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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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I was looking into buying a Platinum Pass and had 2 questions after reading their website.

The bring a friend free tickets states "Free Guest Tickets: Valid for Silver, Gold, and Florida Platinum Passes. Limited per Pass Member per initial term to your choice of Florida park(s) of membership excluding Discovery Cove. Parking not included. Valid for one-time use per ticket for one Single-Day admission. Pass Members must accompany guests for entry."

Does anyone know if that means you get them every year you renew or just the first year? Intial term made me question if it was just a one time offer the first year.

I also saw you can't reserve 2 parks for the same day.  Has anyone been able to visit both Adventure Island and Busch Gardens Tampa on the same day if it was a low crowd day? I thought they might not turn you away from the second park if there was plenty of capacity.

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If they change perks again next year, they will switch people over after a certain date.  So yeah, renew again, you'll get next year's perks.  If they keep it the same, you'll get a fresh batch of tickets when you renew.

Yes on both parks. Looks like plenty have gone to multiple parks without issue.  Almost remember seeing you can reserve a 2nd park on the morning of your initial reservation.  Almost like it's processed and you're cleared to reserve again.  Perhaps after they scan it.  Either way, you wont have a problem.  

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With Velocicoaster opening on June 10, I wonder if we will see an announcement for Iron Gwazi soon? Or maybe BGT doesn't care at all?

I imagine they are still dealing with the financial issues with RMC that were brought up last year. I can't think of another reason they're holding off opening such a highly anticipated coaster.

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23 hours ago, tndank said:

Parks are packed right now.  Why open something new?  I would imagine it ends up being mid/end May.

 

This.  Is Buch Gardens hitting their attendance cap?  If so, there's no incentive to open the ride right now if their attendance is already maxed out.

It stinks for people planning trips and it's a tease knowing they probably are ready to open, but it's in the park's best interests to ensure they get a proper ROI on their new attraction.  In the long run, it's better for us too since it'll help fund future additions.  I have to admit I am a bit skeptical of the "Anticipated 2021" wording.  I get not opening the ride in spring, but the fact they used anticipated instead of just saying 2021 makes me question how long they want to hold off.

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Tease indeed. Planning has been quite a pain and when I finally pulled the trigger assuming this will be open....not so sure now esp with Universal doing a June opening : / Thing is I got limited income so if IG isnt gunna be open when I'm in FL I aint going. If Ice Breaker isnt open Im nixing Orlando fully to save time/$  but yeah the park has to do what it feels best, and the loss of my single admission isnt gunna break them XD

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^Around Memorial Day, very.  Last year? Nope! On the weekends? Yes.  When exactly are you looking at?

Also note, that ALL parks this year seem to be VERY Crowded both due to pent up demand and lower capacity. 

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Never been to BGT, looking at visiting June 18-20 and just hoping that it'll be open. Orrrr just tell us when it'll open so I could plan a visit to Animal Kingdom or something instead. Really, if it's opening on Christmas that's great I just wish we knew soon haha.

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4 hours ago, PKI Jizzman said:

Never been to BGT, looking at visiting June 18-20 and just hoping that it'll be open. Orrrr just tell us when it'll open so I could plan a visit to Animal Kingdom or something instead. Really, if it's opening on Christmas that's great I just wish we knew soon haha.

the Kangaroo/Wallaby walkthru is great!

It's one of our favorite "non-ride" areas of the park.

you can feed em too.  . and they have this very helpful sign there to advise:
 

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My kids went through the up charge Kangaroo insider tour on our most recent trip and it was really fun for them. Just a heads up but If you're interested in any of the insider tours book them as early as you can since the prices will go up. My oldest wanted to do the Sloth tour and about 3 months prior to our trip it was like $50, but then the week before it was all the way up to close to $90 (which is why we changed to the kangaroo tour for about $25 lol).

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On 4/11/2021 at 12:15 AM, SharkTums said:

^Around Memorial Day, very.  Last year? Nope! On the weekends? Yes.  When exactly are you looking at?

Also note, that ALL parks this year seem to be VERY Crowded both due to pent up demand and lower capacity. 

Tues, Wed, Thurs the week before Memorial Day.

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^It won't be terrible but many Florida schools are already out by then so keep that in mind.  For example, Orlando's last day for 200k students is May 25.  Tampa IS still in school that week.  Not as many 'school trips' for the end of the year but some schools and groups have started back up.  In other words, it won't be empty but it will be better than Summer, Spring Break, or Holidays.

 

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