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P. 357: Iron Gwazi Officially Opening March 2022!

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6 hours ago, dlasflyer said:

Anyone heard anything about the Skyride? If they aren't ever going to open it, maybe they should tear it down

Their three-station Sky Ride requires quite a bit of staff to operate. I'm sure that once the staffing issues go away, it'll re-open.

EDIT: Thought I was in the BGW thread, thus the three-station comment.  Either way, Sky Rides do take a bunch of people to run.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced one of their new houses for Howl-O-Scream 2021, The Forgotten!

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https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/haunted-houses/the-forgotten/

Dark discoveries await in the underground vampire realm

Victims will be drawn into a hidden world beyond the rubble and rocks of an unsuspecting quarry, where dark secrets lurk in the shadows. Just beyond a hidden gutter entrance, the legend of the human uprising is revealed as a swarm of starving vampires plot their imminent revenge. Will those who enter return to the world of the living or are they destined to become the newest minion of the Forgotten army?

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I was at the park yesterday for a few hours.

They opened the security lines at 9:45 a.m. and didn't test the coasters until around 9:50. I got the first Cheetah Hunt train of the day and with 1 station open, that line builds up fast. By the time I rode Cobra's Curse and Montu and walked back past Cheetah Hunt, the line had a posted hour wait with the line almost to the entrance. Later in the day the posted wait time was 2 1/2 hours.

I didn't realize that a lot of the rides don't open until 11 a.m. Scorpion, Sand Serpent, Kumba, Congo River Rapids, log flume and I think the bumper cars were all closed. In a park with so few rides that seems to be a problem on crowded days.

Montu was running 1 train that I thought might be because it was early but seeing the ride having a 60 minute wait for some of the day today and longer waits compared to usual over the last few days, it might be an all day thing. Tigris was also closed all day yesterday and today.

All passholders got $10 in Busch Bucks this month that could be printed from a kiosk (how to actually get the Busch Bucks was not mentioned in the e-mail they sent out). Combined with the 50% off Platinum Pass discount, it was nice to be able to get around $21 worth of merchandise for just over $1.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced two more houses that will be found at this year's Howl-O-Scream!

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https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/haunted-houses/cell-block-zombies/

NEW CELL BLOCK ZOMBIES

Welcome to Purgatory Penitentiary, where afterlife sentences are served with a vengeance. Incarceration is just the beginning, as maniacal guards shuffle fresh meat down dark and lawless paths for processing. Surviving the prison yard leads to maximum security and confinement that is anything but solitary. There are only two options for inmates here: breakout alive or be devoured in detention.

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https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/haunted-houses/death-water-bayou/

 

NEW TERRORS WILL STALK THE SWAMP THIS SEASON – CAN YOU OUTRUN THE PACK?

The voodoo chants have died off, replaced by blood-curdling howls…and your screams. Dark magic has manifested into darker curses, as ravenous werewolves claw their way through the bayou on the hunt for human flesh. Beneath the midnight sky, the moonlight reveals glowing eyes, bloodstained teeth and an inescapable fate for all who enter the swamp.

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Maybe BGT can use IG's queue and station for one of the haunted houses. It could count toward ridership numbers and they probably won't even have to take the decorations down for next year.

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More event details for this year's Howl-O-Scream have been announced! 

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https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/haunted-houses/witch-of-the-woods/

NEW: WITCH OF THE WOODS

Something wicked this way haunts…an ominous legend summons you with her inescapable curse.

Curiosity has brought many travelers into this dark forest, but only bone-chilling stories and dying screams make their way out. With each step deeper into the woods, the prospect of survival quickly fades as demonic disciples hunt wandering intruders through their abandoned village. Human sacrifices are chased to the witch’s altar, where dark fates are sealed with more than spells. 

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https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/attractions/

SCARE ZONES

NEW: VOODOO

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Driven out of the bayou by ravenous werewolves, the witch doctors now practice their dark magic on you as they pursue their twisted revenge through ancient curses.

NEW: SKELETON CREW

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Rising from their watery grave, shipwrecked pirates seek to plunder the world of the living, taking all lost souls as their bounty.

NEW: IN THE SHADOWS

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Eerie legends and horrifying myths passed down through centuries of ghost stories have gathered in the woods, turning wary skeptics into doomed believers.

THE SHORTCUT

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Cutting through the cemetery may seem like an easy way out, except when the corpses rise from the ground only to drag you back into their graves with them.

THE JUNKYARD

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You’ll find more than spare parts as you rummage through this surly scrap site. Will you make it out in one piece or be devoured by the haunted rubble?

LITTLE NIGHTMARES

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Take a creepy walk down memory lane to the bygone era of papier-mâché masks and homemade costumes sure to stir up the nightmares of your childhood.

DEADLY TOYS

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You can run but you cannot hide as giant toys spring to life in a murderous rampage with you in their sights. Childhood memories will be destroyed when these toys turn a play date into a slay date.

HIDDEN SCARE ZONE & ROAMING HORDES

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Beware of the hidden zone and roaming hoardes...just when you think you know what's coming, untold horrors lurk in the darkness awaiting your arrival.

GHOULISH ENTERTAINMENT

FIENDS

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These captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their raucous dance party on the Festival Field Stage. Bring your depraved sense of humor as the deranged doctor takes his motley crew on a wild vacation to Las Vegas.

