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p. 348 - Iron Gwazi POV!

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I just don't understand why they don't remove it if they aren't going to RMC it. Seems kind of stupid to have a massive wooden structure falling apart in the back of the park. Unless of course thats the look theyre going for.

 

I'm sure it all comes down to money. It's cheaper to leave it there than it is to demolish it and this park has been making a lot of budget cuts lately and leaving things sitting abandoned (Rhino Rally, Tidal Wave, Gwazi, Jambo Junction (though that's thankfully reopened). I get why they're doing it, but it's a shame.

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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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If they enclosed the Wild Mouse and added some special effects themed to ancient Egypt it would be a huge winner.

But . . . its kinda a ways from the Egypt section. With the whole "Pantopia" section with its magical allure, I think they cam come up with a good story line.

 

Gwazi has just been sitting there for a few years now, I just don't understand why they don't remove it if they aren't going to RMC it. Seems kind of stupid to have a massive wooden structure falling apart in the back of the park. Unless of course thats the look theyre going for.

Is it really falling apart?

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If they enclosed the Wild Mouse and added some special effects themed to ancient Egypt it would be a huge winner.

But . . . its kinda a ways from the Egypt section. With the whole "Pantopia" section with its magical allure, I think they cam come up with a good story line.

 

Gwazi has just been sitting there for a few years now, I just don't understand why they don't remove it if they aren't going to RMC it. Seems kind of stupid to have a massive wooden structure falling apart in the back of the park. Unless of course thats the look theyre going for.

Is it really falling apart?

 

I wouldn't say falling apart, but the ride has damn better days. Just from looking at it you can see track decaying (sorry for no photos for evidence).

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I didn't mean literally falling apart at the seams but yes it is rotting away. The wooden structure being left unmaintained in the Florida climate is not doing it any favors.

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Seems kind of stupid to have a massive wooden structure falling apart in the back of the park. Unless of course thats the look theyre going for.

I hear it's all the rage these days.

 

Honestly, it's been long enough of Gwazi sitting there and them cannibalizing who knows how much of its wood, does an RMC conversion even make sense anymore? I have faith in RMC if they were contracted that they would get it up to par and make an awesome conversion, but the structure certainly must not be as sound as it used to. Seems like too much work and money to get it fixed up. I'm not holding onto Gwazi ever seeing riders again.

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In un/related WTF park news:

 

http://nypost.com/2017/06/28/busch-gardens-workers-child-was-fathered-by-11-year-old-boy-cops/

 

A Florida theme park worker accused of having sex with an 11-year-old has been nabbed – nearly three years after giving birth to the boy’s child.

 

Marissa Ashley Mowry, 25, was arrested Tuesday for sleeping with the kid in January 2014, when she was 22 years old, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

 

The Port Richey resident gave birth in October 2014 – and continued to have sex with him until he was 14 years old, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Mowry was arrested outside Busch Gardens theme park, where she works as a food attendant and charged with sexual battery.

 

Her child, who is almost 3 years old, was placed in the care of a responsible adult, officials said.

 

Yikes!

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I didn't mean literally falling apart at the seams but yes it is rotting away. The wooden structure being left unmaintained in the Florida climate is not doing it any favors.

 

The structure itself was designed to survive the Florida climate for decades... The ride's maintenance was more reliant on the continual upkeep of the track itself. The track at this point would require significant replacement to get Gwazi up and running (in its current state) but the coaster structure itself is more than sound.

 

I contend that if Busch were concerned for the structure's stability or had no further use for it, they would have torn down the coaster some time ago. The continued presence of what was once Gwazi smack-dab in the middle of the park with clear visibility to all guests lends credence to the notion that the park has plans for the space and the structures within.

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I contend that if Busch were concerned for the structure's stability or had no further use for it, they would have torn down the coaster some time ago. The continued presence of what was once Gwazi smack-dab in the middle of the park with clear visibility to all guests lends credence to the notion that the park has plans for the space and the structures within.

 

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Someone who has been to the park recently told me they have already started construction of walls around Sand Serpent. Any confirmation or pictures?

 

Update as of July 5th:

No Walls up and the ride was operational.

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RE: Gwazi from an article in the TBT

 

Gwazi, by the numbers

 

Named after an African legend, Gwazi was a conflicted animal that was half-lion, half-tiger that continually struggled with itself.

 

2 dueling coasters in one; each track is 3,400 feet long for a 2-minute, 20-second ride.

 

3.5 G's, as in a force acting on a body as a result of acceleration or gravity generated on the ride.

 

2M locking bolts were used to help the lumber hold together in Florida's heat.

 

1.3M Feet of Southern yellow pine board treated with arsenic to resist termites.

1.3 Miles of track intertwined in a compact 8-acre maze.

 

90 Height in feet of Gwazi's lift hill.

 

50 Top speed, measured in miles per hour.

 

Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tourism/goodbye-gwazi-busch-gardens-to-close-wooden-coaster/2211242

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I'm trying to track down the operating hours from this past March. Trying to plan a trip for Spring Break 2018(March 17 and 18) and tryin to get feel of how much time I would have at the park if we went there after we arrive at Tampa(takes less points to get there over Orlando). I figure it'll be Food and Wine again

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^You mean the MCBR? That's always on. It will glide through there even on a hot day without any noticeable braking if the train is on the lighter side passenger-wise.

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I have an opportunity to visit by the end of the year, and I heard that Kumba is going down for maintenance. Is there any period left this year when all 3 B&Ms as well as Cheetah Hunt will be open?

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So has anyone here ever gotten a ride on Montu with the trim brakes turned off? I got the pleasure of riding it without the trims twice and it was insane.

 

I'm pretty sure that was added after it was opened. As a child, I remember feeling like my legs were going to be ripped off during the batwing, so I would say yes. With or without the trim, it's still one of my favorite coaster elements on any B&M.

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^You mean the MCBR? That's always on. It will glide through there even on a hot day without any noticeable braking if the train is on the lighter side passenger-wise.

No I mean the trim brake right before the batwing

I've never noticed it engage in the 10 years I've been riding it.

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I have an opportunity to visit by the end of the year, and I heard that Kumba is going down for maintenance. Is there any period left this year when all 3 B&Ms as well as Cheetah Hunt will be open?

 

Kumba is scheduled to reopen on September 1st. So far no other coasters are scheduled for maintenance for the rest of the year.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/park-info/ride-attraction-schedule/

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