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p. 348 - Iron Gwazi POV!

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Holy crap you nerds are a tough crowd.  It looks like a coaster that will make me hoot and holler the entire time I'm on it while simultaneously trying to throw my fat ass as far from the train as pos

I actually agree with many of you talking about how the RMC's are all very similar.  And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with building a ton of very similar kick ass rides when most people who ride

It means that you can look forward to a fun-filled day riding Kumba, Montu, Cheetah Hunt and Sheikra and while you're in line for one of those you might be able to watch an Iron Gwazi POV on your phon

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We didn't have that great of a time in the park on Monday, but I think most of that was attributed to my unrealistic expectations and being in a piss poor mood. On the other hand, we had a phenomenal time at Sea World. I'll make a trip report when we get back from the beach next week. I just wanted to stop in and say how frustrated I am with Valraven after now having ridden Shiekra to cap off all three of the American dive machines. I've never been one to dog B&M, but come on....

 

More to come.

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^Hmmm... I'll be interested in hearing you elaborate on this, because having ridden both ShieKra and Valravn, I think the latter is a FAR better iteration of the Dive Coaster!

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Visiting the park either next Tuesday or Wednesday.

-So when should I start looking at the weather for the day? I know over on the CP thread, they say avoid looking at the weather until just before visiting. BGT is close enough to the Gulf where I feel like this could be similar.

-By that measure, what is the rain policy?

-What rides do I need a medicated rabbit for vs which ones have bins in the stations?

-With a one day ticket, what is the latest point where I could upgrade it to a season pass?

-Since I'm moving down to Tampa for school, how is HOS hiring done. I've seen no advertising for it on social media.

-I'm going to get either the all day dining plan or a Twisted Tails Pretzel. What is recommended.

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^ as far as the weather, this is Florida - it changes from minute to minute. At this time of year, expect at least one afternoon thundershower every day. It pretty much rains every day through the summer. If there aren't any hurricanes or Tropical Depressions in the Gulf, you will be fine.

 

The ride and rain policy is like other parks - it is not consistent. I've ridden Cheetah Hunt in rain so cold it was almost sleet, and I've seen it close when there was a light mist in the air.

 

As far as I can recall, all of the major coasters have bins in the stations so medicated rabbits aren't much of an issue unless you have valuables that you don't want to leave out.

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It's the lightning that's more a cause for ride closure than rain. I never really saw it rain without some lightning in the area and everything would close with lightning within 10 miles or so. I also don't think there's any way to predict it except on a minute by minute basis as jynx242 said.

 

Kumba, Montu, Sheikra, and Falcons Fury definitely had cubby holes for water bottles and small items. The others might have them too but I definitely remember the above 4 having them.

 

For hiring look on the Seaworld parks job posting website and narrow your search to BGT.

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we were just there last month, and although there ARE cubbies on most of the stations for small objects, several times we were not even allowed in the queue with a small bag, and had to go get a "bunnie"

 

the cost is reasonable, but it was a bit annoying, as they filled up quickly, and several times we had to wait for the staff to open a locker and remove someone's stuff.

 

for SURE that happened (bunny needed) on Cobra's Curse, Montu, and Cheetah Hunt.

 

can't recall on SheiKra, and for sure did NOT happen on Scorpion (they have cubbies), Kumba (cubbies) and Sand Serpent.

 

and every day we were in the park (Trip report floating around somewhere on the 1st couple of pages), *all* rides (including train) shut down for weather, and 2 of the 3 days things didn't reopen. So i'd recommend going in the morning if you want rides, but anytime, if you are fine doing shows or animals when things shut down.

 

ETA: skip the all day dining, you won't need it. The Pretzels are great, but I'd highly recommend the Serengetti Overlook buffet (directly across from Cheetah Hunt, on the 3rd floor above the pub). It was $18 but the food was excellent and so filling, we didn't really need to eat again that day.

 

a cheaper option is the Garden Grill Pizza buffet, but that wasn't really that good.

 

hope this helps!

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^ I will second that on the buffet . I do that every time now when I do a full day at the park. It is a great value. (especially on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.) In fact that has become our Christmas tradition now with my mom and dad, Dad is in his 80's, mom is near 80. The food, the wine, great. Then right after we all get in line for Cheetah. The perfect way to spend a holiday imho.

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If you all don't mind, I'm going to change the subject and talk about a boat ride called "Journey to Atlantis. . .

 

"Dude, that ride's in SeaWorld. I thought this thread was supposed to be on Busch Gardens Tampa?"

 

Well, it is. I just wanted to say that they ought to put a ride like that to replace their old and closed-off Tanganyika Shoot the Chutes ride. I think that would be awesome!

Tanganyika Tidal Wave is closed? I must've missed something, what happened?

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If you all don't mind, I'm going to change the subject and talk about a boat ride called "Journey to Atlantis. . .

 

"Dude, that ride's in SeaWorld. I thought this thread was supposed to be on Busch Gardens Tampa?"

 

Well, it is. I just wanted to say that they ought to put a ride like that to replace their old and closed-off Tanganyika Shoot the Chutes ride. I think that would be awesome!

Tanganyika Tidal Wave is closed? I must've missed something, what happened?

 

That moose out front is slacking. What's he doing all day? He's supposed to be telling you that the ride's been closed.

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Tanganyika Tidal Wave is closed? I must've missed something, what happened?

