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I also won't ride these water rides that get you soaked unless I am going to the water park as well. Dorney has it setup well, both White Water Landing and Thunder Canyon are next to Wildwater Kingdom and you can wear a bathing suit and footwear is not required (although you would want to with the metal walkways at the end of both rides).

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^ Agree...I LOVED Thunder Canyon at Dorney, but not sure if I would have loved it as much if I would have been wearing sneakers and street clothes.

 

There is pretty much no way that you will not get soaked on it and the jolting that you take from slamming into rocks is so freaking fun, yet terrifying because you wonder if you're going to get bounced right out of the raft.

 

Probably one of the best raft rides out there, IMO....very underrated and sort of hidden between the water park and dry side.

 

Anywho, back to talking about BGT...

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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.

 

But considering they design everything nowadays, they could design (with 'special design and forms') a boat that could work with say, a water park.

 

So, why not design the boats so they accommodate flip flops, swimming suits, and such? Some of the water usually ends up in the boat,

depending on the splash and fallback, etc. And it can drain with ease. Or not.

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Thunder Canyon at Dorney is a sick joke. There are approximately 137 waterfalls and approximately 136 of them are in rapid succession over the entire trough so you're guaranteed to get pummeled. You might as well just jump in a lake with all of your clothes on. It's actually even wetter than White Water Landing which is soaking to the bone but at least you don't feel like you're going to drown like on Thunder Canyon.

 

No, to hell with that. If you need me you can find me over at Thunder Mountain which is the only water ride in the park that doesn't try to drown you.

 

Oh and Tidal Force... holy crap. That thing makes every other splash boat ride look dry by comparison. What kind of sick, sick person thought that was a good idea?

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^ Somebody younger than us? (I jest, I joke, not quite.)

 

 

(Don't know your age, srry.)

 

My latest pummeling was on Valhalla at Blackpool, one of The Most

Drenching Freezing FIRE Breathing Flume Rides in exsitence!

 

I changed into a tank top, cheap plastic shoes, and no-belt shorts. Got

everything soaked, bagged it all, and took care of the clothing later on.

Easy. Washrooms were only a few feet from the attraction. Still bought

and wore the cheap no-win poncho they sell. It was all part of Valhalla's....charm.

UK032_BlackpoolValhalla.jpg.98b95a674eda0ab74837488ea48fc268.jpg

My first view of the Valhalla beastie. TPR 2006 UK Tour.

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Not gonna lie, over the entire summer I think we went to Tidal Wave twice with our campers, whereas we went to the rapids ride at least once a week.

 

I didn't think Tidal Wave was all that bad, though. I at least felt they tried to make it cool at the beginning. Was a bit long and still lacking, and we didn't get that wet either, but why close it now? It's still a water ride in a park that gets HOT over the summer, and they decide to close it just before the summer starts. Something must have gone wrong that made it more worth it to close than fix. I'd be curious to find out.

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BTW, I don't think I've seen it mentioned, but sometime in the past week the Satellite images on Google Maps were updated, and now show the Cobra's Curse construction. It's from before it was completed, but at least now I have a concrete idea of the footprint of the ride, which I've been trying to figure out for a while! I definitely didn't realize it encroached on Montu so much prior to now! Can't wait to get back to BGT someday and ride it!

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i guess gwazi is gone now!

 

It isn't. The structure is all still there as is most of the track. The wood they have stripped from it is still less than 1% of the total lumber that makes up the coasters and their supports. Gwazi isn't gone yet.

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BTW, I don't think I've seen it mentioned, but sometime in the past week the Satellite images on Google Maps were updated, and now show the Cobra's Curse construction. It's from before it was completed, but at least now I have a concrete idea of the footprint of the ride, which I've been trying to figure out for a while! I definitely didn't realize it encroached on Montu so much prior to now! Can't wait to get back to BGT someday and ride it!

 

Here's an aerial shot of the completed ride layout if that helps more

2016_busch_gardens_tampa_cobras_curse_aerial_02.jpg

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I really don't know what to think about this ride. It just does not look right and the trains also seem to have something wrong. I don't know, but I have a bad feeling about this.

 

While I will not attack you for your opinion. I will say I am really confused by your statement.

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I really don't know what to think about this ride. It just does not look right and the trains also seem to have something wrong. I don't know, but I have a bad feeling about this.

 

Its probably the scary 4 headed snake, you don't want to look into its eyes very long.

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I really don't know what to think about this ride. It just does not look right and the trains also seem to have something wrong. I don't know, but I have a bad feeling about this.

 

While I've never ridden a spinning-coaster that I liked, I have to say I applaud Busch Gardens for daring to build something different.

This is one of the rides this year I really look forward to see in action.

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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.

 

But considering they design everything nowadays, they could design (with 'special design and forms') a boat that could work with say, a water park.

 

So, why not design the boats so they accommodate flip flops, swimming suits, and such? Some of the water usually ends up in the boat,

depending on the splash and fallback, etc. And it can drain with ease. Or not.

 

TF at Hershey is somewhat incorporated into the water park where you can wear flip flops and bathing suits...but the boats usually have three inches of water in them so your feet are already wet before you even climb the lift.

 

And if you sit in the back seat? Going up the lift, you are guaranteed to get a wave of water washed up to your ankles! They have drains, but once you hit the splashdown, there is so much water that it simply doesn't get time to drain in the station or on the lift. Those boats must weigh a ton!

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Here's the link to the video:

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Not much is shown. Kind of funny to watch the workers push it off of the track at the top. Also, later in the video, it shows the elevator lifts moving at full speed with no train on them. They can move pretty fast. So don't think that the speed they are moving at the beginning of the video is their full speed.

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Here's the link to the video:

[youtu_be]

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Not much is shown. Kind of funny to watch the workers push it off of the track at the top. Also, later in the video, it shows the elevator lifts moving at full speed with no train on them. They can move pretty fast. So don't think that the speed they are moving at the beginning of the video is their full speed.

 

This is so exciting to watch! I know it is not much, but it is still cool. Thank you for sharing!

 

Has there been more details about the que lines? What specially are they doing? I heard it was going to be a snake exhibit, correct me if I am wrong.

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