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My post wasn't directed at anyone specifically, just a summary of my thoughts after reading the last couple of pages.

 

I understand you need to ride a coaster before making a definitive conclusion, but you can certainly make assumptions from videos. Case in point is El Toro. Did anyone think the ride wouldn't deliver after watching the testing videos of the trains cresting those first two hills, or being thrown down the first drop?

 

The coaster in my opinion is going to be exceptionally themed, a fun ride, and a perfect family coaster for the park.

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Am I the only one that realizes that it's still not launching at full speed yet?

 

While it's still not at full speed, I don't think it's going to be much faster...there's no way the train is going to fly over and through the figure 8 much faster than it already is based on the shaping. I'm just hoping there is a break in period and we will see the elements after the figure 8 gain some speed over the next few weeks.

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Does anyone know if the actual cheetahs have begun testing?

 

According to Wikipedia...

The cheetah achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal — between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds.

 

If they don't match this I'm gonna be pissed.

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My post wasn't directed at anyone specifically, just a summary of my thoughts after reading the last couple of pages.

 

I understand you need to ride a coaster before making a definitive conclusion, but you can certainly make assumptions from videos. Case in point is El Toro. Did anyone think the ride wouldn't deliver after watching the testing videos of the trains cresting those first two hills, or being thrown down the first drop?

 

The coaster in my opinion is going to be exceptionally themed, a fun ride, and a perfect family coaster for the park.

 

 

I also understand you. I do want to point out your point though. If you are straight thinking, and go base on appearances, yes, you can assume that el toro would be a amazing coaster. No doubts about that. However, there is such thing as people who think "out of the box" or, people who think differently. I personally would think more about how rough it will ride, how comfortable, and others factors that can only be figured out by riding, which would in turn shape my opinion on the coaster. So to anwser your question, Yes, I do think that some people who saw El Toro testing were not immediately convinced it would be a amazing coaster. Nor, in fact, is everyone a fan of El Toro. However, I see your point, and I totally understand. Yes, I agree you can make assumptions. It's just that your example didn't support it.

 

I agree with you on the most part, You're last statement is spot on with how I think the coaster will be like. I just like taking the counterpoint, most of the time, and then defending other's views that are possible. I try to take all sides in the most effective way. So, please don't think I don't agree with you and I'm telling you your wrong.

 

 

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Side note, I'll be going to the park hopefully this weekend, hopefully the SkyRide will be open by then. (It's opening was delayed.)

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As goes with judging music before it's released, the same goes for this ride. You can't judge how great the ride is until you actually RIDE it.. And since none of you have, I don't understand how you can already be saying exactly how it's going to ride.

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As goes with judging music before it's released, the same goes for this ride. You can't judge how great the ride is until you actually RIDE it.. And since none of you have, I don't understand how you can already be saying exactly how it's going to ride.

 

This is just the same old routine around here. It happens for every new ride POV or testing video that gets released. Some of our posters take WAY too much stock in these videos.

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Am I the only one that realizes that it's still not launching at full speed yet?

 

Yes, congratulations.

My only point is with a top speed of 60 the ride isn't fast. I don't think it has to be to be fun but just to state the obvious 60 MPH is not very fast. It could feel fast though.

 

I am still curious about what Mark rose said during the hardhat tour reguarding the faster launch speeds.

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Does anyone know if the actual cheetahs have begun testing?

 

According to Wikipedia...

The cheetah achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal — between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds.

 

If they don't match this I'm gonna be pissed.

 

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From the looks of the ride, I can see the coaster going faster. How the ride is going to be, I have no idea as I'm always wrong when I guess how a ride is going to be, even if one was open for years and it's my first time on it.

Does anyone know if the actual cheetahs have begun testing?

 

According to Wikipedia...

The cheetah achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal — between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds.

If they don't match this I'm gonna be pissed.

 

You might be one of the few that could be unhappy about the fact. I don't care for the ride's speed, it's really unique since it's not somewhere 300-400 ft. off the ground doing 12 inversions at a face melting 150mph. Its bewildering lions at a seemingly constant ground-hugging height!

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I would have posted these sooner, but my laptop crashed over the weekend and needed a new hard drive.

 

Was at Busch Gardens on Saturday (4/23) and got some shots of Cheetah Hunt testing:

 

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Also, saw the carousel in Timbuktu has been reassembled after a lengthly refurb. It wasn't open to guests yet and I saw maintenance working on it when I happened by.

 

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Jack Hanna was at the park for Earth Day and brought along a bunch of critters.

 

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This is NOT Kasi, the new cheetah cub at the park. Kasi is much younger/smaller.

 

Oh! More Cheetah Hunt merchandise! They got at least 9 different shirt designs for this coaster alone!

 

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And I think this shirt sums up the lot of us here on TPR:

 

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That was a very cool video and thanks for posting it !

 

Inukaza, with all due respect, even if El Toro isn't your personal cup of tea, if you watched the initial testing videos or any of the early videos and didn't immediately realize the ride was going to produce massive ejector air, then you should consider studying these videos a bit closer. I've been riding coasters for over 40 years and have been following them on the Internet since the days of when RRC was the only game in town next to ACE's newsletters. My El Toro example was spot on imo, and we can agree to disagree.

 

With that said, I'm in Boston, and use these videos to determine my coaster riding priorities for the upcoming season. I'm disappointed in what I've seen to date because at this point, I won't make a special trip to Tampa. That could change of course, but for me, I don't care about comfort or themeing as much as I want to be "thrilled." Like you, I have personal preferences, and these just happen to be mine. This is going to be a GREAT ride for the park, and doubt it will rank in the top 20 of Mitch's Steel poll from what I've seen to date.

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