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^^ or re-purpose them in a woodcarver shop at the park selling the boards as old fashioned school paddles. That way even your kids in the future can get the real gwazie experience.

 

Assuming that they are hit over the head with them.

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Assuming it's credible and assuming they're not just talking about routine maintenance that was scheduled for about this time anyway let me just say that those rides suck and I don't care at all. As far as those huge splash boat rides go if they got rid of every single one of them tomorrow (besides Pompeii and not counting the Mack water coasters) I wouldn't give a single sh*t.

 

This park has two other very good water rides (especially Stanley Falls which I love). No loss.

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I never quite got that water ride. I know in its past it was part of a river boat ride similar to a certain hippo boat ride at Disney. It seems when they put in the falls ride part, they just kind of gave up on the whole themed adventure idea. I understand the premise, the river village and all, but it just falls (lol) kinda flat.

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Apparently it's supposed to reopen October 10th now, don't get why they would close it now with the summer coming up though. Hoping this refurbishment makes this ride make a lot more sense and make it better, also I think they should add some water effects in the beginning with the village(Don't know if they already had them and just turned them off because it looks like they could've)

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I always wanted that ride to be torn down. It was pointless and boring. I can see a better and newer water ride make better use of that space.

Now, BGT seems to be getting rid of a lot of rides; sandstorm, rhino rally, gwazi and now tidal wave. Albeit the rides sucked and one was replaced by an awesome drop tower , still leaves some areas of the park... empty and weird. I'm hoping that after cobra's curse they start filling in those unused areas with great attractions. Hate seeing gwazi standing there like nothing and rhino rally walled off.

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A BGT spokesperson said it was closing permanently. I'm not really surprised though. Even on busy days, when CRR and SFF had over an hour wait, TW would be sitting there at 5, or its really busy, maybe 10 minute wait. It's just a really boring ride and most people just went and stood on the bridge and then left. Plus its splash is one of the weaker ones out there. It barely reaches the bridge at all.

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Apparently it's supposed to reopen October 10th now, don't get why they would close it now with the summer coming up though. Hoping this refurbishment makes this ride make a lot more sense and make it better, also I think they should add some water effects in the beginning with the village(Don't know if they already had them and just turned them off because it looks like they could've)

 

The ride has been removed from the parks website.

 

The October 10th thing only appeared on the mobile app and I think that was from last years annual.

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Well, damn. I was looking forward to riding the Tidal Wave while planning multiple times to come out to this park. May not have been very exciting looking from the various shots and videos I have seen of it, but it definitely was one of the most unique and beautiful looking, at least in my opinion. Almost seemed like it was a shoot-the-chute that was originally planned with a log flume/hydro flume layout...

 

Hopefully a substantial addition will be made in its place, or a stellar modern replacement, if only so the lines for Congo Rapids and Stanley Falls won't be longer in the Florida summer heat. If not...

 

Maybe they're figuring the boats would be better chopped up and recycled as additional park benches? Don't just stop with spreading Gwazi's ashes... er, timber around the park.

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Assuming it's credible and assuming they're not just talking about routine maintenance that was scheduled for about this time anyway let me just say that those rides suck and I don't care at all. As far as those huge splash boat rides go if they got rid of every single one of them tomorrow (besides Pompeii and not counting the Mack water coasters) I wouldn't give a single sh*t.

 

This park has two other very good water rides (especially Stanley Falls which I love). No loss.

 

This.

 

Never really understood why so many parks installed these Shoot the Chute rides. Most are one trick ponies where the drop isn't that big and there is no theming to it at all...this one is a perfect example. If they themed it like Pompeii that would be one thing, but it sounds like they are tearing it down, which is great. Let's see something better put in it's place.

 

Although....we have been on one and enjoyed it and that was Tidal Force at Hershey. Only because the drop is massive, the splash is enormous, and they have those cargo nets that just about drown you with the splash-back water. It is easily one of the most ridiculously soaking water rides out there - perfect for a hot day when the waterslide lines are too long.

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That splash certainly gets people's attention that are walking by!

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You can't even see the boat or riders there is so much water....ridiculous!

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I still wish more water parks would install these splash boat rides, I hate these rides in the amusement park setting but would love it in waterpark where I'm already in a bathing suit ready to get wet.

 

Don't think I ever rode the Tidal Wave at BGT but the tunnel always looked cool from the haunt que during halloweekends.

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^^ I would NEVER have ridden Tidal Force if we wouldn't have been in the water park area and able to ride in bathing suits. I think that they do require shirts and some type of footwear, but we all had flip-flops or sandals on anyway so it's not like we trashed our walking shoes.

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