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p. 348 - Iron Gwazi POV!

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Funny how the old school rides like The Edge (SFGAm) and FreeFall (SFMM) and others like it really did/do provide a much better free fall experience....obviously it was a true free fall experience, and I think that all of that clattering sound really added to the fear factor.

 

I've tried keeping up on, then reading back through, this thread - but why do the seats need to start returning to the "home" position" that early? I see that 130' of the tower is brakes, too! Sorry if this has been discussed, or is an insanely easy explanation, but why don't they stay in the face-down position until, say, 20 feet up - then rotate back to load/unload position?

 

What I'm wondering is why the rotation back to the sitting position seems to be PART of the drop? If anything, it seems like it would be easier to rotate without the ride is motion, right? Or maybe I'm wrong. Clearly, either way, I'm confused!

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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 initially thought they would stay facing down all the way (including the braking). Sure, the brakes would have to be a bit less powerful and start a little earlier than usual due to the riders' position, but there are plenty of lying coasters that pull some Gs with people sitting like that. Probably they thought it would be more comfortable if the seats returned to a normal position before the real brakes kick in, that's why they use those "pre-brakes": so that a small force generated by them is enough to pull the seats out. I can't say how it rides as haven't been on it but probably you will only get "true" free-fall sensation before any brakes start.

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I haven't ridden Falcon's Fury yet, but I've been on pretty much every other Intamin Free Fall on Earth and I believe that the 1st and 2nd generations are much more powerful than the newer drop towers.

 

Yeah, I've always been a big fan of the 1st and second generation towers, the newer ones with the giant rings don't feel nearly as intense. I'm no engineer but I feel like it has to do with the inertia involved with getting such a large ride vehicle in motion, the smaller vehicles just feel like they drop quicker and it's a more intense feeling.

 

I've never been on Blue Fall but from the size of it with the 2nd generation cars I guessing it's pretty much the best drop tower in the world. Acrophobia is another favorite of mine, it's kinda of a smaller version of the new style with the giant ring but it feel similar to the 2nd generations, and the tilt factor is insane.

 

Also, the smaller trailer mounted versions from ARM are surprisingly awesome, those things always catch me off guard.

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The final Howl-O-Scream house (or in this case, experience) has been announced for the 2014 season!

 

http://seaworldparks.com/howloscream-tampa/attractions/haunted-houses/zombie-containment-unit/

 

Three years after the undead invasion, there has been a containment failure in Z.C.U.15. Zombies have escaped in search of flesh, and you’re the next target. Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), it’s up to you to hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie hunting experience.

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So a laser tag haunt? I like it! I wonder if this thing will be an upcharge or not.

 

For whatever it's worth I've always loved Howl-O-screams, it's not the same level of quality as Horror Nights but it seems like I always have more fun at Howl-O-Screams for some reason. Maybe it's the night rides on Kumba.

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So a laser tag haunt? I like it! I wonder if this thing will be an upcharge or not.

 

For whatever it's worth I've always loved Howl-O-screams, it's not the same level of quality as Horror Nights but it seems like I always have more fun at Howl-O-Screams for some reason. Maybe it's the night rides on Kumba.

 

It is included with Howl-O-Scream admission and no reservation required. Translation, prepare to wait in a long and slow potentially.

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They offer a lot of early admission options that have "skip the line passes" included for pretty reasonable prices. The Fright Feast buffet meal before the event starts was pretty good and gives you front of the line access to all of the houses for a few hours when the event opens for like $25 or so, pretty good deal.

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^The Feast is absoultely a must to me. Get in about an hour before everyone else - really makes the evening do-able.

 

I also agree that Howl-O-Scream is just a blast. Universal does an amazing event - but I end up having more fun when I go to Busch.

 

Going out this weekend to ride Falcon's Fury. Cannot wait, but am kind of scared.

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I haven't ridden Falcon's Fury yet, but I've been on pretty much every other Intamin Free Fall on Earth and I believe that the 1st and 2nd generations are much more powerful than the newer drop towers.

 

Agreed! I miss Freefall @ SFMM to be honest.

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I wonder whether rides like Intamin's Gyrodrops and Falcon's Fury are slower because of the wind resistance caused by the larger ring, and also presumably because the brakes start higher up the tower?

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I was just at the park this Thursday. Got a trip report of it coming soon once I sort through all of my photos. I got to see Falcon's Fury testing non-stop almost all day (no soft opening ), and it looked like it wasn't any slower than any other drop tower (i.e. KI's or KD's drop tower). The carriage is just larger, and gives the illusion that it's slower because of it. It looks to be a killer drop tower with lots of speed on the way down. That, and the thing was MUCH more massive than I originally thought it would be!

 

^I do think smaller cars do give more of a sudden jolt when they drop because of their lighter weight, but I don't think they're necessarily "slower." Drop a ping pong ball and a bowling ball simultaneously (in a controlled environment), and both should hit the ground at the same time.

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I went on Falcon's Fury today twice, it was Awesome!!! Fairly tame though, but that tilt effect is insane at that height. Was looking at the ride specs on the wall and the drop isnt quite 300 ft its listed as 281 ft(tower is 335) and top speed is 58 mph instead of 60(it feels a hell of alot faster than that though). Best view in Tampa at the top And compared to most freefalls, the actual freefall isnt very long, probably only has 100 ft of pure freefall and the rest is mainly a controlled descent. But overall its definitely my new fav ride at Busch Gardens.

