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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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Given that they won't even publish their annual maintenance schedule for 2021 yet (and yes, I asked them), I don't think they have any idea.

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I’m thinking about taking a Florida trip this fall (October or November) with Busch Gardens Tampa being part of the trip. I’d probably be at the park on a weekday, I assume those aren’t that busy compared to weekends? Also wondering if they usually have any rides/coasters down for annual maintenance around this time, as I’d hate to go when a ride like Kumba or Montu is closed.

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The park is usually good about posting their ride closures a few months in advance.  I've gone the weekend before Thanksgiving and crowds were manageable.  The B&Ms were walk-ons and the worst line was a half hour for Cheetah Hunt.  It's also likely going to be 60-70 degrees that time of year, which sure beats the oppressive summer weather.

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If anyone's interested, the park has posted the ride maintenance schedule for the first quarter of 2021.

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

Jan 5-15 Sheikra
Jan 25-29 Scorpion
Feb 1-5 Elmo's Safari Go Round
Feb 8-12 Big Bird's Whirlie Birdie
Feb 15-19 The Count's Cars
Feb 22-26 Dessert Runners
Mar 1-12 Kumba

And on that note, my trip is booked for the 3rd week of February.  BGT on Thursday the 18th and SWO on Friday the 19th, with Fun Spot Orlando in the evening on the 19th and Fun Spot Kississimee before my flight home on the 20th.  Excited!

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3 hours ago, monotone said:

Booked flights to Tampa for the end of April.

 

It's gotta be open by then, right?

Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

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On 1/10/2021 at 9:29 PM, CoasterGuy06 said:

Yeah I have a friend that just moved back to Tampa and he wants me to come visit in April and I told him "I'll come when Iron Gwazi opens." 😂

I keep saying the same thing for returning to Florida but my Disney Premier Pass ends March 31 so March trip here I come. If Iron Gwazi is open by then I'll make a side trip to Tampa from Orlando. 

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Same, I told my friends in FL I would visit but besides COVID...I've been putting it off bc I need Pantheon and Iron Gwazi to be open. I'll never tell em, but till those are open I aint driving down XD 
That said damn, still no estimation or "I heard" even? Oof. Well, hopefully it'll be open by May. I hope to do some coaster traveling as a graduation gift to myself :D

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^I am in a similar situation. I haven't been to Florida since 2007, when I was in grade school and too short to ride many things. I am dying to go back. But I'm not even gonna look at flights until Iron Gwazi, VelociCoaster, and Ice Breaker are all open!

Florida really is the place to be in 2021.

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This doesn't really apply to SLC but I sometimes wonder if people really even price out flights to Orlando. We're flying there this weekend and we paid $11. We go constantly. Nobody in the midwest or northeast should have to pay more than like $30-$40 ever to fly there unless they choose to splurge on a more comfortable seat for 2 hours.

 

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Texas can be cheap, too.  Going to SFFT for $18 RT on Allegiant next weekend.

 

I got to Florida for $40 RT in December for a fun weekend.  I imagine I'll be back late summer and fall a couple times with new coasters and cheap flights.

 

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Question for passholders, maybe Bill or someone else who goes frequently here can help. I've got the Florida 4 parks Gold Pass and I get some free tickets through it. In the past to redeem those tickets you go a kiosk or the ticket window, scan your pass, get your tickets, then go about your day. With covid restrictions and having to have a reservation, the website says you still have to redeem your free tickets at the park on the day of your visit, but then have to also make a reservation to use those tickets. Is there anyway to get those tickets in advance to make a reservation? I haven't heard of SeaWorld or BGT reaching capacity anytime recently but I'd hate to make a trip down there to redeem my tickets then not be able to make a reservation to get in lol.

 

Also, anyone know if the free tickets are only valid on the day you redeem them? Or only valid at the park you redeem them? Like I can't go to SeaWorld this weekend, get my free tickets, then use them at Busch Gardens a month later right?

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I don't know the answer to that question but I would suggest calling them. The people who answer the phone for that chain are great (which is weird since I would have expected them to fire all of them and outsource it by now). They can probably make the reservation for you. They won't hit capacity, but I agree... I would want the peace of mind of having the reservation.

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Texas can be cheap, too.  Going to SFFT for $18 RT on Allegiant next weekend.

 

I got to Florida for $40 RT in December for a fun weekend.  I imagine I'll be back late summer and fall a couple times with new coasters and cheap flights.

 

Yeah we're doing Texas at the end of next month. Less than $50 each way per person... and that's on a real airline!

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Was at the park yesterday. Iron Gwazi pretty much looks the same, I assume it can open whenever they decide to open it!  Had a great few hours at the park. 

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I think I asked this in the forum before, but does anyone know if there's a "pre lift" section through the tunnel that used to be there on the original Gwazi?  I always thought it was so cool how they came out of the station and crossed each other before the lift.  Wondering if RMC did anything similar as a nod?  Or something funky like before the lift on some of the newer RMCs.

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On 1/9/2021 at 7:13 PM, Mike240SX said:

If anyone's interested, the park has posted the ride maintenance schedule for the first quarter of 2021.

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

Jan 5-15 Sheikra
Jan 25-29 Scorpion
Feb 1-5 Elmo's Safari Go Round
Feb 8-12 Big Bird's Whirlie Birdie
Feb 15-19 The Count's Cars
Feb 22-26 Dessert Runners
Mar 1-12 Kumba

Damn. I didn't know Busch Gardens closed for two weeks in March.

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On 1/25/2021 at 11:08 AM, thrillseeker4552 said:

^I am in a similar situation. I haven't been to Florida since 2007, when I was in grade school and too short to ride many things. I am dying to go back. But I'm not even gonna look at flights until Iron Gwazi, VelociCoaster, and Ice Breaker are all open!

Florida really is the place to be in 2021.

What a shame too, I was living in FL until July....I was so stoked for IG but what can you do? Oh yes forgot Ice Breaker! No doubt FL 2021 is looking like a big year. Deff hoping all of these will be open by June (wishful thinking?)

 

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On 1/25/2021 at 11:13 AM, coasterbill said:

This doesn't really apply to SLC but I sometimes wonder if people really even price out flights to Orlando. We're flying there this weekend and we paid $11. We go constantly. Nobody in the midwest or northeast should have to pay more than like $30-$40 ever to fly there unless they choose to splurge on a more comfortable seat for 2 hours.

 

Interesting. Where do you find these flights? 
I mean that sounds almost unbelievable! For that damn cheap I'd nix my road trip and just fly to Orlando and rent a car to get around. 

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