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P. 358: Two new slides & more announced for Adventure Island!

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I rode Sierra Sidewinder for the first time last year and it really took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting too much. Now my expectations will be a bit spiked for Cobra's Curse!

 

Can't wait to get back to this park as obviously this, Cheetah Hunt, and Falcons Fury will all be new to me. Plus I need rides on old favorites, especially Kumba!

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This is exactly the kind of creativity I wish we would see more of in the industry. It doesn't have to be the best "coaster" experience if it's a great ride experience. And I think for all intents and purpose, that is what this will deliver. Good Job BGT!

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Nice to see a more interesting layout for this type of ride. Sometimes we don't see much uniqueness in family coasters, glad to see them going the extra mile. Concept art is quite striking. The only design element I would change would be the lift itself. I think with a snake theme, a spiral lift would be a good fit.

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Nice to see a more interesting layout for this type of ride. Sometimes we don't see much uniqueness in family coasters, glad to see them going the extra mile. Concept art is quite striking. The only design element I would change would be the lift itself. I think with a snake theme, a spiral lift would be a good fit.

 

Being as the back story is an archeological dig that's uncovered some sort of snake god, I think having an "excavation elevator" as a lift makes sense.

 

Besides, elevator lifts are cool.

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Was there an estimated opening date for the ride? I might have business in Tampa early next year.

Nothing more than "2016" so far.

is there a pov for the ride? ^^

No full POV yet. Just the teaser video with clips of the ride.

And from what I have been reading it will have two elevator lifts right? Not just one?

I have read both 2 elevator lifts as well as one elevator lift and one traditional lift. Not sure which is right.

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Besides, elevator lifts are cool.

 

Yes they are!

 

As a big fan of spinning coasters I think this looks fantastic and worthy of planning another trip to the park when its open. In my opinion this is a fantastic way to follow on from Falcons Fury!

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I didn't try it as Pantopia Grill but some of the other counselors said it was basically the same food that could be found at other areas of the park, but now they have an Italian section, Southwest, Chinese, American, a place to order sandwiches and salads, Starbucks coffee, desserts, drinks, beer, etc. Definitely the best food at the park (IMO) and I've tried everything except the pizza place. We'll be eating at the park all summer and at least Dragon's Fire Grill has more vegetarian options and some meat options that seemed good if you like that kind of stuff. Also, we got to witness the show when they soft-opened for the employees and it seemed really good. It was like belly dances in elaborate costumes.

 

I'm pretty sure Cobra's Curse has one elevator lift and one regular lift.

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Sorry for the double post but today we got to do behind-the-scenes tours of all the coasters and I took some photos on my iPod. I'm not the greatest at taking photos so excuse the quality.

 

Also, the lady giving us a tour of Montu called the 3rd inversion a "camelback hill" and I'm pretty sure it's a 0G roll. Also, every single person called the wheels under the track "up-lift wheels" but I've always known them as upstop wheels....is there another term for it or is everyone at Busch literally going crazy?

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Montu

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Stripped-down seat to show how it works

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displays showing how the chain lift and wheel assembly works

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The average park-goer can't see Montu from this angle!

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Testing!

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Seriously an amazing inverted coaster

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Test dummies at Cheetah Hunt!

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The maintenance barn for Cheetah Hunt

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A view of Cheetah Hunt the average park-goer doesn't get to see. Too bad it wasn't running yet!

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We got to ride it too! :D I actually liked the front slightly better today!

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For the control panel nerds

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Awesome view

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Sheikra maintenance barn

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There she is!

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Kumba

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Kumba

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WHere the trains stay at night

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We got to ride Kumba too! This ride seriously melts my face every single time I've ridden it!

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