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I love the Premier Skyrockets....

 

 

Same! The ejector air in the front row cresting the tower is AMAZING!! Not to mention that rather forceful punch the backwards launch provides!! Oh, and the hangtime in the sllllllloooooooowwwwwww zero g-roll...

 

Such a amazing coasters! I would love to see these things make their way to more parks, and would happily welcome one at BGT!!

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Well if the 30 minute drive from the gate to parking lot is a sign of crowds to come might as well get fast pass now lol or they need to expand that road from 2 lanes to like 5. Got here 1045 and it's about to be 1145 when i enter the actual park. Also gotta say, non enthusiast friend screws me again lol as always they had no motivation or care to be here at opening sooo now it's near noon... sorry to say I can't go to parks with non enthusiasts it's just too inefficient, of time and money.

 

I don't mind going with non-enthusiasts as long as they listen to me because I know WTF I'm doing usually . Back in October the family all came to visit on a weekend and wanted to go to Kings Dominion...............on a Saturday.......in October. My sister was like "lets get there at opening!" I was sitting at their house at 11:30 annoyed because half the house wasn't showered yet and I knew every minute that went by on a Saturday in October that an astronimical amount of people were walking into that park. Place was a complete nuthouse by 1pm and the family was like "we'll get there the roller coasters aren't going anywhere!" no but those lines are getting longer!

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So the day was pretty good. Falcons Fury was closed as was another flat which was a good bit disappointing as I wanted to do that one, but oh well. Park was beautiful as would be expected. Kumba was deff my favorite coaster. I think I expected a fun rise but your standard B&M 7 looper. Oh no, was forceful as hell, and despite being 25 was still quite smooth. I mean no real headbangin or anything. Controversial statement: I may pur Sheikra #2. Montu was fun. Back was more forceful than front, which I found a bit lackluster, but idk Sheikra I enjoyed more. Some good air on the drops and it was better than I expected. Cheetah Hunt, eh. Was fun. Didn't expect much so guess it met that. The front gave me some solid air on the Hill, back gave some on the first drop. Wasn't real fast feeling but it was a fun ride. Scorpion was what I expected, glad it's still around. Cobras curse....yeah even w low expectations that was pretty lame. Id say its not a great park for soloing, there's not a ton of stuff and when 2 rides are closed it felt like a big blow, and it's so large tough to hop around. I basically did each coaster 3 times in a row then moved on. With all the space felt like some wasted time walking. Great park for a chill day with friends, not for high efficiency soloing but I should a figured that. I was very glad to see they didnt mandate lockers and still had cubbies in the station. Was deff a nice park. Would love to go again with some friends.

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Controversial statement: I may pur Sheikra #2. Montu was fun. Back was more forceful than front, which I found a bit lackluster, but idk Sheikra I enjoyed more.

 

While I prefer Montu more (and Cheetah Hunt), my daughter had ShieKra as her favorite coaster at BGT, and I think my son preferred it to Montu as well! It's definitely a really good, and fun coaster, so there shouldn't be too much controversy over preferring it to Montu, especially if you aren't a big fan of the intensity of B&M Inverts.

 

I was very glad to see they didnt mandate fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo and still had cubbies in the station. Was deff a nice park. Would love to go again with some friends.

 

My kids and I really noticed this, and commented frequently on our recent vacation to Florida, which involved hitting Carowinds on the way down, and Kings Dominion on the way back up. All the Florida parks we went to (BGT, SWO, both Fun Spots) were great in their use of cubbies or bins to make buying a FFBFWM&G not mandatory! Whereas, Cedar Fair is all about the mighty dollar, and clearly is not putting small shelves or bins on any of their new coasters, in spite of plenty of room to do so. While I love CF for many things, this continues to be something (in addition to the FL system) where I feel they have let financial exploitation get the better of them... But hey, if I was running a park in RTC, I'd probably do the same! Capitalism, baby!!!

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Hi All, i will be in Florida for a year for some military pilot training. Planning to do some parks during my time here.

So i'am planning to go to BGT next Friday, 4th may. Can somebody give me any info about what to expect for queue times? (Saturday 5th is also an option, but i think that day is a lot more busier, altough the park is open till 8 PM...)

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Hi All, i will be in Florida for a year for some military pilot training. Planning to do some parks during my time here.

So i'am planning to go to BGT next Friday, 4th may. Can somebody give me any info about what to expect for queue times? (Saturday 5th is also an option, but i think that day is a lot more busier, altough the park is open till 8 PM...)

 

May the 4th be with you!

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Controversial statement: I may pur Sheikra #2. Montu was fun. Back was more forceful than front, which I found a bit lackluster, but idk Sheikra I enjoyed more.

 

While I prefer Montu more (and Cheetah Hunt), my daughter had ShieKra as her favorite coaster at BGT, and I think my son preferred it to Montu as well! It's definitely a really good, and fun coaster, so there shouldn't be too much controversy over preferring it to Montu, especially if you aren't a big fan of the intensity of B&M Inverts.

