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So I have to ask, when I rode this ride 7 years ago, I enjoyed it, it was rough but not as bad as some are taking it be now. Has it gone to hell in the last 7 years? From all of the post and excitement around it closing, it left me wondering.

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Does SeaWorld/Busch Gardens think that wooden roller coasters are "obsolete"?
Thinking that in a serious business like amusement parks, and the huge surge and success of RMC is around, they would be idiotic to think wooden coasters are obsolete.
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*facepalm* Who am I kidding, maybe Busch Gardens/SeaWorld think that "traditional" wooden coaster made from all wood and no steel are "obsolete". Wooden coasters are here to stay weather or not they have steel tracks or supports along with the wood.

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GCI, The Gravity Group, and RMC are actively proving that wooden coasters are not obsolete. However, they are more expensive to maintain than steel coasters, and they are louder (I believe that is an issue at BGW). I would love to see more wooden coasters (who wouldn't), but I don't see any wood coasters going into Seaworld parks until they start acting like theme parks again, and if BGW has an issue with noise, there isn't really a way to fix that. I hope that BGT can get a woodie to replace Gwazi. Anything is possible, right?

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I think it's purely budgetary. They're closing Gwazi and BGW is apparently going to send some of it's animals elsewhere. Man, that INBEV deal really did harm to these parks. (Actually, it was them going public a few years after that.) I'm sort of hoping that the parks can find some way to become privately operated again.

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This seems to be a pattern with GCI. Their coasters hold up very well for a while, but once they do get bad, they never go back. While Gwazi was probably the worst GCI, Roar West and Wildcat are not much better. Even Apocalypse has already begun to show some age. I think that the other GCI's that are as bad are probably here to stay, though.

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I never had the amazing experience on Roar at SFDK that Gwazi provided. Never. Gwazi was laughably terrible out of the station. Roar was on the rough side, but nowhere close to the incredible amount of pain and fail that is/was Gwazi.

 

Gwazi even made Millennium Flyer trains give a painful ride. That's how awful it was.

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I loved Gwazi in it's first couple of years but yeah recently it was pretty brutal, even with the trains. I always hated waiting for that ride because of thir operations policy to check all the seat belts first then to re check the lap bars, a station wait always felt like it took forever.

 

BGT's last couple of installations (Jungala, Falcons Fury, Pantopia, Cheetah Hunt) have all been spectacular so I'm excited to see what they do with the space. That park always felt kinda weird to me with the huge chunk of open land in the middle, maybe they'll find a way to connect the front of the park to the Stanleyville area.

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Was at the park today (christmas eve ) and boy ,was it slow, despite the warm temperatures. All the coasters were walk on and never did I see a full train at all on Montu, Kumba or Shiekra. Of course we had to be gluttons for punishment and rode Gwazi twice. Once in front and once in back, ' cause hey, there was no line. Gwazi was running, well, like Gwazi. I would really like to know where they got the square wheels for those trains ? No pictures today, but we are going again tomorrow with more family and will try to get some pics.

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Does Six Flags still have a lock on Iron Horse treatment in 2015-2016?? This whole ride closure just screams RMC iron horse to me.

 

Alan Schilke did say they had 3 projects lined up for '16, we already know about Wildfire could this be one of the other 2? I hope so. And with a ride the size of Gwazi, maybe they'd need a year to complete it since it's two seperate structures, unlike Colossus where it's two tracks on one big structure.

 

We can dream cant we?

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