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I was at Busch today before the storms moved in an closed the rides. I rode Falcon's Fury 7 times this morning. The lines were short for the "technical rehearsals." I waited no longer than 15 minutes at the most for each ride. Very efficient dispatches, and ride operations. The "grouper" filled every seat. That's important since I'm normally a single rider. I've been on many drop rides (my favorite is Lex Luthor at 6 Flags Magic Mountain for it's height and Lex speech at the top. Yes, I've been on Zumanjaro at Great Adventure - disappointed.), but this one with the tilt face down is amazing! I enjoyed every rep I got today. A very very nice addition for Busch. The queue line seems small for the crowds that will come when it "opens." Also all the ride ops are in communication with each other via headsets. That improves operations. Love it!

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I've been hearing the same hypercoaster rumor ever since Falcons Fury was announced. I've gotten some hints from an inside source that the 2015 coaster has already been designed and will be announced after FF.

 

Where are they fitting this?

I'm hearing Bird Gardens/Morrocco area.

 

If that is even remotely true it would have to be a twister layout.

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I was at Busch today before the storms moved in an closed the rides. I rode Falcon's Fury 7 times this morning. The lines were short for the "technical rehearsals." I waited no longer than 15 minutes at the most for each ride.

I was also there today. Rode it 6 times today, with 5 of them being when it just opened. We literally walked off, went through the queue line, and were back on the next ride. Went back and rode it for the 6th time and then the storms rolled in waiting for out seventh time.

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I could actually see that if the new coaster going in at BGW is sucsessful, BGT getting the same one (or similar) the next year. Sort of like BGT getting Shiekra, then BGW getting Griffon shortly thereafter.

 

I don't know if they would go for another launched coaster since Cheetah Hunt is relatively new still.

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There are so many rumors with BGT with no basis. I've heard Formula Rossa redux, Hyper, Gwazi refurb, Gwazi tear down...

 

The only thing I haven't heard is what the park needs most, which is an indoor, out of the heat, weather-proof dark attraction. That or an improvement to the layout that isn't one huge circle.

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I could actually see that if the new coaster going in at BGW is sucsessful, BGT getting the same one (or similar) the next year. Sort of like BGT getting Shiekra, then BGW getting Griffon shortly thereafter.

 

I don't know if they would go for another launched coaster since Cheetah Hunt is relatively new still.

 

BGW is adding back-to-back launched coasters so the difference would be.....?

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^ One goes backwards, one goes upside down, one has more intense launches, one is half indoors...

 

An indoor dark ride a la the style of darkastle would be perfect. It doesn't have to be scary themed, but a really good dark ride would be awesome here. I'm surprised they don't have one!

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I was at Busch today before the storms moved in an closed the rides. I rode Falcon's Fury 7 times this morning. The lines were short for the "technical rehearsals." I waited no longer than 15 minutes at the most for each ride.

I was also there today. Rode it 6 times today, with 5 of them being when it just opened. We literally walked off, went through the queue line, and were back on the next ride. Went back and rode it for the 6th time and then the storms rolled in waiting for out seventh time.

 

I was there yesterday too. I got 3 rides before the storm shut everything down. How do y'all feel about Falcon's Fury?

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I agree, a dark ride would be a good fit, especially with the heat and afternoon storms here in the bay area during most our looong summers . Something to cool you down and also be open during the almost daily showers. Still, for a new coaster, the one going in at BGW would also work well here, because many times throughout the year it's a little empty crowd wise during the off seasons. A lower capacity thrill ride might do quite well.

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At least some of Rhino Rally's land will be used for the elephant habitat expansion/renovation. The goal is to have Spike, the new male the park acquired last year from the Calgary Zoo, be able to mate with the youngest female in the current herd and then also be able to be on display. The current habitat is not built to handle a bull elephant (he weights some 4 - 5 thousand pounds more than the females). The walls in some spots will need to be raised, the dry moat widened in spots, and the gate in the interaction area replaced/reinforced.

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I highly doubt someone that high in Busch Gardens rankings would tell a 16 year-old what the next project is. (And for the record, I'm 16 too)

 

He did not specify what the project is. He told me that they have a coaster designed for 2015. That's all I know.

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