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^I'll be looking forward to hearing what it's like. Well.... I don't know why I still have any hope for the wing coasters.... I just would really like to see B&M doing and intense old school one. Yeah, I know: "Keep dreaming"

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I see everyone is guessing or hoping to see one of the 3 following coasters:

1) A Giga from B&M or Intamin

2) A Wing Coaster

3) A better Woodie

 

I hope it is a Giga Intamin. I think that a Giga coaster is much easier to market since it can be the tallest in the southeast region (is Virginia consider southeast?)

I would cry if it turned out that their next coaster is a Wing Coaster. If they end up with a Woodie, which to me is the least likely to occur, I wouldn't mind an Intamin or better yet a RMC creation.

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I see everyone is guessing or hoping to see one of the 3 following coasters:

1) A Giga from B&M or Intamin

2) A Wing Coaster

3) A better Woodie

 

I hope it is a Giga Intamin. I think that a Giga coaster is much easier to market since it can be the tallest in the southeast region (is Virginia consider southeast?)

I would cry if it turned out that their next coaster is a Wing Coaster. If they end up with a Woodie, which to me is the least likely to occur, I wouldn't mind an Intamin or better yet a RMC creation.

1) Intamin or B&M Giga

2) Mega-Lite

3) A better woodie

 

Even if Virginia doesn't count, the carowinds giga would be the tallest in the southeast in 2015.

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I really hope it is a Giga, as the world needs more of those. Since BGT & BGW are fairly similar on their additions (Like Falcon's Fury and Mach Tower are both drop rides, Griffon & Sheikra are both dive coasters, Cheetah Hunt & Verbolten, Alpengiest & Montu, etc), If BGT got a Giga, could BGW also be a likely candidate for one?

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I think a wing coaster at BGW would work better with the terrain than one at BGT. Although, BGT certainly is NOT afraid to dig.

 

I think BGT could pull off a nice wing coaster.

 

For me, it is not about forces all the time. Rerideablilty is number 1 for me. At Media Day, I rode Gatekeeper 30 times. On opening night of Halloweekends, I rode it once for our ERT. It had developed a bounce. KUMBA does not ride as rough at Gatekeeper.

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BGW isn't in the cards for a giga. I'm sure the park had to cut through a LOT of red tape to get something above 200 feet. Tack an extra 100 feet and you've got an uphill battle.

 

Between the city, Kingsmill, and the fact that project 2015 calls for something in the 150 foot range, don't expect a giga in VA like Tampa is.

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1) A Giga from B&M or Intamin

3) A better Woodie

 

Either of which would be especially successful if delivered by Intamin. I could totally settle for an Intamin woodie a la El Toro in Florida if we weren't fortunate enough to go the route of building something with Rocky Mountain Construction.

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Falcon's Fury looks amazing so far! I'll have to try and get to Tampa in the next couple years. If Gwazi is replaced, I feel that an Intamin or RMC woodie would be a better replacement than a giga. The park already has plenty of steel. Of course I'd have absolutely no problem if they decided to build an Intamin giga! Why does anyone still wish for B&M wing coasters? If you do, I think it's pretty obvious you've never ridden one before. Zzzzzz.....

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Why does anyone still wish for B&M wing coasters? If you do, I think it's pretty obvious you've never ridden one before. Zzzzzz.....

 

Exactly, besides BGT already has some of the best B&M coasters out there. Why ruin the collection with a wing coaster? Bring in a hyper from B&M or a Giga from Intamin to replace Gwazi. You tried a wooden coaster and it didn't work out. If they replaced Gwazi with a wooden coaster, half the GP would think it was still the same ride.

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Why does anyone still wish for B&M wing coasters? If you do, I think it's pretty obvious you've never ridden one before.

 

I know they're not popular on this board but plenty of people love them. They usually have long lines despite their high capacity and they're generally well liked by the general public.

 

I know a lot of people will probably point out that those are the "GP" and not "Enthusiasts" but we have no way of knowing if that's always true. I know my girlfriend who has been on about 150 coasters now and has really taken a liking to this hobby and her #1 coaster is Gatekeeper. Her #2 coaster is Wild Eagle. She's ridden El Toro, Phoenix, I305, Skyrush, Maverick, Boulder Dash, Millennium Force and Bizarro at SFNE but those are her 2 favorite coasters. I don't understand it, but I really don't have to. Some people like Wingriders. I like them (though not as much as she does) and maybe some of that is because of her enthusiasm rubbing off on me a little bit but I think the coasters do what they're supposed to do really well. They simulate a feeling of flight, and while they're not very intense I think it's a cool concept and it makes for a fun ride. I'd love to see more Wingriders.

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^Is gatekeeper the only one that rattles closer to the back? It's the only one I've ever tried and I got some nasty vibrations if I sat on the outside seat after the third or fourth row. Apart from that, I agree wit what most people say: it's not intense but great for the GP, great capacity and (if we exclude those vibrations) very reridable. I's just that there are a lot more coaster types I would rather see getting built, unless B&M can come up with a furius baco like intense ride.

