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

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1 hour ago, B&MBoy1982 said:

Did they confirm that it was closed for maintenance or was it a Covid thing?  

Hope to ride it again in June!

If by “closed for Covid” you mean “closed because it’s one less ride to maintain and staff” then yes, it was closed due to Covid 😅🤪

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I kinda assumed this ride would never operate again and they would quietly close it but glad to see it may open! I'm not a big fan of these rides but anything to take in more crowds and add to the park's capacity sounds good to me.

I really, really want this park to get a Screamin' Swing or a Giant Discovery - they could really use some help in the flat rides department now that Iron Gwazi is open and their coaster lineup is perfectly topped off for the time being. And neither of these flats exist anywhere in Florida.

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1 hour ago, thrillseeker4552 said:

I kinda assumed this ride would never operate again and they would quietly close it but glad to see it may open! I'm not a big fan of these rides but anything to take in more crowds and add to the park's capacity sounds good to me.

I really, really want this park to get a Screamin' Swing or a Giant Discovery - they could really use some help in the flat rides department now that Iron Gwazi is open and their coaster lineup is perfectly topped off for the time being. And neither of these flats exist anywhere in Florida.

There's a screamin swing sitting in the parking lot behind Kumba so at this point I'm assuming that will be the addition for 2023. 

I should say I can't 100% confirm that it's a screamin swing but there are crates and two large cylindrical tanks that look exactly like the compressed air tanks for screaming swing rides, in the parking lot behind Kumba and visible from the lift hill. I'm pretty sure this rumor has been around for a while and I'd kind of forgotten about it but I saw the tanks last myself last weekend. 

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1 hour ago, Hilltopper39 said:

There's a screamin swing sitting in the parking lot behind Kumba so at this point I'm assuming that will be the addition for 2023. 

I should say I can't 100% confirm that it's a screamin swing but there are crates and two large cylindrical tanks that look exactly like the compressed air tanks for screaming swing rides, in the parking lot behind Kumba and visible from the lift hill. I'm pretty sure this rumor has been around for a while and I'd kind of forgotten about it but I saw the tanks last myself last weekend. 

Would make complete sense as SEAS has recently put them in at BGW and SWSA.  I am all for them adding Screaming Swings to all their parks, they are one of my favorite flat rides.

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1 hour ago, coasterbill said:

I know that we all want to laugh, but maybe he’s using a 56k AOL free trial dial up connection and he hit the post button 5 days ago. Be nice. 😂 

Shhhhh.. I know from my years of hanging out with my Vancouver & Toronto friends that time works differently in Canada.

(when they show up, they show up)

 

hmmmm. . maybe Frontier is a Canadian Airline?

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Finally got my Iron Gwazi ride. 
Waited about 35 minutes as soon as the park opened. When we got off the ride, it was 120 minutes. 
I liked it. Still partial to Steel Vengeance with the longer track length and the trip through the wooden structure. 
one this: they NEED a single rider line. The train before us had 5 empty seats out of 24. Fill every seat and reduce the wait times. 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, bert425 said:

Shhhhh.. I know from my years of hanging out with my Vancouver & Toronto friends that time works differently in Canada.

(when they show up, they show up)

 

hmmmm. . maybe Frontier is a Canadian Airline?

Sorry buddy for not following the site 24/7!!!!!!  Maybe I'm not geeky enough?!!!🤭😉

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38 minutes ago, ricklap77 said:

Sorry buddy for not following the site 24/7!!!!!!  Maybe I'm not geeky enough?!!!🤭😉

Lol. My post was a shot at Bill and his love of Frontier 😜

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We will be in Florida next weekend for Saturday and Sunday going to Seaward and Busch Gardens to ride the new coasters. We have all day Saturday but will need to leave about 5 on Sunday.We have been to both parks before so riding everything is not necessary. My question is - Should we go to Busch on Saturday and have all day but larger crowds or Sunday with slightly smaller crowds but a much shorter day? I know we could get the Quick Que (It is $129 to $179 depend on the level) but I would to hear opinions without this option. Thanks in advance.

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personally?  I'd absolutely take the longer day at BGT. . and just hope Iron Gwazi draws much of the crowd leaving most everything else not too bad.

there's SO much to do at BGT in addition to the rides (not the same I feel at SW), that I'd rather have the longer day there. . . even if you end up waiting a long time for a ride on IG.