 

What happened was for some kind of reason they closed the Tanganyida Tidal Wave down (since April 2016 - according to Wikipedia), and it shall remain so until they either restore it, replace it, or just tear it down. I'm hoping for another "Journey to Atlantis" in which they can re-use the still standing lift and drop as the first lift and drop and build a building to house the second lift and even wilder drop.

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Visited the park today. (No camera due to forecast, so no pictures )

 

Ride Count:

Falcon's Fury: 2x

Scorpion: 1x third row

Kumba: 1x back row, exit side.

Rain delay: about 45 min.

Sheikra: 1x front row, far entrance

Cheetah Hunt: 1x back row

Montu: 2x back entrance,

Sheikra again: 1x

Cobra's Curse: Down all day.

Very few queues except for Scorpion (10 min), Kumba (10 min), and Cheetah (17 min).

 

The park could really use more thrill flat rides. Or just more flat rides in general. And attraction-specific merch.

 

Had the all-day dining deal today against my better judgment, but it came with the good deal my resort offered. That Bacon Pretzel Fury though...

 

Could the Icepoloration storyline get any cheesier? The acrobatics/puppetry/other athletes were great.

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Tanganyika Tidal Wave is closed? I must've missed something, what happened?

 

What happened was for some kind of reason they closed the Tanganyida Tidal Wave down (since April 2016 - according to Wikipedia), and it shall remain so until they either restore it, replace it, or just tear it down. I'm hoping for another "Journey to Atlantis" in which they can re-use the still standing lift and drop as the first lift and drop and build a building to house the second lift and even wilder drop.

 

An Escape from Pompeii would make more sense

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Screamscape posted a rumor that a B&M may be in development for BGT for 2018 or 2019. I wonder if it would be to replace Gwazi? I'm still hoping RMC will get to handle that, but the possibility of tearing Gwazi down is also very probable.

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From the official Busch Gardens blog, link to the article here.

Howl-O-Scream 2016 returns with seven haunted houses, two of which are new and creeper than ever:

NEW! Motel Hell

Nightmares become reality at this deserted motel once you realize why it’s conveniently vacant. The paranormal presence of its former owners still lurks on the untouched property, mysteriously preventing the brave souls who are attempting to tear it down. Guests who dare to enter will find themselves face-to-face with their worst nightmares and inescapable fate.

NEW! The Black Spot

When Saw Tooth Silas, an infamous pirate, decides that one should no longer exist, he marks them for death. Victims are then sent to The Black Spot, where they meet their horrifying demise. The trick lies within the dimly-lit corners of the mysterious hideaway, holding the secret to escape… or demise.

 

Howl-O-Scream’s roaming hordes have heard the cries loud and clear. The infamous mobs are back and bigger than ever:

NEW! Inescapable Roaming Hordes

Throughout the park and in between haunted houses, every corner will be deemed unsafe. This year, roaming hordes are infesting Howl-O-Scream at an unstoppable rate as the infamous scare squads return bigger and more horrifying than ever. From their screeching welcome at the front gates to the eerie traps in the depths of the park, no corner is safe from these merciless roaming hordes.

 

Guests can test their limits while braving thrill rides in the dark, including Cobra’s Curse, Busch Gardens’ new one-of-a-kind spin coaster. Plus, challenge North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury, Florida’s first and only triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt and others.

Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2016 on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24. The event then runs select nights from Sept. 29 through Oct. 30. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

 

This year, 4-Pack Ticket Deals start at $35.99 per person, plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates are available online, and special offers are available for Busch Gardens Pass Members. Additionally, out-of-towners can take advantage of great vacations packages, like the Overnight Fright or Wild & Wicked Weekends packages. For more information, visit HowlOScream.com.

This is exciting to me!

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Hello coaster friends I'm visiting Busch Gardens Tampa and Sea World Orlando from Oct 18 - 21st. Does anyone know how the crowds usually are this time of year for both parks? For BGT, I'm sure the Halloween night time event will be busy - interested in knowing about the daytime crowds. Many thanks in advance!!

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I need to get down to Florida so that I can go to Howl o Scream. I've never gone and it looks really fun.

 

Yes you do. We went last year and it blew our minds. When you're used to regional park haunts it's really amazing.

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We have just checked in for Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream media event!

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Plenty of monsters to greet us and welcome guests to the event!

 

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I have found my favorite part of Howl-O-Scream? Hot deadly girls!

 

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We just went zombie killing with friends from Attractions Magazine! Killed 36 zombies! WOW!

 

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Having way too much fun playing "murder hopscotch" in the playground!

 

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Who doesn't love the "naughty nurses?"

 

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Best part of the Fiends show is #Selfiends with the Naughty Nurses and dancers!

 

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Bumper Cars with zombies might be the best idea EVER!!!

 

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The Black Spot pirate themed haunted house looked great! Lots of fun!

 

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Sexy pirates at The Black Spot haunted house? Oh, yes please!

 

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Looks like this might be the final year for Circus of Superstition.

 

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Death Water Bayou is a GREAT haunted house! So glad to see this one returned this year!

 

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The Playground scare zone was great! So much fun playing with the monsters!

 

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What's more scary to you? Walking through Haunted Houses or Falcon's Fury at night?

 

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Had an absolutely amazing night @BuschGardens Tampa @HowlOScream! We come for the scares & the girls! Love 'em both!

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