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p. 348 - Iron Gwazi POV!

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Holy crap you nerds are a tough crowd.  It looks like a coaster that will make me hoot and holler the entire time I'm on it while simultaneously trying to throw my fat ass as far from the train as pos

It means that you can look forward to a fun-filled day riding Kumba, Montu, Cheetah Hunt and Sheikra and while you're in line for one of those you might be able to watch an Iron Gwazi POV on your phon

I actually agree with many of you talking about how the RMC's are all very similar.  And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with building a ton of very similar kick ass rides when most people who ride

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^I'd wait and check the place out when you get there, It's been a few years but I've been to BGT several times during "Spring Break" and the crowds were always fairly light during the week. BGT doesn't seem to get nearly the number of visitors during the off season that the Orlando parks do.

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While Spring is quickly approaching, no one seems to be sure if Gwazi will be able to return running both the Tiger and Lion sides or not when the busy crowds start to show up for Spring Break. Based on the messy half-disassembled state of the Tiger train on left in the shed, things are not looking good. Plus the second train that was previously on the maintenance track to the left of this one is now entirely missing in action. Anyone know a bit more about what plans are in store for the Gwazi in 2013?

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What is wrong with Gwazi? I thought that putting on the new trains made it a little better. What's going on with this ride? They need some RMC...that'll solve their problems. Always does! Haha. Anyway, I really liked Gwazi when it dueled.

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^^If they have any mercy at all, they'll tear the whole thing down.

 

^The new trains only helped for a short time. They would have had to completely rebuild the track from the ground up for the new trains to make a difference since there was already so much irreversible damage done to the track from the PTCs.

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It just seems BGT has given up on Gwazi. I hope it won't sit there for a few seasons then get torn down like SOB. I think they could get RMC or any of the companies to come in and fix Gwazi. It makes me mad because BGT has great coasters but then you see Gwazi just rotting away.

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I like gwazi and honestly did not find it that rough in 2011 when I went on it. It's honestly not my favorite ride and sits there with trains getting sent off once every five minutes. They need a better loading system and maybe a RMC dulling coaster makeover. I wouldn't really hate to see it go as its not one of my favorites. But if they completely knock it down they would have room for something very big. I might be going on spring break weekend and I will try to check it out again. I went last January and I was going to ride it but lines were over an hour to ride it. I hope it gets better soon!

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It is a bit odd that as well built and GP Friendly as GCI's are they now have what two sitting and rotting?

 

I don't feel that the new trains helped at all. Rocky Mountain it all the way!!!!

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^Even if RMC could get their hands on it for a "normal" re-profile. As in, no Iron Horse or Topper track. RMC has done a phenomenal job making Predator at Darien Lake tolerable again.

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I just went on it a couple weeks ago and It vibrated a bunch in like an exaggerated boulder dash kinda way but I wouldn't say that its "rough". It doesn't slam you around or jackhammer at all. Its also worth noting that I rode it in the very back which theoretically should be roughest. I do hope they decide to keep it because I thought it was a very fun ride with some very unique elements. I regret not it more than a couple times! (dammit montu why do you have to be so much better than everything else)

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Let's hope that BGT is considering a RMC makeover. I loved the ride when it first opened, but those darn PTC's really beat the snot out of it. So much track work has been done and no improvement, give RMC a call Busch.

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^Even if RMC could get their hands on it for a "normal" re-profile. As in, no Iron Horse or Topper track. RMC has done a phenomenal job making Predator at Darien Lake tolerable again.

 

I'd like to see whatever it is RMC is doing to GACyclone a few hours north done to Gwazi. It's a great layout, I'd really hate to see it go away. If that's what it takes to keep it around, do it.

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Went to the park today, just a couple of notes

 

Kumba was operating, what an excellent coaster. Is it usually considered a forceful B&M? It felt very smooth and forceful while riding

 

I noticed the Gwazi situation, it was very weird, the quick queue line is a bridge over one of the Gwazi stations, just very odd. Gwazi was horrid, very rough and unenjoyable.

 

Park was VERY busy today, almost all major rides had 1hr long waits, Quick Queue unlimited was for sure worth it.

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