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p. 348 - Iron Gwazi POV!

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^ same. No Kumba, I'll wait to visit until it's open again. Busch is a fantastic park all around and I'm sure I could have a lovely time without riding it...but that zero g is bliss.

 

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Indeed. Wonderful park for sure but it struck me as better for groups/families and not so much a purely park experience. Like I went solo for a few hours, the goal then is just to ride and there's not exactly a lot of rides (and sadly 2 were closed including Falcon's Fury ) and while they have good diversity of coasters its not thrill seeker skewed. This will be changing over the next 2 years, will deff be the best park in FL imo (well it already is for me, just it'll be better)

 

Yeah Kumba was nuts. I didn't expect much but good lord that was such a forceful intense ride, like from start of drop to the brakes. Shame B&M don't make em like that anymore. I also heard about it "showing its age" but even in back row I found it very smooth still.

 

Even with the RMC I don't think Id give BGT the best non CP lineup, (prozach is right its entirely personal) but it'll be up there in my book.

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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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Once that RMC is in place there, do they take the title for best coaster lineup (not CP)?

I mean... there are tangible records that can be broken with roller coasters, but is there really a definition for "best?" Isn't "best" all about your preferences? There are a lot of other parks that are in the same coaster lineup ballpark as BGT.

 

 

Sure, that's fair. I just meant.....they'll have a multi launch intamin, a record breaking RMC, a B&M Dive, a REALLY forceful B&M invert, arguably the best B&M coaster out there in Kumba, a mack spinner, a Sky Rocket and a Schwartzkof (spelling). To me, I can't think of a park with that sort of kick ass-ness and diversity in portfolio of coasters.

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^I agree with you. I've never been to the park, but adding a solid Premier coaster and an RMC to an already incredible B&M trio and several middle ground coasters like Cheetah Hunt, Cobra's Curse, and Scorpion, along with arguably one of the best drop towers out there... dang, I gotta get down there in 2020! Time to contact my cousins in Orlando! lol

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A media invite has gone out for this day teasing a big announcement. We will be there to cover what is assumed to be the RMC Gwazi announcement.

 

cool. .can't wait to hear any specifics they might announce!

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^I agree with you. I've never been to the park, but adding a solid Premier coaster and an RMC to an already incredible B&M trio and several middle ground coasters like Cheetah Hunt, Cobra's Curse, and Scorpion, along with arguably one of the best drop towers out there... dang, I gotta get down there in 2020! Time to contact my cousins in Orlando! lol

 

It is a fantastic park already and these 2 additions will make it even better. BGT is a good park if you like a mix of rides, animals, atmosphere and tasty food. So excited for the upcoming announcement.

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Was at the park yesterday for a brief afternoon. I expected a bit of a hefty crowd with it being President's Day and all, but it was actually not too bad. Longest I waited for anything was about 40 for Cheetah Hunt, and that's more than fine. Some other thoughts/observations;

 

-Kumba is actually being repainted! I actually wasn't aware of this. I thought that they were just doing routine maintenance, but holy cow what a welcome improvement. They've made a lot of progress on it, I thing the most they had done was the dive loop and the dive into the final tunnel. It's more of a bright blue than a green this time around, and it honestly looks fantastic. Nice to see the ol' thing get some love.

 

-Tigris looks fantastic inside the park. So much cooler to look at than Tidal Wave. The color scheme is fantastic, and it just looks perfect for the ride's skyline. People are gonna eat this thing up, and honestly my only concern is where Tempesto's gonna go in my rankings once this opens.

 

-They're working on Gwazi crazy fast. Half of the Tiger side's old lift hill is pretty much gone, and from what I could see, the track on basically all of the second half of one side is no more. So excited for the white truck to pull into the park. Praise Alan Schilke.

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^Great to hear about all the improvements! I hope they fix the jack-hammering on Kumba after the MCBR while they're at it.

A media invite has gone out for this day teasing a big announcement. We will be there to cover what is assumed to be the RMC Gwazi announcement.

Great news! I'm glad the speculation will be resolved soon, unless they don't show the layout and ride specs, in which case the speculation will continue.

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The new Critters Inn Charge show at the Pantopia Theater has debuted at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! The Pantopia Theater previously hosted the Opening Night Critters show and before that, it was a 4D theater showing R.L. Stine's The Haunted Lighthouse when it debuted and later Pirates 4D and Sesame Street 4D.

 

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/shows/critters-inn-charge/

 

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CHECK-IN TO THE ALL-NEW CRITTERS INN CHARGE SHOW AT PANTOPIA THEATER

 

It’s a big day at Critters Inn - where rescued dogs, cats, birds and more run the show!

 

The staff are preparing for a Conservation Celebration, including a special VIP mystery guest. Some of Busch Gardens’ most famous animal ambassadors will make a surprise appearance for the finale of each show. From flamingos and sloths to aardvarks and toucans, you never know who will stop by! Be sure to check-in at the Pantopia Theater to check out all the fun with fan-favorite furry and feathered friends.

 

When the show is over, stick around for a chance to meet the actors, trainers, and some of the cast of critters who make this a can’t-miss performance.

 

  • 25 Minutes of Mischief
  • 20 Rescued Dogs
  • 20 Rescued Cats
  • 30+ Feathered Friends
  • 1 Mystery VIP Guest

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^I wouldn't get your hopes up too much, I mean, they are opening a DIFFERENT new coaster this year. I don't know how smart it would be to talk about how great NEXT years coaster will be?!?

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^I wouldn't get your hopes up too much, I mean, they are opening a DIFFERENT new coaster this year. I don't know how smart it would be to talk about how great NEXT years coaster will be?!?

I don't think that's an issue from the passholder side of things considering that SeaWorld Parks is pushing really hard for their monthly payment plans. But from the tourist / vacation side of things, I completely agree with you, especially this early in the "traditional" season.

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I love the Busch / SeaWorld pet shows. My gut tells me that this is more-or-less the same show but I'm still glad that they're switching it up a little and keeping it fresh.

 

I remember these shows going all the way back to the Sea World Ohio days. They were amazing and always well done. Always loved how all the animals were obtained from shelters and were deemed "un-trainable."

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"Rumor" is it will have a reptile theme...something crocodile themed perhaps? With Walkabout Way nearby, I could see them merge it with RMC Gwazi & the rest of Bird Gardens for a full Australian themed land. Just wishful thinking.

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