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I'm wondering if the climate had anything to do with this. Or was it the long operating hours, or the trains? Anyways, it is horrible that the ride is closing. How come Florida is losing all the good coasters( Gwazi and the Daina Beach Hurricane)?

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For those that have ridden both Gwazi and Georgia Cyclone, which one is worse.

Georgia Cyclone was way more painful to me when I rode it back in 08'

I honestly still ride gwazi even though it's a punishment. I wouldn't ride Georgia Cyclone again.

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The first time I rode Gwazi was in 2008, on the lion side. It was a "ok" experience. I rode the Tiger side last year and it was very painful... Gwazi gave me a terrible headache. It's not a good attraction for BGT of course, but Central Florida would lose one more wooden coaster if it get removed. That's lead us to Coastersaurus or White Lightning.

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The first time I rode Gwazi was in 2008, on the lion side. It was an "ok" experience. I rode the Tiger side last year and it was very painful... Gwazi gave me a terrible headache. It's not a good attraction for BGT of course, but Central Florida would lose one more headache-inducing pain machine if it got removed.

 

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For those that have ridden both Gwazi and Georgia Cyclone, which one is worse.

 

I feared for my physical safety on Georgia Cyclone in 2011 (pre re-track)... it was THAT rough during my ride... and while Gwazi is certainly moody, and often a jarring ride, I never felt unsafe riding it! And Gwazi had spectacular moments... after/during a rain storm... night rides when its cooler out... I know that is a sign of a troubled coaster when I base my good rides on certain weather conditions... however, I still love and have always defended this ride! I know I will miss Gwazi IF it gets removed... remember, its still speculation at this point (I have a glimmer of hope it can be saved...)

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Good riddance I say. The park tried almost everything (short of rebuilding the entire thing) to keep it running to no avail. Might as well scrap it and start fresh with a new attraction. I'd be OK with a rocky mountain or Intamin Gwazi 2.0!

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I'm hoping for the drop tower that we will have seats like Atmospher at Liseberg!

I so hope they get rid of Gwazi because it is so rough. I was hoping for a RMC treatment but I see that is not happening.... I most definitely would not like to see a Dark ride because every other park has one. I would like to see a new giant coaster replace it and I would like to see some cool flats. Maybe a Zamperla Giant Discovery or something around that idea. There is no need for a Dark Ride because there are so many of them. Florida does not have any Cedar Fair or Six Flags parks so that means BG is are only big coaster park. I hope to see a new coaster and a nice new drop tower very soon!

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I would not mind if Gwazi got torn down. When I rode it my only time in 2005, it was hell. Headache city! Too bad the MF trains didn't help the ride. I think a retracking BEFORE adding the new trains would've helped.

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I'm hoping for the drop tower that we will have seats like Atmospher at Liseberg!

I so hope they get rid of Gwazi because it is so rough. I was hoping for a RMC treatment but I see that is not happening.... I most definitely would not like to see a Dark ride because every other park has one. I would like to see a new giant coaster replace it and I would like to see some cool flats. Maybe a Zamperla Giant Discovery or something around that idea. There is no need for a Dark Ride because there are so many of them. Florida does not have any Cedar Fair or Six Flags parks so that means BG is are only big coaster park. I hope to see a new coaster and a nice new drop tower very soon!

I wouldn't mind if the ride was an Acrophobia clone!

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I had a chance to ride gwazi with my god son last week. He aliked it, actually said it was better than cheetah hunt to him (he seems to have a personal vendetta against it), i couldnt wait for the ride to be over!

 

Do you think they can keep the side currently running and tear down the defunct side?

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I'm hoping for the drop tower that we will have seats like Atmospher at Liseberg!

I so hope they get rid of Gwazi because it is so rough. I was hoping for a RMC treatment but I see that is not happening.... I most definitely would not like to see a Dark ride because every other park has one. I would like to see a new giant coaster replace it and I would like to see some cool flats. Maybe a Zamperla Giant Discovery or something around that idea. There is no need for a Dark Ride because there are so many of them. Florida does not have any Cedar Fair or Six Flags parks so that means BG is are only big coaster park. I hope to see a new coaster and a nice new drop tower very soon!

I wouldn't mind if the ride was an Acrophobia clone!

 

NO BALL BREAKER!!!!!

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I absolutely love Gwazi's layout. I'm not so much sad that the ride is (rumored to be) leaving so much as upset that I could not have gotten a ride on it that complements the beautiful layout. My first ride on it about seven or eight years ago was thrilling enough, but my ride last year was just torturous. If anything, I'm more upset that Gwazi has to step down like this, leaving me with such strong mixed feelings over it. Then again, when I get more of a thrill tracing the ride's layout on Google Maps with my finger than actually riding the ride, maybe it is time for Gwazi to retire.

 

I'm curious about the potential Williamsburg woody rumor though.

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Rebuild the brewery....with better beer.

 

Totally 100% THIS^!!!!

 

I am perfectly okay with them tearing this thing down. It certainly does not live up to ANY of BG's quality line-up of other coasters...at either park. Heck, I would have chosen to keep Python over that coaster!

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Went to the park today, lite crowds very nice weather. I talked to an employee about Gwazi and they didn't know anything about it's fate. She did say the drop tower plans are possibly scrapped due to the ground being unstable for such a structure, whatever that means. So there you have it, Gwazi removal a rumor at this point until someone more reliable can verify one way or the other.

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^ Most park employees won't tell the truth or confirm/deny rumors per park requests even if they really do know what the future entails attractions wise. Although it is entirely possible what they said is true but I'm guessing they really had no idea.

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