THE ROLLING BONES

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As guests dine between devilish destinations, the live performance of this skeleton band lights up Dragon Fire Grill with epic covers of classic rock anthems.

COASTERS & THRILL RIDES

CRASH TEST ZOMBIES

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Buckle up for an extra bumpy ride where the road rage from your fellow travelers includes a monstrous appetite for human brains.

TIGRIS

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Catapult through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward & backward motion.

COBRA'S CURSE

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Come face-to-fang on this immersive one-of-a-kind spinning roller coaster.

CHEETAH HUNT

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Race through Busch Gardens on this thrilling triple-launch roller coaster.

SHEIKRA

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200 feet from the sky, 90° straight down - ride this extreme roller coaster if you dare.

FALCON'S FURY

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Drop 300 feet face-down on North America's tallest freestanding drop tower.

MONTU

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Challenge yourself to seven intense inversions on this award-winning coaster.

KUMBA

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Experience the roar on the legendary steel coaster, Kumba.

SCORPION

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Twist and turn with a 360° vertical loop and speeds of 50 miles per hour.

SANDSERPENT

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Zip, zoom & climb through the air on this "wild-mouse" style coaster.

MORE EERIE EXPERIENCES

NEW: BLOOD BAR

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Fuel up on liquid courage at an ALL-NEW ghoulishly-themed outdoor bar!

On your way to “The Forgotten” be sure to stop by and pick your poison from bewitching brews and cocktails served by sinister creatures of the dark. After all, our vampires prefer their victims with a little more flavor in their bloodstream.

SIGNATURE HOWL-O-SCREAM COCKTAILS

  • Swamp Water 
    • Milagro Tequila, Flor de Caña Rum, Beefeater Gin, Monin Granny Apple
  • Witch’s Brew
    • Tito’s Vodka, Blue Curacao, Grenadine, Cranberry Juice
  • The Bite Jell-O Syringe Shot
    • Milagro Tequila, Berry Jell-O

Plus a selection of beer, hard seltzers and spirits.

SHOP OF HORRORS

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Be sure to stop by the Shop of Horrors featuring the latest Howl-O-Scream fashions including shirts, hats, ghoulish sweatshirts and haunting gifts. 

GAMES

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Test your luck at DarkHeart’s Games of Skill, located in Pantopia. A plethora of classic and new-age carnival games means there’s something for everyone’s taste. You can also win prizes at several other games around the park!

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Iron Gwazi opening date may be announced soon. Rumors say it'll be running during the Halloween event. Q&A event with staff on video floating around where they suggest it's coming soon and keep an eye on social media.

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On 8/14/2021 at 12:03 AM, tndank said:

Iron Gwazi opening date may be announced soon. Rumors say it'll be running during the Halloween event. Q&A event with staff on video floating around where they suggest it's coming soon and keep an eye on social media.

Here's hoping, we are going to be there right before Christmas,I Hope Please GIF

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Oh wow! I was coming on here basically to ask "ANY word on the IG/Pantheon/Ice Breaker" lol I hope this is true. I am likely going to FL in November, would be nice to grab this while there. 

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Welp, guess I'll just have to take last years Busch Gardens/SeaWorld trip from Spring Break 2021 and run it back for 2022. Not really surprised here but atleast it's official now.

 

Edit: Just read through the comments on some of the socials and it looks like they're offering anyone who had an pass from September of 2019 through now that will NOT have an active pass in spring of 2022 an opportunity to ride Iron Gwazi. There's a link where you can submit your eligibility and I'm guessing there will be some previews at some point ahead of the opening. Kudos to BGT for offering this, they certainly don't have to offer that but pretty cool that they are.

 

There's also a comment from BGT on their Instagram feed saying that "active pass members will get Exclusive Ride time and other exclusives leading up to the new addition, stay tuned for more details". Maybe there's still some hope for some passholder previews before March of 2022.

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We were going to stop there in December but already have a pretty packed trip (which is a bigger family Christmas trip) so we may just wait on BGT until spring break time. At least we have time to think about it. Disappointed because I was really hoping to get on it while we were already going to be in Orlando and Clearwater the two weeks leading up to Christmas. Oh well.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I'm not sure how new this change is but I was looking at Adventure Island's hours and saw they are now open year round. Last time I looked at their calendar a few weeks ago, closing day was in the middle of November.

https://adventureisland.com/park-info/water-park-hours/

I'm glad I now won't have to go to Orlando any time I want to go to a water park over the winter although I still want to try Aquatica.

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  • 3 weeks later...

As much as I saw the park ambulance running around I bet they spent more on picking up people from passing out in the heat walking 10 miles around the park since they can't staff the sky ride or train properly 😐  Staff the necessary transportation rides so you don't have to suffer in the heat.

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13 hours ago, PKI Jizzman said:

As much as I saw the park ambulance running around I bet they spent more on picking up people from passing out in the heat walking 10 miles around the park since they can't staff the sky ride or train properly 😐  Staff the necessary transportation rides so you don't have to suffer in the heat.

This is very true. I had no idea how large the park was until I visited for the first time. Getting from one corner of the park to the other is quite the trek.

Luckily the weather should be getting *slightly* more tolerable in the coming months, but I would love to finally get on the sky ride and I think lots of people would appreciate it being open.

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