this point in the US? We haven't really seen one in the past decade. I honestly think that any park that would want to spend $25 mil+ would likely be better off with a giga than an accelerator, especially when you factor in reliability and maintenance.

 

I don't know, and I've certainly been wrong before, but I would say there's not much of a chance of that happening.

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I certainly never say never, but I can't see BGW ever going the route of an accelerator. For one, they have added 2 launched coasters in the past 5 years. It seems pretty rare for a park to have more than 2 launchers.

 

Also, and it may just be me, but that type of really really doesn't seem to "fit" the type of ride that Busch would build. Then again, they seem to have stepped away from "typical BG" especially with Tempesto. Also, how much marketability do big top hat coasters have at this point in the US? We haven't really seen one in the past decade. I honestly think that any park that would want to spend $25 mil+ would likely be better off with a giga than an accelerator, especially when you factor in reliability and maintenance.

 

I don't know, and I've certainly been wrong before, but I would say there's not much of a chance of that happening.

Kings Dominion had 4 launched coasters between Backlot's opening and Hypersonic's closing.

 

I just don't think it will be anything Intamin, period. Apparently one of the BGW higher-ups doesn't like Intamin or something? That's why Verbolten and Mach Tower were not Intamin like their Tampa counterparts.

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