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BGW *needs* another coaster that more families can ride together.

 

Agreed. Even though I don't personally have children, parks with nothing but thrill rides and toddler rides quickly bore me. I want variety. Which is why I think it's great that Busch Gardens are going with Intamin rather than another B&M. And the lapbar thing positively has me elated.

 

I wonder if the new owners want more easily pronounced/understood names? Isn't BGW's new drop tower called, like Drop_Tower_1 or something?

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BGW *needs* another coaster that more families can ride together. Remember, they took out the 42" Wild Maus, took out the 42" Big Bad Wolf, and while they did replace the Wild Mouse with the 42" DarKastle, they recently have gotten the 54" Griffon for older kids and the Sesame Street area for toddlers. So they are still down one "inbetween" ride. BGW currently has a need for a major attraction than attracts families.

 

--Robb

 

I agree with this--lack of a "true family" coaster was the biggest complaint among people in the Williamsburg area when BBW was removed (riding it was sort of a "rite of passage" for local kids).

 

If Ted Nugent sponsored this ride, you'd have to hunt cheetah with a bow and arrow. I'm hoping for "I-305 style" restraints.

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I'm hoping for "I-305 style" restraints.

 

Instead of lapbars??

 

Actually, I think they would be more accomodating for larger riders, but I missed any mention of the restraints . . . but let's not get into that again.

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I just can't comprehend taking a zero-g roll with just a lap bar (keeping in mind that Blue Fire and the X-car coasters have their restraint at the hip).

I assume it wouldn't be much different than when Chiller had lap bars? It seemed fine to me...and FUN!

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They may be talking about "over the shoulder lap bars" like I305 has. unfortunately

If you look at the videos and artworks that would make sense.

Please read the thread. This has already been brought up and the answer was quoted from the Facebook chat this morning.

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I must be the only one that is slightly disappointed. I mean the theming will be amazing as usual. Busch always gets that right, but I am not all that excited about the coaster. I thought the launch would be at least 70 or more. The name is horrendous. Why would they pick such a bad name for such a big coaster? And I personally think the train looks awful (if that is really how it will look.) I guess we will have to see how this puppy (or cheetah) rides come next year. It definitely will be more of a family coaster.

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I actually hope that BGE is NOT like BGT's coaster... I would prefer an iSpeed style coaster BUT! I can tell they are looking for a family audience for these coasters thus the 48" height limit.

I think if BGW's was more like iSpeed that would be a huge mistake. If what they are getting to replace Big Bad Wolf is similar to Cheetah Hunt then they are replacing what used to be a 42" height restriction ride with one that is 48", which is already quite a large difference. But replacing that ride with yet another 52" or 54" height restriction coaster, which is what rides like Maverick, iSpeed, Storm Runner, Fahrenheit are, would be a big mistake to me.

 

BGW *needs* another coaster that more families can ride together. Remember, they took out the 42" Wild Maus, took out the 42" Big Bad Wolf, and while they did replace the Wild Mouse with the 42" DarKastle, they recently have gotten the 54" Griffon for older kids and the Sesame Street area for toddlers. So they are still down one "inbetween" ride. BGW currently has a need for a major attraction than attracts families.

 

--Robb

 

I agree with you Robb that BGW does lack a sense of family coasters. Though this coaster would not be equal to BBW in family accommodation, its still an improvement over the now.

 

Back to Cheetah Hunt, I'm still trying to imagine a barrel roll with only a lap bar... I hope to get down and ride this thing in a few years...

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Wow, that looks great. If that's a "family coaster" then it's going to be the most awesome family coaster ever! Even though I liked the name Cheetaka more, it's not like the people who plan these things sat around and decided they wanted to pick a crappy name. Obviously someone liked it. These lapbar only trains should be interesting as well. And it'll feel out of control hugging the ground like that.

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Cfc is probably onto something by saying it sounded like a Taco Bell item. The name might have not market tested well.

Cheetah Hunt makes a little more sense if we assume they will be closely tying that name in with Cheetah Run and Chase.

No person with a brain thinks they are talking about hunting cheetahs.. that's just silly.

 

Lapbars make this thing absolutely awesome.

 

The coaster will be very 'camera' friendly, so looking forward to some nice shots of it.

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Dear Busch Gardens Tampa,

 

I just watched your Cheetah Hunt POV animation and the resulting torrent of drool that has fallen from my mouth ruined a perfectly good shirt and horrified my co-workers.

 

Thanks a bunch.

 

Sincerely,

Robert

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What happened to the Cheetaka name !!!!??? =(

... Other wise amazing coaster, can't wait to see what the BGE version will look like !

 

It was never announced. That was only speculation. BGT has said repeatedly on their facebook page that "you shouldn't trust the rumors".

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I guarantee you that half the people will think it's hunting cheetah's and half the people will think it's cheetah's doing the hunting...although this is Florida with liberal gun permit laws so I could see those numbers skewing a bit higher in one direction!

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