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^The Feast is absoultely a must to me. Get in about an hour before everyone else - really makes the evening do-able.

 

Agreed being able to go through the best house or two without the conga line procession allows the scare actors to focus on you and makes for a great time.

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I was just at the park this Thursday. Got a trip report of it coming soon once I sort through all of my photos. I got to see Falcon's Fury testing non-stop almost all day (no soft opening ), and it looked like it wasn't any slower than any other drop tower (i.e. KI's or KD's drop tower). The carriage is just larger, and gives the illusion that it's slower because of it. It looks to be a killer drop tower with lots of speed on the way down. That, and the thing was MUCH more massive than I originally thought it would be!

 

^I do think smaller cars do give more of a sudden jolt when they drop because of their lighter weight, but I don't think they're necessarily "slower." Drop a ping pong ball and a bowling ball simultaneously (in a controlled environment), and both should hit the ground at the same time.

My thoughts exactly... You described it very well. The sudden jolt on those smaller cars is probably the reason for the better airtime.

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Today I had the chance to experience Falcon's Fury during a soft opening at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! Needless to say, this ride delivers all the Intamin "good feelies" you'd expect and more. The total ride experience is extremely quick paced and the 90-degrees-face-down element adds an extra thrill to make this the best drop tower I've ever ridden. Pantopia has really livened up the former Timbuktu area and the new food and beverage options really bring it up to the standard of the rest of the park's recently-updated realms.

 

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And we're back!

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Falcon's Fury looks great while testing...

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No water dummies means there's a chance I'll get to ride...

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LENS FLARE!!!

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The money shot.

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For you drop tower enthusiasts.

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And one more.

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Looks awesome from the ground!

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Me: "I'm gonna be one of the first guests to ride today!"

Everyone else: "Why does this guy keep taking wacky-thumbs-up photos?"

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For the Park Index...

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The true hallmark of progress!

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A very nice marquee!

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The hand-painted elements on the drop tower look fantastic!

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Up they go!

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Pure glimpses of fun in the making...

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Mission Accomplished!

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Park executives like Mark Rose, VP of Engineering took a moment to ride the ride.

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Lots of great expressions!

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Hold on tight!

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Many smiles here!

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So many photogenic views of this ride.

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I was practically speechless after my first ride.

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Time to go again!

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Here I am holding on for dear life...

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And holding...

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And falling...

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And landing.

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Such a winner!

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The rest of Pantopia is now complete.

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Here's the other reason I visited the park today...

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Getting warmer...

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These neat souvenir cups feature a ride vehicle look-alike that you can slide up and down the tower.

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This is why I was really here.

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The Bacon Pretzel Fury is a winner of a food option in the park.

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Remember Akbar from Akbar's Adventure Tours? He now owns this shop in Pantopia.

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So many things are new to Pantopia since my last visit.

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They've got Dippin' Dots!

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Dragon Fire has been added to the side of the Pantopia Grill.

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Looks great!

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Good 'ol Scorpion is still here!

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The new cover design on the carousel is finished.

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The games area has been revamped as well.

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I sense a unifying theme here...

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The Pantopia Theater hosts a new live-action show...

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Opening Night Critters!

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An old game stand has been converted into a kettle corn station.

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Several additional food and beverage items have been added to this side of Pantopia.

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All the ICEES! All the things!

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Added layers of detail...

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The Phoenix received a new paint job to blend in better with Pantopia.

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Akbar's shop!

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Must resist the urge to buy!

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Very nice!

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Falcon's Fury has been integrated into the design...

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There's a Spice & Tea Exchange in this shop now.

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Souvenir!

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And we close with a sneak peek at one of the new Howl-O-Scream houses coming to the event next month...

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Awesome report! I loved the video and Falcon's Fury just looks so insane. Best drop tower ever you say? That's what I like to hear!

 

How would you describe the breaks/"landing" part of the ride? Uncomfortable at all? Surprising? It seems pretty abrupt, especially with the seats swinging out.

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How would you describe the breaks/"landing" part of the ride? Uncomfortable at all? Surprising? It seems pretty abrupt, especially with the seats swinging out.

It's not nearly as abrupt as it looks. It rides very smooth from beginning to end.

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Sorry for getting a little off topic, but I've heard rumors that the Critter Castaways theater is being demolished for a new attraction. People I've talked to on Twitter say that it's connected to the removal of Gwazi and the 2015/2016 attraction.

 

Thoughts?

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Sorry for getting a little off topic, but I've heard rumors that the Critter Castaways theater is being demolished for a new attraction. People I've talked to on Twitter say that it's connected to the removal of Gwazi and the 2015/2016 attraction.

 

Thoughts?

 

I've also heard that rumor a few weeks ago. Sounds like Bird Gardens will be getting a complete redo along with this coaster!

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Nice report! Great photos.

 

This looks like it was designed in RollerCoaster Tycoon with the block limitations and roof shape. In fact I think I designed a carousel building that looks very similar in my RCT3 park and possibly my RCT/RCT2 parks years ago.

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