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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 noticed that too. It seemed like it came undone at the bottom not in a violent way, but as if it wasn't attached for the whole way (looks like there were holes for bolts in it to mount to the seats - I couldn't imagine all of the bolts would have snapped). Whatever it is, I hope it doesn't cause too much issues.

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Looks like they are trying to sell Scorpion.

 

Yep, that's definitely Twist and Shout. Scorpion has no shrubbery within its footprint, as the ride is themed to being in the dessert.

 

Plus Busch Gardens confirmed to us during the Falcon's Fury construction tour that Scorpion is an important entry-level coaster for the park's younger guests.

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The price is also listed in Euros which they're not using in Tampa!

Glad Scorpion is there to stay because I enjoy that coaster and it has some nice force on the loop and turns.

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Went to the park today for a short visit and update. Most of Pantopia is now open! I did not witness anyone working on the drop tower today and it is still behind walls.

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Ride sign

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Bacon Pretzel Fury! It is quite yummy!

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The gift store is now open.

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The lighting in the area proves to be quite interesting.

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Through the trees!

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That pretzel looks pretty tasty, can't wait to check that out. Pantopia is looking very nice. I like the added color to the area as it really adds to the experience. It's a shame Scorpion and Pheonix didn't get a color change too.

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How busy do you guys think the park will be tomorrow?. From what I have been reading it sounds like cheetah chase has the longest line. Should that be the first ride to ride? I will try to get a up date on the new ride

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How busy do you guys think the park will be tomorrow?. From what I have been reading it sounds like cheetah chase has the longest line. Should that be the first ride to ride? I will try to get a up date on the new ride

 

Cheetah Chase is the former name of the parks wild mouse coaster,currently known as Sand Serpent.Cheetah Hunt is the new Intamin launch coaster that will certainly have the parks longest waits.The wild mouse coaster is now in its third name as before it was known as Sand Serpent or Cheetah Chase I rode it at Busch Gardens Williamsburg where it was known as Wild Maus.

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That pretzel looks pretty tasty, can't wait to check that out. Pantopia is looking very nice. I like the added color to the area as it really adds to the experience. It's a shame Scorpion and Pheonix didn't get a color change too.

Scorpion didn't but Phoenix is now orange-pinkish color.

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^^^Unless you want to get all of the credits, I would skip Cheetah Chase - standard wild mouse clone (nothing special). I was there last Monday, and it wasn't very busy. My suggestion would be to get there early, run for Cheetah Hunt, then go over to Sheikra and Kumba via the Skyride (opens 30 minutes prior to park opening). Montu had a very short line the entire day while I was there, and for some reason in the middle of the day Gwazi's line was an hour long. I hit up that ride in the afternoon and the line died down - didn't want to wait an hour for a rickety and bumpy woodie! The waterpark is always a nice place to be if the midways start to get hot and you want to cool off. Anyways, enjoy your trip.

 

An update on Falcon's Fury would be great!

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An update on Falcon's Fury would be great!

Well I went there yesterday also, and noticed that the side panels have been installed onto the seats.

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It was hard to get a good shot of it though, so this is the best that I could do. Also, they added a design onto the catch car, but I forgot to take a picture of it. There wasn't anyone working on it, but they did do one test run without rotation about 10 minutes before the park closed.

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^Thanks! Were those sides to the vehicles some type of fabric?

Nope. They were a hard material. I saw a picture of them up close before they were put on that shows them off better, but I can't find it again.

 

Does anyone have a picture of the repainted Phoenix? I had no idea until now that it too got a repaint and would love to see it.

Sure. This is the best photo I have.

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Orange Phoenix

And this is from the Busch Gardens app. Note that they painted the sign too.

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From the app

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Busch Gardens has put up a POV of Falcon's Fury. Makes me wonder if they are going to keep the seat rotation how it is. Also, if you look closely at the cars, you can see the the footage of it going up is sped up. I would estimate that this was filmed about 4-6 days ago looking at where the construction walls are.

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