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p. 348 - Iron Gwazi POV!

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This whole area needs more rides/attractions badly.

 

Not entirely sure I'd agree with that seeing as how two of the parks marquee attractions are both in that area about 400 feet apart, but a new attraction is always welcome anywhere.

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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

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

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Tut's Tomb has been a non-attraction since it first opened. The conceit of having a walk thru attraction to go with Akbar and Montu was nice, but there was no particular payoff for moving thru that space and getting to the end. It has recently been used as the haunt space for the up charge house, The Experiment, which I really enjoyed last year. Considering the "attraction" doesn't add anything as it exists now, any kind of replacement would be welcome.

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It is about time! While all of the Sea Parks have been getting nothing but love, Adventure Island was left alone to burn in the hot sun. (pun intended...even if it is a bad one) I hope it is a substantial new addition and not just an average ride.

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If I am buying the Quick Queue normal, do the people actually check off the rides?

 

I have used it once before, and all but two items were crossed off and I had unlimited rides on everything. For cheetah hunt, they crossed of the flume ride and then they stop marking off. I got 12 rides on cheetah hunt that day.

 

Was i lucky, or do they never checK???

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Adventure Island really needs some new things. The new chains of Aquatica have really unique slides that stand out. The Disney water parks just have better environments that stand out. Wet N Wild continues to add things even though there isn't any room! Even Water Country USA in VA adds lots of new slides. Adventure Island never really called out to me to make constant visits even though it is in my town. They need some new slides and some slides just need to go. I'm hoping for a ProSlide Rocket type of slide, or similar drop slides to the ones Aquatica added this year...those were tons of fun!

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Colossal Curl™ Makes A Splash At Adventure Island in 2015

Tampa, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Adventure Island® guests are in for an epic journey on the park’s newest thrill ride Colossal Curl™, set to debut at Tampa Bay’s premier waterpark in 2015.

 

True to its name and holding up to four passengers, this mega slide delivers a high-adrenaline, action-packed adventure, making it the ultimate family thrill slide and adding to the waterpark’s unrivaled combination of corkscrews, waterfalls, high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages.

 

“We’re excited to continue in our tradition of offering thrilling rides, and slides, at Adventure Island and Busch Gardens® Tampa,” said Park President Jim Dean.

 

Colossal Curl™ will be located in the center of the park, next to Mango Joe’s Café®, and will take the place of Gulf Scream. The slide will be the tallest ride at Adventure Island at nearly 70 feet high and 560 feet in length. Construction on Colossal Curl™ will begin in the coming weeks and by early 2015 many of the ride’s features will be visible to guests.

 

Riders will hurtle high above Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun and experience a feeling of weightlessness aboard Colossal Curl™. This colorful slide combines funnel and wave elements for an exciting ride that’s sure to get hearts racing.

 

This is the first new attraction at the waterpark since 2006, and the ride is expected to open during the 2015 Adventure Island season, which begins March 2015. Visit ColossalCurl.com for more information.

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If I am buying the Quick Queue normal, do the people actually check off the rides?

 

I have used it once before, and all but two items were crossed off and I had unlimited rides on everything. For cheetah hunt, they crossed of the flume ride and then they stop marking off. I got 12 rides on cheetah hunt that day.

 

Was i lucky, or do they never checK???

 

I can see them not checking it off, even if they suppose to. It happens most often because a lot of our quick queue entrances are not dedicated and the tasks of checking passes are given to rideops on platform or at greet dealing with ride restrictions/show breaks (for rides near shows). (For example, Universal/Disney seems to have employee positions dedicated to checking their express passes at merge points).

 

I find that if things are super busy, and the quick queue entrance is the exit where platform ops are working, it might go unchecked. If it's not busy, and the op checking passes are at greet, they will be checked off. I wouldn't count on them not checking again. If you managed 12 rides on cheetah hunt and you didn't have a unlimited wrist band, I guarantee the ride operator at the greet position just didn't care.

 

Source: was/is employed at a park with the quick queue program.

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^^A SUF clone would however fit in that area without expanding back to the Edge Of Africa.

The world is an infinitely better place when there isn't a SUF clone at Busch Tampa.

 

Very true. I suppose I should have added that I would rather it not be there just because it would fit...lol

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I guess it was popular enough at Water Country to come south! Even if the park hasn't received an addition since 2006, I always found it to be quite enjoyable. I do wish they would've varied the layout a little to make this stand out from the one in Virginia (and in hopes of avoiding the "copy/paste" method), but still, it's a great addition to the park's 8-year-unaltered lineup.

