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P. 359: Iron Gwazi opens on March 11th, 2022!

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^ I was at the park today too for the I.G. platinum preview. They shut the ride down just as I boarded the train around 4 and we were ready for dispatch. I left after an hour of waiting, and being told it was down for high winds. 🤣 No other ride went down at the park during that time including Falcon's Fury their drop tower. If that was true, I guess it will be closed all hurricane season...

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^Haha yep, I stood in line and waited that one out until finally riding a little after 6pm (my third ride). That wind closure was definitely strange. Obviously it's more windy 206 feet in the air than on the ground but if they're running Falcon's Fury it makes you raise an eyebrow.

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Yeah this past summer there was a day when stuff was open and closed randomly for high winds. I totally understand the policy but it seemed fairly inconsistent that day which was frustrating. We were in line for Kumba when it closed for winds, waited 10 or 15 minutes and could see that Tigris was still operating so we walked over there only to have Tigris close by the time we got there, all while looking up and Falcon's Fury was open the whole time. It is what it is, just can be frustrating.

 

How were the lines for the passholder previews this past weekend? I feel like I saw some pictures on twitter of long lines prior to opening stretching all the way back to the entrance plaza but couldn't tell how long the actual wait was. Anyone stay the whole time to know if the lines were lighter at the end of the preview window?

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3 hours ago, coasternut said:

^ I hear what you're saying, but for a new ride that's just poor design... Today's forecast is for breezy conditions. Let's see what happens.

Don't worry I was joking, it goes like an absolute rocket through the death roll and the whole layout. 

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Today was a great day for Iron Gwazi. What a difference a day make! The previews opened with the park at 10. Dispatches were great - more often less than every 100 seconds as displayed by their countdown clock on the screen showing lap bar status. I went from 1 ride on Sunday to 20 today. I love it!!! 🤪

The wait times were no longer than 5 minutes all day today, plus no wind issues or other maintenance problems while I was there. I certainly spent a lot of time riding there today.

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I was at the park yesterday - Tuesday and Iron Gwazi was running great!!! IMO it was windier yesterday than on Sunday and no shutdowns. My 2 day platinum pass preview total is 55. I'm loving it. 🤪

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^Great to hear! I am hoping to make it back to the park on Friday with lower crowds (at least lower than what they were on Sunday). It is the first day for Gold pass members but I can't imagine it will have the same kind of rush as the first day of Platinum did.

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Alright y'all,

I am heading down with a group for Spring Break to FL and we are going to BGT. Unfortunately, we are down during the week that Iron Gwazi opens but will likely have to go sometime between the 7-10th of March. We already have some standard tickets that we have to use but were also looking into the fun cards for the 2 days that are labelled as preview days. So with that, I wanted to ask: 

1. How have the previews been working? Are they sticklers for who has the passes, or are you likely able to get a ride in even if you aren't a passholder?

2. Are they still doing some soft-openings the days that are not marked? (i.e, the 8th/9th of March that are sandwiched between the 2 "Fun Card" days)?

3. Would they let a group go in if some have passes and others do not?

And for some context- we are college students that got access to a few free tickets and are splitting the costs of the rest. We will try to get fun cards so we can attend those days but I want to get a feel for how BGT is running this show and if it is even worth it to have some fun cards and some not. Seems a lot more strict than when Velocicoaster was just essentially open for months before the official date. Thanks everyone!

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1 hour ago, ngt4 said:

Alright y'all,

I am heading down with a group for Spring Break to FL and we are going to BGT. Unfortunately, we are down during the week that Iron Gwazi opens but will likely have to go sometime between the 7-10th of March. We already have some standard tickets that we have to use but were also looking into the fun cards for the 2 days that are labelled as preview days. So with that, I wanted to ask: 

1. How have the previews been working? Are they sticklers for who has the passes, or are you likely able to get a ride in even if you aren't a passholder?

2. Are they still doing some soft-openings the days that are not marked? (i.e, the 8th/9th of March that are sandwiched between the 2 "Fun Card" days)?

3. Would they let a group go in if some have passes and others do not?

And for some context- we are college students that got access to a few free tickets and are splitting the costs of the rest. We will try to get fun cards so we can attend those days but I want to get a feel for how BGT is running this show and if it is even worth it to have some fun cards and some not. Seems a lot more strict than when Velocicoaster was just essentially open for months before the official date. Thanks everyone!

They are checking each person's pass. If one person does not have the necessary pass, even if the rest of their group does, they are unable to ride.

The park has, however, been more lax with the operating hours for Gwazi. The previews were initially advertised as 12pm to 6pm but they have been opening it with the park and taking it to park close on some days, if not most days. But if you do not have the necessary pass I would not expect to be able to ride.