 

I was very glad to see they didnt mandate fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo and still had cubbies in the station. Was deff a nice park. Would love to go again with some friends.

 

My kids and I really noticed this, and commented frequently on our recent vacation to Florida, which involved hitting Carowinds on the way down, and Kings Dominion on the way back up. All the Florida parks we went to (BGT, SWO, both Fun Spots) were great in their use of cubbies or bins to make buying a FFBFWM&G not mandatory! Whereas, Cedar Fair is all about the mighty dollar, and clearly is not putting small shelves or bins on any of their new coasters, in spite of plenty of room to do so. While I love CF for many things, this continues to be something (in addition to the FL system) where I feel they have let financial exploitation get the better of them... But hey, if I was running a park in RTC, I'd probably do the same! Capitalism, baby!!!

 

I love an intense B&M invert, Batman the Ride still the best! If anything I had the opposite issue, I expected Montu to be more forceful than it was. I think it simply is an older, hyped up coaster so having ridden it for the first time now, after having been on the likes of I305 and Skyrush, El Toro and Wicked Cyclone, it cant help its simply not the same level.

Not that any of that is a knock, fun ride!

 

Kumba though, holy crap.

 

 

Yeah I had a few year gap when I didn't really go to parks, so when I started again with SFNE, CP and Universal I was like whoa what is this lock up stuff?? Since it seems to be the norm now, was very pleasantly surprised to see it not be an issue of Busch.

Its minor but actually was a big thing for me, it just added enjoyment not having to hide stuff in pockets, stash it in a bush, travel light and generally have to think about it. It was nice and gave me that old school feel.

 

Oh I totally get it. This is a business, I get that. They are not places for us enthusiasts, they are businesses and run as such. I have never bashed that or held any other notion.

BUT also doesn't mean we have to like it!

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See, I don't even have an issue with the idea of having to lock up big stuff like backpacks, stuffed animals, and larger items that clog bins, and slow load times even more. However, having a little shelf, or netting (like Manta has for instance) for small things like glasses, cell phones (if you want to risk it), wallets (again, if you want to risk it), and maybe even big enough for drink bottles (like the Fun Spots), is a very reasonable courtesy, and shows you're not simply trying to make a buck.

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Just purchased a set of 4 two park passes with dining passes (to do Seaworld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa) for my family beach trip the week before Memorial Day (May 21-26). We are gonna Sea World first, and then BGT a different day.

 

I guess they changed maintenance dates? Kumba was slated to be down pretty much the whole month of May and was due to come back online May 25 (coasterbill pointed this out to me a couple months back). I see now its just down for less than 2 weeks. I'm excited about that as I was worried that I wouldn't be able to ride that coaster for my visit if it wound up taking some extra time.

 

Anyways, thank you guys for posting a lot of recommendations these last few pages as far as places to eat and where to sit on the coasters. I have noted a bunch of it!

 

Only 3 weeks to vacation. I'm counting down the days. I'm looking forward to Kumba the most, with Mako second.

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Announcement should take place at 1:35 EST. Could be live on Facebook.

Wait, what? Did I miss something??

 

Yep. Announcement for........ something takes place today. Everything indicates that it will be a big announcement, as Attractions Magazine and other theme park news people (even timtracker) have been invited to it.

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Boo urns. I'm sure this is gonna be exciting for a lot of people, but a) I can't drink, and b) with all the rumors of a new coaster floating around, I can't help but feel a bit let down.

 

the "2018 Season" has just barely started (it's still April). . why in the world would you have expected a 2019 Ride announcement??

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I hope BGWilliamsburg joins in too!

 

Two free beers every time I go to the park? Almost as good as a new coaster!

 

Since it looks like Project Madrid at BGW will be a 2020 thing, this is the best thing they can add for 2019, and would more than soften the blow of an underwhelming Project Madrid.

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the Garden Gate Cafe is / was the Pizza Buffet place near Gwazi, right?

 

or am I mis-remembering the park?

 

if yes, does that mean the Pizza (mediocre as it was) is gone? or maybe they are setting up in the patio area, as there was a TON of patio space there (not being used) when we visited the park.

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Boo urns. I'm sure this is gonna be exciting for a lot of people, but a) I can't drink, and b) with all the rumors of a new coaster floating around, I can't help but feel a bit let down.

 

the "2018 Season" has just barely started (it's still April). . why in the world would you have expected a 2019 Ride announcement??

 

SeaWorld tends to announce their following year’s attractions a whole year in advance (Electric Eel was announced this time last year, InvadR was announced in early spring of 2016, BGW’s VR attraction was announced this time last year), so that may be the reason some people may have expected a coaster announcement, if one were to come in 2019, which I don’t think it is.

 

I wasn’t “disappointed” by this announcement because I kept my expectations minimal, but at the same time, it wouldn’t have surprised me to see BGT announce a 2019 coaster in April of 2018, based on SeaWorld’s history.

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