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I know a lot of people will probably point out that those are the "GP" and not "Enthusiasts" but we have no way of knowing if that's always true. I know my girlfriend who has been on about 150 coasters now and has really taken a liking to this hobby and her #1 coaster is Gatekeeper. Her #2 coaster is Wild Eagle. She's ridden El Toro, Phoenix, I305, Skyrush, Maverick, Boulder Dash, Millennium Force and Bizarro at SFNE but those are her 2 favorite coasters. I don't understand it, but I really don't have to. Some people like Wingriders. I like them (though not as much as she does) and maybe some of that is because of her enthusiasm rubbing off on me a little bit but I think the coasters do what they're supposed to do really well. They simulate a feeling of flight, and while they're not very intense I think it's a cool concept and it makes for a fun ride. I'd love to see more Wingriders.

 

That's exactly how I feel. A coaster doesn't need to be intense to be a great ride. I usually prefer coasters that are more intense, but as long as a ride is fun, it's fine by me.

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^I agree that "fun" is the main thing. For example, I enjoyed Wild Eagle at Dollywood, but didn't enjoy Gatekeeper at Cedar Point, even though I had high hopes for the latter. Wild Eagle "worked" for me, but Gatekeeper didn't. Now, if BGT built a well-themed Wing coaster along the lines of Wild Eagle, I might like it. But this is all just speculation. I'm not a fan of flying coasters in general, but I like Manta because SeaWorld went all out in theming it.

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^I agree that "fun" is the main thing. For example, I enjoyed Wild Eagle at Dollywood, but didn't enjoy Gatekeeper at Cedar Point, even though I had high hopes for the latter. Wild Eagle "worked" for me, but Gatekeeper didn't. Now, if BGT built a well-themed Wing coaster along the lines of Wild Eagle, I might like it. But this is all just speculation. I'm not a fan of flying coasters in general, but I like Manta because SeaWorld went all out in theming it.

I thought Wild Eagle was ok, however I do think that it has way too much hype. Leviathan or Skyrush should've won best new ride of 2012. But anyway, I would much rather preffer near miss elements as well as that drop under the lift. But thats just me, but I still like wing coasters, but would much prefer a flying coaster and wish that more parks had them!

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^Is gatekeeper the only one that rattles closer to the back? It's the only one I've ever tried and I got some nasty vibrations if I sat on the outside seat after the third or fourth row. Apart from that, I agree wit what most people say: it's not intense but great for the GP, great capacity and (if we exclude those vibrations) very reridable. I's just that there are a lot more coaster types I would rather see getting built, unless B&M can come up with a furius baco like intense ride.

 

 

Gatekeeper is the only wing coaster I have experienced that actually bounces in the back. X Flight and Wild Eagle are glass smooth, STILL.

 

I don't know what is with Cedar Point and their B&M's. B&M's should run like BGT's, SWO, or IOA's. All smooth, and all very well maintained.

 

BGT can DEFINITELY pull off any coaster design. Look what they did with Cheetah Hunt. It isn't really intense, but is one heck of an experience. I enjoy it much better than Maverick.

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^Raptor was running super smooth when I went there (and the MCBR wasn't braking the train in any way!) but yeah, it didn't really look like they care a lot about it: loose drive tyres, horrible looking chain (looked like they had just throw some grease at it) and the lift was filthy. Still managed to deliver a great ride, though and I praise the ride for that.

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Hey everyone, we might be heading to Florida for our spring break, and I'm obviously looking in to paying a visit to BGT.

 

The dates in which we would be going would be March 10-14, which is the monday through the friday, and I'm assuming that the Monday-Thursday would be the least crowded. But I'd like to ask, how busy WILL it be? Will it be packed? Will I get re-rides? Hour waits? Two hour waits? Etc. Any advice would be super useful, so thank you!

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Hey everyone, we might be heading to Florida for our spring break, and I'm obviously looking in to paying a visit to BGT.

 

The dates in which we would be going would be March 10-14, which is the monday through the friday, and I'm assuming that the Monday-Thursday would be the least crowded. But I'd like to ask, how busy WILL it be? Will it be packed? Will I get re-rides? Hour waits? Two hour waits? Etc. Any advice would be super useful, so thank you!

Hello there, I have had two visits to Busch Gardens recently, one was during my spring break, early april, weekday, and the lines were excellent. I got three rides on Montu, Kumba, Sheikra, and Scorpion, plus two more on Gwazi in about 6 hours. That was before Cheetah hunt. The last time I went was last month, during the middle of Christmas break, and It was some of the longest lines I've ever experienced. We were lucky to get there early and rode all the major coasters with less than 10 minute waits, but after that, everything was an hour+, so we got barely any re-rides. Montu seems to be the most efficient coaster, so that's a plus. My advice is get there EARLY, I got walk-ons on Cheetah Hunt, montu and kumba just after the park opened. I think overall you should be fine. That seems like an earlier spring break than most, so I would expect 30 min waits or less, but it can be unpredictable at times. Have Fun!

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