No word on if they are doing public soft opening days like VC but I doubt it since these previews have extended a month long and been very popular. I would not set any expectations for it. I would definitely try to get Fun Cards and go on the Fun Card days if you want to guarantee a ride.

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31 minutes ago, The username said:

Currently scheming to be first in line for IG when it opens to the public on march 11th. This will be the first time I've ever attended a new roller coaster opening, what all should I expect?

Unnecessarily long lines for the same experience as you could have a week later for a fraction of the wait time. Plus the rest of the park will be equally swamped with the people who didn’t realize the Iron Gwazi line would be so bad.

If you truly “must be first” you’ll need to plan to get to the parking lot early (several hours before park opening) and be prepared to wait in your car until the toll plazas open.

There may be some gratification that comes from riding on opening day or being among the first, but ask yourself how much that is worth. The ride operated previously for employees in 2020 and has been doing passholder previews for weeks. You’ll be far from the first to ride.

What can you expect from attending on opening day? A less enjoyable version of an enjoyable day at Busch Gardens a week to two weeks later.

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^I think you said it perfectly.

I went for the first "real" public day (the first Platinum day on the 13th) and it was a ZOO of people. The line was monstrous. I came back days later and it was 10-20 minutes at most. I definitely didn't regret going on "opening" day but, I can't say it was super enjoyable either. It didn't help that the park had two of their major attractions closed for refurbishment anyway so even more people didn't care about exploring around the park and they just stuck by Gwazi.

I had this situation with Velocicoaster's opening last summer. I was vacationing with my family and the only way we could fit in Universal was to go on June 10th (VC's opening day), or about a week later on the 18th. We opted for the 18th instead and I am so glad we did. It was obviously crowded but the initial "I gotta be first!" hype that I saw on social media had worn down by then and it was perfectly enjoyable and less crowded (for Universal's standards).

So yeah, if you wanna ride Iron Gwazi on opening day, by all means do it because it's a freakin' awesome ride. But like @jedimaster1227said, get there way way early if you must.

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17 hours ago, The username said:

Thanks for the input, I'm from out of state and how my universities spring break works out opening day is really the only chance I'm gonna get. 

Makes sense. The timing won’t be ideal from a park experience standpoint so I’d absolutely recommend buying Quick Queue or Quick Queue Unlimited (which includes one-time Quick Queue access for Iron Gwazi) that way you aren’t as pressed for time to experience the park’s other coasters. Go straight to Iron Gwazi once the park opens and ride as much in standby as you can before it gets too busy. Then you’ve got your Quick Queue options to plan the rest of your day.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/upgrades/quick-queue/

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March 11 QQ....$30 extra for a single lap opening weekend on IG. Ouch. It was $50. Pretty sure the reg unl has gone up $20 the last couple weeks.

Have fun in the park. Hopefully things worked out well and you find a way to get a few laps during the day. Obv. show up early and get the first ride without a QQ. 

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Atleast Sheikra and Montu will be back open by then, should help spread the crowds out a bit. We went for IG preview on a Sunday a few weeks back and the park was crowded but man without those two coasters open everything else had an hour + line. Even Kumba which seems like it never gets a line longer than 20-30 minutes. 

 

Also Iron Gwazi is fantastic. As far as rankings I think Maverick is still comfortably in the top spot for me, but Gwazi is below it right along with Lightning Rod, and Steel Vengance. Gwazi really surprised me, that first drop is insane, the pull out after the stall really caught me off guard, great pacing, and man that wave turn over the station was so good. 

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Will Sheikra and Montu be open? We had been leaning towards not going due to them being closed. Those two being open would definitely help disperse the load for everything else.

EditNvm I see that they have them both to reopen on March 4th

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Ooooof

https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/attractions/2022/03/03/busch-gardens-removes-beams-from-iron-gwazi-after-guest-hits-hand

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TAMPA, Fla. — Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has modified its new Iron Gwazi coaster after a guest said they struck their hand on a beam while riding.

The theme park confirmed with Spectrum News on Thursday that two beams were removed from the attraction following the incident.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the morning after this situation, crews removed two beams from the area where the guest reported this situation occurred,” Busch Gardens said in a statement. “We took the precautionary step to remove them as part of our commitment to the health and safety of guests.”

The guest, according to the park, declined any medical treatment.

“The safety of our guests is our highest priority and all of our rides are designed and installed according to all applicable standards, manufacturer specifications and include specific ride restrictions for the safety of our guests,” the statement said.

The change comes ahead of Iron Gwazi’s official opening on March 11. The ride have been open to pass members for previews in recent weeks.

The hybrid coaster, manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, reaches speeds of up to 76 mph and plunges riders from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop.

SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens’ sister park, also recently made changes to its new Ice Breaker coaster. The park raised the coaster’s minimum height requirement due to “operational issues with smaller riders.”

 

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Don't quote me on this but apparently these are the beams in question. They're being cut down a bit.

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