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Best part of Busch Gardens Tampa's Howl-O-Scream?  Getting to ride all the coasters at night!!!  

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Iron Gwazi update: RMC is back on site, as of yesterday (Tuesday, July 21,2020). They were seen inspecting areas of the track and had a crane in operation. I would share the post from FB here, but their posts aren't welcome here.

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Starting to look like Iron Gwazi may be running soon. Rumors say final inspection happens tomorrow. Lights, fans, wait sign are all on today.

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I have a feeling they will open it before the new year, regardless of what they said during their quarterly call... though I never heard the exact quote of what was said and I didn't hear what attendance was like or anything like that. Besides, it wouldn't be the first time they lied to their investors. (Zing.)

 

I suspect they need the attendance **NOW**. While it makes sense to most to advertise a new ride next year, I feel like they probably aren't anywhere near capacity (unlike BGW where it makes sense to wait -- the demand is already there)

 

I would expect a soft opening before the year is up. This is all just my gut talking.

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Well, as expected, Busch is going for it! With the Universal and Disney Halloween events cancelled I bet this will sell out fast so grab tickets now if you're interested! They're also hiring for any locals who need a part time job this fall.

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I don't know what to expect here. It's basically a Halloween party I guess but it's stupid, stupid cheap. I love it in theory but I'm interested to see what type of crowd it attracts. That's one of the reasons that I avoid Six Flags Fright Fest events and Busch Gardens seems to be taking the "Give away the gate and get everyone drunk" model to a level that even Six Flags hasn't tried yet.

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I mean sounds like kind of an interesting event, I'd be interested in checking it out depending on crowd levels and all, assuming the'll still be limiting capacity to some extent. Night rides on all the coasters with some fog and fun atmosphere is enough for me.

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Anyone able to see the prices for members? I logged in but it's still showing me the regular price.

Yes, I can see the prices. They start at $24.99 (and go up based on date). Try using another device or browser to log in. Also, if you're using your email/password, try using the pass barcode/zip code method instead. That seems to work for some that try to get their discount online when making purchases.

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I don't know what to expect here. It's basically a Halloween party I guess but it's stupid, stupid cheap. I love it in theory but I'm interested to see what type of crowd it attracts. That's one of the reasons that I avoid Six Flags Fright Fest events and Busch Gardens seems to be taking the "Give away the gate and get everyone drunk" model to a level that even Six Flags hasn't tried yet.

 

I agree with this--pretty much a party (with very expensive alcohol).

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I hope for the best, but after visiting this park a few weeks ago and seeing the majority of people not wearing masks, I have my concerns. Not to mention it will be at night and there will be no way for team members to enforce the mask policy. Again...hoping for the best, but people have shown how selfish and stupid they can be and continue to be.

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I hope for the best, but after visiting this park a few weeks ago and seeing the majority of people not wearing masks, I have my concerns.

Ugh, they're still doing this after all this time? I thought they'd be better by now.

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^It will likely reopen once the pandemic is under control (to where sanitizing rides and social distancing isn't a big deal), they can up the allowed capacity in the parks to make it worthwhile, more people actually come to the park (that aren't pass members who they generally don't really profit from, and can afford to pay the extra staff required to run it. Unless I'm mistaken, it requires more employees to operate than any other attraction in the park. I know other parks have opened theirs, but not all parks choose to operate the same. It's common for BGT, in particular, to cut attractions like this during slow periods anyway (from my experience). Not directly related, but this is usually the time of year it goes down for its annual maintenance, as it doesn't operate during HOS, at least not in recent years. I don't see Stanley Falls opening any time soon for the same reasons, plus their queue is so tight, they'd have to pull a Disney and put up plexiglass in the queue to help separation. Also, i wouldn't be surprised if more attractions temporarily closed after Labor Day, at least on the weekdays.

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If they need any help in selling out Howl-O-Scream, just add Iron Gwazi as only available during the event nights. I know tons of people who would gladly pay $24 for a chance to ride it!

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