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So I work for a delivery company, and my delivery area is out near Clermont Steel Fabricators!  
 

I pulled over to organize my next few stops, as it’s a somewhat busy 2 lane road. 
 

I see these.  
 

4 or 5 sections.  Perfect timing since Kumba is going down for annual soon!

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While perfectly plausible this could be for a few track sections on Kumba (I don't see it listed on the website as going down soon?), I also wouldn't discount this being for SeaWorld Orlando since they are quick ramping up construction.

It could also be for something overseas since they are building a new B&M just about every day. Thanks for sharing!

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8 hours ago, jedimaster1227 said:

^Signs out front of the Cheetah Hunt area entrance advise of a Summer 2022 reopening.

 

8 hours ago, coasternut said:

^ I thought it was posted to open this summer.

What is Busch Gardens' definition of summer?

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Seeking advice!

Doing a no-Disney Florida trip 4/24-5/2. Will be at Universal Sunday thru Thursday. Rented a car Friday through Monday when we leave at 2:30. I bought a 2 day 2 park ticket to use at Seaworld and BGT. 

My current plan is to go to Seaworld on Friday and Busch on Sunday and avoid Saturday. I've been to Seaworld once (on a weekday in January like 10 years ago, it was deserted) and dont plan on getting QQ, as there's plenty of time in one day to hit everything they have to offer. I've never been to BGT so I have,no idea what to expect for crowds on a Sunday mid spring now that spring break is over but summer vacations aren't starting yet. QQ unlimited is $100 and then $130 to include 1 ride on Iron Gwazi. Obviously I want a ride or two on that, but otherwise I'll be happy to spend most of the day on the B&Ms. Should I plan on buying QQ (and can I buy it in the park if necessary or does it sell out?) or are Sundays in early May not too bad?

Also, if anyone has any strategy advice on what to hit early/late to avoid crowds as well as best food at each park, any help is great! Really looking forward to especially BGT but there's so much new to me stuff at all the parks so the whole week will be a blast.

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1 hour ago, Zand said:

Seeking advice!

Doing a no-Disney Florida trip 4/24-5/2. Will be at Universal Sunday thru Thursday. Rented a car Friday through Monday when we leave at 2:30. I bought a 2 day 2 park ticket to use at Seaworld and BGT. 

My current plan is to go to Seaworld on Friday and Busch on Sunday and avoid Saturday. I've been to Seaworld once (on a weekday in January like 10 years ago, it was deserted) and dont plan on getting QQ, as there's plenty of time in one day to hit everything they have to offer. I've never been to BGT so I have,no idea what to expect for crowds on a Sunday mid spring now that spring break is over but summer vacations aren't starting yet. QQ unlimited is $100 and then $130 to include 1 ride on Iron Gwazi. Obviously I want a ride or two on that, but otherwise I'll be happy to spend most of the day on the B&Ms. Should I plan on buying QQ (and can I buy it in the park if necessary or does it sell out?) or are Sundays in early May not too bad?

Also, if anyone has any strategy advice on what to hit early/late to avoid crowds as well as best food at each park, any help is great! Really looking forward to especially BGT but there's so much new to me stuff at all the parks so the whole week will be a blast.

I'm pretty sure you can buy the QQ in the park if you need it; one of the more frequent visitors will chime in if I'm wrong.

Cheetah Chase is an Intamin so it's like to go up and down all day; I'd head there first.  Then grab Montu and Cobra's Curse (if spinning coasters are your thing) and make your way around the rest.  Sand Serpent might get a line since it's a Wild Mouse, not sure.  Note that if it's anything like my trip in February 2021, most of the park won't start operating until an hour or two after opening, so good luck with that.

As for food, the only thing I had was the pretzels from the place near Scorpion, and they are incredible.

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Piggybacking off several points made above:

- If you want to ride all the coasters, Cheetah Hunt and Cobra’s Curse MUST be ridden first, as both are very popular and low capacity

- Yes, there are usually staggered openings for a lot of rides in the back of the park, like Kumba, Falcon’s Fury, etc. Not sure if this holds true on weekends, though

- I will also recommend Twisted Tails (pretzel place), those things are absolute fire

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