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Falcon's Fury looks freaking amazing. The scariest moment of any flying coaster is that initial disorientation of your weight being completely shifted from your butt to your chest/stomach, and that's just sitting in the station. I can't imagine experiencing that over 300 feet in the air. If I was designing the ride, I'd take a cue from the ARM towers and have the seats rotate 2/3rds of the way up, so you can't see how close you are to the top of the tower, and then have it drop the second you reach the top with no warning whatsoever. I think that's the scariest way to do it; personally waiting a full 5 seconds at the top of an S&S tower gives me enough time to go all the way from being scared out of my mind to simply impatient. True, being flipped onto my stomach would probably negate that, so I'm sure it'll be awesome and insanely terrifying either way. Rotating upright mid-fall might produce some interesting dynamics too, makes the ride more interesting in general. We'd all love to imagine the seats staying tipped, the ride stopping right before you hit the ground, your nose hovering inches from the pavement, but I'm pretty sure your eyeballs would explode from the force.

 

Hershey needs one of these.

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A: Falcon's Fury looks amazing. I go every couple of weeks and have been watching it since it was a "wee little thing"

 

B: I have never seen a 2nd train for Scorpion -are we sure there is one? Also - I like it, and not just because it is a Schwartzkopf. It is a fun ride and has an awesome old-school loop, low to the ground helices, etc...

 

C: It is funny how opnions differ so much between enthusiasts. For me -Kumba is, hands down, the best ride there. I love the rest and Cheetah Hunt is tons of fun and has some good pops of air - but none of the other rides there do it for me like Kumba. I can re-ride the crap out of it and always leave smiling.

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^^^It definitely has a second train. It is sometimes out on the storage track, although that is a pretty rare thing to see. They never have two running on the track for some reason though. You can actually see the second train in TPR's POV

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I managed to get to BGT for the first time yesterday. Parking was slow and the trams to the front were very filled.

Lines got more crowded throughout the day, but were decent at first.

 

Gwazi- About a 20 minute wait. Very slow considering they are only operating one side with both trains. Was fun at first, but them became unenjoyable after the first drop due to roughness. Don't plan on riding that one again.

 

Sheikra- Had a 5 minute wait at first. My #1 coaster right now. It was extremely fun and the drop was amazing. I like how they take video of you on the ride.

 

Kumba- Walk-on. Not my favorite, but it was quite fun. I like how the loop goes over the lift hill. Not too rough.

 

Scorpion- 30 minute wait. Slow moving line with only one train. The ride was fantastic and very fun. Loved the classic Schwarzkopf loop.

 

Cheetah Hunt- Was posted a 50 minute wait but it was a little more than an hour due to someone having a protein spill on the 2nd car and the staff taking 15 minutes to get the hose running. I loved this ride. It was insanely smooth and the launches take you by surprise. I like how close it gets to the water during the turns too.

 

Around mid-day every wait was 70+ minutes,so I purchased a Quick Queue ticket for re-rides and Montu. Worth every penny. It was super effective.

 

Montu- Walk-on with Quick Queue. Very forceful and lots of G's. I liked it a lot.

 

After that, I re-rode Cheetah Hunt and Kumba one more time and Sheikra 2 more times because the ticket had a bonus slot for any ride listed. I ride Sheikra one more time before leaving because it was a 10 min wait. I left around 6:45.

 

I would say I had an overall positive experience there. All the rides were fantastic (except for Gwazi and Pheonix) Quick Queue was a great system and everything was walk-on. Will definitely come back.

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Gwazi- About a 20 minute wait. Very slow considering they are only operating one side with both trains. Was fun at first, but them became unenjoyable after the first drop due to roughness. Don't plan on riding that one again.

 

So the only thing you found fun about Gwazi was the station exit and lift hill?

 

Couldn't agree with you more!!!!

 

And yes, Quick Queue was our savior for multiple rides when we were there a couple of weeks ago. Nice to see the park is pulling in some good attendance during some of the "off" days (Sunday and Wednesday).

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I'm so anxious to see what will replace Gwazi in the near future. A giga coaster would be a welcome addition but realistically probably a good hyper coaster. Falcon's Fury is really looking great, so impressive as drop towers go. That carriage looks so sick when compared to other style of drop rides. Kudos to Busch Gardens for making another great addition to their ride lineup.