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Just went to Howl O Scream for the first time last night...what an event! I can easily see how this would be more fun for the first time guest than HHN. There are shorter lines, better coasters, better food options, more scares, and did I say SHORTER LINES.

 

We did the Fright Feast and it was such a surefire winner that I probably would never consider going to Howl-O-Scream again without it. The buffet was just ok and the Fiends show (which happens while you are finishing your food and nothing is open yet, so nothing to lose) was about a 13% on the tomato-meter but the biggest benefit was 1.5 hours of immediate house access (no waiting whatsoever). We did one clockwise lap around the park during that time and did all 7 houses, including the Zombie-Shooting house twice. For 26 bucks to be stuffed with food, see a show, and every house with no line (and then have 4.5 hours of park-time left)? That's a theme park bargain.

 

My favorite house was either Zombie Mortuary or Deathwater Bayou, either of these would fit right into the TOP tier of an HHN lineup. Blood Asylum and The Basement were super-gory and just ok. The Zombie shooting house was very unique and fun, light on theming but you ARE shooting zombies the whole time. Circus of Superstition was bizzare, like a Dr. Suess walkthrough with Clowns, 3D, and a creep factor. DeadFall looked promising but fell a bit short on the overall package.

 

The houses were certainly more inventive with the scares and this event has a lot more permanent animatronics which is really cool, but HHN would be my favorite for changing it up every single year and having more movie-quality sheen.

 

The outside streets and roaming areas at HOS were much different, there were some roaming hoards and some spottiness as far as being staffed out there at times, but the INVENTIVENESS is much much much much higher at HOS. Lots of people hiding unexpectedly.

 

HHN is the Best Picture contender, Mickey's Not-So-Scary is the Pixar film, and HOS is the campy cult-classic.

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I will be at this park somewhere during the third week of November (the week before Thanksgiving), and I have a couple of questions:

 

1: how are the crowds on a typical weekday?

2: just how bad is Gwazi? For me, what I consider to be a bad coaster (but still are/were rideable at least for the credit, even if not fun at all) are ones like these - Wildcat at HP, Hoosier Hurricane at IB, Psychlone at SFMM, Hurler at KD, Meanstreak at CP (on its worst days), etc. None of these I found enjoyable, but I was game to ride to get the credit. The only woodie I have found to be intolerable was SOB.

#3 what sorts of things (other than all of the animal attractions) are there to do for a non-coaster rider? My mom will be with me and she can't handle riding anything rougher than the Small World at WDW.

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I will be at this park somewhere during the third week of November (the week before Thanksgiving), and I have a couple of questions:

 

1: how are the crowds on a typical weekday?

2: just how bad is Gwazi? For me, what I consider to be a bad coaster (but still are/were rideable at least for the credit, even if not fun at all) are ones like these - Wildcat at HP, Hoosier Hurricane at IB, Psychlone at SFMM, Hurler at KD, Meanstreak at CP (on its worst days), etc. None of these I found enjoyable, but I was game to ride to get the credit. The only woodie I have found to be intolerable was SOB.

#3 what sorts of things (other than all of the animal attractions) are there to do for a non-coaster rider? My mom will be with me and she can't handle riding anything rougher than the Small World at WDW.

 

1: I've had very good experiences with crowds at Busch Gardens during the weekdays, and November should be dead as long as youre not running into school Thanksgiving breaks (which you wont be).

 

2: I love Gwazi but based on your preferences you will hate it. It is rougher than the coasters you listed (as far as I know, haven't been on all of them)...it is often considered one of the roughest coasters out there. For me personally I think that adds to the fun but it is definitely not everyones cup of tea.

 

3: BG has a few flat rides...an inverting swinging ship, a Frog Hop, bumper cars and obviously Falcons Fury. There are also three water rides (a shoot-the-chute, log flume and river rapids) but given the off-season and cooler weather, they may not all be open. For your mom, theres the Carousel, the train ride and sky ride (which have great views of the Serengeti), and a solid amount of shows. I havent seen a show there in years so some of the more experienced vets can tell you which ones are worth seeing. Ride-wise, theres not a whole lot aside from the coasters but the animal exhibits can take a good amount of time strolling through.

 

Hope that helps. You will have a great time!

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