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P. 372: Serengeti Flyer swing ride announced!

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I was at Busch today, and they opened Shiekra today about an hour before closing. It was closed for maintenance. Not a good visit. Most rides 1 train operation. Falcon's Fury never opened. I'm glad I got a few rides finally on Shiekra at the end of the day.

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I was at Busch today, and they opened Shiekra today about an hour before closing. It was closed for maintenance. Not a good visit. Most rides 1 train operation. Falcon's Fury never opened. I'm glad I got a few rides finally on Shiekra at the end of the day.

 

I saw on Twitter today that Sheikra is running without the water scoops. Is that true? Wouldn't the train fly into the brake run much faster than normal?

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It's true and it's amazing. It's really surprising just how much faster it takes the final turn without the water brakes, and it comes out of the magnetic portion of the brakes still going pretty fast, so the friction brakes really kick in hard. If you can, I recommend anyone go and ride it before they put them back on. I'm not sure why they aren't on right now, but I kind of wouldn't be surprised if it was for Howl-O-Scream, just to amp the coaster up a little bit.

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Here's a screenshot of a video I took on the 26th of it running without the water scoops.

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The only other time I know of something similar was either 1 or 2 years ago (I think it was 1) in the winter, there was one day where it was cold enough that they didn't want the splash, so they drained the water down to below the scoops. But this is the first time I at least have seen it run without the actual scoops themselves.

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Yeah, I love the colors. They especially look nice with Fakcon's Fury in the background.

 

 

Im pretty sure those guys are thinking "One piece down, many many more to go". I wonder how fast this ride will go up especially with the lift being more complicated than normal.

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I wonder how fast this ride will go up especially with the lift being more complicated than normal.

 

The lift may take a little longer. On the other hand elevator lifts have been done before. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. The rest of the track should go up fairly quick.

 

It's funny, on almost every coaster being built recently I'm seeing comments like "They're wasting no time on this" and "Wow this thing is flying up". When will people start saying "this is going up at the exact speed I'm expecting a rollercoaster to be built these days"??

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