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I spent the 27th and 28th at the park. Both days me and my nephew got the quick queue. We really needed it on the 27th as the park was packed. The 28th not so much as there was a storm threatening, never happened though. I thought everything in the park was really spread out and the landscaping was great. We managed to get multiple re-rides on all the coasters except for Gwazi (once was enough) and scorpion (no quick queue). The animal enclosures were well done, and I could tell that they were well taken care of. Falcons Fury looks like it will be awesome, I just wish we had planned our vacation a little later so we could ride it.

 

 

I'm just going to jump into my thoughts on the coasters.

 

Cheetah Hunt: A fun well paced coaster with some airtime and hang time.

 

 

Gwazi: The only reason I rode this is for the credit. It was rough and beat me up. I liked the layout though and could see that it was once a fun woodie.

 

Montu: Very forceful, like a B&M should be. I rode quite a few times and couldn't find a bad seat.

 

Kumba: Best coaster in the park. I felt physically drained after every ride.

 

Scorpion: I only got one ride due to no quick queue but I enjoyed it.

 

Sheikra: Great views from the top of the lift hill. The queue was packed on the 27th, but the 28th it was only a station wait. The first drop was amazing.

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I honestly felt that Gwazi was sort of fun when I went to the park last year. It certainly didn't beat me up, and I somehow wanted to go back in line. Of course, the only two wooden coasters I've been on have been GA Cyclone and GASM, so my opinion shouldn't say much.

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^and^^ When I rode it back it January I thought it was rough, but it wasn't really painful, so I thought it was a decent ride. Then again, I did ride Hades 360 over the summer my perspective might be a little skewed.

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B: I have never seen a 2nd train for Scorpion -are we sure there is one? Also - I like it, and not just because it is a Schwartzkopf. It is a fun ride and has an awesome old-school loop, low to the ground helices, etc...

 

 

 

 

Sure looks like a second train to me.

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B: I have never seen a 2nd train for Scorpion -are we sure there is one? Also - I like it, and not just because it is a Schwartzkopf. It is a fun ride and has an awesome old-school loop, low to the ground helices, etc...

 

 

 

 

Sure looks like a second train to me.

 

Those pictures look quite old, where do they keep it when it isn't on the storage track? On Google Earth it shows an empty section of track where that train is sitting.

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I not exactly sure where the Scorpion trains are taken when not at the track. I do know that BOTH trains are indeed used at the ride. They are swapped in and out like the 4th trains on Montu and Kumba.

 

I worked at Rhino Rally, and really only knew where to pick up my Land Rover at and take it back to at the end of the night.

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Going to The Park For The First Time Wednesday Or Thursday. Supposed To Be Sunny Both Days, 67 On Weds And 75 On Thurs. A Friend Said I Shouldn't Be Worried About Lines But Read Trip Reports A Few Pages Back About How It Did Get Busy During The Week And They Had To Get Fast Passes. What Should I Be Expecting? Prefer Not To Get The Fast Passes...(Sorry About All The Caps, Dumb Phone Lol)

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^Just wait and see what it's like when you get to the park. You can always opt to buy the passes once you have walked around inside the park and scoped things out.

 

When we went a few weeks ago on a Wednesday, I had no intention of getting the Quick Queue Unlimited as I anticipated that it might not be busy. As soon as the tram pulled up to the gate and the queue line to get tickets was completely packed (this was around 11:30 AM), I figured that getting a QQU was probably a wise move.

 

While the coaster wait times for Sheikra and Kumba weren't too bad (15-20 minutes), it was nice to not have to wait 90 minutes for Cheetah Hunt. Montu also had a huge wait early on that saved us close to an hour, but when we went back there later in the day it was probably a ten minute wait.

 

I did notice that the lines for the coasters dwindled significantly later in the afternoon about an hour before the park closed. I rode Sheikra three times in a row and never waited more than three trains (and didn't have to use the QQU).

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Nice!!

About the brakes issue, I guess we'll have to wait to be able to tell where the actual braking starts as it is easier to feel it than to see it. Anyway, this should be one hell of a ride!

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